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  • Wada: Microsoft "asked us" to do FFXIII for 360

    Square Enix president Yoichi Wada has revealed that Final Fantasy XIII went to Xbox 360 because Microsoft “asked us” to develop a title in the series for the console.

  • Wada: Japanese retailers are prejudiced against Western games

    Square bossman Yoichi Wada has told Edge that western games don’t do well in Japan, and it has less to do with the consumer and more to do with retail outlets that are prejudiced towards “overseas titles”.

  • Inafune's 'Japan is dead' comment was "discouraging," says Wada

    Speaking in an interview with Edge, Square Enix president Yoichi Wada has that Keiji Inafune’s comments on the state of the Japanese market at Tokyo Game Show last September were “discouraging”.

  • Wada: FFXIII could signal death of "this type of game" at Square

    The Final Fantasy XIII team may move onto “‘next generation’ forms of play” now the game’s complete, Square Enix president Yoichi Wada’s told Edge, and that “this type of game” may cease to be made at the firm. The comments are likely to cause shock in the FF fanboy fraternity.

  • Square Enix "taking root" in 2010, says Wada

    Square Enix president Yoichi Wada has said in a public statement that 2010 will see the company “taking root,” adding, “We want to start moving towards competing with movie studios.”

  • Wada: Not a lot of "newness" to FFXIII

    Square Enix boss Yoichi Wada has admitted that Final Fantasy XIII is staying true to the series tried and tested formula, going as far as to tell FinalFantasyUnion in Montreal last week that it lacks much “newness”. “It’s not there are new elements that are included into the Final Fantasy XIII, there are elements that […]

  • Wada: "Too much IP use is not good"

    Square Enix president Yoichi Wada has admitted in a speech that over-use of an IP is “not good.” He made his remarks during a keynote at the Montreal Games Summit. “Too much IP use is not good,” said Wada. “Having memorable characters and back story is crucial to having a powerful IP.” Wada also stressed […]

  • Wada: Square Enix working on "first global game" in Montreal

    Speaking at the Montreal Games Summit, Square Enix president Yoichi Wada has confirmed that they have in development their “first global game” in development at Eidos Montreal, alongside Deus Ex 3 and Thief 4. It’s the company’s first title since the acquisition of Eidos earlier this year in April. “[It] would be the first collaboration […]

  • Square plans to double its profit to $561 million in three to five years

    Square Enix bossman Yoichi Wada has said that the company plans to double its recurring profit to 50 billion yen ($561 million) within three to five years. This will occur by expanding its range of games and by growing overseas operations in China, where Wada says its negotiating deals with Chinese online game operators. Additionally, […]

  • Square boss confirms 2-3 new mega-franchises in dev

    Square Enix boss Yoichi Wada has said the company wants to expand on its three-IP super-base of Dragon Quest, Kingdom Hearts, and Final Fantasy and it currently working on two to three titles designed to hit a similar stature, Yahoo! Japan reports. These potential flagship games are expected to come out around the end of […]

  • FFXIII will sell more than 6 million units, says Square

    Square Enix boss Yoichi Wada’s told Reuters that Final Fantasy XIII will sell more than 6 million units worldwide, beating global Dragon Quest IX shipments. FFXIII releases exclusive for PS3 in Japan this December, to be followed by a PS3 and 360 launch in the US and Europe early next year. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Square head wants Japanese devs to create more "adult" oriented games

    Square president Yoichi Wada has called upon the Japanese gaming industry to create adult oriented games in order to compete in the global market. “There are not many publishers that create games for adults,” he said. “In the West, they tend to believe it’s cool to play games, even adults.” In order to do this, […]

  • Wada: New Wii in 2011, motion tech to have "small" impact on PS3, 360

    Motion tech isn’t going to be the PS3 and 360 revolution some may have us believe, Square Enix head Yoichi Wada’s told the FT. “Present game machines already have a lot of functions: they are a network terminal, a Blu-ray or DVD player, and a gaming machine. Compared to these three pillars, the [new motion] […]

  • Wada obsessed with Dragon Quest IX

    No, seriously. Speaking in a weekly column for Nikkei, Square Enix president Yoichi Wada has admitted he is seriously obsessed with Dragon Quest IX. How obsessed? He culmated 30 hours in the first four days after the game was released in Japan in July. You’re proper hardcore now, Wada-san, innit. But he doesn’t just play […]

  • Kitase: Final Fantasy titles shouldn't take as long to develop in the future

    At GamesCom, Yoshi Kitase and Motomu Toriyama from Square Enix told VG247 that Final Fantasy games shouldn’t take as long to develop in the future. During the conversation, we mentioned CEO of Square Enix Yoichi Wada’s comment regarding the firm “taking too long to produce games”, to see if they were in agreement. Us at […]

  • CESA release partial game and speakers list for Tokyo Games Show 2009

    The Tokyo Games Show starts on September 24, and the CESA has released a partial list of games that will be present for the event. Seems like there is a games conference every month, doesn’t it? Some of the speakers lined up include Sony’s Kaz Hirai delivering a keynote, Haruhiro Tsujimoto the president and COO […]

  • Keynote speakers revealed for Montreal International Game Summit

    Montreal International Game Summit organizers officially revealed the five headline speakers who will keynote the sixth annual industry event November 16 and 17. The official keynote speakers include: Yoichi Wada is President and CEO of Square Enix Group, will share his vision of the future of video game development. Paul Holden of Media Molecule will […]

  • Wada: FFXIII date announcement "in a few weeks"

    Square Enix president Yoichi Wada said in a Tokyo Q&A session last week that an FFXIII date will be announced in the next couple of weeks: most likely at Tokyo Game Show. “We’ll be making an announcement in a few weeks,” said Wada. The Square head honcho also confirmed the game will be at TGS […]

  • Square "considering" DQIX release overseas

    Square’s “considering” releasing Dragon Quest IX outside Japan, according to Siliconera. Amazing! Sort of. It’s not going to happen until 2010 at the earliest, apparently. Company boss Yoichi Wada said so in a Q&A last week. The DS RPG’s now shipped more than 3.5 million units in Japan. Which kind of means it might be […]

  • Wada: We're expecting Dragon Quest to ship more than 5 million copies

    Dragon Quest IX has already gone mental in the Japanese software charts, but Square Enix wants more, much more. Company president Yoichi Wada has told the Japanese press that, “We’re look at reaching over 5 million copies of Dragon Quest IX shipped.” Wada went on to say that he hopes the Japanese gaming industry will […]


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  • Wada: IPs with region-specific focus are important to worldwide success

    Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada has stated that “forcibly making” a game to work worldwide degrades the quality, and since Square and Eidos are both familiar with its own area, it could be a good combination. During an interview with Gamasutra, Wada explained why it would be a better idea for certain IPs to have […]

  • Wada – Square to be top 10 “player” in global entertainment

    Square Enix super-chief Yoichi Wada has dreams. Big dreams. Forget games: he wants the publisher to be one of the biggest names in global entertainment. “Our goal is to become one of the top ten players in the world’s media and entertainment industry,” he said, talking in an interview on the firm’s site. “Since the […]

  • Wada: Japanese games industry has become “almost xenophobic”

    Square Enix boss Yoichi Wada has told the Financial Times that Japan’s games industry is “almost xenophobic”. Which is a bit of a shame. “In the last five to 10 years, the Japanese games industry has become a closed environment, with no new people coming in, no new ideas, almost xenophobic. It is now slightly […]

  • Square: We take too long to make games

    Square super-boss Yoichi Wada’s told GI that his company takes too long to make games. With all due respect, Yoichi, a lot of people have been saying the same thing for a very, very long time. “Yes – that’s what I hope to achieve for the entire group,” he said. “But we at Square Enix […]

  • FFXIII demo dated for Japan

    Movie Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete, replete with its Final Fantasy XIII demo, will release on April 16 in Japan. Square Enix confirmed the date today, IGN reports. The demo’s exact content is unknown as yet, but should be playable on any PS3 despite only being available in Japan. The full version of Final […]

  • Wada: “We have to be global”

    In an interview with 1UP, Square Enix president Yoichi Wada has said that in 2009 the company cannot afford only to do well in Japan but now has to think global. “…we need to start aiming for games that can immediately sell two or three million copies — not just in Japan, but worldwide,” he […]

  • Square Enix and Ubisoft strike Japan deal

    Square Enix has entered a into a deal allowing it to distribute a number of Ubisoft titles across Japan. “By partnering with the Ubisoft Group we can now work to provide high-quality overseas-produced games to Japan, thus invigorating the Japanese game market while strengthening our presence as a global leader in the video game industry,” […]

  • Supreme Commander 2 confirmed, Square to publish

    Square’s confirmed it’s to publish a sequel to Gas Powered Games RTS Supreme Commander. No platforms or dates for the game have been laid out as yet, with Square saying only that “development has begun” on the project. The announcement is a big deal for Square: it equates to something along th lines of, “This […]

  • Square Enix boss Wada wants “Japan Alliance”

    According to this Nikkei business report, Square Enix boss Yoichi Wada has said that in order to remain competitive with the Western market, a “Japan Alliance” must be assembled. This would see medium to small-sized companies realign and work together as a unit, apparently. “[W]e should consider some sort of ‘Japan Alliance’,” said Wada. “Individuality […]

  • Hashimoto: FFXIII will be delivered globally in a “fresh state”

    Speaking in the latest issue of UK mag Play, Square Enix corporate executive Shinji Hashimoto has said that the company is working hard on delivering FFXIII in a “fresh” state to international audiences and that he’s excited that localisation for the title won’t be as pronounced as normal for a Final Fantasy game. “Obviously, we […]

  • Square Enix confirms FFXIII for 360

    Square Enix boss Yoichi Wada has just confirmed FFXIII for 360. A lengthy trailer for the game was shown, and Wada described Square’s relationship with Microsoft as “growing”. Mattrick just described the game as an “astonishing addition” to 360′s line-up. No shit.

  • Square Enix boss talks expansion strategy again

    Square Enix president Yoichi Wada has yet again said the firm is considering buying stakes in rival games companies to stave off competition both in Japan and abroad. “Economies of scale and breadth of scope is getting important. It may be a business alliance or it may be us taking a stake in others, but […]

  • Simultaneous global releases are go, says Square

    According to this, Square Enix boss Yoichi Wada told Japan’s Nihon Keizan Shimbun daily today that the company will be “making simultaneous releases the norm.” While the news will delight European Square fans used to waiting ages for PAL Final Fantasy versions, the proof will most certainly be in the pudding on this one. Get […]

  • Square Enix target acquisitions for growth

    Speaking in this Bloomberg report, Square Enix Yoichi Wada president has said he’s looking both domestically in Japan and in rapidly expanding markets such as India and China for companies to acquire as part of an ongoing growth plan. “Acquisitions and alliances will be the cornerstone of our growth strategy this year and the next,” […]