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Square Enix Plans To Move Away From Fully Owning Studios Because Of Rising Development Costs

Sq. Enix revealed that it’s going to pursue different approaches apart from outright proudly owning studios, in accordance with Sq. Enix’s Q1 FY2023/3 monetary outcomes briefing session for traders.

President Yosuke Matsuda stated that though the corporate’s conventional coverage has been to personal studios, it’s trying to diversify into “joint ventures, equity-method associates, and minority stakes.” The reason being as a result of rising prices of creating video games in recent times, video games not promoting properly include rising draw back dangers.

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“I want to identify ways of allocating capital to studios that give us greater flexibility,” Matsuda said. This is in line with Square Enix’s recent pruning of studios. It sold Crystal Dynamics, Eidos-Montreal, and Square Enix Montreal to Embracer earlier in 2022.

In the same briefing session, Square Enix did not provide more details about its blockchain plans and told investors that it will reveal more details in future announcements.

Square Enix released a FMA mobile game–currently only available in Japan with no global release date set yet– and has other titles in the pipeline. Forspoken and Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII Reunion are set to release soon– Forspoken in January 2023, and Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII Reunion on December 13, 2022.

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