From a business perspective, Square Enix is doing moderately well, but from a gamer’s perspective, Square Enix is doing horribly. During this generation of gaming, Square Enix has disappointed its fans with games like Final Fantasy XIII, angered its fans with sequels to Final Fantasy XIII, and disappointed its fans again with the lack of promised titles like Final Fantasy Versus XIII, while putting salt into the wounds of its already hurting fans by having numerous countdowns that only lead to the announcement of small browser games. There are three major games that Square Enix needs to release in 2013. If Square Enix releases these three games, all of its missteps will eventually be forgiven and forgotten.
Final Fantasy Versus XIII
It’s been close to seven years since Final Fantasy Versus XIII was first announced. SEVEN YEARS. It is time for Final Fantasy Versus XIII to be released. Final Fantasy fans were so eager to play the game after Square Enix released this breathtaking trailer. It’s been nearly seven years! It’s time for the game to come out. Final Fantasy Versus XII has been in development since November of 2005. Think about how much the game industry has changed since then. Great series like Uncharted, Assassin’s Creed, BioShock, and Mass Effect weren’t even announced then. When the development of Final Fantasy Versus XIII began, the Wii and PS3 were brand new consoles! Whether Final Fantasy Versus XIII keeps its name or becomes the inevitable Final Fantasy XV, the game everyone saw all those years ago needs to come out.
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX
Many of the last generation’s biggest games have received the HD treatment. Now, Kingdom Hearts is finally getting the same treatment. Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIx was announced last year — for Japan. The Kingdom Hearts series has a lot of fans in the US, and Square Enix isn’t even planning on releasing the HD remake in America. This is simply bad business and a poor display of fan service. Fans have been clamoring for Kingdom Hearts 3 for years. I understand that the developers who would work on Kingdom Hearts 3 are “supposedly” busy working on Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but the least Square Enix could do is release Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX (and the inevitable Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX) in North America.
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy is an old school-style JRPG for the Nintendo 3DS. The game was released in Japan last year to both critical and commercial success. Bravely Default: Flying Fairy is the JRPG that fans of the genre have been wanting for years. The game was so successful in Japan that a sequel is already being planned. With how much success the game has seen in Japan, most people would assume that a North American release would be a guarantee, but unfortunately it’s not. In fact, Square Enix isn’t even planning on releasing the game overseas. This is yet another horrible move in terms of business and fan service. Square Enix has given its fans a lot of games that the fans didn’t want this generation. The least Square Enix could do is give the fans a game they actually do want this year. After all, JRPGs can sell really well in North America. Releasing Bravely Default: Flying Fairy (with a different name) in North America would be a smart move by Square Enix. They would make a profit off the venture while pleasing their hurting fans.
This generation of gaming has not been kind to Square Enix, but there is still time to fix that. Gamers want to love Square Enix. After all, the company is responsible for some of the most beloved games of all time. If Square Enix releases Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX, and Bravely Default: Flying Fairy in 2013, the company will be well on its way to mending its relationship with gamers.