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Square Enix: “Switch is a very attractive and important platform”

Posted on December 11, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Square Enix has been one of the strongest supporters of Switch in the console’s early lifecycle. Between what’s already out and what’s on the way, the company has a whole lot of love for the platform. Project Octopath Traveler, Dragon Quest XI, Dragon Quest Builders 1 and 2, and Lost Sphear are just a few of the highlights.

There’s a reason why Square Enix is supporting Switch in this way so far. Speaking with MCV, CEO Yosuke Matsuda said that the system “is a very attractive and platform for us.” He also said that Switch is “a unique piece of hardware.”

Matsuda’s full words:

“The Switch is a very attractive and important platform for us. As a games company, having that breadth in our portfolio is very important, with the Switch being such a unique piece of hardware.”

“For gamers, Nintendo is very closely attached to the JRPG, because so many of them out out back in the SUper Nintendo days.”

Matsuda also commented on I Am Setsuna in relation to Switch. When the project was originally being created, Square Enix wasn’t targeting the system in particular since it hadn’t even been released at the time.

“When we started work on Project Setsuna, the Switch wasn’t even out yet, there was no information about it. We really set out to make this style of game and to make it on home console. But we didn’t really have any particular ideas about which console we were going to go for in the planning stage.”

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  • SetzerGabbiani

    His second statement is the most important.

    Interesting that he recognizes that many Nintendo fans have been Square fans since the grand old days. I didn’t think anyone there remembered. I think Project Octopath Traveler’s demo popularity reminded some folks.

    Also, Bravely 1 + 2 collection. Don’t even care how recent the games are; I’ll double dip.

    • Exactly. I’m glad they get it.

    • FutureFox

      I can’t play on 3DS any more so this would be a big help.

    • MajoraMan28

      May that make them bring Final Fantasy back home.
      FFVII Remake, its original version through Virtual Console, Secret of Mana and all of their old JRPGs deserve to be back at Nintendo.

      • Nhat Anh Hoang

        They will port FFVII original to Switch and done

  • it would be nice to have a DQ XI timeline, even in Japan as there has been but a peep.

  • This is nice to hear. I do think Square side has been getting off easy, because it’s basically all the Enix titles and people supporting the console so far, but if they are sincere about trying to get some form of the backlog on the console, then I am so glad and hopeful. I love Square(soft)’s properties more than Enix (I said it, yeah, still love Enix tho), and they’re one company whose games I really want to see on the console.

    Also, I would really not mind the mobile games getting touched up forms on the Switch. Opera Omnia, Pictologica, Record Keeper. I would love to see these games on the consoles in a more B tier, home/portable console format. Please, Square. Get innovative. Or at least, get the people that work on those projects to make games for the Switch.

  • Games with graphics and production values comparable to upscaled GBA games (Octopath Traveler) exclusive to Nintendo, games with high production values exclusive to Playstation with some late PC port.

    • Exy

      If that’s what it takes to keep file sizes and development budgets under control, then I’ll take 100 of those.

      • it’s basically cash grab to fund development of high quality games elsewhere, if you’re happy with this then OK

        • Radish

          Right, better for us to have to wait 8 years for the next Final Fantasy game and then have it bomb or pushed to the next platform instead.

          • at best you can expect FF:CC type of experience

          • Radish

            I’d rather them make games that use the Switch to its fullest potential than for them to make a high settings PC game that becomes a buggy mess on Switch.

          • SE has no problem announcing games years in advance, as of now their list of upcoming games for Switch is rather pathetic, the only exclusive, Octopath Traveler has production values comparable to upscaled games on GBA.
            They supported Vita, platform with pathetic sales far more than 3DS. They can always port FFXIII, FFXII-HD, KH HD etc. Even Seiken Densetsu 2 is PS4/Vita only. So much for their support

          • Radish

            You do realize that most of the ports to Vita of high production cost games played like absolute crap, right? I don’t want the SE version of WWE 2K18 on Switch just so we can look at it and say “well at least it’s on the Switch, even if it is 10 frames per second and freezes constantly”.

            There’s no reason to believe SE won’t deliver on mid production cost games to Switch now that Vita users are making the Switch over to Switch. They aren’t going to announce games years in advance for Switch. Romance SaGa was released within a week of being announced. And if you see Project Octopath as just an upscaled GBA game, go watch a movie. Movies have better graphics than any video game. It’s like saying Cuphead is nothing but an outdated 1930s cartoon because those graphics are 80 years old.

          • Even in Handheld mode Switch is nearly 5x more powerful than Vita, the platform has enough power to support games like FFX/X-2HD, FFXII-HD, FFType0HD, FFXIII and plenty of others.Quote:”They aren’t going to announce games years in advance for Switch.” of course because their intention isn’t to build healthy market for their games on Nintendo platforms but to gain enough cash to fund development elsewhere, it’s basically parasitic form of wait and see scenario nothing much else. I’m certainly OK with games like “Octopath Traveler”, the problem is they support Nintendo with only such games, read with low effort trash. Cuphead is entirely inappropriate example, because Cuphead is indie type of production and not production made by largest gaming companies.

          • Radish

            There seems to be a problem with your mentality of “mid tier production cost = low effort”. This is not true at all, this is Square Enix being efficient. They aren’t EA or Activision, they can’t just throw a ton of money at every problem or game they have. And if you think that a game is good or bad depending on how much money it costs to develop, you can go have fun with your Order 1886 and Call of Duty and Star Wars Battlefront. I will take an Octopath every day over that crap.

            Second, announcing games years in advance invites more problems. Games announced that early often get cancelled or down-scaled or delayed. This only leads to disappointment from fans. Look at Shenmue 3, announced 2015, maybe releasing in 2018, people already upset with the character designs etc. I’d much rather know about a game if it is at most 1.5-2 years away and if they are certain it will be completed. Look at what Platinum Games did with Scalebound. Announced very early, delayed, delayed, and then cancelled. People actually bought the Xbox for Scalebound and now they don’t get the game. Announcing games that early without knowing if it will even release is awful. Nintendo has had this problem with Zelda over the years.

            Square Enix has nothing to gain from just saying these things without delivering. If they don’t release any games, there is nothing to spend money on. Your whole conspiracy thinking is flawed and laughable.

          • The reputation that Square Enix build on Playstation and their main source of prestige, was with high end production, certainly not with games comparable to SNES era of production values.
            Second, announcing games years in advance show commitment to particular platform, and not ad hoc type of support. Your examples are hardly appropriate, fans bought PS3 for FFXIIIVersus, and then they bought PS4 for FFXV, there is no problem if the game is good enough. Zelda is another example that support my position, if the game is good enough then no one care.
            SE actually did this with DQ for Switch, announced long before launch of the platform.
            SE stated many things for example Wii/DS and PS3 are your main platform and then with success of PSP everything was transferred to PSP.

          • Radish

            Your faulty logic is “if game is big budget it is good. if game is not big budget it is bad.” Big budget games can certainly be good, just as low budget games can be good. Big budget games can also be bad, just as low budget games can be bad. The reason Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild won Game of the Year is not because of it’s budget, but because it was a very good game.

            Do you really think it was a good idea to announce Final Fantasy XV in 2006? It was released last year. Last year we didn’t know anything about the Switch or what games were coming to it and it’s been Nintendo’s most successful launch ever and their greatest output of games in this time period. If they announced all these games for release in 2019 instead of announcing them in 2017 for release in 2017 then we would have a terrible launch year and a terrible e3 with nothing to announce except “yeah guys we are still working on those games we announced years ago!”. It is much smarter to capitalize on hype than to get people hyped about a game that you can’t deliver for years. Otherwise you just anger people with cancelled projects like Scalebound. Same thing with Retro Studios. If they announced a game for Wii U it would have been cancelled because it was being moved to Switch instead.

            SE even stated that they didn’t know anything about Nintendo’s console at the time they announced Dragon Quest. And they certainly didn’t know if it would be a success. Now that it is clear to people that the Switch is a success, companies like Capcom and SE and Bandai Namco are starting to announce games. They did a wait and see approach.

            You seem to have no knowledge of marketing. Companies don’t announce every project they are working on as soon as they begin development. They announce it strategically in order to benefit the most from it. Nintendo could announce every game they have in development tomorrow, but why would they? They would have nothing to say in Nintendo Directs or E3 if they did that. There would be nothing to get fans to wonder about and talk about online.

          • 10 years ago Square Enix was committed to support Wii as one of their main platform.

            Quotation:” Square Enix Wada Yoichis Interview with Nikkei #1
            – The Main Platforms for Square Enix are the Nintendo Platforms and PS3. The Lionshare of the Developers and our infrastructure as well as our capital is for NDS, Wii and PS3 and this is not going to change.
            – We are astonished by Wiis success and the nintendo dominance. We thought that the PS3 and the Wii will coexist due to the difference between both strategies, but in the end the users will decide which platform we develop on. The SCE Platforms at this point are a bit of a challenge.
            – We think we can do much on the Wii. I talked to Iwata to exploit many possibilities and cheer on him”

            The reality of their commitment
            Title /Metascore/
            Dragon Quest Swords 65
            Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon 75
            Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King 80
            Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time 64
            Final Fantasy IV: The After Years 69
            Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord 73
            Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers 66
            Fortune Street 68
            The Tales of Bearsworth Manor 58

            You’re pathetic clown but nothing much else

          • 10 years ago Square Enix was committed to support Wii as one of their main platform.

            Quotation:” Square Enix Wada Yoichis Interview with Nikkei #1

            The Main Platforms for Square Enix are the Nintendo Platforms and PS3.
            The Lionshare of the Developers and our infrastructure as well as our
            capital is for NDS, Wii and PS3 and this is not going to change.
            – We
            are astonished by Wiis success and the nintendo dominance. We thought
            that the PS3 and the Wii will coexist due to the difference between both
            strategies, but in the end the users will decide which platform we
            develop on. The SCE Platforms at this point are a bit of a challenge.
            – We think we can do much on the Wii. I talked to Iwata to exploit many possibilities and cheer on him”

            The reality of their commitment! on platform with sales beyond 100M!!!
            Title /Metascore/
            Dragon Quest Swords /65/
            Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon /75/
            Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King /80/
            Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time /64/
            Final Fantasy IV: The After Years /69/
            Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord /73/
            Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers /66/
            Fortune Street /68/
            The Tales of Bearsworth Manor /58/

          • Detected as spam

            Thanks, we’ll work on getting this corrected.
            laughable. I have 2 month old post that is in Pending state, because certain clowns are unable to handle different opinion

          • Nhat Anh Hoang

            FFX/X-II, WoFF, Dragon Quest Builder and Heroes II are not crap by any mean

          • Jaxon Holden

            Project Octopath Traveller (HD2D exclusive)
            Lost Sphear
            Dragon Quest Builders
            Dragon Quest Builders 2
            Dragon Quest XI

            That’s 5 games in the pipeline already (that we know about) and they’ve surely got more on the way (we’re not even a year into the Switch’s lifespan). Guarantee you we’ll see World of Final Fantasy, probably Kingdom Hearts collections, and who knows what else.

            I have no idea what you’re talking about. Vita got like 2 solid games from Square Enix in 6 years.

          • Guarantee? unless you work for Square Enix, you can’t guarantee anything

          • Nhat Anh Hoang

            No, it get FFX/X-2, WoFF, I Am Setsuna, 2 Dragon Quest and 4 Chaos Ring games, don’t say they are trash by any mean

          • example of such game from Square Enix?

          • Radish

            It is clear to me you have no knowledge of what you are talking about, and you are just trolling. Given that people have been liking my comments it’s fair to say I have the stronger arguments, and people are excited about the future with Square Enix on Switch. Have fun with your Star Wars Battlefront.

          • there is something called bandwagon fallacy, but this is too complex for you.

    • russlxx2

      Except Octopath’s graphics and production values are in no way, shape or form comparable to GBA games aside from simply being 2D, and these things do not solely define the quality of the experience in the first place you worthless piece of s***. It would be great to get some mainline FFs and other bigger franchises from them on Switch, but games like Octopath already show incredible promise and are nothing to scoff at, boasting it well where it counts. And the game is also absolutely gorgeous, a dumb f*****g ignorant sack of s*** like yourself simply lacking the culture to appreciate anything but 2bil polygon 3D models. Shut the f*** up and educate yourself, worthless piece of s***. permaleaving

      • the demo is quite pathetic experience with low quality graphics especially on TV set, it’s nothing but high end GBA production, no amount of foul word can change this fact. It’s basically low effort, trashy production

        • Radish

          Lol “low effort, trashy production” yet you say “I’m certainly OK with games like “Octopath Traveler”. Nice trolling.

    • Constantinos Lapiotis

      Octopath Traveler is not an upscaled Game Boy Advanced game. You are being bad without a logical reason here.

      • production values of upscaled GBA game, wast difference

  • Radish

    If Square Enix can strike the perfect balance of effort toward developing new games like Project Octopath Traveler and revitalizing old franchises that many of us haven’t played…we will be in for some tremendously good support from SE! I look forward to it!

    • Nhat Anh Hoang

      They will port FF I – X original to Switch while in ps4, it will be the remake and remaster of all games

  • Tlink7

    We want more than what you’re offering, Squeenix 😀

  • Captain N

    Well then, how about a Physical copy of I am Setsuna in the USA ??

    How about bringing Dragon Quest 10 to USA??

    How about telling us if FF15 is coming to Switch or not ??

    While we are at it, what about Kingdom Hearts 3 and FF7 remake??

    • MajoraMan28

      Forget FFXV. The game can’t run decently on the bc of its poorly optimized engine.
      FFVII and KHIII are very likely candidates, on the other hand

  • Pepperkeet

    final fantasy 13 collection all 3 games GO GO GO

  • Kalkano

    If you’re just going to continue pumping out shovelware, who cares? You’re going to have to compete in the mid-tier arena, if you want to be taken seriously.

    *returns to Trails of Cold Steel*

  • Ailan Hidaz

    So does this mean we will never see Dragon Quest heroes 1+2 in the west? And what happened to any form of final Fantasy xv?