Square Enix plans to aggressively pursue multi platform game releases

New York Post

Everybody’s getting bitten by the multiplatform bug; now, it’s Square Enix.
However, smaller new releases, like the forthcoming Visions of Mana, are seeing simultaneous release on Xbox.
The news that fans can expect more Square Enix titles on more platforms was coupled with additional reports that the company is undergoing a round of layoffs.
According to a report in VGC, the publisher is planning to let go of an unconfirmed number of people across its US and European businesses.
The Verge has reached out to Square Enix for comment.
Earlier this year, industry analysts have speculated that Square Enix’s most recent game, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, hasn’t been selling as well as expected.
Square Enix itself has not shared sales numbers for the game, despite doing so for Final Fantasy XVI, Final Fantasy XV, and Rebirth’s direct predecessor, Final Fantasy VII Remake.
This shift to multiplatform releases, then, might be in response to Rebirth’s apparently soft sales and the fact that Final Fantasy XV, one of the bestselling games in the franchise ever, released both on PlayStation and Xbox, selling over 10 million copies worldwide.

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Multiplatform gaming is becoming more and more popular; sq\. Enix is the latest victim. As part of its plans to boost earnings, the publisher revealed in its earnings report earlier today that it will “aggressively pursue a multiplatform strategy that includes Nintendo platforms, PlayStation, Xbox, and pcs\..”.

Final Fantasy XVI and Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, two of sq\. Enix’s most popular games, are currently exclusive to the PlayStation. A few titles, like Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, will eventually be released on the PC. Smaller new releases, such as the upcoming Visions of Mana, will, however, be available simultaneously on Xbox.

The company stated in its letter that it intends to “create an environment where more customers can enjoy our titles” by expanding the distribution of its major franchises, which includes its back catalog, to new platforms. Xbox began pursuing this policy, releasing its exclusives on other platforms, such as the highly acclaimed but ultimately unsuccessful Hi-Fi Rush on the PlayStation 5 and Grounded and Pentiment on the Switch.

Alongside the announcement that sq\. Enix fans can anticipate more games on more platforms, there have also been rumors that the company is going through a layoff phase. The publisher reportedly intends to fire an undisclosed number of employees from its US and European operations, per a report in VGC. Square Enix has been contacted by The Verge to provide a statement.

Industry analysts conjectured earlier this year that sales of sq\. Enix’s most recent game, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, haven’t been as strong as anticipated. While sharing sales figures for Final Fantasy XVI, Final Fantasy XV, and Rebirth’s direct predecessor, Final Fantasy VII Remake, sq\. Enix has not done the same for this game. Considering that Final Fantasy XV, one of the best-selling games in the series ever, was released on both the PlayStation and Xbox, selling over 10 million copies globally, and Rebirth’s reportedly weak sales, it is possible that this move to multiplatform releases is a reaction to those factors.

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