What on Earth is going on with Square Enix?

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If you even take a quick look a release schedule For the next six months, you will see a lot of games coming out. Take a closer look, though, and you’ll find that 50 of them are probably from Square Enix. And that’s just on the Switch!

We’re exaggerating, of course, but it’s hard to ignore the company’s absolutely mass production over the next few months — and for the whole of 2022, really. We’re not going to list every 2022 Square Enix Switch release here because it will take up a lot of space (though you can check out all of it here) game out here, or scroll to the bottom of this article). However, from September to next year Square Enix is ​​developing and/or publishing 13 games on Switch alone. Oh! And of course, we’re including Powerwash Simulator in that.

Look, we’re not complaining — it’s really amazing to see Square Enix play so many titles like this, and it looks like we’re in another golden age with Square and Nintendo just like the NES and SNES days. but with September Nintendo DirectOur jaws couldn’t help it with every new Square Enix announcement.

We got release dates for two titles, a demo for the other, and two brand new shows. theatrical final bar line And Octopath Traveler II for February 2023. On other platforms, Square Enix also has FINAL FANTASY XVI Coming out next summer. on top of the rest! How has this happened?

Well, we said development and publishing, and Square Enix isn’t just one big studio. For example, next year’s title Final Fantasy is being developed by Creative Business Unit III – the team behind the MMORPG. FINAL FANTASY XIV, And it’s the same for many of Switch’s upcoming titles.

There are several development teams within Square Enix that are each working on a small slate of different titles. The Octopath Traveler II is being developed by Acquire, the creator of tenchu Series, in association with Square Enix Business Division bravely Default Producer Tomoya Asano is returning to lead the project. Fans often dub these games — the valiantly series, and HD-2D games – the works of Team Asano. different daily life also falls into this category, although the recently released Switch port actually originated on Apple Arcade and was developed by Dokidoki Groove Works.

You also have a slate of ports or remasters coming to the console, like NieR: Automata — which was and is being developed by PlatinumGames Virtuos. ported by — and Yasumi Matsuno is returning under surveillance Strategy Monster: Rebirth, then there’s a delay life is weird The collection, which is published by Square Enix.

A lot of studios, both internally and externally, also help develop Square Enix titles or bring them to Switch. IndieZero is back to work on the new theatrical rhythm games, and deofield chronicleReal-time strategy coming from Lancarce, the team behind Janaki Zero: Last Beginning And King,

Of course, despite a large portion of them being RPG or RPG-adjacent, they are all quite different from each other. takers in the harvest Not necessarily the same crowd that Octopath Traveler II wants, and DioField Chronicle differs enough from Tactics Ogre—which also has nostalgia on its part—to stand out. And if you love your final fantasy music, then Theorythm might not be for you!*

All of these releases follow a recent statement by the company, which suggests that Square will be looking at to sell a stake in some of its remaining studios After declining Q1 FY2023 profits. The Japanese-based developer has sold a majority of its Western studios to Embraer Group. Deal to be finalized in August,

So, the company has a little more money to play with. But the truth is that a lot of these upcoming projects have probably been in development for some time – July live Alive For example, the remake took three years to develop.

To the concern of many fans, Square Enix has also jumped into the world of NFTs, releasing Final Fantasy-based onesWith all join a blockchain – All eco-friendly, apparently. Company President Yosuke Matsuda Isn’t Shy Acknowledging Your Interest in NFTs, and many of the company’s benefits are invested in them. So maybe Square Enix is ​​trying to hide it from us gamers by throwing dozens of games at us, Correct,

Probably not, but while on one hand the company isn’t convincing to consumers, on the other it’s pumping out demos for several of its releases. long ago Dragon Quest XI S and the first octopath travelerUp to Harvestella and PlayStation console-exclusive Valkyrie ElysiumHowever, these demos largely work in Square’s favor, allowing people to try out the game before buying it. Not only that, these demos allow us to move our save file over to the full release, which means we’ve removed a few hours of playtime from the schedule when we decide to purchase the full game. Result!

Square Enix won’t be slowing down anytime soon, we’re sure. There are some projects we haven’t heard of in a while and some Japan-only releases like visual novels. elements with feelingsBut we? We will feast for a while. triangle strategy And Live a Live are two of the best games released on Switch this year, and there are some top-quality titles on the horizon (well, we hope so). we’re just feeling dash For RPG fans in particular, the months after 2022 were overwhelmed amid an extremely busy slate.

But it’s not all about us! Vote in our poll below and let us know what you think of Square Enix’s output this time around. Is this a massive Blizzard-style flurry? Or are you just as happy as a chocobo to see all these games coming out? Oh, and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments.

*This is factually incorrect, because the theory is for absolutely everyone. Play it now.

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