E3: Square Enix Exec finds lack of japanese titles ‘humiliating’
If you kept up with the barrage of E3 coverage this year, you may have noticed the new Tomb Raider game during Microsoft’s press conference. Crystal Dynamics showed a rather lengthy live stage demo showcasing the game. Needless to say, Lara Croft is back — this time dirtier then ever.
Other Square Enix/Eidos games were also given the E3 spotlight. Hitman Absolution and Deus Ex: Human Revolution had live demos to play on the show floor.
Amongst the countless megaton announcements that were dropped this past week, you may have asked yourself — Where were the japanese Square Enix games hiding? Apparently, you wouldn’t be the only one wondering that either.
Koji Taguchi, a senior exec at Square Enix, tweeted the following on the last day of E3: “Because we merged with Eidos and had games like Tomb Raider, Deus [Ex] and Hitman, as a company we were able to keep face. But the decline in Japanese titles was almost humiliating. This has been a week where I worried daily about how we can fix this.”
With the more then lackluster PC release of Final Fantasy XIV behind them, there is a definite shortage of new IPs coming from the Square Enix division of the merger. I should say kudos to Square Enix for getting their foot into western game culture, but there’s still a part of me that misses a good ol’ JRPG every now and then. Final Fantasy XIII-2 may put Square Enix in good graces for some, but I’m sure we all know what game would put them at god-like status.
So I say to anyone at Square Enix who may be listening. Your move.