After the announcement of Square Enix’s fiscal year 2018 fiscal results this afternoon, the writer supplied the presentation slides for their briefing, and they added some interesting information on the strategies for the approaching financial year, and this end on March 31st, 2019.
To start with, we know that if the publisher intends to expand its IP portfolio through “key” releases of new and existing IPs, further improving profitability by fostering digital earnings. In addition to that, Square Enix expects an increase in revenue thanks to the launching of “several” blockbusters and medium-sized games.
The document goes on to list a number of those declared releases to the fiscal year, which can be Octopath Traveler for Nintendo Switch forthcoming on July 13th.
In the present time it’s’s unknown whether this means that the game won’t come this year, or Square Enix just didn’t include it in the list because it doesn’t have an official launch date. That having been said, Nabeshima-san himself mentioned in a meeting last month that “the objective is in sight” development shrewd, so we all’ll need to wait and see when we hear anything at E3. Historically, the lists in this sort of document tend to be partial, and people don’t see any mention of this western launch of Dragon Quest XI either, which we all know is coming.
Another intriguing part is that the reference of “key” releases of new IP. Octopath Traveler is definitely a brand new IP, but it’s likely a stretch to call it a “important” release. On the flip side, Left Alive would probably fit the bill much better. Again, a few surprises may also come at E3.
We also get some information on the plans for the writer’s MMORPG portfolio, that includes Final Fantasy XIV along with Dragon Quest X. During the previous fiscal year, they found significant growth because of the launching of expansionsthat resulted in powerful disk sales and an increase of paying readers.
This year won’t have any growth launch, therefore Square Enix anticipates a drop in disk sales. That said they aim to “concentrate on consumer retention by taking different operational steps like big updates. ”
Final Fantasy XIV will receive its next major upgrade numbered 4.3 on May 22nd, and the staff has ever been very good at supplying big chunks of new material on a quarterly basis. Dragon Quest X will also get a large update numbered 4.2 this season, even though this is unfortunately restricted just to Japan.
Within our interview with Dragon Quest XI Producer Hokuto Okamoto, that he didn’t entirely close the door to a western launching of Dragon Quest X if the newest single-player game is successful in North America and Europe, but he didn’t exactly offer many reasons to maintain our breath.