Phil Rogers has responded to some criticisms by fans regarding the direction his company is currently heading into. The chief executive officer at the European and North American branches of Square Enix posted an open letter from his company’s official website on Aug. 1. He explained why his company is focusing on devices like smart phones instead of developing more blockbuster video games like “Final Fantasy XV” and “Kingdom Hearts 3.”
Phil Rogers stated that the video game industry is constantly changes as there are more ways for gamers to pay and play for their products. Square Enix felt that they have to change too in order to keep up with the latest trends. He also mentioned that, although he acknowledge that their longtime fans are disappointed, exploring new business models would put them in better financial situation to develop more quality games.
The chief executive officer is also adamant that his company won’t be abandoning their hardcore titles for PC and consoles. He used the aforementioned “Final Fantasy XV” and “Kingdom Hearts 3” as well as the “Thief” reboot as examples. Phil Rogers also confirmed that a next-generation sequel to the recent “Tomb Raider” video game is in development.
“Thief” will be released for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One next year. “Final Fantasy XV,” “Kingdom Hearts 3” and the new “Tomb Raider” video game currently have no release dates.
You can take a look at some screens from “Final Fantasy XV” and “Kingdom Hearts 3” in the slideshow above this article.