Phil Rogers the new CEO for Square Enix in the Americas and Europe posted a blog on the official Square Enix blog yesterday, August 1st. He comments about Square Enix's choices in the Americas and Europe and tries to explain some of the reasoning behind them.
"I think it’s clear to everyone that the games industry is rapidly changing – there are now more and more ways to play (and pay for) games. Through these and other advancements, gaming is taking a greater part of people’s time, fitting within a broad entertainment landscape which is offering greater choice, freedom and expression. As this industry evolves and changes, we have to change too. "
Rogers talks about new business models (free to play) and mentions he knows it can be frustrating when a company goes in unfamiliar directions. He goes on to say that they are working to improve the communication with fans and that they need to experiment and adapt of they will not be able to "offer excellence."
Rogers further goes on to say: "I can categorically say that we’re not abandoning core, triple-A console and PC games." Which is great news for hardcore gamers. He then follows up with a mention of Thief in 2014, Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts III and a next-generation Tomb Raider sequel that is "well into development."
Finally he wraps up by stating they will always focus on raising the quality bar no matter the platform. Square Enix plans to reveal more about their upcoming titles soon.
What do you think? Does this change your thoughts on Square Enix's recent moves?