Square Enix is a company known for making JRPGs and “core” games , but lately they’ve lost their focus and have spread themselves to all corners of the gaming market including the dreaded browser and mobile games. Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda recently spoke to Nikkei Trendy of shifting Square Enixs focus back onto JRPGs and their core fans.
In regards to JRPG’s he had this to say. “Due to having split [the development mindset] according to regions around the world, we weren’t able to see this clearly up until now, but fans of JRPGs are really spread around the world,” Square Enix head honcho Yosuke Matsuda told Nikkei
“If you focus too much on the global aspect, you might lose sight of who you’re actually making the game for,” said Matsuda . “For example, if you look back at 2013, we’ve had some home console games made for a global audience that struggled.”
Later in the interview he went on to speak about Hitman and how losing focus essentially hurt the series.“The development team for Hitman: Absolution really struggled in this regard. They implemented a vast amount of ‘elements for the mass’ instead of for the core fans, as a way to try getting as many new players possible. It was a strategy to gain mass appeal. However, what makes the Hitman series good is its appeal to core gamers, and many fans felt the lack of focus in that regard, which ended up making it struggle in sales.”
“So, as for the AAA titles we’re currently developing for series, we basically want to go back to their roots and focus on the core audience, while working hard on content that can have fans say things like ‘this is the Hitman, we know’. I believe that is the best way for our development studios to display their strengths.”
Hopefully we get a glimpse of the future with Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3 most likely appearing at E3.
All translated by Siliconera.