Square Enix’s financial statements specifically cite Final Fantasy XIV as a reason for their success
“A great contribution”
Brand new Square Enix financial report (for the financial year ending March 31, 2022) Final Fantasy XIV in front and center style: and things are looking good for fans of the series.
Not only Will the next expansion get soft confirmation recently? (among comments that the game should continue for at least another decade in theory), but the company cites Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker as a big reason why their games division is growing, noting: “Net revenue and operating income increased year over year with a large contribution from Final Fantasy XIV expansion pack launching December 2021.” This is based on a direct comparison of “weak performance against existing titles” for (non-browser) mobile/browser games general PC games, which were nicknamed “HD Games” in Square Enix’s financial statements).
Regarding future plans, Square Enix intends to “strengthen their IP ecosystem” after selling some IPs to Embracer Group and “optimize their business structure” in this new global landscape. Aspects of the old plan involved creating new IP specifically under the Square Enix banner (it’s expected to go into effect in 2023 at the earliest) and establishing new studios to support the plan. there.
Of course, according to the previous CEO’s own comment in 2022some of those plans involve “initiatives to promote [the] blockchain entertainment domain. “The “Blockchain Entertainment Business Division” was established in February 2022, with the aim of “addressing scalability in the economic zones and experiences of the NFT.”
Square Enix’s focus more on internal IP can deliver great games for fans, but of course, we’re also running into a shitty situation.