After the statement of Square Enix’s fiscal year 2018 financial results this morning, the publisher provided the demonstration slides to their briefing, and they included some intriguing details on the programs for the approaching fiscal year, and this end on March 31st, 2019.
First of all, we understand that in the that the publisher intends to expand its IP portfolio during “significant” releases of existing and new IPs, further improving profitability by fostering digital earnings. In addition to this, Square Square Enix expects a rise in revenue as a result of the launching of “multiple” blockbusters and medium-sized games.
The document goes on to list a number of the declared releases to the financial year, which can be Octopath Traveler to get Nintendo Switch coming on July 13th. Shadow of the Tomb Raider to get PS4, Xbox One, and PC on September 14th, and Kingdom Hearts III supported for 2018.
At the moment it’s’s unknown if this usually means the game gained’t come this year, or Square Enix only didn’t include it on the record since it doesn’t have a formal launch date. That said, Nabeshima-san himself said in a meeting last month which “that the goal is in sight” development wise, so we all’ll need to wait and see if we hear anything in E3. Historically, the lists in this kind of document tend to be partial, and people don’t find any mention of this western launch of Dragon Quest XI either, which we all know is coming.
Another interesting facet is the reference of “big” releases of new IP. Octopath Traveler is definitely a new IP, but it’s probably a stretch to call it a “important” release. On the flip side, Left Alive would likely fit the bill much better. Again, some surprises might also come at E3.
In addition, we get some data on the plans for the publisher’s MMORPG portfolio, and this includes Final Fantasy XIV along with Dragon Quest X. During the previous fiscal year, they found significant growth due to the launch of expansionsthat led to powerful disc sales and a rise of paying subscribers.
This season won’t have any expansion launching, therefore Square Enix expects a decline in disk sales. That having been said , they intent to “concentrate on consumer retention by taking various operational measures such as big updates. ”
Final Fantasy XIV is going to receive its own next major upgrade numbered 4.3 on May 22nd, and the staff has definitely been really good at providing big chunks of new material on a quarterly basis. Dragon Quest X will also get a large update numbered 4.2 this season, even if this is regrettably limited just to Japan.
Within our interview with Dragon Quest XI Producer Hokuto Okamoto, he didn’t entirely shut the door to some american launch of Dragon Quest X in the event the new single-player game is successful in North America and Europe, but he didn’t precisely provide many reasons to hold our breath either.