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Square Enix Thought PS4 & Xbox One Will Fail But Not PC Gaming?
We are not saying that PS4 or Xbox One are slightest of failures or were ever going to be, but according to some alleged insiders at Square Enix, the publisher alongside others were all but convinced that the consoles were going to flop.
Jim Sterling, a freelance journalist claims to have spoken with some insiders to know why exactly was Square Enix carving up its games like Final Fantasy VII and Hitman, and he was told that the decision to go with episodic games came because the publishers don’t have enough faith in the consoles.
They are apparently considering episodic releases to be one of the few way to go forward alongside micro-transactions.
This is the result of the publishers having no faith in consoles because sales were down towards the end of the last generation.
The sources suggest that these steps are being taken because publishers are a little desperate and want to try out all kinds of ways to continue earning, and releasing a base game with more content to follow was one way of earning from games that weren’t even complete yet.
He goes on to claim that Square Enix and other publishers did not have faith in PS4 and Xbox One, but only F2P games, PC titles and mobile gaming:
Free-to-play games, mobile games, and the PC were considered the future. Nobody wanted to invest in new intellectual property, and Square Enix especially wanted to make its old IP online-only experiences, expecting micro-transactions and piecemeal episodic content to be the only way to go.
Of course we are taking in all this with the proverbial grain of salt, but what do you think? Could there be truth in the rumor that publishers like Square Enix still consider PC to be the future and not consoles?