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Just how far short of expectations did Square Enix’s console games fall?

Outgoing Square Enix president Yoichi Wada has revealed the exact extent of the publisher’s console game sales disappointments. As revealed last month, Sleeping Dogs has sold 1.75m units, Hitman: Absolution 3.6m units and Tomb Raider 3.4m units. Let’s talk about Sleeping Dogs,” Wada said in a financial briefing as reported …

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New boss Matsuda promises complete overhaul at Square Enix; Rogers confirmed as director

Yosuke Matsuda has promised to review all aspects of Square Enix’s business. The exec will in June replace outgoing former boss Yoichi Wada and has obviously decided that drastic action is needed following the prediction of a 13bn loss for the current financial year. After having succeeded the important role …

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Tomb Raider misses sales targets; Rogers in contention for board election

Square Enix’s big console releases are not performing as desired in the West. As part of the publisher’s latest financial report, the company described sales of Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution and Sleeping Dogs as weak” in both North America and Europe. Specifically, Tomb Raider has shifted 3.4m copies in three …

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Final Fantasy XI is the most profitable ever FF title

Square Enix has confirmed that ten-year-old MMO outing Final Fantasy XI remains the profitable title in the series ever released. Looking at profitability, it’s the top of all past Final Fantasy games,” Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada told the Vana Fest 2012 audience, Andriasang reports. The publisher recently announced yet …

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Final Fantasy brand "has been greatly damaged"

Speaking frankly at a Tokyo press conference, Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada has admitted that the Final Fantasy brand has been greatly damaged” the technical woes suffered by MMO title Final Fantasy XIV. The game launched last year and was instantly dogged by a host of technical hiccups and design …

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Wada denies Japanese decline

The president of Square Enix – the increasingly Western-facing Japan-headquartered publishing empire – has refuted the widely held view that the Japanese game industry is in decline. Yoichi Wada is thought to be the first high-profile industry executive that’s publicly spoken in defence of the Japanese industry. If you look …

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JAPAN: Wada urges gamers to go West

Square Enix boss Yoichi Wada has (not for the first time) levelled some harsh criticism at the Japanese games market, stating that Japanese gamers still harbour an unfair bias against Western-developed titles. Wada was speaking in a YouTube interview, spotted by Kotaku, about the Japanese word ‘youge’. Directly translated it …

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Square Enix: Consoles set for extinction

Square Enix chief Yoichi Wada is preparing his firm for the demise of physical media – and potentially the death of home consoles. In an exclusive interview with MCV that will be published next week, the CEO of the publisher – which now owns Eidos and is famous for its …

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Wii 2 predicted for 2011

Nintendo will release a follow-up to its highly successful Wii console in 2011 – that’s the prediction from none other than Square Enix boss Yoichi Wada. Interestingly, he also predicted that the machine is likely to boast an all-new controller. In the same piece, however, Wada predicts that the upcoming …

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Square Enix: FFXIII release yet to be determined

Japanese developer and publisher Square Enix has told MCV that the European release date for Final Fantasy FXIII has yet to be decided. The comments come after a Forbes interview with Square Enix president Yoichi Wada in which it is claimed that the exec stated that the game would be …

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