Square Enix LA to focus on digital titles
- Posted November 20th, 2008 at 13:59 EDT by
- 10 Comments
In a historic move within the industry, Square Enix is finally setup outside of Japan and in North American waters -- Los Angeles to be exact. The new studio, which marks the first stateside venture from the roleplaying game powerhouse, is said to be focusing on digital titles. Due to their unusual small staff list on the development side, it makes sense for this branch of SE to focus on smaller projects.
SE US President, John Yamamoto has confirmed that development will be for multiple platforms, continuing the trend of preferring all platforms over a single unit.
"All formats – Xbox Live, WiiWare, PlayStation Network – are all viable formats for us," said Yamamoto. "We started the in-house development team a couple of months ago and we're starting with downloadable content because the team is still small. Gradually, I want to expand that team, and also evaluate lots of middleware, because western middleware is much more advanced compared to Japanese middleware. So we will study and feed back information to Square Enix in Japan."
Yamamoto added: "I think it’s always good to introduce new ideas, techniques, and processes into the company in order to stay on the cutting edge. The Last Remnant was the first time we had built a game using an outside development engine, and it taught our developers to find new and creative solutions in order to achieve their objectives."
Despite the multiplatform development, we here at PlayStation Universe are excited to see what this new development studio will churn out for our beloved PlayStation Network.
- 9:39am EST - November 20th, 2008
It's logical...eventualy all media will be distributed this way.
- 9:40am EST - November 20th, 2008
- 9:59am EST - November 20th, 2008
ha! thats funny. they're talking about Square-Enix by the LAX, next to the 105fwy, i applied there, hopefully i make it in.
- 10:14am EST - November 20th, 2008
This way of distributed content is a long way from now, I wont be downloading anything takes to long. This digital download thing is at least 5 to 6 years away maybe more until we get a good upload and download speed then this will start working slowly. I for one stil want a hard copy of my games. the only thing I download online is the demos and rockband songs thats it. I buy all of my games from the stores. I dont want to deal with the mess if I would delete my contec and have to run around thru hoops and jump of buildings to be able to redownload my files.
- 11:00am EST - November 20th, 2008
Good move. Very smart.
- 11:35am EST - November 20th, 2008
I don't really care for Square too much anymore. Don't get me wrong, it's still one of the best hopes for JRPGs, but they definitely aren not the company Square Soft was - no where near it.
- 12:23pm EST - November 20th, 2008
psn id: gingo... the original content released on the psn so far has been very good and i expect square enix's stuff to be good aswell even though they havn't been great to the ps3 so far
- 12:25pm EST - November 20th, 2008
everybody go vote for Snake vs. Master Chief in the Hero Showdown at IGN
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- 1:46pm EST - November 20th, 2008
I sure hope not.... Then there is the worry that it could just get corrupted, not to mention the DL times..... And that is just for SD, DL times and storage for HD is just going to increase......
- 9:03am EST - November 21st, 2008
@1 That's crazy. I never want to see the day when everything I "own" is on some portable hdd. If it's "logical" or "smart" because the BIG DAWGS say it is, then call me dumb@§§