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Square Enix’s Translated November 2023 Financial Results Q&A Reveals The Publisher Wants To Diversify Its Portfolio But With Fewer Impactful Releases

Also we might have a window for Final Fantasy XVI's PC release

Back in November 2023, Square Enix hosted a shareholders’ Q&A session as a part of its financial result report, and today, we finally got an English translation that reveals everything that was asked and answered, reveals Square Enix’s financials.

Square Enix president Takashi Kiryu’s most notable comment to one of the questions was that the company needs to be better at diversifying its game portfolio to reach more different groups of customers as it did with Powerwash Simulator. If implemented, Square Enix will not entirely focus on the RPG crowd with the company’s tentpole Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest franchises. At the same time, Kiryu says he wants to strengthen Square Enix’s internal development strengths but only for fewer specific titles with a goal of diversity and taking on “new challenges.”

“I want to structure our development function so that we [can] ensure higher quality from each title by slimming down our lineup. We have tried to produce hits by developing a wide variety of titles rather than by focusing only on certain ones. I believe that this has resulted in the splintering of our resource pool.” Kiryu said in a translated November 2023 financial results Q&A session.

To that need, Kiryu added in another question that the company is expecting Fianla Fantasy VII Rebirth to deliver financially this year, making it sound like Kiryu is hinging the company’s bet on the game to achieve or get as close as possible to the company’s” full-year operating income target of ¥55.0 billion (around $370.7 million USD).”

It’s not the only Final Fantasy release coming this year, as the Final Fantasy XVI DLC, The Rising Tide, is scheduled for this spring, while the Final Fantasy XIV expansion, Dawntrail, is set to launch this summer. Interestingly, in one question answered, Kiryu gave us a huge 18-month window on when to expect the release of Final Fantasy XVI’s PC Port; that comment was from November, meaning now that we are in 2024, it’s a much smaller 16-month window now, meaning there is a good chance that Final Fantasy XVI could launch on PC either sometime this year or early next year; but hopefully the former.