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What does the future of gaming hold? Well, a quick gaze using Pachtermancy would suggest that gamers will in the future no longer own the right to play a game on disc, but will be going digital instead. Still, one developer/publisher is going to need to make that jump. And it looks like the house of Square Enix is looking to make a calculated leap.

In the Square Enix annual report picked up by AGB, President and Representative Director Yosuke Matsuda explained that Square Enix would be focusing more on mobile games and free to play games which happen to have “flexible pricing models”.

“Next, let me comment on the earnings model. In the online game area, including games for mobile devices, flexible pricing models represented by free-to-play (“F2P”) have become mainstream,” Matsuda said.

Sales units of F2Pbased games are not physical discs, but rather are in-game items or virtual currency. Therefore, the F2P model is flexible in that earnings are adjustable according to players’ demand without any restriction on distribution of game products.

My aim here is not to discuss the dichotomy between F2P and the fixed pricing model, but I would like to put emphasis on the major transformation of the game-playing environment in these days and big changes in consumer preferences regarding games.

Devices for playing games are undergoing a rapid evolution and customer requirements for game experiences are becoming diversified accordingly. Consequently, the time has come for us game makers to take more flexible approaches in offering games and to devise various earnings models conforming to customers’ game-playing environments, moving away from the limited outlet of disc-based distribution of games.

In this current of change, it is extremely important for the HD games category to enable transition from a disc-based earnings model to a more flexible one. This will define the future way we pursue HD games development.

Urgh. You’ll have to forgive me, as I happen to have no faith in a company that has left Final Fantasy in ruins over several iterations and considers Tomb Raider, which sold millions, to be a financial disappointment.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: You don’t need to pour millions into a game in order to make it successful. I get that Square Enix needs to make money, as they are a business. But if you aren’t going to put out a decent product, then you don’t deserve my cash.

And quite frankly, I don’t believe that larger corporations have an inkling of an idea of how to do F2P properly, as their eyeballs magically transform into dollar symbols when they look at potential earnings. I’m more than happy to shell out cash for extras that add something to a game, but knowing Squeenix, this will be more cosmetic fluff than anything else.

But hey, it’s not about us anymore, the loyal consumers who funded publishers to this point of bloated self-interest. It’s about those mobile gamers out there, waffling around with those spare dollars in their bank accounts and a charged cellphone. They’re the real market to tap into. We’re just along for an uncomfortable ride.

Edit: Header flagrantly stolen from Rincethis. I’d apologise, but there’s not a damn thing he can do to stop me. NYANANANANA!

Last Updated: September 10, 2013

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was reviewed on PC

83 Comments

  1. sweet header

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    • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

      September 10, 2013 at 13:49

      Oi! It’s MY header!

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        September 10, 2013 at 14:01

        Le sigh…

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        • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

          September 10, 2013 at 14:02

          Damn straight. Not Tanya’s fault for not knowing, she was hiding in a closet before setting fire to herself and coming out…

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          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:03

            LULZ

  2. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    September 10, 2013 at 13:35

    It’s been nice knowing you Squueenix. Once you thrust yourself into the dark abyss – without a rope, there’s no coming back. Say hi to THQ for me, while you’re down there.

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    • Tarisma

      September 10, 2013 at 13:36

      on a side note maybe someone will but the Final Fantasy franchise from then and save it

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        September 10, 2013 at 13:39

        Sigh! Someone needs to be a man and save Final Fantasy from Squeeniiix!

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        • Tarisma

          September 10, 2013 at 13:48

          Please! Or ban them from making FF games because that horse has been flogged to death by them. FF 10 was the last Final Fantasy that still managed to capture some of the magic now its just a …

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    • John mul-ti-pass

      September 10, 2013 at 13:39

      Oh snap

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  3. Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

    September 10, 2013 at 13:43

    So does this mean everything is going to be in the…

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    • Devourer of Small Bunnies

      September 10, 2013 at 13:47

      hahaha that was terrible

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      • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

        September 10, 2013 at 13:57

        I know, but I couldn’t resist 😛

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  4. Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

    September 10, 2013 at 13:44

    So here weeee go, My list of reasons to hate SE

    1. Mana series is now a social mobile game
    2. Final Fantasy XII-2 was a bland DLC mess
    3. They abuse the FF name…..All the bravest? no?Airbone Brigade?NO??Final Fantasy Tactics S…YES!!
    4. Endless upon Endless Kingdom Heart’s spinoffs with nonsensical stories
    5. Great games like Sleeping Dogs and Tomb Raider are hailed as failures
    6. Star Ocean is a Social mobile game now
    7 Chaos Rings is a social TGC game
    8 Front mission , a deep tactical Rpg is now a generic mech shooter
    9 Dragon Quest is a MMO
    10. No localized Final Fantasy Type-0
    11. They F**ked up Parasite Eve..BADLY

    F U Square ………………………………………

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    • John mul-ti-pass

      September 10, 2013 at 13:46

      Hear hear

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    • Tarisma

      September 10, 2013 at 13:46

      It almost feels like this generation hasn’t had a FF game

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      • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

        September 10, 2013 at 13:51

        So true. Lost Odyssey was the best Final Fantasy this generation

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        September 10, 2013 at 14:03

        I got FF7 on Steam now – does that mean the Master Race got the best FF game of this generation? trollol

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    • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

      September 10, 2013 at 13:50

      Sad day brother. I haven’t used LE SIGH for a while, but this is a LE SIGH LV 9000+

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      • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

        September 10, 2013 at 13:51

        Indeed bro……..but JRPGs are making a comeback at least..SE can stuff themselves

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        • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

          September 10, 2013 at 13:52

          They can, fuck them (not my mom).

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  5. Hammersteyn

    September 10, 2013 at 13:47

    Time to hand Squeenix as Kleenex as I don’t see them hanging around much longer if the go forward with this. Somebody drop them a mail and kindly remind them there are still those who DO not have internet.

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    • John mul-ti-pass

      September 10, 2013 at 13:48

      Outside Europe and the US? Nooo. That’s not possible. There are no countries outside the USA and Europe

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  6. Ross Woofels Mason

    September 10, 2013 at 13:48

    Final Fantasy XIV: A realm reborn is great. as long as they dont fuck this up they can do what they want with the rest of the series.

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    • Hammersteyn

      September 10, 2013 at 13:49

      Still want to play it. Are the servers issues sorted at least?

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    • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

      September 10, 2013 at 13:49

      no they can’t 🙁 They need to respect it 🙁 lol

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  7. RincemySniperKittEH0-O

    September 10, 2013 at 13:49

    That’s LE Sigh Darryn, LE sigh…

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      September 10, 2013 at 13:55

      le sigh!

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      • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

        September 10, 2013 at 13:56

        Indeed! Darryn needs to wake the hell up, the LE is essential, ESSENTIAL I say!

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          September 10, 2013 at 14:00

          proper grammar, innit?

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          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:02

            Ait.

          • Brady miaau

            September 10, 2013 at 14:21

            sure, guv

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          September 10, 2013 at 14:07

          He can’t even get stealing an image on the internet right :/

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          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:09

            At least the Hipster can 😉

  8. Admiral Chief of Rivia

    September 10, 2013 at 13:51

    Well the only Squeenix game I care about is DXHR

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    • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

      September 10, 2013 at 13:51

      Which you can also find on the iPad………………………………..

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      • John mul-ti-pass

        September 10, 2013 at 13:52

        I hate them now.

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      • Admiral Chief of Rivia

        September 10, 2013 at 13:54

        iPad…SIES

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        • John mul-ti-pass

          September 10, 2013 at 13:55

          You said it.

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        • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

          September 10, 2013 at 13:55

          Exactly…………..

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        • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

          September 10, 2013 at 14:32

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      • Hammersteyn

        September 10, 2013 at 13:54

        I’d rather they kick me in the balls.

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        • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

          September 10, 2013 at 13:56

          I would rather have a buffalo take a diarrhea dump in my ear

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          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:00

            Hehe, graphic, and really weird

          • Hammersteyn

            September 10, 2013 at 14:06

            You’ve never seen AVGN?

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:07

            Lol no, on my way now to have a gander

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:07

            He is very awesome

          • Hammersteyn

            September 10, 2013 at 14:08

          • Hammersteyn

            September 10, 2013 at 14:06

            AVGN’s words coming out of your mouth. He uploaded a new vid BTW.

          • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

            September 10, 2013 at 14:08

            Really? need to have a look at it.

            This is my fav:

          • Hammersteyn

            September 10, 2013 at 14:09

            Got em all on my PC 🙂

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:10

            Isn’t he making a movie?

          • Hammersteyn

            September 10, 2013 at 14:10

            About the Atari ET game yes.

          • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

            September 10, 2013 at 14:11

            And a game

    • John mul-ti-pass

      September 10, 2013 at 13:52

      Deus Ex?

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      • Admiral Chief of Rivia

        September 10, 2013 at 13:54

        Aye

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      • Hermann Schwindt

        September 10, 2013 at 14:17

        Damn, played the first DX countless times. Always seem to take the stealth approach though.

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        • Admiral Chief of Rivia

          September 10, 2013 at 14:21

          Same, have you jammed it with the mod that makes the skills kinda like DXHR?

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        • John mul-ti-pass

          September 10, 2013 at 15:10

          Same here. That game was, and still is, legendary.

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    • Hammersteyn

      September 10, 2013 at 13:53

      SEQUEL ALREADY!!! DAMN THEM!

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  9. RincemySniperKittEH0-O

    September 10, 2013 at 13:52

    Well, when someone decides to crowd source Lost Odyssey 2 I’ll gladly throw my money at them, as I am sure @umarbastra:disqus will.

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    • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

      September 10, 2013 at 13:54

      Naa, actually I like the fact that LO is done and finish. that game can forever live on in my heart and memories…But I can hardly look at Final Fantasy without puking…I can no longer defend that series…well if 15 fails…..then I’m done

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      • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

        September 10, 2013 at 13:54

        I don’t know man, I am so desperate now I would gladly welcome LO2!

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        • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

          September 10, 2013 at 13:55

          Indeed, Dude, get a ps3 somehow and GET NI NO KUNI NOW

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          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:02

            I do plan on this.

      • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

        September 10, 2013 at 13:57

        I am currently playing Lost Odyssey and I am loving it! The only other JRPG that I loved was Lunar 😛

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        • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

          September 10, 2013 at 13:57

          Oh shit, this article just got real! Lunar was mentioned!

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          • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

            September 10, 2013 at 13:58

            I am not expert in JRPG’s… Did I just say something wrong? :O

          • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

            September 10, 2013 at 13:59

            LOL no, Lunar is legendary bro , one of my favorite too

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            September 10, 2013 at 14:00

            You just made Umar’s day dude….

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:02

            He just had an accident in his pants…

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:03

            he had a Tanya in his pants? That can’t be grammatically correct?

          • Umar Final Fantasy 15 Hopeful

            September 10, 2013 at 14:03

            Front and back of my pants….wait

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 10, 2013 at 14:04

            Yes, WAIT 0-O

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 10, 2013 at 14:06

            Good thing we not in the same city, crazy like that seems contagious…

    • Hammersteyn

      September 10, 2013 at 14:07

      AVGN has a new vid before I forget.

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      • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

        September 10, 2013 at 14:08

        Oh, win. Will watch this weekend. I watched his last one, he seemed deflated… Not as good…

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        • Hammersteyn

          September 10, 2013 at 14:11

          This one has a bit more virile and rage in it.

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  10. Alien Emperor Trevor

    September 10, 2013 at 14:06

    I want to cry every time I hear one of these guys talking about mobile being the future. CRY MY LITTLE GAMER EYES OUT. The only problem is I can’t decide if it’s from sadness or derision.

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    • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

      September 10, 2013 at 14:07

      Both?

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    • Hammersteyn

      September 10, 2013 at 14:07

      It’s anger and betrayal

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    • FoxOneZA - X-Therminator

      September 10, 2013 at 15:11

      Or is the real issue the mobile gamers that are showing SQUEEENIX all this loving and cash?

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  11. Paul Fouche

    September 10, 2013 at 15:58

    final fantasy reborn rocks just FYI i think they will be just fine 🙂

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