The former CEO of Square recently called Square Enix a failure with no vision. I think I have to agree.
Hello again, my dear fans. Kidding (wanna be my fan?) I'm here on a serious issue that won't get off of my mind. I've tried playing The Last Story to calm myself down, but here I am writing a blog about it while it's paused.
Square Enix is a famous video game company, known for it's hit franchisesFinal Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Kingdom Hearts, etc. It has been making hit video games for over 25 years. Recently, the company has angered me in it's recent decisions , ranging from it's recent trend of mobile games, and the TWEWY fiasco.
As you all are aware by now, Square Enix posted a teaser website about TWEWY six days ago with a countdown, stirring up a lot of hype. Many of the fans thought it was a long overdue sequel on 3DS, while those who weren't fans guessed a Vita port. The fans were extremely exited and thoroughly hyped for the announcement, until...
Until a leak got out about a mobile platform release for the game that shockedeveryone.(Look at comments) The internet community exploded in reaction to the leak, thinking "Why on iPhone/Android??" The issue of mobile gaming is a debate that is nearly one-sided coming to the conclusion that it is inferior to handheld gaming. The games made for the handhelds contain substance, and last much longer than mobile game. Why spend 5 minute's throwing birds at blocks when you could be using it to catch Pikachu or to beat Brock and Misty?
This is where it gets good, after the leak, one of the translators of this game tweetedthat the leak "is more like a drip," hinting that there is more to come. After the countdown was over, the announcement was indeed an iOS port with remixed tracks. The part he was hinting was that combat was all done on one screen. Talk about aggravating.
What really angers me is that Square Enix did not forsee this coming. A countdown for a mobile port. Think about it. It's not something to do when your fans are expecting a sequel or something. Countdowns are used for big announcements, like example another Assassin's Creed game or a new Zelda game. Their announcement of TWEWY on iOS should have just... announced!! Not building up hype to disappointment!
"Why... What the hell!?"
Square Enix does make it's retro games available on mobile platforms, but it's not what you will expect if you go search for it right now. The prices are incredibly inflated compared to the dollar games normally sold. While Where's My Perry costs $0.99, Final Fantasy costs $8.99. Final Fantasy III, the third in the series (aka. Not Final Fantasy VI), costs $15.99 along. Final Fantasy Tactics War of the Lionsis the same price, even though it has a cheaper version on PSN; not to mention you can choose whether to buy the PSP enhanced version, or the PS1 CIassic for $9.99.
The newest Final Fantasy is called Final Fantasy Dimensions, being released as... you guessed it. Mobile platforms. This Final Fantasy follows a traditional ATB system with a Final Fantasy III/V like Job System. It was to be released in seperate stories. Sounds familiar, yes? That's because Final Fantasy IV: The After Years on WiiWare was the same way. The game had an expensive prologue and epilogue (about 1500 Wii points if I remember correctly), and about 300 Wii points or so. The game ranged to be about over $30 for everything. Final Fantasy Dimensions is to be released on the 31st of August. You have the choice to buy the full story for $28.99 or buy everything seperate for $32.96.
Just to let you know, TWEWY is $20.
I was interested greatly; until they dropped a $29 price tag on me.
I'm really disappointed in the marketing department of Square Enix. The countdown should not have happened and these mobile game's should not be this price.
I'm going to post some un/semi-related posts in spoilers.
Future of TWEWY:
Final Fantasy Versus XIII:
What are your thoughts? Please voice them in the comments section.
About FF Dimensions: I can (sort of) see why everyone is upset. The price and platform. On the other hand, I did pay $20 for FF Origins on the PSX, which - to my recolection - has less content than FFD. Also (and I know this next comment is becoming the bane of many a console gamer, but...) I rather like gaming on iOS.
I really hate games they dvelop. but since they publish masterpiece that Deus Ex is. so i dont hate them. and new hitman is also around corner.
but games they develop are just crap
@Pixel-Perfect lucky you... lol jk Did you see the teased picture at the end of the iOS version? People are guessing it's a sequel.
I'm happy that the port is coming, I'm looking for the latest timesink for my iPhone and I love gaming on it. The only thing is that I don't know whether it or the DS version will be more fully featured since one came out later but the other has two screens.
I have been wanting to get TWEWY for a long time, but like some games, I find a reason to push them back for another. when I saw news of this "teaser site" for a "sequel," i was excited and knew this was reason enough for one of the next few games I got was the original. and when I saw that it was nothing more than a mobile port, I felt the stab in my back. oh well, maybe if I buy the original on DS new, that might give a little inspiration towards that possible sequel you mentioned. Also, how is The Last Story? I recently put a pre-order on it, but I haven't picked it up due to insufficient funds.
Same as @Minishdriveby here. I read about it the same day I read about the site opening. I actually thought "better not to build any hype up". xD
Ever since the Megaman Legends 3 fiasco, I simply am never hyped for any games that haven't been released at all unless (actually, many times even if) it's a "sure thing". =/
So, until I see TWEWY 2 released and praised as a great game, I will not have any hopes on it. I'm really glad to have played the original one and, no matter what happens, that won't change. I don't even really NEED a TWEWY2 anyway, though I'll be glad if/when one day I get to play it and enjoy it. ^^ It wasn't this time though. :P
@phoenixangel9 I'm in the same boat. I don't need nor necessarily want a sequel to this game.
@Minishdriveby Though I understand what @bbkkristian means, Square-Enix never teased it as a sequel, they weren't really even "spreading the word" of this teaser site. It was just there and people simply put their expectations on it way too high. Surely it's the first thing that comes to mind, but I don't see why blame S-E for this thing. Besides, there's something extra on this. It was not a teaser site for a port, it was a teaser site for a "Subarashiki Kono Sekai (or TWEWY, if you prefer)" series' site, which hints that they do intend to expand on the series, but maybe it's just not the time yet.
Just as a side note, I, for one, hope TWEWY 2 will take place in a completely different place with completely different people, having only subplot ties to the first though (like having suffered influence from the events of the first game, mentions to the characters of the first game [or even cameos], etc). ^^
Someone on the DS board said something about it being an iOS port before the countdown even started. After listening to him, I forgot who it was, it sounded reasonable and lost any interest in following it although I didn't have much to begin with.
@Minishdriveby Yeah, some guy on System Wars predicted it right too. I passed his post without even considering it; thinking "No way" while forgetting SE's mobile game history.