Original Square Enix Title Confirmed For 2004
04.05.03 - 10:40 PM

Youichi Wada is a busy man. Following the merger of his company with Enix and the formation of Square Enix earlier this week, the new company's president has been in the spotlight to talk about the prospects of the new RPG juggernaut. Despite a constant stream of reports on clashing company cultures, Wada, in a recent interview with Famitsu, mentioned that he had already received a proposal for a joint project coming from Square and Enix developers. While the Square Enix president turned down that proposal, he said there will be an original title being released during the next fiscal year. Right now the company is focusing on debugging and localizing its first wave of titles for the current fiscal year. Furthermore, programmers are busy working on improved PlayOnline tools, allowing for an easier access to the online service serving as base for the company's online titles like last year's Final Fantasy XI. Asked about future rivals of Square Enix, Wada mentioned entertainment companies outside of the game industry as major competitors.

Square Enix currently plans to release a total of 19 titles (7 by Square and 12 by Enix) in the current fiscal year. While little is known about the 12 titles from Enix's side, the majority of Square-developed titles have already been announced: Final Fantasy XI: Vision of Jiraat, Hanjuku Eiyuu Tai 3D (Hanjuku Hero VS 3D), Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, Shinyaku Seiken Densetsu and Final Fantasy XII.

In North America, Square Enix USA will publish Unlimited SaGa, Final Fantasy X-2 and most likely Star Ocean: Till The End of Time this year.

Chris Winkler

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