Following the announcement of Square Enix’s financial year 2018 financial results this afternoon, the publisher provided the presentation slides for their briefing, and they included some interesting details about the programs for the upcoming fiscal year, which end on March 31st, 2019.
First of all, we know that in the that the publisher plans to expand its IP portfolio via “major” releases of both new and existing IPs, further enhancing profitability by boosting digital sales. In addition to this, Square Square Enix anticipates an increase in revenue as a result of the launch of “several” blockbusters and medium-sized games.
The document goes on to list some of the already declared releases for the fiscal year, which can be Octopath Traveler for Nintendo Switch forthcoming on July 13th. Shadow of the Tomb Raider for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on September 14th, and Kingdom Hearts III supported for 2018.
At the present time it’s’s unknown if this usually means that the game won’t come this calendar year, or Square Enix just did not include it in the record because it doesn’t have a formal launch date. That said, Nabeshima-san himself mentioned in a meeting last month that “that the objective is in sight” development wise, so we’ll need to wait and watch should we hear anything in E3. Historically, the records in this kind of record are inclined to be partial, and we don’t see any mention of the western launch of Dragon Quest XI possibly, which we all know is coming.
Another intriguing part is that the reference of “big” releases of new IP. On the flip side, Left Alive would probably fit the bill much better. Again, some surprises may also come at E3.
In addition, we get some data on the plans for the writer’s MMORPG portfolio, that includes Final Fantasy XIV and Dragon Quest X. During the past fiscal year, they found major growth due to the launching of expansions, which resulted in strong disk sales and a growth of paying readers.
This year won’t possess any expansion launch, so Square Enix expects a decrease in disk sales. That said they aim to “focus on consumer retention by taking different operational steps like big updates. ”
Final Fantasy XIV is going to get its next major upgrade numbered 4.3 on May 22nd, along with the group has ever been really good at supplying big chunks of fresh content on a quarterly basis. Dragon Quest X will also receive a large upgrade spelled 4.2 this season, even though this is unfortunately restricted just to Japan.