Square Enix's acquisition of Eidos is complete as of yesterday, granting the Japanese RPG giant access to the UK-headquartered publisher's stable of game franchises. In an ongoing effort to diversify its global software lineup, Square Enix solidifies its presence in the "West" and its £84.3 million ($117 million USD) bid for Eidos, accepted by the UK publisher's own shareholders in late March, was just one step in that direction. Eidos' global operations, which include Crystal Dynamics, IO Interactive, and Eidos Montreal, will be integrated with Square Enix to greatly boost their number of development studios, particularly in Europe:
Meanwhile, Square Enix also reiterates lifetime sales figures for software franchises from Eidos as well as their own. Unsurprisingly, Final Fantasy remains Square Enix's most successful franchise with worldwide sales of 85 million games. Dragon Quest remains well-loved in Japan, though it can't top FF with slower series sales of 47 million units. The Kingdom Hearts series is also becoming a tour de force for Square Enix, selling 12 million games since the first title's launch back in 2002.
Tomb Raider is naturally Eidos' strongest franchise, selling 30 million games across 12 years. Hitman proved to be another key Eidos franchise, scoring combined sales of 8 million units. Incidentally the most popular Hitman title proved to be the second one, accounting for under half of the total games sold in the series. Other notable Eidos franchises listed included the Deus Ex series with a little over 2 million games sold, Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, and Just Cause. Will the upcoming Batman: Arkham Asylum eventually prove its worth to both Square Enix and Eidos?