Square Enix might have needed a new compass to guide itself back on track with its upcoming Final Fantasy games like XIII-2 and XIV, but that doesn't mean it lost sight of success in the meantime. President Yoichi Wada confirms his company has landed profitability for the first half of its current financial year thanks to a (relatively) strong second quarter which saw the release of Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
For the six month timeframe ending September 30th, Square Enix overall was able to post a profit of ¥3.7 billion ($47.9 million USD), a sweet 115 percent improvement from the same period last year. This is in spite of being hit with a 15 percent year-on-year decrease in overall revenues.
While Wada hailed DXHR as a catalyst for improved fortunes, it's noting that the publisher confirms the title has so far managed to ship 2.18 million copies worldwide, divided between 800,000 units in North America and 1.38 million in Europe. These aren't actual sales figures so they may not translate into the blockbuster numbers that we're bound to see from the other heavyweight titles this month, but the performance was certainly enough to make a difference for Square Enix.
To be sure, Wada also attributes favorable results to Square Enix's "growth areas" like web and smartphone content, and social networking services. The publisher's roadmap sees it producing some 10 new IP in the near future, and it wouldn't be surprising if a couple of those end up for these platforms.