Neoseeker : News : Square Enix Los Angeles hit with layoffs after new president Yosuke Matsuda begins "review" of holdings
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Mikau Kahn Apr 3, 13
It's sort of interesting.

Becoming an independent developer is finally becoming a viable job, yet at the same time the big companies are letting people go left and right.

Could it be that the dissatisfaction of the AAA companies is feeding the indie market by giving game developers a need to make ends meet, but it is stabbing itself in the back by creating more competition for itself?
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Soltice Apr 3, 13
I can understand FFXIV was definitely a bullet to the kneecap, but just how much of a goal were they demanding with Tomb Raider, Absolution, and sleeping dogs, that i felt like were one of the strongest titles from 2012 and early of this year
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daveyd Apr 3, 13
Shame, but it's not surprising. I read a couple years ago that the average cost of developing an AAA video game title is estimated at $23 million dollars. Some of SE's titles probably have development budgets of over $30 million. Then they likely spend several million more advertising the game. Thus, they can sell what seems like a HUGE amount of copies and still lose money. Indie / low budget niche game developers sell much fewer copies but are able to turn a profit because of relatively low production costs. Also, they don't blow a lot of money on advertising but rely on reviews and word of mouth. I think SE needs to cut back on their advertising budget and just focus on making better games. Really at this point, they don't need to advertise FF games because EVERYONE who plays games has heard of Final Fantasy.
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Slash Apr 3, 13
All of these layoffs that are happening. @_@
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THM Apr 3, 13
No surprise, Layoff is a common thing in Capitalism!!!
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Exevier Apr 3, 13
quote Soltice
I can understand FFXIV was definitely a bullet to the kneecap, but just how much of a goal were they demanding with Tomb Raider, Absolution, and sleeping dogs, that i felt like were one of the strongest titles from 2012 and early of this year
And that's not even mentioning the fact that FFXIV's lined up for a promising re-launch in the near future, complete with worldwide servers for the first time. It feels very strange for the layoffs to affect employees over North American online services with a big move like that coming up.
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bluexy Apr 3, 13
Tomb Raider sales 3.4million units, expected units sold 5 to 6 million
Hitman Absolution sales 3.6 million units, expected units sold 4.5 to 5 million
Sleeping Dogs sales 1.75 million, expected units sold 2 to 2.5 million
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Zombie_Barioth Apr 3, 13
I think Square Enix needs to scale back their in-house development projects a bit. The two were the kings of RPGs back in the day and while RPGs are usually pretty expensive to develop they usually aren't the most graphically impressive, but now a days Square Enix has been pushing the envelop graphics wise on those games as well.

One of the problems with FFXIII was linearity which is rather ironic since from what I've heard they actually had too many ideas they were trying to implement at once which is what led to FFXIII-2, so thats something for them to work on as well.
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daveyd Apr 3, 13
Zombie_Barioth I agree. It seems that with each new installment, FF is becoming more and more like an interactive film which is not what RPG fans want. We want to play the role of the main character, which ideally means we get to customize the character (i.e., choose their class); or at the very least make some meaningful choices. When a game decides everything from what "you" must look / dress like, what weapon "you" must use, who "you" must romance, what "you" say, etc. it is hard to classify it as a RPG anymore.

It sounds like Bravely Default is a step in the right direction; multiple endings and a job system like classic FF games. I hope the rumors that it will be localized in the USA are true.
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ambing1 Apr 22, 13
They should lay to rest the final fantasy franchise.It cost too much to make and promote and it doesn't sell as much anymore because they yanked out what was making the core of series appealing.They seriously need to focus on something else.
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