Square Enix of America CEO Phil Rogers has released an open letter, perhaps in response to concern over the companies expanded efforts into mobile and free-to-play markets. Rogers states clearly that the company is still dedicated to the development of "core, triple-A console and PC games." Perhaps to bush across this idea, Rogers confirmed that a next-gen Tomb Raider is currently in development.
Rogers continues, promising that Square Enix will maintain a high standard of quality no matter the product:
"In the future, we’ll offer gamers more choice, support more platforms and try new things – but we will make sure that whatever the platform, we’ll always keep our focus on raising the quality bar. We feel that is what gamers should expect from a Square Enix game."
To give a better idea of the range of development projects Square Enix is focusing on going forward, Rogers mentions titles like Deus Ex: The Fall for tablets and Heroes & Generals for PC. Despite their experimentation with different pay models and platforms, Rogers points out their plans for Tomb Raider 2, Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts III and also the release of Thief in 2014.
While Rogers vaguely addresses what I believe to be the real issue, which is Square Enix's continued releases of mobile games that are highly exploitative of customers, he never apologizes or admits mistake. In fact, it seems to be the opposite, as Rogers promises only more such experimental payment systems in the future. Hey though, look at these other AAA games, that makes everything better, right?
Ah, whatever. I'll never play one of Square Enix's oddball microtransation games, and I avoid their mobile rereleases of classic JRPGs too as a result. It's not like I'm effected by their decisions. Still, I feel bad for those who do end up paying extraordinary amounts for such poor experiences. Tomb Raider sequel though, right guys? Argh.
Thanks for the tip, Dragoon!