- Nov 23, 2017
From the sound of it these studios were huge drains on Square Enix, spent like crazy, had little return, and were the place they were losing money most.
Oh you mean Final Fantasy?
The difference between how Squeenix managed it's Western studios vs it's Japanese ones, was nothing short of retarded
On the Nippon side you have:
- studios enjoying great freedom of development
- shitty remarsters
- sequel bloat
- FF14 given a full redevolepment, despite being dogshit and a financial bomb
- FF15 taking 10 years (and 2/3 complete redesigns) to release, burning millions each year, only to turn out one of the most mediocre FF titles
- the shameless cashgrab that is FF7 Remake, divisive even among FF fanboys
And despite all this, these games only had a modicum of "success" in fucking Japan and S. Korea
While on the Western side, the devs were faced with:
- extensive micromanagement from Squeenix
- unchangable deadlines
- unrealistic goals
- harsher crunch time
- small funding comparatively to their eastern cousins
However the western side of Squeenix has the one that had regular success (even if it didn't meet the japs hilarious expectations) and actual appeal outside east asia
Yet for the last 10 years, Squeenix used their western projects as a scapegoat for their every fuck up
The Western side of Square Enix has had shit returns for years. The studio has business reports where you can see returns, and the western side of Square Enix not only doesn't return, but is a drag. It's a simple numbers games. FF15 also wasn't in active development for ten years, and it made back its budget the first day of its release.
Marvel's Avengers cost something like $200 million and was publicly announced at the beginning of 2017. The most recent cycle of Tomb Raider games get listed on the wiki page for most expensive games made. It doesn't sound like these studios weren't afforded the time, money, and freedom to make their games. I'm not really sure where your getting this shit other than your ass, because it doesn't really line up with reality.
FF14 got a full redevelopment, another game called FF14, precisely because it was dog shit, no despite it. That also only happened because the guy they brought in to fix it talked them into letting him make the new version since FF14 was seen as damaging the brand.