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11-03-03, 02:25 PM
Square Enix compounds news of a mixed financial forecast by announcing a later FFXII release date.

TOKYO--Square Enix yesterday updated its profit estimates for the full fiscal year, lowering that figure by almost 20 percent. While Square Enix originally expected to profit for the fiscal year to tally 10.5 billion yen, it has now changed that figure to 8.1 billion yen.

The company says the change is due to its postponing the release of Final Fantasy XII to sometime after March 31, 2004--the end of Square Enix' fiscal year. Reuters is reporting that even that delayed date may be pushed back further. "We had planned to release Final Fantasy XII in the current business year," said a Square Enix spokesperson, "but after a review of our product launch plan, we decided to delay it to next business year or later."

Square Enix president Youichi Wada commented that the game’s release date is being shifted due to not only delays in development, but also in order to avoid competing with other Square Enix titles. Although not expected to entirely replace revenues expected from Final Fantasy XII, the company did recently announced a PlayStation 2 port of Dragon Quest V, to be released before the end of its current fiscal year (sometime before March 31, 2004).

Before merging with Enix, Square was known for its singularly popular (and successful) Final Fantasy franchise, as Enix was known for Dragon Quest. While both series continue to be on the merged company's release schedule, today's news means that two of its major RPGs will not be showing up until the company's next fiscal year. (Square Enix had announced earlier that Dragon Quest VIII would not ship until 2004.)

In related news, Square Enix says unit sales in both Japan and overseas markets have increased, and pointed out that Drakengard for PS2 and its TV toy game, Shinken Dragon Quest, a game based on the Dragon Quest series that can be played by plugging it into the TV, have both been selling beyond expectations in Japan.


Josh H
11-03-03, 02:42 PM
No big deal. I was planning on holding off till next summer anyone. Not enough free time during the school year for RPGs.

The Franchise
11-03-03, 02:44 PM
FFXII (12) was delayed, not FFX-2 (10- part 2). This news applies to Japan only for FF-12. X-2 is still on track to be released this year in the US.

Josh H
11-03-03, 02:48 PM
Guess this thread needs a title edit then.

11-03-03, 02:52 PM
Well... I thought XII & X2 is the same game :)

11-03-03, 02:56 PM
Originally posted by Jtnguyen12
Well... I thought XII & X2 is the same game :)

Two different games I think.

Josh H
11-03-03, 03:04 PM
Yes, two different games. X-2 is the sequel to FFX, FFXII is Final Fantasy 12, and all new game. XI is the online game.

11-03-03, 04:46 PM
I'm thinking it's time to drop the roman numerals. Good grief.

11-03-03, 04:56 PM
Originally posted by Gromit
I'm thinking it's time to drop the roman numerals. Good grief.

it's FF slang, n00b. DEAL WITH IT!!!

lol :)

11-03-03, 05:21 PM
Originally posted by Josh Hinkle
Guess this thread needs a title edit then.

Changed the X2 in the title to XII.

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