Square Enix has announced that it will be changing its stance toward development studios to “strike a balance between risk and return”. Square Enix says it will now invest in smaller stakes in addition to outright acquiring studios to help share the “development risk with partners”. Square Enix will also be opening to selling minority stakes in its own development teams.
Square Enix has also claimed that it will no longer be prioritizing the Japanese market as it is “no longer sufficient” to recoup on investments. Square Enix will now opt to prioritize the global market which “which offers greater scale in terms of both customers and sales volumes”. It’s currently unclear as to whether this will affect the types of games Square Enix will greenlight.
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