Square Enix Holdings has announced that Luminous Productions, which is a subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings, will merge with Square Enix on the 1st of May 2023. Square Enix claims that the move will enhance its ability to develop HD games. Square Enix has also confirmed that it will not cut any jobs from the Luminous Productions team.

This follows the disappointing launch of Forspoken for the PlayStation 5 and PC. Forspoken failed to appeal to both critics and gamers alike, the game also didn’t chart high on PSN, Steam or through physical sales. Criticism of the game’s poor writing, animations and world was often met with claims of racism and sexism.

Here’s what Luminous Productions had to say:

You may have heard the news that Luminous Productions is merging with Square Enix. Beginning on May 1, our talented team will join Square Enix to deliver new, innovative gaming experiences to players across the globe.

Between now and then we remain entirely focused on Forspoken. We are currently working on the previously announced patch to address overall game performance (we will deliver an update soon) and the downloadable content, “In Tanta We Trust”, is on track for release this summer. Thank you again for your patience and support!

When we established Luminous Productions in 2018, our vision was to make AAA games that fused technology and artistry to deliver completely new play experiences. Having the chance to do just that has been a dream come true. We appreciate you taking this journey with us and look forward to continuing to create new entertainment and experiences as a part of the Square Enix family.

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