Square Enix plans to accelerate its Mobile / PC Browser gaming segment to counterbalance low full-game sales, and we should see more mobile titles this year than ever before.
In our latest Square Enix financials report we dissected the company's latest Fiscal Year 2017 earnings, and also highlighted where the publisher will go in 2018 and beyond.
While most gamers are itching for news on Final Fantasy VII: Remake and Kingdom Hearts III, this year will be a low-point for big-name Square Enix games, especially after the flurry of AAA releases in FY2017 (Final Fantasy XV, Nier: Automata, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided). Instead of belting out new juggernauts, I predict Square Enix will use the strength of its mobile IPs to buoy revenue streams and carry momentum into the next fiscal year, who's pipeline likely includes the aforementioned anticipated RPGs.
But why do I think this? There's quite a few clues in the company's Fiscal Year 2018 forecasts. The publisher forecasts a massive 55% decrease in full game sales during FY2018: full-game sales are projected to hit 15.56 million, versus the rock-solid 34.76 million games sold in FY2017. Square Enix's FY2018 games pipeline is quite conservative and consists of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, an unannounced game, and MMO expansions for Final Fantasy XIV (Stormblood) and Dragon Quest X. But despite selling 55% less games, Square Enix expects to make quite a bit of revenue.