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Surprise! Farspoken and other Square Enix games failed to meet sales expectations



In news that should surprise no one, Forspoken – along with the plethora of ‘smaller’ games that Square Enix released last year – failed to meet the publisher’s sales expectations. The company’s stance on the matter was revealed in its latest business briefing (as reported by RPG site), with incumbent President Yosuke Matsuda delivering disappointing news.

Matsuda says that “many of the new small and medium-sized titles we launched it [fiscal] The year did not perform as well as we expected. He is believed to be referring to the likes of The Diofield Chronicle, Valkyrie Elysium, Star Ocean: The Divine Force, and maybe Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion. Highly ranked strategies Ogre: Rebirth may also be on the list.

Meanwhile, Farspoken is called out by name in the report – but we all could have predicted that. The open world action RPG has clearly a big Budget, but it was met with lukewarm reviews and, for the most part, apathy from players when it launched back in January.

“Reviews of ‘Forspoken,’ which we released on January 24, 2023, were challenging,” writes Matsuda. “Its sales have been lackluster, and while the performance of new titles with February and March release dates will be the ultimate decider, we see significant downside risk to our FY2023/3 earnings,” he continues. ouch.


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