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Square Enix is Back in the Black Thanks to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Could Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn be the most successful damage control of all time? Square Enix is now operating profitably for the first time in a while thanks to the relaunch of its MMORPG, which very well might have saved the company.

A rocky beginning to 2013 and “extraordinary losses” sent Square Enix into a financial tailspin thanks to under-performing Western titles and the disastrous failing of Final Fantasy XIV Online. By March, the company was already posting losses of $130 million and longtime Yoichi Wada was forced to resign during a management shift.

Fortunes have changed a year later. While not operating on the level it wants to yet, Square Enix as posted figures for the new financial year, stating it pulled in roughly 6 billion yen ($60 million) between its last report and December 31st, largely because of the success of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Square Enix reports that salesĀ “have been making favorable progress.”

Joining Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn in the bright side of Square Enix’s eyes is Tomb Raider, which is finally profitable after missing all projected launch figures.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm RebornĀ has been getting all kinds of positive praise, and I am leaning towards finally giving it a try. I haven’t played an MMORPG since World of Warcraft began having tangible consequences on my real life, and I promised I would never get sucked into another one ever again. But this is just the prefect rendition of classic “Final Fantasy” in HD, and I am just dying to give it a spin. We’ll see.

Those screenshots are just drop dead gorgeous.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...