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 sales “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 Reborn 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.