Square Enix has released their fiscal year 2014 report, which is showing facts about the corporation’s financial status for stakeholders. Alongside basic information, the report highlights software sales from fiscal year 2014 (April 2013 – March 2014), and their predictions for the upcoming FY15. (April 2014 – March 2015)
Square Enix expects it will be selling 12 million units in the fiscal year 2015, which means there would be a 5 million drop in coming software sales. This might be due to lack of major blockbuster titles such as Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts, for example. Already announced titles for the fiscal year 2015 are: Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for PS4, Drakengard 3, Murdered: Soul Suspect and Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMix. This may indicate that we are not going to see Final Fantasy XV or Kingdom Hearts 3 until March 2015.
Another very interesting and weird thing in the software sales chart is that Square Enix is expecting European sales grow by 0.72 million from FY2014. Does this mean Europe may be getting a title that other areas won’t? What would you say to Final Fantasy Type-0 being an European only release? Perhaps, they are just expecting these titles mentioned before to sell better in Europe.
It’s worth noticing that Square Enix might be tricking their stakeholders, like a few times in the past years, to receive a boost later this year. They might be preparing a big release for this fiscal year, but they don’t want to show any hints about it just yet. It’s quite crazy to think they would be allowing such a big drop happening, but it seems possible, for now. As we wait unaware about what’s coming, Square Enix is planning how they hit the jackpot at E3 2014. After it, we might know if they are willing to prevent this decrease.