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An air of change is taking place in Square Enix, it seems. A couple of months after Yoichi Wada, departing president of Square Enix announced his resignation in March, it has come to our attention that Mike Fischer, president and CEO of the North American branch of Square Enix has also recently resigned, in order to become vice president of digital Music and Video for Amazon in Japan.

Fischer's resignation takes place after rumors surrounding the company's North American branch aiming to reduce their emphasis on mobile games. After joining Square Enix back in 2010, Fischer reportedly planned to shift away from development of large and big budgeted titles, instead aiming to make smaller and less costly titles, along with supporting all the independant studios that the company was publishing for. Fischer apparently wanted to do this because of the “incredible pipeline of product” coming from the Japanese and European divisions of the company, so there would be no need for the American division to make more titles akin to Dungeon Siege 3.

According to Polygon, Fischer declined to discuss the details of his departure, although he did note that he left the company on “good terms”.

What this means for the future of franchises such as KINGDOM HEARTS or FINAL FANTASY is as of yet uncertain, but a little speculation never hurt anyone. What sort of change do you see for the future of Square Enix North America? Do you think it will it impact our beloved KINGDOM HEARTS series in a positive or negative way?

Source: Polygon

 

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so the president of north America left, huh? Not sure how this is going to impact the kh series tbh
 

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so the president of north America left, huh? Not sure how this is going to impact the kh series tbh
Yeah, he works at Amazon now. Well it could effect it in many ways: either they start localizing them faster or slower, marketing plans might be different. Idk there is a ton of stuff that can be talked about.
 

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Let's hope this means they'll place more emphasis on localizing more of their Japanese games. Also, their overall promotion for the KH series may finally improve.
 

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This guy doesn't sound so smart. Welp, Japan and Europe make great vidya. Herp derp. That means we don't have to make vidya. Herp derp.

Like really? You're not gonna create big budget titles because your other ones are creating too? What if something happens to them? What then?
 

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Like really? You're not gonna create big budget titles because your other ones are creating too? What if something happens to them? What then?
In a way, it sounded like a pretty neat plan. Seeing as Japan and Europe were focusing on high end AAA titles, there was this huge mobile gaming market opening up which they pretty much had to take advantage of by focusing the division's efforts on it.
 

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Well it could effect it in many ways: either they start localizing them faster or slower, marketing plans might be different.
Nek Minnit: Bravely Default localisation cancelled; All The Bravest II Announced.
 

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BREAKING NEWS: Some time before 9pm near Los Angeles Airport, a fire was started at the building of a big video game company, Square Enix. This is a developing story.

BREAKING NEWS: At the same time in Japan and Europe, Square Enix's other offices were set on fire. Out in the streets were hordes of people cheering in hysterics.
 

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BREAKING NEWS: Some time before 9pm near Los Angeles Airport, a fire was started at the building of a big video game company, Square Enix. This is a developing story.

BREAKING NEWS: At the same time in Japan and Europe, Square Enix's other offices were set on fire. Out in the streets were hordes of people cheering in hysterics.
BREAKING NEWS: It appears that long awaited game, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, was nowhere to be located inside any of the Square Enix buildings. President of the Japanese Division, Yosuke Matsuda, has come forward to say it was "nothing but a tech demo".
 

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Good that he's moving on in life. Not sure what good or bad will happen with the company though. To be honest, I really don't see much if anything changing, but that's just me.
 

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"After joining Square Enix back in 2010, Fischer reportedly planned to shift away from development of large and big budgeted titles, instead aiming to make smaller and less costly titles"
Good riddance.
 

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Get maybe we can get HD 2.5 Remix within a 3 month or less time span instead of this outrageous 6 month span
 

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Well let's see what happens with this... because let's hope that the next president of SE NA will actually do something good for us instead of trolling us with small titles...
 
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