Something that always bugs me – when I see obviously-incompetent corporate leaders doing stupid things because they are greedy. That has been the focus point of so many of these Self-Indulgent and Overstated Nerdrage posts. Because big gaming companies are greedy piles of shit, so they have to make things bad for other people. That’s just what they do. Square Enix has been all over that lately. From the pre-order debacle with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, to the episodic bullshit with the new Final Fantasy VII Remake. Now the CEO at Crystal Dynamics is out of a job, and the general consensus is that it was because of what happened with Rise of the Tomb Raider, and the vastly-underwhelming sales of the game. There are so many levels of how stupid this is, so let’s talk about it.
First, what did you think would happen, Square Enix? You had this game as a timed exclusive to a single console. So all the PS4 and PC gamers would have to wait until the holiday season of this year to play it. I am one of those people! I want to play it! I heard that they improved upon all the things that made the original game good, which is awesome! I loved the original. It was loads of fun. Did this company honestly believe that it was going to get higher in sales than the original on one platform? Gee, Square Enix, were you too busy doing the eye-money thing from Looney Tunes to notice that this was a bad thing to do? Guess so, because now you are made about the lacking performance of the game. What idiots.
Next, there was a video by arbitor365 where he talked about the fact that this franchise is dead now, because of Square Enix making the asinine decision to have this game be a timed exclusive. And that bugs me because I wanted to see where these franchise could go! They started off so amazingly, so why not expand on that?! Why does it have to be this damn complicated?! Because it’s Square Enix, naturally. This company seems so determined to shoot themselves in the foot. The number of baffling decisions that this company is making lately shows me a company that is falling apart. Or at least about to.
But the really strange part is why someone else is taking the heat for a stupid decision that I am certain Square Enix made. Unless it was this guy who made it. If so, then maybe he is to blame. Somebody is. Somebody needs to pay for this stupidity. But it won’t be the people who were most likely responsible. The greedy heads at Square Enix, who only see dollar signs and stopped caring about their consumers. It’s all so insulting.
I just read an article about how Hideo Kojima has started his own studio, and Sony made a deal with him to make a game that will be PS4 exclusive. The people there must be cheering. Console exclusives are a big deal. I get that. But not at the expense of the people who helped make a game great in the first place. When you have a game that is always multiple-platform, making it exclusive, even timed, is going to hurt you. The same thing is going to happen with Street Fighter V, as it did with the new Killer Instinct. Microsoft is trying to keep in a game that they are clearly not doing especially well at this console cycle. Sony has been knocking it out of the park. Their exclusives are a cut above the rest. But the fight between those two shouldn’t come at the expense of a franchise that there was NO reason to make exclusive to the Xbox One. Sony is celebrating partnering with Kojima. Square Enix is firing someone for their dumb decisions.
And in the end, the people who get screwed are us. The gamers. The people who want to see more of franchises. Now another IP with potential dies, all thanks to greed. Nice work, Square Enix. You money-grubbing fucks.
Until next time, a quote,
“Never attribute to malevolence what is merely due to incompetence” – Arthur C. Clarke