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Unsurprizingly Forspoken Sales Disappointed Square Enix

Here's a new one - Square Enix is not satisfied with the sales of Forspoken.

Square Enix has released a new financial report. It includes Forspoken, released this January, whose creators will soon be absorbed by the publisher. The Japanese corporation is not satisfied with the game's sales.

It is difficult to be surprised - Square Enix is rarely satisfied with its financial results. It wasn't satisfied with Outriders or Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. Forspoken has shared their fate - although a more appropriate comparison is probably Marvel's Avengers, which also proved to be a disappointment. The first two titles received at least high ratings.

In the aforementioned report, we can read words from Yosuke Matsuda, CEO of Square Enix, who in the summer is expected to be replaced by Takashi Kiryu:

"Reviews of Forspoken, released on January 24 were difficult to accept. Nevertheless, aspects of the game such as parkour and combat have been received positively, which will increase our development capabilities in the future. Sales of the game are low, and while we still face releases scheduled for February and March, there is a high risk of a year-on-year decline in revenue."

Square Enix's February releases include, e.g. Octopath Traveler II. However, it seems unlikely that this particular game will significantly improve the company's financial performance. It is worth adding that its expectations were also not met by smaller games released in recent months, such as The DioField Chronicle, Star Ocean: The Divine Force, Harvestella, Tactics Ogre: Reborn, Dragon Quest: Treasures, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion or Valkyrie Elysium.

Square Enix can expect a rebound in fiscal 2023. After all, on June 22, Final Fantasy XVI will debut on the PlayStation 5.

Hubert Sledziewski

Hubert Sledziewski

A sociologist by education, a gamer by passion. His adventure with gaming began at the age of four – with the Famicom clone. Currently, he prefers PC and challenging RPGs, but doesn't shy away from consoles or other genres. He has been writing professionally since 2016. He joined Gamepressure five years later – although he has known the website ever since he had access to the Internet – to combine his love of writing and games. He mainly deals with news and editorials. When he's not playing or writing, he's happiest reading, watching TV shows (less often movies) and Premier League matches, listening to heavy music, and walking his dog. He loves Stephen King's works almost unconditionally. He has not abandoned plans to follow in his footsteps. However, he keeps his first "literary achievements" locked away deep in a drawer.


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