Square Enix Wants To Establish New Game Studios, Despite Just Selling Three Of Them

Square Enix has released its earnings report for the last fiscal year, and nestled amidst the sea of sales figures and numbers are a few interesting pieces of information, including the fact that Square Enix wants to establish new game studios.

Normally a publisher wanting to build or acquire more game studios would make perfect sense. But this news comes shortly after Square Enix announced it was selling three major studios–Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal and Square Enix Montreal–to the Embracer Group to the tune of $300 million. Square Enix moving forward also wants to “cultivate robust IP” after it just sold off major IPs like Tomb Raider and Deus Ex along with its aforementioned studios.

Analysts have theorized the sale of some of its major Western studios and IP are part of an effort on the Japan-based Square Enix’s part to “refocus” on its Japanese studios. If that is the case, then Square Enix is likely looking at acquiring or spinning up new studios in Japan, rather than in other parts of the world.

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Author: Cameron Koch