It’s no secret that Square Enix has made some very questionable decisions over the last few years. Between the endless auxiliary Kingdom Hearts titles with no sign of a major sequel, the utter silence regarding Final Fantasy Versus XIII, beating the dead horse that is Final Fantasy XIII into the ground, and the catastrophic failure of Final Fantasy XIV, many fans young and old have declared the company a lost cause.
Not I, said this fan. Not I. Where many only see the faults and failures, I see the silver lining where they are slowly fixing many old mistakes, hopefully paving the way for a new future.
First is an old complaint; no Kingdom Hearts Final Mix for the United States. I was among those crying for the release, to be met with nothing, year after year. In my opinion, this is where the mistakes began. Those who scoff at their lineup of HD remasters overlook the fact that Kingdom Hearts 1.5 is more than just a remaster; it’s the long-awaited release of Final Mix for the states. That, in and of itself, is a step in the right direction, a step I’m glad they’ve taken. Between that and the revealed trailer for Kingdom Hearts III at E3, I think things are finally starting to look up for the beloved series. I won’t lie; I teared up a little when they showed the trailer. I remember telling everyone for a year that this was the year of Kingdom Hearts, and I’m so glad I was right. Depending on how long they take on it, it may just pull Square Enix out of this rut they’ve been in.
Their biggest failure in the past few years was the utter death of Final Fantasy XIV. It’s not often that a major numbered Final Fantasy is considered such a failure, but XIV managed it. Despite the vicious backlash it received, Square Enix appointed a new leader for the team and restarted the project. Having viewed the beta testing myself, I have to say the outlook is promising, and I fully plan to pick up A Realm Reborn later this month. Not only this, but they compensated all the players of the original game with a new copy and a reduced subscription. Now that’s an apology, and a great reward for continuing to trust in the company.
The years of silence on behalf of Versus XIII were finally broken this past E3 with a new trailer; the Final Fantasy most of the fan base has been chomping at the bit for has been granted its own number, XV, separating it from the almost taboo XIII series. Just months before that, former president Yoichi Wada stepped down, which is what I believe spurred the sudden break in the silence. I for one hope that this new trend of actually giving the fans information continues, for the sake of the company and the future of both Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III.
Sometimes, things need to be let go. But other times things just need a good kick in the rear to get restarted. Carry on, Square Enix. Carry on.