"Go under"? Yeah. FFXIII sold pretty poorly.
Not quite. XIII sold quite well, and received high marks even if they are not as high as its predecessors.
You know, I was going to reiterate that it wasn't all that well liked by reviewers. However, upon looking at the ratings, most gave it an 8 or better. They all said pretty much the same thing, though. "Great graphics, great music, interesting story (if a bit over the top). But the actual game play is exceptionally linear, and while the new battle system has its perks, it often leads to just smashing the X button."
Don't get me wrong, visuals and music add a lot to a game... If the game is good to begin with. FF13 has been the only single player FF that I haven't finished. I've beat FF2 TWICE and I don't even like the game all that much. Maybe its just me. In any case, *I* will not be picking FF13-2 up. I suspect some others won't as well based on the experiences from FF13. Time will tell, I suppose.
The idea that SE has lost its edge with its flagship product is objectively unfounded. The series has been received poorly by the fanbase lately, but that doesn't say much. Numbers say more and the numbers, up until 14, were strong and continue to be with others games put out by SE. Final Fantasy IV through X (and now even XII!) continue to be regularly remembered by fans for a wide variety of reasons.
The Final Fantasy games aren't all that well known. At least not in comparison to some other titles. Granted after FF7, a lot of gamers that had never heard of the series got a chance to pick it up. And, the series seems to appeal to a much smaller segment of the gaming population. Given all this, if the fans aren't happy with the product (which I think we can all agree that most fans are very unhappy with FF14), who else is going to buy it?
We can only go up now, because after what happened, SE cannot sit on their loins so easily and choose to neglect everything they have learned. (And in the case of MMORPGs: Everything they have learned over the past nine years.) If we do not go up, then there is no true loss. Any company that would continue to operate as blissfully ignorant as that is metaphorically dead from a number of standpoints, and we'll all just have to start making mourning groups and cut our losses while gleefully downloading Final Fantasy 7-9 and talking about the 'good ole' days.
Neglect what they have learned? FF13 was fairly lackluster -- at least in comparison to other titles. Yet, they make a sequel. FF14 was awful during beta. SE came out and said, "Don't worry, we'll fix it be release!" FF14 was awful at release. So bad that they had to fire the guy running the show, find a new guy to replace him and give away months of free service. Even then people are still leaving because the game isn't fun enough to play -- even for free.
This, my friend, is NOT the sign of a company that has learned from its mistakes. Maybe things have changed this time. I've heard that way too often before, though. Pardon my cynicism, but I just don't think SE gets it.
Go back and check the links I put in my other post. They show a company that's losing money. Unless something happens to change that, SE will go under or be bought out. That's just the nature of business.
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