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Sony dumps Square Enix

| April 16, 2014

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Sony has sold 9,520,000 of its shares invested in Square Enix today, to the tune of approximately $46.9 million USD. The shares have been sold to Nikko Securities Inc.

Whilst Sony’s statement doesn’t imply any separation for the companies, it doesn’t look like it bodes well for the relations between them.

In terms of what gamers can expect, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see another third-party pounce upon Square Enix for future exclusives, should the ties between Sony and the developers deteriorate after this sale, which does look like a lack of faith in the Square Enix brand to the outside world.

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  • Guest

    SE shouldn’t have made that comment about DRM.

  • Facts First

    These two bankrupt companies deserve each other.

    • Revolver Ocelot

      About those Capcom rumours…

    • Xtreme Derp

      Completely wrong fanboy imbecile.

    • Xengre

      Here we are, looking at Square Enix 2 years later and they are on the verge of such extreme success in the video game industry their performance will almost certainly exceed their days back in the PS1/PS2 era.

      FF14 RR is a resounding success cited as being comparable to WoW now days (tho it hasn’t reached the total profit WoW has earned over its longer life, yet).

      Square Enix mobile.

      Upcoming releases that are almost guaranteed reasonable if not significant success each even prior to release FF15, FF7 Remake, Kingdom Hearts 3, Star Ocean 5, Nier, Bravely Second, Hitman, Deus Ex Divided, Dragon Quest and Tomb Raider Content, and quite a few other less notable releases.

      There are titles such as the Tomb Raider franchise, Hitman Absolution, Just Cause 3, tons of ports and other variations of major franchises (way to many to actually list), etc. that have released over the last two years that were moderately to very successful.

      They are doing very very well. Sony, meanwhile, is now crushing Microsoft in the console segment. Rather interesting what a turn around they could have a mere two years later, considering how badly they were doing before.

  • Revolver Ocelot

    Just as well. Fledgling studio. They’ve got enough from their investment from the last ten years and it’s time to split up.

    • Ian Williams

      Square Enix a fledgling studio. ha that’s good. real good.

      • Revolver Ocelot

        Not been paying attention recently?

        Looking forward to the Xbone launch in China, another territory for it to fail hard in.

        • Ian Williams

          You talk some crap kid.

          • Revolver Ocelot

            Oh? China is mobile/MMO land, they either pirate or play F2P MMOs. They aren’t going to go for consoles, especially not one with a paywall.

          • Zyo

            are mmos behind a paywall? you are contradicting yourself.

          • Revolver Ocelot

            Hence “F2P MMOs.”

          • Zyo

            that explains why wow is so popular in China.. oh wait.

          • bdlckkd

            Dude ,you are flat out wrong is a prodigy genius he basically can see through the future, you can’t win an argument with this guy

          • Ian Williams

            the Xbox is being released there. don’t think anything from Japan will be released there after the Japanese invaded china on 7/7/37.

          • Revolver Ocelot

            Get your facts straight, Ian, Nintendo’s been selling hardware there for the last ten years under the “iQue” brand.

          • Ian Williams

            Think you’ll find it FLOPPED. like your belly does when you get in bed.

          • Revolver Ocelot

            I guess we can pin the same fate to the Xbone then.

            India was supposed to be the next big market too, Sony released the PS2 there in 2003, sold only a million consoles. So much for that.

          • Ian Williams

            At least ms is trying.

          • Revolver Ocelot

            Sony announced the opening of a Chinese divisions of SCEJA a few weeks ago, it’s happening as well. Sorry to break your little heart. :)

          • Ian Williams

            Aw bless.

          • Allen

            Exactly! 100% right. I remember when Bill Gates wanted the US to go to war with China because they openly allowed pirated copies of Windows to be sold on the street.

            $500 console with paywalls that was going to implement strict DRM, always online and kinect required? Not in China

        • ?????

          And yet preorder #s are high.

          • Revolver Ocelot

            Pre-order numbers are two thirds the Xbones they sell in the US a month. Xbone DOA.

          • ?????

            And where is PS4?
            Ha. Thought so.

          • Revolver Ocelot

            It’s coming, along with even more Xbot bitch tears. :)

          • ?????

            No proof as usual? Oh well. I’ll enjoy your rich, salty tears that will flood the Nile river. I’ll probably upload it on Youtube. :-)

        • Looks like you were flat out wrong again. LMAO.. to fail so much.

          You see the giveaway the other day? My boys giving me out codes for Idarb and Halo 5 to give out. Yet you mock.. ha ha.. Must suck today.. no PSN. :D Again.

          • Revolver Ocelot

            Oh, you mean the territory where they had to cut the price two months in because it failed so hard? The territory it’s had ten games in since launch? The territory where they failed to implement that precious TV service you Shitbox rats shill for?

            Let’s face it mate, it’s a failure. Meanwhile you boast about free codes for a frigging beta for a game a year from release. How tragic is that?

        • CRIMSON-XIII

          from the future of 2015, ps4 sold through 18.5 million to consumers, xbox one sold 10 million by november 2014 through to RETAILER ONLY, relationship between sony and square enix great, many ps4 games comin, final fantasy xv looks absolutely amazing based on jump festa 2014 a few weeks back , keep on leading the fight !

      • Shannon Novosel

        I don’t generally agree with Ian but Square Enix is far from a fledgling studio.

        • Ian Williams

          Thanks.

    • ?????

      ROFL PS fanboys say this was a good studio, then they sell it, and you guys say “Oh we got rid of the bad ones”.
      I laugh at how they always try to flip things to go their way LOL.

      • Revolver Ocelot

        Keep up, mate. Squeenix has been fucked for years. Stupid sales expectations for Hitman Absolution and Tomb Raider and FFXV being in development hell is an easy tell if you’re not completely thick. :)

        BTW Sony never “owned” Squeenix. Be less wrong, Xtwat. :)

        • ?????

          Look at yourself, you posted more bullshit than anyone else on Disqus.
          Keep amusing everybody, monkey. :-)

          • Revolver Ocelot

            Of course, no decent response so more whining from you. :)

          • ?????

            Where are your decent responses?
            I thought so.

          • Revolver Ocelot

            Five days late and a dollar short as per usual. :)

          • ?????

            Lonely, crying, trolling, and wrong as usual :-)

  • Ian Williams

    trying it’s best to raise money, keep bailing phony keep bailing. in other news microsoft to release in china and resident evil 7 to become an Xbox one exclusive.

    • Revolver Ocelot

      You mean that article your dumb friend Crap Lamer linked which sourced the original debunked article? You Xbot scum are so desperate for games. I love it.

      • Ian Williams

        Are you on about re7, that is just a rumour. Several websites are reporting it though. everything else is right scumbag, have a nice day.

        • Revolver Ocelot

          Several websites are reporting it from the same crap website which provides no source. You’re so dumb it hurts.

          Tell Crap Lamer he’s an idiot.

          • Ian Williams

            Same crap website that provides no source, hahaha what a load of bull

          • Revolver Ocelot

            Yes. Softpedia article posted three weeks ago which links to the same crap German website with no source.

            You got wrecked again, Ian. Better luck next time. Next option: beg Phil Sphincter on Twitter to buy Capcom.

          • bdlckkd

            Wasn’t re6 a flop like their past few games? I’d rather it not be an xbox exclusive ha

          • Ian Williams

            re6 was a big flop, you can keep it. how’s infamous doing? Oh yeh you pony’s want it for free on your free game in 6 months time, free games eh? No wonder why pony is skint.

          • Revolver Ocelot

            So do you want RE or not?

            Would be fitting for a dead franchise to be on a dead console exclusively though.

      • ?????

        And yet you’re best game of 5 is a PS3 port. Desperation runs deep with you.

  • Oscar Portillo

    The definition of an XBot-has a a child like attitude which leads him or her to believe in magic Clouds amongst other things like cocolate coated hot dogs.

    Can be found near amusement parks, malls, schools and your local day care center, kinda like a pedophile.

    Their hobbies include stamp collecting and playing dress up as well as masturbation.

    So if you see one it is best to stay at a distance.

    • GK15

      Wait… are magic clouds and chocolate covered hot dogs not a thing?

      • Oscar Portillo

        It is once you grasp the XBox controller.

        • GK15

          lmao!

          • Oscar Portillo

            Did not mean to hurt your feelings kid.

          • GK15

            I actually thought it was funny. Sometimes you just have to stop and laugh at these console wars..

          • Oscar Portillo

            Yea a bit silly but I’m bored.

    • Ian Williams

      The definition of a sony pony

      A hypocritical fan of Sony’s gaming consoles. Someone who will go out of their way to defend Sony at any costs. Will also often spout the words “day one buy” in various forums in regards to any Sony exclusive game, or Sony hardware. However they never end up buying these items. Usually someone who is too busy trashing what others like, instead of actually playing what they enjoy. Often thinks Sony invented everything in gaming, not realizing that Sony actually steals ideas from both Nintendo and Microsoft.
      Example 1.
      Did you see what those Sony Pony’s were saying on N4G, Neogaf and Reddit? They were saying they believed anonymous sources that the Xbox One was 50% less powerful than the PlayStation 4, but they don’t believe anonymous sources that the PS4 has overheating issues or false dedicated servers.

      Example 2.

      Sony Fan-“Sony fans don’t buy mindless first person shooter games”—-Doesn’t realize Call Of Duty is the top selling game on PS3
      Sony Fan-“Halo is a milked franchise”—Doesn’t realize there is about to be the 6th Killzone game in 6 years

      • Oscar Portillo

        Wow you use google, how do you feel now?

        I bet in school you were the one who sat behind the nerd just to pass your pre algebra test and still failled.

        I can care less what any third party article says about something I use without any overheating issues and as for Halo its just a kids game.

        To let you know how I feel about the XBox, last year I won a XBox 360 through a raffle and so I told them to pull another name as I did not want it.

        • Ian Williams

          Enjoy your horse ride pony.

          • Oscar Portillo

            Hey atleast your getting better with your comments.

            Good job kid.

          • 111AlaN111

            My getting better with my comments what?

          • Ian Williams

            Think he’s had a bj, seems happy.

      • Revolver Ocelot

        Dawww, citing your butthurt friend Crap Lamer? How adorable.

        • Ian Williams

          Wrong.

      • Sideways M2

        There’s only been 4…

  • Revolver Ocelot

    Quick update, Sony is actually selling the shares for 15.3 billion yen, which is around $150 million. 4.3 billion yen is the gain they expect to make on it. online(.)wsj(.)com/article/BT-CO-20140416-713400(.)html

  • ?????

    Reeks of PS butthurt now that PS lost a studio.

  • IamPeterGriffin

    Nintendo! Grab this chance and buy Square-Enix! Like you guys did with Bayonetta.

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