If you were to ask me to list my top twenty 8-bit/16-bit games of all time, Square and Enix would have a combined five games (including the one collaborative title between the two, Crono Trigger.) With that, I’m not sure what to think of the Enix Square merger. It looks like a good deal for me on the surface, but it feels like it has a bitter centre that carries with it a deeper meaning — not unlike one of those wretched Milk Duds.
Square seems to be in murky water now. Enix merges with Square; Square is partly owned by Sony; Square is developing two games for Nintendo platforms using Nintendo’s Fund Q; and Square has a publishing deal with EA (whose strong competition is seen as a factor for the merger). They don’t know whether they’re coming or going. They’re basically fucked either way, which is a shame — during those peak PS1 years, they produced some quality, and at times, highly original games (Bushido Blade!) Those were the days before Square became Final Fantasy dependent. Now it seems as though they’re like some desperate coke-head, searching for that one last hit. It’s ugly.
The most important question remains: in the end, does this deal mean that the next Final Fantasy will be published in North America under Enix Square Electronic Arts? Cause that’s a mouth-full.