Square Enix has made an interesting statement to the press regarding the success of one of their recent JRPGs, Bravely Default. Sales for the game exceeded expectations in both Japanese and western markets and brought Square Enix to the crucial realization that JRPGs are enjoyed practically everywhere that video games are available. The amount of time that it took Square Enix to come to the realization is nothing short of flabbergasting, especially since they were known as one of the premier JRPG developers back when they operated under the name of Squaresoft.
"Due to having split [the development mindset] according to regions around the world, we weren't able to see this clearly up until now, but fans of JRPGs are really spread around the world," stated Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda.
"For the new games we'll be developing from this point on," Matsuda continued, "while this may sound a bit extreme, we've been talking about making them as heavy JRPGs. I believe that way, we can better focus on our target, which will also bring better results."
It's rather confusing as to why it was Bravely Default that finally tipped Square Enix off, especially since they are the developers that brought the Final Fantasy franchise to the world. Considering how many Final Fantasy titles there are for multiple platforms and that they have consistently been popular with western audiences, I think it is safe to say that JRPG fans have known this for about a decade or so now. Let's also hope that this doesn't mean they shift resources away from development in other genres. Especially after the success of Tomb Raider, which was nothing short of brilliant.