squareenixTo be honest, Square Enix's booth was pretty disappointing this year from a mobile perspective. Not only did they not have any playable games, but even their sizzle reel was largely made up of already-released Final Fantasy social RPGs. While premium mobile gamers got a couple of bones at the last two Tokyo Game Shows in the form of Adventures of Mana [$13.99] and Chaos Rings 3 [$19.99], this year there wasn't a hint of IAP-free gaming to be found. While I'm sure the company has plans for at least a few paid games in the next year, it's clear where Square Enix thinks the money is at the moment.

We've already done a separate story about King's Knight: Wrath of the Dark Dragon, a newly-announced tie-in to the upcoming Final Fantasy 15. Square Enix was also prominently featuring Justice Monsters Five [Free], another tie-in that released a couple of weeks back. Final Fantasy Grandmasters is celebrating its one-year anniversary with some special events and prizes. The upcoming Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia looks quite promising in its own right, though there wasn't much in the way of new information about it at the show. Mobius Final Fantasy is enjoying a collaboration with Dragon Quest right now in Japan, a rare enough cross-over that Square Enix was eager to promote it.

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Besides Opera Omnia, Square Enix had little new to show with any promise of coming overseas. Flame x Blaze seems destined to stay in Japan, as do Gurumon and Akashic Re:cords. Square Enix has done a much better job in the last year of bringing their games out of Japan, but they're still mostly sticking to Final Fantasy titles, leaving a lot of good games that might appeal to social RPG fans around the world. Even in Japan, it seems like every other title is yet another Final Fantasy free-to-play game. One has to wonder if that magic trick is going to stop working some day, but it doesn't seem like that day is today.

  • Tallgeese

    More like Free2Poop on, M-I-rite!?

  • curtneedsaride

    Man, what a disappointment. I rarely enjoy their F2P offerings quite like their amazing premium apps. I hope we'll at least see that port of Dragon Quest VII on iOS soon. With FF I-IX (minus VIII) and DQ I-VIII, I guess I'll have enough gaming hours to avoid even downloading wasted apps like Justice Monsters Five. I mean, talk about a lame tie-in. If they would have just made a normal pinball game, it could have been so much better.

    • Tanshui

      it was kind of amazing how bad Justice Monsters Five was. I was quite impressed

      • Grantlionheart

        It was just a horrible thoughtless experience.

    • MK

      I really hope they released DQ7 now that the localized 3DS version is out.

  • Doctor Malcom

    I would buy a lot more Square-Enix games if they weren't $17.

    • curtisrshideler

      And if probably download even more if they weren't free! But I hear ya. It's like buying a discounted on sale console title. But I guess those ones do give 20-120 hours of gameplay each. So, it's still great value.

      • Doctor Malcom

        Yeah, I'd snap up way more of them around the $5 range. Most of them are quite old (but still good!), but it seems a little silly when you can go get a copy of a remastered copy of Final Fantasy X for just a couple bucks more.

    • Akesycu

      Yeah, that's why they stick to F2P.

      • Doctor Malcom

        I won't play their F2P games either. No point in pouring hours into a game you can progress in unless you buy a Crate of Gems.

  • MK

    King's Knight seems to be fun although not sure about it. I already preregistered to it. Guardian Codex (which wasn't mentioned in this article) seems also interesting, but in the end it could be another F2P battle RPG.

  • Stetch

    I wont pay a dime on a SE game unless its for a full non-portrait, runner, card, social game.

  • uberdan101

    And still no word on Final Fantasy VIII. Come on Squeenix. There are a LOT of us who love that game and will pay whatever price you want to have it on our phones!

  • Dragan

    I'm leaving the SE table to make room for all the ftp players.

  • Joshua Woodward

    And no info on a Final Fantasy XI mobile, still targeted for a 2016 release? I know Nexon is doing a good deal of the work, but it's still a Square-Enix title! So an update from them would be most welcomed!

  • Alexythimia23

    Ive been a bit of a traitor ignoring my ios gaming as im having to much fun with the 3ds lol shingami tensei 4 is sucking up all my time!
    But man i also get a bit sad when i know square dont have a big premium game lined up??

  • ukdna

    Reading this article I've finally come to peace with free-to-play games, and not because I like them or will play them. But because as I get older, I have a harder and harder time finding time to play all the great games that are being released. So free-to-play games are solving my problem. The bigger percent of free-to-play games that release, the fewer premium games there will be that I'll feel like I have to keep up with. As a kid of the 80s, my essence rejects the concept of free-to-play and even as I accept that non-gamers are driving game development now, I can use my loathing of the model as a vehicle to ease my way out... to raise my bar on the games I do feel like I should experience. To raise my quality of life in more than one way.

  • predator8u

    So sad, I remember just 10 years ago the excitement I felt whenever square was mentioned. This is the future of games , thanks to mobile. Fuc$ me