Square Enix has upwardly revised its financial forecasts for the six months ended September 30, 2013.
The company said today that operating income and net income are expected to come in above its previous forecasts due to factors including greater than expected sales of “Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn” as well as the company’s arcade game machines.
Square said last week that “A Realm Reborn” had exceeded 1.5 million registered players within two months of its PC and PS3 launch.
Square Enix is quick to point out that Project Flare, their upcoming foray into the world of cloud gaming, is not like the systems you already know. “Gaikai and OnLive are ‘streamed’ games. Not really ‘cloud’ games,” says Jacob Navok, director of business development for Square Enix. “[Flare] replaces the console with a supercomputer.”
There aren’t a lot of hard details about Project Flare today. There is no set business model in place, and outside of Ubisoft, most of the business partners are still being locked down. Square Enix sees this more as an statement of intent: They want other developers to know what they’re working on and why they think it’s the future.
Best Buy will be launching a new gaming membership next week. its “Unlocked Epic Gaming Package” will offer a two year membership for $120. Members will then be able to get a 20% discount on new video game purchases at the retailer. The program should pay for itself after 10 games priced at $60 each.
According to Polygon, the service will be launched on November 10th.