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Isn't this making SE more attractive for Microsoft or more likely Sony to swoop in and buy them up? I wouldn't be surprised.
It does feel like it's the perfect time for Sony to swoop the Japanese arm up, although I would've thought the North American-based IPs would've be appealing in tandem with Final Fantasy, etc. Especially getting original Playstation icon Lara Croft back as an exclusive to the console family. Those NA studios Square owned must've been hemorrhaging money.

I'll be clear in that I do think an acquisition by Sony would be not great for the ongoing preservation efforts Square Enix has been doing with all of its classic series. And not getting Switch releases of some games would be a bummer if they're all exclusive from then on.
I’ve seen the theory that this makes SE a more attractive proposition to be bought out mentioned a few times today but losing their entire western arm, three large development teams and several valuable IP (including the original PS poster girl) makes the company less valuable, not more.

I know it’s been coming out today that the returns made on Crystal’s projects versus the development costs were minimal but that’s nothing that couldn’t be addressed. I think SE will stay independent but redirect funds towards its Japanese studios and hopefully increasing their output.
These numbers are interesting.

The biggest surprise about this is that the acquisition wasn’t by one of the big two. I know Microsoft is prioritising the Activision deal that still has to be approved, but Sony not dropping $300m to have the OG PlayStation poster girl back along with a wealth of other IP (including Legacy of Kain which was pretty big back in the day) seems weird?

And I guess Marvel’s big deal with Square is dead in the water? Strange move all around.

Anyway, give me a Fear Effect remake without the sexism.

The thing is, Sony is usually interested in studios and companies that either complement their own IPs and services, or that they have a long history of collaborating and a stronger union feels like a natural step.

In this case Tomb Raider doesn't offer much having Uncharted, Avengers failed as a GAAS, the Spider-Man games are much bigger than Guardians, and the other single-player IPs are dormant waiting for a fresh approach. They are also games that are most likely continue launching on PS platforms in the future.

I feel like if Sony got them, they still wouldn't receive much preference in terms of budget and releases.
They feel a much better fit for another company willing to invest in them, and to be honest, that seems like the best solution for those series.
Microsoft won't buy Square Enix. They've made it pretty clear with their acquisitions (Bethesda, Activision) that Sony and Nintendo can go duke it out in Japan while Microsoft continues building the 'Netflix of gaming' for Western consumers--they tried pouring money into the X360 to appeal to Japanese consumers (Blue Dragon, Last Remnant, Lost Odyssey) and it did almost literally nothing for the 360, they won't make the same mistake twice.
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