Things tend to go south when you release a big game that falls well shy of expectations.
Square-Enix has recently apologized for the mediocre technical state of Final Fantasy XIV , and they've vowed to make things better with an overhauled staff. They've also extended the free trial periods for new players. But this couldn't stop Square-Enix from drastically revising their profit projections for the current fiscal year: according to GameSpot , they've dropped the forecast by a depressing 92%, "with projected sales and operating income also seeing sharp declines." Originally expecting to take in ¥12 billion ($142 million, £91 million) for the fiscal year, they now only anticipate ¥1 billion ($12 million, £8 million). Furthermore, one of the more promising titles on the publisher's slate, Deus Ex: Human Revolution , has been delayed. It was supposed to be out in February but now, it's in Square-Enix's "next fiscal year" so…who knows when it might arrive.
They did say the delay was so developer Eidos could "spend additional time to further polish" the game, but with a new launch window of anywhere between April 2011 and April 2012, fans are going to be disappointed. The project still has a ton of potential , certainly, but now we've got a bit of a wait… As for Final Fantasy Versus XIII , we have no updates. And that isn't surprising at all.
P.S. Bear in mind that Final Fantasy XIII – which was hugely successful, of course – was released in Square-Enix's last fiscal year in both Japan and North America.
Related Game(s): Deus Ex: Human Revolution