Yesterday, we learned that Square Enix president and CEO Yoichi Wada was resigning his post . Many applauded.
This is amid predictions of "extraordinary losses," which are expected to come to light when the company releases its latest quarterly and annual results. Unfortunately, three darn good games haven't lived up to initial sales expectations.
The first is the recently released Tomb Raider , which was the best game of 2013 until Bioshock Infinite arrived this past week. Lara's latest adventure is excellent and it sold 3.4 million units worldwide, which is below what Square Enix expected. The second under-performing game is last year's Hitman: Absolution , which sold 3.6 million copies, but is still below internal predictions. Lastly, there's Sleeping Dogs , another really solid and entertaining game. It sold only 1.75 million units since its launch last summer.
The numbers don't account for digital sales but even so, Square Enix obviously isn't happy. They said that despite "high critical acclaim" for the trio of titles, they just fell short. They also called their North America sales force "ineffective," as sales in this region only made up one third of the number of total units sold in Europe. Well, that's too bad. They deserve much suffering for what they've done to Final Fantasy , but all these games were great, Tomb Raider especially.