Square Enix said in a statement it is delaying the rollout of Deus Ex: Human Revolution until the financial year starting in April. It was originally scheduled for release sometime between January and March.
I would say I don’t understand this delay, but this one is very clear. They expect Deus Ex to be a big hit and they want that to be reflected in their sales and earnings in the new year. While I am not happy about this, I understand this is a business and at least it doesn’t seem to be delayed by anything to do with the actual game itself.
Square Enix cut its net profit forecast to 1 billion yen ($11.9 million) for the year ending March 31 from 12 billion yen previously. It also chopped its operating profit forecast to 8 billion yen, from 20 billion yen previously. I am no analyst, but those numbers seem very low for a company that makes games as good as Square. More and more Square Enix is starting to remind me of a tech company that used to make great software but could just never turn it into profit (Anyone remember Sun Microsystems?). Is this just another blip on the radar or is this the beginning of bigger problems for Square Enix?
In other news, Square Enix also announced the delay of Final Fantasy XIV today as well.