In a move that we'd have considered entirely out of the ordinary just a few years ago, Japanese developer Square Enix
has shored up on the west coast of the US and opened shop. According to Ars Technica
, this new development studio plans to cater to a western audience not by changing the type of games they make, but by employing western developers.
"It's not a good idea to make a game for people you don't understand," game development manager Fumi Shiraishi told AT." According to the piece, this new studio won't set out to develop "another FPS" but will push the envelope with regards to traditional Square Enix-developed titles. Considering the tepid reviews The Last Remnant
received in the States, we're hoping this new studio can bring the signature Square Enix style to us with some much needed fresh ideas.
Shiraishi wouldn't reveal what the studio will be working on next, though he did say it falls under the "western niche" banner. So, an Infinite Undiscovery
RTS, eh? Well played, Shiraishi. Well played indeed.