Square Enix Addresses Complaints about iOS Game Pricing

October 9, 2012 -

Anyone that has ever bought or considered buying a Square Enix game on a mobile platform has come to call its pricing the "Square Enix Tax." In other words, if you want to play a game like Final Fantasy Tactics on the iPad or iPhone, you're going to have to pay a premium price to have that privilege. Hardcore Square Enix fans begrudgingly accept this, but they are also vocal about it too.

But in a recent interview over at Kotaku, an unnamed Square Enix representative defended the pricing of games like Final Fantasy Tactics, The World Ends With You, and Final Fantasy III — which can cost anywhere in the $16 - 20 price range on iOS. Their newest games - Final Fantasy Dimensions and Demons' Score — cost $30 and $44 (including all the premium content you can purchase), respectively. So how does Square Enix defend its pricing?

"The games you mention and several of our other mobile titles were originally intended for the consoles, and we've reconfigured and optimized them for the mobile platform, releasing them at a lower price than their original console or handheld versions. Square Enix does provide other casual titles in the lower price range, and as the market evolves, we'll take all different price points into consideration on a game-by-game basis."

There's a whole lot more worth checking out from Square Enix - including a question about pricing keeping the company's games out of the Marketplace charts, and the premium costs of its newest titles. You can read the whole thing here.

Source: Kotaku


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Re: Square Enix Addresses Complaints about iOS Game Pricing

"The games you mention and several of our other mobile titles were originally intended for the consoles, and we've reconfigured and optimized them for the mobile platform, releasing them at a lower price than their original console or handheld versions."

What about Final Fantasy Dimensions? That was intended for the mobile market, why the high price tag then?

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Re: Square Enix Addresses Complaints about iOS Game Pricing

No surprise, I've steered away from this company for a while.

I bought a game from them, no mention of it needing Steam nor did it mention I'd have to spend more than an hour downloading another 1.2GB of data. Not a Steam hater, just be forthcoming about what's needed for the game - but for the love of god - why only put 2GB on a DVD or so and force the user to download more??? Gimp DRM - that's why.

Problem is - I bought the game specifically because my internet was dead and it didn't mention a thing about internet being required... First and last experience with them personally. So keep your games and tax! lol

Don't make your paying customers mad, piracy is bad enough as it is.

Re: Square Enix Addresses Complaints about iOS Game Pricing

The Steamworks games that I've bought in store all had warnings near the requirements that said that you must agree to Steam Account Agreement, pretty much telling you that you need to have steam to run it and/or install it.  Civ V: Gods and Kings does give you an option to install it from the disk rather than downloading the content online

 
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