Many of gaming's oldest developers and publishers have changed significantly over the years, with Square Enix being no exception. Both Final Fantasy XIII and Hitman: Absolution were heavily criticized by long-time fans due to their departure from earlier titles in their respective franchises. Nikkei Trendy posted an interview yesterday with the company's president, Yosuke Matsuda, where he addressed many of these issues. He stated very plainly that the company may have lost their way in trying to appeal to a mass audience, and counts the success of Bravely Default in coming to this conclusion.
Due to having split [the development mindset] according to regions around the world, we weren't able to see this clearly up until now, but fans of JRPGs are really spread around the world...With that in mind, and all of the collective fans, there's a sense of mass, which loses the image of a niche market. For the new games we'll be developing from this point on, while this may sound a bit extreme, we've been talking about making them as heavy JRPGs. I believe that way, we can better focus on our target, which will also bring better results.
This statement appears to be what fans of Square Enix's classic RPG titles have been waiting to hear for years, a return to form. Whether this includes the upcoming Final Fantasy XV or not is still anybody's guess, but it does mean we might be seeing more games like Silicon Studio's Bravely Default, which did very well when it launched for Nintendo's 3DS earlier this year. Oh, and for those of you wondering, this is not an April Fools joke.