Square Enix Reports Large Profits; EA Announces Q3 Losses

February 9, 2010 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Nintendo, PC, Playstation, Xbox

Final Fantasy XIII is Square Enix's next blockbuster release, coming out in March

Square Enix recently reported rather sizeable profit increases on a year-on-year basis, with increases in the many billions of Yen.

They have stated that their operating income increased by 68% from the previous year, to 21.4 billion yen and that net sales for the period were up 30% to 135 billion yen. Square obviously have the release of Final Fantasy XIII in Japan to thank for a lot of that, as well as Arkham Asylum which sold very well. This is pretty good news given the current economical climate and all that stuff that I am not going to pretend to be knowledgable about. Still, good to hear that a company is doing well.

At the same time, EA has announced a loss in quarter 3 of its fiscal year, despite various big-name titles. Games such as Left 4 Dead 2, Dragon Age and even FIFA 10 were not enough to stop the company from seeing a decline in profits from the previous holiday period.

However, with Dante’s Inferno already out as well as the massive Mass Effect 2, I don’t think it will be anything major to worry about for EA. With ME2 topping all the sales charts, it’s already looking like a good start to 2010 for the publishing giants.

This Week’s New Releases (31 January – 7 February)

February 1, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Nintendo, PC, Playstation, Xbox

There’s two big releases this week, both of which look pretty damn interesting. First off is Dante’s Inferno, which is looking like EA’s attempt to take on God of War and the demo is still on my list to try out. Secondly; there’s Star Trek Online, which I think looks pretty good but unfortunately I don’t have a powerful enough PC to play it. I’m thinking about getting a new PC anyway, but it’s probably for the best that I don’t get sucked into an MMO when I have so many other games to play during my spare time.

Depending on your tastes you may be interested in what else is on offer this week, but personally I think there isn’t much else to get excited about. Take a look at the full list below anyway!

  • Astro Boy: The Video Game (DS, PS2, PSP, Wii)
  • Brain Cadets (Wii)
  • Chicken Blaster (DS, Wii)
  • Dante’s Inferno (PS3, X360)
  • Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days (PSP)
  • DJ Max Fever (PSP)
  • Endless Ocean Blue World (Wii)
  • Excitebike: World Rally (Wii)
  • Farewell to dragons (PC)
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers (Wii)
  • History Egypt – Engineering an Empire (DS, PC, PSP)
  • Jig-a-Pix Love Is (DS)
  • Karaoke Revolution (PS3)
  • MX vs. ATV Reflex (DS, PS3, PSP, X360)
  • Mystery Cookbook (PC)
  • Natalie Brooks – The Secrets of Treasure House (PC)
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (PC)
  • Star Trek Online (PC)
  • Strikers 1945 Plus Portable (PSP)
  • The Farm (PC)
  • Titanic Mystery (DS, PC)
  • The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff (PC)
  • The Treasures of Mystery Island (PC)
  • UK Truck Simulator (PC)