RPG juggernaut Square Enix already has a handful of reliable
intellectual properties in Final Fantasy
, Dragon Quest
and Kingdom Hearts
-- however, the company is looking to expand its portfolio of best-selling franchises. In a recent interview with Reuters
, Squeenix's Yoichi Wada explained that the developer is hoping to have eight flagship IPs, each installment in which will be capable of selling two million units. He added that with the company's average development time of two years, one of these flagship games could be released every quarter.
So, where are these other five franchises going to come from? According to the interview, Square Enix is cooking up two or three potential blockbusters which should drop by late 2010 or early 2011. For the other IPs, the company may not need to look further than its recent Eidos acquisitions
-- a haul which includes the recently successful Batman: Arkham Asylum
. We certainly
wouldn't mind seeing more of Bruce Wayne on a biennial basis.