Ever aware of the changes to the gaming industry, SquareEnix president Yoichi Wada has recently sat down with Gamasutra to explain a little more about Square's current position in the world. Highlighting both his perspectives of the Japanese and Western market Wada does a pretty great job in detailing what he feels is going wrong.
Throughout the interview he focuses on a few things close to SquareEnix's heart, such as the fan confusion over Final Fantasy XIII and the lack of Western enthusiasm over Dragon Quest. Knowing that SquareEnix will still be playing with the equation of what an RPG truly is puts a little bit of hope in me. Wada also takes into account Japan's exposure to Western gaming, which at this point has been extremely limited. He explains how taking Western titles overseas and letting his culture understand why they're so popular will give Japanese developers the chance to 'catch up' in a sense.
Naturally he does a good job promoting both himself and the company, but I was pretty impressed with his understanding of the situation. It goes to show that if anything else, SquareEnix is in some very capable hands. With luck that same enthusiasm and understanding will lead to some good things over the next few development years. Or at least, a Final Fantasy game without a thirteen hour tutorial.