Square Enix is at it again with a new title seemingly in development, as it has been quietly recruiting new blood into its ranks in recent weeks. And it seems that the company’s intent to succeed with flying colours has been made clear, having recruited former Capcom dev Ryota Suzuki.
As stated in a recent interview on the Square Enix PR page (translated by SiliconEra), Suzuki has been made the “battle director” of a “new AAA title”. Though details about the new title are sparse at the moment, it can be inferred that Suzuki’s two-decade-stint in Capcom could prove the difference in the upcoming title’s success.
At Capcom, the veteran game designer has had an illustrious career. He previously worked on the likes of Devil May Cry 5, Monster Hunter World and the Iceborne expansion, as well as Dragon’s Dogma, and the Marvel vs Capcom and Capcom vs SNK fighting game franchises to boot.
One could say he is more than equipped to handle the task at hand.
In the interview, it is apparent that Square Enix is aiming to diversify its first-party games beyond the JRPG formula that it is more widely known for. Suzuki pointed out that even so, the company’s RPGs have long since strayed away from its classic turn-based roots, as the current generation of players have developed a “resistance” to sitting idle and waiting for their turns to come.
As such, he acknowledges that real-time action is becoming more and more relevant in today’s market.
More details on the new action game by Suzuki and his team will be revealed at a later date.
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.