BLUEHOLE / EN MASSE
ABOUT Country: Korea (Bluehole) / United States (En Masse) www.bluehole.net www.enmasse.com
SQUARE ENIX STUDIOS JAPAN
Country: Japan www.square-enix.com
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It’s been a relatively quiet time for Square Enix’s homeland games development teams. In fact it’s been a quiet time for the company in general, which almost went a year without a major triple-A game, and instead focused on MMO and mobile offerings at home and abroad. That’s what has buoyed the studio up to a relatively high position this year with income from games like its Final Fantasy XIV MMO and its now vast stable of mobile titles seemingly healthy. The latter – a mix of new IP and Final Fantasy remakes – often bear premium price tags, helping to drive the studio’s revenues.
North American games firm En Masse Entertainment and its Korean parent Bluehole produce and publish a number of MMOs. The biggest of these is its internally-made Tera which, while having seen some decline in recent years, is still one of the top five MMOs on the planet. Revenue estimates hover somewhere between $180m and $200m for that game alone – it should be noted we’ve focused on the games En Masse has made directly, not published or operates. The firm recently moved into mobile, although results so far seem to be mixed, meaning Tera remains vital to its success.