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Square Enix: We're Extremely Worried About Piracy

Square Enix: We're Extremely Worried About Piracy

Written by Darryl — 08 May 2009

Sony have been very vocal about their piracy fears on their Playstation Portable system, and they've been trying to think of ways to counter the issue. Square Enix are obviously one of the biggest publishers in the world, and they've supported the PSP quite strongly recently, with the releases of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Dissidia: Final Fantasy.

Takeshi Arakawa, the director of Dissidia: Final Fantasy spoke about his fears regarding piracy on the system:

"We are really worried about this issue [piracy]... extremely worried.

The issue of piracy is quite concerning on PS as well and our basic stance is that it's unfortunate, but what's been done has been done and we can't do much about it. We want to stick to a policy of making a game that the player would be proud of owning, so even if you play the pirated version, the game should be good enough to convince them that they should purchase the game. So long as we manage to do that, the issue doesn't really exist.

However, the sales of Dissidia have actually been quite impressive on the PSP, as it's almost sold 1,000,000 units and will surely sell even more when it's released in the West later this year. Mr. Arakawa didn't seem to entirely agree though:

"Hmmmmmm, *laughs*. The piracy has been quite bad in Japan as well, but we have enjoyed quite good sales wise for two reasons. One, it came out in the Christmas season when people are more prepared to pay and we have lots of fans who have been playing the series for the last 20 years and they don't mind paying a bit of money to get Dissidia."

Darryl was playing Final Fantasy before he was even born - quite a feat! Often very opinionated on the Final Fantasy franchise, you will often find him musing about small details. Feel free to follow him on Twitter.