Square Enix Ruined Ogre Battle Series
Ogre Battle was one of those rare gems of gaming, something completely different from the rest, it had so much potential, yet never went anywhere. Why hasn’t Square Enix done anything proper with the Ip since obtaining the rights to it? Ogre Battle was the better Final Fantasy in my opinion and deserves another game.
Ogre Battle is a real-time tactical role-playing video game, the very first game was released back in 1993 (Japan) and 1995 (North America), it was called Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen, it was developed by Quest, directed by Yasumi Matsuno and designed by Matsuno and Akihiko Yoshida. The plot involves a band of rebels who lead a revolution against a corrupt empire, every decision you make in the game will have an impact on the overall outcome of story, leading to good, neutral and chaotic endings, the biggest challenge was to have a good ending, as too many bad decisions would lead your character to a more chaotic ending with bad results, heading the chaotic route was always the easier path, as you never had to consider what you were doing.
Where exactly did things go wrong for Ogre battle? Square purchased Quest in 2002, a company known best for games like Final Fantasy and Kingdom of Hearts, Chances are Square Purchased Quest to take away some of their competition, no more Ogre battle, means more people may opt to get Final Fantasy, Square then merged with Enix in 2003 to form Square Enix, there hasn’t been a proper Ogre Battle since. You have to wonder if Square Enix has any intentions to make an Ogre Battle game, a game that was very unique and has so much potential.
The last proper Ogre Battle game to come out was Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber, which was back 1999-2000 and was published by Quest and Atlus, that is 17 years ago! What is Sqaure Enix doing? Are they concerned that Ogre Battle will over shadow Final Fantasy? How can a company own an ip with so much potential and do nothing with it in 17 years, Ogre battle would be perfect for the Nintendo Switch. I personally have been avoiding Sqaure Enix for years as I have been very disappointed with them not giving Ogre battle a chance. They need to stop milking games from 17-20 years ago and make a new game for the series.
Are you interested in a new Ogre Battle game coming out? Do you feel that Sqaure Enix is holding back, worried that Ogre battle might overtake Final Fantasy?