SQUARE ENIX HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
1Q FY2022/3 Financial Results Briefing Session Q&A
Date/Time: August 5, 2021 (Thu); 6:30-7:30 pm (JST)
Main Speaker: Yosuke Matsuda, President and Representative Director
Q: Why was the YoY decline in profits in the Digital Entertainment segment more pronounced than the decline in sales?
A: The primary reason is differences in the scale of sales and margins between “FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE,” which we released in FY2021/3, and “OUTRIDERS,” which we released in FY2022/3.
Q: Why is “FINAL FANTASY XIV” doing so well, and what is your outlook for it going forward?
A: We generated greater expectations and engagement among our users by providing ongoing content updates and undertaking promotional initiatives such as announcing the release of an expansion pack and hosting the Digital Fan Festival. As a result, we attracted new users and the title continued to perform well. We look forward to building even more excitement ahead of the expansion pack's November release date, as a string of new information is expected to be unveiled.
Q: How did the accounting standard change affect each of your businesses?
A: We will refrain from commenting on the details, but please refer to the notes in the segment information included in our Earning Releases.
Q: Do you have any major capital expenditure planned to build out your server capacity for “FINAL FANTASY XIV?”
A: We will consider our capital expenditure plan based on a careful assessment of conditions for our titles going forward.