Deus Ex and Final Fantasy 13-2 make Square Enix profitable

Mm, profiteroles.

Last autumn's Deus Ex: Human Revolution and this year's Final Fantasy 13-2 have helped Square Enix return to profit making.

Success can be measured by search results for cosplay, scientifically speaking.

Last year, Square Enix lost 12 billion yen (-£94 million). But this year, Square Enix gained 6 billion yen (£47 million).

"The Group's results were favourable due to increased sales of console games boosted by our major titles, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Final Fantasy 13-2," Square Enix noted. Expanding web and smartphone business were also picked out.

The publisher didn't break out specific sales numbers. The last we heard, in September 2011, Deus Ex had shipped 2 million copies.

We can't recall any mention of Final Fantasy 13-2 sales, beyond that the game shifted 704,236 copies in Japan last year - making it the region's fifth-best seller.

Final Fantasy 13 surged to 5.5 million sales, worldwide, in under one month. But Japanese launch-week sales of FF13-2 were only a third of FF13's 1.5 million tally.

In the coming financial year - 1st April 2012, to end of March 2013 - Square Enix hopes to "generate a substantial earnings improvement".

Helping the company achieve that will be the reboot of the iconic Tomb Raider series, which has just been delayed to calendar Q1 2013 (Jan-March 2013).

There will also be the big releases of Hitman: Absolution and Sleeping Dogs, plus the relaunch of MMO Final Fantasy 14, which should happen either late this year or early 2013.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution on Mac.

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