Hideo Baba left Square Enix in March

KoolAid

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Lmao

Rip that project I guess

One more victim of square showing stuff way too early
 

Zanasea

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One more victim of square showing stuff way too early
In that case they more or less needed to show stuff early because Studio Istolia was founded with the purpose of making new games, so they needed to show what they were doing in order to attract new recruits. It's a common practice. But SE has a lot of trouble hiring people as of late (hence the recent restructuring, Matsuda is hoping this would streamline development process), so the project might be in trouble because of that.
 

RestEerie

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totally unrelated but Hideo Baba's name written in Kanji is something special...馬場 英雄 especially if you understand mandarin chinese.

On topic, i think he'll be a great fit at Bamco.
 

Zen Hero

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I wonder why. Hopefully it was the best for everyone.

I wonder if the game will continue. It looked interesting for sure.
 

Mattersnotnow

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Can we blame SQEX already?


j/k

But goddamn do they give us reasons to suspect things are a mess internally
 

Strings

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Was not expecting that.

Maybe they had too much trouble hiring folks for the team he was heading? SE has had a ton of hardship getting qualified locals for the past couple of years (everyone in Japan has). The trailer we saw for this project was literally a recruitment ad, since it ended with a call for applicants.
 
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I wonder if this has to do with the restructuring? Would his role possibly have changed as part of it? It will definitely be interesting to see where he ends up next anyway.
 

Strings

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Looked at the article. He stepped down as head of the team in December, then left SE in March.
 

wrowa

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That’s disappointing, was really looking forward to what he’d be able to achieve at SE.

Hopefully Studio Istolia and their project survive, though.
 

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Can we blame SQEX already?


j/k

But goddamn do they give us reasons to suspect things are a mess internally
It's not internally, it's an external company that was literally created for Baba.

I wonder if this has to do with the restructuring? Would his role possibly have changed as part of it? It will definitely be interesting to see where he ends up next anyway.
No, because Stolia isn't a Business Division but a external company owned by SE

Does Square just break people? Like what the hell.
It breaks as much as any video game company does. lol In this case, idk what happened considering that the guy had a studio of his own where he was the head.
 

Heartskips

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People enter and go out of companies all the time. If you're not Nintendo, of course. lol
You're right, but to be fair Japan has this "superstar" dev thing that companies push and Tabata leaving like he did and Baba leaving early without finishing anything both look very unusual when they're in this "star" category.
 

CaviarMeths

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Yeah SE should really stop trying to turn their developers into rockstars. It's really not working out great for them.

I guess internal hype for Project Whatever matched the external hype.
 

Fisico

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People enter and go out of companies all the time. If you're not Nintendo, of course. lol
Less so in Japan but it's becoming more frequent lately.

As for Baba it's two companies he left in a 2-3y span, the latest being one where he was the head of an external studio specifically created for a project that has yet to be released.
From the get go it was odd that he also wasn't at the forefront of the new company picture, might have been a sign.

If anything the first conclusion to draw (which might be wrong mind) is that something is wrong with Baba, he worked for 2y or so and delivered nothing.
Now if later on Prelude Rune is cancelled or we hear things about Square-Enix promising stuff to him that they didn't deliver (like budget or creative freedom) it would change the outlook, let's see if he's able to get hired somewhere else as well or not.
 

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What studio Baba will join next? You'll find out in the next episode.
2 big names leaving Square Enix in a short time is a big worrying though.
 

LiquidSolid

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Yeah SE should really stop trying to turn their developers into rockstars. It's really not working out great for them.

I guess internal hype for Project Whatever matched the external hype.
Uh, what? Hideo Baba was a notable name long before Square Enix hired him.

Anyway, huh. Seeing as this just so happens to coincide with Square Enix restructuring from 11 Business Divisions down to 4, I have to assume that's the reason for this. It'll be interesting to see what happens with his former studio and new IP going forward, it looked rough at TGS.