For those of you in the Switch Third Party Society thread - you no doubt know that I'm looking to collect 100% of the physically released Switch games. This effort has produced some weird requirements for certain games - in the case of the NA version of Lost Sphear, it is a Square-Enix online store exclusive.
Last night I was working through my spread sheet (catching up on a few pre-orders that I had somehow missed) and for no reason at all, decided to check the SE online store. I was surprised to find that while Lost Sphear is still readily available for purchase on the PS4, the Switch version currently has a "waiting list" for buyers to join - and I'm trying to figure out (from a non-fanboy perspective) exactly what that means?
Obviously, SE has purchasing requirements of their own (ie. they need to order 500k copies of a given game to be produced, at a time - or something like that) and since the size of the user base currently favors the PS4, I'm sure that has something to do with this... ...maybe... ...but still, I would think all publishers go through these ordering requirements - so why would it be any different for SE? Has the game been selling so well on the Switch, they can't keep up with demand? Or, is it the opposite (it sold so poorly, they don't want re-order additional copies)? Or, is it neither and Square-Enix just simply doesn't know how to run an online store????