Square Enix reportedly pondering subscription service for all its games

Ruben Fields
June 16, 2019

Square Enix, one of many largest online game publishers on the planet, is enthusiastic about getting its complete again catalogue of games collectively so it can sell/stream them to you online. "We even have launched a devoted project internally to port these, so we're working to make them out there on a wide range of platforms". The subscription model has proved so popular among publishers that it looks like even Square Enix is wading into the thick of it. Some of the company's earliest games have, unfortunately, been lost as it becomes hard to track where the code for which game was stored, especially of that by gone era. "In developing future titles, we will approach game design with a mind to generate recurring revenue streams", Matsuda said. In particular, Xbox Game Pass is being considered. "It's very hard to find them sometimes, because back in the day you just made them and put them out there and you were done - you didn't think of how you were going to sell them down the road".

This comes after an interview that the company's president and CEO, Yosuke Matsuda, had with Game Informer, in which he hinted at it being a possibility. Those paired with Square Enix's older classics would truly be something to contend with.

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While this seems like a simple solution, it appears that when Square Enix was just Square, they did not futureproof their games. We're constantly seeing Square Enix re-embrace old-school games within the Final Fantasy line-case in point with the recent Final Fantasy VIII Remastered and huge new Final Fantasy VII: Remake. At present, as I say, we are offering our games on multiple subscription services, including Microsoft's. "Sometimes customers ask, 'Why haven't you released that yet?' And the truth is because we don't know where [the code has] gone".

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