Square Enix considers own streaming service

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Square Enix is contemplating the idea of creating its own game-streaming service, in order to make its impressive back-catalogue readily available.

In an interview with Game Informer, Square Enix President and CEO Yosuke Matsuda said in response to a question about the recent rise of streaming services: “I think everyone is going in that direction, so we do want to be proactive in considering those options. We still don’t know if it would be a subscription service or an exclusive downloading service or what form it might take, but we do want to leverage our catalogue.”

The insight into Square Enix’s open attitude towards game-streaming services arose from a discussion of Square Enix’s plans to make its peerless back-catalogue more readily available to gamers. Matsuda said: “We’re working on that in a variety of ways. That is a request that we hear often. As far as our major titles go, most of those, we still have variations out that you can play now. The more classic titles that you might have played on NES, we are still working hard to make it so you can play those. We actually have launched a dedicated project internally to port those, so we are working to make them available on a variety of platforms. Certainly down the road, we would like to see that on a subscription or streaming service, so we’re exploring the possibility of creating a dedicated channel for ourselves.”

Sadly for those who revere old Square Enix franchises like Final Fantasy The Mana Collection and The Last Remnant, Matsuda revealed Square Enix has encountered one stumbling block in its quest to bring its back-catalogue to modern gamers: “I’m embarrassed to admit it, but in some cases, we don’t know where the code is anymore. 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. Sometimes customers ask, ‘Why haven’t you released that [game] yet?’ And the truth of the matter is it’s because we don’t know where it has gone.”

If Square Enix does end up with its own game-streaming service, it will enter an increasingly crowded market, up against the likes of Google’s Stadia, Microsoft’s xCloud, Ubisoft’s UPlay+, and Sony’s established PlayStation Now.

For further Square Enix news, visit the company’s website.

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