Square Enix Looking To Make Complete Library Available Digitally

Final Fantasy 8 VIII PS4 Play Station 4 1

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GamesIndustry.biz reports that the publisher is also working with Xbox on the Game Pass and other subscription services. Ubisoft unveiled plans for its Uplay+, and Microsoft brought its Xbox Game Pass to the PC.

Some of the older games have already gone through, or are undergoing, that process, but whether it's financially viable on a larger scale is something Square Enix has yet to decide, with Matsuda explaining, "At present, as I say, we are offering our games on multiple subscription services, including Microsoft's". Subscription gaming services are on the rise in the industry, but it's still very much in the early days of seeing whether they'll be financially successful in the long term.

"Matsuda admitted that "(it) would require significant preparations and investment" to get this working. "The more classic titles that you might have played on NES, we are still working hard to make it so you can play those", he said. It looks like Square Enix will be the next company to dive into the realm of subscription services.

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I think everyone is going in that direction (streaming), so we do want to be proactive in considering those options. They certainly have a wealth of titles in their history they can lean on and are one of the few publishers to provide AAA titles from both the east and west. Plus, unlike those two, Square Enix's releases have a tendency to miss certain platforms.

As Matsuda pointed out - and as Square Enix has repeatedly acknowledged in the past - one of the barriers to creating such a service is obtaining the source code for old games.

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