It seems that subscription services are all the rage now. With Microsoft, EA and Ubisoft all offering their own subscription services, it seems that Square Enix may want to get in on the action too. This may not come as a shock since Square Enix wants all their games in digital form. CEO Yosuke Matsuda recently said they are considering making their own subscription or streaming service.
Yosuke Matsuda told Gamesindustry.biz “We do already provide games for Microsoft’s Game Pass,” he said, “But at the end of the day, the direction that we’re thinking about is having a channel of our own. But at the same time that would require significant preparations and investment.”
Matsuda also talked about their catalogue of games. “We’d also have to consider whether or not it will work well solely including our own catalogue of titles.” Matsuda also pointed one of the biggest barriers to creating such a service and the releasing of older games is obtaining the source code for these titles. “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.”
It’s true that Square Enix has had a problem with releasing their old games. One of the greatest examples was Final Fantasy 8 as the publisher told fans many times that they lost the source code for the title. It was only at E3 2019 that the developer announced that they will be bringing a remaster of the game to current-gen consoles.
Square Enix has a decent catalogue of games, although there may not be all that many titles that follow the standard triple-A formula. The publisher’s biggest selling point will be their JRPGs and these titles don’t sell as well as they did previously. Only time will tell if Square Enix will go through with their plans to make their own subscription service. Though their list may be limited, it could stand on its own as the only service to get your hands on some sweet JRPG’s.
Do you think that Square Enix should make a subscription service of their own?