Square Enix may well be the next game company to introduce its own game subscription service. A top executive of the company has announced that they are considering introducing such a service. Nintendo “evaluates” such services.
In an interview with Game Informer, Yosuke Matsuda, the director of Square Enix, indicates that his company is aware of the request to make the library of games digitally available. “We are working on it in different ways. I think everyone is moving in that direction, so we want to be proactive in considering these options. We don’t yet know whether it will be a subscription service or an exclusive download service, but we want to use our catalog ”
Matsuda also says Square Enix is working hard to make its older NES games playable and available for various contemporary platforms. For this, the company has started an internal project to make ports of those old games. They could then also appear via any future subscription service.
To make those old games available via such a service and therefore to be able to offer the entire catalog, the necessary things still have to be done at Square Enix, Matsuda says. “I’m ashamed to admit it, but in some cases we don’t know where the code is anymore. Sometimes it’s very hard to find it, because at the time you just made the code, released the game and you were done. You thought not sure how you were going to sell them over a longer period. ”
Nintendo keeps itself a little more informed about questions about a possible subscription service. In an interview with TechCrunch, Charlie Scibetta, the director of the American division of Nintendo, says that “streaming is definitely interesting technology.” “Nintendo is keeping a close eye on it and we are evaluating it. We now have nothing to say about whether we will use that technology. For us, it is still physical sales and digital downloads via the eShop,” said Scibetta.
If Nintendo and Square Enix eventually come up with their own subscription service for their game catalogs, they will join an increasingly long list of game companies that already offer such services. Publishers such as Microsoft, Sony and EA have had their own subscription service for games for some time now, in the form of the Xbox Game Pass, PlayStation Now and Origin Access. Recently it became clear that Ubisoft is also going to participate, with its own service called Uplay + .