Subscription services are so hot right now and everybody wants a taste. Unfortunately, in order to qualify you need to have a decent enough back catalogue that gets updated frequently to justify people spending money every month on it. We’ve seen other publishers join the fray such as EA and Ubisoft because they have the resources and archive of games in order to do it.
Square-Enix president Yosuke Matsuda sat down with GamesIndustry.biz and spoke about game subscriptions for a while. “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.” However, this will not be easy. Matsuda also said that it “would require significant preparations and investment. We’d also have to consider whether or not it will work well solely including our own catalogue titles.”
But despite the difficulty of getting a service like this working, Matsuda said, “Eventually I do think that we need to get to the point where we have enough insight that we can build our own service.” I didn’t really think of Square Enix as having the next big game subscription service. While they certainly have a strong line-up of games, they don’t really publish that much outside of a few key franchises. They also take forever to release anything, let’s not forget that.
However, Square Enix is interested in bringing all their old and classic games into the modern era in some fashion by making them playable on current hardware or even remaking them just like with Final Fantasy VII Remake. As Matsuda said, I think they will eventually get there if their catalogue really expands, but right now I don’t think a Square Enix Pass will be on everybody’s wishlist too soon.