Square Enix is developing cloud-based video games

Square Enix is developing cloud-based video games

8th January 2020 0 By Jordan Heal

Square Enix – the developer behind Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts – has pledged to focus on cloud gaming for 2020.

The company’s president – Yosuke Matsuda – uploaded a New Year’s letter for fans detailing future ambitions.

He writes about how in 2019 the world bore witness to the announcements of Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X.

“Cloud streaming services also came into their own,” he said.

“With the introduction of Google Stadia, NVIDIA GeForce NOW and the announcement that Microsoft will launch its xCloud platform this year.

“With the arrival of these new platforms comes the potential for major change in the nature of content platforms and competition between platform providers.”

Matsuda takes care to reveal that while Square Enix is hard at work developing next-generation titles, it is also actively readying itself to support cloud gaming in the wake of change. He anticipates it will fully take flight with the advent of 5G networks.

Cloud streaming is likely to further the transition from disc-based sales to digital sales – a trend which has risen to prominence in recent years, but could become a major proponent in business model changes through subscription-based services, he adds.

In particular, Matsuda is hopeful about its potential to reach growing markets such as India and South America, where traditional video game console adoption has never gained traction.

“As telecommunications infrastructure improves, cloud streaming will directly provide customers in such markets with playing environments that eliminate the need for traditional consoles or PCs,” he said.

“From a game development perspective as well, we will strive to create gaming experiences only possible in the cloud, meaning developing cloud-native or cloud-centric games.”

Square Enix’s endeavours to create such experiences are already underway, meaning it might not be long before its vision is realised.

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