This year’s E3 has been a weird one, as games companies not only announce games, but also subscription services. Ubisoft unveiled plans for its Uplay+, and Microsoft brought its Xbox Game Pass to the PC. It looks like Square Enix will be the next company to dive into the realm of subscription services.
GamesIndustry.biz reports that the publisher is also working with Xbox on the Game Pass and other subscription services. Yosuke Matsuda, President of Square Enix, said “We are exploring at present both possibilities.”
If Square Enix does go ahead with its plans for a subscription service, it will be where you’ll find the publisher’s older games. According to Game Informer, the company is also working on making its older games available digitally. These games date all the way back to the NES days, and finding their original source code also appears to be a challenge for the company.
“I’m embarrassed to admit it, but in some cases, we don’t know where the code is anymore. It’s very hard to find them sometimes, because back in the day you just made them and put them out there and you were done – you didn’t think of how you were going to sell them down the road. “
While the fact that Square Enix is planning to make its classic games available again is good news, the subscription service can certainly be contentious. Let’s hope that the former comes first.