How do you feel about forking out a few more bucks for another game subscription service? Sounds tempting? Well, hang in there because Square Enix is considering launching its own subscription service.
This service is fast becoming the new trend, with Electronic Arts’ Origin Access Premier service and Ubisoft’s recently announced Uplay Plus, both costing $14.99/€14.99 a month. A subscription will give you access to a vast choice of the studio’s games, as well as early access to upcoming games.
These services can be a good deal if you are a true fan of a certain company of franchise. Let’s say that you love all things Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry – subscribing to Uplay Plus could be worthwhile.
But what about Square Enix? Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda said that the company already provides games for Microsoft’s Game Pass, but “at the end of the day, the direction that we’re thinking about is having a channel of our own.”
It’s not an easy task, however: “[…] that 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. At present, as I say, we are offering our games on multiple subscription services, including Microsoft’s. But eventually I do think that we need to get to the point where we have enough insight that we can build our own service.”
Square Enix doesn’t strike me as the greatest contender for a subscription service, although I can see the pull in those Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and Tomb Raider games. With the Final Fantasy VII Remake launching in early 2020 and the Final Fantasy VIII Remake already announced, interest will surely spike during the next couple of years.
Would you be willing to pay for this service in particular?