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Square Enix Looking To Make Complete Library Available Digitally

Square Enix is hoping to make its entire library available on video game platforms. While it will clearly take a long time for them to achieve this, the long established company is committed to making sure it happens. As you know, the company has a vast range of games dating back to its conception. It sounds as though the company is thinking of persueing a subscription based service. The issue is they haven’t managed to find the source code for some of their earlier titles!

“We’re working on that in a variety of ways,” Matsuda said. “That is a request that we hear often. As far as our major titles go, most of those, we still have variations out that you can play now. The more classic titles that you might have played on NES, we are still working hard to make it so you can play those. We actually have launched a dedicated project internally to port those, so we are working to make them available on a variety of platforms. Certainly down the road, we would like to see that on a subscription or streaming service, so we’re exploring the possibility of creating a dedicated channel for ourselves.”

Making games available

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. Sometimes customers ask, ‘Why haven’t you released that [game] yet?’ And the truth of the matter is it’s because we don’t know where it has gone.”

The problem



  1. So at last we get absolute confirmation of this source code lost rumor. Final Fantasy VIII’s remaster delay was a part of that no doubt. I wonder how many more are as well, and which titles.

    1. I like to think that it is possible to play all the final fantasy’s under one platform. It’s called emulating. But in all seriousness, I would love to see their whole platform out there, and if they do on the phone what Sega does, I wouldn’t mind paying for a good amount to own a purchased version. Sega is the friendliest to their fanbase, even when we complain and get mad at them, but I would love to see more of their ideas out there to be put into more use.

  2. This just proves that these so-called “triple A” publishers and developers don’t give a rat’s ass about their own IPs.
    I know if I, and many other people, create a game that becomes very popular we wouldn’t lose the damn code that’s the very foundation for said IP.
    This is precisely why physical media is so damn important, if it weren’t for gamers who preserve games and their code dumbass companies like Squeenix and Sega wouldn’t even capable of remaking, remastering or even create faithful sequels to any of their franchises.
    Watch later down the line when digital becomes bigger and bigger these companies won’t have any original code to work from because of incompetent publishers and devs like SE, Sega ect who literally dismiss and throw away the code for the very IPs they claim is very important to them.
    Sega literally had to rely of roms from rom hack sites in order to regain their entire library of Sega Genesis games because they are a bunch of corporate retards that doesn’t care about the IPs that keep them in business, SE is just as retarded.

    1. Physical media will always been important even if a lot of stuff becomes digital because people will store said digital stuff on physical things like SD cards & external HDDs (where most of my PS4 library is stored.)

      And you aren’t wrong when it comes to Sega & Square Enix being idiots at times as they do have a lot of issues with them. *cough*SquareEnix’sshittysites*cough*

    2. Have you ever heard of Doctor Who? They literally lost a third of the episodes that existed and aired for that show. They been able to find some from fan VCR recordings and things like that, but a third of all the classic doctor who episodes are just gone forever.

  3. Personally hoping for Terranigma, but doubt it will happen. There’s likely a lot of other games that have a higher priority, and there might even be some legal issues with all of the games developed by Quintet.

    1. I’ve considered that too.

      Of course if the world ends and our entire internet infrastructure goes down, and we all die horribly in climate change, your physical game collection will sit there for 5000 years where aliens will find it and try to play the games, only to learn they don’t have any consoles that can play them.

      huh. Guess physical wasn’t worth anymore than digital after all. I have a library of 50 PS2 games, that are completely unplayable to me. I have a library of 300 digital xbox, xbox 360, and xbox one games and a lot of them I never thought I’d see again, but they’re in my library forever. EVen if I lose my xbox. Even if I lose my house in a fire with all my belongings, I can go to walmart, buy a new xbox, go home, and my 300 games will still be there, and be literally the only thing of value and pleasure in my entire life. And where is your physical library? Oh yeah, in the ashes with my PS2 library of games like Xmen Legends and Xenosaga that I’ll never be able to play.

  4. They need to take a physical compilation approach (like the Mana collection) or some kind of NES Classic style plug-n-play of their hits, in addition to whatever digital/streaming platform they want to pursue.

  5. great hopefully se can port the snes versions of ff4 and ff6 and not the horrible remasters on steam.

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