Square Enix wants to provide its entire game library digitally

Square Enix wants to provide its entire game library digitally

I’m pretty ambivalent about Square Enix these days. But in the days that they were Square (or Squaresoft) and Enix respectively, I loved them to death. In a talk with Game Informer, Square Enix President and CEO Yosuke Matsuda said he would like to make their entire games library available digitally. I haven’t been able to stop slobbering since.

Matsuda stated the following:

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.

There is just one caveat to this proposition: Matsuda admits they don’t know where the source code is for some of their old games anymore. This isn’t an unusual admission, as even back in the ’90s, developers could not imagine there would be an opportunity (and big demand!) to bring back their whole catalogue to be played on a computer. Stories persist that even Final Fantasy VIII‘s code was lost.

The funny thing to me is that, like a lot of people, I’m pretty fatigued by the onslaught of segmented streaming services that are coming. But if Square Enix were to create a streaming service that let me play every Final Fantasy, every¬†Dragon Quest, the Soul Blazer trilogy, Live A Live, and a bunch of other super nerd RPGs, I’d be all over it! What about you?

Tell us in the comments what you want to play!


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!