Square Enix Looks to the Future

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Well, here’s a new one for you. When people talk about the death of gaming platforms the PC usually comes up, but Square Enix is turning that notion on its ear. In a recent interview with MCV, Square Enix grand poobah Yoichi Wada said that the company believes there’s going to be dramatic change in the industry that will shift attention away from physical media and onto download and sever based content.

Mr. Wada went on to elaborate that “In ten years’ time a lot of what we call ‘console games’ won’t exist,” and that Microsoft and Sony are already ramping up for the big change and third-parties should follow suit if they want to stay in the game.

The reasoning behind his statement is that the games market is changing from a hardware-based model to a network one, where “any kind of terminal becomes a potential platform on which games can be played”. Mr. Wada said that Square Enix is ready for the change, and they’re already stepping up production on their social and browser based games.

While we are seeing movement in this direction with things like OnLive and the success of browser-based MMOs, I don’t think that consoles in the traditional sense are going anywhere. Besides, I think that Square should finish up with their current disc-based project before they move on to figuring out how to exploit the digital market. Wouldn’t want them to get tuckered out. What do you guys think? Is there any truth to Square’s claims, or is this just going to be a dead end for the company?

Source: MCV

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4 thoughts on “Square Enix Looks to the Future”

  1. I’ll not elaborate as AC2 is installing so a quick “It sounds like rubbish to me, I highly doubt it will happen” must suffice for now.

  2. The way I see it, it’s both true and false. While digitally distributed goods are getting more popular, since they’re easier to get, they’re going to stay, thus the PC will still be around, since it’s the easiest to get DLC on.

    However, some developers, namely Activison, are turning the PC into a quasi-console. The reason I say some and not all is because Valve, hopefully, will continue to provide free DLC for the PC and Dice, hopefully, will stick to their promise of dedicated servers.

    But the PC’s still going to be around…well, that’s my hope. HOPEFULLY other developers won’t follow Activision’s path.

  3. “When people talk about the death of gaming platforms the PC usually comes up”

    Those ‘people’ are idiots.

    They can waggle their plastic and aim with thumbsticks. glhf.

    We’ll always be here.

  4. [quote comment=”9254″]”When people talk about the death of gaming platforms the PC usually comes up”

    Those ‘people’ are idiots.

    They can waggle their plastic and aim with thumbsticks. glhf.

    We’ll always be here.[/quote]

    Those people do have evidence in their favor. The lack of sales for certain high caliber titles, the lack of support from some devs like Infinity Ward.

    PC is just going through an ebb. I blame WOW

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