News / Square Enix

Square Enix to develop Games as a Service, multiplayer games have taken the lead

Square Enix to develop Games as a Service, multiplayer games have taken the lead

Written by Brayden — 21 Sep 2017

In Square Enix's 2017 Annual Report, Yosuke Matsuda, the president and representative director has stated that the company will develop "Games as a Service" and that the days of single-player games being the focus are gone.

You can read what he said below in full.

“Games as a Service” is a concept that is often mentioned recently in HD game contexts. Gone are the days in which single-player games were of primary status and multiplayer games secondary. Lately, multiplayer games have taken
the lead, and it is standard for games to be designed for long-term play.

The terms “multiplayer” and “Games as a Service” themselves have existed for some time, but they are now being used in reference to game designs that
place a strong emphasis on longer-term user engagement. We will also endeavor to develop games designed not to be played once after launch but that customers can enjoy more and play longer. In so doing, we will increase
customer satisfaction and enhance the lifetime value of the games themselves."

He also revealed “Gamers are significantly moving away from purchasing packaged games and shifting toward digital downloads. In North America, more than 20% of purchases of “FINAL FANTASY XV” have been via digital downloads."

Source: Square Enix