Square Enix is Mulling Over a Subscription Service for Classic Games, if It Can Find Them First

Square Enix is Mulling Over a Subscription Service for Classic Games, if It Can Find Them First

Square Enix may have misplaced a few classic video game source codes.

As a historic game company, Square Enix holds a large library of iconic video games. Square Enix's CEO Yosuke Matsuda knows this and wants to give players access to that library in some way, possibly as a subscription service. The only problem is some of those games are straight-up lost.

In an interview with Game Informer, Matsuda sat down and revealed there are internal plans to get classic Square Enix games, particularly those from the NES-era, available in some way. He even hints at a possible subscription-like service that would give fans access to a deep Square Enix library.

"I think everyone is going in that direction, so we want to be proactive in considering those options. We still don't know if it would be a subscription service or an exclusive downloading service or what form it might take, but we do want to leverage our catalog."

One road bump to Square Enix's plans to bring back classic games is actually finding where they are.

"I'm embarrassed to admit it, but in some cases, we don't know where the code is anymore," Matsuda admits. "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."

For fans asking why a certain game hasn't gotten a re-release, or remaster, Matsuda reveals, "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's gone."

So, short of remaking every game in its library like Fantasy 7 Remake, it'll probably be best if Square Enix finds a solution to its missing games problem. Then fans will be able to enjoy them again if they're ever re-released, either standalone or part of some future Square Enix subscription plan.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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