Square Enix CEO Commits To Single-Player, Clarifies Stance on “Games As A Service”
‘Games as a service’ titles are undoubtedly on the rise, with the reactionary dip in single player games causing many developers and publishers alike to stand together and reaffirm commitments to solo gaming experiences. Now, it appears that Square Enix has joined in the fight to keep single player games coming. Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda recently reaffirmed his company’s commitment to single player games, while also taking a deeper look into the meaning of ‘games as a service’.
Last year Square Enix claimed that it would be investing more heavily in the ‘games as a service’ model, which understandably led to some concern among the masses. In an interview with Metro the Square Enix CEO clarified the company’s stance by broadening what it means to be a ‘games as a service’ title. “Games as a service has a very wide meaning,” Matsuda said.
Recently people have been discussing loot boxes and people not using that properly, I think that’s all linked to this bad perception people have to the words ‘games as a service’. But really, the way we’re looking at it, what it boils down to is… that idea of keeping people engaged with our games and enjoying them for longer periods of time.
The way we use that expression, really… the whole idea, for a single-player game particularly, is the idea that you have the game released and you keep adding more content to keep the players engaged and enjoying the game. And that helps to make it more of a full experience, and that brings in more players to the original game. That’s the rough approach we take to the idea, and that’s why we described games as a service in that sense.”
Square Enix is easily most well known for its single player games, namely the Final Fantasy series. An excellent example of Square Enix treating the ‘games as a service’ model right can be seen with Final Fantasy XV. While the single player campaign is fantastic, so too is the multiplayer expansion Comrades, which adds tons of replayability to what is already a phenomenal game. If Square Enix keeps setting the right example the same way it has been, the future of single player games is secure.
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