Square announces microtransaction-based browser game service CoreOnline

Wednesday, 29th August 2012 15:01 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

CoreOnline, a microtransaction-based browser game service, has been announced by Square Enix.

The firm said the service allows players to experience “console quality games” through browsers, and the first titles released are Hitman: Blood Money and Mini Ninjas.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Tomb Raider: Underworld, and others will follow at a later date.

Games will be divided into segments where players will pay incremental amounts for each. Players can also choose to watch ads instead of dropping coin, and all payment, advertising and save data is all stored in the cloud.

“Square Enix is at the forefront of experimentation of new business and services models in the game industry,” said CEO Yoichi Wada. “Through our CoreOnline technology service, users can access our content easily through the browser.”

The service supports Chrome, Firefox and IE at present.

Thanks, GI International.



  1. SplatteredHouse

    What’s in a name.
    Lara doesn’t look impressed anyway. She looks like her kickers are tied, primed and ready! lol

    #1 2 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    Okay, this is pretty fucking cool. Just played Blood Money for a few minutes again, runs like butter.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    That is way cool. Far better service than Onlive. I can run the game in Full screen and it not be pixelated or distorted. Will def keep my eyes on this.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. IrrationalGamer

    Trying to play Hitman right now. I have a fast net connection, but it’s taking forever to load. Do your system specs matter? I have a laptop i5, but no video card.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    @4 It shouldn’t matter. It could be the browser you are trying to play off of though. I was using Chrome when I played it and it ran seamlessly for me. I have a cable connection that I get 30 MB/s.

    #5 2 years ago

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