CoreOnline is Square’s way of coping with industry’s “transformational period,” says Wada

Thursday, 6th September 2012 16:46 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Square Enix president and CEO Yoichi Wada has a digital plan in place with CoreOnline should consoles become a thing of the past “in the next five years or so.”

Speaking with MCV, Wada and European CEO Phil Rogers said CoreOnline is just the start of Square’s new online strategy as it preps for the rise of cloud and server-based offerings.

“Previously when we used to think about how to make a game work, we only had to think about the game console, and now time has changed,” said Wada. “But if you think about the previous 30 to 40 years in computing, we had host computers or a server, and the clients running on them. The pendulum has been swinging between them over time, from IBM on servers to Microsoft on PC and then back to servers with companies like Google and again back to host computers with Apples native apps.

“Currently, HTML 5 and Google Chrome has shifted back to servers again,” he said which enables the firm to “cope with this transformational period,” in the industry.

Square Enix Europe CEO Rogers added: “We see tremendous changes in the industry, exciting changes – people say the industry is in trouble but really the boundaries are being pushed further than ever,” he said.

“The real power here is where those changes meet technical and engineering ideas – and that’s what happened with CoreOnline.”

CoreOnline allows players to experience “console quality games” through browsers, and the first titles released on the service were Hitman: Blood Money and Mini Ninjas, with Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Tomb Raider: Underworld, and others to follow at a later date.



  1. wowtgp

    unlock games by watching advertisements.Hmmmmmmmmmmm sounds good

    #1 2 years ago
  2. deathm00n

    @1 But if you tried you can say they did a good job, it works perfectly, really liked it, but I don’t see these cloud gaming, browser gaming, and etc taking over the console market

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight


    Naw not any time soon but it is something to use if you are out and about and don’t have a console on hand.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DSB

    I hope it’s not another uDraw.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. deathm00n

    @3 But for it to become succesfull as consoles it need to be worked on a lot yet. To reach the current graphics and technology of the actual consoles, hitman and minininjas aren’t technologic marvelous, but it’s still awesome what they have done so far

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight


    They are adding more to it can’t judge it based on its beta and the two games they have. The service is already better then Onlive could ever be. Its comparable to Galkai even though Galkai beta was playing the most current games’ demo. Witcher 2 looked pretty damn good and was quite responsive so you could try the game out and see if it is worth buying without downloading anything.

    #6 2 years ago

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