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Square Enix closes its Core Online streaming service

Friday, 17th January 2014 12:55 GMT By Dave Cook

Square Enix has ended its Core Online game streaming service just 18 months after it launched. In fact, it ended in November, but with little fanfare.

It comes from a note on the Core Online homepage that reads, “Core Online was released as an experiment to see what demand there would be for HD games played via the browser. However, due to limited commercial take-up of this initiative, CoreĀ®Online closed on Friday 29th November 2013.”

Core Online enabled gamers to stream HD editions of games like Hitman: Blood Money, Mini Ninjas and Tomb Raider: underworld in their browser for a monthly $2.99 fee, or for free for 20 minutes per day.

Square has confirmed that any subscriptions still active during the November closure will be eligible for a full refund.

Did you use Core Online? Let us know below.

Via Polygon.

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5 Comments

  1. KineticCalvaria

    Complete waste of money, it was always going to fail.

    #1 9 months ago
  2. Raynor

    streaming games is a good idea for future.for now disks are way better.”may be for next generation of gamers …”

    #2 9 months ago
  3. salarta

    I didn’t even know this existed.

    Also trying to stream HD is a bad idea because the internet in a lot of places isn’t ready for it.

    #3 9 months ago
  4. Daavpuke

    Well, this is awkward… I picked up this news yesterday, after almost 2 months of it going completely unannounced: http://gg3.be/2014/01/16/free-square-enix-pc-games-service-core-online-cancelled-no-one-noticed/

    Now, Videogamer has coincidentally picked it up, a convenient day after my article, plus it’s being directed as the source.

    #4 9 months ago
  5. deathm00n

    @3 And this is why it failed. It worked pretty well in my opinion, the shit part was watch adds between loading times

    #5 9 months ago

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