Square Enix working to make their old games playable on modern hardware
- June 20, 2019
While many games are still easily accessible on modern hardware, many games from Square Enix’s long history are not playable on modern hardware whatsoever or are strictly limited in some way.
In an interview with Game Informer, Square Enix president and CEO Yosuke Matsuda has revealed that they are working on making their old games available digitally in a variety of ways.
“We’re working on that in a variety of ways,” Matsuda said. “That is a request that we hear often. As far as our major titles go, most of those, we still have variations out that you can play now. The more classic titles that you might have played on NES, we are still working hard to make it so you can play those. We actually have launched a dedicated project internally to port those, so we are working to make them available on a variety of platforms. Certainly down the road, we would like to see that on a subscription or streaming service, so we’re exploring the possibility of creating a dedicated channel for ourselves.”
He also admitted however a major issue preventing some titles is due to the game’s code being missing since game developers did not keep back-ups back then.
This is potentially very exciting but we will have to wait and see if this eventually results in much.
Personally I’d love to see them re-release the Super Famicom game Bahamut Lagoon and as a result finally release it in English after its English release was cancelled due to Nintendo shifting its focus to the Nintendo 64.
While in regards to original PlayStation games, I’d love to see Threads of Fate so it’s finally available worldwide and Racing Lagoon so its finally available again.
But of course there’s plenty of old games from the Famicom/NES, Super Famicom/SNES and PlayStation they could bring back and hopefully do.
Source: Game Informer