Square Enix has just revealed a brand new cloud gaming service called CoreOnline, which allows players to experience quality titles, like Hitman: Blood Money or Mini Ninjas, completely free in their browser, provided they watch a few adverts from time to time.
Cloud gaming is becoming more and more popular nowadays and, besides dedicated services like OnLive, which is experiencing some problems, and Gaikai, which has just been bought by Sony, plenty of other companies are trying their hand in this segment of the industry.
Square Enix is the latest publisher to start offering its games in the cloud, as thanks to its new CoreOnline system, players can experience, straight from their web browser, quality titles like Hitman: Blood Money or Mini Ninjas.
“CoreOnline is our exciting new service that allows you to access console quality games through your web browser,” the company said. “Just pick a game, choose a level and start playing immediately, it's as simple as that. All your progress and achievements are saved to the cloud allowing you to continue anywhere as long as you have an internet browser.”
What’s even more interesting is the business model for CoreOnline, which allows users to either play for free, although they need to watch ads for a limited time, or pay for individual levels or entire games.
“Players can play for free and support the running of the CoreOnline service by watching short video adverts (similar to watching TV on demand from your computer). Alternatively those who want to skip the ads instantly and start playing immediately can choose to purchase individual levels or entire games. We're confident this will give all Square Enix fans the flexibility to play games exactly how they want to.”
What’s more, new games will soon be added to CoreOnline, including Lara Croft: Guardian of Light, Tomb Raider: Underworld, and Gyromancer, so it’s going to be interesting to see how Square Enix will continue developing its browser-based cloud gaming service.
Check out more details about it in the video below and at this link.