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Square Enix Embraces “Games As A Service” Model

Square Enix Embraces “Games As A Service” Model

Square Enix has previously stated that they felt the gaming industry was heading toward a “games as a service” model, saying that the publisher “will approach game design with a mind to generate recurring revenue streams.” In a recent note to shareholders, the President of the company, Yousuke Matsuda,  said that this model is the current way forward in the industry.

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“Gone are the days in which single-player games were of primary status and multiplayer games secondary,” Matsuda said. “Lately, multiplayer games have taken the lead, and it is standard for games to be designed for long-term play.” (http://bit.ly/2fmyhLO)

In terms of a concept, games as a service are nothing new to the industry. Each company has their own way of defining this philosophy and for the Final Fantasy publisher, it means a strong emphasis on long-term user engagement.

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Square Enix will start making more of an effort to release games that drive the player to engage with a game for a longer period of time instead of a quick completion and moving on. The company believes that this will increase their overall customer satisfaction and create a lifetime value to the games themselves.

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To show their commitment to this style of game, Square Enix added multiplayer to Final Fantasy XV through an upcoming expansion. The company also announced a new shooter this week called Left Alive, which will have a significant online portion to keep players interested. This model makes plenty of sense as a developer can sustain their game over a period of time and sell content and the game for much longer.

Streaming and Shareholders

Matsuda also recognized the importance of streaming in the note to shareholders. He wants the company to place a growing emphasis on the matter and look into using it as a revenue stream.

“An increasing number of our customers around the world enjoy not only playing games themselves, but also watching other gamers play them. You do not actually need to play a game yourself to enjoy it,” Matsuda said. “Watching the advanced techniques of professional gamers and the unique broadcasts of game streamers is another way to enjoy games. Watching gaming is growing into a major form of entertainment thanks to considerable advances in the online streaming environment. It is the presence of e-sports spectators that make this meaningful.” (http://bit.ly/2fmyhLO)

This is big news for any Square Enix fan. It shows that the company is learning from the market instead of sticking to old ideas that gamers are getting sick of. Games like Overwatch and Destiny 2 show that the industry is moving toward a community driven experience that receives new content on a monthly basis instead of something that can be finished in a few hours. Hopefully, this note to shareholders shows the true direction of the company and isn’t just business rhetoric. If you’d like to see the full note you can find it on their website.

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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT: New Final Fantasy Fighter

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT: New Final Fantasy Fighter

Square Enix offered some additional information about the closed beta for their upcoming Final Fantasy fighting game, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Last month the company announced they will be holding a closed beta but now gamers have an idea when they can play. Between August 25th and September 3rd, select players will have the chance to give this arcade fighter a try.

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Registration is now live and gamers have until August 20th to sign up for their chance to try out Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. North and Latin American players can sign up here and other regions can visit this site to register. Unfortunately be prepared for bad news, as with any closed-beta acceptance is going to be limited.

This game looks like it’s going to be an epic adventure. Come take a look at some Dissidia Final Fantasy NT below.

It isn’t the first time Square Enix released a Final Fantasy fighter. For the 20th anniversary in 2008, they released a similar fighting game for PlayStation Portable, Dissidia Final Fantasy. The North American version released back in 2009. This latest title should be an exciting revisit, with new characters and the incredible power of the modern console. Dissidia Final Fantasy NT will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 with an expected release in 2018.

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For those not lucky enough to be chosen for the closed-beta, they’ll have to survive on gameplay footage from the lucky few until its release or an open-beta. However, Gigamax Games does have some Final Fantasy video’s to get you through the year. Be sure to keep checking back for new episodes and the latest gameplay.

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Final Fantasy XIV Director Wants Game on Switch

Final Fantasy XIV Director Wants Game on Switch

Final Fantasy XIV is an amazing MMORPG that has captured the hearts (and wallets) of many players around the world. This game has a pretty hardcore fan base that would love to see it played by as many people as possible. If things go as planed, fans will soon see this experience on two more consoles.

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The Inside Scoop

In a recent interview with gaming publication, Kotaku, the game’s director, Naoki Yoshida, stated that “would love for as many players to be on FFXIV as possible” and continued by saying “conversations have been had with Phil Spencer of Microsoft, and the upper management teams of Nintendo.” (http://bit.ly/2tBoW50) Although if this were to happen, Yoshida has one condition that may be the biggest hurdle.

Yoshida confirmed in the interview that if the game were to be made available on both consoles that they must has cross platform play. He stated that the reason this has to happen is because many companies don’t realize how consistent updates and the way servers are maintained and operated for MMO’s go into how the game runs. “Those can become a hurdle when we consider operating FFXIV for an extended period of time,” he said. “So when I talk to those first-party companies, I ask them, ‘Do you have the capability to prepare for that, do you have the resolve that you’re going to make sure to take responsibility and take care of those, do you have that willingness?’

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Sony seems like a lost cause in terms of cross platform play. Recently, the company opted out of allowing both Minecraft and Rocket League to be played between the competing consoles. This follows the announcement at Microsoft’s E3 conference where they laid out plans to continue support for cross platform play between the Switch and PC players. Sony currently has no intentions to ever allow cross platform play and may never allow it to happen on their consoles.

Recently Square Enix debuted the most recent expansion for FF XIV, Stormblood and has made it clear that they are going to continue to support the game. Gigamax Games has recently become heavily invested in this game and will keep a close eye on any updates the developer releases so make sure to keep checking back for more.

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http://kotaku.com/final-fantasy-xivs-director-says-theres-still-so-much-m-1796345981

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/final-fantasy-xiv-director-wants-switch-and-xbox-o/1100-6451129/

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10 Video Games To Watch Out For In June 2017

10 Highly Anticipated Video Games in  June 2017

The top 10 Video Games to watch out for in June 2017! The latest titles for Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. Be sure to check back on Gigamax Games for more!

Tekken 7 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – June 2

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Tekken 7 is exclusive to Japanese arcades but the rest of the gaming world will soon be playing this highly anticipated fighter in the comfort of their own home. With a wide range of unique characters and fighting styles, Tekken has always delivered tense, exciting and competitive gameplay.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – June 6

Elder Scrolls Online continues their expansion of its incredible world with the release of the Morrowind DLC. In standard Elder Scrolls Online fashion, the DLC will be free for ESO Plus members. Each one of The Elder Scrolls Online DLC’s has been packed with content and unique environments and Morrowind looks as though it will deliver another unforgettable experience.

DiRT 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – June 6th

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A mix between a simulator and fully fleshed out game, DiRT 4 promises an adrenalin rush second only to getting behind one of these off-road machines in real life. DiRT 4’s developer, Codemasters are excited to debut a ‘game-changing’ system they call Your Stage. This is a rally route creation tool, letting the player produce nearly limitless and unique rally stages you can race and share with friends.

Wipeout Omega Collection (PS4) – June 7

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This futuristic racing game series is a staple in Playstation history. The original trilogy helped set the very first Playstation apart from the other consoles on the market. Fans of the series might want to take a look at pre-order bonus which includes the original Playstation One box art.

Arms (Switch) – June 16

Nintendo is nearly ready to release one of their new IP’s, specifically crafted for the Nintendo Switch. Arms looks like the perfect game to play with friends as you battle with their motion-controlled fighting system.

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood (PS4, PC, Mac) – June 20

Get ready to liberate Ala Mhigo, a land conquered by the Garlean Empire in this new adventure. The Warrior of Light and his comrades takes them beyond the borders of Aldenard but make sure to prepare because untolled challenges lie in the Far East.

The Golf Club 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – June 27

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More and more, people love to play online casino and then finish their time up with a round of golf. Dubbed as the ‘most dynamic golf game ever created’, the career mode is filled with subtleties like precise swing mechanics and beautiful sprawling courses. Players can create online Societies and challenge other communities to earn money and build up that all important street credit.

Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (PS4) – June 27

This pre-sequel to the mystery adventure
game Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, is unlike the first two games. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls lets the player take on the role of two heroines as they try to survive a city thrown into violent anarchy.

Valkyria Revolution (PS4, Xbox One, Vita) – June 27

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This title is finally making its way over the the Americas and will stand out from previous Valkyria games. Valkyria Revolution will not be a sequel to Valkyria Chronicles series and should be considered a spinoff. Taking place in a entirely different timeline, it’ll be a great new adventure for those familiar with the franchise and easy to jump into for newcomers.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PS4) – June 30

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Any fan of the original Crash Bandicoot series will be ecstatic to find out the game is getting a full HD remaster this June. Play through the original three games, Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped in a nostalgic revisit to this Playstation classic.

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