Square Enix Adding More Multiplayer Elements In Their Games

By Spencer . June 23, 2010 . 8:13pm

image“In all of the games we will be releasing going forward, some kind of multiplayer element will be incorporated one way or another,” Yoichi Wada, CEO of Square Enix, said to Forbes. "What we will encourage them to do is to incorporate some kind of multiplayer element even in single player games."


In addition to games like Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, and Front Mission Evolved, both of which are natural fits for multiplayer game design, Square Enix has been adding mulitplayer elements to their RPGs for the past few years.


Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep has a Monster Hunter Freedom-esque ad-hoc mode. Dragon Quest IX has local Wi-Fi and tag mode, an option where players can passively share treasure maps. And Final Fantasy XIV will follow in the footsteps of Final Fantasy XI, a full-blown MMORPG.


Interestingly, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, one of the most talked about games in Square Enix’s lineup, has no multiplayer modes. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is strictly a single player game.

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  • joesz

    That’s really painful for Deus Ex.

  • MrRobbyM

    I wouldn’t mind multiplayer in FFVersus13

    • I would. Greatly. Unless it’s a separate mode that I never have to play. Like what White Knight Chronicles does. Not that I mind multiplayer where it belongs, but I just hate the idea of being bothered by other people when playing an RPG.

  • epy

    As long as the multiplayer is not requiered to get special sidequests or otherwise hinder the single player mode in any way, by all means go ahead. Although that was not really multiplayer per se, looking for people to send mails in FF III to get most of the optional stuff was a royal pain.

    • That’s the kind of mulitplayer I’m not too fond of, especially when I get into completist mode. I hate missing out on an aspect of a game just for being anti-social or not having friends with similar gaming tastes.

  • Vino (Tim N)

    I think Square Enix implements multiplayer in most of their games quite well. I’m looking forward to playing Dragon Quest IX. May pick up two copies if my brother is interested as well.
    For Deus Ex: Human Revolution, I wouldn’t think it was going to be multiplayer, it seems the story revolves around the main character.

    And Spencer, looks like the last couple of weeks have been busy, so many posts :P keep up the good work!

  • raymk

    well it looks like their taking a step in the right direction

    • As was asked above, how is this a step in the right direction? Why should something like, say, Final Fantasy Versus XIII have multiplayer thrown into it?

  • holyPaladin

    Nice although I usually play offline

  • Guest

    How is the a step in the right direction? Shoving multiplayer where it doesn’t belong is never a good thing. (ie: Bioshock 2, Bionic Commando, etc)

    Don’t get me wrong I understand the push for multiplayer and hell if you can make it work in cases where it usually wouldn’t (DQIX) great but forcing your devs to add multiplayer for every game doesn’t sound right.

  • This cannot end well.

  • Hraesvelgr

    No multiplayer for Deus Ex? I’m liking the sound of that. These days, having MP in a FPS game is just too “me too!” for instaprofit, instead of offering a good SP experience, which is what Deus Ex is about, to me.

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