Square Enix’s Core Online Service Promises Free-to-Play Games In Your Browser

By Ishaan . August 29, 2012 . 5:25pm

Square Enix have debuted a new online service, called Core Online, which will allow you to play high-definition games in your browser for free. No installation required. You can access the service here. It supports Cloud saves.


Games currently listed on Core Online include: Hitman: Blood Money and Mini Ninjas, with Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light scheduled for October, and Tomb Raider: Underworld and Gyromancer heading to the service “soon”.


The Core Online technology is developed by a company named Hapti Co. in Denmark. The Core Online service is supported by ads. Clicking on them will allow you to keep playing for free. Or you can choose to skip ads by purchasing the level (or game).

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  • Anime10121

    Seems like a REALLY good service, except my crap computer wont actually run (well technically it runs, just very.slowly.) Hitman.  But it seems really good, preview a mission for 10 minutes, and pay $.49  to purchase the chapter.

  • Just tried this with Hitman, and it works pretty well! I highly recommend everyone at least give this a shot. I’m personally very surprised by how well it seems to work.

    • LynxAmali

       I’m assuming it’s smooth and plays well?

      I might check it out.

      • Plays great so far, but there aren’t too many people on screen. VERY playable so far, though. Responsive, with good framerate.

        • malek86

          Try the Murder of Crows mission, the framerate remains smooth even when it’s full of people outside.

          • You’re right, it does work well, even under strain. Nice! I’m probably going to try and play through as much of the game as I can this weekend, just for the heck of it!

          • I already have all 4 Hitman games as part of the PC collection, but I haven’t tried Mini Ninjas. As good a time to start as any, I guess.

  • Reminds me of the patent Sony has for ads during gameplay. Some ads on YouTube already lets you choose what kind of ad to watch based on time for vids that enable that. 

    This is great, a good alternative for older titles. I’d be nice to see Nintendo or Sony do something with that OPTION for their classic catalogue. I’d be more inclined to buy a Nintendo handheld if the back catalogue grew faster and was free through this method instead of me having to download emu and roms.

    — yes I had to put emphasis on the word option. 

  • Seems easier to just buy the games during a Steam sale…

  • Luna Kazemaru

    Hmmm this isn’t bad I might check it out.

  • malek86

    Uh, this works better than I expected. Then again, it’s not a streaming service – the browser downloads the content before you can play.

    Graphically it looks pretty bad, as if you were playing at minimum settings, but I guess this means it’s very netbook-friendly.

    You can save, change options, and even twiddle with the controls layout. Not bad at all. Especially when I remember that most games made in Unity don’t allow you to invert your mouse, I cry.

  • It’s so weird. I always forget Square-Enix is the producer for Eidos and Crystal Dynamics. You think I’d be used to it by now.

  • Interesting. Reminds me of GaiKai. I shall check it out~

  • HassanJamal

    Free you say? Im interested.

  • hmm? Free? 

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