Square Enix Delays Final Fantasy VII And FFXIII Cloud Streaming Service, Dive In

By Spencer . October 5, 2014 . 11:08pm

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Square Enix has been developing Dive In, a streaming service similar to Gaikai or OnLive that brings games like Final Fantasy XIII to tablets and smartphones. Dive In was scheduled to launch on October 9 with Final Fantasy VII International, Final Fantasy XIII, and Season of Mystery: The Cherry Blossom Murders. After running tests, Square Enix decided to delay the service until a later, unannounced date.

 

That’s probably for the best. Siliconera played Final Fantasy XIII on a tablet connected to Dive In during Tokyo Game Show and this version of the game had lag issues.

 

All of Dive In’s games are rentals with prices as low as 150 yen (plus tax) to access Season of Mystery: The Cherry Blossom Murders for three days to 1,800 yen to access Final Fantasy XIII for 1,800 yen. Final Fantasy VII International is 200 yen for three days, 1,000 yen for 30 days and 1,429 yen for 365 days.

 

Square Enix planned on releasing Final Fantasy VII and The Last Remnant on Dive In in November. Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Murdered: Soul Suspect were originally slated for December. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is due next year. However, these release dates may change since players won’t Dive In until a later date.


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  • Monterossa

    the title almost gave me a heart attack. thanks god it’s still coming to Steam in 3 days.

    • Ni ~Algidus~

      so I was not only one hahaha

  • courier69

    “Final Fantasy VII *Cloud* Streaming service”. I C wut Thay did thar ;)

    Should the recent love of FFVII lately make me hopeful for the long awaited start of the PS1 remakes :) ?

    • Stephen Mc Devitt

      First thing we asked them is what idea does Square have in remaking VII. Will it look like the original but less jaggy? Will it be realistic with a third person camera and a Skyrim-esque open world? Will it 2D like VI?

      Would you care if a VII was expensive?

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    Shouldn’t they fix the DQX 3DS fiasco first? :S

    • Derek E Nay

      They should be fixing a lot of things.

  • oh square… can’t even properly deliver on its compromised half-measure…

  • Warboss Aohd

    Translation “Apparently getting games to Stream isn’t Easy after all.”

  • pekikuubik

    It’s okay. We got PC versions of the FFXIII trilogy out of it, so the streaming service itself doesn’t matter at all at this point.

    • Stephen Mc Devitt

      Square shot themselves in the foot, much like Konami released MGS3 on 3DS after the MGS Collection, which has a better looking version of MGS3 with 2 and Peace Walker, all running at 60fps.

      • Tom_Phoenix

        To be honest, if Snake Eater 3D had the ports of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, I still would have been more interested in it than the MGS Collection (don’t really care about 2 and Peace Walker).

        Unfortunately, it doesn’t, so I’ll be getting the MGS Collection (which thankfully does include those ports).

        • César H. Sandoval

          MGS3D is the worst version of Snake Eater lol

          • Damjan Šalov

            it might have been the best version if they improved on framerate performance, mechanics to me are better but the controls are cumbersome if you don’t own the circle pad pro, and the framerate drops to 20 or less during cutscenes, I like that they made it play like mgs4, but framerate drop and lack of content doesn’t justify the purchase

      • Monterossa

        different markets. the streaming version is for Japan, the land of no PC and the land of smartphone addicts.

        • Stephen Mc Devitt

          I thought Japan IS a land full of smartphone addicts, why else is more Japanese developers making games for those than with consoles?

  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    “until a later, unannounced date” – in other words, they really have some issues. Square is pushing for this streaming and with the creation of cloud gaming with Shinra Technologies so it has to be right.

  • Slickyslacker

    Lightning cannot return for mobile phones, just yet. Please be excited.

  • Wait what

    If any other company did this, people on here would be saying “good call, don’t want to release something that doesn’t work, at least they care”. But the community on this website can’t get over it’s Square Enix and FFXIII hate for one moment to say anything but “LOL SQUARE ENIX SUCKS, THEY SCREWED SOMETHING UP AGAIN”

    • They’re not a fledgling company anymore. Telling them “It’s ok we trust you” when they’ve been around for as long as they have and have broken peoples trust as a “big business” I’m really not surprised people would have very critical reactions to this.

      • Wait what

        Who said anything about them being a fledgling company or telling them we trust them? When Bioware delayed Dragon Age Inquisition, the response was “if the delay makes it better, then good”. If this streaming service wasn’t ready, then delaying it is a good sign because it shows they don’t want to release this when it’s not working. Like, say, Playstation Now.

        • Well firstly, there’s a difference between a game that hasn’t come out yet and a streaming service that has games people have played before. No one really cares if the streaming service is better if they’re not intending to play the games. Whereas a game they’ve never played before has a potential to be something

          Secondly, if you don’t think Bioware gets a lot of flack, then you haven’t been looking in the right places. I mean, they have the term “Biodrone” for the people who defend everything Bioware does (not saying it’s right to use that term, but it shows that there’s a substantial amount of people that give them crap)

          • Wait what

            I’m aware of the Bioware hate and criticism, which is why I used them as an example. Also, just because you played these games before doesn’t mean everyone has. I’m sure there are people out there, especially in Japan, who would use this for their first experience with these games.

            All of this is besides the point, though. My point is that delaying a product that isn’t working yet is a GOOD thing. Do you have any idea how many companies would just put the broken product out there? Square Enix did nothing wrong here, but people can’t get over the CRIME they committed of making a game they didn’t like that everything SE does has to be met with hundreds of “lol SE sucks” comments.

          • You’re aware, but you said “When Bioware delayed Dragon Age Inquisition, the response was “if the delay makes it better, then good”.” That’s not really an example of Bioware being criticized. I took it more as a “Why is SE given crap when Bioware isn’t” Which isn’t true either and is what I was pointing out.

            Personally, this news doesn’t affect me. You seem upset by the fact that people are reacting negatively towards it, and I was just explaining why that probably is. They’re not as upset over the delay, they’re upset that SE is even focusing on such a thing in the first place.

          • Wait what

            You seem to be missing my point entirely.

          • You believe this community has an unfair hatred of SE. You implied if it had been any other company it would be treated favorably. I don’t think I missed the point, but maybe I did a poor job at expressing myself on this matter. Regardless, you’re probably not interested in what I have to say, so I’ll just leave this be.

  • César H. Sandoval

    Game streaming as a whole is such a bad idea, no matter what company does it.

    • Damjan Šalov

      game streaming scares the shit out of me, if this becomes a standard and I don’t doubt it in next decade just imagine what kind of fuckery will it turn out at that point

      • César H. Sandoval

        This, I don’t want the next Xbox or Playstation to be just a streambox were they charge me 5 bucks for playing for an hour.

  • You wouldn’t think it would be very difficult to port FFVII, VIII and IX to mobile. They’re just PSOne games. I don’t want to stream them, but I would like to play them on my iPad.

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