While Square Enix are already experimenting with cloud-streaming with their recently announced Dive In service, the publisher announced a second cloud gaming initiative at the Tokyo Game Show today—Shinra Technologies.
Shinra Technologies, named after the company in Final Fantasy VII, is a cloud gaming company that is being led by former Square Enix president Yoichi Wada. It is headquartered in New York City, and will begin beta-testing its cloud gaming services in early 2015.
“Shinra has created an optimized datacenter environment for the highest-quality cloud games,” an official statement from the company said. “Shinra intends to closely collaborate with cutting-edge game studios to develop new, never-before-seen game experiences, and will become the hub of a high-end cloud community for gamers.”
Shinra says it will use its original architecture to provide games with the power of a “virtual supercomputer,” making for games that couldn’t be experienced on a PC or console. The company adds that it has partnered with various developers for content, one of these being Ubisoft.
“Ubisoft has long believed that the cloud will play an important part in gaming’s future,” said Yves Guillemot, CEO and co-founder of Ubisoft. “We are intrigued by the direction Shinra Technologies, Inc. is taking and look forward to seeing what their architecture and technologies can deliver.”
An official website for Shinra Technologies can be found here.