Publisher signs on to Valve's PC-only digital distribution service; new RPG leads offerings on April 9, retail release on March 24.
Square Enix has made a grandiose push into the Western market in recent months. After walking away from its bid to bail out ailing publisher Tecmo, Square Enix announced plans to publish Gas Powered Games' Supreme Commander 2, set up a development studio in Los Angeles, and made welcome advances to acquire flagging British publisher Eidos.
Today, the publisher revealed plans to lend its support to one of the most prominent digital distribution services in the West, Valve's online PC-only platform Steam. Square Enix's games will be available to Steam users located in North America and Europe only.
The first Square Enix-published game to appear on Steam will be the fantasy role-playing game The Last Remnant, which received modest ratings upon its Xbox 360 debut in November. Square Enix said today that the game, which was previously slated for a spring release, will be available March 24, with the Steam release following on April 9. Pricing information for the PC edition of The Last Remnant was not revealed.
No mention was made of Square Enix's most prominent PC effort, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Final Fantasy XI. However, Steam does have precedent in distributing MMOGs, having signed with Sony Online Entertainment (EverQuest 2, Pirates of the Burning Sea) to distribute its extensive catalog earlier this year. The publisher did say, though, that it expects to add more games to the service in the future.
the demos out now and if thats any indication it's technical issues are down to compatability issues now. it works great and even comes with a turbo combat feature which is great when grinding. Sadly there's no new game plus which is sad, I'd have thought SE has learned something from their past releases over the years since chrono trigger. and there's no news about the DLC for PC yet.
Hope they fix the technical problems and don't make this yet another lazy PC port. If they put some effort into it, this could be really good!
With all the good games that Enix has, why Last Remnent? Well, that aside, I guess it's good that Enix's taking the first step towards porting its games to PC. So, while I wouldn't get too exciting with this particular port, I look forward to Enix's future relation with the PC platform.
@ The_real_VIP: Oh, I didn't see that announcement, but it makes much more sense to release it on PSP than mobiles. I wish they were making it for PC though.
If they want to really impress the western market, how about stopping making us wait extra YEARS for FF games? A few months, I can understand, but at east make the effort to attempt to fool us into thinking you care, SE. They want their Japanese gamers to feel privileged. What about us? Sony stuffed a stick sideways up our backsides by cancelling the 'worldwide' release of the PS3, and then took some backwards compatibility chip out of it or something, then SE announce we will have to wait an extra year for FFXIII? Whatever....
@ Invisstalker: They switched it for the PSP. I don't know how you could've missed the announcement.
@ Prelude_dude: They are making a third parasite eve sequel but it's for mobiles I believe. I also believe this is a very stupid decision. I'd love to see some square enix games on pc. Too bad I'm in Australia.
I hate valve! They're making so much money on Steam, and yet act like little cry babys when it comes to the PS3! Not only are they not going to make games for it, but they even said it should be discontinued *AFTER* Sony already sold 2 million consoles. And the PS3 isn't *that* hard to work with: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/top-developers-slam-ps3-broken-allegations
The title of this article had me really excited and happy. I was thinking yay SE! You won't be disappointed, I'll definitely be buying it now if it's on steam ^^! Then I read "Square Enix's games will be available to Steam users located in North America and Europe only". Why do something like that? I'd understand restricting access to countries where the game was maybe banned, which will never happen to this game in any country, but still. It's digital distribution!!! Why not allow global sales through steam? Especially since the US and EU are the EASIEST places to get games through retail, what about the rest of the world that get treated poorly when it comes to games being available at all, and at a decent price. Honestly. What a rip. It's not as if Australia is the third world. It'd be nice if they allow you to register your bought retail game in steam so I can still DL it whenever and have no DRM or need for a disc without needing a crack. The decisions all these big companies make confuse the crap out of me. Where is the logic damn it!?
How about a sequel for Chrono Trigger? How about a sequel to Parasite Eve? Final Fantasy Tactics sequel anyone? Yet another venture that does very little for their foundation.
More Squeenix firing in EVERY direction to try to crack the western market (except, of course, actually trying to develop appealing games internally; they couldn't be bothered trying to create something non-Japanese... classic. )
Seems like the right decisions are being made. They are pushing for a more global audience with their games, and still appealing to their core demographic.
I don't live in north america neither europe. Why wouldn't they release worldwide in steam? Unless they want to lose sales for piracy.
I believe Square Enix has the same philosophy as Capcom when it comes to recent PC ports of 360 games: excellent support for multicore CPUs and new Dx10 frills.
I'll wait for the reviews and see how the framerate is and if there's any improvements on the PC version.
Last Remnant has really been given a tough time by critics. In all honesty there are just as many technical issues in Mass Effect as their are in Last Remnant, and whilst LR may not be as good as ME, it is definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of JRPGs. If you do end up getting the 360 version instead of the PC one, a HDD install is mandatory :P.
I really liked the game, it was so huge and engaging if it wasn't for the terrible framerate I could easily recommend it but as it is ,it's only for hardcore JRPG fans. p.s. That pic in article is from the best cutscene in the game, amazing fight! I love Emma, she was the best character in the game.
It'd be nice to see them release some older games with this service. Not a big fan of Last Remnant. Although if you have a good computer the frame rate issues of the xbox version will likely vanish, a huge plus imo.
First Supreme Commander 2, then Eidos, and now this! The world is getting odder and odder. As a person who was only able to enjoy Final Fantasy VII through Eidos' PC port, I'm glad to see Square-Enix porting some of its title to the PC. Final Fantasy XIII PC version, anyone? I would welcome the variety on the PC platform.
It was well received. It just got marked down for technical problems. We'll see if they fix them for the PC port.
Cool to see Square-Enix show some digital download love, and its through Steam which is a great service. Here's hoping they patch and polish Last Remnant a bit. I've been really looking to check it out, but have heard a ton about its technical issues...and technical issues don't usually carry over well to the PC. I'll keep my fingers crossed though, ya never know.
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