If free to play in-browser service CoreOnline proves to be successful, Square Enix may consider bringing their RPG library to the platform. If.
“We would eventually like to see more of the Square Enix titles on there, but the thing is, those titles were made for consoles, not PCs,” Squeenix CEO Yoichi Wada told Gamesindustry. “Honestly speaking, we’re going to start from the available ones – once we’ve established that it can work as a business, we’re going to be porting them onto the PC, but that actually costs quite a lot.”
However, Wada also suggests that nothing is concrete yet, and the CoreOnline service is quite literally an experiment into cloud gaming and free-to-play models. They'll only push forward should they find a successful formula (i.e. make some cash money).
"Let me speak to you about the whole picture, why we're doing this. Currently, time is shifting quite quickly - the industry is changing, and we need to do some experiments. We perceive core online as a big experiment."
"The games industry itself is unique - it's seen a long period of quite client heavy development, it's not really used to what's happening, the changes we're facing at the moment. In terms of the technology we needed to experiment in how to use the browser to provide console-quality titles. As Phil mentioned earlier, in terms of the business model experiment, we've not made any concrete decisions, so we'll be trying a few different ones."
CoreOnline currently features Hitman: Blood Money and Mini Ninjas, which are free-to-play in browser if you watch some adverts beforehand. Tomb Raider: Underworld and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light are slated to arrive on the service soon.