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Square Enix boss: Browser games could get 'renewed attention' in 2018

Square Enix boss: Browser games could get 'renewed attention' in 2018

Japanese publishing giant Square Enix reckons that browser games might see a revival this coming year.

In a post on the company's website, president Yosuke Matsuda said that due to the capabilities of HTML5, and the upcoming increase in bandwidth for mobile networks thanks to 5G, browser games might see "renewed attention".

While this is obviously going off an improvement in mobile infrastructure, browser games being playable on any device means we might see a resurgence on PC, too.

In addition to browser games, it looks like we might see more brand new IP or cult titles coming back. The closing of the letter makes reference to good results off the back of 'portfolio expansion' i.e. new games, and this is something we could see more of in the coming twelve months. 

Last year's portfolio expansion saw the release of Nier Automata, which gives us an excuse to use a picture of Matsuda from DLC for that game where you actually fight the exec. 

"In 2017, our Group saw results from our ongoing strategy of portfolio expansion as we were able to generate numerous hits with major and mid-sized titles in entertainment content markets around the world," Matsuda said.

"In 2018, we will leverage the aforementioned global acceleration in technological evolution as well as prevailing market trends in order to provide high-quality, highly creative contents so that we can bring new amazement and fun to our customers the world over."


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