Square Enix is planning to launch a new streaming service for mobiles and tablets dubbed ‘Dive In’ according to Gematsu magazine in Japan. Square Enix are set to launch its new service on October 8th in Japan. Dive In will allow Square Enix account holders to stream a range of premium AAA console games to their smartphones and tablet devices. Titles available from the get go include Final Fantasy XIII, XII and Season of Mystery: The Cherry Blossom Murders on both iOS and Android devices. Games will come with a 30 minute free trial and are thereafter a pay to play format based upon the length of time you want the game available, much like a rental. Time periods range from 3, 10, 30 days or even a full year although pricing remains unclear at this point.
In November the roster of games is set to be expanded upon with Final Fantasy being a prominent selling point for Square Enix’s Dive In. Squall, Rinoa and pals will be available in the form of the divisive Final Fantasy VIII along with, previously XBOX 360 exclusive, The Last Remnant. Both Final Fantasy XIII-2 and XIII-3 Lightning returns will be joining the original of Lightning’s adventures in December and early 2015 respectively. While recently announced for upgrade to PS4, Murdered Soul Suspect will be available also in December.
How control schemes will be mapped to accommodate touch screen controls is also yet to be seen however with past experience of AAA console games being ported to mobile, overcoming the limitations of the device will be key to providing an enjoyable experience for fans. No word on whether or not Square Enix plan to release its Dive In service outside of Japan but stay tuned to WTFgamersonly for a hands on report on the Japanese service in October, along with pricing details and any further news on Western release.