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Square Enix discontinues cloud gaming service CoreOnline

Company blames "limited commercial take-up" for service's closure

Square Enix has discontinued cloud gaming service CoreOnline.

In a message posted on the company's support site, Square cited "limited commercial take-up" as the reason for the service's closure in late 2013.

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Launched in August 2012, CoreOnline enabled users to play console quality games straight from the web.

Game saves and achievements were managed in the cloud, and were accessible from supported browsers Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Users could purchase single levels or entire games, or opt to play free, ad-supported content, with game time earned by watching video content.

Developed by Square subsidiary Hapti.co, CoreOnline launched with playable versions of Hitman: Blood Money and Mini Ninjas. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Tomb Raider Underworld and Gyromancer were scheduled to be added to the service post launch.

Square CEO Yoichi Wada said in August 2012: "Square Enix is at the forefront of experimentation of new business and services models in the game industry. Through our CoreOnline technology service, users can access our content easily through the browser."

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