×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Square Enix Montreal Reportedly No Longer Making ‘Go’ Games

Square Enix Montreal is reportedly no longer working on the “Lara Croft Go,” “Deus Ex Go,” and “Hitman Go” franchises, according to PCGamesInsider.biz (via Pocket Gamer.biz).

“I have to say no [we’re not working on other ‘Go’ games], I’m sorry,” said studio head Patrick Naud.

“Lara Croft Go,” “Deus Ex Go,” and “Hitman Go” are turn-based mobile games based on popular Square Enix franchises. They were generally praised by critics, but the premium mobile games market is becoming increasingly difficult to succeed in, Naud said.

“It’s one of the challenges we have today is the premium mobile market is diminishing,” he reportedly said. “You’ve got more and more high-quality free titles so there are even fewer and fewer people inclined to try something that will not be free.

“Despite the critical success and the great revenue we’ve had, it’s sad to see that our games are only played by a small sliver of the population because of the price point. That’s such a big barrier for mobile users. A lot of people consume mobile games only and they have all these options, all these games; why should they invest money in this one unless they’re very convinced?

“That doesn’t mean they won’t spend in-game, but they want to spend on a game that they’re sure they’re going to like. The perception of choice makes it that even if it’s only $5, that’s too much.”

Although the “Go” series is seemingly wrapped up, Naud said the studio is still focused on creating high-quality mobile experiences.

Variety contacted Square Enix Montreal to confirm it’s no longer working on future “Go” titles, but it did not immediately respond.

More Gaming

  • 'Operencia' Developers Gamify Their Own Eastern

    'Operencia' Developers Gamify Their Own Eastern European Mythology

    They say the best stories come from truth, things you personally relate to. For Zen Studios, the minds behind first-person role-playing game ‘Operencia: The Stolen Sun’, that meant taking their own country’s mythology and transforming into a fantasy world. “It’s all based around Central European mythology, Zen Studios is based in Hungary. So a lot [...]

  • 'Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled' Includes Remastered

    'Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled' Includes Remastered 'Crash Nitro Kart' Content

    “Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled” bringing the classic kart racer back with remastered content from the original “Crash Nitro Kart.” “Nitro-Fueled” will include all thirteen of “Crash Nitro Kart’s” original tracks, which have been updated to match the “CTR” experience. In addition, remastered karts, battle arenas, and battle modes from “Crash Nitro Kart” will be included [...]

  • 'Observation' Brings Artificial Intelligence Thriller to

    'Observation' Brings Artificial Intelligence Thriller to PS4 on May 21

    “Observation,” the upcoming title from “Untold Stories” developer No Code, will launch for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR players on May 21. “Observation” is a sci-fi thriller uncovering what happened to Dr. Emma Fisher and her crew, as seen through the lens of the station’s artificial intelligence S.A.M. Players take on the role of S.A.M., [...]

  • PSVR's 'Blood & Truth' Hits May

    PSVR's 'Blood & Truth' Hits May 28

    “Blood & Truth,” the PlayStation VR action thriller set in modern-day London, hits the PlayStation 4 and its VR headset on May 28, PlayStation announced during its State of Play video Monday evening. The game focuses on Ryan Marks, an elite Special Forces soldier who is on a dangerous mission to save his family from [...]

  • 'Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help

    'Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted' Comes to PSVR This Spring

    “Five Nights at Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted” is making the jump to virtual reality via PlayStation VR this spring. In the new virtual reality installment of the jump scare-laden horror game, you’ll try to survive levels from the original games in addition to “all-new nightmares,” Sony announced during the presentation. This is the first time [...]

  • Dungeon Crawler 'ReadySet Heroes' Coming 2019

    Dungeon Crawler 'ReadySet Heroes' Coming 2019

    Sony revealed “ReadySet Heroes,” a new dungeon crawler coming to PlayStation 4, on Monday. The announcement came as a part of Sony’s first ever State of Play broadcast. Described as a fast-paced multiplayer game, the twist for this dungeon crawler is that as you are making your way through the dungeon, so is another team. [...]

  • 'Iron Man VR' Coming to PlayStation

    'Marvel's Iron Man VR' Coming to PlayStation VR in 2019

    “Marvel’s Iron Man VR” is coming to PlayStation VR this year, it was announced during Monday’s State of Play presentation. In a cinematic video shown during the presentation, we see the player take on the point of view of Tony Stark from inside of the Iron Man suit, as he flies through the air and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content