The online streaming service by Square Enix, named Dive In, is getting canned on September 13th.
Launched last October in Japan, Dive In allowed players to play games on their android and iOS devices, including titles such as Final Fantasy XIII and VII International. The service also allowed players to control the games on consoles through a smartphone or tablet screen. Square Enix was able to get a custom touch-screen with an Xbox 360 controller overlay for those devices.
The goal of Dive In was to allow consumers to play console games on the go. As a service, Dive In would have players purchase games with a subscription for limited time. Similar to EA Access, instead of a subscription to a server, players would own the game for a set amount of time. Square Enix offered upwards to a year subscription for games.
Dive In was going to have an expanding library of Square Enix titles to play, and likely expand outside of Japan if it proved successful, but that changed after an official announcement from Square.
The announcement apologized for the service being shut down, and noted that anyone who has purchased a year subscription for one of their games will also receive a refund.
Dive In was shown off by Square Enix last year at the Tokyo Game Show. Hands on with the service lead to mixed reviews; control-wise the service worked well, but graphic-intensive games like Final Fantasy XIII suffered from bouts of control lag and framerate issues, which may be due to connectivity problems. It is unknown if Square Enix was able to work out these issues for Dive In, or if the problem is the service wasn’t popular enough in general.
So what do you think, is the death of Dive In surprising? Is it something you never heard of before? Leave your comments below.