Square, Enix, and Namco reveal networking plans.
Namco and Enix at last revealed plans on their partnership news that has been talked about heavily in the past months. Square has already revealed its plans to make Final Fantasy XI playable, and will begin first service April of next year. Both Namco and Enix have been very clear about their standing in the Online community. Enix president Kenji Honda stated that Enix would release one or two PlayOnline games in 2002 and 2003, and would seriously consider an Online version of Dragon Quest.
Square president Hisashi Suzuki hinted at the possibility of even more partners, stating, "One company alone can't create a large online game market. But we now have strong partners and we will welcome more participants." The companies declined to say if negotiations were under way with other companies.
Square and Enix conferred on the development of Online titles. It's unclear if this area is in any way affected by Square and Namco's individual partnerships with Sega and Sony in arcade development. Namco chose not to reveal any further plans, with vice president Kyushiro Takagi instead choosing to restate that Online game development has begun within the company.
The three companies will also work together on many other bases. The three will cooperate in the overseas market and cell phones will also see the results of this deal as it is hoped that cell phone gaming could be a great possibility. With online gaming becoming more and more popular, it is good to hear that these developers have been able to devise numerous plans and add in sheer brilliance of online capabilities.
6/18/2001 Matt Stensrud