Square Enix announces Dive In: stream Final Fantasy XIII and more to mobile devices
posted on 09.08.14 at 10:34 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Launching with Final Fantasy XIII, VII, and Season of Mystery.

Dive In

Square Enix is launching a new service in Japan on October 9 that will let you stream games like Final Fantasy XIII, The Last Remnant, and Murdered: Soul Suspect using cloud technology to your smartphone or tablet.

The service will be delivered through a new app called Dive In. At launch, the following games will be available:

  • Final Fantasy XIII
    • Three Days – 250 yen (plus tax)
    • 10 Days – 510 yen (plus tax)
    • 30 Days – 1,250 yen (plus tax)
    • One Year – 1,800 yen (plus tax)
  • Final Fantasy VII International
    • Three Days – 200 yen (plus tax)
    • 10 Days – 400 yen (plus tax)
    • 30 Days – 1,000 yen (plus tax)
    • One Year – 1,429 yen (plus tax)
  • Season of Mystery: The Cherry Blossom Murders
    • Three Days – 150 yen (plus tax)
    • 10 Days – 300 yen (plus tax)
    • 30 Days – 800 yen (plus tax)
    • One Year – 1,185 yen (plus tax)

Each game comes with a free 30-minute trial.

In November, the service will introduce Final Fantasy VIII and The Last Remnant, followed by Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Murdered: Soul Suspect in December, and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII in 2015.

The app will work on both iOS and Android-supported mobile devices. You’ll need a Square Enix account and a Wi-Fi connection of at least 3mbps.

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  • surakian

    Square Enix has finally achieved their true goal. FFXIII on mobile!

    • Alter

      more like on server.

      • surakian

        Of course, but I meant the general fact that you can now play it on your phone. You have to play it on your phone in order to actually use the game that is being streamed from a server.

        • Budgiecat

          Now you can battle and walk down FF XIII’s long ass hallway while you’re walking down a long ass hallway!

          • DrForbidden

            Does that count as augmented reality?

            • Budgiecat

              only if you could slap Lightning…

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    Shouldn’t be an issue in Japan with their cell towers and bandwidth

  • DesmaX

    That seem pretty neat.

    Does DQ X on 3DS work, though? I heard it did poorly in reviews

  • César H. Sandoval

    Wow, Playstation NOW flashbacks…

    And I still don’t care about streaming games, no thanks! I like it better when I’m actually running the damn thing on my gaming hardware.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Better pricing, at least.

      • Anime10121

        I’d even venture to call it fair pricing… $15 for a year… Not bad SE

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹
  • MitsukiIX

    I dont know what I just read but what I gather is SE wants some quick bucks.

  • AnimusVox

    Ohhh ‘Last Remnant’

  • Daniel Rossevelt

    I don’t know why you would want to play FF games, or pretty much any game on touch screen phones, like its not even the streaming that bothers me it is the lack of buttons. If they announced a streaming service for PS vita I would be all over this like… something all over something.

    • Zackasaur

      These may have controller support.

      And PS Now is coming to Vita, so we just need SE to host games on that instead.

      • Daniel Rossevelt

        Controller support would be good (but not as good as being on a device with a controller built in), and yeah I guess if PS Now does good on the vita, I could see Square putting Dive Stream on the vita as well.

  • Likou

    Is this…. the end?

  • DarthBrian

    So we’re getting The Last Remnant on phones before PS3. :|

    • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

      If you’re in Japan yes if not no

    • Bob Obb

      Don’t worry you’re not missing out.

      • DarthBrian

        I have it on Steam.

      • Anime10121

        Tech issues aside, I thought the games was pretty good… Liked it better than XIII…

  • AdamBoy64

    Wow. I can see this taking off for them in a big way.

  • 罪罰

    What the f@##% lol

  • PrinceHeir

    You can now literally play FFXIII in one straight corridor when going to class!

  • Solomon_Kano

    t h e f u t u r e™

  • pixxxelz

    • Kenny ケニー

      HAIL TO MOBILE MASTER RACE

  • 黒竜崎

    Um….I feel like they should provide free streaming service to those who have bought the game. Like streaming FF XIII straight from your PS3?

  • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

    What happened to that Ubitus Cloud Streaming service they have for Dragon Quest X 3DS (and mobile)?

    Is this going to be a “Unreal 3! No, now it’s Crystal Tools — no wait we mean White Engine. Nope! Darn; we’re using Luminous. We’ve definitely landed on Luminous Engine for our games!”- type situation where they just keep swapping tech rapidly and are really inefficiently jumping into this?

    What does this mean for Square games showing up on Playstation Now also?

    I don’t like anything about this. I hope Japanese gamers reject it, because I’m pretty sure it’s a terrible idea.

  • notcarolkaye

    I love FFXIII. The linearity didn’t bother me. Half-Life, Uncharted and FFX are linear and are great games. I don’t think linearity invalidates a game any more than I think Charles Dickens should have written choose your own adventure books. So, you know, tell me I’m wrong if you want, but you probably won’t convince me.

    • Zarathos No Daimaōh

      Those are bad analogies imo …. is Half life 2 considered far more linear and stripped down than Hl1 ? Are uncharted sequel called more linear than the previous games ? This is usually the criticism done with FFXIII that it lost the open elements that were actually there in other games from the serie . PS : dont misunderstand i still liked FFXIII , but i can see why people werent happy

      • notcarolkaye

        So basically they should keep making the same game over and over and never take design risks?

        • Zarathos No Daimaōh

          Uh? Each FF is different and take various approach for the genre … doesnt mean they are proposing less than their predecessors , especially without any upside and trade off . FFXIII didnt exactly take such a big design risk . You didnt get a more story driven experience from it being so linear , nor did it translate in obvious gameplay advantage . It was restricted in its scope most of the game , because of technical and budget related struggles , of their own admission . Simply put and simplified , they struggled with their skills , the console , the engines (and the funds) , to propose something as open , populated and wide as usual , at least through the whole game , with the aimed levels of graphics and realisation . Again i really enjoyed it , but doesnt mean i’ll pretend it didnt have the issues everyone could see with it . Stuff that they themselves acknowledged and tried to fix in sequels .

    • desponent

      I think you’re wrong but I respect your opinion, not every people has to hate or like the same thing after all.

      It’s SE job to make sure that there are enough people who think like you, and they’ve seemingly done a poor job on it what’s with the ever decreasing FF XIII trilogy buyer (roughly by half) each subsequent release.

    • GuardianLion

      It was more the characters that bothered me than the linear environments. I give them credit for making a spectacular environment around me… though I did want to explore it a bit more. I got past it though.

      But Hope…. You know what, I won’t go there. Fang and Lightning were my favorite characters, and liking only 2 out of the entire party in any RPG is a sin far too great for me to finish the game.

      Glad you enjoyed it though.

      • Orichalon Hades

        > liking only 2
        >2014
        >not liking Sazh

        get outta here

        • GuardianLion

          >Proud of it. Snow made my brain hurt, Hope was hopelessly annoying (i regret nothing), Vanille (sp? probably wrong >_>) was… meh, nothing there to hate or like. I’ll save Sazh for later.
          >Yes…. it is 2014….?
          >Sazh
          being silly didn’t bother me until I realized that he wasn’t
          entertaining. His being a father worrying over his son was a nice touch,
          but his overall character didn’t ring with me. I got over his being
          black after 2 seconds (fyi, I’m a black male. Just to head off any
          baseless assumptions). So yeah. color me unimpressed.

          If you liked it though, more power to you.

  • Articuno76

    Yes! Finally I can play bargain bin classics like Final Fantasy XIII on mobile devices! I get why Square Enix tells us to “Please be excited now”… I mean, someone’s gotta be, right?

    • GuardianLion

      Bless your charitable heart :)

  • pekot

    So the joke about Ff13 mobile game is true now . I know it is streaming service but still , lightning on your phone .

  • EX+

    Are you serious?
    I don’t even…

  • 強大なサム(Mighty Sam)

    The prices are way better than PS Now.2$ for 2 days!that’s cheaper than the ridiculous 4 hour rentals with 3-5$ price tag.

    • Elvick

      In yet SE has set prices on both services themselves.

  • Shippoyasha

    Mobile? Okay. A bit pain in the ass not to have a controller and having to worry about phone battery and heat-issues.

    Rental? Maybe okay in physical form. Digital rentals? I guess I did something sorta, kinda, maybe similar with Playstation Plus

    Both at the same time? Okay, I can make devil’s advocate defense for a lot of things, but even I’m running out of patience here.

  • new_tradition

    Huh. Didn’t see that coming.

    I wonder how lucrative it is for SE to launch their own streaming service. If I’m understanding correctly, they would need to maintain servers. I suppose the low-ish price point might attract enough customers to make it work, but I really wonder…

    I mean, will other 3rd party game publishers consider this? Heck, what does this mean for Playstation Now? Will there be no SE titles there then? ‘Cause if you only care about SE games, there’s even less reason to get with that service

    Albeit this “Dive In” appears to be mobile specific, but that’s really becoming a go-to device for some people. If it extends to tablets, they might be onto something…Having FFXV on the go one day seems pretty cool, heh~

    I don’t know if this is something that will ever leave Japan, but I’m kind of curious how it works out…

  • Samsara09

    my eyeballs exploded when I read the call.Shit,mobile?Lol,hope at least it gives SE the profit they are expecting.

  • Maroš Goč

    I dont think it is a bad idea…Will it come to Europe?

  • http://Gematsu.com Vayne

    Square Enix loves mobile games.

  • kiri25

    So instead of releasing Last Remenat on PS3 they’ve decided to answer the famitsu’s most wanted list by allowing u 2 stream LR to ur smartphone. Guess this will finally knock LR of the famitsu’s most wanted list now…..

    • Hidayat246

      To be honest i don’t know how that “fans” still want PS3 version when Last Remant is already on PC
      Also that game is fail, both in review and sales, that enough reason not to port TLR to PS3

      • Orichalon Hades

        fun to play though.
        that game is rated 9/10 on muh RPG difficulty level.
        who in the world decided that if the player level *too* much the game became impossible to beat -_-

        • Hidayat246

          All my fren who play TLR also say that game is good but sales say different thing
          SE as company only care about that so even there are petition to make TLR come to PS4
          That will be hard
          True example : FF Type-0

  • Pyrofrost

    Hopefully this blossoms into a service they will start running on PC.

    I really hope this venture works out for them.

    • EX+

      Doubt it.

  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

    Great! I’m so fucking glad about this! Bring it on SE, i LOVE THIS NEW DIVE IN SYSTEM!

  • Elle

    No thanks

  • Pyrofrost

    Honest question, and I ask that the responses be cordial. Please no snarky smart ass responses, because I really want to know.

    What do people have against SE offering this service?

    • desponent

      Nothing, I have nothing left at all for SE. Not even gonna bother lamenting them these days.

    • GuardianLion

      Because it’s yet another example of Square focusing on smartphone gaming over console (PS3/360/PS4/XBOXONE) and PC games. It’s a built up anger and frustration.

      Can’t say I’m not in the same camp. I mean, what few releases they had for last gen (PS3/360) was…. sub par, to put it cordially. Bravely Default was the only one generally enjoyed across the board, but that was a handheld game.

      • Pyrofrost

        I understand what you’re saying.
        However, I personally don’t see it as so much of a snub to consoles. I more or less see it as them testing the waters, with the possibility of expansion in the future if successful.

        • GuardianLion

          That’s a positive way to look at it, and I can respect that.

  • GuardianLion

    I’ll pass, but thanks for trying Square <_<

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    I’d rather play Tales of Xillia & TOX2 over this anyday. Square you’re getting deaperate.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Pay money for FFXIII & FFVII 2 games i already own. Forget it.