Square Enix sent our a press release announcing Core Online, a new technology service for high definition games in the browser. Games on Core Online are made available via a combination of Google and Square Enix's proprietary technology, which allows for support of Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. Core Online will allow players to click on a level and start playing instantly, and giving them the ability to start from any part of the game they wish.
Aspects of the user experience such as saves and achievements are managed in the cloud, and can be accessed from the browser. In the future, Core Online services may be a feature of Square Enix's global online services.
Also launched is a new business model for Core Online, enabling free content supported by video advertising, similar to television advertising. Users can elect to skip advertisements by purchasing levels and entire games. Titles available at launch include Hitman: Blood Money and Mini Ninjas; Lara Croft and the Guardians of Light will launch in October. Also under development for Core Online is Tomb Raider: Underworld and Gyromancer.
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