I’ve given SEGA a lot of credit for a similar initiative recently, not to mention heaping praise on THQ Nordic. So, given how I don’t think a single person on this forum has trash-talked SquareEnix as much as I have, it’s only right that I give credit where it’s due and call this out as a huge step in the right direction:
Recently, SE’s president announced that they will be making an effort to digitize and preserve their entire library. SE’s been around since the NES days, so that’s a good three decades of games that will find their way into a modern audience.
I just hope they don’t take the FF7R route, since it’ll mean they won’t be done until the year 2270, but I digress.
IMO more companies need to practice this, especially ones as old and experienced as SquareSoft. Just take a look at Activision’s backcatalogue if you want to see why this is such a problem-- even the projects they worked on three years ago may just vanish from the face of the Earth. Want to play Wolfenstein 09, or at least see what it was compared to new titles? Nope!
There’s a massive legacy they’ve left behind, and with a series as influential and old as FF, it’s a commendable initiative.
Any thoughts on preservation stuff or SE?