If you’ve been enjoying any of the games from Square Enix’s ‘Go’ series, you’ll be saddened to know that they have decided to close up shop on the games. Patrick Naud from Square Enix Montreal gave an interview to Pocket Gamer, in which he revealed that they have ceased production on all future titles and any content for current games in the series. Here’s a snippet from the interview as to the reason why.
“I have to say no [we’re not working on other Go games], I’m sorry,” Naud said.
“The Go series was a great adventure for us as a studio. We’ve done the three games, we’ve seen the wind. The hardest element is making premium games on mobile.
“It’s one of the challenges we have today is the premium mobile market is diminishing. You’ve got more and more high-quality free titles so there are even fewer and fewer people inclined to try something that will not be free.
“Despite the critical success and the great revenue we’ve had, it’s sad to see that our games are only played by a small slither of the population because of the price point. That’s such a big barrier for mobile users. A lot of people consume mobile games only and they have all these options, all these games; why should they invest money in this one unless they’re very convinced?
“That doesn’t mean they won’t spend in-game, but they want to spend on a game that they’re sure they’re going to like. The perception of choice makes it that even if it’s only $5, that’s too much.”