Square Enix ‘Interested in creating new types of experiences’ for VR & AR

Square Enix revealed their virtual reality (VR) debut earlier this month, with Hitman: GO appearing as part of the Gear VR line-up at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Los Angeles, earlier this month. The company is set to deliver more content for VR and augmented reality (AR) devices, according to Yosuke Matsuda, Square Enix CEO, including further videogame titles and other media.

“Within our company we have various types of content,” Matsuda said in an interview with Gamesindustry.biz. “Not just games but also art, comics, manga, and that type of media. And we’re in the midst of considering what would be the best fit for the AR, how we can utilize that for those type of experiences.”

Hitman Go Screenshot

With new technology comes an opportunity to diversify, according to Matsuda, but also to innovate. While the initial VR offering from Square Enix is an adaptation of an existing mobile videogame, the company doesn’t intend to limit itself in such a manner.

“One example is how we’re partnering with Oculus for Hitman Go. That’s something we’re trying out right now. But not only with games, we’re thinking we could potentially utilise it for manga and those type of media as well,” stated Matsuda. “And in terms of games, we’re interested in creating new types of experiences rather than existing ones.”

No release date has yet been announced for the Gear VR version of Hitman: GO, though it is expected to be made available soon. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on this and other forthcoming VR releases from Square Enix.