Square Enix quietly shut down its Core Online game streaming service last November due to lackluster commercial response, according to a statement
published on the company's website.
launched in August 2012 as an experimental browser-based game streaming platform that allowed players to play games like Hitman: Blood Money
or Tomb Raider: Underworld
by either paying a monthly $2.99 subscription fee for unlimited play or buying access to individual games in discrete chunks, paying for each chunk via either real money microtransactions or service credits that could be earned by watching ads.
The service may have been shuttered in preparation for Square Enix's next streaming endeavor, Project Flare
, which was coincidentally also announced back in November in partnership with Ubisoft.