The day of reckoning has come for Square Enix’s ‘Go’ series, which took some of the company’s most popular IPs and turned them into pint sized puzzle games.
Today, the publisher announced that it will not be making more of the spinoffs, meaning that the series will stay at three, with Hitman Go, Lara Croft Go and Deus Ex Go making up its perplexing roster. This will likely disappoint some, who felt that the games were smart and addicting puzzle titles, but it’s the result of a failing market that doesn’t want to pay for ‘premium’ mobile games when so many free alternatives exist.
“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,” Studio Head Patrick Naud told PC Games Insider.
“That doesn’t mean that they won’t spend in-game, but they want to spend on a game that they’re sure they’re going to like,” Naud added. “The perception of choice makes it that even if it’s only $5, that’s too much.”
The first two Go games made it to console, but originated on mobile and it showed. It’s a shame that there won’t be any more, though, because they certainly weren’t bad and were enjoyed by their fans.