Square Enix announced today that it is launching a new web-based gaming service that will allow consumers to play console quality, high definition games in their browser. The service is called CoreOnline, and will feature a micro transaction-based system.
The first titles released are Hitman: Blood Money and Mini Ninjas, with other games such as Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Tomb Raider: Underworld, and others to follow at a later date to be determined.
Besides the ability to pay for the games, players can also simply watch ads to play some games without paying. Game data and saves will be stored in "the cloud." Which games will be ad supported and which ones will require you to put some money down so far have yet to be determined.
The service currently supports Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer and does require the installation of the Square Enix launching software. Games like Mini Ninjas are divided into levels and players will either have to pay for "game time" or earn it by watching ads.