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FFXIV

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward's launch is bumpy, but it works


Server issues, but not nearly as bad
Jun 19
// Chris Carter
Well, this is a lot smoother than Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's initial launch, which left some people unable to log in for weeks. The Heavensward expansion debuted today for early access subscribers (read: pre-ord...
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Square Enix

Yoichi Wada leaves Square Enix


さよならとがんばろう!
Jun 19
// Vikki Blake
Once-upon-a-time Square Enix boss, Yoichi Wada, has left the company. Wada stepped down as president in 2013 following a disastrous year for Square Enix but remained on as chair of Square Enix Tokyo (albeit one with no execut...
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Pretty standard stuff
The Heavensward expansion launches for Final Fantasy XIV in a few hours, and Square Enix has sent over a copy of the Collector's Edition. For $130, it includes the expansion, a special box, a dragon mount figure, an...

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Hitman release plan

New Hitman releasing unfinished, will get free content updates


Content updates through 2016
Jun 18
// Steven Hansen
Square Enix announced something of a reboot for the Hitman series this week. It's just called Hitman and is coming December 8. It won't be finished then, though. It will be $60. There will be "no DLC or microtransactions." St...
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Let's hear it straight from Eidos
There's been a negative reaction online to Eidos Montreal's use of the racially-charged term "mechanical Apartheid" in its promotion of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Speaking with Destructoid today, we asked the title's Exec...

Final Fantasy VII remake will have new story bits, updated gameplay

Jun 17 // Steven Hansen
"Since we now formally revealed Kazushige Nojima’s name for the scenario, there will be more plot devices in the story, so I think you can also look forward to that," Nomura said. "if you are going to do a full remake, you have to take a different approach and make something that suits the times." I'm completely with Nomura here. A straight Final Fantasy VII remake would be fine, but I'm glad Square Enix seems to be trying to do something bold and make appropriate changes rather than end up with something like Gus van Sant's Psycho.  We may see more at Tokyo Game Show or maybe Sony's PlayStation Experience if they do another one of those Vegas shows and Square stays mum on what other platforms its coming to for a while. フルリメイク版『ファイナルファンタジーVII』&『キングダム ハーツIII』について野村哲也氏を直撃【E3 2015】[Famitsu]『FFVII』は安易なリメイクではない。『KHIII』を含めて野村哲也氏へインタビュー【E3 2015】[Dengeki Online]The Final Fantasy VII Remake Won't Be Exactly the Same [Kotaku]  
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'Not a simple remake'
Zack Furniss couldn't pull much about Final Fantasy VII when he interviewed Square Enix’s Tetsuya Nomura (in what was a Kingdom Hearts 3 focused meeting), but crumbs of not at all unexpected news about the for-real Fina...

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FFXIV

Here are the preliminary patch notes for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward


Tons of info to sift through
Jun 17
// Chris Carter
Square Enix has posted the 3.0 update patch notes for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, which is due for launch on Friday for early access pre-orders. It details the new locations, jobs, abilities, items, and everything else yo...
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SO5 producer on how new game came to be
During an interview with Destructoid today, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness producer Shuichi Kobayashi intimated the series was in a state of upheaval after the launch of Star Ocean 4. Kobayashi told me "nobody would ...

Talking Kingdom Hearts III (and a bit of Final Fantasy VII!) with Tetsuya Nomura

Jun 16 // Zack Furniss
[embed]294205:59114:0[/embed] Mr. Nomura, I see that Sora is dressed in new duds. With your history of costume design, are we going to see changing outfits to go with form changes like in Kingdom Hearts II? Yes. Form changes are being considered to bring back. I have enjoyed making different designs for different abilities in the past. What is the process like when deciding which Disney levels are going to be in the game? Does Disney often intervene to make sure you're utilizing certain properties? Disney sometimes does make suggestions, but the development staff has more sway over worlds and gameplay mechanics. When KH began, Disney was a large pool to pool from, but now with the additions of the Star Wars and Marvel properties, it is goddamn huge. Has this made it difficult to parse between which franchises you would like to insert into the ever-expanding universe? The fact that we have to pick, and the difficulty associated with that, is something we have faced with each installment since the beginning. We pick more IPs than necessary and consult the schedule and feasibility of actually getting our designs to work. It’s been a repeating process. How much would I have to pay you to draw a small portrait of me in your signature aesthetic? I do some work outside of my current projects. The tasks come and I do them without knowledge of how much money I will make. If I ever decide to leave Square Enix, I will determine a price! (I pull out my wallet and start taking out whole dollars. Tetsuya lets out an adorable giggle and shows a big, goofy [ha!] smile.) With Final Fantasy VII being remade, are you more excited to finally remake this, or nervous because of the years of players' built-up expectations? When I create anything, I feel no pressure for some reason. When the trailer was announced yesterday, I was texting Kazushige Nojima and Yoshinori Kitase, but I sensed that one of them was nervous and it was interesting to me. Seeing the reactions made everything worth it. Nojima said he is very determined to make this after seeing the reaction. I asked “you weren’t sure before that?” Haha. The news of the remake is impacting so many people. I couldn’t sleep last night because my phone was blowing up! So many people are congratulating me that I feel like “Oh wow, maybe I did do something profound here!
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What an adorable little man
HOLY FUCK I UNEXPECTEDLY INTERVIEWED NOMURA. I sat in a private room at the Square Enix booth with Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII's creative director Tetsuya Nomura. Co-creator Tai Yasue was also there, though he let Nomura answer the majority of the questions that two other journalists and I asked him.

Just Cause 3 somehow makes explosions easier than ever before

Jun 16 // Brett Makedonski
Immediately after beginning, fellow editor Jordan Devore tethered three grapples to the crotch on a statue of an oppressive ruler, pulled it until the entire thing crumbled to pieces (dick tater, am I right?), hooked the statue's head to a helicopter, and flew it off a cliff to a fiery death. Yep, Just Cause 3 is pretty fucking wonderful. The third installment in Avalanche's over-the-top action thriller franchise has a plot, but you wouldn't know it from what we played. Now that he has a few kills under his belt, Rico's returned to the Mediterranean-inspired area that he left as a child to overthrow an evil dictator. Our sandbox was more concerned with defying physics with the parachute and grappling hook, and using the wingsuit to glide far over the land and sea alike. Ironically, the wingsuit moments provided a nice touch of tranquility as we floated over the gorgeous landscape. From that high up, everything looked so serene and peaceful -- it was almost impossible to believe it's the work of an oppressive regime. That was immediately cut short when the next thought was "this needs more explosions." Because Just Cause 3 prioritizes the ridiculous over the believable, Rico is a one-man demolition crew and his supply never wanes. Avalanche has equipped him with a never-ending supply of C4, meaning that explosions are never more than a second or two away. What's the best way to dismantle this factory or to put this bridge out of commission? Our good friend C4 does the trick nicely. A lot of the design decisions were seemingly made as a result of Avalanche shrugging its shoulders. Regarding infinite C4, a studio representative told us "Why not?" Likewise, a new helicopter stunt trick where you hang upside down from the bottom was implemented because "That's just cool." After playing Just Cause 3 for a half hour, it appears that the developer put anything in the game that would make for a good time. It's certainly not a bad direction to take. Another point of emphasis for Avalanche pertains to traversal. The developer wanted to create a world that's easy and fun to move around. That's why the wingsuit, grappling hook, and parachute seemingly offer an infinite amount of momentum -- because slowing to a crawl just isn't as thrilling. It's also the reason why cars can be saved in garages and then recalled anytime you're near one. Hey, if you're going to take the discreet way around Just Cause 3, you may as well do it in style. Regardless of method, getting around Just Cause 3 may take a bit longer than you'd think. Avalanche developers tell us that the world is at least as big as Just Cause 2, but the layout's inherently different. The third installment will feature lots of islands, archipelagos, and little towns (Just Cause 2 kind of did too, but we're just going with what we're told). Also, Avalanche says that all the towns feel varied from one another and have their own sense of culture, so to speak. We wouldn't know a ton about that, because we were restricted to the first area of the game. Zooming out on the map, we could see the other two regions. They were significantly larger, and, as we were assured, significantly more difficult. When that's all available, players will get to experience what might be the developer's biggest goal: To create a perfect flow through the world. When all is said and done, Avalanche wants you to be able to flawlessly travel anywhere you want, however you want, and have a blast doing it. While it was nice seeing first-hand that Just Cause 3 nails all the things you'd expect Just Cause to nail, it was almost disappointing that the demo was completely unstructured. Okay, the sandbox element works great, but what does it have to offer players who want a reason to press forward? We weren't given a glimpse at that. Hopefully it's as competent as the free reign component is. Really, the takeaway from our time with Just Cause 3 is blowing up a lot of stuff makes for an enthralling time. It's not a revelation necessarily, so much as it is a good reminder. As we concluded the demo by demolishing a water tower that towered over a military base, a rep for the developer told us with a half-grin on his face "we're not really into subtlety." That's great, Avalanche, because neither are we.
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That's saying something
So many preview events obsess themselves with presenting a carefully crafted slice of game. Here's a chunk of gameplay that puts the title's best foot forward. Don't deviate too far off the path, stick to the rules, and a P...

Everything from Square Enix's 'meh' 2015 E3 conference

Jun 16 // Chris Carter
[embed]294162:59105:0[/embed] News: Just Cause 3 coming December this year New NieR titled announced for Playstation 4 Lara Croft GO headed to mobile and tablet 'soon' Square Enix trolls everybody with Kingdom Hearts mobile game The less exciting Final Fantasy VII on PS4 is still on track 'Tangled' world confirmed for Kingdom Hearts III World of Final Fantasy meant for kids, set in a new world Hitman is launching this December Star Ocean Integrity and Faithlessness coming to NA, EU Square Enix announces all-new console-based 'Project Setsuna' Final Fantasy portal app coming this summer Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is coming to light in early 2016 [embed]294162:59103:0[/embed]
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That helmet though
Well, Square Enix, you did it. We thought that talking to Pelé for 10 minutes was bad during EA's conference, but there were more awkward moments than I could count with your E3 2015 presser today. Missed cues, mi...

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Deus Ex

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is coming to light in early 2016


Can't kill progress
Jun 16
// Brett Makedonski
The Deus Ex: Mankind Divided section of Square Enix's press conference ended with Adam Jensen saying "I can only fight enemies I can see." That's kind of dumb. Luckily, not everything is dumb. We got a release date for t...
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Square Enix

Square Enix announces all-new console-based 'Project Setsuna'


And new studio, Tokyo RPG Factory,
Jun 16
// Chris Carter
Today at their E3 conference in LA, Square Enix announced "Project Setsuna," an "all-new console project" that's in development from a brand new studio called Tokyo RPG Factory. Setsuna will be a completely new series, not a ...
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Final Fantasy app

Final Fantasy portal app coming this summer


Woo?
Jun 16
// Kyle MacGregor
Today at its E3 press conference, Square Enix announced the Final Fantasy portal app, a resource that looks to "provide any and all information related to Final Fantasy." An English version is slated to launch on smartphones and tablet devices this summer. 
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Star Ocean I&F

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness coming to NA, EU


Longest, subtitle, ever.
Jun 16
// Jed Whitaker
Square Enix and tri-ace Japan announced Star Ocean Integrity and Faithlessness is getting localized for the North American and Europe, and the combat looks to be real-time focused with a target for a constant 60 frames-p...
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PS4 and Vita

World of Final Fantasy meant for kids, set in a new world


PS4 and Vita
Jun 16
// Steven Hansen
Square Enix showed off World of Final Fantasy at its press conference. It was previously announced for PS4 and Vita at Sony's last night. It takes place in a "completely new universe" than other Final Fantasy games, though it...
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Kingdom Hearts III

'Tangled' world confirmed for Kingdom Hearts III


New footage shown today at E3
Jun 16
// Chris Carter
Square Enix is pulling back the curtain a bit for Kingdom Hearts III, showing more footage and confirming a Tangled world. Based on the footage we saw, Sora and company rode around in teacups, as well as vehicles like a ...
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FFVII

The less exciting Final Fantasy VII on PS4 is still on track


Not the one you care about
Jun 16
// Brett Makedonski
Everyone's abuzz about Final Fantasy VII on PS4, but while that's the talk of the town, Square Enix wants to keep us informed about something we're less excited about. The Final Fantasy VII Returns PC to PS4 port th...
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Lara Croft GO

Lara Croft GO headed to mobile and tablet 'soon'


'Set in a long-forgotten world'
Jun 16
// Darren Nakamura
Square Enix has some experience putting out mobile games with big name IPs. Hitman GO released last year and by most accounts it was a solid title. Now it looks like it's our favorite tomb raider's turn with Lara Croft GO. Co...
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Kingdom Hearts

Square Enix trolls everybody with Kingdom Hearts mobile game


Unchained confirmed for the West
Jun 16
// Kyle MacGregor
There were audible shouts from the audience when Square Enix mentioned Kingdom Hearts during its E3 press conference. Then the game appeared and everything was deathly silent. The publisher announced Kingdom Hearts Unchained,...
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New Nier

New NieR title announced for PlayStation 4


I LOVE NIER
Jun 16
// Jed Whitaker
Yosuke Saito took the stage at the Square-Enix press conference and announced a new game in the NieR universe in collaboration with Platinum Games. The subtitle for the game is being kept a secret for the time being, as the game is in early development.  I love NieR. For real. Like really, really love. We, we, we so excited.
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Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3 coming December this year


Announced by Jesse Pinkman
Jun 16
// Laura Kate Dale
Just Cause 3 is coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC on December 1 this year. The game will feature an updated grapping hook with tension control and a manual retraction function. He also has UNLIMITED C4 in his pockets! Square Eni...

Watch the Square Enix E3 press conference live right here!

Jun 16 // Steven Hansen
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Final Fantasy VII remake!
Remember less than 12 hours ago when Sony unveiled a Final Fantasy VII remake timed exclusive to PlayStation 4? I'm not joshing you. It's real! There was also a new Hitman trailer like 20 minutes earlier, too, but all CG so hopefully we see some gameplay. Of course there will be more Deus Ex and no Final Fantasy XV.

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It's actually happening!
Wow. When a release exists so far in the realm of improbability that it becomes a joke -- like The Last Guardian or Agent or Half-Life 3 -- and then, bam, E3 gets a damn car battery to the gonads as one of these things actua...

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Hitman

Our first look at the new Hitman


Not a mobile game!
Jun 15
// Jordan Devore
"Good to have you back." IO Interactive debuted a first look at its new Hitman during Sony's E3 2015 press conference. Somewhat of a different vibe, at least from the trailer, but that's still Agent 47. Boy, just l...
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New Hitman

Russian PlayStation Store leaks new Hitman


Ahead of Square Enix press conference
Jun 15
// Steven Hansen
Looks like Square Enix got hit with a leak ahead of its press conference tomorrow. Over on Twitter, @beaconvg posted a screen capture of a listing on the Russian PlayStation Store for a new Hitman slated for this year. You can see it run through Google Translate below.
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FFVII

Multiple sources say a proper Final Fantasy VII remake is coming for PS4


To be revealed tonight
Jun 15
// Chris Carter
If Sony reveals a real Final Fantasy VII remake tonight for the PS4, and not that "classic FFVII" troll release from last year, people will lose it. That might just happen, according to multiple sources. This m...
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Kingdom Hearts survey

Kingdom Hearts survey references last-gen consoles, Vita, Wii U


Also asks about localization
Jun 10
// Jed Whitaker
The official Kingdom Hearts Facebook page posted a survey for fans to fill out that will be available till June 12. It asks about how important it is to fans to have games localized in their own language, be it text...
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FF Type-0 HD patch

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is getting a console patch today


Minor improvements
Jun 09
// Chris Carter
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD was surprisingly good, and it looks like Square Enix isn't quite done with it yet. In addition to the announcement of a full-on PC port later this year, the publisher has revealed a patch for the conso...
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Final Fantasy Tactics

Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions is on Android now


$13.99
Jun 08
// Chris Carter
Square Enix has released the mobile version of Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions (itself a remake originally debuting on PSP) on Android devices. It's basically the same version as the iOS release from 2011, with touch ...

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