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Sony Computer Entertainment has announced today that they are selling all their 9,520,000 Square Enix shares to a company called SMBC Nikko Securities. This will generate an income of 15.3 billion yen, around $ 150 million USD / € 108 million which will be marked down Sony's financial report for the year ending 31st March 2015. 

Sony is lately in severe financial weather and this is a financial boost for the company. This marks the seperation of a long partnership that resulted in a strong presence of the Final Fantasy series on PlayStation hardware over the years.

What the exact reason is for the sale is unknown.

17-04 Update: Sale price was incorrect and has been updated after Sony's annoucement.

Final Fantasy XIV

Today, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is worldwide available for PlayStation 4! Those who had pre-ordered the game could already play in the last beta since last Friday (11 April). A big difference from the PlayStation 3 version is that the game is now rendered in 1080p and uses the same layout and interface as the PC version. Also it has support for remote play on the PlayStation Vita.

PlayStation 3 players who also have a PlayStation 4 can upgrade their account to the PlayStation 4 version for free. Only once this process has been done, there's no going back! This offer lasts till 31 December 2014.

Square Enix

Square Enix has announced that Europe will also get a Collector's Edition for Drakengard 3 that will be limited to 2,000 copies only and can only be purchased from the Square Enix Store. The Collector's Edition will be priced at € 69.99 and will contains the following items:

Drakengard 3 Collector's Edition Europe

  • Clamshell Box
    An eloquent display case featuring the flower that grows from Zero’s eye.
  • Hardback Novella
    This beautifully illustrated 160 page prequel story to Drakengard 3 (available in English language only) contains a collection of short stories written from the perspectives of each character.
  • Add-on Pack
    Downloadable tokens for the Ciam costume, an additional level where you play as One, Zero’s sister, and a Giant Baby Hat (yes, an enormous baby’s head for your dragon, Mikhail).
  • Music Sampler CD
    A CD containing a selection of mesmerising tracks from the game’s original soundtrack, composed by Keiichi Okabe (who also created the score for Nier).
  • Double Sided Poster
    A collectable double sided poster only available in the Collector’s Edition of Drakengard 3.
  • The Game
    While there won’t be a physical disc version of the Drakengard 3 for Europe and PAL territories, a download token will be included inside the box which you can redeem on the PlayStation Store.
  • Japanese Voice DLC
    Experience the game in its original audio with a download token for the original Japanese voice acting! This DLC will also be available for non-CE owners.

It was earlier announced that Europe won't be getting a physical copy of Drakengard 3. So why this Collector's Edition for a lot of money (if you ask me) with a download voucher? We, fans want a physical copy.

Final Fantasy XIV

Recently a new chapter of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has gone live! Patch 2.2 entitled Through the Maelstrom continues with the main scenario and introduces you to Yugiri from the nation of Doma on the shores of Othard. Other big new features are that Leviathan, the new primal has been added, three new dungeons are available and the The Second Coil of Bahamut has been added.

For more details regarding the version 2.2 patch check out this article on the Lodestone. You can also check out the special website.

Final Fantasy X

Today is the day that Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster has been released on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in North America! Europe will follow this Friday. Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster will contain the international version of Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 (with Last Mission) in HD with trophy support. North American fans can now for the first time fight against the Dark Aeons, Penance and use the Expert Shere Grid. Also Eternal Calm, a 14 minute video which is a bridge between Final Fantasy X and it's sequel Final Fantasy X-2, is included.

Final Fantasy XIV

After a long wait yesterday was the day that the PlayStation 4 was released in Japan (and is sold out already). On this day the first beta phase of the PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has also started. Anybody with a PlayStation 4 can download the beta from the PlayStation Store and start playing! Please note that this phase will be played on a dedicated beta server and you can not import your character from other versions. Characters will be wiped after phase 1 which will end on 3 March. Phase 2 will take place from 4 March till 7 March and will allow you to import your existing characters and will be able to bring it to the retail version.

Also recently Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has been released on Steam and is 50% off till Tuesday!

Square Enix

Square Enix has announced in the new trailer of Drakengard 3 that the game will be released in North America on 20 May and in Europe and other PAL territories a day later (on 21 May). Next to the physical copy of the game North America will receive a collector's edition and bonus items when pre-ordering the game. Europe will have to live with a digital download of the game only which disappoints a lot of fans. Since the PlayStation 3 is region free, European fans and fans in other PAL territories can import the North American version.

Final Fantasy XV

Recently an intern document of Square Enix Europe was leaked that says that Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III will be released this year. Square Enix has responded to Siliconera saying the release dates are inaccurate.

Final Fantasy XV screenshot

"We’re aware an internal document has been in circulation listing release dates for select Square Enix titles. This information contained in this document is inaccurate and features placeholder timing. Specifically – no announcement has been made to date for Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV – their projected release window remains to be advised.”

Final Fantasy XV (which was Final Fantasy Versus XIII before the announcement at E3 2013) and Kingdom Hearts III will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

While the release of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is only two weeks away, Square Enix has released a new trailer. But not any ordinary trailer, but a retrospecive look at the history of Final Fantasy XIII (the Lightning saga) in 16-bit quality. This trailer shows the story of Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2 at lightning speed. Please mind that this trailer contains spoilers if you haven't played these games.

Final Fantasy XIV

During the Letter of the Producer Live XII that was streamed on Youtube yesterday it was announced that the PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be released worldwide on 14 April 2014. The beta test will launch worldwide on 22 February 2014 (the day the PlayStation 4 is launched in Japan). Also for this version a collector's editon will be available and will feature two new in-game items: A Fat Chocobo mount and a Wind-up Moogle! Don't worry if you already own the PC or PS3 collector's editon. All previous owners will receive these items for free.

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