Today Square Enix has revealed the release dates of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix in North America and Europe and they've also announced a limited edition which will be available for pre-order.
The game will be released in North America on 10 September and 3 days later in Europe. The limited edition features an artwork with 24 pages of behind-the-scenes imagery like character renders, promotional artwork and concept artwork from various Disney worlds from Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days.
Square Enix has told game magazine publisher MCV that they're making redundancies to their offices in the United Kingdom and Europe. Occasion is the disappointing sales in North America and Europe that caused Yoichi Wada to step down. Games like Tomb Raider, Hitman and Sleeping Dogs has missed their targets, which were set very high by Square Enix.
We are reviewing our business in Europe to ensure we have the right structure, content and skills for the changing entertainment landscape.
We do expect changes to the UK office, which will affect personnel. We will update you when the time is right, but our priority right now is for the people within the business.
How much loss the company has suffered will be announced half May with the annual financial results.
In the last presentation of Nintendo Direct that was broadcasted yesterday Nintendo has announced that they have partnered together with Square Enix to release Bravely Default: Flying Fairy across the United States and Europe for the Nintendo 3DS.
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy is a classic RPG which features a job system (like Final Fantasy V). The game was received in Japan very well, but has not sold that well (around 320,000 copies).
The game will be released in Europe somewhere this year and in the United States in 2014.
The CEO of Square Enix, Yoichi Wada, has announced today that he will step down as CEO of Square Enix in late June. Yosuke Matsuda, the current Representative Director, will take his place as the new CEO. The reason for his demotion is most likely because of the forecast of 'extraordinary loss' due to slow sales of games in North America and Europe.
Yoichi Wada joined Square in April 2000 to become the new executive director and CFO in June 2000. After the merge with Enix he became the company's new President and Representative Director.
Yosuke Matsuda joined Square in October 2001 as Senior Vice President and also became General Manager of Accounting and Finance after the merge with Enix in April 2003. One year later he was promoted to Director and CFO.
A couple of days ago Final Fantasy X-2 HD was announced in the Japanese magazine Jump. Today Square Enix has announced that the HD remake of Final Fantasy X and X-2 will be coming to the United Status and Europe!
The HD collection will be known as the Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster and will be released on one disc for PlayStation 3. The PlayStation Vita versions will be sold separately. Both games will be based on the International version. Europeans did get the International version of Final Fantasy X back in 2002 which features the Dark Aeons and the superboss Penance. The International version of Final Fantasy X-2 was never released outside Japan and features two new dresspheres and a new mission.
Square Enix also launced the official website where a trailer will be released on the 25th. When the collection will be released this year has not been announced.
Update: It seems the YouTube account of Square Enix Germany has already uploaded the trailer (English voices, but German text).
In the recent issue of the Japanese game magazine Jump is announced that Final Fantasy X-2, the direct sequel to Final Fantasy X will be included in the HD version of Final Fantasy X. Both games will be on the same blu-ray and are based on the International versions.
On the PlayStation Vita the games will be sold separately. A release date has not been announced yet.
There's a big scoop in this weeks issue of Famitsu. The magazine revealed that Drakengard 3 (in Japan known as Drag-on Dragoon 3) is currently in development for the PlayStation 3. Like the two previous Drakengard games that were released back in 2003 and 2005 on the PlayStation 2, this game will be an action RPG.
Zero, the female protagonist, is an Utautai, a person with the ability to manipulate magic through song. She has a jonger sister named One, however with the complete opposite ability and she doesn't get along well.
The game is developed by Access Games (Deadly Premonition) and is 60% complete. Square Enix brought togethers team members from Drakengard and Nier. Takamasa Shiba will be the producer while Yoko Taro is the creative director and scenario writer. Character design will be done by Kimihiko Fujisaka and Keiichi Okabe is the sound director.
Update: The official website is now live!
In September 2012 Square Enix announced the HD collection Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX for PlayStation 3 and it will be released in Japan on 14 March. Today Square Enix has announced that this collection will also be released in the United States and Europe this fall.
This collection contains the classic Kingdom Hearts game remastered in HD and will also contain additional weapons, enemies, skills and scenes from the Final Mix version that was previously only available in Japan. The other game that will be available is the HD version of Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, the PlayStation 2 version of the Game Boy Advance remake, that will be available for the first time in Europe. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days is the last game in the collection, but will only feature the cutscenes. Also trophy support is included in this collection.
Square Enix has released a brand new trailer of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn called Exploration. This trailer features in-game footage of the official benchmark which was also revealed today for PC and can be download from here. The benchmark will rate your PC performance how well it can run Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
You already might know this probably: Yesterday Sony announced the PlayStation 4 on their press conference in New York that was available for live streaming. The console itself was not shown, but they did show the DualShock 4 controller which will feature a touchpad and a bunch of new games that are currently in development.
Square Enix also made its appearance at the press conference. Yoshihisa Hashimoto, chief technology officer at Square Enix Japan, showed the engine running on the PlayStation 4. It was the same tech demo as shown on the E3 previous year. After that Shinji Hashimoto took the floor and told that a new Final Fantasy game is in development for the PlayStation 4 and details will be announced at the E3.
If you want to watch the press conference, you can do so here. The PlayStation 4 is set for release this holiday.