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It's already a couple of days after gamescom. The line-up from Square Enix was not really big this year and they focussed on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call. During the event Naoki Yoshida, producer and director of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was present and players could play the game with him together. An other big event was the head-to-head battle between Yoshida and Ichiro Hazama, producer of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call playing the new Versus Mode of the game. Also games like Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX and Nosgoth were playable on the booth.

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Square Enix has teamed up with DONTNOD Entertainment (the guys behind Remember Me) and today announced Life is Strange, a digital IP which will consist of multiple episodes. Each chapter will be bulding and evolving on the choices you made in the previous episodes.

 

Max Caulfield has been absent from Arcadia Bay, Oregon for five years now. Upon returning home she discovers that Rachel Amber, a fellow senior at school, has disappeared under mysterious and rather uncomfortable circumstances. While trying to uncover the truth Max reunites with an old friend, Chloe, and makes a startling discovery: Max has the power to rewind time… 


Life is Strange will be released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC and can be played at gamescom which takes place this week.

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Square Enix has announced their games line-up for gamescom, a games trade fair in Cologne (Germany) that this year will take place from 13 till 17 August. This year Square Enix is focussing on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn with multiple booths that will be setup allowing 48 players to compete against Leviathan, Ramuh and Gilgamesh. On Saturday on 15:00 hours CEST a special head-to-head battle will be hosted between Naoki Yoshida, producer and director of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and Ichiro Hazama, producer of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call. They will be using the new Versus Mode of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call.

Gamescom

  • Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen (smartphones)
  • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (smartphones)
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4)
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX (PlayStation 3)
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
  • Nosgoth (PC)
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call (Nintendo 3DS)
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Humble Bumble has joined forces with Square Enix to bring the Humble Square Enix Bundle. Never heard of Humble Bundle? Every two weeks a game bundle is offered for cheap and you can choose how much you want to pay for it and where your money goes (to charity, the developer or Humble Bundle). Previous week the Humble Square Enix Bundle has started with 16 games and today 4 games were added to the bundle which makes it the biggest Humble Bundle ever. All games can be redeemed on Steam.

Humble Square Enix Bundle

The bundle consists of the following games:

Pay $1 or more

  • Anachronox
  • Daikatana
  • Hitman: Codename 47
  • Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
  • Mini Ninjas
  • Thief Gold

Pay more than the average of $8.63 to unlock (can change)

  • Battlestations: Midway
  • Deus Ex: Invisible War
  • Deus Ex: The Fall
  • Just Cause
  • Hitman: Absolution
  • Hitman: Blood Money
  • Hitman: Contracts
  • The Last Remnant
  • Nosgoth Veteran Pack

Pay $15 or more to unlock

  • Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut
  • Just Cause 2
  • Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days
  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
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Square Enix has announced that they have released a port of Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King for iOS and Android devices. Originally the game was released on the PlayStation 2 back in November 2004 in Japan, one year later in North America and April 2006 in Europe and tells the story of the kingdom of Trodain which has been cursed by Dhoulmagus and its up to the hero and party to save the kingdom.

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This port has been optimized for mobile devices and can be bought from the iTunes Store and Google Play for $19.99/€17.99/£13.99.

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Square Enix has launched Drakengard 3 yesterday in North America and today in Europe. In this prequel to the original Drakengard you play as Zero, the eldest of six "Intoner" sisters who wield special magical abilities. Zero is on a quest to murder her five sisters with the help of her dragon companion, Mikhail.

Drakengard 3 is now available in a normal version and a collector's edition In North America. Europe have to do with a download version only (they did release a CE here, but with a download voucher ...). You can watch the launch trailer of the game which Square Enix revealed today.

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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 announcement.

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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.

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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.

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Square Enix has announced that they've have started a massive Final Fantasy sale in the European PlayStation Store. Almost all available games in the Final Fantasy series are 50% off. PlayStation Plus users receive an additional 10% (which actually is a total of 55% off!).  Here's the full list of games on offer:

Final Fantasy sale

  • Final Fantasy I – Was £7.99/€9.99, now £3.99/€4.99
  • Final Fantasy II – Was £7.99/€9.99, now £3.99/€4.99
  • Final Fantasy IV: Complete Collection – Was £15.99/€19.99, now £7.99/€9.99
  • Final Fantasy V - Was £7.99/€9.99, now £3.99/€4.99 
  • Final Fantasy VI - Was £7.99/€9.99, now £3.99/€4.99
  • Final Fantasy VII - Was £7.99/€9.99, now £3.99/€4.99
  • Final Fantasy VIII - Was £7.99/€9.99, now £3.99/€4.99
  • Final Fantasy IX - Was £7.99/€9.99, now £3.99/€4.99
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 – Was £15.99/€19.99, now £7.99/€9.99
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Standard Edition – Was £28.49/€34.99, now £16.23/€19.94
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Collector’s Edition – Was £39.99/€49.99, now £19.99/€24.99
  • Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions - Was £7.99/€9.99, now £3.99/€4.99
  • Dissidia: Final Fantasy – Was £13.99/€17.99, now £6.99/€8.99
  • Dissidia duodecim prologus – Was £1.19/€1.49, now £0.78/€0.98
  • Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy – Was £15.99/€19.99, now £7.99/€9.99

One game that is missing from this list is the PSP version of Final Fantasy III. Also the DLC of Final Fantasy XIII-2 is not in this sale.

If you've never played a Final Fantasy before or only the recent ones but not the classics? This is your chance to try them! Don't wait to long, the offer lasts till 5 February.

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