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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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Square Enix has released Final Fantasy VI for Android in the Play Store today. It was announced by Square Enix Europe yesterday in a tweet that it will be released today. The original version of the game was released back in 1994 on the Super Nintendo. After that the game received a port on the PlayStation in 1999 and Game Boy Advance in 2006.

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Final Fantasy VI for Android Final Fantasy VI for Android

The Android version features improved graphics, which are a matter of taste if you like them or not. For a 1994 remake the download size is kind of huge; 493 MB. Also it has a rather high price tag; € 14,49 / £10.99. Please keep in mind that this version required at least Android 3.2 and not rooted, otherwise it won't work.

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Square Enix has plans for the 25th anniversary of the SaGa series that will take place in December 2014. Akitoshi Kawazu, creator of the SaGa series and producer at Square Enix, said this in an interview with 4gamer.net.

The first game in the SaGa series, Makai Toushi SaGa (known as The Final Fantasy Legend outside Japan) was released back on 15 December 1989 on Game Boy and got two sequels. Later Romancing SaGa 1, 2 & 3 were released on Super Nintendo, SaGa Frontier 1 & 2 on PlayStation and Unlimited Saga on PlayStation 2.

Unlimited Saga wallpaper

More details about Square Enix's plans were not revealed by Kawazu. Hopefully a new game in the SaGa series will be announced.

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Last week Square Enix has presented their financial results over the last 6 months ending 30 September. In the previous news item it was already mentioned that since the launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn the game has been a success. The game has sold approximately 1.1 million physical copies and 350,000 downloadable copies. The current number of active players has exceeded 600,000, which has already exceeded the peak of Final Fantasy XI. They did also announce three strategic changes to the digital entertainment business that they're going to take.

Nosgoth

Western studios will shift focus to and focus on the production of online-based titles. Also the price model will change from fixed to other earning models (like F2P). Nosgoth, a F2P battle action game taking place in the Legacy of Kain environment that is currently in development by Psyonix for PC, was cited as an example.

Studios in Japan will accelerate the production of titles for smart devices. Titles like Dragon Quest VIII and Final Fantasy Agito will be available soon. Last change that Square Enix is going to take is to expand in Asia and to release Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn in China.

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During last night's D23 Fan Expo in Tokyo new gameplay footage has been released of the recently announced Kingdom Hearts III! In the gameplay trailer you can see the new Sora, Donald and Goofy battling various heartless and bosses using a variarity of attacks.

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During the presentation of the recent release of Final Fantasy V for mobile devices and the announcement of Final Fantasy IV: The After Years for mobile devices Takashi Tokita had a little surprise at the end of the presentation. Final Fantasy VI will also be released on iOS and Android devices this Winter.

Final Fantasy VI logo

Final Fantasy VI will not be a straight port, but a remake in style of previous Final Fantasy releases for mobile devices with some enhancements. Like the battle system has been adjusted so you don't have to fight as much and can enjoy the game for what it is. The graphics will be optimised for mobile devices but are still in 2D.

At the end Kotaku asked Tokita if games like Final Fantasy VII, VIII, IX or X will be included in the Legacy series. "If this Legacy project works out well, we would like to one day be able to work with VII."

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It was already hanging in the air after Square Enix registered the domain name, but today they've confirmed that Drakengard 3 will be coming to North America and Europe in 2014 exclusively for the PlayStation 3. Drakengard 3 is a prequel to the original game which was released back in 2003 and marks the 10th anniversary of the Drakengard series. Takamasa Shiba will return as the producer of the game and Keichi Okabe will take care of the soundtrack.

Drakengard 3 logo

In this hack and slash game 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.

Sadly Europe will only get a downloadable version.

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