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During Square Enix's E3 2015 press conference they've announced that Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness will be released in North America and Europe. Also a new trailer was revealed showing gameplay footage of the game.

Square Enix is also trying to make it more game-like than movie-like by replacing some static cutscenes with dynamic ones. The above video was captured at 30 fps, but Square Enix said that the finished game will be running at 60 fps.

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness will hit North America and Europe somewhere in 2016 and Japan in Winter 2015.

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The past weekend Square Enix has released a hype video teasing their line-up for E3 2015 taking place this week. Games that will be present on E3 are Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, Just Cause 3, Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below (why such a long title?) and Life is Strange.

There are also some surprises coming up, so the rumour hype can start again! It was earlier announced that Final Fantasy XV will not be present on E3, but on gamescom.

Square Enix's first E3 press conference will take place on Tuesday 16 June at 10:00 PT / 13:00 ET / 18:00 BST / 19:00 CEST.

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Recently Square Enix announced that they will release Final Fantasy IV: The After Years on Steam. Now it's available for digital purchase for $16 / € 14.49.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is the sequel to Final Fantasy IV and takes place 17 years after the 1991 classic where classic characters make their return alongside several new characters. This port is based on the iOS and Android versions (and has been enchanced), which resembles the Nintendo DS version of Final Fantasy IV.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years on Steam

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Square Enix has teamed up with NVIDIA and Microsoft and developed a tech demo showing what DirectX 12 can do. The tech demo, called WITCH CHAPTER 0 [cry], was showed on Microsoft Build 2015 and featured Agni, who was also shown in Square Enix's previous tech demo Agni’s Philosophy 3 years ago.

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The latest issue of Japanese game magazine Famitsu has revealed that Square Enix's new project, which SE has been teasing for a couple of days now, is Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness! The game is in development by tri-Ace and will be released on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

The prologue of the game is as follows:

Do the depths of space forbid peace for mankind—

Centuries after leaving Earth, after a multitude of trials, with the creation and spread of the ‘Galactic Federation,’ humanity was on the verge of unified order and peace.

But the embers of conflict have begun to burn again.

Over 6,000 light years from Earth, on the unsettled planet, ‘Feycreed.’

Just as so many times before, the waves of history begin from a remote planet.

  

 

 

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Square Enix has revealed a teaser website of a new project. The artwork, the letters S A R and number 0 1 0 1 showing on the teaser website might indicate that it's a new game in the Star Ocean series. If you click on the Facebook or Twitter share button at the top left you can see the text "NEXT 2015.04.13", so except something this Monday (13 April 2015).

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During a press conference this morning Square Enix has announced the future of its MMORPG Final Fantasy XI, which is entering its 14th year in May. The producer of Final Fantasy XI, Akihiko Matsui, has posted an announcement on the official website.

Adventurers of Vana’diel, I have an announcement to make.

In a short time we will be commencing a new series of content known as “The Vana’diel Project,” which aims to expand the scope of Vana’diel as we head into the future.

As part of this tremendous initiative, we have announced new scenario content known as “Rhapsodies of Vana’diel.” This scenario will bring fresh story content and weave together the tales we have told across thirteen years of Vana’diel. Both the development and operations teams are working harder than ever before to deliver this package to you.

We have also announced FINAL FANTASY GRANDMASTERS, a new creation set in Vana’diel, and a native app project based on the MMM (Massive Multiplayer Mobile) concept. Keep your eye on these projects as they revolutionize the way players experience FINAL FANTASY XI.

FINAL FANTASY XI’s major version updates will conclude with the November 2015 iteration, when Rhapsodies of Vana’diel is scheduled to reach its thrilling climax. We will, however, continue implementing ordinary version updates that focus on balance adjustments and bug fixes. Additionally, service for the PlayStation® 2 and Xbox 360® versions will end on or around March 2016, and we will focus our efforts on the Windows® version. Feedback posted on the forums and obtained through other avenues will inform quality of life improvements and balance adjustments, so do not hesitate to tell us your thoughts and opinions.

Take the opportunity to see, hear, and feel Vana’diel as it exists today—a Vana’diel created not just by the developers, but by each and every one of you.

We eagerly await you in the land of Mithra and moogles.

March 19, 2015
Akihiko Matsui, Producer, FINAL FANTASY XI

 

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Square Enix has announced today that Dragon Quest Heroes, which will be released tomorrow in Japan, will be coming to the West. The game will be available somewhere this year exclusively on PlayStation 4 in a boxed and digital copy.

Dragon Quest Heroes is an action-RPG and spinoff in the Dragon Quest series where the protagonists must rise up against insurmountable odds, challenging swarms of enemies and conquering gigantic monsters in an exhilarating action game. Filled with characters and monsters designed by world-renowned artist Akira Toriyama

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In an interview with Famitsu magazine this week director Tetsuya Nomura announced that the development of Kingdom Hearts III has moved from the Luminous Studios engine to Unreal Engine 4. It was announced earlier that Square Enix had some problems rendering with their in-house engine (Luminous Studios). They are now working closely with Epic Games to work through any issues the development team are having with the new engine.

---Once more, may we as about the state of development on KH3?

Nomura: It’s moving steadily along the estimated schedule. As an effect of us changing the game engine to Unreal Engine 4, which we did for several reasons, we had a lot of problems with the image creation, but we have been able to progress without incident with the collaboration of Epic Games.

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A couple of days ago Final Fantasy IV suddenly appeared on Steam.

FINAL FANTASY IV makes its debut on PC!

As the first game in the series to feature the innovative Active Time Battle system, FINAL FANTASY IV stands as an iconic milestone in FINAL FANTASY history. Lose yourself in this timeless tale of heroes, betrayal, love and redemption—now optimized for PC!

Final Fantasy IV screenshot

This version is a port of the mobile version (which is a port of the Nintendo DS version) with 58 archievements. The game can be purchased at Steam for $15.99/€14.49/£10.99.

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