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Recently Square Enix Inc. has registered the domain name drakengardgame.com and this indicates that the action RPG Drakengard 3 (in Japan known as Drag-On Dragoon 3) will maybe be released in the United States and Europe. Japan will be able to get the game on 19 December.

Here's the recent Japanese trailer of Drag-On Dragoon 3 from the Tokyo Game Show.

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Square Enix has announced their lineup for the Tokyo Game Show 2013, which will take place from 19 till 22 September 2013.

- Call of Duty Ghosts (PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
- Dragon Quest X (Wii, Wii U)
- Dragon Quest: Monster Parade (Browser)
- Drag on Dragoon 3 (PlayStation 3)
- Final Fantasy X / X-2 Remaster (PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita)
- Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4)
- Final Fantasy XV (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
- Kingdom Hearts III (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
- Kingdom Hearts chi (Browser)
- Thief (PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
- Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Why are Call of Duty Ghosts and Wolfenstein: The New Order on the list? Well, since Square Enix is the publisher for these games in Japan.

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Square Enix has announced that Drakengard 3 (in Japan known as Drag-on Dragoon 3), which was set to release in Japan on 31 October 2013, has been delayed to 19 December 2013. According to Square Enix the reason for the delay is to further enhance the game’s quality to meet player expectations.

Drakengard 3 screenshot

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Square Enix has announced their line-up for gamescom, the largest trade fair for video games that takes place from 21 till 25 August in Cologne.

Playable
- Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
- Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster (PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita)
- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4)
- Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix (PlayStation 3)

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- Final Fantasy XV (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
- Kingdom Hearts III (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
- Murdered: Soul Suspect (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
- Thief (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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Today, Phil Rogers, CEO for Square Enix in America and Europe has posted the following note on the Square Enix Blog.

Hello.

By way of introduction, my name is Phil Rogers and I’m the CEO for Square Enix in the Americas and Europe looking after our studio and publishing businesses. I think it’s clear to everyone that the games industry is rapidly changing – there are now more and more ways to play (and pay for) games. Through these and other advancements, gaming is taking a greater part of people’s time, fitting within a broad entertainment landscape which is offering greater choice, freedom and expression. As this industry evolves and changes, we have to change too. 

There’s been speculation and commentary made this year about Square Enix’s strategy in the Americas and Europe, and I know we’ve not outwardly commented or addressed this, so some folk may be confused about what we’re actually doing – therefore I want to try and explain directly to you here on our Square Enix blog. 

Luminous Studio 

First and foremost, we are a games company and today we devote most of our time and effort into developing new and rich gameplay experiences, worlds and characters. At the same time new business models have risen up, which we periodically will try to explore. I know this can be frustrating for some long-time fans of our games, particularly if it seems that we’re heading in unfamiliar directions without much in the way of explanation. Explaining our approach to these opportunities is something we’re working to improve on. That said, we need to experiment and adapt or it’s likely we won’t always be in a position to keep investing in the ways we need, to build-out our games and offer excellence to you, our gamers. 

I can categorically say that we’re not abandoning core, triple-A console and PC games. We’re working hard at improving how we develop our games and how we release them, and I want to explain that in a little more detail.

We’ve recently re-orientated our studio leadership to focus production expertise at the top, to allow us to ship the best quality games possible, faster and with better cost control. We’ve taken away administrative duties from studio heads, so they get closer to the games, gameplay and gamers with fewer distractions. We’ve made these changes to all of our studios in the Americas and Europe and we believe this will improve not only the quality of our games, but also improve the time between releases.

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Square Enix is in production with a number of next generation projects, including Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III, which were announced at this year’s E3, and Thief coming in 2014. I am also excited to reveal that we are well into development on a next-generation Tomb Raider sequel – something you may have heard about recently!

In the future, we’ll offer gamers more choice, support more platforms and try new things – but we will make sure that whatever the platform, we’ll always keep our focus on raising the quality bar. We feel that is what gamers should expect from a Square Enix game.  

I’ve spent the past few months building a senior team in the Americas and Europe to support our new and evolving strategy. We plan to share a fuller title release plan with you soon on games ranging from next-gen blockbusters (the above mentioned Tomb Raider sequel) to new cutting-edge tablet and mobile games (such as the recently released Deus Ex: The Fall), to live and online PC games (our now in beta Heroes & Generals).

You will definitely hear more soon about which games we’re working on, when you should look out for them and more frequent updates on how development is going. Please feel free to mail me your feedback. I can’t promise I’ll respond to every mail but you can be sure your concerns will be heard and taken on board. 

Thanks for reading,

Phil.

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Square Enix has announced that Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online, the MMORPG which was released last year on the Wii and 3 months ago on the Wii U, will also be released on PC on 26 September. They've also released a benchmark and you can sign up for the beta (if you can read Japanese). The normal version will cost ¥3990 and and a Special Edition which comes with a controller and token will cost ¥9800.

Sadly no Western release has been announced yet.

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The E3 2013 has ended a couple of days ago and man what an announcements have been made by Square Enix and other companies. Here's a wrap up of this years E3 with the big announcements Square Enix made.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Square Enix's total rebuild MMORPG will also be released on the PlayStation 4 in 2014. A new trailer and gameplay footage has been released and three new classes have been announced: Arcanist, Scholar and Summoner. Beta Phase 3 has just started last Friday and for the first time PlayStation 3 owners can participate.

Final Fantasy XV
Rumors were spreading for months, but it finally was officially announced at Sony's press conference. Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been renamed to Final Fantasy XV and will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and is no longer exclusive anymore. New footage was released and at Square Enix Presents Tetsuya Nomura said that 1 to 2 years after the annoucement of Final Fantasy Versus XIII (that was back in 2006) there were long discussions of renaming the game to Final Fantasy XV, because of the scale and concept of the game.

Kingdom Hearts III
First footage was seen of Kingdom Hearts III showing a mature Sora on Destiny Islands and in Twilight Town fighting a horde of heartless. The game is in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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This Tuesday morning at 09:00 hours PDT (16:00 hours UTC) Square Enix holds a pre-E3 event that will be about the 'Future of Final Fantasy'. The available press will get some Q&A time with senior vice president Shinji Hashimoto.

It seems likely that a new Final Fantasy will be announced, which Shinji Hashimoto mentioned last February at Sony's press conference where the PlayStation 4 was announced. Or maybe finally some information about Final Fantasy Versus XIII?

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With only 9 days to go till the E3 2013 starts in Los Angeles, Square Enix has released the first E3 update on their Square Enix Presents YouTube channel. Square Enix Presents will show exclusive announcements and presentations during the E3 and will be hosted by Megan Marie (Community Manager at Crystal Dynamics). Guests that have been announced are Naoki Yoshida (Producer Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn), Yoshinori Kitase (Producer Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII) and Motomu Toriyama (Director Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII).

Hopefully a new Final Fantasy game will be announced or finally information about Final Fantasy Versus XIII (rename to Final Fantasy XV?).

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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.

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