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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.

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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.

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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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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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