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Square Enix

Square Enix has recently announced their biggest line-up ever for Gamescom 2015 that will take place in Cologne, Germany from 5 to 9 August. Square Enix has 1,100 square meters of booth space featuring more than 200 hands-on stations for gamers eager to try out Square Enix’s upcoming releases. Their main booth is located in hall 9: B31/B41.

The following games are present:

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Live theatre demonstrations (in German) in the Square Enix cinema;
  • Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below - playable;
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Heavenward - MMO fans are called to arms at the Final Fantasy XIV: Battle Arena (hall 9, C51), where gamers face-off against all the powerful primals (Ravana and Bismarck) featured in the game in order to win attractive prizes. Returning to comment on the Final Fantasy XIV action live are the experienced ESL commentators Mori, Hendrik and A1m.
  • Final Fantasy XV - Big stage of the booth. Visitors will be treated to a number of exciting stage presentations with many well-known guests and new insights into the much-awaited game – a few select fans will even get the chance to play Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae v2.0 at the booth.
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD - playable PC version;
  • Hitman - Live theatre demonstrations (in German) in the Square Enix cinema;
  • Hitman Go - playable;
  • Just Cause 3 - playable;
  • Life is Strange - playable;
  • Lara Croft: Relic Run - playable.

More information regarding the Final Fantasy XV stage schedule and more new announcements and reveals at Gamescom 2015 will be released in the coming weeks.

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Final Fantasy XIV

Square Enix has temporary halted the sales of the Mac version of Final Fantasy XIV due to various technical issues with the version as well as poor communication before the launch. For customers who already bought the game Square Enix is offering a refund.

The Mac version of  was released on 23 June, together with the first expansion Heavensward. But soon after the released the Mac version suffered from serious problems making the game unplayable.

On the official forum Naoki Yoshida, producer and director of Final Fantasy XIV, apologies and said that the issues were mostly caused by the middleware that is being used to convert DirectX to OpenGL. The biggest reason that they used middleware are the development costs.

With regards to our decision to use middleware rather than having native OpenGL, the biggest reason behind this choice was development cost. As I mentioned earlier, very few games are sold for Mac systems, and the prevailing opinion is that the majority of Mac users aren’t interested in games. This results in an extremely high risk for development.

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward

Final Fantasy XIV

During the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in Las Vegas the first expansion of FInal Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was announced by director Naoki Yoshida called Heavensward and it will be released in Spring 2015. The expansion will focus on the Dragonsong War, a thousand-year conflict between Ishgard and Dravania that players will have to end. The level-cap will be increased to 60, new Primals will be introduced along with new areas, high and raids and jobs. Also players will have the ability to build airships.

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward

Naoki Yoshida also said that a new race will be introduced, but he could not say which race and more information will be released at the London Fan Festival on 25 October.

Square Enix

Square Enix has revealed their line-up for the Tokyo Game Show 2014 that will take place from 18 till 21 September. Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD are the big absentees this year.

Tokyo Game Show 2014Playable

  • Bravely Second (Nintendo 3DS);
  • Chaos Rings III (PlayStation Vita, iOS, Android);
  • Deadman's Cross (PlayStation Vita, iOS, Android);
  • Dragon Quest IV (iOS, Android);
  • Dragon Quest VIII (iOS, Android);
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4);
  • Final Fantasy Explorers (Nintendo 3DS);
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX (PlayStation 3).

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  • 3594e (iOS);
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One);
  • Dragon Quest X (Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PC);
  • Dragon Quest Monster Paradise (PC);
  • Dragon Quest Monsters (iOS, Android);
  • Final Fantasy VII G-Bike (iOS, Android);
  • Gunslinger Stratos 2 (Arcade);
  • Kai-ri-Sei Million Arthur (iOS, Android);
  • Seiken Densetsu: Rise of Mana (PlayStation Vita);
Square Enix

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.

Square Enix

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)
Final Fantasy XIV

Today, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is worldwide available for PlayStation 4! Those who had pre-ordered the game could already play in the last beta since last Friday (11 April). A big difference from the PlayStation 3 version is that the game is now rendered in 1080p and uses the same layout and interface as the PC version. Also it has support for remote play on the PlayStation Vita.

PlayStation 3 players who also have a PlayStation 4 can upgrade their account to the PlayStation 4 version for free. Only once this process has been done, there's no going back! This offer lasts till 31 December 2014.

Final Fantasy XIV

Recently a new chapter of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has gone live! Patch 2.2 entitled Through the Maelstrom continues with the main scenario and introduces you to Yugiri from the nation of Doma on the shores of Othard. Other big new features are that Leviathan, the new primal has been added, three new dungeons are available and the The Second Coil of Bahamut has been added.

For more details regarding the version 2.2 patch check out this article on the Lodestone. You can also check out the special website.

Final Fantasy XIV

After a long wait yesterday was the day that the PlayStation 4 was released in Japan (and is sold out already). On this day the first beta phase of the PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has also started. Anybody with a PlayStation 4 can download the beta from the PlayStation Store and start playing! Please note that this phase will be played on a dedicated beta server and you can not import your character from other versions. Characters will be wiped after phase 1 which will end on 3 March. Phase 2 will take place from 4 March till 7 March and will allow you to import your existing characters and will be able to bring it to the retail version.

Also recently Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has been released on Steam and is 50% off till Tuesday!

Final Fantasy XIV

During the Letter of the Producer Live XII that was streamed on Youtube yesterday it was announced that the PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be released worldwide on 14 April 2014. The beta test will launch worldwide on 22 February 2014 (the day the PlayStation 4 is launched in Japan). Also for this version a collector's editon will be available and will feature two new in-game items: A Fat Chocobo mount and a Wind-up Moogle! Don't worry if you already own the PC or PS3 collector's editon. All previous owners will receive these items for free.

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