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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)
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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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Today the first major patch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has gone live! Version 2.1, named A Realm Awoken, introduces large-scale additions and refinements made to Eorzea. Square Enix has provided a 10 minute long video introducing area's like the Crystal Tower (for an alliance of 24 players), PvP Arena, a housing system for free companies and rebalanced job actions.

For more details regarding the version 2.1 patch check out this article on the Lodestone. You can also check out the special website.

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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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Square Enix has announced that since the launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn the total number of accounts has surpassed 1.5 million worldwide. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a rebuild of the original version which was poorly received and takes place 5 years after the destruction of most of Eorzea by the primal dragon Bahamut. The launch of the game however did not go well. Due to an overwhelmingly positive response there were continued server issues. Some servers were closed for new players and the digital downloaded version was temporary suspended.

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On a press conference held by Sony today the release date of the PlayStation 4 was announced for Japan which will be 22 February 2014. This is the first time that Japan, home of PlayStation, will get the system 3 months after the United States and Europe.

Square Enix has announced that starting on that day the beta tests of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for the PlayStation 4 will begin. Also players who are currently playing the PlayStation 3 version can switch to the PlayStation 4 version for free.

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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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