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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.

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- 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 part VIII of the Letter of the Producer was streamed live on YouTube. During the stream a Q&A session was held and new details have been announced containing the open beta and early access.

The open beta phase of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will run from 17 till 19 August. Those who participated in the beta phase 3 can participate on 16 August. During the open beta the level cap will be set to level 20 and game content will also be restricted to that which can be done within level 20.

Early access will start on 24 August while the official service starts 27 August. Next to the current methods of payment, players can now also buy prepaid cards in stores which comes in 30 and 60 day options.

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Another feature that was showed today during the stream was the app called Libra Eorzea where players can login and check their character, check their gear, quests, instances and more. The iOS version will be available a week after the launch for free. Android will follow in a month.

To read the full details, check out the official forums.

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Square Enix has announced on Twitter that the amount of beta test sign ups for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has surpassed 1 million. Currently the beta is in phase 3 and accepted participants can play the game this Friday again starting from 09:00 UTC till Sunday 09:00 UTC. After phase 3 the open beta phase will commence.

Also the new Lodestone has been opened for beta testing and so far it looks impressive. You can now also check your character's statistics and other information.

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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.

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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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At the 'Future of Final Fantasy' event Square Enix has announced that their MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be released on PlayStation 4 next year. Accounts can be transfered from the PlayStation 3 version to PlayStation 4 version when it is released.

Square Enix has also released the E3 trailer of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn called 'Crystal's Call'.

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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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Some of you might be waiting for this. Square Enix has officially announced that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will hit the stores on 27 August! Subscription fees will start at $12.99 in the United States, £7.69 in the United Kingdom and €10.99 in Europe.

When you pre-order the MMORPG you'll receive early access to the world of Eorzea, a Cait Sith Doll Minion and a Mog Cap as in-game item.

Square Enix has also announced something a little big more special, the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Collector’s Edition.

This collector's edition will contain an 80-page hardcover art book with concept art of the game, a bonus video disc that takes a cinematic look at the events leading up to the realm being reborn, an album that features musical scores by renowned Final Fantasy series composers, five art cards and a security token. You'll also receive the Helm of Light, Baby Behemoth Minion, Coeurl Mount and Behemoth Barding in-game items.

If you can't wait to play the game, you can still sign up for the Phase 3 Beta test that will start in June. This, a new Tour of Eorzeo video and more can be found on the official website.

Players who bought the original version of Final Fantasy XIV (that was released back in September 2010) do not have to buy the new version but can download it for free.

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Square Enix has released a brand new trailer of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn called Exploration. This trailer features in-game footage of the official benchmark which was also revealed today for PC and can be download from here. The benchmark will rate your PC performance how well it can run Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

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Naoki Yoshida, the producer of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, has announced in his 43th letter that phase 1 of the beta will start on 25 February.

I'm sorry for taking so long to put up this letter, but the news you've all been waiting for is finally here. Assuming no dastardly bugs or server errors slow us down, phase 1 of the beta test will begin on February 25!

The roadmap we released has the schedule set for mid-February, so the start is about a week late. However, the extra time has allowed us to prepare more system features and character options for testing. While you all enjoy the game, I hope you also provide us with tons of feedback like you did during the alpha test.

In the letter Yoshida also announced a new system that will be available from the start of the beta: Full Active Time Events (FATE for short). These events occur in non-instanced areas at random. Players can participate by simply being within proximity of the event, and there's no need to form parties. When they are over, players will be rewarded.

Also the behest system is back and improved and is now named the guildhest system. In the original version the behests are quests to defeat monsters which occur near certain aetheryte and aetherial gates.

Like in the alpha stage, phase 1 of the beta will be limited to areas around Gridania. Also a new dungeon for level 30 players will be available for testing.

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Square Enix has released a new trailer today of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn called A New Beginning. In this trailer you see the end of an era trailer (which is awesome) that was released when the original version came to an end two months ago and the reborn realm where our hero's have been teleported to (around 5:30).

Square Enix has also opened beta tester application for the PC and PlayStation 3 version. Apply now if you are interested! North American testers can apply here, European here.

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