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Square Enix has announced their line-up for gamescom 2019, that will take place in Cologne, Germany from 20 till 24 August. The following games will be present:

Final Fantasy VII Remake

For the first time in Europe a hands-on demo can be played of Final Fantasy VII Remake across 72 stations. Expect a long line.

Final Fantasy XIV Online

Featuring a number of stage shows across the week with the makers of the game including Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida and Main Scenario Writer and World Lore Creator Banri Oda. On Friday a big cosplay competition will be held and in the evening the Final Fantasy XIV Online Fan Gathering.

Trials of Mana

The remake of the classic RPG, that was recently released in the Collection of Mana on the Nintendo Switch. Experience an early section of the game and try out the characters.

Kingdom Hearts III

A playable demo of the game that has been released earlier this year.

Life is Strange 2: Episode 4 ‘Faith’

A new trailer will be released on 19 August ahead of the release on 22 August.

Final Fantasy XV at gamescom 2016

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Today Gamescom 2018 has started for the press and tomorrow till Saturday it will be open for everyone that have a ticket (tickets for Wednesday and Thursday still available). Recently Square Enix has announced their line-up for this year.

Kingdom Hearts III
Attendees can share the magic of Kingdom Hearts III with two playable demos, a boss battle against the Rock Titan from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Hercules and uncovering the Toy Box world from Toy Story alongside Woody and Buzz. Visitors can also take part in prime picture opportunities including a giant Keyblade and becoming a real life toy in a replica of Andy’s room from the Disney•Pixar classic Toy Story.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
The themes of Shadow of the Tomb Raider have their influence on the appearance of the Square Enix booth as well: the area is set up in the style of an imposing Mayan pyramid with numerous game stations. Visitors can get an even more intense feel for Lara Croft’s biggest adventure yet with a demo version of the action adventure.

Dragon Quest XI
At the Square Enix booth, RPG fans can also experience the all-new adventure in the timeless Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quest XI with an extensive playable demo which showcases the many content improvements and brand-new voiceover ahead of the game’s release.

Life is Strange 2
Life is Strange 2 is coming to Gamescom 2018 as a world premiere. Not only will the development team share all the details about the highly anticipated sequel to the award-winning and critically acclaimed Life is Strange – it will be playable for the first time at the Square Enix booth on the Gamescom show-floor.

Just Cause 4
This year, fans will also be treated to an exclusive presentation of Just Cause 4 at the Square Enix booth. Just Cause 4 takes the series’ incredible destruction and unique physics to a whole new level with the introduction of fully simulated tornadoes and other Extreme Weather events. Rico Rodriguez returns in Just Cause 4 with his trademark parachute, wingsuit and, of course his grapple hook, now enhanced with new functionality and fully customizable. Making it the most powerful and creative tool the player has ever had.

Final Fantasy XIV
Critically-acclaimed MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV Online returns to Gamescom once more, with intense challenges and great prizes in tow. A special promotion for show attendees offers anyone registering at the booth a free copy of the Final Fantasy XIV Online Starter Edition, while an exclusive programme of stage shows with the makers of the game including Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida and Sound Director Masayoshi Soken will be taking place throughout the week, all culminating in a big cosplay competition on Saturday 25th August. Finally, on Friday 24th August and Saturday 25th August the Final Fantasy XIV Eorzean Symphony will have its European premiere at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. More information on this event can be found https://de.finalfantasyxiv.com.

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Final Fantasy XV

Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy XV, has announced today that Final Fantasy XV will not be released on 30 September 2016, but two months later on 29 November 2016 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The reason for this delay is to allow the development teams to have more time to further polish and conduct quality testing so that the reality of the game can match the expectations of both the fans and the creative teams.

Hajime Tabata had the following to say:

From the moment we joined this project, our vision was to create a level of freedom and realism previously unseen in the series. Regrettably, we need a little bit more time to deliver on this vision and are confident that this new release date will help us achieve this.

As the director and lead of this project, I wish to personally apologize for the additional wait. As a team, we want FINAL FANTASY XV to achieve a level of perfection that our fans deserve. We kindly ask for your understanding.

The team recently completed work on the master version of the game and they are currently working on a 'zero day patch'. He explains that when the game was released on 30 September 2016 with this patch, not everyone could download the patch due to not everyone having a good internet connection.

Tomorrow a 30 minutes gameplay video will be released of the master version and it will be playable at gamescom starting later this week.

Please note that you have to switch on subtitles (if you don't understand Japanese)

Final Fantasy XV

Earlier today the 7th Final Fantasy XV Active Time Report was streamed live at gamescom 2015. A lot of speculation was going around that they we're going to announce the release date, but this wasn't the case. The team has already decided when it will be released, but it will remain a secret for now.

During the stream Hajime Tabata went into some detail about the new trailer that was revealed this morning and releasing some more detail about how the story of the game begins. Also six questions from fans were answered and a short gameplay footage was shown. In case you missed the broadcast, you can watch it back below.

The next Active Time Report will take place during Pax Prime (28 till 31 August in Seattle). Another one will also be held during the Tokyo Game Show (17 till 20 September).

Final Fantasy XV

Today gamescom 2015 in Cologne (Germany) has opened its doors and Square Enix has revealed a new trailer of Final Fantasy XV. In the trailer that is called "DAWN" the introduction to the story of Final Fantasy XV is shown.

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 XV

Square Enix is developing an update to the Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae demo that was released in March together with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. This has been announced during a special Active Time Report, where the feedback of the survey that Square Enix opened for everyone who has played the demo was discussed.

 FINAL FANTASY XV Active Time Report – Prelim Feedback Special

The update, which is called Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae 2.0, is aimed to be released mid-to-late May and will feature the following updates:

  • AXB (Active Cross Battle) enhancements (possibly including more combo attacks and a dodge roll);
  • Camera and targeting system enhancements;
  • Additional combat actions/balancing and bug fixes;
  • Increased range of actions for each weapon;
  • MP recovery and usage tweaks;
  • Titan bug fix.

Square Enix has also announced that Final Fantasy XV will not have a major presence at E3, but the next major reveal will be at gamescom in August 2015.

More news can be found in the Active Time Report which can be viewed below. Another Active Time Report will be held around the end of May when all survey results have been collected and possibly when the Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae 2.0 is released.

Played Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae, but not entered the survey? You can still take part in it till the end of May be going to this website.

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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.

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  • 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)
Sony

During the PlayStation gamescom 2013 press conference in Cologne Sony has announced that the PlayStation 4 will be released in North America on 15 November and Europe will get it 2 weeks later on 29 November. Sony expects to launch the PlayStation 4 in 32 countries this holiday season. They also revealed that already 1,000,000 preorders have been made.

During the press conference Sony did also announce a price drop for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita which will be available for €199 / $199 each.

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