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Kingdom Hearts III

Today at the D23 Expo in Anaheim (USA) has been revealed by Square Enix and Disney that Big Hero 6 is coming to Kingdom Hearts III. The characters of the 2014 animated film complete with the San Fransokyo setting will be featured in the upcoming game. The story will take place after the film.

Kingdom Hearts III

During Square Enix's E3 2015 press conference a new trailer was revealed from Kingdom Hearts III. The trailer reveals the lush world of the animated movie Tangled and features new gameplay footage here new elements are shown.

Kingdom Hearts III

In an interview with Famitsu magazine this week director Tetsuya Nomura announced that the development of Kingdom Hearts III has moved from the Luminous Studios engine to Unreal Engine 4. It was announced earlier that Square Enix had some problems rendering with their in-house engine (Luminous Studios). They are now working closely with Epic Games to work through any issues the development team are having with the new engine.

---Once more, may we as about the state of development on KH3?

Nomura: It’s moving steadily along the estimated schedule. As an effect of us changing the game engine to Unreal Engine 4, which we did for several reasons, we had a lot of problems with the image creation, but we have been able to progress without incident with the collaboration of Epic Games.

Final Fantasy XV

During a recent interview by Famitsu, Shinji Hashimoto, producer at Square Enix, said that they will release no new information of Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III, which are currently in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, at next week's E3 2014.

When Famitsu asked if there will be information of Final Fantasy XV, Hashimoto replied with the following:

Well, first I’d like to say that development for FFXV is going well. Internally, we try to ascertain the best timing for revealing new information about FFXV to the fans. So when we were going over our promotion plans, we judged that this year’s E3 would not be the best time to exhibit information about FFXV. Instead we are currently planning to exhibit new information at events after E3 2014. I am extremely grateful to all the fans who excitedly anticipate FFXV, and I’m looking forward to share new information when the timing is right. I would appreciate if fans hold out until then.

About Kingdom Hearts III, Hashimoto said the following:

We are are working diligently on KH3, but I think releasing new information will still take some time. We included a small part regarding the story of KH3 In the new trailer KH 2.5 prepared for E3 2014, so please check that out.

Anyone surprised? It's dissapointing, but was kinda expected.

Kingdom Hearts II

Square Enix has released the E3 2014 trailer of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX and has announced that this HD collection will be released on 2 December 2014 in North America and 5 December 2014 in Europe exclusively for PlayStation 3. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX contains the HD remastered versions of Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix and movie scenematics of Kingdom Hearts re:coded.

The trailer also contains a teaser of Kingdom Hearts III, which is currently in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Final Fantasy XV

Recently an intern document of Square Enix Europe was leaked that says that Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III will be released this year. Square Enix has responded to Siliconera saying the release dates are inaccurate.

Final Fantasy XV screenshot

"We’re aware an internal document has been in circulation listing release dates for select Square Enix titles. This information contained in this document is inaccurate and features placeholder timing. Specifically – no announcement has been made to date for Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV – their projected release window remains to be advised.”

Final Fantasy XV (which was Final Fantasy Versus XIII before the announcement at E3 2013) and Kingdom Hearts III will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Kingdom Hearts III

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.

Square Enix

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.

Square Enix

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)

Gamescom

Square Enix

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.

Final Fantasy XV logo

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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