Square Enix had a very Final Fantasy-heavy E3 showing, with news about Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, new media from Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster, and the reveal that Final Fantasy Versus XIII is now Final Fantasy XV. The studio also had surprises in store, including the announcement that Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Director’s Cut is going multiplatform and that the next entry in the Kingdom Hearts series is well underway.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, the studio’s upcoming revamp of their MMO Final Fantasy XIV, was announced for a 2014 release for PS4. With PC and PS3 gamers getting it this summer, Square Enix stated that they are in talks with Sony about plans to ensure that PS3 owners will be able to transition their accounts to the PS4 version at launch. Aspiring beta testers can sign up on the official site.
The PC and PS3 versions will launch on August 27, with the PC version carrying an MSRP of $29.99 and the PS3 version an MSRP of $39.99. A special Collector’s Edition will be available at the Square Enix Online Store for both PC ($69.99) and PS3 ($79.99). After the initial 30-day trial, the game’s subscription fee will kick in, with the cheapest plan running $12.99 a month.
The series proper will continue with Final Fantasy XV. Previously titled Final Fantasy Versus XIII, the fifteenth entry in the main line will be available for PS4 and Xbox One. Since development began, the game has been expanded to take advantage of the new technology on offer from the next-generation consoles. To help satiate fans, a trailer was released showcasing First Production Development Team’s work thus far. The story follows the aftermath of an assault by Niflheim on the Kingdom of Lucis, with the kingdom in ruins and Crown Prince Noctis joining the fight to liberate his homeland.
The other Final Fantasy projects, X|X-2 HD Remaster (PS3, PS Vita) and Lightning Returns (360, PS3), are on track for release later this year.
Kingdom Hearts also had a strong showing. The studio led off with Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix, and followed with news that fans had been waiting to hear: the development of Kingdom Hearts III. Remix is a compilation of Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix, Re:Chain of Memories, and HD versions of the cutscenes from 358/2 Days. Kingdom Hearts III, the next major entry in the series, will feature a “mature” Sora searching new Disney worlds for the seven guardians of light and the “Key to Return Hearts” with Donald and Goofy in order to stop Master Xehanort. Riku, meanwhile, will accompany King Mickey in his quest to find previous Keyblade wielders.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix is scheduled to launch on September 10 for $39.99. Kingdom Hearts III has not been dated, but it will be available for PS4 and Xbox One.
Eidos Montreal revealed that Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut, previously exclusive to Wii U, will be launching for 360, Mac, PS3, and Windows PC later this year. To compensate for the lack of a GamePad to utilize some of the new touch- and second-screen features, PS Vita and SmartGlass will be supported. Gameplay content includes Tongs’s Rescue mission and the Missing Link downloadable pack integrated into the main campaign, overhauled boss fights, refined balance and combat, and improved AI, as well as graphical enhancements and eight-plus hours of developer commentary. Deus Ex: The Fall, the recently announced Android and iOS follow-up to the Icarus Effect novel, was also on show.
Check out our review of the Xbox 360 version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution for more info.
Other titles on show were the upcoming Thief reboot from Eidos Montreal, the supernatural action-procedural title Murdered: Soul Suspects, and a new iOS release, Bloodmasque. The latter has an especially interesting feature that allows players to take a picture of their face and used it within the game’s character-customization system. Bloodmasque will be available this summer for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.