Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Square Enix

Sony debuts Project Morpheus VR headset for PS4 at GDC 2014

Project Morpheus (PS4) Announcement - Set

The Oculus Rift’s competition is getting stiffer with the announcement that Sony is entering the VR fray with a new headset, Project Morpheus. No release date was announced, but the headset will work alongside the PlayStation Camera to give PS4 gamers the feeling “as though they are physically inside the virtual world of a game.” Inertial sensors within the camera and headset will track head rotation so that the game world moves naturally with the player’s motions, and the set will also support the PS Move Motion Controller, with the headset projecting an object in place of the controller. The Morpheus will also use 3D audio technology to produce sounds on the same plane as well as above and below the player.

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PlayStation 4 News

Murdered: Soul Suspect to beat the (undead) streets this June

Murdered Soul Suspect (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Square Enix’s upcoming supernatural procedural title from Airtight Games, Murdered: Soul Suspect, will be hitting store shelves on June 3. A pre-order bonus was also announced, an interactive digital strategy map. The map will be accessible on a computer or tablet and serve to help players find all of Salem’s goodies, from quests to Easter Eggs. Players will spend a lot of time roaming the city streets as recently deceased detective Ronan O’Connor, who must travel through the limbo world of Dusk as he searches for his murderer.

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Drakengard 3 interview posted, Wave Two pre-order extras revealed

Drakengard 3 (PS3) Trailer Announcement - Screenshot 8

Square Enix has announced the second wave of pre-order bonuses for their upcoming role-playing game Drakengard 3. The first set of extras included a voice-over pack that featured the original Japanese track, and now, it’s been revealed that players who pre-order before April 8 will receive the Nier Costume Pack. The set features Kainé and Nier Replicant costumes as well as the Emil Hat for the dragon. For series fans, an interview with Takamasa Shiba, producer for all three Drakengard games, is available below and goes into detail about the world, characters, and eight-year gap between titles. Also, to flesh out events leading up to D3, the first chapter of a prequel novella also released on the game’s official site.

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PlayStation 3 News

(PC Review) Thief

(PC Review) Thief

“It’s a testament to the brilliance of Thief’s core gameplay that it’s able to be extremely entertaining despite the unbelievable litany of flaws, bugs, and flubs that otherwise plague its design.”

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PC Reviews

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII now available for 360 and PS3

Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII (360, PS3) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Lightning sets out for a new journey today with the release of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII for 360 and PS3. Her latest adventure, available in stores and digitally through Live and PSN, is a more action-oriented title than a traditional Final Fantasy release, with players having direct control over Lightning as she ventures about Nova Chrysalia with her band of allies battling the deadly cult Children of Etro.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Drakengard 3 info galore – pre-order, Collector’s Edition details, more

Drakengard 3 (PS3) Preorder and Release Details Announcement - Screenshot 1

Drakengard 3 has been officially dated for May 20. Square Enix is offering the game digitally over PSN but physically exclusively through their online store in a standard form and as a Collector’s Edition. Both versions come with pre-order extras, but which players get depends on when they put in their order. The pre-order system consists of three tiers, and only those who order before March 3 will be eligible for all of the extras. So far, the only known bonus is the Japanese voiceover DLC pack, which is part of the first tier along with two other bonuses. The next tier window is from March 4 to April 8, which include two bonuses, and the last is from April 8 until launch, which includes one bonus. The Collector’s Edition is limited to 5,000 copies and includes the game, a novella, a soundtrack CD sampler, a poster, and three pieces of DLC. The packs include a new prequel mission as Zero’s sister, One; the Giant Baby Hat item for the dragon; and a costume based off the original Drakengard’s Caim.

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PlayStation 3 News

Murdered: Soul Suspect goes next-gen, heading to PS4, Xbox One

Murdered Soul Suspect (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) PS4 and Xbox One Announcement - Screenshot 1

Square Enix and Airtight Games’s otherworldly police procedural title Murdered: Soul Suspect will be making its way to PS4 and Xbox One. According to the publisher, the new versions will feature native 1080p output and improved effects, such as subsurface scattering and an increased particle count. Soul Suspect was announced early last year for 360, PC, and PS3.

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PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn PS4 beta, release dates revealed

Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn (PC, PS3, PS4) PS4 Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Square Enix has released some new details regarding the PS4 version of their MMO Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. First off, the game will be available in stores on April 14, the same day when “official service” begins. For those looking to preorder, beginning today, money can be put down on a Standard Edition or a Collector’s Edition, which will also include two in-game items (a Mog Cap and a Cait Sith Doll minion) and Early Access on April 11. The Collector’s Edition will be packed with an art book, a music CD, art cards, a themed security token, and a few exclusive in-game items. Additionally, existing players who have registered FFXIV Collector’s Edition, FFXIV: A Realm Reborn Collector’s Edition, or digitally upgraded will receive two new in-game items (Fat Chocobo Mount and Wind-up Moogle minion).

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News

Square Enix Collective pilot goes live, three candidates up for vote

Square Enix Collective (Platform) Announcement - Screenshot 1 (Game of Glens)

Square Enix is getting more involved in the community-driven development scene with a new pilot program, Square Enix Collective. Similar to Steam Early Access, players will vote on which game interests them most, but unlike Early Access, gamers are voting on concepts. Winners will be put up on Indiegogo for funding, with funded titles being supported by Square Enix throughout development and assistance with distribution on digital outlets at release. According to Collective project lead Phil Elliott, “It’s up to the teams how much or little help they want from Square Enix and it’s our opportunity to help some fantastic games become a reality and uncover the development stars of the future.”

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PC News

Lara gets even in new Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition launch trailer

Last year’s Tomb Raider reboot is getting a next-gen makeover soon with the upcoming release of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for PS3 and Xbox One. To kick things off, Square Enix has posted a new launch trailer to demonstrate the action in store. In addition to the enhanced graphics, which will feature new effects, additional polygons, Tress FX technology for realistic hair, new textures, and new rendering techniques, the game will also include all available downloadable content plus developer videos, a digital art book, and a digital copy of the Dark Horse comic.

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PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News