Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Square Enix

Dontnod returns with time-traveling adventure Life is Strange

Life is Strange (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Remember Me developer Dontnod is back with a new episodic adventure, Life is Strange. Square Enix will be publishing the title, set to launch for 360, PC, PS3, PS4, and Xbox One, which follows student Max Caulfield and the mystery behind the disappearance of another student, Rachel Amber. After returning to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Oregon for the first time in five years, Max reunites with her old friend Chloe and sets out with her to look into what happened to Rachel. To her surprise, Max quickly discovers that she has the power to rewind time. The narrative-driven adventure will react to the player’s choices, malleable as they are with the time-warping powers, which will affect how the story unfolds from one episode to the other.

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Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris pre-order, Gold Edition detailed

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (PC, PS4, Xbox One) LE and Preorder Announcement - Screenshot 1

A Gold Edition of Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris will launch alongside the standard version, according to Square Enix. The premium set will come packed with a 3” figurine of Lara Croft, an art book, a map of the Overworld, and a DLC Season Pass. The pass will allow access to several packs, including costume, item, and weapon, that will also be launching alongside the game on December 9. The packs will contain six extra costumes, additional tomes, and several unique amulets, rings, and weapons.

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Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen out for Android, iOS

Dragon Quest IV Chapters of the Chosen (Android, iOS) Mobile Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Dragon Quest has once again found its way onto the mobile market with the release of Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen. Available for Android devices, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, DQIV marks the beginning of the Zenithian Trilogy and features a novel progression design that has gamers play as each companion shortly before and up to when they meet up with the Hero, who then takes the lead in the final chapter. The mobile version allows for camera rotation via screen sliding as well as adds Party Talk, which allows players to talk with others during the journey, and an extra chapter.

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Android, Apple Handheld

Drakengard 3 gets final batch of DLC, contest announced

Drakengard 3 (PS3) Wave Two Preorder Bonus Announcement - Art (Nier Costume Pack)

The last round of downloadable content has launched for Drakengard 3. Over six weapon and outfit packs as well as a prologue and a theme pack are now available on PSN, and each is detailed below. Several of the packs were pre-order bonuses or are from the Collector’s Edition, including three alternate color schemes for Zero, an outfit based off of Caim’s from Nier, a costume based from Nier’s outfit in the Japan-only Nier Replicant, and even a Giant Baby head for Mikhail styled after the bizarre creatures in the first Drakengard. One’s Prologue, formerly a CE exclusive, is also available, which helps to flesh out backstory behind all the bloody mayhem.

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DLC, PlayStation 3 News

(PlayStation 3 Review) Drakengard 3

(PlayStation 3 Review) Drakengard 3

“… great experience despite not always being a great game.”

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PlayStation 3 Reviews

Drakengard 3 costume, music, and mission DLC packs released

Drakengard 3 (PS3) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 3

Drakengard 3 received several downloadable packs today, adding new missions, music, and costumes. Fans of the original will be able to reduce damage taken by 5% in Furiae’s Garb for $2.99, while fans of Drakengard 2 can reduce stamina loss by sporting the Eris’s Garb pack for $2.99. A music pack for $1.99, the Intoner Arrange Tracks, replaces the tunes played while Zero is in Intoner Mode. The biggest additions are the five Sister Prologues. Each $5.99 chapter (Zero, Two, Three, Four, and Five) includes a playable level and unique weapons, while a $29.99 bundle includes all five plus a bonus prologue for One.

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DLC, PlayStation 3 News

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix coming to North America this year

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (PS3) Announcement - Screenshot 1

The Final Mix versions of both Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep are set to hit stores later this year, according to Square Enix. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix will include new abilities, cutscenes, mini-games, and weapons. Secret boss battles are also being added, as well as the HD remastered cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts: Re:coded. New screenshots were released to coincide with the announcement, and a dozen have been added below.

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PlayStation 3 News

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King out for Android, iOS

Dragon Quest VIII JourneyoftheCursedKing (Android, iOS) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Square Enix is celebrating Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King’s 10th anniversary today with the release of a new version for Android and iOS. As the last survivor of King Trode’s army, Hero, players must find the jester who stole the sovereign’s scepter and caused his downfall. The mobile version features revamped touch-panel control with support for one- or two-hand play and a new battle system allowing for direct or automatic control, plus an auto-run mode, alchemy pot for item creation, and the ability to recruit monsters. According to Square Enix, the mobile version features the same 60-plus-hour campaign as the PlayStation 2 original.

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Android, Apple Handheld

Square Enix releases PC version of Final Fantasy III on Steam

Final Fantasy III (PC) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Another Final Fantasy has made its way to PC today with the release of Final Fantasy III on Steam. Originally released in Japan in 1990, Final Fantasy III not only introduced the popular job system but was also the first in the series to sell over a million copies. The PC version features Steam Trading Cards and Achievements, new graphics for the Job Mastery Cards, 3D visuals, an improved bestiary, and updated story sequences.

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PC News

Zero makes her debut, Drakengard 3 launches in stores and online

Drakengard 3 (PS3) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Square Enix has launched Drakengard 3 in stores and online for PS3. As a prequel to the first Drakengard, players will venture around a medieval world in search of six beings known as Intoners. These demigods are the younger sister of protagonist Zero, who is on a mission to kill them, and her motives will be revealed as each is tracked down. In addition to the standard version, a Digital Collector’s Edition comes bundled with all of the extra downloadable content, which includes One’s Prologue, the Japanese voice pack, a giant baby hat (from the original Drakengard) for the dragon, Nier costumes, and six PSN themes.

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DLC, PlayStation 3 News