Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Square Enix

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII demo, pre-order bonus go live

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

Lightning returns today, literally. Square Enix has announced that the first playable demo for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will launch later today for PS3 and is available now for 360 Live Gold members. Live Silver members will have to wait until January 28. The demo features a battle-heavy trip through the Yusnaa palace alongside Snow. For players that activate the Outworld feature and submit their score for the final fight against Zaltys, the Siegfried outfit will be unlocked in the full version. As an extra bonus, the PSN version will include the Utsusemi Garb DLC in the demo and full version, which includes the Heavenly Fan weapon and the Kaminari shield.

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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Jump Festa trailer, screens released

A new trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix has been made available from Square Enix. Released during the Jump Festa in Japan, the trailer continues the story after the end of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix showing a variety of characters, including Sora, Riku, and Hercules, in the updated engine. A dozen new screenshots have also been posted.

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Drakengard 3 breaks out dragon combat in new screenshots, trailer

Square Enix has released over a dozen new screenshots and an announcement trailer for Drakengard 3. The prequel to Drakengard, which is itself a predecessor to the fantastic Nier, is available today in Japan and will be released next year in North America. Check out the new material for dragon combat, flowers protruding out of eye sockets, and more.

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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster PS3 CE, PS Vita version detailed

Final Fantasy X, X-2 HD Remaster (PS3, PS Vita) LE Announcement - Set

Square Enix announced a Collector’s Edition release for their upcoming set Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster. The PS3 will receive the CE along with the standard edition when it is released on March 18, but it will only be available through the Square Enix Online Store. The $79.99 package will include a 40-page hardcover artbook, five lithographs, and a soundtrack on Blu-ray with over six hours of music. Some new screens were released alongside shots of the CE.

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New Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII making-of video released

Square Enix has released a new behind-the-scenes feature for Lighting Returns. The latest entry, titled “Inside the Square – The Making of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII”, was filmed at the studio’s headquarters in Tokyo and is narrated by Lightning’s voice across Ali Hillis. The video, clocking in at nearly six and a half minutes long, looks at the work of being done by character designer Tetsuya Nomura and the trials faced by the composers who were tasked with putting together the new score.

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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster launching next March for PS3

Square Enix has announced that the PS3 version of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster will be available on March 18. Coinciding with the announcement is news that the official box art and limited edition set have been redesigned, and both have been posted below. In addition to Final Fantasy X: Eternal Calm and Final Fantasy X-2: Last Mission being added to the package, which were previously only available in the International versions, a Concept Art Book will also be added to those who pre-order in time for the free bump from the standard version to the limited edition.

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Garrett breaks the Baron’s curfew in new Thief screenshots, art

Thief (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) November Screens - Screenshot 1

More is being revealed of the latest incarnation of Thief. Square Enix has released new screenshots and concept art from a mission titled Lockdown. Set at the beginning of the game, Lockdown’s objective requires that Garrett make his way through the city after it has been locked down by Baron Northcrest. The Baron is attempting to prevent an uprising by the people after the outbreak of The Gloom, an illness that is spreading amongst the populace, causing them to hear voices and suffer from horrific nightmares. Garrett’s hideout is on the other side of the city, but on his way to safety, he decides to make a quick detour to check out some jewels.

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New CG, combat Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster screens released

Final Fantasy X, X-2 HD Remaster (PS3, PS Vita) November Media Announcement - Screenshot 1

A dozen new screenshots have been posted from Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster. The new images show some of the touched-up cutscenes as well as various stages of combat. Square Enix also confirmed that, in addition to X’s Sphere Grids, the Last Mission, additional dresspheres, and the Creator Creator will all be included in Remaster.

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Drakengard 3 coming to PS3 in 2014 for PS3, new media released

The Drakengard role-playing series will return next year with Drakengard 3 for PS3. Square Enix has announced that the next entry will take place in a medieval world that is in chaos after its protectors, six goddess sisters, turn on one another. Players will uncover the truth behind why the eldest sister attempted to murder the youngest in a journey filled with hack-and-slash ground combat and aerial combat on the back of a dragon.

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII screens, Outerworld revealed

Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII (360, PS3) October Screenshots - Screenshot 1

A new set of screenshots for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII shows more of the crew in action as well as more of the formerly chipper Oerba Dia Vanille. Vanille is a key figure in the upcoming spin-off, as her newfound ability to hear the voices of the dead is prized by the Order, who watches over her in Luxerion. In addition to the new images, Square Enix also revealed the Outerworld service, an online feature that will allow player to submit battle scores, messages, and snapshots to social media sites.

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