Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Square Enix

Hitman – Episode 5: Colorado to be released on September 27

Io-Interactive is following their recent release-date reveal of Hitman: The Complete First Season with news that Episode 5 will be going live on September 27. The penultimate episode, titled Freedom Fighters, will be set in Colorado, and task players with sneaking into a farm that’s been turned into a makeshift militia training camp. Four people—Sean Rose, Maya Parvati, Ezra Berg, and Penelope Graves—have been targeted by Agent 47 in what’s being described as “one of the toughest episodes yet.” The mission will entail 70 challenges along with new gear, items, and weapons.

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Hitman: The Complete First Season launching Jan. 31 for console, PC

Io-Interactive will be releasing the first season of Hitman physically on January 31. In addition, Hitman: The Complete First Season will include all updates, bonus downloadable content, and a steelbook case. The extra DLC adds three missions (The Icon and A House Built on Sand missions, Landslide mission), Requiem Blood Money Pack (formerly a pre-order bonus, with six extra Sarajevo Six contracts for PS4), a making-of documentary, and a copy of the soundtrack.

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Gamescom trailer released for Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration

The Gamescom theater demo of Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration has been released by Crystal Dynamics. The video covers a section from the campaign, Thin Ice; a preview of Blood Ties, the upcoming narrative add-on that pits Lara against her uncle; and a look at the zombie-infested survival mode, Lara’s Nightmare. The 20 Year Celebration release also includes PSVR support, a co-op mode (Endurance), Extreme Survivor difficulty, 5 classic Lara skins, a weapon and outfit from Tomb Raider III, and all released downloadable content.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided now available for console, PC

After being away for a few years, Adam Jensen returns today to find a world on the brink of anarchy. Following the events in Human Revolution, augmented humans turned on their non-augmented counterparts, leading to an outburst of violence that has resulted in harsh laws designed by the latter in order to control the augmented. The cause remains a mystery to the public, and Jensen is determined to find the answers, using stealth, hacking, and gunplay, before the struggle erupts into chaos. Also included is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Breach, a first for the series, which has players take on the role of a hacker in a puzzle-shooter hybrid.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Season Pass priced, detailed

With Deus Ex: Mankind Divided nearing its launch, Square Enix has announced the content of the season pass. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Season Pass is priced at $29.99 and includes several packs that add extra items as well as story missions. The first story expansion, System Rift, is set to go live this fall, while a plethora of in-game weapons will be added on August 23. Full details are below.

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Progress leads to chaos in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided launch trailer

A launch trailer for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has gone live to signal Adam Jensen’s impending return. The latest in the conspiracy-theory-laden series is releasing next week, so it’s the perfect time to see what’s happened in the world after 2011’s Human Revolution. Despite a promising ending, things haven’t gone well, with a recent outbreak of violence by augmented humans resulting in increased tensions and harsh, oppressive laws.

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Nier: Automata to launch simultaneously in 2017 for PC via Steam

Square Enix has announced that their upcoming action role-playing game Nier: Automata will be released for PC. The computer version is slated to launch on Steam alongside the PS4 version in early 2017. A batch of new screens were also released, and can be found down below. In Automata, players will follow the droids 2B, 9S, and A2 as they attempt to free future-Earth from alien ‘machine lifeforms’ that have forced mankind to the moon. 2B is a sword-wielding battle droid built for the infantry squad YoRHa, and the main character, but she is backed by a Pod support system offering options for long-range combat.

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Final Fantasy XV release bumped back from September to November

Square Enix has pushed back the release of Final Fantasy XV to November 29. The extra time will be used to “allow the development teams time to further polish and conduct quality testing so that the reality of the game can match the expectations of both the fans and the creative teams.” A video from the game’s director, Hajime Tabata, has been released and posted below, which was made available alongside a statement. In part, he comments that he wishes “to personally apologize for the additional wait. As a team, we want Final Fantasy XV to achieve a level of perfection that our fans deserve. We kindly ask for your understanding.” Additionally, the physical versions of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy’s and Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV’s release dates might change, while the digital release of Kingsglaive remains August 30.

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Mobius Final Fantasy now available for Android, iOS

Square Enix’s latest mobile role-playing title, Mobius Final Fantasy, has launched for Android and iOS. A free download with in-app purchases, Mobius focuses on character customization and ongoing live events. Players take on the role of an amnesiac who finds himself in the world of Palamecia. He’s soon tasked with investigating a prophecy about a warrior of light in order to restore hope. As a bonus, from now through August 31, special items are being rewarded for players who dive into the game, including Tidus’s weapon Brotherhood from FFX, extra Ability Tickets, bonus Summon Tickets, and a Yuna character card. Daily login rewards will also run through August 12, gifting players with extra Ability Tickets, Bronze Openers, and Elixirs.

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World of Final Fantasy trailer released, three limited editions detailed

Players will be able to explore Grymoire in a variety of releases for World of Final Fantasy, including a Day One Edition, Limited Edition, and Collector’s Edition. The Day One Edition will include extra digital content, such as a Sephiroth summon and a Japanese voice-over option add-on, while the similarly priced Limited Edition will add special packaging along with a 24-page artbook. The Square Enix-store-exclusive Collector’s Edition is priced at $119.99 and adds even more goodies, including the soundtrack, a three-piece minifigurine set (Cloud, Lightning, and Squall), a pop-up book, and more. Full details for all additions can be found below.

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