Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Square Enix

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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Garrett gets back to business in new Thief gameplay trailer

The first gameplay trailer for Eidos Montreal’s upcoming Thief reboot has been released by Square Enix. The three-minute video shows Garrett breaking into and stealing a precious jewel from Baron Northcrest’s guarded manor by pickpocketing, picking locks, uncovering hidden rooms, and eluding patrols before escaping the night watch.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut shipping to retail Oct. 22

Square Enix has announced that Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut, the one-time Wii U exclusive, will launch on October 22 for 360, PC, PS3, and Wii U. A Mac OS X version is slated for release “in the near future.” The Director’s Cut adds Miiverse integration and GamePad support for the Wii U version, Smartglass support for the 360 version, and PS Vita touchscreen support for the PS3 version. A host of general improvements and extras are slated to be included as well, such as the Missing Link DLC, developer commentary, overhauled boss fights, and refined graphics, control, and AI.

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII trailer reveals a touch of FFX

Square Enix released a new video for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. The latest footage showcases Lightning’s Spira’s Summoner gear, the same outfit worn by Final Fantasy X’s Yuna, one of the 80-plus different costumes planned for launch. This isn’t the first series-inspired costume, either: a special Cloud Strife outfit pack was announced earlier this summer as a pre-order bonus.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Square Enix resumes digital sales of Final Fantasy XIV

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After halting digital sales of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn due to “unprecedented demand at launch,” Square Enix has announced that sales have now resumed. Since the suspension on August 28, the studio has increased the number of and “performed extensive maintenance” on the game servers. The improvements now allow for a greater number of players, as well as an increase in the maximum limit of users capable of playing at the same time per World.

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PC News, PlayStation 3 News

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix hits store shelves for PS3

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (PS3) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

PlayStation 3 gamers are getting the chance to catch up on the Kingdom Heart saga today with the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix. The set includes Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, making its North American debut, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, and the cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. The games have been fully remastered and feature “enhanced gameplay mechanics” as well as trophy support.

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn PS4 beta, migration announced

Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn (PC, PS3) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 5

Square Enix has released new details about character migration and an upcoming beta for the PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The studio has plans to launch a beta for the next-gen version on February 22. Also, for those who are currently playing the PS3 version, a character-transfer program has been announced that will allow you to bring your character over to the PS4 version for free. Additional details about the program are not known, however, but will be released at a later date.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn goes live for PC and PS3

The Final Fantasy series is taking another stab at the MMO genre today with the release of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Available for PC and PS3, A Realm Reborn allows players of both versions to venture together in a new storyline that takes place five years after the realm of Eorzea was laid waste by the Primal known as Bahamut. Players can now change their abilities, role, and skills using the Armory System, which allows for them to excel in multiple roles using only one character. Characters will switch to one of the 19 different classes by changing their equipped gear, and nine different jobs will unlock as they progress. Players can form Free Companies to go on story-driven quests, ride alongside their comrades into battle on a personal companion chocobo, and fight in open-world battles with other players.

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New comparison trailer released for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

A new trailer for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster was revealed at this year’s Gamescom, and Square Enix has made it available for all non-attendees. The footage features a comparison of the old graphics to the new, as well as a sample of some of the newly arranged battle tracks.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation Vita News

Thief trailer and box art released, dated for February 25

Eidos Montreal’s upcoming Thief reboot will be launching on February 25 for PC, PS3, PS4, and Xbox One, according to publisher Square Enix. A new trailer has been released as well, focusing on the game’s new theme of class warfare, with Baron Northcrest and his aristocratic allies set to face off against Orion, a populist leader. Garrett must now make his way through an alert, divided city that’s on the verge of war.

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