Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Square Enix

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

Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn (PC, PS3) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 7

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

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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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PlayStation 3 News

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

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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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Android, Apple Handheld, PC News, PlayStation 3 News

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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PC News, PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News

Square Enix adds Windows Phone 8 support for Chaos Rings

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Square Enix has released a new version of Chaos Rings compatible with Windows Phone 8. Chaos Rings, originally launched back in March with support for Windows Phone 7.5, is an action-RPG that finds couples set against one another for the prize of immortality.

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Handheld

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster screens, audio drama clip released

Final Fantasy fans looking forward to Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster can now hear a portion of the audio drama being added to the set as well as see more of what’s in store in a host of new screenshots. Square Enix has released a 30-minute preview of the audio drama, created by scenario writer Kazushige Nojima, that is being added as part of the credit sequence. Ten new screens were also released, showing some of the updated visuals.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation Vita News

Square Enix celebrating Final Fantasy XI’s 11 years with free gifts

Final Fantasy XI (PC) 11 Year Anniversary - Screenshot 1

Final Fantasy XI turned 11 earlier this summer, and Square Enix is celebrating with six gifts, including three free expansions. The three add-ons are being offered for free for a limited time, from August 8 to October 11: Vision of Abyssea, Scars of Abyssea, and Heroes of Abyssea. The Abyssea trilogy requires that players have the Rise of the Zilart and Wings of the Goddess expansions installed and registered, as well as one level-30 job. The other five gifts, detailed below, include free cruor, 11 of the most popular atma, and an increase in initial Traverser stone stocks.

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