Square Enix Unveils Left Alive

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Square Enix had quite a lot of fantastic announcements during Sony’s Tokyo Game Show conference, with another surprising addition being the announcement of a new IP. The game, titled Left Alive, tasks Yoji Shinkawa of Metal Gear fame with designing the characters, Shinji Hashimoto of Square Enix is producing, and Toshifumi Nabeshima of Armored Cored V is directing.

Quite a dream team for fans of highly detailed mecha games. Left Alive is set to release in Japan next year.

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Final Fantasy IX Available Now on PS4

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Sony had quite a few surprises up their sleeves for the PlayStation 4 at their Tokyo Game Show conference, and one of the biggest shockers was the surprise unveiling and subsequent release of fan-favorite Final Fantasy IX for the PlayStation 4. The game is available in the PlayStation Store globally, currently at a sale price of $16.79 until September 26, when it reverts to its normal $20.99 price.

Final Fantasy IX is an HD update that boosts the quality of cut-scenes to 1080p, gives you trophy support, as well as boosters (essentially cheats) to assist players in maxing their levels and weapons. The game also includes a PlayStation 4 theme, and set of player icons. Hit the jump for the unveiling trailer.

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Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition Announced

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Square Enix announced at GamesCom, that Final Fantasy XV is headed to iOS, Android, and Windows 10 Mobile Devices with its new Pocket Edition. The new edition will be released episodically across mobile platforms to accommodate the large story, and even gets this adorable new art style.

The new art style is a bit off-putting at first, with some proportions and face design being a bit strange on certain characters (looking at you, Gladiolus). But after a bit, it has a charm to it, and I’m already pretty fond of it. There’s no release date as of yet, but hopefully it won’t be long before we can see how well Final Fantasy XV transitions to touch screens.

Dissidia NT Collector’s Edition and Release Date Revealed

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Square Enix has announced a massive Collector’s Edition, and several Deluxe Editions for the upcoming Team Ninja-developed Final Fantasy fighting game, Dissidia NT: Final Fantasy. Releasing January 11 in Japan, and January 30 in North America, the Ultimate Collector’s Edition will run you $189.99 USD, exclusively from the Square Enix store, and includes the following:

  • 8.25″ tall Warrior of Light bust
  • Official soundtrack with 15 tracks selected from the Dissidia series as well as new music
  • 80-page hardcover artbook
  • Season Pass that gives access to six new playable characters and post-launch DLC
  • SteelBook case unique to the Ultimate Edition
  • Collector’s Box featuring legendary Final Fantasy characters

Pre-ordering the standard version at $59.99 will still get you the “Steelbook Brawler Edition,” which offers one of three randomly selected steelbook cases featuring various characters from the game. There’s also a digital version that comes with a five song soundtrack and Warrior of Light skin, or a deluxe digital version ($84.99) which comes with those two things and the season pass. Hit the jump to get a full look at the cover art, and all the versions of the game.

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Squall Fortune Street Character Introduction

Square Enix has shared a new character introduction trailer for Fortune Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary, and the new trailer debuts Final Fantasy VIII hero, Squall. In the video above, Squall is shown saying “I don’t fear expensive shops. You just simply have to not stop at one.” He then promptly lands on one, being forced to pay 1,750G to Lightning, to which he says “I’m going to destroy this expensive shop.”

Fortune Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary releases in Japan on October 19, 2017 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

A New Itadaki Street is on the Way!

You’d be forgiven for having never heard of Itadaki Street before. The wonderfully charming and original concept takes popular Square Enix characters from Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, and places them in a Monopoly-style board game. The character designs are wonderful, and the game is incredibly fun.

Fortunately, Square Enix knows that also! During their recent live-stream, Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary was announced for PlayStation 4 and PS VITA. The game is set to release in October in Japan.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 Coming to Nintendo Switch

Over the weekend, Square Enix hosted a massive live-stream with a slew of news for fans of the Dragon Quest franchise. The biggest piece of news being that the much-lauded Dragon Quest Builders 2 is coming to the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. Builders is a game that takes the Minecraft formula and gives it a charming story, with a Dragon Quest backdrop.

The new release also adds underwater diving, hang-gliding, and even local multiplayer for up to 4 players. Local multiplayer! There’s no release date set for the title, but hopefully we get a North American release.

Dragon Quest XI Getting a Western Release

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It would seem that the Gods of Gaming have been listening, as Square Enix has announced that Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, the next game in the main Dragon Quest saga will be getting a Western release. It was beginning to feel like a lost cause as we hadn’t heard anything in regards to this happening, up until this point.

There’s currently no release date set, but the game is expected for a 2018 release date. Hit the jump for the official announcement video from game director, Yuuji Horii.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Gets a Trailer and Release Date

To say the road to Kingdom Hearts III has been long and bumpy would be quite the understatement. Our last main saga Kingdom Hearts title was Kingdom Hearts II in 2005, and since then we’ve been given a slew of spin-offs and remasters, now, we can put our fears to rest: Kingdom Hearts III is releasing in 2018.

There’s also a new trailer, seen above, that spotlights a brand new world: Toy Story! It’s the first Pixar world to be included in a Kingdom Hearts game, and it looks fantastic, with Sora and friends taking on Lego-like forms, fighting in toy stores, and even changing gameplay styles when they jump into mech-toys. It looks wonderful.

IO Interactive Now Independent

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After entering negotiations last month into a management buyout, things have quickly reached a satisfying conclusion, with Hitman developer IO Interactive now being an Independent studio again, while also retaining the rights to the Hitman series. Square Enix decided to divest itself of the developer and the franchise for unknown reasons, but it seems things have happened for the best with the studio now able to freely operate with partners and publishers in the future.

IO Interactive is best known for its Hitman series of games, as well as Kane & Lynch.

New Kingdom Hearts III Trailer

Last night at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour Concert in Los Angeles, Square Enix unveiled a surprise trailer for the third and final installment in the saga, and has since put the trailer, with Japanese dialogue, up online.

The new trailer shows action from Sora, Goofy and Donald, and some cutscenes with Hades, Pete, and Maleficent. They also reveal that a completely new trailer with debut on July 15th at the D23 Expo, giving us something fantastic to look forward to on top of all the inevitably amazing news to come out of that show.

Deadpool X-Force Play Arts Kai Figure Revealed

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Square Enix has unveiled their newest addition to the Marvel Play Arts Kai universe: an X-Force variant of the Deadpool Play Arts Kai figure. The new figure is a repaint of the classic version, and includes two head sculpts, two swords, a rifle, several knives, interchangeable hands and a figure stand. The figure is expected to be released in September 2017 and pre-orders are expected to open soon.

The Marvel Play Arts Kai figures have been a revelation in terms of original figure design, with Deadpool admittedly being a standout. This new version looks even more awesome in the wicked-cool X-Force Black and White. Hit the jump for many more pictures of the entire figure, and its cadre of accessories.

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