Posts Tagged ‘Square Enix’

Well Duh: Rise Of The Tomb Raider Coming To PC

Remember how Square Enix were fannying about with Rise of the Tomb Raider [official site], playing tedious word games and falling silent to pretend that their neck-impaling sequel would be an Xbox exclusive when clearly it wouldn’t? You’ll never guess what: it is coming to PC after all!

Well, the word games aren’t quite over – it may or may not be exclusive to Windows 10 (more below). But yes, “early 2016″ is when it’ll come our way. As I’ve been dutifully ignoring the game until Squeenix stopped playing around, I suppose now’s the time for me to flood you with details and gameplay trailers.

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Developing: Life Is Strange Episode 4 Next Week

Crumbs. The third episode of Life Is Strange [official site] was something else, wasn’t it? The episodic adventures of a time-travelling teen found their stride with some solid puzzling, nice stretches of teens hanging out, and a cliffhanger ending that knocked the wind out of me. I’d enjoyed the game before, but now I am so very keen for the next episode to arrive. Thankfully the wait’s almost over, as official word has come that it’ll launch next Tuesday, July 28th.

A trailer’s here to tease a little too, and it’s obviously a bit spoiler-y – as is the rest of this post. If all you want to know is when Episode 4 will come out, stop reading here.

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Explosions Galore: Just Cause 3 Gameplay Trailer

A relatively tame screenshot, by Just Cause standards.

“Stop hitting yourself!” I can imagine Just Cause 3‘s [official site] demolition man Rico giggling as he uses his destruc-o-physics tether lines to force a giant statue to demolish itself with a mighty open-handed slap to the face. “Why are you hitting yourself? Stop hitting yourself!”

A new narrated gameplay video shows off the build developers Avalanche Studios took to E3 this year – the one our Adam got to play, the jammy git. It’s filled with explosive antics and shenanigans, and has made me laugh like a drain. Come see:

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Neither Early Access Nor Episodic: New Hitman Explained

I’m cautiously optimistic about the new Hitman sandbox murder simulator, which is named simply Hitman [official site]. Developers IO Interactive said encouraging things when Pip had a chat and a play during E3, which I might crudely boil down to “No, it won’t be like Absolution.”

One part of June’s big reveal was a little less clear: how will it be released? Is it episodic? Is it early access? Is it… what would I be buying? Presumably these are questions people have been asking a lot, and so they’ve now answered them.

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Final Fantasy XIV Mac Sales Suspended, Refunds Offered

What happens when you release a wonky version of a game with performance problems? Acknowledging its shortcomings and temporarily pulling it from sale is a nice start, and freely offering and encouraging refunds is a good follow-up.

Where Warner Bros. forgot the second part with the shambles of Batman: Arkham Knight, Square Enix have delivered with the Mac version of Final Fantasy XIV [official site]. There was a mix-up and they released system requirements suggesting it’d run better than it does, they say. It still might’ve been better if they hadn’t released it at all, knowing it still needed more work.

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Look Heavensward To FF XIV Expansion’s Launch Trailer

You like pretties a lot, don’t you? Of course you do. And because you do, here’s the launch trailer for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward‘s [official site], the expansion which adds no small amount of content to Square Enix’s little MMO that definitely wants to. It’ll launch on Tuesday.

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Hands On: Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3 [official site] is a spectator’s dream. I’d been playing for at least two and a half hours when I decided to take a walk around the room to see what all of the other journalists were up to. Some were testing the physics by attaching cars to boats, planes to people and spluttering scooters to everything. Some had learned to navigate the game’s new yet familiar setting – the fictional Mediterranean island of Medici – like ground-skimming superheroes, swift creatures of the air who used a combination of grapple lines, wingsuit and parachute to stay airborne. Some were exploding everything.

On one screen the Looney Tunes violence elsewhere had been transformed into something grim.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Coming In Early 2016

Our first in-game glimpses at Deus Ex: Mankind Divided [official site] come from the FPS-RPG’s E3 trailer, including an amazing moment when Adam EMPs a guy with mechanical legs and they go all wobbly. Also Adam now has the power to turn into a faceted black statue from a vaporwave album cover. Oh, and I suppose it reveals a release window: early 2016. It’s a good thing to watch with your eyes and listen to with your ears. We’ve got a few screenshots too.

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Possibly Maybe PC? Final Fantasy VII Remake Announced

Playing with fire is dangerous, but the worst the fire does is consume you. Fire won’t then kick your charcoal corpse yelling “That’s what you get!” while holding back firefighters and medics because you’re “a pigging idiot who deserves this and worse”. No, only playing with fan nostalgia is that dangerous. Speaking of, Square Enix announced a remake of Final Fantasy VII [official site].

They haven’t confirmed a PC release yet, but they’ve been quite good with PC lately. The trailer says “Play it first on PlayStation 4″, which is of course E3 code for “Someone gave us money to pretend for a while that we won’t release it elsewhere”. So I’ll tentatively post about the JRPG here.

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Hitman Announced: Big Levels, Regular Free Updates

IO Interactive have been saying the right things about their next Hitman game, which mostly boil down to that it’s stepping back from the disappointment of Hitman: Absolution. Last night publishers Square Enix formally announced the game, which is called simply Hitman [official site] though they say it’s not a reboot, and will arrive on December 8th.

Big sandbox locations to do murdering in, plenty of creative ways to murder people, and saves not checkpoints are promised. They’re also planning to regularly update it with new story missions as well as smaller things like extra targets, some of whom might only be around for a few days.

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When To Watch The Big E3 Press Event Streams

Sleep is for the weak and the uninformed and the sensible. Which is why I’ll be up until the stupid hours of the morning watching the E3 festivities play out like a parade of dreams (or a collection of marketing hoo-hah and 30sec reveal trailers, depending on your outlook). It all kicks off today, and you can see all of the big press conferences streaming over on Twitch or YouTube at the following times:

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Fail Forward: Life Is Strange

Fail Forward is a series of videos all about the bits of games which don’t quite work and why. In this episode, Marsh Davies discusses Life Is Strange [official site], an episodic adventure series by Dontnod Entertainment set in a US highschool. It’s great – not because all of it works, but because it’s so interesting when and why it doesn’t.

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Schoolchild Action: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Coming To PC

Every Final Fantasy PC announcement that isn’t Final Fantasy XV is a knife in my heart, a needle in my eye, and a spit in my face. I just want a fun-loving anime pop-punk boyband gallivanting around on a road trip to save their kingdom, fight monsters, eat fresh food, and discover the power of friendship. It’ll surely be coming at some point, right? Most other recent FF games are.

This latest boyband blather is sparked by Square Enix’s announcement that they’re bringing Final Fantasy Type-0 HD [official site] to PC.

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