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Posts tagged “Square Enix”

Trials Of Mana is a Square Enix JRPG classic remade, one of three headed to PC

One of the weirdest things about this year's E3 is Square Enix realising that they've got a huge back-catalogue of excellent, untranslated JRPGs to bring west.  Trials Of Mana is the new English name for Seiken Densetsu 3, a Super Nintendo action-RPG classic that never (officially) made it out of Japan. While there's a gently remastered version headed to Switch, the PC is also due a…

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Feature: Finally Fantasy, more like

The moment I’m most excited for in the Final Fantasy 8 remaster

Square Enix are but a fading spectre of their former glory. Square Enix can tie a crate of Final Fantasy trading cards to themselves and get in the sea. Square Enix are all horrible bastards who don’t understand what makes a good RPG anymore. Never again will I have to say any of these clearly untrue and potentially libellous phrases, because Square Enix - who…

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Feature: Scream if you wanna go faster

Square Enix is making a game based on the paintings of the Avengers on the sides of fairground rides

After so many years of the big screen being dominated by the Avengers as portrayed by Evans, Hemsworth and company, it’s great to see the limelight passed on to some less well-known interpretation of the famed superheroes. Namely, those daubed on the side of janky-looking ferris wheels which appear without warning on turd-strewn commons across the UK.

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Marvel’s Avengers will tell a superstory over several years of free updates

Earth's most lucrative heroes will reassemble in May 2020 with Marvel's Avengers, Square Enix announced today, to kick off a story that'll unfold over several years of updates. Unlike everything else to do with Marvel's marvelous moneymakers, story additions with new places and characters will be free to all players. Most importantly, yes, it will let you play superheroes with your pals and duff up…

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Outriders is next shooter from Bulletstorm studio

People Can Fly, the Polish studio behind Bulletstorm, today announced a new cooperative shooter named Outriders. This is the mysterious game they announced with Square Enix back in 2017 and... we still don't know much more now. It's set in a sci-fi world with demonic-looking beasties and guns clad in horn and bone and such and... nope, that's about it. The announcement trailer confirms that…

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Feature: Liveblogging, but good

The Cheerer and the Jeerer – Square Enix’s show as it happened

Matt: This is it. The final blog down. Square Enix are about to tell us about what they're up to, and we've both reported to our liveblogging stations for the very last time. Both Cheerer and Jeerer have one more opportunity to don their respective masks of love and loathing, but who will take up each mantle? Actually, forget I asked. Jetlag has snuck up…

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Feature: Crunching the numbers

Octopath Traveler review

As I climbed the steps toward the final, final boss of Octopath Traveler, I knew I was done for. Over the past 80-odd hours, I'd battled my way through this exquisite 3D pixel diorama the only way I knew how: with my three favourite and strongest characters doing most of the heavy-lifting. The fourth and final character in my party was whoever out of the…

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Feature: More like wastedlands, am I right?

Life Is Strange 2: Episode 3 verdict-o-chat

Alice Bee: Hey Brendy. Why don’t you spark up a massive spliffer of weed-grass and join me here to talk about Life Is Strange 2: Episode 3. It’s called Wastelands, which I think might have a double meaning of some kind. Brendan: Oh wow, it does. [Inhaling] Whoa. Contains spoilers, dunnit

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Final Fantasy XIV releases Shadowbringers benchmark and Patch 5.0 plans

June's upcoming Final Fantasy XIV expansion, Shadowbringers, isn't just going to bring players another fifty-odd hours of story to chew on, but overhaul a lot of the popular MMORPG's fundamentals. Announced during a "Letter From The Producer" stream last night (archived on Twitch here), Square Enix and producer Naoki "Yoshi P" Yoshida outlined some of the big changes coming in Patch 5.0, whether you buy…

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Square Enix close Studio Istolia, cancel Project Prelude Rune

Square Enix have shut down Studio Istolia and cancelled the new-ish team's only known game, a JRPG named Project Prelude Rune. This has been a short and unspectacular life for the studio. Squeenix announced Istolia's opening in February 2017, with former 'Tales Of...' producer Hideo Baba in charge, then showed only wee snippets of Prelude Rune since. They say they're working to get Istolians jobs…

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Life Is Strange 2 episode 3 now rumbling in the redwoods

Life becomes odder than ever in the third episode of Life Is Strange 2, released today. Our lads are still on the lam, reaching the redwood forests of California and--uh oh!--you know who's found in forests: hippies. And me. Often me. But it's hippies they're hooking up with this time as they continue to trek cross-country and, y'know, come to terms with puberty and superpowers…

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Grab Final Fantasy XIV expansion Heavensward for free today

If you own Final Fantasy XIV on the Square-Enix store (as opposed to Steam), you can claim the increasingly popular MMORPG's first expansion, Heavensward, free here until June 27th. FFXIV is gearing up for the release of its third major expansion, Shadowbringers, but thanks to the game's commitment to a linear story, unless you don't care about the plot (you should) you're best off getting…

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Octopath Traveler wanders from Switch to PC in June

Following a string of rumours and leaks, Square Enix have confirmed that yup, they intend to release Octopath Traveler on PC in June. The retro-styled JRPG, made in collaboration with Acquire, debuted on Nintendo Switch in July 2018 and our Katharine has muttered encouragingly about it ever since. She's quite insistent upon getting to review the PC release, which I take as an encouraging sign…

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Feature: Tomb Raider's re-reboot was a big mood

Have You Played… Tomb Raider (2013)?

Tomb Raider’s reboot hit us the same year I started university, so emotions were already riding high, but as soon as I dove into Lara’s world once more I felt a little more at ease. I don’t think she felt more at ease, due to all the horrific deaths I accidentally put her through, but I really needed to hang out with an old friend…

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Octopath Traveler likely hitting PC on June 7th after leak

I appreciate how easy it is to misclick and post a story early, so I offer condolences to whoever at Square put up (and deleted) a blog post announcing Octopath Traveler's PC launch on June 7th. Spotted by folks at Gematsu, Square's blog confirmed an English PC version of the popular Switch JRPG, and that it'll hit Steam in a couple months. The port seemed likely…

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Life Is Strange 2 episodes can now be bought separately, and a teaser promises the return of Cassidy

You can now buy Life Is Strange 2’s second episode by itself, instead of needing to nab the entire season pass, and you’ll be able to do the same when the remaining episodes launch scattered through the rest of this year. Developers DontNod made the announcement together with a teaser trailer that reintroduces self-professed “tree market snowflake” Cassidy. I spent some struggling to work out…

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Octopath Traveler may be travelling to PC next

Square Enix's Octopath Traveler might just be the next console RPG to make the hop to PC, if a Korean Game Rating & Administration Committee listing (spotted by Gematsu) is any hint. The back-to-basics JRPG was a minor hit on the Switch, although debate still rages as to whether it's helped or hurt by it splitting its story between eight player characters with their own…

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Final Fantasy XV concludes prematurely with its first and last story DLC

After thirteen years of development, the saga of Final Fantasy XV today draws to an abrupt close with the launch of its final story DLC, Episode Ardyrn. Square Enix had planned to release another three episodes after this, each focusing on a different character, but they cut that plan short and here we are at the end, my only friend, the end. Episode Ardyn focuses…

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Life Is Strange 2 continues in May, ends in December

Square Enix have kindly given way-advance notice of three dates you'll want to stock up on tissues for, announcing launch dates for the remaining three episodes of Life Is Strange 2. I don't have foreknowledge of what will happen to kiddywinkles on the lam with superpowers but, y'know, they are kiddywinkles on the lam - one way or another, you'll be getting sniffly. Better book…

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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT limit breaks onto PC with a free version

Crossover fighter Dissidia Final Fantasy NT isn't one I ever expected to see on PC, so debuting with a free trial edition makes sense. Originally launched into Japanese arcades and developed by Koei Tecmo's Team Ninja, Dissidia NT is a messy online six-way team brawler. Players bounce, fly and clamber around large, open arenas trying to whittle down each other's stats until one party of…

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