Items tagged with Square Enix

Square Enix is set to release Final Fantasy XV to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this month. It's the fifteenth main installment in the Final Fantasy series, one of the most popular gaming franchises that has been sending players on quests for nearly three decades. Final Fantasy has stood the test of time, but can it stand up to scrutiny by Conan O'Brien, otherwise known as The Clueless Gamer? Anyone familiar with The Clueless Gamer knows what to expect from a Conan O'Brien evaluation—lots of laughs, basically. This time around, avid gamer and fantasy actor Elijah Wood comes along for the... Read more...
Square Enix is putting the word out to retailers and the public at large that Final Fantasy XV will not ship on September 30, 2016, as previously stated at Pax Prime. The new release date is November 29, 2016, which gives Square Enix a couple of extra months to apply some final coats of polish. While that might be disappointing to some fans, the good news here is that it's practically finished and almost ready to finally ship. That's nothing to take for granted. Final Fantasy XV was first announced to be in development a decade ago at the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). After several years... Read more...
Good news, Final Fantasy fans! It's just been confirmed that Final Fantasy XV is going to be released at some point in 2016, for both Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4. Unfortunately, Square Enix has no current plans to release the game for the PC, which is a huge bummer for those who don't own a console. In a new blog post, FF XV's director Hajime Tabata makes it sound as though the game could have been released last year, but that it definitely needed some more polishing. He writes, "In development, previous phases required wisdom and strength. However, moving forward the final phase... Read more...
Rise of the Tomb Raider has found its way to Steam, though you can't purchase it just yet (not for PC, anyway). However, it doesn't look like you'll have to wait long. The listing on Steam indicates the game will be available in "January 2016," which coincides with previous reports that it would launch to PC in early 2016. Publisher Square Enix released the newest Lara Croft title to Xbox One and Xbox 360 a little more than a month ago on November 10 in the U.S. When it was first announced at Gamescom earlier in the year, it was pitched as an exclusive Xbox game, though Microsoft later said it... Read more...
After the debacle that was Batman: Arkham Knight, you'd think that the biggest game publishing houses would put forth extra effort to make sure they didn't replicate that total mess. Well, it's starting to look like some haven't learned the lesson, as the massively hyped and just-launched Just Cause 3 has a boatload of issues right out of the gate. Sometimes, it's exclusively the PC version (due to bad porting) that's the problem, but not with Just Cause 3. Even console users are experiencing a variety of problems, with the most frustrating being a poor framerates, or performance variations in... Read more...
With all the hype surrounding Star Wars: Battlefront, Halo 5 and Fallout 4, it’s easy to forget that there’s another hard-hitting title on target for release this year. That game would be Just Cause 3, and Square Enix has just posted an action-packed trailer for the game that is sure to get your juices flowing. Rico Rodriguez returns as the hero of the franchise, and this time he’s out to save his fictional island homeland of Medici. Why exactly does Medici need saving? Well, an evil dictator named General Di Ravello – who happens to looks a lot like late, beheaded Saddam Hussein -- has plenty... Read more...
The story surrounding the launch of Batman: Arkham Knight for the PC might be as interesting as the story in the game itself. While it's not uncommon for any launch game to require a patch or have some unknown bugs, Arkham Knight took things to ridiculous levels - it was broken, plain and simple. That was so much the case, that WB Games took the rare route of pulling the game from the shelves. Even now, the game remains unavailable. Game developer Rocksteady continues to apologize to the fans it's let down, and vows to continue fixing bugs as quickly as it can. Once Rocksteady and affiliated... Read more...
Mac users unhappy with the problem-riddled launch of Final Fantasy XIV are eligible for a full refund, Square Enix director Naoki Yoshida said today in an official post to gamers. He also announced that the title is being yanked from store shelves until the game performs correctly and the system requirements have been communicated accurately. The concession follows harsh criticism from players who bought the title only to encounter game-crippling problems. Yoshida discussed two major problems that plagued the game’s launch and apologized for both. One issue was that the company provided incorrect... Read more...
Computer generated graphics have come a long way in the past several years and are starting to blur the line between animation and real actors. One of the more difficult tasks for CG artists is to recreate human emotions, especially crying, though you wouldn't know it after watching a tech demo that Square Enix showed off at the Microsoft BUILD Developer Conference. The real-time tech demo is called Witch Chapter 0 [cry] and is part of a research project that studies various next generation technologies. For this particular demo, Square Enix put a lot of research into real-time CG technology utilizing... Read more...
Five years after Just Cause 2 rocked the fictional island of Panau, Square Enix  and Avalanche Studios are ramping up to the launch of Just Cause 3. Your cool-under-ridiculous-pressure hero Rico Rodriguez is back, but he’s bringing the hurt to a new dictator, on a new island. And by the looks of the explosion-filled trailer, Rodriguez is going raise the bar for sheer devastation.  Screengrab from Just Cause 3 The first thing you’ll notice about the trailer is that the graphics are stunning. Character movement looks life-like and the buildings and vehicles that Rodriguez destroys look... Read more...
I'm looking out my window and see snow. Lots of it. At this point, summer seems a million years away and I have no desire to go out in the cold to make a snow angel or do whatever it is people do in freezing weather these days. So I'll sit inside and catch up on some gaming, especially if the deals keep rolling in. Last week is an awesome collection of Star Wars titles that Humble Bundle was serving up, and now they've put together a tantalizing Square Enix bundle! You know the drill -- pay what you want for a core collection of games, and at least a paltry dollar to receive Steam keys. Pay more... Read more...
During Microsoft’s press briefing at Gamescom, it was revealed that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be exclusive to Xbox One. A sequel to the Tomb Raider reboot released in 2013, and developed by Crystal Dynamics, the news comes as a surprise considering that the previous title was available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC platforms. So what was Square Enix thinking when making this deal? Tomb Raider sold 3.6 million units within its first four weeks - a number that many developers and publishers would be happy about. However, Square Enix, the publisher behind Crystal Dyanmics, revealed... Read more...
Jump for joy, mobile gamers, because Square Enix Montréal is bringing the Hitman experience over to smartphones and tablets (well, sort of). It's called Hitman GO and it's a turn-based strategy game with rendered diorama-style set pieces. Square Enix says you'll have to put a lot of thought into your moves as you navigate fixed spaces on a grid to avoid enemies and take out your target or infiltrate heavily guarded locations. This is the type of game that's desperately needed on mobile devices, lest we all settle for the typical Flappy Bird fare and/or greedy freemium titles like EA's Dungeon... Read more...
You may have heard that AMD is in some way, shape, or form powering each of the three next generation game consoles (Nintendo Wii U, Microsoft Xbox One, and Sony PlayStation 4), but don't you worry, PC gamers, the Sunnyvale chip designer hasn't forgotten about your platform of choice. Far from it, AMD made at splash at Gamescom 2013 in Cologne, Germany, by partnering with several developers to showcase the latest PC titles that fall under its Gaming Evolved program. Need a refresher? "AMD’s Gaming Evolved program represents our deep commitment to PC gamers, PC game developers, and the PC... Read more...
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