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Square Enix Presents E3 2016 live stream schedule revealed


For those unable to attend this year’s E3 in person, Square Enix has a solution for you. Starting on Monday June 13, the company plans to kick off a slew of live stream programs beginning with Final Fantasy XV‘s Day Zero Active Time Report. Then throughout the week you can catch other game walkthroughs, interviews and more.

Read on for the full schedule (all times are in PDT):

Monday, June 13

8:00PM – Final Fantasy XV Active Time Report Day 0 Edition

Tuesday, June 14

11:45AM to 12:00PM – Square Enix Presents: E3 2016 Grand Opening
12:00PM to 1:00PM – Final Fantasy XV E3 Kickoff
1:00PM to 1:30PM – #TombRaider20: Top Tombs
1:30PM to 2:00PM – Deus Ex GO: Augmented Turn-Based Infiltration
2:00PM to 2:30PM – Deus Ex: Mankind Divided: Creating an Immersive Action-RPG
2:30PM to 3:30PM – Square Enix Presents: E3 2016 Trailer Line-Up
3:30PM to 4:30PM – Dragon Quest Builders: Builders Gild Session #1
4:30PM to 5:00PM – Milestone: Ride Beyond Your Limits
5:00PM to 5:30PM – Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness: The Final Star Log
5:30PM to 6:00PM – Deep Silver: Agents of Mayhem
6:00PM to 6:15PM – Day 1 Wrap Up

Wednesday, June 15

9:45AM to 10:00AM – Day 2 Heads Up
10:00AM to 11:00AM – Final Fantasy XV Active Time Report: Live from E3 2016 (Japanese Language Program)
11:00AM to 12:00PM – Hitman: Live Stream with Yosuke Matsuda
12:00PM to 12:30PM – Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Breach: Introducing a Brand New Game Mode
12:30PM to 1:30PM – Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age: Gameplay Walkthrogh and Q&A Hosted by The Completionist Gamer
1:30PM to 2:30PM – Square Enix Presents: E3 Trailer Line-Up
2:30PM to 3:30PM – Final Fantasy XV: E3 Special Mission Playthrough + Final Fantasy XV Universe
3:30PM to 4:00PM – Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius: A Special Presentation from the Producers
4:00PM to 4:30PM – Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue Discussion with Kingdom Hearts Co-Director Tai Yasue
4:30PM to 6:00PM – Final Fantasy XIV Letter from the Producer LIVE at E3 2016
6:00PM to 6:15PM – Day 2 Wrap Up

Thursday, June 16

9:45AM to 10:00AM – Day 3 Heads Up
10:00AM to 11:00AM – NieR: Automata Discussion with Developers and Platinum Games’ Takahisa Taura
11:00AM to 11:30AM – I Am Setsuna: Resurrecting the Golden Era of RPGs
11:30AM to 12:00AM – Deus Ex Universe: Bridging the Gap Between Fiction and Reality
12:00PM to 12:30AM – Just Cause 3 ‘Mech Land Assault’ Masterclass
12:30PM to 1:30PM – Square Enix Presents: E3 Trailer Line-Up
1:30PM to 2:30PM – Square Enix Collective: Black the Fall and The Turing Test
2:30PM to 3:00PM – World of Final Fantasy: 2016’s Most Adorable and Heartfelt Epic
3:00PM to 3:30PM – Hitman Gameplay Live Stream
3:30PM to 4:00PM – Deep Silver: Mighty No. 9 and F1 2016
4:00PM to 5:00PM – Final Fantasy XV: Top XV Questions with Director Hajime Tabata
5:00PM to 5:15PM – Square Enix Presents: E3 2016 Grand Finale

Tune in trough Square Enix’s Twitch or YouTube channels throughout the week. We’ll have all the coverage here as well, so keep an eye out for all our updates!

Final Fantasy XV Active Time Report E3 2016 Day Zero Edition set for June 13

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Square Enix has revealed the start date for the next Final Fantasy XV Active Time Report, set to open before E3 proper.

Starting on Monday, June 13 at 8:00PM PDT (following the Sony press conference) director Hajime Tabata will take to both YouTube and Twitch to share the latest happenings on the game before E3 begins the following day. What can we expect? Maybe a new trailer? Some gameplay? Details remain thin so you’ll have to watch to find out.

We’ll have the full report as it happens, so stay tuned!

Final Fantasy Type-0 Online enters Chinese open beta this month

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Final Fantasy Type-0 Online, the PC and mobile spiritual successor the to now-defunct Final Fantasy Agito, returns to the spotlight this week with news of a planned beta.

Starting later this month, fans in China can try out the game’s open beta with Japan, North America and Europe to follow at a later date. Final Fantasy Type-0 Online is being developed by Chinese game maker Perfect World and Square Enix is preparing a little something special for those who supported Agito.

Relive the announcement trailer below.

Via: GamesTalk.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue due out December, E3 2016 trailer


Square Enix has revealed the latest trailer and release timing for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, due to be shown at E3 next week. The trailer features Aqua and her battle against the Heartless as a precursor to Kingdom Hearts III proper.

The game will be available for PlayStation 4 worldwide this December, with hands-on opportunities at this year’s E3. Not to leave too empty handed on news for “the big one,” the trailer promised news and announcements would be forthcoming this Winter for Kingdom Hearts III.

The collection contains a fully HD and playable version of Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, a movie tied in to the story of Kingdom Hearts Unchained X [Chi], and a brand-new playable episode of Birth By Sleep called 0.2 Fragmentary passage, seemingly following Aqua and her trek through the World of Darkness.

Catch the trailer (above) and some new screenshots below.

The Dragonsong War comes to a close in Final Fantasy XIV’s Patch 3.3, out now


The end of the Dragonsong War draws near with the launch of Final Fantasy XIV Patch 3.3 today – Revenge of the Horde. Here’s a rundown of what to expect:

  • Main Scenario Quests: Revenge of the Horde marks the epic conclusion to the Dragonsong War storyline. Nidhogg has cried out for vengeance, and his brethren have raised their voices for the final chorus of the Dragonsong War
  • The Final Steps of Faith: A new 8-player trial pits adventurers against the great wyrm Nidhogg in an explosive final confrontation
  • Two New High-Level Dungeons: Players will be put to the test in Sohr Khai, a long deserted palace resting atop the clouds now overrun by bird and beast, and Hullbreaker Isle (Hard), a dungeon which has been repurposed as a training ground for Maelstrom recruits
  • The Weeping City of Mhach: Continuing the Void Ark storyline, the newest 24-player alliance raid tasks players with exploring the ruins of the fabled city of Mhach—a civilization whose prosperity was built upon unparalleled magicks of destruction
  • Aquapolis: Players can test their luck and obtain special rewards in this new type of bonus dungeon that appears occasionally after completing treasure hunts
  • The Fields of Glory (Shatter): A new frontline PvP encounter, where up to 72 players will once again do battle for their Grand Company as they attempt to stake their claim on ancient Allagan relics
  • Chronicles of a new Era: The Warring Triad: The Warring Triad storyline continues as the Garlean Empire’s loyal servant Regula van Hydrus continues to look for ways to harness their primal powers
  • Moogle Beast Tribe Quests: Help the moogles restore Zenith to its former glory by assisting in various crafting-related tasks and earn new furnishings, minions, and mount
  • Further Hildibrand Adventures: What shocking secrets will players uncover when they accompany Hildibrand—agent of enquiry, inspector extraordinaire—to the Holy See of Isghard in an effort to help the wayward mammet Gigi regain its memories
  • Raid Finder: Players can now be matched automatically with other experienced players across multiple Worlds, to challenge and practice savage level raids, the hardest encounters Eorzea has to offer
  • Anima Weapons: Continuing the Anima storyline, players will be able to upgrade specific aspects of their ever-evolving Anima weapon
  • Recommended Gear Feature: Optimal gear may now be selected from inventory for any class or job with the simple press of a button
  • New mounts, hairstyles, crafting recipes, emotes and more.

Additionally, Square Enix revealed details on a new partnership with online retailer Amazon. From June 14 through June 27, those who make a qualifying purchase (Update: a purchase from the Videogames Department) of $19.99 or more will receive a digital code to unlock in-game items such as an original Fat Chocobo mount, Maid and Butler attire, a Titan-themed Crag mask, an Ifrit-themed Inferno mask, and a set of 99 Magicked Prism wings (consumable item). More information on this promotion will be available soon.

Update: The above mentioned promotion is exclusive to North America.

Update 2: Square Enix has updated the press release to state that purchases from the Videogames Department qualify for this promotion.

For more on Patch 3.3, head on over to the official portal site. Final Fantasy XIV is now available on Windows PC/Steam, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Mac.

World of Final Fantasy gets a new trailer, release date ahead of E3 2016


Square Enix is kicking off E3 early this year with another reveal ahead of the show. The quirky RPG World of Final Fantasy is up with a new trailer.

Fans can catch a glimpse of famous Final Fantasy monsters and heroes as it expands the series universe for the new generation as well as providing a journey for long-time players to enjoy. The game is set to hit North America on October 25 on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita and on October 27 and October 28 in Japan and Europe respectively.

Those who pre-order the Day One edition of the game can snag Final Fantasy VII‘s Sephiroth to summon in battle. Catch the trailer and some new screenshots below.