Sony has announced it’s to sell its stake in Square Enix.
The sale of Sony’s 9.5 million shares in Square – that’s an 8.58% stake in the company – will be made to SMBC Nikko Securities for a fee of ¥4.8 billion (around £28 million/$47 million) and will be part of the company’s full-year financial results for the year ending March 31, 2015.
However, the sale will be mentioned for the company’s upcoming full-year report for the year ending March 31, 2014 when it’s published on May 14 as part of its forecast for FY2015.
The pricing of the shares will be announced tomorrow morning (April 17) Japanese Standard Time.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has surpassed 2 million registered accounts globally, Square Enix has announced today. With the launch of the PS4 version this week, along with players on both PC and PS3, FFXIV marks one of the biggest cross-platform MMOs to date. Previously it was revealed the game retains on average 500,000 daily users as well.
This news comes hot off the heels of Patch 2.2 as well, which offered new content for players – with more expected on a regular basis. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for the PlayStation 4 is available for $39.99 and $29.99 for PlayStation 3 and Windows PC. A free 30-day trial is included when registering the game on a new platform, with monthly subscriptions starting at $12.99.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn makes its way to the PlayStation 4 for all users starting today and Square Enix has prepared a special launch trailer in celebration of it.
Whether you’re new to the game or an existing PS3 or PC player, the PS4 version offers up high-definition visuals, Remote Play via the PlayStation Vita, DualShock 4 controller touchpad support, player content sharing and mouse and keyboard play capabilities. Those with a PS3 service account can upgrade to the PS4 version for free – full details on how to do that can be found here.
Releasing alongside a standard version of the game, Square Enix has prepared a Collector’s Edition for PS4 fans as well. Similar to the PC and PS3 versions, the CE includes an artbook, special music disc, art cards, a themed security token, a Seventh Umbral Era Special Movie Content Disc as well as six in-game bonus items in a unique Yoshitaka Amano-styled package. The CE can be purchased physically for $79.99 from select retailers or as a digital upgrade for $59.99.
Fans with an existing copy of the Collector’s Edition will automatically receive the newly launched Fat Chocobo mount as well as the Wind-up Moogle minion. Both items can be found directly through the in-game mail system.
With the official service date of Final Fantasy XIV for PS4 set to begin this upcoming Monday, many PS3 users looking to upgrade can get in on the next-generation release for free for a limited time.
Starting from Friday, April 11th at 4AM EDT through the end of this year those with a registered PS3 service account have the option to upgrade to the PS4 version – provided they relinquish all rights to the PS3 copy of the game. Those who wish to still play on PS3 and PS4 simultaneously will have to purchase another copy as access to the PS3 version will require a new license. Once the upgrade process is complete it won’t be able to be undone, so make sure you’re committed before finishing the submission.
Upon completion, all characters and in-game data from your PS3 version will be seamlessly carried over to the PS4. Cross Bar and macro settings can be transferred as well, with more details on that available through this link. The upgrade service itself will be available through the Mog Station portal site, which can be accessed through your Square Enix log-in – the one you use to log into Final Fantasy XIV already – here.
Should you already have a PS3 copy registered, upon logging in you should see a large PS4 upgrade button near the top of the page. All you’ll need to do is click that and then follow through for the rest of the process – it’s super easy!
The wait for an update on Final Fantasy XV remains undecided, according to producer Shinji Hashimoto speaking in a quick blurb to Famitsu this week on the topic of various industry rumors. While development is going well, it seems like Square Enix is still waiting for something out there to share new information on the next mainline entry in the series.
According to Hashimoto, they haven’t decided when the next bit of information will come but they are preparing some new stuff that should meet everyone’s expectations. Again, he asks for fans to “please wait a while longer” despite the looming shadow that is E3 inching every closer.
Square Enix has revealed the next set of chapters from Drakengard 3′s prequel novella online today, as well as a new video interview with Art Director, Kimiko Fujisaka on the inspiration behind the game’s key characters and the game’s design process. Both novel and video can be viewed on the game’s official website.
Additionally, those who pre-order the game between now and launch day through Square Enix’s online store will now receive six free PlayStation 3 themes featuring Zero, her dragon companion Mikhail and the four Disciples: Cent, Octa, Decadus and Dito. Drakengard 3 will also now be available through Amazon and ordering through there will net you three costume color variations for Zero.
Drakengard 3 is due out on May 20th on PS3 and will be available in North America on both physical and digital formats.