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1 week ago.
Dissidia Final Fantasy and The World Ends with You composer Takeharu Ishimoto resigns from Square Enix
Known for his work on The World Ends with You, Dissidia Final Fantasy and more; music composer Takeharu Ishimoto had announced his resignation from Square Enix via twitter on December 28th, 2017. According to Siliconera, the translation of his tweet reads: “I’ve decided to resign from Square Enix, where I’ve worked for many years, by the end of the year. I’m resigning of my own free will. Starting next year, I plan to start freelance work. Next year on January 11 Dissidia…
1 month ago.
Crystal Dynamics celebrates 25 years in the industry with a new video
Crystal Dynamics, the renowned developer of the critically acclaimed Tomb Raider franchise, released a brand new video highlighting the studio’s 25-year legacy of great gaming experiences. The developer began its 25th year in a newly redesigned, state-of-the-art facility that includes a fully equipped motion capture stage, six soundproof audio rooms, a dailies review room featuring a 4K HDR TV setup, a photogrammetry capture space, a full 4K HDR Dolby Atmos equipped theater, and more. https://youtu.be/at3jFCwdP_k Embracing a diverse staff of the industry’s best, many…
1 month ago.
Square Enix wants to release its classic titles to newer platforms
As a desire to reach out to the younger generations who may have heard the fame of Square Enix's classic titles but have no access to them on today's consoles, Square Enix has showed interest in making as many of their older titles digitally available for newer platforms. CEO Yosuke Matsuda clarifies however that rather than only doing ports, modernizing them would be more appropriate for the current generation. Modernization basically refers to remasters, similarly to what Final Fantasy IX recently received. They improved…
1 month ago.
Square Enix plans to announce major titles from the end of 2017 until E3 2018
Square Enix has released its financial results for the first half of the fiscal year, which ends in March 31 next year, and they have revealed the company's current progress and plans in the near future. The following titles helped the company achieve growth in both sales and income for this fiscal year period: Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood and merchandise Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age NieR: Automata (topped 2 million units since…
2 months ago.
Three Square Enix titles nominated for The Game Awards 2017
The Official NA Twitter for Square Enix has wished best of luck to their nominated titles for this year's Game Awards. The three titles lined up for a possible award are NieR: Automata, Final Fantasy XV and Life is Strange. According to the official website for The Game Awards, you can assist in choosing a winner by voting for your favorite game titles in various categories; such as best music, best acting and Game of the Year. You can cast in…
2 months ago.
Square Enix Cafe to open in Shanghai this Winter
Square Enix has announced through their official website a new initiative to open up a new Square Enix Cafe location in Shanghai. Due to the popularity of the cafes in both Osaka and Tokyo they have decided to open up a new location. This will be their first cafe outside of Japan, making it a flagship shop while working to improve and expand this initiative. This new location is scheduled to open this winter and will provide a unique "changing" theme along with the…
4 months ago.
Square Enix reveals TGS 2017 lineup and stage schedule
Square Enix has gone live with its official site for Tokyo Game Show 2017, featuring the company's full software lineup and stage schedule for the September games expo in Chiba of Japan. View the lineup below: Dia Horizon (iOS, Android) – Studio Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia (iOS, Android) – Studio Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (PS4) – Playable, Theater, Stage Dragon Quest X: 5,000 Year Journey to a Faraway Hometown Online (PS4, Switch, Wii U, PC) – Theater, Stage The Evil Within 2 (PS4) – Playable…
4 months ago.
Square Enix reveals PAX West 2017 lineup and events
Square Enix is back at PAX West this weekend with a variety of playable games and event panels. From September 1 through September 4, fans can get their hands on a number of titles including Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, Life is Strange: Before the Storm and Lost Sphear. Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition will also be playable separately at the Razer booth. Team members from the development teams will also be in attendance…
7 months ago.
Square Enix and People Can Fly announce external partnership for new AAA console and PC title
Square Enix has established a new external development partnership with Bulletstorm and Gears of War: Judgment developer People Can Fly Studios for a new high-end original title for console and PC. The company noted that the mentioned triple-A project will not make an appearance in Square Enix’s lineup for E3 2017. “We’re massively excited to be working with the talented team at PCF in Warsaw, a studio filled with people who really know their craft,” said Lee Singleton, Head of Studio at…
8 months ago.
Square Enix achieves "record-high" financial results for FY 2017
Square Enix has released its financial results for fiscal year of 2017 (ended March 31, 2017) and it's filled with promising numbers. Here's the gist: Looking at the above table, the results show that Square Enix saw a whopping 20% increase in its net sales compared to last fiscal year, with operating income and ordinary income also seeing a 20.3% and 22.9% increase respectively. The company claims the launch of blockbuster series titles such as Final Fantasy XV and Rise of the Tomb…
8 months ago.
Square Enix withdrawals from Io-Interactive
Square Enix Holdings has revealed they will be withdrawing from the business of Io-Interactive, a longtime subsidiary company based in Copenhagen, Denmark who are famously known for their creation and work on the Hitman franchise. Via the company's press release, Square Enix wrote: To maximize player satisfaction as well as market potential going forward, we are focusing our resources and energies on key franchises and studios. As a result, the Company has regrettably decided to withdraw from the business of IO INTERACTIVE A/S,…
9 months ago.
FFXII, XIII, XV art director Isamu Kamikokuryo departs Square Enix to freelance
Isamu Kamikokuryo announced via his twitter that, as of March 31st, he is no longer working for Square Enix. He pans to continue as a freelance artist. 昨日、3/31日付けでスクウェア・エニックスを退社しました。1999年に入社して以来18年と少しでした。FF10のコンセプトアーティストから始まってFF15まで素晴しい経験でした。多くの人々との出会いと才能を発揮させてもらえる機会を与えてくれた会社には感謝の気持ちで一杯です。— 上国料 勇 (@kamikoku2009) April 1, 2017 Joining Square Enix back in 1999, his first project was designing the pre-renderd backgrounds in Final Fantasy X before being promoted to art director for Final Fantasy XII. He may be most known by Final Fantasy fans for his work on the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, where he employed…
10 months ago.
Square Enix shares PAX East 2017 lineup and events
Square Enix has revealed its lineup and panels for this year's PAX East event in Boston, Massachusetts. From hands-on demos to previews and panels of some of the company's latest software titles, fans and newcomers alike who visit the Square Enix booth (#11017) will be able treated with a plethora of goodies including hands-on time with Final Fantasy XV’s Episode Gladiolus DLC. Other demo opportunities include: Final Fantasy XIV Online Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Dragon Quest Heroes II I Am Setsuna on…
10 months ago.
Crystal Dynamics moves into a brand-new studio
Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics are kicking off 2017 with multiple projects including a Tomb Raider movie, the recent reveal of The Avengers project and now a move into a brand-new and improved studio this past week. “After months of planning, building, and some very late nights for the construction crew, we’ve just moved into our glorious new state-of-the-art studio!” said Scot Amos, co-studio head of Crystal Dynamics. “We have some great new amenities, from hydraulic desks for everyone to adjust…
10 months ago.
Square Enix establishes Studio Istolia for new RPG "Project Prelude Rune"
Square Enix has revealed an all-new RPG project alongside the formation of Tokyo-based development team Studio Istolia. Their concept is being called "Project Prelude Rune" and is being helmed by former Tales of series producer Hideo Baba and artist Toshiyuki Itahana. According to Square Enix, the project aims to build a new RPG with a new fantasy: unfolding across a vast land teeming with life. Nurtured by the earth, the many peoples of this land dare to dream, fighting…
11 months ago.
Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary event: all the announcements
Square Enix Japan just wrapped up a special 30th Anniversary Final Fantasy event. FF doesn't turn 30 until December, but the company picked today, FFVII's 20th anniversary, to set out some of their plans for this, a banner birthday year for FF. We've covered some of the announcements elsewhere, but it only seemed right to round up the general announcements from the event under one banner. So - here's what you need to know: FFXV, FFVII Remake and FFXII HD News …
11 months ago.
Square Enix teams up with Marvel to develop multiple games
Square Enix and Marvel have revealed a multi-game partnership, beginning with an all-new titled focusing on The Avengers. Known as "The Avengers Project," the title is currently in development at Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montréal. According to Marvel, The Avengers Project is being developed for a worldwide audience and will include "all the characters, environments, and iconic moments that have thrilled longtime fans of the franchise." It'll feature a completely original story and introduce a universe players can take part in for…
11 months ago.
Square Enix is teasing an announcement for tomorrow
Square Enix is teasing some sort of "exciting announcement" planned for tomorrow (January 26) around 10AM EST. In a new blog post, the company said, "Keep an eye on our #SquareEnix social feeds tomorrow for an exciting announcement!" Their tweet went out the same time as a similar one from the official Marvel account, asking fans to save the date. Could it be related? We'll have to wait and see. …
1 year ago.
Final Fantasy's 30th Anniversary Opening Ceremony dated for January 31
Mark your calendars because Square Enix will be hosting an opening ceremony event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Final Fantasy series. Set for January 31, 2017 at the Toho Cinemas in Roppongi Hills, the ceremony will include a talk event featuring guests of high stature, and a first time showing of some of the franchise's 30th anniversary commemoration projects. Expect additional details about the event at a later date. If you happen to be a registered Square Enix Japan…
1 year ago.
Square Enix shares Jump Festa 2017 lineup
Square Enix has shared their lineup for this year's Jump Festa, set to run from December 17 through December 18 in Japan. With Final Fantasy XV out the door, the company is putting their efforts behind the Dragon Quest and Kingdom Hearts series - including a number of new trailers and stage events. Rounding out the lineup, we'll see Dragon Quest Monster Battle Scanner, Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 Professional and the long-awaited Dragon Quest XI for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo…