Square Enix to unveil “next-generation of Final Fantasy” at E3 2013

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Square Enix is bringing the Final Fantasy franchise to this year’s E3 Expo in a big way. The publisher plans to have not just one or two, but four Final Fantasy games on display at the show. In addition to the three previously announced games (Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster), Square Enix will unveil a first look at “the next-generation” of the franchise. Square Enix executives have previously hinted that this new game may be connected to Agni’s Philosophy, the technical demo they presented at last year’s E3 Expo.

In addition to a quartet of Final Fantasy titles, Square Enix will also show off a few of their co-productions with western developers including Murdered: Soul Suspect, Thief, Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut, and Deus Ex: The Fall. Rounding out Square Enix’s E3 offerings is Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix, a PS3 exclusive set to release this September.

More details on all of these titles can be found after the break and be sure to check out the Square Enix Presents YouTube Channel next week for a ton of Square Enix videos from the show floor.

Consoles and PC

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Platforms: PS3, Windows PC
Developer: Square Enix
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)
Available: August 27
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) to have been completely rebuilt from the ground up with a focus on all systems, gameplay and player experience. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn invites players to explore the realm of Eorzea with friends from around the world.

Thief
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: Eidos Montreal
ESRB Rating: RP (Rating Pending)
Available: 2014
Thief is the reinvention of the classic franchise that allows players to take on the role of Garrett, the Master Thief. As the tide is about to turn in the City, Garrett, takes cover amidst the growing uprising and sneaks into the Baron’s manor to steal his most prized possession.

Murdered: Soul Suspect
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Developer: Square Enix and Airtight Games
ESRB Rating: RP (Rating Pending)
Available: Early 2014
The hardest case to solve is one’s own murder. Murdered: Soul Suspect takes players into a whole new realm of mystery where the case is personal and the clues just out of reach. When Ronan O’Connor, a detective with a checkered past, gets caught up in a violent burglary, his life is brought to an untimely end by a brutal and relentless killer. Shocked to find himself in the afterlife, his only escape from the limbo world of ‘Dusk’ is to uncover the truth behind his killer, track him down and bring him to justice using his detective instinct and newfound supernatural abilities.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3
Developer: Square Enix
ESRB Rating: RP (Rating Pending)
Available: February 11, 2014
As Lightning, it is your mission to save souls so they may be brought to a new world. However, with only thirteen days remaining, not everyone can be saved. Armed with all-new weapons, player customization and battle abilities, you are in a race against time to fully understand your destiny. It all ends here.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix
Platform: PS3
Developer: Square Enix
ESRB Rating: RP (Rating Pending)
Available: September 10
Fully remastered in high-def, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix is a compilation of the critically acclaimed Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories titles. Players can now relive the origins of the celebrated franchise with Sora, Riku and the colorful cast of Disney characters, including Mickey, Donald and Goofy.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut
Platform: Wii U
Developer: Eidos Montreal
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
Available: 2013
Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut is the enhanced return to one of the most critically acclaimed video game franchises of all time. By offering players the chance to advance through the game in multiple and vastly different ways, Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut provides an experience where every choice has a lasting consequence. Director’s Cut features include visual improvements, overhauled boss fights, reinforced combat mechanics and much more making it the ultimate Human Revolution experience.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
Platforms: PS3, Vita
ESRB Rating: RP (Rating Pending)
Available: 2013
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster takes players into the adventures of Tidus and Yuna in beautifully remastered high definition.

Mobile and Tablet

Deus Ex: The Fall
Platform: iOS
Developer: Square Enix/Eidos-Montreal/N-Fusion
Available: Summer
Deus Ex: The Fall is the next chapter of the award winning Deus Ex series. Developed by Square Enix in collaboration with the original Deus Ex: Human Revolution team at Eidos Montreal and N-Fusion, Deus Ex: The Fall is a story driven action-RPG and the first Deus Ex in the series to be released on mobile and tablet devices.

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