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EA and Respawn Entertainment will storm their way into stores this week with Titanfall 2 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. In addition to expanded multiplayer options, Titanfall 2 will include a single-player campaign for the first time. We can finally say it… Your Titanfall sequel is ready.
Also available this week is World of Final Fantasy, a new “chibi” RPG from Square Enix that celebrates the grand history of the Final Fantasy franchise. Designed primarily for a younger audience, PS4 and Vita players will still need to save the world from an evil mastermind. Thankfully, they’ll be aided by dozens of heroes from previous games in the series.
If you’d rather skip all the fighting and just dance, Ubisoft has you covered with the launch of Just Dance 2017 on the PC, PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Just Dance 2017 includes dozens of songs, and the new Just Dance Machine mode, which will throw an assortment of different dance styles at players.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition will make its PC, PS4, and Xbox One debut this week, as Bethesda plans to relaunch their epic RPG on a new generation of platforms. And Telltale will bring together Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure on a single disc for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Finally this week, one of my favorite puzzlers of the year, Tumblestone, will receive a retail release on the PS4 and Wii U.
A complete list of this week’s new retail releases can be found after the break. (more…)
Square Enix loves PAX West and the Japanese megapublisher will once again have a major presence at the Seattle-based convention.
The publisher’s booth will include a dozen demos, including some of this Fall’s biggest releases (Dragon Quest Builders, Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, and World of Final Fantasy). Square Enix also plans to demo 2017’s biggest re-release, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age.
But if you want to get up close and personal with your favorite developers, a series of panels from the publisher will give you your chance. Friday will focus on Deus Ex Go and Final Fantasy XV, while Saturday’s presentations will dive deep into Final Fantasy XV, World of Final Fantasy, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
A complete look at all of Square Enix’s demos and panels can be found after the break. And don’t forget, the 2016 PAX West expo will kick off on Friday, September 2. (more…)
The Comic-Con booth has been broken down, so it’s on to the next Summer showcase for Square Enix. This morning, the publisher announced they’ll have 15 titles on display at this year’s Gamescom convention, which will kick off in Cologne, Germany on August 19.
Square Enix plans to have a massive presence on the show floor including multiple booths packed with more than 220 demo stations and totaling 1,100 square meters of space. These screens will be equipped with many of the company’s 2016 and 2017 offerings including Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Dragon Quest Builders, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and World of Final Fantasy . A portion of the booth will also be devoted to “Square Enix Collective” titles, and another section will tout the publisher’s “new announcements and reveals.”
What are they announcing? We’ll have to wait until August to find out for sure, but for now, you can peruse Square Enix’s complete Gamescom lineup after the break. (more…)
PS4 owners will be able to purchase a Collector’s Edition of the game exclusively through the Square Enix Online Store for $119.99. Owing to the game’s storybook nature, the entire package will be house in a case that folds out into a pop-up book which reveals the rest of the bonus content:
World of Final Fantasy Collector’s Edition
- Presented as a physical pop-up book, World of Final Fantasy comes to life through striking 3D paper cutouts. As the pop-up book is opened, fantastic physical content concealed in the book is revealed.
- Physical game disc
- A special 80-page hardback artbook showing off the fresh toy-like visuals
- The original soundtrack of the game’s enchanting score
- A set of three mini-figurines including the legendary Cloud, Lightning, and Squall
- Extra digital content, including White Chocobo, Glow Moogle and Red Bonnetberry mirages, a Sephiroth summon, and a Japanese voice-over option add-on
Those seeking to spend a bit less money can opt for the PS4 Limited Edition, which includes the game, a mini artbook, and the extra digital content, all for $59.99. A Day One Edition containing just the game and the extra digital content, and also priced at $59.99, will be available for the PS4 and Vita.
To further sell you on the game, Square Enix has produced a new trailer for World of Final Fantasy that debuted at the San Diego Comic-Con today. You can view the “Welcome to Grymoire” video after the break.
And don’t forget, World of Final Fantasy will be released for the PS4 and Vita on October 25. (more…)
Square Enix doesn’t just want to play their games at next week’s San Diego Comic-Con, they want you to experience them as well. Taking over a section of San Diego at 7th Avenue and Market Street (in the city’s Gaslamp District), the publisher will host a special Square Enix Experience on July 22 and July 23 from noon until 10:00 PM (Pacific Time).
Fans who queue up to try their hand at the physical challenges will be greeted by a rock climbing wall from Rise of the Tomb Raider, a go-kart track from Final Fantasy XV, and a bungee run from Deus Ex: Mankind Divided…
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – The Icarus Dash
Enter the dark world of Deus Ex Mankind Divided and become covert agent Adam Jensen without the trench coat and fashionable shades. Showing off the Icarus Dash move, participants will have to run as fast as they can with a bungee cord on their back while shooting a laser gun at targets.
Final Fantasy XV – The Royal Race
Fans can race each other in this themed, go-kart race that takes them through the various landscapes of Final Fantasy XV. Visitors can also have a photo taken to commemorate their race.
Rise of the Tomb Raider – Glacier Climb
The Rise of the Tomb Raider Glacier Climb, inspired by the opening sequence of the game, will allow fans to test their skill and will against the hostile environments Lara faces. The 30-foot glacier wall covered in snow, offers an incredible opportunity for fans to experience Lara’s world. Climbers can have their photo taken while on the wall to capture their adventure. This obstacle challenge is the latest event in the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration (#TombRaider20), a year-long salute to the iconic heroine.
But don’t worry, the Square Enix Experience will also have plenty of games to play. Players can relax with a beer (if they’re over 21) and play several upcoming Square Enix titles including Deux Ex: Mankind Divided, Dragon Quest Builders, Final Fantasy XV, I Am Setsuna, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and World of Final Fantasy. Demo kiosks for all of these games will also be available at Square Enix’s booth (#3829) on the Comic-Con show floor.
Square Enix will also host a number of panels during the convention, and you can find a complete catalog of the publisher’s presentations after the break. (more…)
With three mainline Final Fantasy games currently in various stages of development (XV this Fall, a XII remaster next year, and the VII Remake probably sometime after that), it’s easy to forget about World of Final Fantasy, a mashup game that melds together classic characters and a toy-like aesthetic:
In World of Final Fantasy, players lead a pair of twins, Reynn and Lann, through the land of Grymoire on a search to rediscover their lost memories. Throughout their adventure, players will collect, raise and battle adorable beings of classic Final Fantasy lore, including Cactuar, Chocobo and Behemoth, to create customizable, strategic tower combinations to take on the most challenging of opponents.
Square Enix recently announced that World of Final Fantasy will be released for the PS4 and Vita on October 25. The publisher also unveiled a brand new E3 2016 trailer for the game, which means we’ll surely learn more about it during the biggest showcase in gaming next week.
Two trailers were shown during Sony’s Press Conference that should be of interest to Final Fantasy fans, the first of which is for World of Final Fantasy. The game features a chibi aesthetic, and famous characters from the franchise will make cameos. More information will be revealed at a later date, but what we do know is that World of Final Fantasy will hit PlayStation 4 and PS Vita sometime in 2016.
The second announcement is one that fans have been dying for… a real remake of the PSone classic, Final Fantasy VII! After all these years, the oft-requested remake of arguably the best Final Fantasy title had the crowd in an absolute uproar and Producer Yoshinori Kitase, Director Tetsuya Nomura, and Scenario Writer Kazushige Nojima will all return to oversee the project at Square Enix. Aside from tremendously-improved graphics, we don’t know that much about the remake. Though the trailer did say it was coming “first” to the PS4, implying a PC or Xbox One release is possible. It’s also unknown what this means for the re-release of the original version of Final Fantasy VII that was announced last year. But I’m sure more than a few people would say, who cares?
More information on both titles as it becomes available. And you can find the World of Final Fantasy trailer after the break. (more…)