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Square Enix Reveals New Final Fantasy XIII Details

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268w ago - Square Enix has shed some more light on its highly anticipated PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 RPG Final Fantasy XIII.

Compared to the demo, the final product will have a more realistic feel to it and the transition from CG sequences to real-time scenes will be smoother. AI will be improved and party members will be capable of delivering a varied portfolio of combination attacks.

To quote: The development team isn't ready to explain exactly what kind of relationship exists between Lighting and Snow, yet Snow apparently refers to the heroine as "older sister." Lightning's crystal is shaped like a rose, whereas Snow's looks like a heart.

Following Ifrit, Shiva, Carbuncle and Bahamut, Odin is the fifth summon officially confirmed to appear in the game (as seen at Microsoft's E3 press conference). Like Shiva, Odin will be able to transform into a vehicle during battle.

Talking about Shiva, the two sisters which make up this icy summon can be transformed into a bike. Players can ride this bike by using the analog stick to freely move around on the battlefield and attack their opponents by pressing a button.

In this mode, the game will feel similar to an action game. Apparently,...
 

Square Enix Announces E3 Line-up, Confirms Front Mission & Nier

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270w ago - Square Enix has confirmed their line-up for the Electronic Entertainment Expo today, also confirming that our guesses of those two games were indeed correct.

Among the titles, Square is bringing along Final Fantasy XIII, Supreme Commander 2, Nier, Front Mission Evolved and more.

Nier and Front Mission Evolved are newly announced. Nier is that game that PlayStation: The Official Magazine's been teasing and Front Mission Evolved is the game that the Official Xbox Magazine's been teasing.

• Dissidia Final Fantasy - August 25, 2009 (PSP)
• Final Fantasy IV: The After Years - June 1, 2009 (WiiWare)
• Final Fantasy XIII - 2010 (PS3, 360)
• Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers - TBA (Wii)
• Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Dark Lord - 2009 (Wii)
• Front Mission Evolved - TBA (PS3, 360, PC)
• Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days - Fall 2009 (DS)
• Nier - 2010 (PS3, 360)
Order of War - Fall 2009 (PC)
• Supreme Commander 2 - 2010 (360, PC)

Here are your first E3 screenshots from Square as well.

Press Release: SQUARE ENIX TO SHOWCASE NEW DIRECTION AT E3 2009

With an Expansive Line-Up of FINAL FANTASY Games, the Company Announces New Portfolio of Games across...
 

Square Enix's PS3 Console Exclusive MMO Codenamed 'Rapture'

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270w ago - Gameplayer has received word on what one of the new games to be announced by Square Enix at E3 2009 and it is an MMO that's a console exclusive for the PS3.

To quote: At the time of writing we had been requested to not divulge the names or giveaway said titles, but we've just received new information about one of those three games that comes with no such restrictions. So here we go...

Contrary to what we were originally told, there will be a Square Enix press conference after all, at 11a.m on the Wednesday of the show. This will be a portal for selected media to learn more about one of Square Enix's currently unannounced games, which we can reveal is an MMO codenamed Rapture, and set for release on PS3 and PC. The game is expected to be unveiled at the Sony press conference on the Tuesday.

While the PC and Xbox 360 have shared a strong software relationship over the last three years, the PC and PS3 have a more open rapport when it comes to online interactivity between the software and the gamers.

It seems bizarre given Microsoft's networking know-how, but the heavy restrictions it puts in place with the way developers can manipulate and engage their audience through Xbox Live makes it difficult for some games to make the most of their potential. Also worthy of note is the...
 

Square Enix Hints Towards a Killer E3 2009 Showcase

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270w ago - Square Enix made a heck of a fuss at last year's E3. Its announcement at Microsoft's pre-show press conference that the highly anticipated then PS3 exclusive Final Fantasy XIII would also be coming to the Xbox 360 was the talk of the town.

Will the legendary developer be able to make as big an impact at the 2009 show? It would seem so.

To quote: We've received word on what Square Enix will be showing at the E3 event, and fans of two of their biggest series will be extremely happy with the media set to get far better access to some key products than we had initially hoped.

As much as we would like to tell you the specifics it has been requested that the names of the games be kept under wraps until the company has a chance to officially announce them. However, for the sake of excitement we thought we would give you the heads up so you can discuss it amongst yourselves.

We don't want to push our luck on this one, but there is no Square Enix press conference this year so you can expect an announcement prior to the E3 show regarding no less than three big surprise games which are currently unannounced - at least two of which are multi-format.

We wish we could tell you more, but knowing something is better than knowing nothing... debate below, but don't ask...
 

Square Enix: Final Fantasy XIII Could Be Delayed Further

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271w ago - In a meeting with Japanese press to discuss their financial forecast, Square Enix Holdings were quizzed about both Dragon Quest IX and Final Fantasy XIII.

Both are obviously huge titles from an investors standpoint, and the answers given weren't exactly endearing.

When asked specifically about whether Final Fantasy XIII will be released within this fiscal year, the following reply was given:

"God knows. ... Is the truth (laughs). I'll try!"

So, although the Final Fantasy XIII demo issued Winter 2009 as the prospective Japanese release date, it looks like it might not even appear until after April 2010. Definitely not good news for Western gamers.
 
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