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

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297w 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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297w 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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298w 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.
 

Eidos & Square Enix Deal Details, Eidos to Retain Independence

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301w ago - Eidos will remain as an independent operation, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co.,Ltd., following the completion of the £84 million acquisition last week.

Phil Rogers will continue in his role as CEO of Eidos, reporting directly to Yoichi Wada, President and CEO Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. and Eidos will continue to focus on delivering on the clear strategy to leverage the company's franchises and develop world class games.

Also confirmed is that the 'Eidos' brand will continue to be the brand identity for the business.

Yoichi Wada, President and CEO, Square Enix Holdings Co.,Ltd., said:

"This is an exciting beginning to what I believe will be an incredible journey. I am very happy that Phil Rogers has agreed to lead Eidos in what I see as an international marriage between our two companies, a marriage that will give birth to great things. Eidos is a content rich company and a culturally significant business to the Square Enix group."

Phil Rogers, CEO, Eidos, said:

"This is a watershed moment for Eidos. We have the backing of an incredible company which believes in our strategy and our people.

In the Square Enix group, we have a parent company, which I have held in high respect...
 

Square Enix Releases Final Fantasy VII International on PSN Today

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303w ago - Play Final Fantasy VII on your PS3... now! Or play it on your PSP, even. That is, if you have a Japanese PSN account.

Today, Square Enix released Final Fantasy VII International on the PlayStation Network.

Final Fantasy VII International is how Square Enix re-released the new and improved American version in Japan on the PlayStation.

The [Register or Login to view links] featured improvements like on-screen arrows, an enhanced management system and an added cut scene that helped explain Cloud's past.

The Japanese language game is priced at 1,500 (US$14.93) on the PSN.

Game Description: The legendary classic, the origin of Advent Children and Crisis Core is finally here on the classic game archive. The unforgettable storyline, characters that are still loved by fans all over the world.

Experience it all over again, in Final Fantasy VII today.

About Switching Discs: The original PlayStation version of this title is compiled of several CD_ROMs and requires the switching of discs during gameplay.

If a message asking you to switch discs is displayed,...
 
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