Square Enix - News

June2012

  • News Crystal Dynamics Staffing Up for Next Generation Project

    Thinking ahead

    Crystal Dynamics is recruiting for a “cutting edge, original IP for future platforms”. The mysterious title is described as a “third-person action adventure”. Previous rumours had hinted that the Californian studio was a working on a Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver reboot, but that doesn’t quite line up with the scant details...

  • News Quantum Conundrum Teases Your Brainbox on 10th July

    Swift turnaround

    Quantum Conundrum – the next title from Portal creator Kim Swift – is set to quiz the PlayStation Network on 10th July in North America. A European release will follow on 11th July. Like Portal the game plays out from a first-person perspective, but sees you manipulating the properties of objects in order to progress. One...

  • News Just So You Know, Final Fantasy XIV Is Still Coming to PS3

    Eventually, anyway

    Back at E3 2009, Sony countered the announcement of Final Fantasy XIII for Xbox 360 by revealing Final Fantasy XIV for PS3. The shock trailer prompted gasps from the bewildered audience, until the words “Online” flashed up on the screen. Three years later, there’s still no sign of the title on Sony’s console. That’s...

  • News Final Fantasy III Port in Development for PSP

    We know

    The PlayStation Portable continues to be a prominent system in Japan – perhaps to the detriment of the recently released PlayStation Vita. Furthering the predicament, Square Enix has announced that it is working on a port of Final Fantasy III for Sony’s debut handheld. The PSP port will feature enhanced graphics and the ability to play...

  • News Squirm Through This Sleeping Dogs E3 Trailer

    Difficult viewing

    If you were offended by the gratuitous violence in Sony’s God of War: Ascension and The Last of Us demos during E3, then you probably won’t want to watch this Sleeping Dogs trailer. It shows protagonist Detective Wei Shen being tortured in some pretty horrific ways. Still, if you’re not bothered by the appearance of a little...

  • News Tomb Raider Ventures into Uncharted Territory

    Lady Drake

    Crystal Dynamics has clearly been playing close attention to Naughty Dog’s Uncharted franchise over the past couple of years. Swap out Lara Croft for Nathan Drake and this brand new Tomb Raider demo would look right at home on Sony’s stage. In the demo, a fragile Lara is shown picking off foes with a bow-and-arrow, before falling...

  • Rumour Hitman HD Collection Slipping onto PS3

    Corky the clown

    Hitman could be the next popular series to benefit from an HD makeover. Italian retailer 16Games has added a product page for an unannounced compilation featuring re-mastered versions of Hitman 2, Hitman 3: Contracts and Hitman: Blood Money. According to the retailer, the PS3 package is set to release on 15th October – which is...

  • News Tomb Raider Confirmed for Release On 5th March 2013

    Idol chatter

    Square Enix's much anticipated Tomb Raider reboot has a release date: 5th March 2013. The date came at the end of a brand new trailer showing the more action-heavy focus of the new title, with Lara placed in more perilous situations than even Nathan Drake could imagine. We'll see more next week.

May2012

  • News New Hitman: Absolution Trailer Features Nuns

    Sisterly love

    Square Enix has followed up yesterday’s Hitman: Absolution teaser with a trailer featuring nuns armed to the teeth with guns. The footage – created by the studio responsible for last year’s Tomb Raider trailer – shows Agent 47 being attacked by a faction of inappropriately dressed women known as the, er, Saints. They’re...

  • News Hitman: Absolution Gets Cryptic Ahead of E3

    Look sharp

    We’re on the cusp of E3 now; the madness is less than a week away from transpiring. As such, publishers are opting to fill the time with cryptic teases of major announcements they’re not quite ready to share yet. First out of the blocks is Square Enix with this playful Hitman: Absolution image. You know it’s a tease because, well,...

  • News Just Cause Developer Working on Open World Action Game

    Thinking caps, everyone

    Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios is working on a “ground breaking” open world action game for Square Enix. For the record, Square Enix published the last two Just Cause titles. What could it possibly all mean? Well, here’s a hint: Square Enix recently registered domain names for Just Cause 4. Perhaps Avalanche’s...

  • News Tomb Raider Teaser Trailer Sets the Scene

    Mayday

    Crystal Dynamics’ upcoming Tomb Raider reboot may have been pushed into 2013, but at least we’ll get another glimpse at the title in action during next month’s E3. In order to celebrate the title’s fast approaching re-reveal, GTTV has released a short 30-second teaser of the game’s next trailer. It shows protagonist Lara in a...

  • News New Sleeping Dogs Trailer Shows Off Side Activities

    No rest for the wicked

    The fine folks at United Front Games have clearly being paying close attention to SEGA's Yakuza franchise while developing the upcoming Sleeping Dogs. The open-world adventure boasts a vast variety of mini-games, including faithful favourites such as karaoke, street racing and, er, cockfighting. This has got sleeper hit...

  • News Hitman: Sniper Challenge Launch Trailer Aims for the Head

    Popping skulls

    If the recently released Sniper Elite V2 isn’t doing enough to quell your desire for long range shootouts, you might want to turn your attention to Hitman: Sniper Challenge, available now for anyone that pre-orders a copy of the upcoming Hitman: Absolution. We love the idea of a standalone bonus being given away at the point of...

  • News Lightning Strikes in Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC

    Electric

    You’ll finally get the opportunity to experience the story of Final Fantasy XIII-2’s cover girl this week, when “Lightning’s Story: Requiem of the Goddess” arrives on the PlayStation Store. The downloadable episode sees the pink haired protagonist face off against Caius in a battle to the death. Win the fight and you’ll unlock...

  • News Tomb Raider Skulks into 2013

    Crypt keeper

    The writing’s been on the wall for a while, but Square Enix has finally officially confirmed that its upcoming Tomb Raider reboot will release in 2013. The game had originally been planned for a 2012 release, but will now face a six month delay into the first quarter of next year. Crystal Dynamics’ Darrell Gallagher announced the...

  • News New Sleeping Dogs Trailer Packs a Punch

    Fight, fight, fight

    Sleeping Dogs wouldn’t be an accurate Hong Kong adventure without a fist-fight or three. This brand new trailer shows off the game’s fighting mechanics – both technical and dirty. Sure the counters and combos look fine, but we’re not sure setting someone’s face on fire contributes towards a fair fight. The game...

  • News Hitman: Absolution Steps Out of the Shadows on 20th November

    Sniper Challenge free with pre-orders

    It’s a good job Hitman protagonist Agent 47 can keep a secret better than developer IO Interactive. The studio confirmed earlier today that the upcoming Hitman: Absolution will finally hit the PS3 on 20th November. In addition, as previously rumoured, if you pre-order the stealth title, you’ll be able to...

  • News Deus Ex Infiltrates the PlayStation Store Next Week

    Revisited

    As previously rumoured, the original Deus Ex will sneak onto the PlayStation Store next week. The release is part of a wider initiative from publisher Square Enix to bring its PS2 classics to Sony’s digital storefront. The popular port will retail for £7.99. Conflict Desert Storm 2 and Conflict Vietnam will follow on 23rd May and 30th...

  • News Take Aim with Hitman: Sniper Challenge

    Silent scope

    A full-page commercial in the latest issue of Game Informer magazine has outed Hitman: Sniper Challenge, a score-based accompaniment to the upcoming Hitman: Absolution. The additional mission will be available to anyone that pre-orders the upcoming stealth title from US retailer GameStop. It’s unclear what the mode will entail, but...

  • News Final Fantasy Versus XIII Won't Be at E3

    Sorry

    Look, Square Enix knows you’ve waited over 5 years to get your hands on Final Fantasy Versus XIII – but the publisher wants you to hold out a little longer. The Japanese company has unveiled its E3 2012 line-up and, unless there’s a last minute miracle, it does not include the oft-delayed RPG. In fact, much of Square Enix’s line-up is...

  • News Original Deus Ex Sneaking onto PSN Soon

    It's a conspiracy

    The PlayStation 2 re-release of the seminal PC title Deus Ex is heading to the PlayStation 3. The evidence comes courtesy of a listing posted prematurely by European age ratings body, PEGI. Publisher Square Enix has refused to comment on the listing, stating that it “does not comment on rumour or speculation”. Still, these kind...

April2012

  • News Sleeping Dogs Awaken on 14th August

    Woof woof

    There may be numerous rumours swirling about the release date of Grand Theft Auto V, but nothing is set in stone just yet. We imagine Square Enix is hoping it stays that way, as it readies Sleeping Dogs for release on 14th August in North America. Don’t worry Europe – you’ll get your hands on the game a few days later on 17th August...

  • News Hitman: Absolution Dresses Up for Professional Edition

    Sharp shooter

    You’ll be able to show your appreciation of Agent 47’s suave sense of style later this year, when Square Enix releases the Professional Edition for Hitman: Absolution. The dapper European retail release will not only earn you access to a bevy of new in-game weapons via the bundled Agency Gun Pack, but will also spruce up your copy...

  • News Indulge in Over 180 Seconds of Sleeping Dogs Gameplay

    Kung-fu fighting

    Releasing a game set in Hong Kong without hefty helpings of kung-fu would be like eating crispy duck without oodles of hoisin sauce. Thankfully, as this gameplay trailer proves, Square Enix and United Front Games’ upcoming open-world epic Sleeping Dogs is brimming with fisticuffs. You do like seeing goons being tossed inside the...

March2012

  • News Hit the Road with New Sleeping Dogs Footage

    Girls up for grabs

    Being an open-world game set in a modern city, it would be criminal for Sleeping Dogs to not feature a racing component of some kind. Thankfully that’s not the case, as this brand new trailer explosively illustrates. Indeed, Sleeping Dogs will feature over 65 vehicles to aid you in your pursuit to conquer Hong Kong’s highways:...

  • News Final Fantasy XIII-2 Gets Mass Effect 3 DLC

    Sure, why not?

    Good job Final Fantasy XIII-2 is all about time travel. The title’s already taken a trip into the past in order to steal Ezio’s robes, and now it’s preparing for a trip into the future too. Square Enix has announced that an upcoming DLC pack will see Mass Effect costumes integrated into the JRPG sequel. Protagonists Serah and...

  • News Sleeping Dogs Jets Off to Hong Kong

    No chewed up travel tickets

    Square Enix has released a trailer taking a look behind the scenes at the development of Sleeping Dogs. The video discusses the reason behind the title’s exotic Hong Kong setting, and details some of the research techniques that developer United Front Games adopted in order to get the feel of the game right. Sleeping...

  • News Square Enix Trademark Hints at New Mini Ninjas Title

    Tenchu for teens

    It seems Square Enix is planning a new title in the Mini Ninjas series, as it has filed a trademark for a game called Mini Ninjas: Hiro’s Adventure. Adding fuel to the fire, the publisher has also registered the domain “minininjashirosadventure.com”. The original Mini Ninjas – developed by Hitman studio IO Interactive –...

  • News Final Fantasy XIII-2 to Grab Lightning DLC in May

    Oh and it lights up the night

    Final Fantasy XIII-2 will get a new DLC episode in May, publisher Square Enix has announced. As previously rumoured, the content will focus on the story of Lightning and her ongoing battle with antagonist Caius. According to Famitsu magazine [via Siliconera], the DLC will sport a slightly different battle system to the...

  • News Sleeping Dogs Trailer Sets the Scene

    Sleeper hit?

    Let’s not beat around the bush: Sleeping Dogs looks great. We’re big fans of the Yakuza series, and this looks like a Western developed version of that – just with more action and less karaoke. The plot centres on undercover agent Wei Shen, who’s been tasked with taking down the Sun Oh Yee triad from the inside. Catch the...

February2012

  • News Quantum Conundrum Quizzing PSN this Summer

    Swift turnaround

    The latest title from Kim Swift – co-creator of the original Portal – is set to arrive on PlayStation Network this summer, publisher Square Enix has announced. Dubbed Quantum Conundrum, the digital download sees players assuming the role of a young boy as he attempts to source the location of his missing uncle. With the creator...

  • News Square Enix Officially Unveils Sleeping Dogs

    No sign of Kane & Lynch

    Following reports that spilled out of Destination PlayStation last night, Square Enix has lifted the lid on Sleeping Dogs – the project formerly known as True Crime: Hong Kong. Those of you with strong memories will recall Activision publicly cancelling the United Front Games developed open-world adventure last year, only for it to get snapped up by Square Enix a few..

  • News Final Fantasy X is a Remaster Not a Remake

    Clarification

    Despite conflicting reports to the contrary, Square Enix’s upcoming PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita based Final Fantasy X update is not going to be a full remake. Producer Shinji Hashimoto clarified the situation in an interview at the Taipai Game Show: It’s being developed like a remaster, but the visuals will be much more...

  • News Final Fantasy XIII-2 Hits Top of UK Charts

    Snake sits in second

    Square Enix's latest RPG epic has shot to the top of the UK all-formats charts. Final Fantasy XIII-2 grabbed the number one slot in its first week on sale, nudging Metal Gear Solid HD Collection into second place. The other big release of last week, Namco Bandai's SoulCalibur V, lived up to its title by landing in fifth. The...

  • News Square Enix Teases Additional Final Fantasy XIII-2 Episodes

    Snow joke

    Lightning strikes twice: that much we already know. But it sounds like publisher Square Enix has much bigger plans for Final Fantasy XIII-2’s post release content in mind – with the return of several other familiar faces teased by the Japanese publisher. According to director Motomu Toriyama and producer Yoshinori Kitase, chatting in...

  • News FF XIII-2 Trailer Does Dewy Eyes and Cinematic Music

    It's not the end

    When it comes down to it, the launch trailer for Final Fantasy XIII-2 is exactly what you'd expect it to be. There's lots of sad faces, pretty eyes and fist-pumping music. The game looks super pretty though. Catch the footage below. The game's already out in North America and comes out tomorrow in Europe.

  • News Lightning Strikes Twice: Final Fantasy XIII-2 Gets First DLC February 7th

    We're fighting the temptation to quote Fleetwood Mac here, so let's get straight down to business: Square Enix has announced that the first batch of Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC will drop on February 7th

    As previously speculated, the content will allow you to fight against Final Fantasy XIII protagonist, Lightning. Beat the pink-haired beauty, and...

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