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  • Final Fantasy XII Revenant Wings info surfaces
    ff12_pannero_ass.pngThis being the week of Tokyo Games Show, you can expect a bit more information on upcoming Square Enix titles, starting here with Famitsu's coverage of Revenant Wings, the DS "sequel" that apparently isn't a sequel and merely takes place in the same universe with the same characters, irrespective of any relationship to the original Final Fantasy XII. The game will explore further the relationship between Vaan and Penelo in a way that wasn't possible in its precursor as well as documenting their adventures as Air Pirates. Terrific.
    news article 20 Sep 2006 by Rahul  -5  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • Friends of Mana is still alive and kicking, apparently
    worldofmana.pngOh yeah, so after that out-of-nowhere Heroes of Mana unveiling the other day alongside those other titles, we didn't see or hear anything about Friends of Mana, a previously filed-for trademark. So most people just assumed Friends had been renamed to Heroes. Not so! Friends of Mana today was revealed to be a mobile instalment of the Mana series, confirming our worst fears that despite Square Enix's insistency to fail at producing anything compelling in a crossplatform fashion, Polymorphism™ appears to continue to lead their strategic approach. Too bad. Oh yeah, Friends is apparently an RPG with the same visual style as Children of Mana and uses turn-based combat. More news at 11. Link
    news article 15 Sep 2006 by Rahul  -30  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • Final Fantasy XII sequel, three additional titles announced
    hom_roger.JPGThe news hit hard today with the most recent issues of Japanese gaming magazines VJump and Famitsu: Square Enix has unveiled no fewer than four titles currently under development for the Nintendo DS and Playstation 2. Alas, not a single one was Chrono Break. Click on to learn about Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix, Subarashiki no Sekai: It's a Wonderful World, and Heroes of Mana. Read More
    news article 13 Sep 2006 by Ziyad  61  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • And now for some completely awesome non-news.
    ff13.pngIt has been announced that there will be no new footage of Final Fantasy XIII at the Tokyo Games Show. In fact, all we'll get to see is footage we already saw at the now defunct E3.This news brought to you by Square Enix.
    news article 30 Aug 2006 by Rahul  9  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • Final Fantasy V Advance bolstered: new jobs, new dungeon
    ffv-barts_glad.bmpDespite popular demand, the upcoming Gameboy Advance iteration of Final Fantasy V will not be including a Salesclerk job. Thankfully, Square Enix has seen fit to include no less than four new jobs to help us through our disappointment, including the Gladiator, the Cannoneer, the Prophet, and the Necromancer (the former two viewable here). Additionally, a new thirty-floor dungeon, the Sealed Ruins, will be available for the title's port, alongside reorganized menus, updated dialogue, and improved sound quality. Final Fantasy V Advance releases in Japan on October 12 and in the U.S. on November 6. Official site
    news article 26 Aug 2006 by Ziyad  4  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • Quarter financial results: Squeenix in the green
    squenix.gifThe results are in for the first quarter of the current fiscal year and Square Enix has turned a profit of 888 million yen ($7.60 million USD) from 37.20 billion yen ($318.21 million USD) of sales. This constitutes a tripling of sales and no less than sixteen times the same quarter's profits last year. More specifically, titles such as Valkyrie Profile: Silmeria and Dragon Quest VIII selling in Japan and Europe contributed to the 363 million yen ($3.11 million USD) profit of the Square Enix game division, while the official Final Fantasy XII strategy guide also did its part by increasing the profits of the publishing division more than one hundred percent. A new Final Fantasy XI expansion (along with original title's XBox release) helped boost online sales sixty percent. The only loser was Square Enix's subsidiary Taito, whose acquisition you may recall to have been just under a year ago; it has since suffered an operating loss of 663 million yen ($5.67 million USD). No, there is nothing clever to say. Merely weep at the loss of money.
    news article 30 July 2006 by Ziyad  -50  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • Square Enix sweeps Playstation Awards
    ffxii_larsa.JPGEvil overlord and Sony Computer Entertainment president Ken Kutaragi presided over the tenth annual Playstation Awards yesterday, where Final Fantasy XII received the Double Platinum Award for breaking the two million sales mark since its release in March. Meanwhile, Kingdom Hearts II was graced with the Platinum Award and Dirge of Cerberus came away with a Gold Award alongside Namco's Tales of the Abyss and Banpresto's wonderfully named Daiji Super Robot Taisen Alpha: Shuuen no Ginga he. It looks like Squeenix is on a roll. A Picture
    news article 27 July 2006 by Ziyad  -40  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • BREAKING NEWS: Kingdom Hearts voice actor reveals that he is a flaming fag
    140.title.gifLance Bass has revealed to the world that he is indeed, as many expected, a flaming homosexual. The would-be astronaut and N*SYNC dance machine supplied the voice for Sephiroth in the original Kingdom Hearts. While his professional work in this bleak post-N*SYNC world has been few and far-between, Bass has revealed that he is indeed happy. "The cockthirst keeps me occupied," Bass divulged. Not that there's anything wrong with that. PEOPLE
    news article 26 July 2006 by Matt  -30  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • Final Fantasy on AOL Radio: It's Back
    0628.pngAfter a long hiatus, Square Enix and AOL Radio have announced the return of Final Fantasy to the ears of AOL mongers everywhere. Daishiro Okada, Chief Operating Officer of Square Enix, was very excited: "We feel so fortunate to have such a loyal following and want to give a huge 'thank you' for their efforts to bring back FINAL FANTASY radio," he said on Monday. Apparently, someone had to be listening. AOL Music
    news article 26 July 2006 by Ziyad  -72  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • IGN not weeping for Dirge of Cerberus
    ffvii-doc_vincent.JPGGaming website recently received a domesticated preview copy of Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII and found that Square Enix has decided to make improvements to the title for its August U.S. launch. Will these be enough to drag the game out of its insessant poor reviews? Are we all out another coaster? The results may (slightly) shock you! Full Article
    news article 25 July 2006 by Ziyad  15  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • More trademarks; place your bets
    wom.PNGBusiness continues and Square Enix has registered no less than three new trademarks for our speculation. "Tsukkomi stick" and "Tsukkomi Browser" have both been registered with the Japanese patent office, in addition to "Monotone", which has also received U.S. registration. The former two could be cell phone titles, but "Monotone" leaves much to the imagination. Rahul insists it is a "film noir action RPG for the Xbox 360". Honestly, anything is possible. GameFront
    news article 18 July 2006 by Ziyad  -10  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • FFXI succession a vicious rumor
    ffxi_femhume.JPGThere have been some very interesting reports posted on several popular gaming websites recently that appear to detail what has been called a "Final Fantasy XI successor": a new MMORPG to inspire ridiculous Red Mage cosplay. Japanse Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) credited production to Hiromichi Tanaka, whose was responsible for the original FFXI, and declared it would release on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and upcoming Windows Vista platforms. But Nikkei, it seems, is not the ultimate source for all things Final Fantasy. Square Enix issued a press release today stating, "the Company did not make such an announcement and has not made any decisions resembling those detailed in the media report." Instead, it is, "developing an online title for next-generation platforms [...] as a completely new MMORPG". Sorry, kids. Time to put the virtual gil away. Press Release
    news article 18 July 2006 by Ziyad  9  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • Ultimate Hits a hit
    fft-delita.PNGFive hundred thousand. That is the number of copies that Square Enix's Ultimate Hits budget series has sold since its inception in September 2005. Since then, it has been a remarkable tool for the company to curb the high prices associated with the sales of used titles and personally pocket the popularity of their classics. To accompany this tremendous success, Square Enix will be releasing no fewer than sixteen more titles into the Ultimate Hits line on July 20, including Valkyrie Profile and Final Fantasy Tactics. Are you listening, Konami? I want my Suikoden II. Full List
    news article 15 July 2006 by Ziyad  -32  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • Madness continues: Final Fantasy III DS on the way
    ff3-dslite.PNGClearly not content with one demonic pact, Square Enix has joined forces with Nintendo to create a "Final Fantasy III Crystal Edition" bundle featuring a very special Nintendo DS Lite decorated with Final Fantasy III character artwork. However, this special edition DS is releasing in limited units, and only in Japan, so order yours today for a mere 22,780 yen ($198 USD). Or you will die. Final Fantasy III releases in Japan August 24th. Here's a picture
    news article 14 July 2006 by Ziyad  -2  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • Rumor: Dragon Quest IX Coming to the Wii
    dq8_mainchar.PNGGo Nintendo brought up a rumor today: "The buzz going around is that in the newest issue of EGM to hit magazine stands, a staff writer by the name of Quarterman states that Dragon Quest IX will be a Wii exclusive." If this turns out to be true, Nintendo's Wii might have a bigger advantage than originally thought. What do you guys make of this? Go Nintendo
    news article 13 July 2006 by gbrunner  5  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • Final Fantasy III DS "e-mail" feature revealed
    ff3_logo.PNGLong rumored to take advantage of the WiFi capabilities of the DS, Final Fantasy III is now set to include an "e-mail" feature. "Players will be able to send letters to their friends who also own copies of the game, and they'll be able to reply back. Doing this will also trigger special events that take place within the game." Woopidy-fucking-doo. Club Skill
    news article 07 July 2006 by Matt  2  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • Square Enix registers new trademarks; Front Mission lives
    fm5_guy.PNGSquare Enix has registered the name Monster Battle Road with the United States patent office; a clear reference to a Dragon Quest VIII minigame of the same name. It is likely that this title will be a US port of the Japanese Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker. More interestingly, the subtitle "Scars of the War" has been published for opposition, which means as long as no one else sues for property of a common phrase, Front Mission 5 may actually get a stateside release. RPGamer
    news article 05 July 2006 by Ziyad  20  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • Final Fantasy XII receives NA release date, special edition
    ffxii_viera.JPGSquare Enix has finally confirmed that the North American release date for their considerably anticipated and highly vaunted Final Fantasy XII will fall on October 31, 2006. The standard retail price is to be $49.99 USD, but where opportunity for more profit lies, there will be a special edition. FFXII's special edition, which will release only in EB and Gamestop stores, will include not only a steel collector's case, but also Japanese and American trailers, in-depth developer interviews, an art gallery, and featurettes of the history of Final Fantasy--all for $59.99 USD. Rumors that Yoichi Wada will be including a self-addressed envelope for stuffing cash to send directly to his office have been greatly exaggerated. Famitsu
    news article 30 June 2006 by Ziyad  -17  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • Masato Kato - The M Night Shyamalan of gaming
    cb.gifDuckroll takes a look at the author of the scripts for the Chrono series and how his style contributed to large parts of the Xenogears story arc. Link
    news article 11 June 2006 by duckroll  -45  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • Festa preps Japan for Silmeria
    vp_silmeria.JPGWith the approaching release of Valkyrie Profile Silmeria, Square Enix's Tokyo "Valkyrie Festa 2006" was an exciting event for many Valkyrie fans. In addition to taking the title for a spin and mindlessly throwing away their yen on merchandise, attendees also received the opportunity to glance firsthand at the costumes used in Silmeria's commercials and listen to the game's producer and voice cast hint at Lenneth's appearance in this Valkyrie Profile sequel. Finally, Motoi Sakuraba descended from his mountaintop enclave to perform fourteen songs of his very own composition live. Bet you wish you were there. Valkyrie Profile: Silmeria releases June 22 in Japan. Famitsu
    news article 06 June 2006 by Ziyad  1  no new comments discusss permalink permalink

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