Square Enix is probably best known by gamers for the Final Fantasy game franchise. This week the company has announced that it intends to create new gaming experiences through what it calls Project Flare. Project Flare is a breakthrough in cloud game architecture according to Square Enix.
One of the most popular game franchises that Square Enix ever produced is Final Fantasy. The video game franchises in its 14th iteration and recently gamers trying to take advantage of the new game have ran into some serious problems with server uptime. That means that some of the people who purchased the game and were trying it out under their free trial were unable to get online and play.
One of the most influential role-playing video games in the history of such things has been delivered to the PC gaming realm at last. Having made its way from the PlayStation universe back in the classic era of 1997, here it's one whole heck of a lot less expensive than that release, brought through Steam for the first time. What's more, this release has Square Enix making a teaser for future releases with a bit of a pre-order bonus too - Cloud for all games!
Just several days after Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello resigned, Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada is also making the move. Square Enix announced today that Wada will be stepping down due to "a management reorganization." However, the company also noted that they're expecting a big loss in its next financial statement.
This week the PlayStation 4 event, Square Enix' Chief Technology Officer Yoshihisha Hashimoto spoke up about the excellence of the system as it works with their own Luminous Studio. This next-generation technology has been presented as a game-changing push for graphics and real-live action that, like many of the presentations we've seen today, blurs the line between cinematics and gameplay. A demonstration was shown of this engine in action with a rather odd storyline of monks with lightning powers facing off against gun-toting violence-tossers - and so very many camera angles ensued.
Square Enix has just shown off a preview of their new HD remake of Final Fantasy X. Final Fantasy X was the first game in the series to come to the PlayStation 2 and it won the hearts of many avid fans. Now to everyone's excitement, the game will be remastered, and brought to the portable Playstation Vita. The preview doesn't show off much, except for the main characters, Tidus and Yuna, standing alongside Bahamut and Yojimbo. While their changes seem a bit subtle, you can notice that their colors are more vibrant, and their character's textures are much more smooth.
It looks like Square Enix knows what games to re-release in order to snag the biggest amount of sales. Square Enix launched a remake of one of its popular titles, Dragon Quest VII, last weekend, and it sold well over 800,000 copies within the first few days of its launch. The period was calculated between February 7th to February 10th, meaning it only took the game 4 days to reach that sales figure. It topped the gaming charts, with Famitsu reporting that the game sold approximately 836,654 copies.
The Tomb Raider franchise will be getting a highly anticipated reboot next year, but when this new game arrives, it will be sporting some features that series veterans will find unfamiliar. After a UK listing for the game set off rumors about a Tomb Raider multiplayer mode, Crystal Dynamics today confirmed it. For better or worse, the next Tomb Raider title will indeed have multiplayer.
Final Fantasy fans rejoice, because today Final Fantasy IVlaunches on the App Store. This is the latest in a long line of Final Fantasy IV ports, and why not? After all, Final Fantasy IV is widely considered to be one of the best in the series, so it isn't very surprising that Square Enix has chosen to bring it to iOS.
If you're ready for some more Hitman action, be prepared for late next month, because Square Enix and IO Interactive just announced a trilogy edition for the series. Set for release on January 29 in North America and February 1 in Europe, Hitman Trilogy HD will be released for the PlayStation 3, while Hitman Trilogy HD: Platinum Edition will release for the Xbox 360.