Brian Horton, game director of Rise of the Tomb Raider, speaks during the Square Enix press conference at the JW Marriott on 16 June 2015 in Los Angeles, CaliforniaSquare Enix has announced some of its plans for the annual E3 gaming trade show in Los Angeles.The Japanese game developer-publisher has begun a "Road to E3" blog series, kicking off its first post with a list of games that will be playable at the event and teasing some "exciting Tomb Raider news".The company will once again host a "Square Enix Presents" live show that will cover the latest news, give viewers an in-depth look into their games, developer interviews and exclusive live game demos.Visitors to the Square Enix booth will also get to play demos of some of their latest upcoming titles including Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the third episode of Hitman, Just Cause 3's newest DLC entitled the Land Mech Assault pack, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness and I am Setsuna.The next blog post in the series promises to include details on some other demos for Square Enix's booth as well as "some exciting Tomb Raider news", which could mean that a release date for the Rise of the Tomb Raider's PS4 version will soon be announced.Square Enix's next Active Time Report broadcast is also scheduled to take place during E3, which is expected to reveal more details about the company's highly-anticipated upcoming RPG Final Fantasy 15.
Final Fantasy XV's new World of Wonder trailer shows off spectacular towns, cities and vistas to exploreThe Final Fantasy franchise has always been known for its state-of-the-art graphics, pushing the boundaries of visual expression and fidelity.The trailer gives viewers a sneak peek of some of the game's beautiful towns, cities and scenic vistas that gamers will soon be able to explore in the open Final Fantasy world, including dark sewers, lush kingdoms hidden in the mountains, intricately detailed architecture, sun-soaked cities, and more.In the lead-up to the highly-anticipated title, Square Enix has also released a five-part prequel anime series, a Platinum Demo, a tie-in movie called Kingsglaive and a story trailer featuring a cover of the Ben E King classic Stand By Me, performed by Grammy-nominated Florence the Machine – the game's official theme song.The game was re-introduced as 15 at E3 2013.Square Enix's next Active Time Report broadcast is scheduled to take place during June's gaming trade show E3, which could reveal additional details about the game.Final Fantasy 15 is set to release on 30 September for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Square Enix has teased some exciting news for Tomb Raider ahead of next month sE3.In a "road to E3" blog post, Square details what you can expect this year.During E3 the company will be hosting a Square Enix Presents show, including hands-on demos of all titles at E3, including Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Hitman, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, I Am Setsuna and more.It rounds off the post with a hint of what s to come in subsequent entries, including some exciting Tomb Raider news and details on a few new games that our team has been hard at work on.Rise of the Tomb Raider was a timed-exclusive title on Xbox platforms at the tail-end of last year; could we be about to find out when the game will come to PS4?We don t have much longer to find out.
New games keep coming out for virtual reality, and sometimes those releases are actually quite old.Hitman Go: VR Edition is one of the latest releases for Oculus Rift and Gear VR headsets, and you can download it now from the Oculus Store for $10 or $8 for the Gear VR version .I booted it up and found that Hitman Go is still the same great game I played on my tablet back in 2014.It s a simplified, board-game take on the franchise s assassination action where you move your Agent 47 character around a path to complete certain objectives without getting spotted.It was fun two years ago, and that hasn t changed, even if you won t find anything new.I don t think this title needed a VR port, but getting the chance to sit in a simulated space with a digital board game doesn t take away from the experience, either.Instead, you may find that it s a bit easier to get an understanding of the world without having to move your camera around by pinching and zooming or using the left stick and shoulder buttons for the console version.In Hitman Go: VR Edition, I could understand the layout of the board without having to really adjust anything except for where my head was looking.I ve previously compared the Rift launch head-to-head arena battler Airmech: Command to a living tabletop experience, and I think this is a potentially enormous genre.
Square Enix s 16-bit role-playing game Romancing SaGa 2 will be playable in English for the first time ever with this week s upcoming launch of a fully featured port for iOS and Android devices.Originally released in 1993 for the Super Nintendo s Japanese counterpart, the Super Famicom, Romancing SaGa 2 is a console-styled RPG in the vein of Square Enix s Final Fantasy series.The 16-bit entries in both franchises share a similar aesthetic, and many feature a turn-based combat system that encourages players to develop strategies that exploit enemy weaknesses.Though Romancing SaGa 2 was never previously available in English, many subsequent series entries have been localized over the years, including SaGa Frontier for the original PlayStation and the PS2-era sequel Unlimited SaGa.While a PS Vita version of Romancing SaGa 2 was recently released in Japan, Square Enix has not announced plans to localize the Vita edition for western audiences.Keeping in line with Square Enix s premium-priced mobile releases, Romancing SaGa 2 will be available for $18 when it hits iOS and Android storefronts later this week.
When asked by the interviewer – Tekken producer – Katsuhiro Harada if there was any backlash during the franchise's reorganisation process in 2012 after he took over the team, the director said, "Oh yeah, there was.""Because of that, there was a time I told off the team, saying, 'We're not special.In April 2016, the video game designer revealed that after taking over as director of Final Fantasy 15, he decided to conduct an analysis of the FF brand in Japan.Based on the demo and footage released so far, as well as the demand for the Ultimate Collector's editions – which was sold out within minutes of its release – there is lots to look forward to the new addition of the series.The developer also recently released a new World Of Wonder trailer showcasing the game's environments.Final Fantasy 15 is slated for release on 30 September for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The previous Elusive Target was Sergei Larin, the Forger, who had to be taken out over 48 hours.Only 53 percent of players succeeded in taking him out, and less than 10 percent got the silent assassin award.The players only get one chance and a limited time to take out an Elusive Target.The whole straetgy is a plan to keep players engaged throughout the year.We spoke about the latest with Torben Ellert, lead online game designer for IO Interactive.Here s an edited transcript of our interview.GamesBeat: Tell us what you do.Torben Ellert: My key focus is on the game s online content, the service content, the stuff that comes out in between the big releases.But given the fact that you only get one shot — if it goes wrong, once the target s down you can t restart — that seems pretty high.GamesBeat: Was there a particularly common way to do it?Ellert: The way most people did it was they eliminated his bodyguard.Their behaviors are fully systemic.
Square EnixSquare Enix has announced that the next episodic mission for Hitman will launch on 31 May for PS4, Xbox One and PC.Publisher Square Enix included several screenshots alongside the announcement which show off the episode's glistening, trinket-filled Berber markets, dusty architecture and swarms of angry protesters incensed by the region's heightened military presence.Presumably these same forces will ensure dispatching main target Army General Reza Zaydan is a tough, but hopefully fun, task.Marrakesh is the third episode of the seven episodes set to launch throughout 2016 and follows the widely-lauded Sapienza instalment, which IBTimes UK heralded as "one of the series' finest missions to date" in our review.Square Enix has promised murderous trips to Thailand, the United States and Japan for everyone's favourite bold, barcoded killer throughout the rest of 2016, all of which will be included in the game's full disc release currently set for January 2017, where all of the digital content will be compiled into a complete retail bundle.Our review of Hitman will be published in due course, once we've tested the game's online features following its worldwide release.
The cinematic short takes us through the golden era of augmentation known as mechanical apartheid , a major event that has taken place in the world of Deus Ex.Plenty has changed since 2011 s Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and the trailer hopes to provide us with some valuable insight.In the wake of this global catastrophe, society has become divided by hatred, prejudice, and fear, with many countries now enacting harsh laws.The most notable of these laws is the highly controversial Human Restoration Act , aimed at isolating Augs and keeping them away from Naturals .Acting as the direct sequel to 2011 s Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Mankind Divided once again has you play as Adam Jensen.The heavily augmented mercenary has access to a ludicrous range of skills and abilities, so you can experiment with many different play styles throughout the expansive RPG.
"Deus Ex: Mankind Divided" is an action role-playing game about a dystopian future in which individuals with mechanical augmentations — "Augs" — are cast out from society.The game doesn't arrive until August, but Square Enix released a live-action trailer on Thursday that sheds light on this world of "mechanical apartheid."And it's absolutely chilling.View As: One PageSlides
Well, now you can, as the new Top-Level Domain TLD is available for usage for those involved in the gaming community in one way or another.Blizzard, for example, nabbed the Warcraft, Starcraft, Hearthstone, Diablo and Heroes of the Storm domain names in the early trademark registration period, subsequently grabbing on the team-based shooter's launch day.Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto were reserved by Activision and Take-Two Interactive respectively, and naturally Microsoft grabbed Minecraft, with Square Enix having no hesitation in snagging Final Fantasy.Amanda Fessenden, Director of Registry Business Operations for Uniregistry, commented: "While we are excited to see existing gaming companies acquire their .game domain names, we are even more excited by what will come next – the creation of websites, marketing campaigns, and games themselves built on these great domains."There are certainly some individuals who are making good use of the new domains, for example Georgia Van Cuylenberg, a voice actor who has worked with the Final Fantasy and Star Wars franchises in the past, bagged to advertise her skills.You can scope out whether your potential .game domain has already been taken at the Uniregistry website.
Featuring more than a hint of inspiration from Minecraft, the game will be released in October on PlayStation 4 and PS Vita.Until now it's been limited to Japan, having debuted in January on PS4/PS3/Vita.At first glance, Dragon Quest Builders may look like just a DQ-themed Minecraft clone, but there's actually a fair amount of differences in gameplay.DQ die-hards, on the other hand, will be pleased by the amount of series mainstays that make an appearance, including monsters, characters, and items.Square Enix notes that this announcement comes on the exact day of the Dragon Quest series' 30th anniversary.This is fitting, as DQ Builders' story takes place after the "bad" ending of DQ1, with players rebuilding the kingdom that has been destroyed.
Publisher Square Enix announced that its Minecraft-inspired sandbox construction game Dragon Quest Builders is headed to the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita in North America and Europe later this year.Today s announcement arrives on the 30th anniversary of the original Dragon Quest s launch in Japan, bolstering the long-running series latest push for stateside recognition.In the aftermath of the catastrophe, once-thriving villages are reduced to rubble, and according to Square Enix, the few survivors scattered around the world no longer understand the concept of creativity and live through scavenging what remains among ruins.Players must then restore the world to its former glory by rebuilding villages, brick by brick, in an RPG-styled quest.Though its main questline focuses on construction, Dragon Quest Builders also offers real-time combat and character-leveling mechanics, essentially transforming the Minecraft formula into an action-RPG.Square Enix is also readying a pair of Dragon Quest series remakes for North American release later this year, including upgraded Nintendo 3DS versions of 2000 s Dragon Quest VII and 2004 s Dragon Quest VIII.
Child of Light Ubisoft Ubisoft Montreal s side-scrolling adventure has a hand-painted style, influenced by the platforming game Limbo and the films of Studio Ghibli.Photograph: StudioMDHRDark Souls 3 Namco From Software s latest triumph has sheer Gothic grandeur to spare – but it s the way the architectural vision reflects and encapsulates the unyielding cruelty of the game that really impresses.Photograph: Namco BandaiForza Horizon 2 Microsoft Lovingly replicated southern European landscapes, intricate car models and high-end lighting combine to make this one of the most attractive racing games on the market.Photograph: KonamiOri and the Blind Forest Moon Studios A lush, stylised adventure platformer, Ori takes visual inspiration from animated movies such as The Lion King, Princess Monoke and The Iron Giant.Photograph: MicrosoftRise of the Tomb Raider Square Enix The latest Lara Croft adventure takes us to a secret city in Siberia, using movies such as The Edge, The Grey and Hanna as visual reference points for its grand icy set-pieces.Photograph: Superhot TeamUnravel Electronic Arts Heavily inspired by designer Martin Sahlin s camping trips into the northern Swedish countryside, Unravel captures the natural beauty of the region, and overlays it with a sense of magic.
You try to free it from its evil dictator by any means necessary, using an assortment of grappling hooks, parachutes, and wingsuits.Now Square Enix and Avanlanche Studios have announced a new downloadable content installment that will be out in early June.It makes for some great destruction and a lot of laughs.We saw a preview of the DLC recently, and we were able to interview Tobias Anderson, the producer of the DLC, about how the team came up with the idea.Here s an edited transcript of our interview.GamesBeat: How long has this been in the making now?Tobias Anderson: The original game came out on December 1.Having him pilot this amazing war machine is another step in the same vein, I d say.GamesBeat: What can players expect from the rest of this DLC?You ll have a bit less shielding to start and the enemies are quite powerful.When you work through the DLC pack, after you re done with that, you ll have a fully upgraded mech.GamesBeat: Have you been able to respond to feedback and things fans have liked in the original game?Anderson: There are always forum reactions, seeing what players really want.One thing some people enjoyed was just picking things up and stacking them on top of each other.
Square Enix and Avalanche Studios are unveiling the next installment of downloadable content for the Just Cause 3 silly shooter game that debuted last fall.It s like Grand Theft Auto for tropical island warfare, and now the new DLC introduces a new mech assault vehicle that produces hilarious results.With that DLC, you could play with Rico s wingsuit and add a rocket to it.I picked up armored cars and tanks.But I always discovered that someone else had showed up because I was getting shot at.These shots caused actual damage to my mech.
It's still early, but the lack of initial enthusiasm for VR from most AAA studios continues to be a headwind to the technology's potential success.At the Cowen and Company 44th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference yesterday, the head of the multi-billion-dollar publisher said VR's current $2,000 asking price when you factor in high-powered PC costs and need for a dedicated play space limit the potential for mass appeal.Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen said in November that the company would "wait and see how big the market is going to be" before making a big VR push.Usually, a new platform relies on a system-selling killer app from a first- or second-party developer or a breakout hit from a small independent studio to break this cycle.It only takes one must-have experience to kickstart hardware sales and thereby attract interest from the more risk-averse major publishers.Sony claims more than 200 developers are working on PlayStation VR software, and the list includes familiar, big-budget names like Electronic Arts, Square Enix, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Warner Bros. Interactive, and 2K Games a subsidiary of Zelnick's VR-reluctant Take-Two .
Set in an abandoned military base, players will have to defend lone survivor Ben named after the winner of the PAX East 2016 tournament from a swarming horde of undead, Square Enix says in the official announcement.It s not actually you who will be dying, though, but the aforementioned Ben Randomoff as random car guy.He has not a care in the world but fixing his broken down automobile, and seems completely oblivious to the dozens of zombies moving in to eat his brains.Its blue-gray finish is certainly enticing, but we suggest you try out the free guns, first.It s content might be completely different from anything the Hitman series has offered to date, but the level of cheese still feels like a perfect fit for the series.After all, you can t take these games seriously, nor should you try, when they let you kill a target with an explosive golf ball.
Indie studio Zeboyd Games announced that its Super NES-style RPG Cosmic Star Heroine will premiere for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita this summer.Fans will soon be able to pre-order a limited edition physical version from niche publisher Limited Run Games.Soon after the game begins, Alyssa is branded as a spy, forcing her to flee from her employers and team up with fellow outcasts on a quest to discover the truth behind a dark government conspiracy.Gameplay in Cosmic Star Heroine unfolds much in the style of a 16-bit RPG, and its turn-based battle system features multicharacter combo techniques similar to those found in Square Enix s landmark Super NES game Chrono Trigger.Though Cosmic Star Heroine is built on a foundation of 16-bit nostalgia, Zeboyd has taken steps to eliminate much of the tedium associated with decades-old RPGs.The studio parodied RPG tropes in 2010 s Breath of Death 7 before refining its retro-style approach with the popular follow-up Cthulhu Saves the World.
Foy is also the chairman and co-owner of the pro esports team The Immortals, which just bought a Brazilian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team.Foy has deep experience in running game and tech companies, including gaming giant Square Enix where he was chief operating officer and general counsel , and Super Evil Megacorp.And it s going to have a new one-day preamble, our AR/VR day, to focus on the excitement of augmented reality and virtual reality games and entertainment.That s August 1, and it leads into our traditional GamesBeat fare.Our ninth annual GamesBeat event takes place at the Terranea Resort on August 1 to August 3 in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.He has secured licenses with Hollywood studios such as Disney, Lionsgate, MGM, NBCUniversal, Paramount, and Warner Brothers for games based on some of the world s most beloved movie franchises.Last year, Chou launched a multipartner effort to take Marvel: Contest of Champions into the Chinese market.He previously held senior positions at Rightware, MasterIMage 3D, and Nvidia.Jason Rubin, head of Oculus StudiosRubin runs the team at Facebook s Oculus division that creates, funds, and works with developers to build first party games and experiences for the Oculus Rift VR headset and the Samsung Gear VR.He is responsible for expanding Lionsgate s content creation into video games and other interactive ventures, including incubation of new properties, investment in existing games and digital media vehicles and leveraging Lionsgate s franchises and other branded properties into the gaming space.It s no accident that Lionsgate has announced a bunch of game-related deals, such as planting the seeds for an esports TV show and backing Hong Kong game studio Fifth Journey.