Tag: Square Enix

One of Apple Arcade’s Biggest Games is a Square Enix RPG That’s Real Bad

One of the first options you have in Various Daylife, an incredibly high-profile game at Apple Arcade’s launch simply because it’s a new RPG from Square Enix, is “name your colonist.” [takes a deep breath, rubs temples, and slowly begins to stare at the ceiling] Various Daylife, which might be the oddest name Square Enix […]

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Final Fantasy VII Remake’s new trailer has minigames and sugar for daddy

It’s Tokyo Game Show week in Japan. That’s when developers show games in Tokyo — huh, I wonder if that’s where the name comes from? Anyway, publisher Square Enix revealed a new trailer for something called Final Fantasy VII Remake, and it looks OK. You can check out the video above, which features a mix […]

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Kingdom Hearts III DLC trailer is less Disney, more anime

Square Enix released a trailer for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III downloadable content Re Mind, which will come out this winter. You can watch it above. Although the trailer is in Japanese, you can turn on English captions Kingdom Hearts III came out in January 2019 for PlayStation 4, and the action role-playing game has […]

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The Composer of Kingdom Hearts Has Never Stopped Reinventing Herself

The first time I encountered Yoko Shimomura was in 2017 at a crowded concert hall in downtown Tokyo. It was the opening night of the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra’s first world tour, and all around me, jittery Square Enix fans clutched their newly purchased tour-exclusive merchandise and prepared to collectively cry along to “Dearly Beloved.” Partway […]

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Final Fantasy drives Square Enix sales through a profitable quarter

Square Enix revealed its financial results for the quarter ending on June 30, showing growth compared to the previous year thanks to its iconic Final Fantasy franchise. The publisher reported net sales of $500.97 million, up 19.1% compared to last year. During the quarter, Square Enix released Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and Final […]

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Dragon Quest Builders 2 review — Busywork is happy work

One of the sports desks I worked on had a motto: “Busywork is happy work.” This was the mantra of my boss and me whenever we worked on the agate pages (the part of the sports section in a newspaper with all the box scores, standings, betting odds, and so on). You didn’t have to […]

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I’m not playing Shadowbringers yet, but I’m still loving Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV recently saw the release of its third expansion, Shadowbringers, which came out on July 2. Everyone seems to love it. I haven’t touched this new content, but I’m still having a great time playing the online role-playing game. That’s because I’m working on leveling my character and progressing through Final Fantasy XIV’s […]

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Final Fantasy XIV is getting a live-action TV adaptation

Sony announced today that it is teaming up with Hivemind, the production company behind the sci-fi series The Expanse and the upcoming TV show based on The Witcher franchise, to make a live-action TV series based on Final Fantasy XIV. Final Fantasy has had such adaptations before — Spirits Within and Advent Children — but […]

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Marvel’s Avengers: How Crystal Dynamics assembled a dev super-team

In Marvel’s Avengers, the heroes must work together to overcome one of their toughest challenges yet. But in real life, developer Crystal Dynamics had to assemble its own super-team of studios just to make its triple-A action game. Coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on May 15, Marvel’s Avengers has the team’s core […]

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How combat and storytelling will work in Square Enix’s The Avengers game

One of the big reveals at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the big game trade show in Los Angeles, was the unveiling of gameplay for Square Enix’s The Avengers game. The timing for this game (coming soon) is good because the film Avengers: Endgame has made about $2.7 billion at the box office so far […]

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Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda interview — Betting big on The Avengers game

Square Enix had so much to talk about at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) that it took advantage of the void left by Sony’s absence and held a press event. And it showed off a lot of games, including the highly anticipated game based on its partnership with Marvel on The Avengers. I spoke with […]

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How Crystal Dynamics designed The Avengers

The film Avengers: Endgame has made about $2.7 billion at the box office so far this year. It is behind only Avatar (which made about $2.8 billion in 2009) in worldwide box office receipts. And that is why it’s a big deal that Square Enix, maker of the Final Fantasy and Lara Croft games, showed […]

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E3 2019 killed CG reveal videos

The 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles has come and gone. Despite talk of its demise, this show is still an inflection point. The biggest gaming companies work toward it each year. And I think it helps them establish a narrative that consumers are desperate to latch onto. But E3 2019 had a problem […]

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Trials of Mana finally brings the Secret of Mana sequel to the U.S.

Trials of Mana is coming to Switch in early 2020, Nintendo revealed during its Electronic Entertainment Expo today in Los Angeles. It is a remake of the third entry in the Mana series. The first Mana game was actually called Final Fantasy Adventure in the U.S. (the series goes by Seiken Densetsu in Japan). It’s […]

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