|Platform PS3, 360||Publisher Square Enix||Developer Square Enix Product Development Division 1||Release Date 2010-03-09|
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By Griffin McElroy on Jul 31, 2014 07.31.14
We gave PlayStation Now a test run after the launch of its beta on PS4 earlier today, and despite a perplexing pricing model and a minute or two of network wonkiness, the platform is performing surprisingly well. In the video above, you can watch our attempt to stream and play two PlayStation 3 titles — Just Cause 2 and Final Fantasy 13 — on our PlayStation 4. During the test, we experienced just one session-ending error while starting a new game in Just Cause 2. Initializing a game through PlayStation Now took us a little over half a minute; a pause we experienced only when launching a game, but not during play. That period was extended significantly when launching a game through PlayStation Now after immediately ending another streaming game — seen as a nearly two-minute transition...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Jul 28, 2014 07.28.14
Nintendo 3DS role-playing game Bravely Default has sold one million copies worldwide, placing it ahead of most recent titles in Square Enix's long-lived Final Fantasy RPG series, Dengeki Online reports. Bravely Default launched in Japan in 2012, in December 2013 in Europe and in North America this past February. The game's lifetime sales, including downloads, exceed one million copies — 400,000 copies in Japan and 600,000 copies overseas, Square Enix told Dengeki. While the game is not a true Final Fantasy title, the game does borrow many elements of the 27-year-old JRPG franchise: a focus on narrative and character development, different job classes players can develop — such as mages, warriors and thieves — and a storyline focused around crystals that protect and power the earth. A...
By Emily Gera on Feb 19, 2014 02.19.14
Future releases in the Final Fantasy franchise could be coming to Windows PC, according to series producer Yoshinori Kitase who confirmed Square Enix is interested in developing for this platform. While the series has a long history of console releases, Kitase tells Eurogamer this could change in the future. "Let's not forget, when we developed the Final Fantasy 13 series, all three titles, at the early stages of development we were working on PC," Kitase said. "Then we had to port it to the consoles. As far as the technology is concerned, it would have been possible for us to make a PC version, but we decided against it for two reasons: we looked at the market situation and we didn't think it would be a good idea, and also it would have involved lots of complex issues like security....
By Philip Kollar on Jan 15, 2014 01.15.14
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 — the third and seemingly final game in this branch of the long-running RPG series — sets itself apart immediately. A gorgeous opening cutscene reintroduces Final Fantasy 13 protagonist Lightning, who is perched on a clock tower, grimacing like a futuristic Batman. She's talking to someone out of sight, presumably through a communication device of some sort. The voice will be familiar to those who played the previous games — it's Hope, the young, whiny teenager who grew into his own as a character in the sequel. Without much in the way of setup or context, Lightning leaps from her vantage point, heading into what appears to be a nightclub. The revelry is interrupted as she gets into a fight with a bunch of monsters who seem to be allied with —...
By John Funk on Nov 20, 2013 11.20.13
A new video shows over ten minutes of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 being played. The footage is all of the Japanese version, so viewers who don't speak or read Japanese will be left to fill in plot and cutscene details with their imaginations. However, much of the video is comprised of combat as Lightning explores an open field and wanders through city streets, and hitting dragons with swords is a universal language. Lightning Returns hits Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this February in the West.
By John Funk on Nov 07, 2013 11.07.13
A new trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 shows the kind of items that can be purchased in the game's stores and what the player can do with them. Shops will sell items both useful and cosmetic; this particular trailer has the player purchasing a new shield for lightning as well as a pair of glasses that can be worn with any of her equipment. The trailer then delves into the menus, showing different equipment setups and how to customize Lightning's color palette to the player's preference. This particular video ends up with an outfit marked with purple highlights, but the end of the trailer shows a number of other color schemes the player could have used. Lightning Returns is scheduled to hit Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2014.
By Emily Gera on Nov 07, 2013 11.07.13
Publishers Ubisoft and Square Enix announced today a new crossover in merchandise available on Ubisoft's Uplay Shop and the official Square Enix Store in EMEA territories. As a result, merchandise from the Ubicollectibles series, including Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag figurines and Rabbids vinyl toys are available from the Square Enix Store. Four new Assassin's Creed wall scroll from Square Enix Products will be available in November, with figurines of the series' Connor and Edward releasin in early 2014. Selected Square Enix merchandise will be available from the Uplay Shop, including action figures from Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy 13-2 and Hitman.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Oct 28, 2013 10.28.13
A Final Fantasy title by Deus Ex and Thief developer Eidos has been the subject of internal discussion at Square Enix, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 game design director Yuji Abe told OXM. Traditionally the Final Fantasy series has been developed within the company's Japanese branch. But after acquiring several international studios, a western-developed entry is not out of the question, Abe said. "Obviously, Square Enix bought out Eidos a number of years ago, and now we have direct access to American development teams," Abe said. "That's certainly been discussed within the company, the possibility of say, Eidos or maybe someone else to look after or maybe take on the Final Fantasy series. "And we obviously haven't decided anything concrete, but if we find the right team of...
By John Funk on Oct 28, 2013 10.28.13
By John Funk on Oct 14, 2013 10.14.13
A new video from Square-Enix walks the player through the Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 demo that the veteran JRPG studio showed at last week's New York Comic-Con. In the demo, Lightning is in an area of the world called the Wildlands searching for a special white Chocobo. The demo shows off the combat, with Lightning switching between different job classes (and costumes) on the fly; while she's using one the others' resources regenerate, encouraging frequent swaps. The demo shows some of the game's equipment customization before Lightning takes on a monstrous boss to save the wounded Chocobo. Check out our thoughts on the demo, including an interview with the game's producer and long-time Final Fantasy veteran Yoshinori Kitase. Lightning Returns hits Xbox 360 and PlayStation...