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Dragon Quest Heroes 2 coming to Steam, Day One Explorer’s Edition announced for PS4, PC

22 Feb

Good news Dragon Quest fans: Square Enix announced today Dragon Quest Heroes 2 would release on PC alongside the PS4 version.

A Day One Explorer’s Edition ($59.99) for Dragon Quest Heroes 2 was also announced, and it is up for pre-order on the Square Enix Store and the PS Store.

It comes with 15 exclusive DLC items such as weapons designed from the enemies in the game. This includes the Slime Knight’s Shield, Great Sabreclaws, Golem Gauntlets and per the list below. You can see the items in the image below, and in the gallery.

  • Archdemon Arcs
  • Drackerang
  • Gem Slime Sword
  • Golem Gauntlets
  • Goodybag Abacus
  • Great Sabreclaws
  • Imp’s Fork
  • Night Club
  • Plat o’ One Tails
  • Robo-Bow
  • Robo-Razor
  • Royal Flush
  • Shadowblade
  • Slime Knight’s Shield
  • Slime Stack Stick

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A reversible cover artwork of the Adventure Log is also included in this edition.

Those who pre-order the game for PS4 through the PlayStation Store will also receive an exclusive PS4 theme, a Dragon Quest 1 hero costume and a special “Healix the Hero” recipe for Dragon Quest Builders.

The latter is in-game content will allow Dragon Quest Builders players to build a statue of Healix from Dragon Quest Heroes 2.

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Drackerang_(Maribel)
Gem_Slime_Sword_(Terry)
Golem_Gauntlets_(Alena)
Golem_Gauntlets_(Carver)
Goodybag_Abacus_(Torneko)
Great_Sabreclaws_(Ruff)
Imp's_Fork_(Kiryl)
Night_Club_(Lazarel)
Plat_o'_One_Tails_(Jessica)
Robo-Bow_(Angelo)
Robo-Razor_(Terry)
Royal_Flush_(Meena)
Shadowblade_(Cesar)
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Slime_Stack_Stick_(Teresa)

Dragon Quest Heroes 2 will be released on PlayStation 4 in North America on April 25 and in Europe on April 28.

It will release on Steam April 25, but it isn’t listed on the store just yet.

Multiple Final Fantasy World Records Awarded By Guinness

22 Feb

The Guinness Book of World Records has awarded multiple Final Fantasy world records to Square Enix’s flagship series. With its latest game, Final Fantasy 15, having been released back in November of last year to positive reviews, Final Fantasy and Square Enix have a great variety of different game types to choose from. See Also: […]

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The Nier: Automata PC release date revealed yesterday may not be accurate

22 Feb

We’re never going to find out what the release date of the PC version of Nier: Automata is.

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Yesterday, Square Enix released a new Nier: Automata trailer showing off 2B’s tools of destruction. It seems, however, there were two versions of this trailer, with a glaring change in one of them.

The difference, unfortunately, once again has to do with the game’s PC version, which Square Enix still can’t give a straight answer about. The initial version of this trailer sent to Gematsu, included a release date for the PC version of the game. The date shown was March 10.

That version even had the Steam logo and everything. A lot of Steam games unlock worldwide on the international release day, rather than at different times for different regions, which could be why the date shown here was March 10.

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Seeing as how Square Enix has thus far been unable, or unwilling, to provide a release date for the PC version, many used this trailer as confirmation of the PC version’s launch date. That said, the same trailer on Square Enix’s North American and UK YouTube Channels, does not mention Steam or the PC version at all. Instead, it shows each region’s respective release date at the end, for the PS4 version.

This could either mean the publisher simply made an error, slapping an incorrect release date and the Steam logo on the trailer sent to the press, before realising the mistake and removing it from the official mirrors on YouTube.

This whole thing could also be a result of an agreement between Sony and Square Enix that prevents the latter from talking about the PC version. Although such agreements have existed in the past between platform holders and publishers, we can’t say for sure if that’s truly the case here.

Nier: Automata is out on PS4 March 7 in North America, March 10 in EU and UK.

Nier Automata Steam Release Date Announced: March 10, 2017

21 Feb

With the release date for Nier Automata getting ever closer, Square Enix and Platinum Games have released a new trailer that also announced the Nier Automata Steam release date: March 10, 2017. The game will be releasing on both the Playstation 4 and the PC, so Steam is a vital part of that. See Also: […]

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Nier: Automata video shows off 2B’s awesome fighting skills and combos

21 Feb

Have a look at this new Nier: Automata video showing off the combo system, weapons and other interesting nuggets.

In the video, four weapon types in Nier: Automata are shown: small swords, large swords, spears and combat bracers. Weapons in these categories can be unlocked along with upgrades to the player’s “Pod” support system.

Players can also switch main character 2B’s weapons mid-combo to maximize both the range of abilities and effectiveness.

If you’re interested in the latest from Platinum Games, you can download the PS4 demo through the PlayStation Store. If you’re interesting in knowing whether the demo is worth your time, read what Alex though of it here.

NieR: Automata is also in development for PC and will be released on Steam in 2017. It was at one time, expected on March 10 alongside the PS4 release in Europe. It seems the date is still up in the air through, going by the latest report.

It will arrive in North America on March 7 for PS4.

Square Enix Announced Project Prelude Rune A Brand New RPG From A Newly Established Studio

21 Feb

Square Enix has announced Project Prelude Rune, a brand new RPG from newly established Studio Istolia, which headed by the former Tales producer Hideo Baba. Also See: Square Enix Gives First Look At Final Fantasy XV Avatar Creation System In a press release, Square Enix explained that name “Istolia” is based on the Greek word […]

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Nier Automata’s Souls-like Android system detailed, PC version almost certainly delayed

21 Feb

Nier Automata has online elements, but PC players are gonna have to wait to experience them.

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Nier Automata developer Platinum Games has been deliberately quiet about the action RPG’s online elements, but a recent livestream has made it a bit less mysterious.

As Alex reported from a recent interview and hands-on, Nier Automata features an Android system where players can return to the scene of their deaths to recruit their corpse as a time-limited NPC or retrieve lost items like plug-in chips..

According to Gematsu‘s recap of the livestream, you’ll lose that chance if you die again before reaching your corpse – or if you take too long to get there. In that way, Nier Automata puts a little spin on a system seen in like Dark Souls, Lords of the Fallen and Nioh.

As in these other games, your corpse in Nier Automata may be visible in other players’ worlds if you’re both playing online, and the livestream confirmed that you can also resurrect strangers’ corpses to fight alongside you.

The livestream deliberately glossed over what happens if you try to retrieve lost items from another player’s corpse instead, and there’s still no word on the haiku you can leave beside your corpse – another Nier Automata spin on the increasingly popular messaging system of Souls-like games.

Elsewhere in the livestream, the development team confirmed Square Enix had agreed to fund Nier Automata DLC, but it’s not yet decided what form it will take – costumes, maybe. Also, a couple of Nier Automata PS4 themes will be released for free on the Japanese PSN from February 22. let’s hope they come west, too.

The livestream also gave an update on the PC port of Nier Automata, which does not have a release date. According to DSO Gaming, producer Yosuke Saito said it won’t be long before Nier Automata is released on Steam, but that Square Enix and Platinum games are still thinking about what to do about piracy.

Since Saito made a reference to recent games being pirated early in their release window, it looks like the companies had originally planned to use Denuvo for Nier Automata. The DRM solution, once considered nigh on uncrackable, seems to have succumbed to pirates at last, with Resident Evil 7 being cracked in a matter of days.

Nier Automata releases in early March for PS4 (no Xbox One port, sorry; the console’s just not popular enough in Japan, Nier Automata’s primary market). It releases this week in Japan, and since the Japanese version of Nier Automata has English language support and the PS4 is region-free, importing is an option.

Nier Automata is the sequel to a cult-favourite last-gen game, itself a spin-off of the Drakengard series.

Final Fantasy 15 sidescroller originally exclusive to GameStop will be free for everyone next week

21 Feb

A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy 15 can be yours, very soon.

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Final Fantasy 15 pre-orders from GameStop and its international partners came with a sidescrolling action game called A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy 15.

Those of you who missed out on this exclusive are in luck: Square Enix has elected to make A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy 15 available to everyone – for free.

Gematsu reports A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy 15 will be free on the PSN and Xbox Live from March 1 in Europe. No word yet on the US release date, but it’s almost certainly going to be February 28 or at least within the week.

A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy 15 is just one of a number of transmedia offerings that can aid your understanding of the core RPG’s story; there’s also the Brotherhood anime series, and most essentially the Kingsglaive movie, which really should have been a pack-in.

Final Fantasy 15 drew criticism for its narrative, which didn’t work as well as it could have if players hadn’t taken in Kingsglaive at least. Director Hajime Tabata stands by the weirdness of the final third, but upcoming patches will address some Final Fantasy 15 story threads that go nowhere, among other narrative issues.

Final Fantasy 15 is available for PS4 and Xbox One.

Japanese version of Nier: Automata comes with English subtitles, just in case you can’t wait

20 Feb

If you don’t want to hold out for the Western release of Nier: Automata, there’s good news.

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Despite having gone gold recently, Platinum’s upcoming Nier: Automata will release in Japan a good few weeks before it does in the West.

However, if you’d rather not wait, and don’t mind playing with the Japanese voice over, you’ll definitely be happy to know that the Japanese version comes with subtitles for other languages, including English.

Twitter user @dVmm75sfgfjp7Xy grabbed the information from the game’s Japanese support site. English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish are all listed as possible subtitle languages.

With that said, you should remember that the majority of Japanese games reverse their X and O buttons. Meaning, you’ll have to press O to confirm and X to go back, as opposed to what we have in the international version. You can flip the two buttons in the console’s accessibility options, but the change will affect all games and system menus until reversed.

Nier: Automata is out February 23 in Japan. It’s out in North America March 7, and March 10 in Europe.

Final Fantasy 15 PS4 Pro patch makes for “wildly unstable” frame-rates that don’t hit 60fps

20 Feb

Wondering how the Final Fantasy 15 PS4 Pro patch is going down? Not brilliantly.

Final Fantasy 15‘s latest update has gone live and includes the PS4 Pro patch that introduces a Lite Mode that bumps up the frame-rate to 60fps.

Digital Foundry is on the case to test out how the PS4 Pro console Lite Mode performs, and ‘not well’ is the short answer.

The frame-rate is unlocked and “wildly unstable,” running between 30-50 fps, while the frame pacing issue present on the PS4 and the Pro is still an issue, exacerbated even more on the PS4 Pro with today’s update.

Digital Foundry’s verdict is that the PS4 Pro is now the least preferred platform to play the game on, followed by the PS4, with the Xbox One being the platform of choice.

What are your thoughts? Are you disappointed? Chime in below.

Producer Explains Why NieR Automata Is Not Releasing For Xbox One

20 Feb

NieR Automata has already gone gold and gamers are eager to get their hands on the game. However, the game will launch for PS4 and PC and now the devs have explained why they skipped the Xbox One version of the game. Also See: How Long is Nier Automata? Devs Answer Nier Automata producer Yosuke […]

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New Kingdom Hearts 3 Screenshot Showcases Sora Battling Heartless

20 Feb

It has been a while since Square Enix revealed anything new about the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3, and now the devs have revealed new Kingdom Hearts 3 Screenshot. Also See: Play Arts Kai Sora Action Figure Reveals Story Details About Kingdom Hearts 3 This new Kingdom Hearts 3 Screenshot was revealed during the recent MAGIC […]

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Square Enix Interested In Final Fantasy XIV For Nintendo Switch

20 Feb

Nintendo has been insistent on its claim that Nintendo Switch will have full third party publisher and developer support. However, the launch line-up for the console says otherwise and some of the biggest third-party games will not be coming to Nintendo Switch. Also See: Final Fantasy XV Update 1.5 Now Available, Brings Timed Quests, Portable […]

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Final Fantasy XV Update 1.5 Now Available, Brings Timed Quests, Portable Music Player And More

20 Feb

Square Enix has rolled out the Final Fantasy XV update 1.5 that brings performance boost for PS4 Pro, new timed quests and more. What is interesting is that the update has been released ahead of its planned release date of February 21, 2017. Also See: Imbalances In Final Fantasy XV Story Were Intentional, Says Game […]

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Kingdom Hearts 3 screens show boss fights, gameplay

18 Feb

Along with Final Fantasy 14 Fan Fest going on in Germany, Square Enix also has a presence at the Monaco Anime Game International Conference 2017 (MAGIC). Here, the company showed new images of Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Kingdom Hearts 3.

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Sadly, not much was revealed on either Final Fantasy 7 Remake or Kingdom Hearts 3, but a little information is better than nothing at all.

According to Tetsuya Nomura, speaking with Gameblog.fr (thanks, Gematsu), the screenshot shown for Kingdom Hearts 3 takes place in Thebes. You also get to see the new model for the Heartless.

Nomura said the Keyblade Sora wields will also turn “into a lot of things,” thanks to its Power Form such as a shield and even chariot.

Kingdom Hearts 3 was announced in June 2013 at Sony’s E3 press conference, and it doesn’t have a release date – but we hope it lands sometime this year.

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The Final Fantasy 7 Remake images Nomura showed provide a look at the combat system. He said the combat will occur with without interruption and that when using grenades, allies won’t take damage, but scenery will be partly destructible.

In the image below, you’ll see the Scorpion, which is the first boss in the game.

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Nomura also said he wanted to show a video of the game, but Square denied the request, but more would be shown at a later date.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake was announced at E3 2015 for PlayStation 4, and it too is without a release date.

Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood – Samurai job, new areas, dungeons more announced at Fan Fest

18 Feb

Final Fantasy 14 Fan Fest 2017 is taking place this weekend in Frankfurt, and this morning, Square Enix announced more details on the Stormblood expansion.

In the video above, Arekkz provides a recap of the announcements for Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood which was announced back in October.

The expansion will come with a new job, the Samurai, which is a DPS class along with the Red Mage job, which was announced alongside the expansion. You can see the video of the job’s introduction below, which also features clips from the Stormblood announcement video.

The Samurai starts out at level 50 and uses the katana as its main weapon. By using various sword techniques along with three forces of nature (flower, moon and snow), the Samurai is capable of dealing heavy damage using stored energy.

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Another Beast Tribe will also join the previously announced Ananta. Called the Kojin, the tribe is made up of traders which reside beside the Ruby Sea. Another new Primal, Susano, was also announced and is dubbed the Lord of the Revel.

Players are also getting a new housing and player hud in the areas Shirogane and Kugane, respectively.

Along with the previously announced dungeon The Bend of Time – Omega, the Azim Steppe and Yanxia were revealed today.

If more on Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood comes out of Fab Fest this weekend, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Stormblood will be released on PC and PlayStation 4 and PC June 30.

Resident Evil 7 was the best-selling game of January 2017, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, other heavy-hitters play musical chairs

17 Feb

The NPD group has released hardware and software figures for January 2017 and it should come as no surprise that PlayStation 4 and Resident Evil 7 topped the respective sectors.

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January 2017 NPD at a glance

Resident Evil 7 tops software charts

PS4 was best-selling console

PC software spend declined 12% year-over-year

All categories – accessories, hardware, software – down 4% year-over-year

Compare month-on-month: December 2016

Compare year-over-year: January 2016

While hardware sales declined, software was up 14% to $313 million. NPD attributed the increase to Resident Evil 7’s release, especially when comparing the year-over-year (yoy) release slates.

It’s also worth noting Resident Evil 7 was only on the market for five days when the NPD reporting period ended.

“With only five days in the market, Resident Evil 7 was the best-selling game in January,” said NPD analyst Sam Naji. “The last time Capcom had the best-selling game of the month (in dollar sales) was in March 2009 with Resident Evil 5.”

First-person shooters Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1 were still two of the best-selling games for the month, and neither title has fallen off the chart since release in fall 2016.

Overwatch also returned after dropping off the NPD software list in October.

The rise in sales could possibly be attributed to various discount offers or the Overwatch Year of the Rooster event; however, that’s just conjecture on our part as NPD didn’t elaborate on why Overwatch was once again charting. It was, however, one of the best-selling games of 2016 per NPD’s yearly report in January.

Action titles Grand Theft Auto 5 and Watch Dogs 2 also remained on the chart, while sports titles Madden NFL 17 and FIFA 17 remained popular with US consumers as well.

PC software came in at $16 million, a 12% decline yoy from $18 million.

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NPD Software Top Ten January 2017

You’ll notice not much changed on the chart since December 2016, as the heavy hitters played musical chairs and that’s about it.

The biggest changes were the entry of new releases Resident Evil 7 and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue – the second best-selling PS4 title for the month.

Pokemon Sun and Moon and Final Fantasy 15 fell off the chart, and again, Overwatch reentered it.

The full NPD software chart is below, but keep in mind not all digital stores report sales data. Some publishers who sell through the PlayStation and Xbox Stores report data, but others do not. For example: Microsoft, Sony and Blizzard (Battle.net) do not report first-party sales.

  1. Resident Evil 7 (PS4, Xbox One)
  2. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  3. Grand Theft Auto 5 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  4. Battlefield 1 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  5. NBA 2K17 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  6. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4)
  7. Madden NFL 17 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  8. Watch Dogs 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  9. Overwatch (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  10. FIFA 17 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

This month, NPD also started reporting catalog sales of titles from the first six months of availability – starting with month seven (thanks, MCV). The winning publisher in the category for January 2017 was Take-Two and it was also the top publisher for 2016. NPD attributed this to continued sales of GTA 5.

NPD Hardware January 2017

Last week, the initial NPD report had PS4 topping hardware followed by Xbox One – which according to Microsoft enjoyed year-over-year (yoy) growth compared to January 2016.

PS4 sold the most units, with Xbox One coming in second place, and Nintendo’s Nintendo Classic Mini: NES in third.

“The PlayStation 4 was the best-selling hardware (in units sold) during January 2017,” said NPD analyst Sam Naji. “And for the fourth consecutive month, PlayStation 4 Slim System 500GB Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Bundle was the top-selling PS4 sku in terms of units sold.”

For the month of January 2017, hardware totaled $127 million, a decline of 19% yoy compared to $157 million in 2016.

Accessories declined 17% yoy to $155, with toys-to-life skus (ex: Skylanders, amiibo, Lego Dimensions) showing the biggest decline.

Total spent in the US on accessories, hardware and software for the month January hit $611 million. While that’s indeed as large figure, it’s 4% less compared to $637 million spent in 2016.

NPD said the lower figure was due to a decline in hardware sales and general lack of growth.

Final Fantasy 15 parody trailer featuring Noctis in a Cup Noodle Hat is actually becoming DLC

15 Feb

If you watched the Nissin Cup Noodles parody trailer for Final Fantasy 15 back in December, and thought it was silly, it’s about to get even sillier.

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The Japanese food company is taking it a step further by partnering up with Square Enix to bring a Cup Noodle hat to Final Fantasy 15 through DLC.

Nissin posted the news on its official website (thanks, Siliconera), and along with the DLC, the pack on offer comes with 15 Cup Noodle packs themed after bosses from the series as part of Final Fantasy’s 30th Anniversary celebration.

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It’s rather expensive at ¥6,048 ($53), but those who buy it will receive the DLC code for the amazing Cup Noodle hat which Noctis can wear in-game. Also, the firm will give away an Ultima Weapon Fork seen in the image above to 30 winners.

Final Fantasy 15 is available now on PS4 and Xbox One.

Imbalances In Final Fantasy XV Story Were Intentional, Says Game Director

15 Feb

Final Fantasy XV launched with great critical and financial success. However, many were disappointed with certain story elements that did not happen on screen. Now the game director has clarified that the narrative direction was entirely intentional. Also See: No Plans To Port Final Fantasy 15 To Nintendo Switch, Says Game Director Speaking with GameInformer(via […]

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Hitman: Absolution now available on Xbox One as a backwards compatible title

14 Feb

It’s taken a while, but Hitman: Absolution is now available as a backwards compatible title on Xbox One.

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Released in 2012 on Xbox 360, IO Interactive said back in February 2016 Hitman: Absolution it would bring the title to Xbox One at some point.

Release timing wasn’t provided at the time, as “specifics were up to Microsoft,” but almost a year to the day of being announced as in the works, you can now get your hands on it.

When the game was released, it was riddled with issues on all three platforms, the main issue being corrupted file saves on consoles along with crashes, freezing and the like. It took a month or so for the studio to identify the caused and release a patch.

At any rate, if you missed it the first time around or still have your disc handy, you can give it a go from today.

Thanks, CJ.