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  • Kojima Leaves Konami Because of "Power Struggles"

    There has been news regarding the situation between Kojima and Konami. But Hideo Kojima has said that metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be the last official entry to the series. He has said this many a times but this time maybe he really means it.

    There seems to be quite a drama between Kojima Productions and the owning Publisher, Konami. According to inside source that told GameSpot, that senior staff at the developer has been restricted access to corporate internet, emails and even phones.

    Even some "key developers at the studio," including Kojima himself, will have limited opportunities to help promote the game. This "Power struggles" are resulting in drastic changes and the source claims that once MGSV is done, the management will be gone:

    "After we finish MGSV, Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami. They said their contract ends in December."

  • Square Enix Bringing a JRPG for Consoles

    Nikkei Trendy in a recent interview with Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda.

    Matsuda first said that new JRPG news will begin with Final Fantasy XV's release; after that, "I think we'll have a little surprise, too." He clarified that it was a "JRPG for home game machines", No other detail or information was given.

    It comes as a little surprising because Square Enix has really only known solid success publishing outside titles like Deus Ex: Human RevolutionSleeping Dogs and Tomb Raider. Their JRPG prowess has long since fallen off.

    So what will it be a new I.P. or a resurrection of an old classic?

  • FFXV Director Says They Wanted A "Boys Will Be Boys" Attitude

    For some reason people are taking a lot of interest in the fact that there are no girls in Final Fantasy XV. I guess people want to figure out whether this is a sexist move on Square Enix’s part.

    In an interview with Gamespot, FFXV director Hajime Tahata explained that they wanted to represent the "boys will be boys" attitude and it's "the story we wanted to tell",

    "Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable for players. Even the presence of one female in the group will change their behavior, so that they'll act differently. So to give the most natural feeling, to make them feel sincere and honest, having them all the same gender made sense in that way."

    As for how far they are in the developmental phase, they said they were approximately 80 percent complete done. A few weeks back in February he said it was only 60 percent finished, but he clarified that it was an estimate related to the demo. Tabata continued,

    "To clarify on that 60 percent figure, it's the playable demo that represents the 60 percent, which is what [I] was referring to in February. The main challenge right now is taking all the lessons we learned from making the demo and turning them into something positive to bring to the full game."

  • Square Enix Worried Final Fantasy XV Might Be Too Long

    Yep, Square Enix is worried that the latest addition to the Final Fantasy series is too long.

    The boss of Square Enix himself Hajime Tabata stated in the recent interview with Kotaku that they were trying to keep the complete length of final fantasy under or about 40 hours long.

    But keeping the game at that length seems to be getting "harder and harder" as they continue to add more content .He said that at the moment the team was working on a "work around" the problem is because if the game is too lengthy it might be "too much for players."

    With all due respect, but what is he talking about? Since when are Final Fantasy developers concerned about the length of their game, Some RPG fans might be turned off as well most RPG are indeed without a shadow of a doubt lengthy adventures and story.

    This just proves that Square Enix is marketing FFXV more as an action game with RPG elements like many games coming out left and right rather than going to its roots and being an RPG with action elements. Hardcore fans are again gonna feel disillusionment.

  • Microsoft Publishing Rise of the Tomb Raider

    A few months back Square Enix announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider was going to be an Xbox exclusive. From what was gathered, it was going to be a timed exclusive of sorts. Fans of the franchise were a bit angry to say the least considering that the previous game was available on PlayStation as well.

    It was suggested that Microsoft had a big hand behind the creation of the game and now we have some official word to the extent to which Microsoft was involved. In a tweet Aaron Greenberg, boss of Microsoft first and third-party games marketing team, said that Microsoft will also be publishing Rise of the Tomb Raider.

    Square Enix responded to further questions regarding this with the following statement,

    "Yes, Microsoft will be publishing Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox. Microsoft has always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and they will get behind this game with more support across development, marketing and retail than ever before, which we believe will be a step in continuing to build the Tomb Raider franchise as one of the biggest in gaming."

    A spokesperson from Microsoft also clarified Aaron Greenberg’s tweet with the following statement:

    “Yes, Microsoft will be publishing Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox. Similar to how we worked with Capcom on Dead Rising 3 or Harmonix on Dance Central, we're very excited to partner with the amazing team at Crystal Dynamics to bring Rise of the Tomb Raider in holiday 2015, exclusively to Xbox. Both our team and the Xbox community are huge fans of the franchise and we can't wait to share more on the game in the future.”

    The Rise of the Tomb Raider is basically set to rival the Uncharted series for PlayStation. Although it has been confirmed to be a timed exclusive, there is still no news on when exactly we will see it arrive on the PlayStation or on PC.

  • Square Enix, You've Done It Again: Now It's Comical

    Oh woe is me, here I finally thought Square Enix had done something good. Companies these days are slow learners and needs to have everything repeated to them in order for them to get in in their head. The worst part is SquareEnix had never intend for this announcement to be cruel but was meant to make players rejoice with joy and tears of happiness.

    Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation 4! Yep! The super popular role-playing game that was just recently remade in 1080P will be ported to PS4. That's it, another port of a port basically, the same damn game that was available on PSN right now. Fans have been begging for years that Square Enix remake this game and this is what they get a port.

    It’s like they only heard what was a whisper related to FFVII rather than the shouts that begged them for a remake. The reactions on twitter and the reaction from the audience at the event pretty much summed up the whole thing. No one has any idea honestly how we can be so out of touch, to a point where we no longer care. This train wreck has to end some day or the other, maybe we just wait and the wreckage will burn out.

  • First Kingdom Hearts Game could still hit PS4 and XBOX ONE

    Kingdom_Hearts_III_LogoSquare Enix hasn’t ruled out about putting the frist kingdom heart game on the PS4 or Xbox One. Tai Yasue the co-director of kingdom hearts 2.5 HD and kingdom heart III explained while an interview with IGN, Square Enix plans to release HD 1.5 Remix and HD 2.5 Remix to help the latecomers of the franchise.

    "When we first came up with the idea for Kingdom Hearts III, it was always 1.5, then 2.5 and we were always thinking about those three titles at the same time," he stated. "I think [putting the games on PS4] is something we’ll explore. We understand what our players want, so we will explore the possibility. I’m not making any announcements though, we can’t make any announcements yet!"

    Yasue was hesitant when asked whether the first two HD remix 1.5 and 2.5 would be coming to the Xbox One, this was initially thought to e and exclusive deal with Sony it would seem that the resource plays a big part as well Yasue he said. "It’s a big old question. There’s a lot of things we need to think of when we consider consoles. One of them is what our players want, so we will definitely consider that. But there’s also schedule constraints, as we really don’t want the development of Kingdom Hearts III going later, so we have that to think about. We’ll consider all these things and come to a decision."

  • Lara Croft and the Temple Of Osiris: Gold Edition Revealed


    Those who are waiting for this game will also probably remember Lara Croft and The Guardian of Light. That was the best Lara Croft game to come out in a long time. A totally different take on it too. It was fast paced, unique and fun.

    Well it is only logical they come with a sequel to that. This is what Lara Croft and The Temple of Osiris basically is. Via the PlayStation Blog, Developer Crystal Dynamics has revealed the Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris: Gold Edition.

    This collector’s edition includes folding map, impressive art book, 3 inch Lara Croft figurine, and the Season pass for the game. The season pass will include expansions that will include 6 additional costumes, and "will challenge Lara, Carter, Horus and Isus to conquer new tombs and collect a treasure trove of unique rings, amulets and weapons."

    Also there are a few pre-order bonuses. Pre-ordering through PSN will get you Hitman-themed costumes, Agent 47’s signature Silverballer pistols, and this trademark Agent ring (which increases weapon damage). The game will come out 9th December 2014 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

    Check out the trailer here: http://youtu.be/OqghkvVIgO0

  • Square Enix Updates on FFXV and Kingdom Hearts III


    After all this time it better be near completion! Recently VideoGamer asked Yoshinor Kitase, Square Enix producer, about the current state of Final Fantasy XV. Although in true fashion he was as vague as possible, but we still got an update regardless.

    The first things he confirmed was that Kingdom Hearts III and FFXV are not "in competition" with each other. He went on to say that the new FF iteration is "quite far into development now" and has being given "a very high priority within the company."

    Funny to hear that now though; I mean since its announcement as Final Fantasy XIII back in 2006 and after being renamed to FF XV, it just received priority within the company? At least fans will be glad to know that despite the name changes and massive delay, they have decided to keep part of the original narrative for the game:

    "Right from the start when we first it announced it as Versus XIII, the game itself was backed up by the same Crystal legend: the Fabula Nova Crystallis mythology that underpins the whole of the XIII series.

    So even though it's not necessarily the same universe or the same game, they're all linked and underpinned by the backdrop of that legend. Now it's moved on--obviously the title's been changed to Final Fantasy XV--but that hasn't actually changed. The story and the world is still going to be linked and backed up by that. So yes, there is the link between XIII and XV, and they both share that mythology as a backdrop and a starting point."

  • Tomb Raider Sequel for Next Generation Console “well into development”


    It is no surprise, given the critical acclaims the Tomb Raider reboot has garnered, that Square Enix is already preparing a second serving of the adventure game starring the iconic Lara Croft. Square Enix CEO Phil Rogers confirmed in an open letter to the public that the sequel will come to next-generation consoles.

    “I am also excited to reveal that we are well into development on a next-generation Tomb Raider sequel - something you may have heard about recently,” he said in the letter. Although no further details have been announced, the CEO remarked that the company plans to “offer gamers more choice, support more platforms and try new things” in the future.

    I personally loved this version of Lara and can’t wait to see what more they have planned for her. They made a solid origin story, now it’s time to impress us by showing how tough as nails she can be!

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