May 4, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment
At last year’s E3 show, Square Enix made two announcements that caused much applause and cheering from the crowd, because nothing had been heard about either title for quite some time: Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV. Both of these highly-anticipated titles will be released for the Xbox One and PS4. Square Enix has been quiet on the subject, though, so we don’t know much more than we knew last June.
Now, however, the two games have official presences on the Internet. Kingdom Hearts III has pages on the Japanese websites for the Xbox One and PS4. Its Xbox One page shows the E3 trailer, some screenshots, and a short description of the game. Its PS4 page, which has existed longer, contains more information and an interview with Square Enix’s Tetsuya Nomura. However, no new information about the game is revealed.
The official pages for Final Fantasy XV, on the other hand, provide some new details about the battle system. Its Xbox One page has the following description:
“Final Fantasy XV features a high action system unprecedented in the series. By taking advantage of the specs of next generation consoles, characters can move freely across the whole screen. In addition to that, the party battle system is now more advanced, allowing you to enjoy party battle by switching characters more strategically.
As the royal heir of Lucis who has the last crystal in the world, the main character Noctis and his friends will suddenly be involved in the war.”
Its PS4 page has a lengthier description:
“The battles featured in Final Fantasy XV have evolved greatly from the previous games of the series, as it’s created as an action game. The game switches seamlessly from the field to battle and the combat situation evolves rapidly. It goes on quickly with a sense of full realism.
Also, it’s possible to fight not only with the hero Noctis, but also to switch with other characters. Furthermore, it’s also possible to perform a combination attack with a companion while enjoying the dynamic effect.
Noctis can fight by making use of a variety of weapons and can move quickly within the areas by attacking enemies with stylish action!
You can fight monsters by cooperating with an ally. The ability to fight in collaboration with unique companions is an important feature of this game.”
(We’d like to thank DualShockers for the translations.)
We already knew FFXV was an action RPG rather than turn-based, but these descriptions both provided some new information. The piece that stands out the most to us is that you’ll be able to switch characters. We hope this means you can change the character you’re controlling in the middle of battle, which is definitely a welcome feature.
The PS4 page contains other information as well, and another interview with Nomura, but nothing we haven’t heard before. We can’t wait to see more about both of these titles at E3! Which are you looking forward to more, and what do you hope to see in these games?Tags: final fantasy xv, kingdom hearts, ps4, square enix, xbox one
March 28, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment
Square Enix recently sent a list of release dates to Square Enix Origin, including a “TBA” section for games that are still being worked on, some of which are for the PS4 and the Xbox One.
Of course, we’ve known about some of these titles for a while now, but the first three jumped out at us. Back in January, we were uncertain about the future of the Hitman series, but this seems to be confirmation that a next-gen Hitman game is in the works.
We didn’t even suspect that we’d be hearing news about the next Deus Ex game, so that was a welcome surprise. In fact, yesterday Square Enix registered a trademark for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. We don’t have any details beyond the title, but that could very well be our first next-gen Deus Ex game.
And finally, this list reminds us that there will be a sequel to the recent Tomb Raider reboot.
Square Enix has a lot of big names planned for the PS4 and Xbox One. What are you looking forward to the most?Tags: deus ex, hitman, ps4, square enix, tomb raider, xbox one