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Tomb Raider celebrates 25th Anniversary with a host of new announcements; Netflix anime series, discounted prices and more
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Tomb Raider franchise, Square Enix accompanied by developers Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montréal have made several announcements including special offers on existing titles, an update on the Netflix anime series and more. Below are some of their more exciting initiatives that fans can expect in the coming months: Limited-Time Offers Any Tomb Raider games and add-ons on Steam, Humble Bundle, Green Man Gaming, GOG.com, the Square Enix Store, the Xbox Games Store, and PlayStation Store are on sale, with discounts of up to 89%. Visit the online store of your choice and and search for “Tomb Raider” to see what deals are available. In addition, from November 1 through November 14, Crystal Dynamics and Prime Gaming are giving away Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC for free for all Prime members. To claim, Prime members should visit Amazon Prime Gaming, select “Games with Prime” and choose the Rise of the Tomb Raider offer. Nintendo Switch ports arriving in 2022 Crystal Dynamics and Feral Interactive are collaborating together to bring both Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris to Nintendo Switch in 2022. This marks the franchise's debut on the console. Netflix Anime Series Netflix and Legendary Television are hard
Square Enix adds Limited-Time Halloween events to their various mobile games
To commemorate this Halloween, Square Enix is adding themed limited-time events as well as in-game items and rewards to some of their mobile titles. View the full details below: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius New Unit – Between October 28 and November 10, players have the opportunity to summon Full Moon Karten, available for a limited time and at a discounted price. Halloween Event: Hallowed Eve – Available between October 28 and November 10, players can earn special rewards through the limited time event, including a Silver Wildfang Claw, Departed Paladin’s Necklace and Rings, and more. Campaign and Login Bonus – From October 21 until November 3, players can obtain the Rare Pumpkin Ticket through the limited time login bonus. Special Quests – Players can continue to clear challenges through the Season 4 Countdown of special quests II on October 21 in order to receive 5,000 Lapis. The challenge will be available until March 30, 2022. Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia Halloween Campaign – Between October 27 and November 10, players can enjoy free multi draws and get a glimpse of Vayne’s BT weapon, as well as Zack’s new costume. War of the Visions Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Halloween Unit and Vision Card – Beginning October 27, players can summon the UR Halloween unit, Frederika (Halloween), as well as engage
Star Ocean The Divine Force announced for 2022 release
During today's State of Play presentation, Sony revealed a new entry in the Star Ocean series from Square Enix and developer tri-Ace. Star Ocean: The Divine Force is planned for a 2022 release on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. (Update: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Steam platforms have also been confirmed.) The previous title in the series Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness released back in 2016, and a freemium mobile game Star Ocean: anamnesis ran from 2018 to 2021. In the trailer below we see footage of player characters exploring large zones from aerial vantage points, ambushing enemies from above, and engaging in an action based combat system. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwlduVD_aqc Per the PlayStation Blog, the game will feature changes based on the choices made, where heroes intersect between the two worlds of sci-fi and fantasy. It will have a rich lineup of playable characters, freedom to fly around the environment where everything in-sight is "a field for adventure." The game will boast the "fastest and mightiest action in the series." You'll be able to fly through the sky in the largest field areas in the series, hopping around rocky stretches or over rooftops. Battles will have you enter combat at high speed or
Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier pre-registration now available
Following up on a closed beta test, players can now pre-register for Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier. Registration has opened on the AppStore and Google Play respectively, and by doing so will push a notification when the game is live in November. Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier has players partaking in a battle royale where they must fight to be the last soldier standing. Using magic, special abilities and weapons, players can choose from various classes such as Warrior, Monk or Sorcerer to access unique abilities to fight off both other players and enemy monsters on the field. For the latest look at the game, catch the TGS trailer below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnbr7SG3bag
Final Fantasy V Pixel Remaster launches November 10
Square Enix has announced the release date for the next classic game to get the pixel remaster treatment, Final Fantasy V. The game will be available on PC via Steam and mobile platforms on November 10, priced at $14.39 until November 30 when it will jump up to its normal $17.99 cost. Featuring new graphics and audio as a 2D pixel remaster, this version of FFV (based on the original game released in 1992) features universally updated 2D pixel graphics - created by original pixel character designer Kazuko Shibuya. A newly rearranged soundtrack overseen by Nobuo Uematsu as also been added, along with improved gameplay with modern user interfaces, auto-battle options and more. Additional extras include a bestiary, illustration gallery and music player.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Review
Before now, the bulk of my knowledge of Guardians of Galaxy stemmed from the 2014 and 2017 films - both of which are these vibrantly-colored, science-fiction confectionery treats with nutty and light-hearted fillings, coatings of 60's/70's pop music for that zany, playful taste and sprinkles of action and family drama. They were fun and charming viewing experiences that made me laugh out loud. When I first saw the initial reveal for Marvel’s Guardians of Galaxy back in June, it was immediately clear to me how much the game has taken inspiration from its film counterparts, but so much more was shown that ultimately left me wondering. I had this itchy curiosity to find out exactly how Eidos-Montréal, a developer with a confident history in developing story-driven RPG and action titles, will play to their strengths for their first superhero game. While the gameplay reveals gave me some idea of this, I struggled to picture how I would react to this experience firsthand on a moment-to-moment basis - especially since this will all come down to how palatable the story is. The game opens several years after the end of a brutal interstellar war that affected the entire galaxy, and the Guardians are
Babylon’s Fall third beta test begins November 15, adjustments highlighted
In a broadcast airing today, the Babylon's Fall team highlighted the major adjustments from previous beta phases and shared more information on the third, upcoming test - set to go live on November 15th. Producers Junichi Ehara and Yosuke Saito were present from Square Enix, and PlatinumGames was represented by director Kenji Saito and operations director Takahisa Sugiyama. You can read our summary of the broadcast below: What is Babylon's Fall? Babylon's Fall is developed by PlatinumGames and produced by Square Enix. It's an online action RPG that uses PlatinumGames combat style in the hack-and-slash genre and brings that to online multiplayer with teams of four people. Currently, the game is being developed for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Steam. For those unfamiliar with the hack-and-slash genre, which producer Yosuke Saito cites as game where you defeat enemies and collect the weapons and armor they drop thereby making yourself more powerful to progress through more difficult challenges. He references play sessions of Diablo 2 with Yoko Taro and Takahisa Taura.Director Kenji Saito adds that Babylon's Fall will have weapons and armor available as loot drops, which you can mix and match to create your character build. Armor have built-in skills that are triggered
Square Enix opens London Mobile studio
Square Enix has revealed its latest studio, Square Enix London Mobile today, in a venture to publish high-quality free-to-play mobile games. The studio has two titles currently in development based on Tomb Raider and Avatar: The Last Airbender. They're currently in the middle of recruitment efforts in order to bring these titles and future games to players worldwide. “At Square Enix London Mobile, our goal is to move the world through play and in order to do this, we need to grow our team with even more unique voices, varieties of perspectives and creative energy,” said Ed Perkins, Studio Head at Square Enix London Mobile “We have great games in development, access to Square Enix-owned IP and relationships with the world’s top entertainment companies, but our people will be the competitive advantage that fuels our success now and in the future.” Square Enix London Mobile is also working on the previously revealed Tomb Raider: Reloaded for mobile platforms. Developed with Crystal Dynamics, the game will feature classic series elements in an action-arcade style adventure. It's expected to launch in 2022. More information on Square Enix London Mobile can be found on the official company website here.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy gets a new TV Spot
In anticipation of its worldwide launch next week, Square Enix has released a brand new TV spot for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, a brand new single-player experience by Eidos Montréal. Featured in the video are the four Guardians discussing strategy with some banter sprinkled in before they jump into action. This mirrors the 'Huddle' gameplay mechanic where Star-Lord gathers the team together during combat and offers some motivational words. Choosing the right words will bolster all Guardians with a powerup, making it easier to wipe out their enemies while listening to one of the game's 30 tracks. Check it out: https://youtu.be/avhgc_mpDb8 Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is set to release on October 26 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC and streaming via GeForce NOW. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Cloud Version for Nintendo Switch also coming to select regions on October 26. Check here to view the game's launch trailer.
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker job gear previewed in new renders
Following today's release of Endwalker media tour impressions and other job details, Square Enix has provided a further visual look at various job gear that will be available when the expansion drops in November. Artifact gear (or AF) is generally modeled after classic Final Fantasy series designs, and has become a FFXIV endgame staple since the game launched. We've divided each gallery into their respective role types from Tank, to Healer and the DPS classes so have a look. Tank Healer Melee DPS Physical Ranged DPS Magic Ranged DPS Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker will be available November, 23, 2021 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5. Early access begins on November 19 for those who pre-ordered.