It seems that the Japanese have a big fascination with the western world, especially big Japanese publishers who are increasingly looking to the west for development ideas, among other things. Square Enix has revealed that it is working on an action game that will be developed at a studio in Los Angeles.
A careers page of the company discloses that they are looking for programmers, project managers, marketers and testers for the LA studio. In fact, it also states that they are looking for programmers with prior Xbox 360 experience, confirming at least one platform for the action game.
Square Enix is yet to announce the game formally, but given that they are still looking for people to fill the studio, the game is far off in the horizon.
Square Enix and Gas Powered Games today announced the development of Supreme Commander 2, sequel to the well-received real-time strategy game from Chris Taylor and GPG.
"Gas Powered Games is an accomplished development house that has demonstrated its ability to successfully create and develop intellectual properties," said John Yamamoto, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix Ltd. and Square Enix, Inc.. "We are extremely excited to begin working with Gas Powered Games’ talented personnel and see this strategic partnership as a significant step in our efforts to bring Square Enix titles to a broader global audience."
No other details were given.
Square Enix has announced that action-RPG Infinite Undiscovery will be released exclusively for the Xbox 360 in North America on September 2. Europe will get it three days later.
The game has been developed by Star Ocean creator Tri-Ace; it features a real-time world where every decision and action has an impact on the surrounding environment as well as the battle.
Square Enix has announced Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen, a remake of the classic SNES RPG for the DS. It is in development at Japanese studio ArtePiazza and will hit North America on September 16.
As expected, the remake features an overhauled 3D graphics engine, new quests and plot developments, as well as a revised battle system.
The publisher additionally put up a new Dragon Quest hub site that lists the logos and translated subtitled for two more DS remakes – Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Maiden and Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie.
Following the trend of acquisitions in the gaming industry set by the mergers between Activision and Vivendi, as well as EA’s attempted takeover of Take-Two, Square Enix president Yoichi Wada has announced plans to invest in rival publishers and developers to combat rising competition from both new and established companies.
“Economies of scale and breadth of scope is getting important. It may be a business alliance or it may be us taking a stake in others, but we need to go beyond traditional Square Enix,” Wada said. “We face competition not only from Japanese videogame companies but from game companies worldwide. We also see some new players from outside the videogame industry coming in.”
No specific companies were mentioned.
Catering to die-hard Final Fantasy fans in Europe and other PAL territories, Square Enix has announced that it will release both Final Fantasy I and Final Fantasy II in the region on February 8, 2008 on the PSP.
The portable version of both games will retell their stories, as well as feature updates including redrawn graphics and character art, all-new dungeons, full widescreen visuals and an updated camera view.
Details on the story and the updated game can be read after the jump.
Square Enix has officially announced the upcoming release of Infinite Undiscovery, an action-RPG for the Xbox 360. In the works at tri-Ace, the game draws players into real-time battles and a world where their choices will “spin untold discoveries.” Here’s the deal:
Players will be confronted with a variety of dramatic “situational battles” such as executing a daring escape while a gigantic ogre follows in hot pursuit, or waging battle amidst towering tidal waves. The dynamic environments change and respond in real-time to player commands, creating an entirely new experience never before seen in the genre.
A Seamless World and Real-time Action Combat, exploration, and other actions all take place within the same environment, seamlessly shifting between each game facet. Battles are carried out in real-time, bringing the vibrant fighting sequences of the STAR OCEAN series out of the traditional battle screen into a beautiful and lush environment.
No release date was mentioned.
Fans of the Dragon Quest series will be disappointed to know that Square Enix has delayed the release of Dragon Quest 9 to 2008. Originally set for release later this year on Nintendo DS, the game has been pushed back to “make a game that will better satisfy players,” according to IGN.
Japanese gaming publication Shonen Jump has revealed that remakes of Dragon Quest IV, V and VI are headed to the DS. According to the article, the games will feature 3D graphics and an isometric perspective. The DS version of Dragon Quest IV is expected to hit Japan this Winter; no release dates for North America and Europe were revealed.
Square Enix has announced that it will launch the Final Fantasy XI Starter Pack in Europe and other PAL territories for a low price of £4.99. This Windows-only offering will net players a copy of the game as well as a one-month free trial to the MMORPG.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to offer FINAL FANTASY XI to a whole new spectrum of gamers at such a competitive price,” said John Yamamoto, President and chief executive officer of Square Enix Ltd., “We are confident that this release, coupled with recent gameplay changes and the forthcoming Wings of the Goddess expansion pack will encourage even more to try what is an exciting and prolific online experience.”
Final Fantasy XI is an MMO based on the famous RPG franchise, enjoying about 500,000 active players on the PC, PS2 and Xbox 360 combined. An upcoming expansion dubbed Wings of the Goddess is slated for release this Winter.