Train2Game Ariana Grande in Final Fantasy

Fans can take on a musical showdown with internationally renowned artist and actress, Ariana Grande, as SQUARE ENIX® announced a special in-game collaboration with FINAL FANTASY® BRAVE EXVIUS®. 

Starting August 18 through September 1, all players will be able to acquire “Chic Ariana,” the second Ariana Grande-inspired character exclusively designed for the game. In order to obtain her character, players must complete the first stage of the “Musical Showdown” event.

Players will also get a chance to battle an epic new boss, the “Bard Spirit” in order to obtain special rewards and event exclusive gear. Equipment specifically for Chic Ariana such as “Fashionable Dancewear,” “Microphone Stand” and “Magical Scrunchie” will all be available to equip for battles.

FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS is available now as a free-to-play app (with in-app purchases) through the App Store and on Google Play. 

This title is developed as a collaboration between SQUARE ENIX® and gumi Inc. (developer of the hit title Brave Frontier)

Train2Game News Kingdom Hearts 3 visits Toy Story


​SQUARE ENIX® and Disney unveiled a new KINGDOM HEARTS III trailer that shines a spotlight on the first world in the KINGDOM HEARTS series to be based on a Disney•Pixar film, “Toy Story.” 
Director of the KINGDOM HEARTS series, Tetsuya Nomura, premiered the trailer during The Walt Disney Company’s Video Game Showcase at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.

The new trailer follows Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy to Andy’s room as they join Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Hamm, Rex and Sarge’s investigation into the disappearance of their fellow toys and Andy, and the emergence of the Heartless enemies in their world. Featuring an original storyline, fans will get a first look at the dynamic trio’s “Toy Story”-themed looks, all-new toys, such as the Gigas, and special Keyblades that transform and give Sora unique attacks to unleash on Heartless enemies.

 “At long last, we are excited to open up the KINGDOM HEARTS universe to include the world of Disney•Pixar’s ‘Toy Story,’” said Tetsuya Nomura, Director of the KINGDOM HEARTS series. “I’m sure fans have been anticipating the inclusion of this world for many years. The narrative will be an original story exclusive to KINGDOM HEARTS III, and the gameplay will feel characteristic of the ‘Toy Story’ style and aesthetic. Please stay tuned for more details to be revealed soon.”

“Featuring a brand new storyline that brings together beloved ‘Toy Story’ friends with the heroes of KINGDOM HEARTS, the ‘Toy Story’ world in KINGDOM HEARTS III successfully mirrors the level of quality that we strive to achieve with every Pixar film,” said Jason Katz, Story Supervisor, Pixar Animation Studios. “KINGDOM HEARTS III will undoubtedly be an experience that fans will not want to miss.”

The latest KINGDOM HEARTS III trailer is available to view on YouTube (http://sqex.to/pYL).

To celebrate D23 and the release of the new trailer, KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross] (for iOS and Android devices) will offer a powerful “KINGDOM HEARTS III Sora [EX]” Medal. This is the first time a character medal from KINGDOM HEARTS III has been added to the game. For one month (July 16 through August 16), all players can receive the never-before-seen medal by simply logging-into the game.

Train2Game News FF VII Remake Back With Square Enix


Japanese publisher Square Enix has taken back development duties for the upcoming remake of Final Fantasy VII.

The revamped version of arguably the publisher’s most iconic release was previously being built in partnership with third-party studio CyberConnect2 – as was revealed shortly after the game was unveiled back at E3 2015.

However, the arrangement with the studio has been terminated and all work on the game will be handled in-house by a Square Enix team, Kotaku reports. The news emerged during a recent Mobius Final Fantasy stream.

Naoki Hamaguchi, a member of the development team, said this was a “sensitive subject”, adding: “I’ve taken over the development side of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Up until now, development has progressed by receiving external collaboration, but from here on out, with production and quality in mind, we’re shifting to our in-house organisation.

“This company decision was made wanting to control quality as well as keeping the schedule stable.”

There are no more details on why this partnership has fallen apart, although Kotaku notes that FFVII Remake director Tetsuya Nomura previously took umbridge with a trailer CyberConnect2 put together for the project, claiming it didn’t adhere to Square Enix’s style.

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

Train2Game News Final Fantasy XV IGN Premiere

Take a trip to Eos on 22nd November  as IGN and Square Enix Ltd., team up to offer fans a chance to attend an exclusive immersive event where the world of FINAL FANTASY® XV will be brought to life. 
Hosted in London, the FINAL FANTASY XV IGN Premiere will allow guests to experience some of the many locations that appear in the game first-hand, as well as play the epic open-world adventure a week before its release. 

“IGN Premiere is all about celebrating the most storied franchises in gaming with an immersive theatre experience that is then streamed out to the world. FINAL FANTASY XV has an incredibly rich universe, story and characters which makes it the perfect fit for the IGN Premiere concept that we look forward with sharing with our viewers across the globe” said Alex Simmons, UK Editor-in-Chief, IGN.

Tickets will be limited and you will need to register your interest by signing up for a chance to win before midday on 9th November at premiere.ign.com where the terms and conditions can also be found . Ticket winners will be notified the next day and have until 23:59 GMT on 13th November to confirm attendance. The event is only open to UK residents aged 18 or over and you will need to bring photo ID.

If you’re not able to attend, tune in to the one-hour live stream on IGN starting at 20:00 GMT / 21:00 CET on November 22nd for never-before-seen content, interviews with the team behind FINAL FANTASY XV and many more surprises! To join in the discussion, use #IGNPremiereFFXV to tag your tweets.

FINAL FANTASY XV will be available on the 29th November for the Xbox One and PlayStation®4 system. For more information on FINAL FANTASY XV, visit: http://www.finalfantasyxv.com . To watch the recently released CG cinematic trailer, “Omen”, visit: https://youtu.be/8ivTFP7Qa-Y

Train2Game News Life is Strange digital series

​Legendary Digital Studios and Square Enix will join forces on the development of a digital series based on the critically acclaimed, multi award-winning video game, Life Is Strange™, it was announced today by Greg Siegel, Senior Vice President of Development and Production for Legendary Digital Studios.
The project will be developed and produced in conjunction with Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons of dj2 Entertainment who recently produced the upcoming film Sonic the Hedgehog for Sony Pictures. Life is Strange™ was brought into Legendary by Cory Lanier who will oversee the project with Siegel.

Life Is Strange™ follows the story of photography enthusiast Max Caulfield, a high-school senior who discovers she can rewind time while saving her best friend Chloe Price. The pair soon find themselves investigating the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber, which uncovers a dark side to life in Arcadia Bay. In addition to winning the BAFTA for Best Story, the Peabody Award, the Golden Joystick’s Performance of the Year and The Game Awards’ Games for Impact Award, Life Is Strange™ has garnered over 75 Game of the Year awards and listings.

“Life is Strange™ is one of those rare properties that combines incredibly developed characters and storylines with deeply engaging gameplay,” said Siegel. “It lends itself perfectly to live-action imaginings. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Square Enix, DONTNOD Entertainment and dj2 to bring the world of Arcadia Bay to life in an exciting new way.”

“We’re proud and excited to be working alongside Legendary to realise a new version of Arcadia Bay and Blackwell Academy complete with our rich cast of realistic, believable characters and memorable events,” said Jon Brooke, VP Brand and European Marketing at Square Enix. “Now that the first episode of the Life is Strange™ game is free to download on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Mac and PC, there’s never been a better time to play or to introduce a friend to the beautiful world of Arcadia Bay”.

To celebrate, there’s a brand new trailer showing Max and Chloe in action available now. Check it out here.

Legendary Digital Studios, Square Enix and dj2 are currently meeting with potential writers for the series adaptation.

Train2Game News Mobius Final Fantasy


Delivering an uncompromised FINAL FANTASY® experience to a wide array of mobile platforms, SQUARE ENIX® announced that preregistration has opened for MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY™.
Coming to iPhone, iPad and Android devices next month, this title offers players a completely new RPG adventure filled with deep character customization, ongoing live events and HD graphics that push the boundaries of the mobile platform.
Created by an all-star development team including producer Yoshinori Kitase and writer Kazushige Nojima – known for their work on the acclaimed FINAL FANTASY VII and upcoming FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE – MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY is the story of a man who wakes up in a world called Palamecia with no memory of his past. There, he finds himself tasked with bringing hope to the world by unraveling a mysterious prophecy around the legendary warrior of light.

MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY is a free-to-play app (with in-app purchases) that has already been widely acclaimed in Japan, and has received the App Store’s “Best of 2015” Award. Preregistration for the game begins today on the official registration site. Fans who preregister will receive FINAL FANTASY X-themed items, like the Tidus’s signature weapon, Brotherhood, and a Yuna character card along with other special rewards when the game launches on August 3.
The new announcement trailer can be viewed on 

YouTube: https://youtu.be/6ipfJv4Qp6g.

Train2Game News Final Fantasy Brave Exvius

FINAL FANTASY® BRAVE EXVIUS®, a brand-new FINAL FANTAS Y experience, co-developed by SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD and gumi Inc., will launch for free (with in-app purchases) on iOS and Android devices this summer.

The hit title has already drawn in more than six million players in Japan and is an entirely new role-playing adventure for the mobile generation. The title brings the classic FINAL FANTASY lore with legendary heroes from the franchise.

Adventurers will follow two knights of the kingdom of Grandshelt, and a young girl who suddenly appears before them, as they begin their quest to pursue a highly sought after crystal. Players will make their way through various types of dungeons to search for items, collect gil, uncover hidden paths, and venture new routes.

The title features:
· Traditional, turn-based gameplay with streamlined battle mechanics and intuitive touch controls, making it easy to pick up and play for newcomers as well as long-time fans
· Players will be able to move their characters through fields and dungeons to search for items, hidden paths, and new routes.
· High-quality CG animations of FINAL FANTASY summons
· Appearances from new and characters from past titles like the Warrior of Light, Cecil, Vivi, and Terra
· A complete RPG experience in an easy, portable format for mobile phones

The teaser trailer can be viewed on YouTube: https://youtu.be/j_9M-ctbxbA.

Train2Game News Life is Strange against Bullying

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To celebrate everyday heroes standing up against bullying, LIFE IS STRANGE™ publisher, Square Enix®, has partnered with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center (NBPC) for a special community donation challenge.

The team behind LIFE IS STRANGE and PACER encourage their communities to use the hashtag #EverydayHeroes  to share their stories about overcoming adversity, standing up for what’s right, helping a friend in need, and more. For every post using the hashtag #EverydayHeroes from January 13 to January 19th, Square Enix will make a donation to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. To highlight the heroes all around us, these stories will also be featured online at everydayheroes.lifeisstrange.com.

To introduce this partnership, Square Enix has created a video, voiced by Ashly Burch (award-winning voice actress behind Chloe in LIFE IS STRANGE). That video can be viewed on YouTube [here].

For more information about the promotion, visit: everydayheroes.lifeisstrange.com or about PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, visit: PACER.org/bullying

The award-winning episodic series developed by DONTNOD, LIFE IS STRANGE follows the story of Max Caulfield, a photography senior who discovers she can rewind time while saving her best friend Chloe Price. The pair soon finds themselves investigating the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber, uncovering a dark side to life in Arcadia Bay. Meanwhile, Max must quickly learn that changing the past can sometimes lead to a devastating future.

The LIFE IS STRANGE: Limited Edition complete season box will launch January 19th for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Train2Game News Square Enix Humble Bundle for GamesAid

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UK Games Industry Charity Stars In Line Up For ‘Choose Your Own Charity’ Feature In Videogaming Pack

Running from 11am PT (7pm GMT) today until January 5th 2016, the third Square Enix Humble Bundle offers gamers the opportunity to get their mitts on a wealth of amazing gaming content and do a good deed or two at the same time – helping ensure it’s a very merry Christmas for one and all.

Running over two weeks there are two fantastic bundles of gaming goodness for players to enjoy and great charities to benefit from.

Humble Inc operate a pay-what-you-want system where the consumer decides how much they want to pay for the games and where their hard earned cash will go. It’s an awesome set up that provides vital funding for charities such as the small children and youth based causes GamesAid supports to continue vital work throughout the year.

GamesAid would like to thank Square Enix, Humble and the individuals that have helped pull together an amazing gaming package the contents of which can be found below:

Here is the lineup of the bundle:

1st Week
Last Remnant
Life Is Strange Episode 1
Tomb Raider I, II + III
Murdered: Soul Suspect
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Just Cause Collection
Front Mission Evolved
Gyromancer
Yosumin
20% off Just Cause 3 (Coupon)
33% off Life is Strange Season Pass (Coupon)
Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris
Tomb Raider: GOTY Edition
Hitman Absolution: Elite Edition

2nd Week Addition
Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Tomb Raider: Legend
Tomb Raider: Underworld

Link to the bundle:

www.humblebundle.com

Train2Game News Final Fantasy XV Active Time Report

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Square Enix will be showing a video with development updates for Final Fantasy XV at the end of January.

Square Enix Ltd.,  today announced its next Active Time Report, a fully subtitled program that focuses on delivering development updates from the FINAL FANTASY® XV director Hajime Tabata, directly to the SQUARE ENIX community will take place at the end of January 2016. Tabata and Akio Ofuji, the global marketing manager, will be hosting the program as usual.

It has been a while since the last FINAL FANTASY XV Active Time Report was broadcast from Tokyo Game Show 2015. The next Active Time Report will be coming at the end of January 2016.

In the next ATR (Active Time Report) we’ll be focusing on the Niflheim Empire – the enemies of FINAL FANTASY XV. We plan on showing the latest battle footage including some scenes of magic. We’ll also be sharing further information about the special FINAL FANTASY XV event which will be taking place in March 2016.

Full broadcast times will be announced closer to the show. For more information, please check our official FINAL FANTASY XV Twitter account @FFXVEN.

The Active Time Report can be viewed via the SQUARE ENIX PRESENTS channel on YouTube through the below link:

YouTube: http://youtube.com/squareenixpresents