Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda discussed future plans in the latest issue of Famitsu, "Smartphones aren't mainly used to exclusively play games, but there are many who enjoy them. The Dragon Quest series are games that can easily be enjoyed by just about anyone, so we'd like to do just that [porting Dragon Quest I - VIII to smartphones]" ....
The company continues to release content for smartphones, but not just ports of games, there will be new games like Final Fantasy Agito
Add more original titles for smartphones. Similar to Kaku-san-sei Million Arthur, if it becomes a hit on smartphones, then there's a chance we may also release it for consoles, too
To further expand their portfolio, the company will release games for various platforms from next-gen consoles to handheld and PC
Domestic development will not be completely devoted to just smartphone devices. For high-end devices such as PS4 and Xbox One, we will continue focusing on them with our "flagship" titles. We’ve already announced Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III, which our domestic studios are working on, and our foreign studios are working on a sequel for Tomb Raider.
Story-driven single player games are written in Square Enix's DNA
On the other hand, for example, if we make a sandbox-style game, I believe we'd make it into something with an online feature.
Even if a game is focuses on storytelling, it won't simply just end with us selling the package and leaving it, more ingenuity and innovation is required
NPD reported that PlayStation 4 was the top selling console in November in North America, PlayStation was the top seller overall for home consoles. Xbox One was the fastest selling console despite it was launched a week later than PS4, Microsoft's Larry Hryb said that Xbox One sold an average of 101,000 units per day, and 909,132 units were sold in November.
Sony President and CEO Jack Tretton confirmed the news from market research group DFC Intelligence that the PlayStation 4 launch was the biggest ever for a console in North America, and backed up by numbers from NPD Group. "PlayStation 4 sales in North America and worldwide have been incredibly strong since launch, culminating in PS4 being recognized as the largest console launch in history," Tretton explains. "In North America alone, more than one million PS4 units were sold in only 24 hours and we’re pleased NPD has reported that PS4 was the top selling next gen platform for both hardware and software in November."
As of December 11, Xbox One sold 2 million units worldwide, comparing to 2.1 million units for PS4 as of Dec 3rd.
Aeria Games announced that Dynasty Warriors Online will be shut down in North America on Jan 10, its forum will be closed on Jan 11. The company will offer full rebates on any goods purchased from now until the end of the game.
Here is the list of Top 10 selling console games in North America, Call of Duty: Ghosts took the top spot.
Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision)
Battlefield 4 (EA)
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft)
Madden NFL 25 (EA)
Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games)
NBA 2K14 (2K Sports)
Skylanders SWAP Force (Activision)
Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft)
Disney Infinity (Disney)
FIFA 14 (EA)
Here are the latest Media Create console hardware sales for the week of Dec 2 - 8, Wii U sold 49k units this week, thanks to the release of Dragon Quest X Version 2 and the holiday gifting season; PS3 sales also increased to 24k units due to the launch of Gran Turismo 6 ....
3DS LL - 92,375 [2,900,860]
Wii U - 48,762 [640,949]
3DS - 32,894 [1,365,321]
PS Vita - 29,366 [986,650]
PS3 - 24,085 [770,737]
PSP – 4,416 [412,708]
PS Vita TV - 3,772 [59,203]
Wii – 767 [67,459]
Xbox 360 – 473 [23,567]
Here are the latest Famitsu console software sales for the week of Dec 2 - 8, Gran Turismo 6 took the top spot with 188k units sold, followed by Dragon Quest X Version 2 for Wii, sold 111k units; Attack on Titan sold 89k units at No. 4 ....
Gran Turismo 6 (PS3, Sony) - 187,640
Dragon Quest X: Nemureru Yuusha to Michibiki no Meiyuu Online (Wii, Square Enix) - 111,187
Pokemon X & Y (3DS, Pokemon Co.) - 93,387 [3,449,741]
Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind (3DS, Spike Chunsoft) - 89,448
Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy: Big Bang / Supernova (3DS, Level 5) - 85,834
Dragon Quest X: Nemureru Yuusha to Michibiki no Meiyuu Online (Wii U, Square Enix) - 68,560
Wii Party U (WiiU, Nintendo) - 49,344 [226,352]
New Super Mario Bros. U (WiiU, Nintendo) - 43,817 [770,550]
Super Mario 3D World (Wii U, Nintendo) - 39,298 [185,571]
Bandai Namco officially announced Tales of Zestiria for PS3, with a worldwide release in 2015. The game takes place in a world that was once fallen into darkness and regained light by the work of a high priest ...
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Here are the latest Famitsu game review scores, Drag-on Dragoon 3 got a gold score of 34/40, and Shin Gundam Musou got 35/40 ....
Bandai Namco announced that a new Digimon title will be revealed in the Dec 21st issue of V-Jump magazine, the game will also be shown at Jump Festa 2014 in Tokyo on Dec 21 - 22.
Sony Spain's James Armstrong mentioned that over 80,000 units of PS4 were sold in Spain since its launch on Nov 29, it is selling at a ratio of 3.5:1 to Xbox One.
Sony announced that Soul Sacrifice Delta for PS Vita will be released in Japan on Mar 7, 2014, for 4980 yen; a Download version will be 3900 yen.
Sega announced Initial D: Perfect Shift Online for 3DS, a free-to-play online racing game, in the game the car will run automatically, you just need to shift the gears at the right times. There will be micro-transactions.
Comcept has pushed back the release date of Kaio: King of Pirates to 2014, the game was one of the first projects for Keiji Inafune after he departed from Capcom.
Here are some new screenshots and preview trailer of Bravely Second, the story takes place in Luxendarc, several years after the Bravely Default. The European version of Bravely Default features a four minute trailer of Bravely Second after the end credits ....
NIS America announced that the PS3 action RPG The Witch and the Hundred Knight will launch in North America on Mar 25 and in Europe on Mar 21.
Konami will release Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in North America on Mar 18, and in Europe on Mar 20. The PS3 and PS4 version will hav exclusive Deja Vu Missions in which you play as Classic Snake; the Xbox 360 and Xbox One version will features exclusive Jamais Vu Missions in which you play as Raiden.
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Bungie announced that Destiny will launch on Sep 9, 2014 for PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360.
Amazon has opened the preorder page for Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, which will be heading to PS4 and Xbox One on Jan 28, 2014. The game will include all the DLC, and those who pre-order will receive art book packaging, which provides an insider's look at exclusive concept arts.
Here are some new screenshots of Dark Souls II, showing the Covenants. In multiplayer mode, player can assume positions within the Dark Souls II world ....
Here are some new screenshots of Persona 4: Dance All Night, a rhythm action spin-off of Persona 4. In the game you dance in competitions to defeat the Shadows and resuce the junior idol group Kanamin Kitchen .....
Here are some new screenshots of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, the game features characters from Persona 3 & 4, the story takes place in an alternate reality town of Yasoinaba .....
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Here are some new screenshots of Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign, showing Zato=One and Bedman in the battles. The PS3 and PS4 version will be coming after the game is out in arcade. The arcade version is currently in location test.
Akihiro Yoshida, the artist and character designer of Bravely Default, Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XIV, announced that he is leaving Square Enix, but he will continue to work on the Bravely series, including the newly announced Bravely Second.
A Japanese Grade 6 boy from Ibaraki Prefecture has filed a lawsuit involving 3DS Camera in Japan, he is suing 7 classmates who bullied him, seeking damages of 10 million yen (US$97,800). Back in September the 7 classmates took him to one of the classmate's house, stripped off his clothing, took photos of his naked body with a 3DS camera, and shared the photos with other people through the 3DS image sharing app Nintendo Letter Box/SwapNote. Nintendo has suspended the image sharing service in November in the wake of obscene photo sharing. (Source: Yahoo Japan)
Sony has revealed the price breakdown for the microtransactions in Gran Turismo 6, you to purchase credits to upgrade or buy new vehicles. For example a Mini Cooper 1.3i costs 18,320 credits, while the most expensive car Jaguar XJ13 costs 20 million credits. It is optional as you can earn credits by playing the game normally as intended. The DLC prices are as follow:
500,000 credits - $4.99
1,000,000 credits - $9.99
2,500,000 credits - $19.99
7,500,000 - $49.99
7,000,000 - £39.99 or €49.99 (Europe and UK only)
Square Enix revealed Bravely Second is in development for 3DS, the sequel to Bravely Default will take place in the same world as the first game. A new character Magnolia is revealed, a silver haired girl from the clad in the moon.
Koei Tecmo announced that Nobunaga's Ambition Online will be coming to PS4 in Japan on Mar 19, 2014, the game has launched on various platforms, including PS2, PS3 PC. The game is currently available on PS3, PS2 an PC.
Microsoft announced that over 50 independent studios have joined the ID@Xbox program and received their development kits, these developers will begin to self-publish game titles on Xbox Live early next year, such as DiveKick from Icon Galaxy and Nuclear Throne from Vlambeer. Here is a list of studios.
Behaviour Interactive, Bongfish, Born Ready, Capybara Games, Comcept
Gaijin Games, Half-Brick, Happion Labs, Hidden Path, High Voltage Software
Inis, Iron Galaxy, Jackbox Games, The Men Who Wear Many Hats, Nicalis
Ninja Bee, The Odd Gentlemen, Other Ocean, Panic Button, Signal Studios
Slightly Mad Studios, Team 17, Team Colorblind, Vlambeer, Way Forward
Zeboyd Games, Zen Studios
Bandai Namco announced that Ridge Racer Slipstream will be coming to iOS and Android later this month, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series. Rider Racer Slipstream will have a 20 race treacks, vehicle modes and a full Career Mode; multiplayer mode will be added in future updates. Currently Bandai Namco has no plan for a console version, the most recent console Ridge Racer game is Ridge Racer Driftopia for PS3, developed by Bugbear and free-to-play.
Atlus announced that Draogn's Crown worldwide shipment have reached 800,000 units, and Persona 4 Golden shipment has reached 700,000 units worldwide.