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Square Enix Sets Early 2008 American Release Dates

by Carmine Red - December 17, 2007, 10:41 pm PST
Total comments: 13 Source: Press Release

By spring North America will be seeing Dragon Quest Swords for the Wii, and both Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates and The World Ends With You for the DS.

SQUARE ENIX JUMP-STARTS THE YEAR WITH AN ACTION-PACKED LINEUP FOR 2008

Fans Advised to Warm Up this Holiday Season in Preparation for an Assortment of Exciting New Adventures

LOS ANGELES (December 17, 2007) – Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix™ interactive entertainment products in North America, revealed today its first offerings for 2008, with entries that will launch fans into a fast-paced, action-packed new year. This latest announcement brings forth four new titles for the coming year, including releases for the Nintendo DS™, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, and the Wii™.

DRAGON QUEST® SWORDS: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors™ sets the action in motion as the newest entry in the franchise that has captivated more than 43 million fans worldwide. The premiere RPG franchise makes its debut on the Wii as an immersive action-adventure accessible by players of all ages.

Following suit are powerful, engaging adventures in the handheld arena. FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES®: Ring of Fates™ for the Nintendo DS offers endless entertainment with its fun-for-all multiplay feature, while CRISIS CORE™ -FINAL FANTASY VII- for the PSP system reunites fans with the most recognized RPG characters created by world-renowned character designer Tetsuya Nomura. Nomura’s latest designs lend a hip, urban edge to THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU™, a stylish new RPG title for the Nintendo DS.

Warm ups are recommended for fans who intend to take on these exciting new challenges that are headed their way!

DRAGON QUEST SWORDS: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors

Developer: Eighting Co., Ltd.


Planning: Genius Sonority, Inc.


Scenario & Game Design / General Director: Yuji Horii


Character Design: Akira Toriyama


Music: Koichi Sugiyama


Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.


Platform: Wii


Genre: Action-Adventure


ESRB: T (Teen)


Ship Date: February 26, 2008

Developed from the ground up to take advantage of the Nintendo Wii and its motion-sensing technology, DRAGON QUEST SWORDS: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors is set to slice its way onto Nintendo’s next-generation platform. Use the Wii Remote™ to slash, parry and blast your way through a land filled with trademark DRAGON QUEST foes! Developed with both long-time fans and casual players in mind, DRAGON QUEST SWORDS: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors is poised to take video gaming to an entirely new level of fun and interaction.

The official website can be found at http://na.square-enix.com/dqswords.

FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: Ring of Fates

Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd.


Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.


Platform: Nintendo DS


Genre: Action-RPG


ESRB: E10+ (Everyone 10 and older)


Ship Date: March 11, 2008

Few titles epitomize the essence of multiplayer camaraderie like the FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES series. Released in 2004 as an innovative title that took advantage of the Nintendo GameCube™-to-Game Boy® Advance connectivity, FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES pioneered an entirely new gameplay experience that expanded the horizons of conventional RPG gaming. Primed for a release on the Nintendo DS, FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: Ring of Fates is poised to continue this tradition by providing fans with two distinctly unique games: a fully fleshed single-player RPG experience and an addictive multiplayer element for up to four players.

The official website can be found at http://na.square-enix.com//ffccnews/.

CRISIS CORE -FINAL FANTASY VII-

Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd.


Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.


Platform: PSP system


Genre: Action-RPG


ESRB: T (Teen)


Ship Date: March 25, 2008

CRISIS CORE -FINAL FANTASY VII-, the highly anticipated entry in the COMPILATION of FINAL FANTASY VII, takes fans on an exciting journey through the origin of the internationally acclaimed FINAL FANTASY VII saga in an all-new action-packed experience. Developed exclusively for the PSP system, CRISIS CORE -FINAL FANTASY VII- marks the return of the celebrated characters and game world that mesmerized more than 9.8 million gamers around the globe. With inspiring visuals, full 16:9 widescreen presentation and an engaging battle system, fans and newcomers alike can experience the world of FINAL FANTASY VII from an all-new perspective.

The official website can be found at http://www.crisiscore.com/.

THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU

Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd./ Jupiter


Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.


Platform: Nintendo DS


Genre: Action-RPG


ESRB:TBD


Ship Date: Spring 2008

THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU, is an exciting new title developed exclusively for the Nintendo DS handheld system. Previously known as Subarashiki Kono Sekai™ on its release in Japan , THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU is an innovative new title from Square Enix that fully utilizes the capabilities of the Nintendo DS, and takes major influence from Japan ’s modern day culture including its people, music, clothes, food and design.

Square Enix Date Three for Europe

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (DS) and Dragon Quest Swords (Wii) head to PAL territories next spring, along with It's a Wonderful World (DS) under a new name.

TAKE TO THE SKIES WITH FINAL FANTASY XII: REVENANT WINGS

London (5th December 2007) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announces that the eagerly awaited FINAL FANTASY® XII: REVENANT WINGS™ will be released on 15th February 2008, exclusively on the Nintendo DS™ handheld system.

Set one year after the events of the best-selling FINAL FANTASY XII, FINAL FANTASY XII: REVENANT WINGS answers all your questions about what happens next to your heroes Vaan, Penelo, Fran and Balthier. Return to the land of Ivalice, meet new characters, visit unexplored locations and embark upon a breathtaking new adventure.

FINAL FANTASY XII: REVENANT WINGS sees the evolution of the innovative Gambit system that allows automated commands to be issued during real-time combat. Smart Touch Screen controls provide complete power over your actions and allow you to play solely using the Nintendo DS stylus.

John Yamamoto, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix Ltd. comments, “I am delighted that we are providing fans with another opportunity to enjoy the beautiful world of Ivalice. With the same high-production values including movies and music, FINAL FANTASY XII: REVENANT WINGS is a stunning sequel that expands upon the original game and that makes full use of the Nintendo DS hardware."

More information about FINAL FANTASY XII: REVENANT WINGS can be found at ff12revenantwings.co.uk

About FINAL FANTASY XII: REVENANT WINGS

Story

AN AGE WHEN MAGICK WAS COMMONPLACE AND AIRSHIPS PLIED THE SKIES…

“Purvama, the floating lands. In the border-skies they wait. Untrodden, unknown."

So the legend went. And the children who heard it turned their eyes to the skies, and dreamed. The Cache of Glabados is the key, throwing wide the doors of fading memory.

There, above, an all but forgotten land – demesne of the winged ones.

Features

  • Experience a tale that takes you beyond the amazing events of the PlayStation®2 smash FINAL FANTASY XII
  • Stunning 3D graphics, music and video bring the land of Ivalice to life and push the capabilities of the Nintendo DS
  • Take control of your favourite characters using the intuitive stylus and Nintendo DS Touch Screen
  • Experience real-time battles using the innovative Gambit system
  • Collect and synthesise items and treasures to create new rare items
  • More summons than in any other FINAL FANTASY game
  • Epic soundtrack from the composer of FINAL FANTASY XII
  • Fully localised for Europe with French, Italian, German and Spanish translations and adjusted difficulty levels


  • SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES NEW NINTENDO DS TITLE FROM THE MAKERS OF KINGDOM HEARTS THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU

    London (5th December 2007) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announces that THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU™, an exciting new title from the makers of KINGDOM HEARTS, will be released exclusively on the Nintendo DS™ handheld system across all PAL territories in spring 2008.

    Previously known as Subarashiki Kono Sekai™ on its release in Japan. THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU is an innovative new title from Square Enix that fully utilizes the capabilities of the Nintendo DS, and takes major influence from Japan’s modern day culture including its people, music, clothes, food and design.

    Set in Tokyo’s trendiest district, the story begins with the lead character Neku waking up to find a phone message stating he has only 7 days before he will cease to exist. Only with the coolest fashions, friends and fighting skills can Neku restore hope to the city’s population and prevent being stricken from existence altogether!

    John Yamamoto, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix Ltd. comments, “Square Enix has traditionally been associated with RPG’s set in fantasy lands, but THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU is our first ever game to be set in modern times and real-life locations. The use of the Nintendo DS functionality is second to none. We believe gamers of all ages and abilities will be able to enjoy all that THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU has to offer."

    More…

    About THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU

    Story

    The story begins as our hero, Neku, wakes up amidst the hustle and bustle of Shibuya, Tokyo. Confused and disoriented, he receives a message on his phone warning him that he will cease to exist unless he completes a certain mission. With his life seemingly on the line, Neku plunges into the back streets of the urban labyrinth...

    Features

  • Experience the urban grit and neon of the coolest district in Tokyo with a distinctive, high quality style of in-game artwork
  • Meet an achingly hip cast of characters each with an interesting personality and stylish sense in fashion, music and culture
  • Highly innovative and intuitive combat system that makes full use of the Nintendo DS Touch Screen, Dual Screens and Microphone like no other game before it!
  • Use fantastic psychic powers to read the thoughts of the population, put words into people’s minds, and move objects to help you progress in your adventure!
  • Immerse yourself in an amazing audio soundtrack featuring a diverse fusion of bleeding-edge hip-hop, rock, and techno
  • A tale of friendship, hope and overcoming your challenges, creatively told with a modern edge
  • Shop till you drop! Keep abreast of the latest Trends to stay one step ahead of the fashion scene and your enemies. Trade items with friends using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection too
  • Action-packed minigame fun that can be enjoyed by up to four players via DS Wireless Play!
  • Engage the Chance Encounter mode via DS Wireless Play to share data with fellow game users you bump into in the real world


  • DRAGON QUEST MAKES Wii DEBUT WITH DRAGON QUEST SWORDS

    London (5th December 2007) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announces that DRAGON QUEST® SWORDS: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors® for Wii™, will be released across all PAL territories in spring 2008.

    DRAGON QUEST SWORDS: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors, available exclusively on Wii, is an action-packed Virtual Experience where the player becomes the hero of the story. As the hero, the player must use the Wii controller to control their legendary sword, and fight off horde after horde of monsters. Slice at enemies, parry with your shield and block attacks to launch powerful counter-combos.

    DRAGON QUEST SWORDS contains all the familiar features people have come to expect from the DRAGON QUEST series, such as a system to power up weapons and the ability to perform a large array of powerful attacks. Additional mini-games add to the fun as you catch darts with your shield and try to defeat Slime monsters as quickly as possible to win bonus items.

    John Yamamoto, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix Ltd. comments, “We are delighted to be announcing our first Wii title for PAL territories. The DRAGON QUEST series is a phenomenon in Japan that has already sold over 43 million units worldwide, but is still relatively new to Europe. With today’s announcement of DRAGON QUEST SWORDS and the forthcoming release of DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: Joker on the Nintendo DS™, the series is set to charm more fans throughout the world."

    About DRAGON QUEST SWORDS: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors

    Story

    In the town at the foot of Avalonia Castle, a young man enjoys a peaceful life with his father. That young man is you. It is your sixteenth birthday at last, and time to take the Walk of the Worthy, the trial of strength which all young Avalonian males must undergo upon coming of age.

    You will need to put all of your training in the ways of the sword into practice if you are to pass the test, and take your rightful place amongst Avalonia’s warriors. Should you succeed – who knows what adventures await you!

    Features

  • The first DRAGON QUEST title to be developed exclusively for Wii
  • Use the Wii Remote as your legendary sword! Immerse yourself fully in the action as you slice at the enemy!
  • Explore a rich, vibrant 3D world in first-person perspective
  • Engage a variety of diverse and colourful enemies, who are brought to life with detailed animation and graphics
  • Series creator Yuji Horii, legendary manga artist Akira Toriyama and renowned composer Koichi Sugiyama, team up once again to create an unforgettable gaming experience
  • Become the hero in a dramatic storyline that is suitable for all
  • Beautiful audio score fully immerses you into the world of DRAGON QUEST
  • New International version includes revised gameplay offering a more intense and challenging experience
  • In-game text is localised into English, French, German, Italian and Spanish
  • For more information about DRAGON QUEST SWORDS, please visit: http://www.dragonquestswords.eu.com/

    Talkback

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    ShyGuyDecember 17, 2007

    I hope they advertise DQ Swords.

    GoldenPhoenixDecember 17, 2007

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    Originally posted by: ShyGuy
    I hope they advertise DQ Swords.


    What do you think this press release is for? LIKE, DUH, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?!?! face-icon-small-tongue.gif

    ShyGuyDecember 17, 2007

    Allow me to rephrase:

    I hope they (Square-Enix) advertise DQ Swords in some mainstream channels like television, magazines, and in store promotions. I think this game could appeal to the "casual" Wii owner.

    GoldenPhoenixDecember 17, 2007

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    Originally posted by: ShyGuy
    Allow me to rephrase:

    I hope they (Square-Enix) advertise DQ Swords in some mainstream channels like television, magazines, and in store promotions. I think this game could appeal to the "casual" Wii owner.


    Geesh, you want them to come to everyone's house as well and demo it? Advertising on TV? Magazines? You think they are made of money, who has heard of such absurd things.

    ShyGuyDecember 17, 2007

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    Originally posted by: GoldenPhoenix

    Geesh, you want them to come to everyone's house as well and demo it?


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    I approve of this marketing plan.

    DarkheartDecember 17, 2007

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    Originally posted by: GoldenPhoenix
    Quote

    Originally posted by: ShyGuy
    Allow me to rephrase:

    I hope they (Square-Enix) advertise DQ Swords in some mainstream channels like television, magazines, and in store promotions. I think this game could appeal to the "casual" Wii owner.


    Geesh, you want them to come to everyone's house as well and demo it? Advertising on TV? Magazines? You think they are made of money, who has heard of such absurd things.


    Yea I've heard of lately that Square isnt doing too well and may have to merge with EA. Their next game they will release is an RPG and it just may be their final game they make. I think they will call it Final Milk COW Fantasy~!


    Seriously cant wait for all 3 games though.

    CericDecember 17, 2007

    This Announcement is GOLD for DQ:Swords but this Announcement is PHAIL for not announcing Wii FFC and vague information in desciption of the game I knew not about.

    Final Verdict: Oxymoronic Press Release

    PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorDecember 17, 2007

    Hmm, PSP am get next spring for some Square love.

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    Originally posted by: GoldenPhoenix
    You think they are made of money, who has heard of such absurd things.


    They kinda are.

    KDR_11kDecember 18, 2007

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    Originally posted by: darkheart
    I think they will call it Final Milk COW Fantasy~!


    It will feature Tifa as the lead character.

    UltimatePartyBearDecember 18, 2007

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    Originally posted by: KDR_11k
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    Originally posted by: darkheart
    I think they will call it Final Milk COW Fantasy~!


    It will feature Tifa as the lead character.


    Time to buy some Square Enix stock, then.

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