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Briefly: PlayStation Now beta hits PS3, Square Enix cloud gaming

09/23, 4:35pm

Sony rolls out the open beta test of the game rental service to PlayStation 3 owners

PlayStation 3 owners wanting to get a taste of PlayStation Now finally have their chance, as Sony rolled out the open beta of the program out to the last-generation console last week. Residents of the United States and Canada with the nearly eight-year-old system can now rent more than 150 titles, rather than paying full price for games that may only be played for a few days. Pricing varies for each rental period and game, but Sony recently reduced the price for the four-hour rental period.

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Square Enix to start smartphone game rental service Dive In for Japan

09/11, 4:59pm

Program similar to Sony's PlayStation Now tiered rental service in the United States

Japanese video game publisher Square Enix announced a new initiative this week, putting some of its most popular games in the hands of mobile device users. The new program, called Dive In, allows users to rent Square Enix titles through a dedicated application ,and play them on their Android or iOS tablets and smartphones.

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Final Fantasy VI remake heading to iOS, Android this winter

10/10, 9:56pm

Hope for mobile version of FF VII port as well, no set plans

Final Fantasy VI, originally released in North America as Final Fantasy III back in 1994, will become an iOS and Android game sometime this winter, Square Enix has announced. The port will feature enhanced graphics while remaining 2D and 16-bit in nature, and will likely be based on the GameBoy Advanced or PlayStation port of the original game. A specific release date beyond "this winter" was not announced, and will follow the forthcoming mobile release of Final Fantasy IV: The After Years.

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Final Fantasy IV for iOS to arrive on December 20

12/07, 8:00pm

To celebrate, Square Enix to discount existing iOS FF titles

The well-regarded second (Western) entry in the Final Fantasy game series, Final Fantasy IV, will arrive on the iOS platform on December 20, in time to celebrate the series' 25th anniversary. Creator Square Enix already has a number of Final Fantasy games available for iOS, but Final Fantasy IV is particularly fondly remembered as a landmark of the series that introduced a number of concepts and characters, along with an involved plot and high-quality music score that resonated with players. To celebrate, a rare sale on the other FF titles is currently underway.

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Nintendo 3DS outselling all Sony systems combined in Japan

04/05, 3:05pm

Nintendo 3DS outsells Sony gear for second week

Nintendo's handheld 3DS gaming console has topped the sales charts in Japan for week of March 26 to April 1. While this is the second week its was atop the charts, the week saw nearly a 30 percent boost from that earlier week, now at 121,921 units, according to numbers reported by Media Create (viaAdrianSang). The numbers were large enough that the total of 3DS sales outnumber the combined numbers of all of Sony's consoles, including the PS3, PSP, PS Vita, and PS2.

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Square Enix set to launch its own game store for Android

11/21, 9:55pm

Publisher launching own app portal

Japanese game publisher Square Enix has announced plans to launch its own app store for Android-based devices. The portal, referred to as Square Enix Market, is expected to launch with an Android edition of the Final Fantasy iOS remake, along with a number of other titles such as Dragon Quest Monsters, Chaos Ring, and Crystal Defenders.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution headed to Mac this winter

09/12, 1:35pm

Already available for Windows, consoles

A Mac port of Deus Ex: Human Revolution should arrive sometime during the winter of 2011/2012, says Feral Interactive. The action-RPG was originally developed by Eidos Montreal, and is currently available for consoles and Windows PCs. Pricing, requirements and a specific release date have yet to be announced.

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GameStop responds to OnLive row by pulling Deus Ex

08/25, 12:25pm

GameStop pulls Deus Ex, has Square Enix support

GameStop has responded to the backlash after it was found to open PC copies of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and removing coupons for the game on the OnLive games streaming system by pulling all copies of the game from store shelves. A copy of the e-mail sent to franchise stores was sent to Wired urges stores to pull the regular PC copy of the game for a later return and refund to maker Square Enix. Surpisingly, Square Enix supports GameStop's decision.

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GameStop forcing OnLive coupons out of Deus Ex game boxes

08/24, 2:35pm

GameStop squelches competition with box plans

GameStop drew widespread criticism from gamers Wednesday after it confirmed that it had been altering copies of Deus Ex: Human Revolution to silence competition. Store field operations manager Josh Ivanoff sent a memo asking staff to "immediately" open boxes and pull the OnLive coupons for a streaming version of the action RPG from all standard copies. While the note only said that GameStop didn't want the coupon to "go to any customers," GameStop spokeswoman Beth Sharum tried to portray it to Ars Technica as an act of subversion by Square Enix.

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Atari, EA, others ask court to allow Apple's help vs. Lodsys

08/11, 9:50am

Apple has necessary information, defendants say

Four major parties defending themselves against Lodsys' legal accusations are actively petitioning the court to accept Apple's intervention request. Game publishers Atari, Electronic Arts and Square-Enix were joined by Quickoffice in sending a letter to the court yesterday, urging it to grant Apple's motion. All four companies are being represented in the matter by the same lawfirm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. The first three have yet to even be served their summons however, and state that they are stepping in early to "ensure that their voices are heard in connection with the pending motion to intervene."

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Lodsys tries suing Atari, EA, Rovio over mobile apps

07/21, 7:40pm

Lodsys expands to target major game developers

Lodsys continued its rapidly widening lawsuit campaign Thursday by trying its hand at attacking major game developers. A larger complaint (below) now adds Atari, EA, Rovio, Square Enix, and Take Two over in-app purchases in their mobile games. The expansion singles out major games and isn't limited to just iPad and iPhone titles, going so far as to target Rovio's versions of Angry Birds for both Android and iOS.

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War game Battlestations: Pacific coming to Mac

09/29, 6:30pm

Sequel to Battlestations: Midway hits Oct. 8

Battlestations: Pacific, a popular wartime simulation game, is coming to the Mac in early October via Feral Interactive and original publisher Square Enix. A sequel to Battlestations: Midway, the new game features two elaborate campaigns, over 100 types of aircraft, ships and submarines, 14 missons within each campaign, and an opportunity to change history by having the Japanese dominate the Pacific theater.

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Sunflex dates official Final Fantasy XIV controller for PCs

09/24, 12:40pm

Sunflex shows Final Fantasy XIV PC controller

European gaming accessories maker Sunflex has introduced its first official product to come from a deal with video game publisher Square Enix. The device is a PC controller for the upcoming Final Fantasy XIV RPG due for release on September 30. The controller, which bears more than a passing resemblance to a Sony PS3 DualShock 3 gamepad, will only be available in white and is expected to ship at the same time as the game.

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