The director of 'Final Fantasy XV' isn't finished yet

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The director of 'Final Fantasy XV' isn't finished yet

Final Fantasy XV took a long time coming. After a decade of delays, it's not surprising that both Square Enix and the game's director, Hajime Tabata say they aren't finished with Noctis and his bro squad. With not even a whisper of Final Fantasy XVI, the rest of this year (and to some extent 2018) is focused on the Final Fantasy XV universe: PC versions, more chapter expansions, more mobile iterations and a multiplayer mode. I talked to Tabata, the man who steered the fifteenth iteration to the finish line, here at Gamescom. He explained what worked, what didn't and somehow tricked me into evangelizing about that mobile game. (Unfortunately, he didn't say a thing about that bizarre Assassin's Creed collaboration, mere hours before it was announced.)

'Dishonored' gets unleashed in 'Death of the Outsider'

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'Dishonored' gets unleashed in 'Death of the Outsider'

Our next taste of Dishonored isn't DLC -- it's an entirely new standalone title called Death of the Outsider, which lands on September 15th. That might seem like an odd move for developer Arkane Studios, but it probably makes sense. Dishonored 2, like the original game before it, never quite reached the audience it needed to. The series built up a loyal fanbase (myself included), but it's typically been overshadowed by bigger, flashier titles. So for one last hurrah in the Dishonored world, it makes sense to take a stab at a cheaper ($30) and smaller experience. Who knows, if it succeeds, perhaps the series would fair better with bite-sized entries, similar to Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.

DNP The director of 'Final Fantasy XV' isn't finished yet

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DNP The director of 'Final Fantasy XV' isn't finished yet

Granted, Final Fantasy XV took a long time coming. After a decade of delays, both Square Enix and the game's director say they aren't finished with Noctis and his crew. With not even a whisper of Final Fantasy XVI, the rest of this year (and to some extent 2018) will be dedicated to the Final Fantasy XV universe: PC versions, expansions, mobile spin-offs and attempts at a multiplayer mode -- which is great if the rejuvenated series was exactly what you were looking for in a modern RPG. I talked to Hajime Tabata, the director who (eventually) steered the fifteenth iteration of the series to the finish line, here at Gamescom. He explained what worked, what didn't and somehow tricked me into evangelizing about that mobile game.

‘Secret of Mana’ returning as a 3D remaster on PlayStation and PC

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‘Secret of Mana’ returning as a 3D remaster on PlayStation and PC

Next month, a horde of nostalgic Nintendo heads will get the chance to relive the Secret of Mana on the SNES Classic Edition. But, if you're a gamer with modern sensibilities, then its 16-bit world may not suffice. Fortunately for you, developer Square Enix is giving the iconic title the 3D treatment. An upgraded version of the JRPG is heading to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Steam next year.

'Half Life' writer reveals what could've been Episode 3

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'Half Life' writer reveals what could've been Episode 3

Nearly ten years after the debut of Half-Life 2: Episode Two, the world is still waiting for Valve to deliver the final episode in the trilogy, but we may have to settle for something else. Just a few months after the last of the game's writers left Valve, and 21 years to the day since the company started, lead writer Marc Laidlaw has posted "Epistle 3" to his personal website (it's overloaded and inaccessible now, but you can view it on Archive.org). With some light editing to change a few key names, the post lays out a plotline for the Episode Three that never appeared, although it's hard to say if it will give gamers any closure after all this time.

Return to 'Smuggler's Run' in the next 'GTA: Online' expansion

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Return to 'Smuggler's Run' in the next 'GTA: Online' expansion

For the next expansion to GTA: Online, Rockstar Games is looking to its past. "Smuggler's Run" will task you to move inventory for the perpetually paranoid Nervous Ron by land and air. "Smuggler's Run opens up the air corridors above Los Santos and Blaine Country, providing new business opportunities while introducing a range of planes, choppers and even ultralights as highly viable options for transporting criminal cargo across the state -- simultaneously opening up some creative new methods of dispatching any rival gangs along the way," a post on the Rockstar Newswire says.

'Assassin's Creed' is crossing over with 'Final Fantasy'

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'Assassin's Creed' is crossing over with 'Final Fantasy'

So this is weird: Square Enix and Ubisoft have announced that this month will mark the beginning of crossovers between Assassin's Creed and Final Fantasy. Yup, really. "This collaboration is the result of being huge fans," Ubisoft Montreal game driector Ashraf Ismail says on the UbiBlog. "There's a lot of respect between the two teams and we couldn't be more thrilled with the opportunity to pay homage to each other's work."