Square Enix Touts Strong Sales Of Nier: Automata And Final Fantasy XV

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Square Enix Touts Strong Sales Of Nier: Automata And Final Fantasy XV

In the company's annual financial briefing, Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda said the sales of Final Fantasy XV, Nier: Automata and the PlayStation 4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider are responsible for the growth of their Digital Entertainment sector during the last fiscal year. The chart below also points toward the launch of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided as a contributing factor for Square Enix's big financial year.

Matsuda said that Final Fantasy XV reached 6 million global sales faster than any other entry in the series. Additionally, he said that Square Enix hopes the DLC episodes of FF XV will "help raise purchase intent and extend the lifecycle of the product."

Nier: Automata, which Matsuda classified as one of Square's "mid-sized" games, performed "significantly" above the company's expectations. When asked if Nier's success would make Square consider pursuing additional titles produced outside the company, Matsuda said that while they're primarily interested in developing in-house, they're also seeking out other developers that can "balance" their mix of games.

PlayerUnknown Outlines Vision For Battlegrounds Campaign And Replay System

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PlayerUnknown Outlines Vision For Battlegrounds Campaign And Replay System

This week on The Game Informer Show podcast (which you can subscribe to here), Ben Hanson interviewed game developer Brendan Greene, better known as PlayerUnknown, about the phenomenon surrounding his addictive Battle Royale-style game. While we already knew about the game coming to consoles after the PC version is "finished and polished" and the fact that the team is adding two new maps to the game, the interview reveals the desert map is set around Peru. Greene does, however, go into new details about what he has in mind for a hypothetical new campaign mode.

Kingdom Hearts III And Final Fantasy VII Remake Releasing "In The Next Three Years Or So"

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Kingdom Hearts III And Final Fantasy VII Remake Releasing

We knew that Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake weren't releasing anytime soon after Square Enix director Tetsuya Nomura talked about their development in an interview earlier this year. Square Enix's recently released financial results outline confirms that fans still have a long wait ahead of them.

Both titles are found on a slide indicating releases planned for the March 2018 fiscal year "and beyond". An accompanying quote from Square Enix president and representative director Yosuke Matsuda says, "We plan to launch each of these upcoming titles in the next three years or so." 

[Source: Square Enix]

Rumor: Sonic Mania Releases August 15

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Rumor: Sonic Mania Releases August 15

Sonic Mania, the throwback title Sega is creating in collaboration with a stable of indie developers, was originally scheduled to release this past spring. At SXSW, the company announced that the developers asked for more time, so the game was pushed to a summer release date. According to a trailer on European Steam, that release date is August 15.

The trailer on the U.S. store ends with the official "Summer 2017" release statement, but multiple people in Europe reported seeing an August 15, 2017 release date at the end of their trailer. You can see a mirror of that trailer here.

It's important to note that this date could only apply for Europe. We've reached out to Sega and will update this story if we receive a comment.

Telltale's Second Episode Of Guardians Of The Galaxy Hits June 6

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Telltale's Second Episode Of Guardians Of The Galaxy Hits June 6

The second episode of Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy series has a release date. The adventure game developers today announced that "Under Pressure," the second episode in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series launches on June 6.

In addition, Telltale gave some hints of what players can expect from the story. Telltale says that the Guardians are going to continue to try to outrun their past while dealing with the power of the mysterious relic in their possession, all while evading the "genocidal maniac" hunting them. The developer also hints at rising tensions threatening to tear the team apart, as well as a deeper look into Rocket Raccoon's past.

The June 6 release date applies to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. The first episode of Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy, "Tangled Up in Blue," hit on April 18. We scored it a 7.25 out of 10. You can check out that review here.

Capcom Announces Monster Hunter XX Is Coming To Switch

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Capcom Announces Monster Hunter XX Is Coming To Switch

Capcom announced on its Japanese site that it's bringing its Monster Hunter series to the Nintendo Switch via an HD port of the 3DS game, Monster Hunter XX. 

The 3DS game Monster Hunter XX is an enhanced version of Monster Hunter X, which was released in North America as Monster Hunter Generations (pictured above). We liked Monster Hunter Generations giving it an 8.75 in our review. The XX version hasn't been released outside of Japan yet, and there's no word if this Switch version release will either. 

More details on the game will be revealed on May 27.

Human Head's Cancelled Prey 2 Actually Had An Incredible Premise

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Human Head's Cancelled Prey 2 Actually Had An Incredible Premise

Human Head Studios' Prey 2 never released, but that doesn't mean the game didn't have some good ideas. 

Eurogamer did some research about the never released Prey sequel that Human Head Studios was working on a few years ago. The video below goes into more detail, but one of the most striking ideas is how Human Head looked to incorporate player death into the game's narrative and how it would allow players to continue to explore the open world after the credits rolled without breaking the fiction.

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Dark Horse And Blizzard Group Up To Release Two Overwatch Books

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Dark Horse And Blizzard Group Up To Release Two Overwatch Books

It's good to take a break from video screens and read a book from time to time. Thankfully, Dark Horse and Blizzard have teamed up to announce some reading material that is up our alley. 

The first book is called The Art of Overwatch and will detail Blizzard's creative process for designing one of the most popular first-person-shooter of the last several years. The book is filled with never-before-seen art as well as commentary from the game’s development team and will retail for $49.99. However, a limited edition version, which comes packaged in a clamshell box and includes three Overwatch art print, will also retail for $100.

If you're a graphic novel fan, the Overwatch: Anthology, Volume 1 is a 140 page hardcover collection of the first twelve issues of Blizzard's Overwatch comics, which goes into the backstories of the game’s iconic heroes. This Anthology will retail for $19.99. 

Weapons Trafficking Coming To Grand Theft Auto Online Next Month

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Weapons Trafficking Coming To Grand Theft Auto Online Next Month

Time to get your weapons trafficking organization off the ground. Today Rockstar Games announced that its legions of Grand Theft Auto Online criminals can set up a new gunrunning trade come this June. 

Gunrunning gives your criminal enterprise another way to diversify its cash flow, whether you are a CEO, VIP, or the leader of a leather-clad biker gang. Rockstar explains the operation:

Dotted throughout Blaine County are hatches - look into these mysterious properties on the Maze Bank Foreclosure site and you’ll find sprawling underground headquarters for sale, ready to be stocked with new military-grade vehicles and weapons-manufacturing equipment capable of developing highly sought after offensive and defensive technologies.