Square Enix lays out 360 RPG slate

[UPDATE] Infinite Undiscovery due in September, The Last Remnant to follow; Star Ocean: The Last Hope due in '09 on Microsoft's console.

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It looks as if 2008 is set to be the year of the role-playing game. Earlier this year Mistwalker's Lost Odyssey was released on the Xbox 360, and Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors was recently released on the Wii. Portables also picked up some action, with titles including The World Ends With You and Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings coming to the Nintendo DS.

As far as the rest of the year goes, it's looking pretty good too. Two long-awaited epics are on the way--Peter Molyneux's Fable 2 and Denis Dyack's Too Human. On top of that, Baroque is coming in July for the Wii and PlayStation 2, and Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core (PSP) due for release in Europe, with both already out stateside.

And if all those games weren't enough, Square Enix has added another two RPGs to the roster this year, with a third to follow in 2009.

The first will be Tri-Ace's Infinite Undiscovery for the Xbox 360, the first in a new series about a young lad fighting against the evil Dreadknight. The game is set for worldwide release in September. North Americans will be getting the game first on September 2, Europeans next on September 5, and the Japanese on September 11.

Infinite Undiscovery will be followed by The Last Remnant, another RPG powered by the Unreal Engine 3 (the first was Lost Odyssey). The game has been given a confirmed global release window of this winter for the Xbox 360, although a time frame for the PlayStation 3 version wasn't given. The plot focuses on battles to control powerful ancient relics called remnants.

Finally, a new chapter in the Star Ocean series was also unveiled. Previously announced merely for next-generation platforms, Star Ocean: The Last Hope is set for release in 2009 exclusively on the 360. The game marks the futuristic space opera RPG series' debut on a Microsoft platform. As for the past several years, the series has been only found on the PlayStation 2.

[UPDATE] But while The Last Hope is currently 360-only, Square Enix producer Yoshinori Yamagish told reporters in Tokyo that a PlayStation 3 version might be possible further down the line. "We can't really say anything yet," he said during a post-announcement press conference. "The answer to that is that, there's really nothing set at the moment. We can't say right now that it will or won't come out. It could go either way. The only thing that we can confirm right now is that it's coming out first on the Xbox 360."

The global release dates mark a departure for Square Enix, whose previous titles, including those in the Final Fantasy series, have typically been released several months later in the West. Square Enix president John Yamamoto has said that the company now plans to make upcoming releases global events.

Discussion

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newheartbreakid
newheartbreakid

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Gryphon700
Gryphon700

Well Joebo, I'm mad because I bought a PS3 assuming that it would be THE console for JRPG's. Thats how its been in the past with PS1 and PS2 right? Also I really don't want to spend money on another console right now, seeing as I'm a poor college student, and to play online with the 360 you have to pay fees for XBOX Live, which I can't afford.

newheartbreakid
newheartbreakid

why do people keep complaining and keep getting so worked up over some of these exclusives? you don't owe any loyalty to any specific system, so if a ps3 owner keeps griping about the 360 getting certain games, maybe that means they should get a 360 because it has the games they want, and vice versa for that too. i mean if you play games to have fun and you want to play the games you like why not get that system? i'm not advocating either the ps3 or 360 because it can go either way for someone.

hellpolice
hellpolice

My 360 will get a good workout next year I hope Star Ocean comes for ps3 as well.

xTSUKAIMAx
xTSUKAIMAx

........ what the hell i thought star ocean was a playstation thing that caught me by surpise well i guess i hope it come to ps3 if not then ill just but it for the xbox 360 but im more of a into playstation for rpg and shoooter xbox

hotgamer
hotgamer

This game will come to the PS3 too. They haven't announced it yet. No one know when it will happens, but it will.

padejace
padejace

Mmh , It even worth that I though for PS3. Their E3 press conference was a pitty compared to the Microsoft one ... and now this ...

Born4this
Born4this

Well I'm quite upset that SE decided against using the full capacity of the PS3 and opted for the lesser or the two... but I guess now I'll have a reason to dust off my 360 and finally use the damn thing... 400 dollar paperweight... i guess I should be thanking SE for making the money i spent on the 360 worth it... MGS4 and many others have made the PS3 worth it to me so far... I guess there has to be something good on the 360... it just better not be another disappointment like many other 360 "blockbuster's"... oh well...

darkcloud6
darkcloud6

i don't really mind to much that SE are putting so many games onto the 360 now that i have one, but thats awesome that their making games worldwide releases now.

Shishio817
Shishio817

Last Remnant and Star Ocean look awesome. However, Infinite Undiscovery looks like total junk I must say. When is Final Fantasy XIII coming out??? That's all I'd like to know.

Ravage27
Ravage27

zzzzz....squareenix what have u done....why did u betray us

Merc1319
Merc1319

FF XIII as well please =]

snakes3425
snakes3425

This is weird, many of these games were popular on the PS2 and are usually thought of as Playstation games, I wonder if the PS3's lack luster sales in North America and Europe have anything to do with it, or most likely Microsoft is able to pay Square-Enix more then Sony for these titles.

lozandier
lozandier

I don't see why people people are surprised that games are not being exclusiviely to Sony's systems anymore, have you cared to see how much these games cost to develop?!! Either way, it increases the company's profits and so forth with a WIDER audience. What DOESN"T make sense is games that were exclusive to Sony's systems before and then goes to exlcusive to a system with a smaller market for that kind of game (though that's 360's current downfall in, rpgs). That doesn't make sense business wise, let alone fanbase wise. Before some fanboy nut attacks me because of ignorance and fear of reading, I must remind you I'm all for good business and good news in the game industry--even if I own a 360.

lion2447
lion2447

Why is the PS3 losing all of its RPG's? Those are my favourite types of games and I don't really see anything out there relating to it for the PS3. Finally they bring something about (Star Ocean) that looks good and they make it exclusive to 360. I don't know what Sony did, but they seem to be losing companies in every area.

Blixke
Blixke

I dont get it at all, i geuss its normal that xbox finally got some good games. It never spoke to me before as im rpg player, not sports or fps. But now, look at the 3-4 great rpgs who came last year, lost oddysee, blue dragon, eternal sonata. Im afraid ill have to buy me an xbox 360 after all, those 3 rpgs, together with last remnant, the new tales and the new star ocean is worth it to buy it. Still wonder how good the 360 is tho...

ExireHG
ExireHG

I love the Star Ocean series but this is stupid. I'm a PS3 user, not a 360 guy. But this really doesn't make any sense. It isn't even that I don't like the 360 as much, but SE is making no sense at all. The series has stayed with playstation, there's even one coming out for the PSP. But if basically the whole series is on one platform, why change it? I would think that limits the scope of interested players. Unless its just meant to be a 360 exclusive, with another SO coming out on the PS3. If that's the case, I don't mind so much, but it still seems strange and rather moronic to make that change after all this time.

lew_0911
lew_0911

Well, Square Enix still has at least half a year before 2009 to think about the multiplatform...-ness of the next installment of Star Ocean. This game coming out on 360 is great but it would be a disappointment for the PS fans since the first ones were on Sony's consoles. Of course it wouldn't hurt to put them on both.

mtr975
mtr975

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towelie123
towelie123

ps3 always ge tgames down the line. kinda sucks, oh well thats why i got a 360 and my firend a ps3 we both can play all the games we want without buyin both consoles lol. oh and i was gonna buy a ps3...until i played fable1 and saw the fable 2 previews...now ive been waiti ng ever since....cant wait XD

jbot666
jbot666

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ciaxhieu
ciaxhieu

cool, i just want fable 2 though :\

02sfraser
02sfraser

good news for the 360. personally i cannot wait to get Fable 2. its the main reason im buying a 360

Ton77
Ton77

IU is a XBOX360 exclusive. its in one of these articles. so dont get to happy ps3 fanboys..... (IM NOT A FANBOY I OWN BOTH CONSOLES)

Jebril
Jebril

jbot that makes absolutely NO SENSE, dusting off your 360 quit kidding yourself no matter what genre you into now, the 360 has the most games for that genre.

Homerj
Homerj

Two huge shifts in Square's plans....right in line with the statements they had been making about wanting to be in better position globally, but they are shifts so major, nobody would have seen it coming. The simultaneous global releasing strategy takes that desire to compete outside of Japan to a whole new level. The other big issue is SO4....I thought they were just being coy about the platform announcements to keep a multiplat release scheme from the howling fanboy masses too far from release, I never expected in a million years that they were going (at a minimum, timed) exclusive to the 360. Square has definitely grown a pair, and are in it to play with the big boys like Capcom now. They are guaranteed to get a lot of my gaming dollars, thats for sure.

jbot666
jbot666

Looks like I'll be dusting off the old 360

peetowser
peetowser

Looks like Square/Enix decided they would rather try to make new fans than satisfy the ones they already have... I own every Final Fantasy game, most of the Front Mission serie, Chrono Chross & Trigger and Seiken Densetsu (Secret of Mana serie). Ever since the merge with Enix, Square has been putting out fewer games and the quality mysteriously also went down... You'd think not working on six games all the time would make those they do make more focused and polished... But while a lot of companies are now finally succesful at making RPGs since they stopped trying to make their version of Final Fantasy, Square is now wandering the wastelands looking for who it once was... if a string of games like Lost Odyssey is what this will mean in the end, that's too bad, but if the 360 manages to grab a couple of awesome RPGs, good thing because the system is thin on depth & strategy games. Anyways we can expect a batch of Real-Time RPGs to hit soon, along with the choruses of fanboys reciting their old mantra that the 360 is the only way to go... I'll be waiting to play games like Afrika on the PS3 while they dream about their FF clone... I'm really not interested in how Square thinks XBox owners want their RPGs (bad memories of FinalFantasy MysticQuest on the SNES show you how they can mess up their own games pretty bad when they actually try to dumb trhem down...). With the PS3 gathering heat, it really makes no sense to make such an announcement these days, other than trying to break the wind in its sails. The life cycle of the 360 is just about done and it would be suicide to sign Final Fantasy exclusively for the 360. Of course they don't care if half the fanboys are already thinking it's a done deal and the next FF will be on 360 exclusively. They just look like they are trying to buy some time until they have a big PS3 owner pool to profit from by baiting 360 fans to stick with their thing. I own both systems and I'm very suspicious of that tactic, I really wouldn't settle with the 360 if I was making games these days, not a very long future left for that console. On the other hand, the PS3 is only starting to grab users, and it doesn't hurt Square to make statements like these since they figure there's not enough of them to cause them harm. But here's the thing : most people who already have a PS3 are guys like me who played Final Fantasy one till twelve, along with most of Square's best series... You can say we are the most loyal Square followers and have been since years and years. And we get thanks in the form of seeing Square again making business with rivals because of stupid bickering between them and Sony. We followed them after their falling out with Nintendo to Sony country, Some of us even trusted them when they said they were cool with Nintendo again a few years back and went out to buy Crystal Chronicles... The way they simply just reales all of their simpler RPGs on Nintendo consoles and handhelds let me expect a similar fate for the 360 : they will send the RPGs they feel is most suitable for that console and gamers will be left wondering why it says FinalFantasy on the box when it's so far removed from the game they played on another system... Let's hope they can release a real good RPG on the 360 before it dies of old age...

tu2pac
tu2pac

Wow..star ocean on the 360....niiiiice. And Square-Enix is sending others too...Sony better step it's game up. MGS4 and FF alone will not save them, LOL.

pourya_ahmadian
pourya_ahmadian

only great XBOX360;with a plenty of great games,specialy JRPG; wooow;i am so so happy;

magusat999
magusat999

You have to be careful with Square - they will attempt to pull a fast one on you just to turn a buck. Remember FF: Crystal Chronicles? People thought it was a precursor to Square coming back to Nintendo - and that Nintendo players might see the rest of the Square library (most importantly Final Fantasy proper). Not only did Gamecube owners never see another Square title - it turned out that Crystal Chronicles was nothing more than a sheisty scheme to get gamers to buy Gameboys and multiplayer accessories. So don't get too excited about Square's "offerings". While they might seem to be an olive branch, they might turned out to be a thorned stick. The only indicator that Square is serious about a relationship with a console maker is Final Fantasy. And as long as you don't see FF on the Xbox, wouldn't get all happy, because most likely they are experimenting with the expected style of the game they are sending, and / or you will end up buying an Xbox to play these games, and next thing you know all of them plus 10 more will come out on the PS3... and they will be better versions as well. I'd like to see it - but without the main Square game coming too - I can't trust it.

blackace
blackace

kavadias1981 Why the hell aren't they developing these for PS3 or Wii? Japanese RPG's sell better in Japan and no one in Japan owns the 360. Poor, poor business practise in my opinion. ************************************************* They aren't just targetting the Japan market. That's the point. Both the European and U.S. market are HUGE as well. So if these games sell over a million in Europe and USA, the developers will be happy. It's not always about Japan for RPG games. Who says they aren't making any of these games for the PS3? They might be, but they won't be out until a much later date.

Chickensoup911
Chickensoup911

Awesome, I'm so close to getting my 360 and if there's one thing I love, it's RPG's, keep 'em coming.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Why the hell aren't they developing these for PS3 or Wii? Japanese RPG's sell better in Japan and no one in Japan owns the 360. Poor, poor business practise in my opinion.

PG213
PG213

hmmm one thing they seem to have overlooked as one of the top RPG's coming this year is FALLOUT 3.

magusat999
magusat999

Sony must have a heck of a lock on Final Fantasy proper. Square is making a zillion OTHER games for every OTHER console except the big burrito (Final Fantasy). Is there some kind of exclusive contract going on with that game or something? Is Sony subsidizing Square for the hundreds of millions of dollars they are losing by not multiplatfoming that ONE game??? As anyone who plays Final Fantasy can attest - once you get the FF bug, you will buy every one that comes out like clockwork - and when you played the new ones, you will hunt down the old ones and play them too. Final Fantasy is the game that will transform the Xbox - not just any game that Square publishes. BTW - I am not at the UK site reading this. I am at gamespot.com, not .uk. How about having the NA affiliate writers edit this to reflect the situation as pertains to the USA?

AngelsongCA
AngelsongCA

I still think the XBOX 360, and game prices should drop a little more in Japan. It would help also.

blackace
blackace

CVM_123 wtf they dont mention any ps3 games ***************************************************** LMAO!! That's because they are still making them, like FF XIII. They have been making FF XIII for 3yrs. now. I'm crossing my figure that we at least get White Knight and Valkyrie Chronicles before summer of 2009. @CorruptGamerGX . You don't have a clue. At the time they decided to make these games, the PS3 didn't even exist yet. Sure they can probably make them for the PS3, but you'll probably have to wait another 2yrs unless you want a crappy port. It has nothing to do with profits or how many consoles the PS3 has sold. The XBox 360 still has the biggest number overall and those JRPG will sell great in U.S. and Europe, and maybe help the 360 to finally grow in Japan.

Basil777
Basil777

LOL i doubt FFXIII will go to xbox360 as a exclusive, the worst case, it might go multiplatform, but not exclusive. Making SO4 exclusive to xbox360 is the worst decision that SE made since making FF go online and the making of FFX-2.

CVM_123
CVM_123

wtf they dont mention any ps3 games

Sacred-Snow
Sacred-Snow

PS3 please... and anyways, they already have a news article with the excect same thing, why have it twice?

lm_born2die
lm_born2die

wtf is up with square enix what a load of crap.. they should make all these games ps3 exclusives.. or make them come out on the ps3 first.

Norgavue
Norgavue

Good to see a new Star Ocean game coming out.

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

@hatieshorrer Wow.... talk about living in the past. The PS3 right now is $200 cheaper than it was when they said that. Also the PS3 has a 70% total amount of sales compared to 360 eventhough it was released 1 year later. Profits? From where? wouldn't it make more sense to make profit from both consoles in all regions instead of having a forced exclusive that will bomb in Japan and succeed in NA on 1 console? Sometime you 360 fanboys need to think.

quirky_clayboy
quirky_clayboy

hatieshorrer: "CorruptGamerGX says: Can you read? It says a PS3 version is possible. unless the PS3 sells suddenly catch up to that of the 360 I doubt they will make a PS3 version. At 2007 Square-Enix game show press-conference a producer at Square-Enix said they would not announce another game for the PS3 other then FFXIII because people dont want to buy a $600.00 console. After all its all about making profits." Since then PS3 sales have been greater than xbox sales. It makes sense for a multi-platform release - the PS3 has a greater RPG supporter base, whereas the xbox has a greater base for growth into NA. SE can't afford to concentrate exclusively on one console.

somberfox
somberfox

Star Ocean: The Last Hope is set for release in 2009 exclusively on the 360 ultra fail

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

caiaya FF13 will come to XBOX360 Keep dreaming. Last I heard, FFXIII was a PS3 exclusive.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

CorruptGamerGX says: Can you read? It says a PS3 version is possible. unless the PS3 sells suddenly catch up to that of the 360 I doubt they will make a PS3 version. At 2007 Square-Enix game show press-conference a producer at Square-Enix said they would not announce another game for the PS3 other then FFXIII because people dont want to buy a $600.00 console. After all its all about making profits.

quirky_clayboy
quirky_clayboy

"The year of the role-playing game"? That is seriously a joke. I'm languishing here on a PS3 YET to receive a decent RPG (Oblivion doesn't count as it's superior on PC). I can understand SE's desire to crack the NA market - it's big, full of cash and has a real consumer mindset. The xbox 360 would seem like the obvious choice to do this - it is far and away the best seller in NA. It appears, however, that SE are putting too many eggs in the one basket. Japan will always be a sympathetic market - obviously. But what of the EU? You know, that giant entity with a greater average disposable income than NA. NA is saturated currently, and I can't believe the growth of the gaming market their is a constant. Europe, however, has much more room for growth. And in Europe, the PS3 is close to or has already outstripped the install base of the xbox 360 (disclaimer: I'm not European or live in Europe). I have nothing against the xbox, in fact, I'm rather envious of its RPG library (obviously). But I can't understand why developers are ignoring the PS3 when it has a gamer base DESPERATE for good RPGs. You don't need to market them like on the xbox for them to sell. Like many of SE's ventures, this will probably blow-up in their face.