Final Fantasy Brand Has Been Greatly Damaged, Says Square Enix CEO

Square Enix has ambitious online plans for its two main franchises: Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. Unfortunately, Final Fantasy XIV had a very poor launch, something that Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada is aware of.

“The Final Fantasy brand has been greatly damaged,” said Wada. “We’ll continue with our reform work, which basically amounts to fully redoing the game, and hope to revive the FFXIV that should have been released.”

As for the online Dragon Quest X, Wada specified that it would not be a permanent change for the franchise. “We’re not making them all online,” said Wada. “We’ll continue with a variety of developments, offline included.”


Battlefield 3 — Beyond The Call

Battlefield 3‘s teased Jay-Z trailer is here, and its an impressive show for what the game can pull off. Plus, there’s the full Operation Guillotine trailer.

Gears Of War 3 — Easter Eggs

Epic Games clearly had fun making Gears of War 3, enough to include not one but two chicken related “Easter eggs” in the game. Check out how to find the Cluckshot weapon and where the fire breathing golden chicken is.

Just Dance 3 Wants To Introduce You To Katy Perry

On the official Facebook page for Just Dance 3, a new app called “welcome” invites fans to check out new video content and enter to win tickets to meet Katy Perry. Fans can also enter to win a sweepstakes and win prizes like an “I heart Just Dance” t-shirt, branded sunglasses and headbands. Browse through gameplay videos featuring songs from artists like LMFAO, Britney Spears, Rhianna and Barbra Streisand.

Experience A House With Memories

A new website for the upcoming supernatural horror film Dream House has been launched. Filled with cinematic snowy effects, music and sounds, the site puts the user in an exploratory mode where they can navigate to find out more about the house, characters and story. Interstitial full screen flash video between each action draws fans deeper into the mystery of this suspense thriller. Click on ‘video’ to experience the theatrical trailer and TV spots in HD.

Gaming Networks A ‘Necessity’ In A Few Years, Says Activision Executive

Call of Duty Elite is one of the biggest elements that Activision is rolling out for the game this year. Activision VP of digital Jamie Berger indicates that such social methods will be a necessity in the near future.

“We believe that a 24/7, year-round services strategy that broadens the game experience beyond just playing is going to be a necessity,” said Berger. “Right now, it’s an option but in three to five years, it won’t be. To support a diverse player base, you will have to have a services and ongoing content strategy. I don’t see how games are going to manage without that. Elite is about Call of Duty being bigger than ever five years from now and laying the groundwork for that.”

Source: MCV

Amazon Tablet Expected To Rival IPad

Amazon is expected too make an announcement of their long awaited tablet at a press conference on Wednesday. It is anticipated by many as the big moment for Amazon to expand in mobile commerce and sell more digital goods and services.

“Wednesday is tablet day,” BGC partners analyst Colin Gillis. “The real issue here is that, you know, it is likely going to be good for consumers; is this going to be good for shareholders Knowing Amazon, it is likely to be a very aggressive price.”

Similar to the way that Amazon’s Kindle e-reader was priced low to get traction among readers, it is expected that the price of the tablet will be low to attract users and sell other content and services. “It’s a marketing tool to build a relationship with customers and sell them cloud (computing) services,” said James McQuivey, an analyst with Forrester Research.

It is believed that the device will be 7 inches with a full color touch screen, run Google’s Android software and cost $250. Some think the device could be a major competitor to the iPad, considering the popularity of the movie and music services Amazon sells.

Source: Reuters

Resident Evil: Retribution Sees Stars Rise From The Dead

It’s been confirmed that the fifth Resident Evil film, Resident Evil: Retribution 3D, will see the return of a number of key characters from past films. Milla Jovovich tweeted over the weekend: “Sienna Guillory, Oded Fehr & Michelle Rodriguez are coming in THIS WEEKEND to start work on Monday! It’s all happening!”

Feher played Carlos Oliveira in the third film while Rodriguez’s Rain Ocampo died in the first film. Guillory returns as Jill Valentine. Guillory is reprising her role as Jill Valentine while Colin Salmon has confirmed to be coming back as Umbrella commando leader “One” who was sliced up by lasers in the first Resident Evil film.