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Square Enix sell Tomb Raider, Deux Ex and several studios to Embracer Group

Square Enix are to sell most of their Western studios and intellectual property such as Tomb Raider, Deux Ex, Thief and Legacy Of Kain to Sweden’s Embracer Group for $300 million (£240 million) in cash, it has been announced. The studios being sold to Embracer include Crystal Dynamics, Eidos-Montréal and Square Enix Montréal, but not the UK-based Square Enix Collective. This means Square will retain publishing rights to IP including Life Is Strange, Just Cause and Outriders. The deal transfers around 1,100 staff to Embracer and more than 50 ‘back-catalogue’ games. It’s expected to conclude sometime between July and September,…

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Tomb Raider reboot writer Rhianna Pratchett woud like it if Lara had “less father issues” in next game

The video game writer touched on her feelings on the series at this week’s BAFTA Games Awards. Former Tomb Raider writer Rhianna Pratchett has said she would like Lara Croft to have a touch less father issues in the next game. Pratchett recently spoke with Eurogamer at this week’s BAFTA Games Awards, where she touched on her thoughts on working on the rebooted version of the character, as well as what she hopes to see from Lara Croft in the future. “We had a really fun time evolving her character, so I would like to see probably less father issues,”…

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Initial sales for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy weren’t as high as Square Enix expected

Sales at launch “undershot” Square’s expectations. Square Enix has released its Q3 2022 financial report for the period ending December 31, 21021, and in it, the company notes Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy didn’t do as well as the company had hoped. In the firm’s financial results briefing, company president and representative directors Yosuke Matsuda said that despite not meeting expectations, it plans to make up for the title’s “slow start.” “The HD Games sub-segment launched Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy in Q3. Despite strong reviews, the game’s sales on launch undershot our initial expectations, ” said Matsuda. “However, sales…

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The joy of going for a swim in Tomb Raider

There’s an old chestnut from gaming mythology – you surely know the one – about the movement in Mario’s 3D ventures being perfected by Shigeru Miyamoto at their very start with Super Mario 64. Core Design managed the same thing with the original Tomb Raider back in 1996, too. Nobody really talks about it now, while the Mario story endures. Possibly because Nintendo didn’t make umpteen identikit sequels over the following decade or splash Mario’s stretchy mug on the cover of The Face. Really though, the Italian plumber and English graverobber were equally confident that if all their moves were…

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Guardians Of The Galaxy disabler

Want to know whether you should buy the Disabler in Guardians Of The Galaxy? Whilst on Knowhere during Chapter 6, you can look around and partake in a bit of shopping. Whilst looking between the various stalls, you will find a merchant who offers to sell you a disabler that will supposedly remove the Nova Corps tracker from your ship. This would mean you don’t need to pay the Nova Corps fine that you incurred earlier in Chapter 2. However, Knowhere is a seedy place, and it’s hard to be certain whether you might get conned. This guide will explain…

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How to convince the Worldmind in Guardians Of The Galaxy

Want to know how to convince the Worldmind in Guardians Of The Galaxy? The adventure to save the galaxy doesn’t just involve shooting Chitauri and cracking jokes. Throughout Guardians Of The Galaxy, you engage in conversations with various characters, in which you can make decisions that will alter the course of the game. Most of these have small, fairly insignificant consequences. However, the conversation with the Worldmind in Chapter 9 could help you get some crucial help in a difficult fight later in the game. This guide will show you the correct choices to make to convince the Worldmind that…

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Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy review: a blast from the past

In a video game landscape that’s pocked with millions of map markers and vast open worlds, Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy is a linear action adventure game with a clear beginning, middle and an end. It’s an approach that feels refreshingly old-school, in the way it guides you smoothly from one story bit to another. But this doesn’t mean it’s one big flatline without any peaks, troughs, or surprises. If anything, the game as a whole is a wonderful surprise. Planet-hopping as Star Lord is great fun, made even better by his colourful compatriots and the genuinely funny craic they…

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy review: one of the best story-focused games of the year – with some catches

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is a curious thing – simultaneously one of my favourite games of the year and also undeniably flawed. Super-slick presentation makes it a must-play for those who put story first, however. Indulge me to open this review with a question and an answer. Can you talk about a video game without talking about other video games? Most of the time, I think the answer is yes – but every now and then a game comes along that simply cannot be divorced from its influences and context. Guardians of the Galaxy is one such game. In…

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Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy’s chaotic combat owes more to JRPGs than you think

I went hands-on with roughly an hour’s worth of Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy last week, and I have come away pleasantly surprised. I’ll admit, I judged a book by its cover on this one, thinking it would be an action adventure game only Marvel stans with decades worth of MCU facts beamed into their brains could rally behind. But no, even I, who’s watched precisely three Marvel films in the last ten years, had a lot of fun with it. Good fun, at that. Mainly, I liked how the game’s combat takes cues from JRPGs, of all things, cribbing…

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy story trailer introduces characters and factions in the game

Walk a light-year in Peter Quill’s jet boots. Eidos-Montreal has released a new trailer detailing what awaits you in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Set 12 years after the conflict known as the Galactic War, the game has you walking in Peter Quill’s boots where you lead his buddies across the galaxy – and through whatever mess they have gotten themselves into at the time. In the new trailer, Grand Unifier Raker brings Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, Rocket, and Groot to the Universal Church of Truth. Here, they witness a ritual that takes place before the Matriarch. Grand Unifier Raker states…

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Deus Ex devs on their “big brain shift” to make Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy

Revealed during Square Enix’s not-E3 stream back in June, Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy will be the next blockbuster Marvel game to grace our screens. It’s taking a different direction from Marvel’s Avengers, focusing on a single-player story where you play as Peter “Star-Lord” Quill, rather than some huge multiplayer experience (and hopefully will do better for it). It’s being developed by Eidos Montreal, the folks who made Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and I had a chance to chat with them about what it’s like working with Marvel, and how it felt moving from their own games to this huge…

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Square Enix’s Gordon Galaxy is a brilliant, if legally reckless, parody of Guardians Of The Galaxy

You know, I’ve never been massively into Square Enix’s games, but this time, I have to hand it to them. In an E3 week that’s otherwise been a fairly tame affair, it took some real chutzpah to announce not just a big-budget original property, but one that’s a direct lampoon of one of the biggest licenses in Hollywood. Gordon Galaxy And His Funny Space Mates is the sort of genius you might usually expect to come from the very fringes of the indie market. A whipcrack satire, thrown together by a lone hobbyist with nothing to lose, and looking to…

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Square Enix E3 2021: How To Watch

Hello, it’s still E3. Funny seeing you here, getting ready to watch Square Enix’s E3 2021 Summer Showcase. Here’s when and where to watch. Square Enix is showing off its stuff on Sunday, June 13, at 12:15pm Pacific/ 3:15pm Eastern.You can watch on YouTube, embedded below, or on Twitch.Square Enix has already revealed some of the things we’ll see at the show. We’ve been promised more Babylon’s Fall, an action RPG first teased during Square Enix’s sparse E3 2018 presentation and which we saw a little more of in a PlayStation State of Play in 2019.We also know there’ll be…

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PS5-exclusive Final Fantasy to be revealed at E3 – report

By Sherif Saed 24 May 2021 10:09 GMT Square Enix looks to be bringing the goods to this year’s E3.According to a leak from Square Enix insider Navtra on ResetEra, Square Enix’s E3 show should be one to watch. The publisher is said to be unveiling a new Final Fantasy game, exclusive for PS5.Watch on YouTubeNavtra didn’t drop any hints about the nature of the game, but did reveal that Square Enix will also share more updates on Final Fantasy 7 Remake (potential Part 2 tease?), Final Fantasy 16, and Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker.But that’s not all, the Eidos side…