Tomb Raider : Definitive Edition announced for next gen

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Tomb Raider was released earlier this year and was well received.  Personally, I found the game to be the best I’ve played this year and easily one of the best on this current generation of gaming platforms.  It had some of the best action platforming I’ve ever experienced and was a much-needed reboot to a stagnating gaming franchise.  Needless to say, I’m ready to get stranded on a hostile island with Lara Croft again with the power of the new game consoles.  The game will feature improved graphics with some of the highlights being a completely reconstructed face for Lara as well as more realistic hair effects.  From the trailer that was shown on VGX, it wasn’t terribly mind-blowing with the graphical improvements, but the hair does look good.  The game will be released on Xbox One and PS4 and will be available next month.

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Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III

At Sony’s E3 conference tonight, Square Enix announced Final Fantasy XV, which looks to be a rebranded and retooled Final Fantasy Versus XIII for the PS4.  Additionally, a trailer was shown for the much wanted Kingdom Hearts III.  The franchise which was birthed on PS2 skipped this last gaming generation save for a few spin-offs on handheld systems, so fans will be pleased to see that revived, I’m sure.  Both games are coming to the PS4 with Sony avoiding using the word “exclusive” which is a good indicator that the games will be multi-platform.

In other Square news, Final Fantasy XIV will be heading exclusively to Sony’s consoles.  The game has long been promised to be coming to the PlayStation and that seems to be coming closer to realization.

New Legacy of Kain?

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Earlier this year, Square Enix registered the “warfornosgoth.com” domain which created some speculation if the publisher was planning on bringing back the Legacy of Kain franchise which is set in Nosgoth.  Apparently this speculation has been gaining more steam as an entry titled Nosgoth has been found in the Steam database.  Additionally, references to Nosgoth have been found in patch notes for an AMD driver update.  With E3 right around the corner, it’s highly likely we’ll find out more about this rumor soon.

 

Sources:  Joystiq, Polygon

Square Enix Sale on Xbox Live

Square Enix is currently holding a large publisher sale on Xbox Live.  The list includes nearly 50 items including games and downloadable expansions at 50% off.  Live users can get Tomb Raider: Underworld, Tomb Raider: Anniversary, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Sleeping Dogs,  and Dungeon Siege III among others for a discounted price.  The sale runs until March 18.  You can see all the available items on xbox.com.