Square Enix’s Q1 2011 Line Up For North America In Pictures

By Spencer . October 21, 2010 . 1:26pm

While Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light is the last retail game from Square Enix USA this year, the first quarter of next year is jam packed with Kingdom Hearts, Deus Ex, and Final Fantasy.


Here’s a look at what Square Enix is releasing between January and March in 2011.


Kingdom Hearts Re:coded . Nintendo DS . January 11, 2011

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(games below are slated as Q1 2011 titles, but do not have a specific release date)


The 3rd Birthday . PSP

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution . PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC

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Dissidia 012[duodecim]: Final Fantasy . PSP

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Dungeon Siege III . PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC

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Final Fantasy XIV . PS3

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Gun Loco . Xbox 360

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Mindjack . PS3 / Xbox 360

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  • shion16

    only parasite eve and Dungeon Siege interest me

    • Lightthrower

      No Deux EX 3? Come on, it will be awesome! I trust the guys at Eidos Mtl.

      • shion16

        mmmmm ok im with you
        GO EIDOS!!

  • Only interested in the 3rd birthday… and dissidia duodecim, but not that much with dissidia…

    • Yeaaaah… I just traded in my copy of Dissidia. Mostly ’cause sequel in-bound, but also because I just didn’t play it anymore. Got into an RPG mood again and have been playing P3P.

      • You can transer your save from Dissidia one though haha. I guess it’s not important, but maybe you didn’t know…

        • MemeticRichard

          1-Gamefaqs2-Download 100% save3-Happy dance!
          4-Problem solved.

          • So… you don’t actually play any games… you just use someone else’s save file?

          • MemeticRichard

            Lol, no I’m not saying that.

            Just saying if you lost your own save file, there’s plenty out there that you can just mooch.

          • Hm… point taken.

            On an entirely different note, Disqus’s commenting system needs a revamp.

        • Oh, I kept my data for the game. Just didn’t keep the game. I might get it on PSN later… but I don’t know.

  • BelmontHeir

    God, I really hope that Re:coded is good. The odds aren’t likely but I don’t want to regret dropping $35 on that game. And as a diehard Kingdom Hearts fan, I’m kinda obligated.

    • MemeticRichard

      You’ll be crying.In fact, if you ARE a true Kingdom Hearts fan, if anything you’re obligated to stay away from this piece of frak they dare call a “game”.SE was getting the series back on track FINALLY with Birth by Sleep. They need to get the hint that they’re off-course again. Massively.

      • But Coded came out before BBS…so technically, it’s a sidestep more than a stepback…

        • MemeticRichard

          Yeah, but they remade it in the first-place.

          …Whatever! Side-step, step-forward, or step-alternative-universe, the game sucks balls either way, and does nothing for KH, nor does it help SE’s case at all. >:/

          • Bruce

            they should have waited for the 3ds to release a better game , DS was a poor choice for a full KH game

      • BelmontHeir

        Lol, good post. I see where you’re coming from. The thing is, I know they announced Birth By Sleep, 385/2 Days, and Coded at the same time. Despite starting development on BbS first, the game was the last to be released. This was reflected in the game itself: it was obviously the most polished, fun, and genuine Kingdom Hearts title since KHII back in 2006. So yeah. It’s a shame to follow it up with Re:coded, a game that seems like a blatant rehash. The fact that they’re actually going to make us revisit the same worlds from KH1 and Chain of Memories all over again is…beyond ridiculous. I think I speak for nearly every KH fan out there when I say, as much as I love the movie “Aladdin,” I’m sick to death of Agrabah.Then again, I’m kind of against cellphone games on principle. I know it’s a different market over in Japan but…FFIV: The After Years and Re:coded both seem like shameless and lazy cash-ins. Needless to say, when I heard that someone at Square was eager to remake FFVII: Before Crisis as a 3DS game, I cringed.

        • To be fair, FFIVAY was a fun game, with more than enough appeal to be considered a solid title. +, it was FFIV. It’s not like it was an FFVII addon

          • MemeticRichard

            You know, I don’t get that either. I’m seeing way too much hate for After Years, but, truth is, if you actually fire up the game, it’s a decent, if not damn good follow up to FFIV…

            Is it the retro graphics and presentation? :/ The fact that it’s a sequel? Not all sequels suck…

            Empire Strikes Back ftw!

  • Was really hoping to see SaGa 2 and DQ IV

  • On my list are Mindjack and Dungeon Siege III. Both titles look to be like awesome experiences (though Ive never played a Dungeon Siege title).

  • Ereek

    That’s a very strong lineup. Looks like SE is getting some of my money in Q1.

    • That reminds me, since they have games that Im interested in, I will finally be able to get to a higher level of Square Enix member status, lol.

  • MemeticRichard

    Re:coded – Die, Tetsuya Nomura. Die for soiling the DS platform with this claptrap.
    Deus Ex: Yay!
    3rd Birthday: Cautious…but yay!
    Dissidia 012: Yay? …Yay! I guess… I liked the first one…
    Dungeon Siege III: Yay!
    Gun Loco: A highly cautious yay! …Has potential. All up to the execution.
    Mind Jack: As long as that moron of a narrator is replaced, then yay!

  • ThunderGod_Cid

    Looks like the only two SE games I’m picking up next year are 3rd Birthday and Dissidia Duodecim.

    • Exkaiser

      But what about Tactics Ogre, T.G. Cid?!

      • ThunderGod_Cid

        I didn’t mention it mainly because Spencer didn’t mention it in his article.

        Though Amazon.com says the game comes out March 31, that may be a “tenative” release date. I wouldn’t be surprised if the game is released closer to May.

        • Yeah, that’s tentative. This is the list we have from Square Enix.

        • Exkaiser

          Spencer didn’t mention it in his article because it’s only for Q1.

          Your statement was pretty absolute, that’s all.

  • neo_firenze

    No DQ6 makes me very sad. It’s just cruel to taunt us, after never getting the SNES version and now feeling soooo close to getting an official English localization. If it doesn’t come out I’m gonna be upset.

    To narrow down the FFXIV PS3 date, it’s coming in March as announced a long time ago. XIV is awful now though, and the issues aren’t minor MMO growing pains so much as fundamental design problems. So don’t get your hopes up. This is coming from a longtime FFXI fan (I still play) who upgraded a PC solely for XIV. I’m planning on quitting when my free 60 days runs out. Biggest disappointment in all my many years of gaming.

    No SaGa 2 or 3 DS news is too bad, but not really too much of a surprise. Tactics Ogre and Lord of Arcana are coming to NA, but looks like not in Q1.

    • I think you are needlessly getting yourself down. This is just for Q1, you are treating it as if DQ6 would never be coming out or something. I thought Tactics Ogre is still listed as a Q1 title?

      Do you think FFXIV will be better of sorts on console at this later date?

      • neo_firenze

        I doubt FFXIV’s core issues will be solved in the PS3 version. PS3/PC versions will be the same game, just that the PS3 version will have one set of system specs.

        And the issues with XIV are not just expected new MMO kinks to work out, they are major issues of the core design philosophy. Heavily crafting-based economy, but horrendous inability to efficiently buy/sell from other players (no auction house, and a truly awful “retainer” system where you need to hunt through dozens of people’s garbage one at a time, slowly, in the HOPE that you might find what you’re looking for). Incredibly clunky UI, which is SLOW because everything is updated server-side (meaning lag for every action, menu choice, etc.). Broken grouping, taking away basic features that worked well in FFXI for searching for parties and inviting people.

        It’s a really awful game now. I have no doubt it will be LESS awful after a couple of major version updates, and S-E says they’ll do those about every 3 months – one scheduled in December, which means the next will probably accompany the PS3 launch in March. I just don’t think that the improvements will fix what I see as a fundamentally broken game.

        And like I said, this is coming from someone who was REALLY looking forward to playing FFXIV for many years, and who has played and loved XI since 2004. Now I’m gonna cancel my account when the free 60 day trial runs out and maybe monitor the updates and give it another shot after PS3 launch. But I’m not holding my breath for a miracle.

    • I think… if Dragon Quest VI comes over it won’t be from Square…

      • Maybe Nintendo liked the money the 9th gave =/?

      • neo_firenze

        Hmm… interesting.

        Still, DQ IV took 10 months from JPN release to get a US release (Nov. 07, Sep. 08). DQ V took 7 months from JPN release to US release (Jul. 08, Feb. 09). DQ VI has already been out in Japan for 9 months (Jan. 10), and we haven’t heard a peep of a confirmed release. Enough to make me nervous.

        How did DQV DS do in the US anyway? I’ve gotten an impression that it didn’t sell so hot. Which is sad, because it’s a phenomenal game. But S-E doesn’t seem to enthused about the DQ series in the US, and after they announced they would release IV-VI it seems like they’ve lost steam.

        Maybe Nintendo liked DQ IX’s performance enough to snag the publishing rights from S-E (and give VI some solid promotion), I’ll just hope you know something we don’t Spencer…

      • Joanna

        I…don’t like that “if”…

        I seriously don’t understand SE. Why did they go through with that elaborate deal with Nintendo to promote DQIX over here if they aren’t going to use that steam for themselves and DQVI?

        I would be happy if Nintendo did bring VI over, but on the other hand, I’d much rather SE give us VI and Nintendo focus on localizing Fire Emblem.

  • BK0000

    Pretty disappointing lineup. I don’t see anything on that list that interests me. I miss the good old days when anything from Square or Enix was so good that it was an instant buy.

    • They were separate entities at one point in time? I thought they also took on Eidos, I thought they were going to adopt their name (add it on)

      • Woah, now i see why you said that about rpgs before, you are just kind of a new video game player. You should really, really play a game without a guide.

        Read this, ALL GAMES are made to be beaten without a guide, you just have to try it, if you get stuck for 30 mins or so, check a guide, is better than just using a guide every time. Also, for secret stuff, most of the times a guide is mandatory, but the main game can be beaten without it

      • Joanna

        SE bought out Eidos, so I doubt they will include their name. Square soft and Enix (the two companies at the time), on the other hand, merged, so it makes more sense that both have their names represented after the merger (yeah this isn’t always the case, but it makes more sense then including the name of a company you have bought).

    • mach

      Those days never actually existed. Square and Enix released plenty of crummy games back in the 90s. You just don’t remember them.

      • Say what? Square/Enix/Square Enix became famous because those days never existed? Yeah right

        • mach

          Yeah, no. They became famous because they released plenty of good games despite also releasing mediocre ones (The Bouncer says hello!). It’s essentially the exact same situation as we have right now. People just like to complain about this magical time that never actually existed.

          • Aoshi00

            I liked the Bouncer. They’ve really done it w/ the FF franchise though driving it into the ground w/ FF11-14, it’s like Sonic all over again.

          • Same here. It was one of the first PS2 games I bought. (FFX was the first.) It wasn’t perfect, but I always have fun when I play it.

          • Aoshi00

            What a coincidence, FFX was my first PS2 game too (the 2nd one was Okage, what a let down..). I thought it was pretty good as I always like beat ’em ups, I remember Steve Blum voiced the tattoo guy (the Jpn ver was Freeza lol), I think the game was dual track too right?

          • XD I loved Okage. I bought it at the same time as Bouncer. I loved the character designs.

          • omg okage is my favorite ps2 game

          • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

            That’s because budgets hadn’t skyrocketed yet and not everything was a high-stakes poker game like it is now. They were allowed to release some small projects on the side and not everyone would pay attention.

      • Yeah right. Getting Parasite Eve, Brave Fencer Musashi, Xenogears, FF Tactics, Chocobo Racing et al one after another sure is the same as the current situation. What?

  • Looking forward to DuoDecim, ReCoded, and Dungeon Siege. 3rd Birthday and Deus Ex are on Standby cause I’ve never played either of their series.

  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    I like this screenshots oriented approach. It gives me a good feel for everything that’s coming at a glance. That’ said, doesn’t look like there’s any must-haves for me.

    Also, looks like uniform lens flare effect on those Dungeon Siege III screens look distractingly annoying. Hope it looks better in motion.

  • Draparde

    Looks like the only two games on this list ill be buying is FFXIV and Dissidia 2.

  • doomspeller10

    a cameo appearance by Oscar Wilde in the second 3rd birthday picture? Hopefully they improve on the cheesy name department, or make the game so awesome that we end up overlooking that aspect.

  • Aoshi00

    As always, Lightning looks kind of bad w/ her SD make-over, like a bad hair day or something..

    • MemeticRichard

      Hair gel-syndrome.

      Even Lightning can’t escape it now.

      • Aoshi00

        “There’s Something about Lightning” :) Seriously, she just looks worse off while every other FF char looks better off than their old games..

  • Hours

    All the boring, expected stuff.

    Where is Dragon Quest VI?
    SaGa 2 and 3?
    Final Fantasy: Warriors of Light & Dark?


  • Joanna

    Only interested in Re:Coded. I know people are saying it will suck because of the same worlds, but I’m excited about the genre mixing and don’t mind seeing the same worlds.

    Dungeon Siege III looks interesting too. I’ve never played a Dungeon Siege game before, so if there isn’t anything else coming out around the time it is released, I might just pick it up.

    And like others, I’m disappointed with no DQVI. :(

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