Square Enix Launch Mysterious 10th Anniversary Site

By Ishaan . March 31, 2013 . 11:45am

Square Enix have erected a mysterious teaser site, which they say is being erected in celebration of a 10-year anniversary as of April 1st in Japan.

 

In celebration of what, exactly? Ten years ago, on April 1st, 2003, Square merged with Enix to form Square Enix. The site says that collaborations and other activities are planned as part of the anniversary celebration, but provides no further details as to just what these will be.

 


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  • http://momentsreprieve.com/index/ Aushria

    The site no longer exists…wait no, you’re hyperlink is doubled so it takes you to: http://www.jp.square-enix.com/10thAnniversary/http://www.jp.square-enix.com/10thAnniversary/ instead of http://www.jp.square-enix.com/10thAnniversary/

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      Fixed!

  • Just Tim

    Meanwhile, this same year is Taito’s 60th Anniversary.

  • Z3

    The success of mobile game

  • Brandon001

    it’s obviously in celebration of Versus XIII’s announceme- wait its only been SEVEN years, silly me, i was off.

    • Neophoton

      They’re prepping the site for it ahead of time.

    • http://www.facebook.com/aly.hesham.7 Aly Hesham

      oh you! Don’t make me blush ;’)

    • ShadowDivz

      Announcing: FF Versus XIII demo now on the PSN!!
      >goes on PSN
      >>downloads demo
      A theme that reads
      APRIL FOOLS! SUCKERS!!!!!

      • Wiccan1109

        I think it’d probably say ‘Please look forward to it’. It means exactly the same thing, but it’s more their style.

        • Brandon001

          Lol, yeah, like “please look fowards to E3, when we announce the ps3 has been shafted, and versus is now FF XV.

          Square sucks for the most part.

        • ShadowDivz

          True.

      • $36598391

        PSN Store doesn’t get updated until tomorrow 4/2 so that’d be pointless for them

    • Kitestwinblades

      I knew I would see this the second the scrolled down XD

  • phangtom

    A teaser? That could either mean something big or a iOS port…

    • Enzo

      I’ll go with the latter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.park.587268 Sam Park

    10 years… the day they became Square Enix?

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Tohsaka

      Yup.

  • Chris Yuen

    With it being April 1st, I wouldn’t go around trusting Square Enix…

    • Solomon_Kano

      Is April Fool’s a thing in Japan, too?

      • Mohamed Ak

        Unfortunately, it is.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Ah. Well, even so, this date is much too important. I mean, there isn’t really a prank to be had here unless they’re going to tell us Wada didn’t actually step down.

    • NimbusStev

      Given the wonderful track record of Square’s marketing team, they’ll probably choose April 1st to finally release a demo of Versus. No one will know whether to trust it or not…

    • Just Tim

      I was personally expecting Square Enix/Taito to announce that they’ve picked up the worldwide publishing rights for Touhou, starting from 14, especially when ZUN, Touhou creator, was an ex-employee of Taito.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.park.587268 Sam Park

    Square and Enix became 1 today 10 years ago
    Dragon Quest?
    Final Fantasy?
    Drakengard?

    Kingdom Hearts?
    I don’t know but im pretty sure that it ISN”T Final Fantasy Versus XIII

    • Shinigami__san

      FF XIII-4, what more can be ? xD

      • Christopher Abraham

        you sir has ruined my day

      • 果林

        nah, would be hilarious but 13-3 was stated to be the last

        • Dylan Anantha

          Toriyama said XIII was supposed to be a stand-alone game. He also said XIII-2 would wrap up the plot and reunite Lightning and Serah. Its the new MGS, every game is supposed to be the last.

          • Utku Savaş

            Yet, despite the MGS franchise, it sucks more with every new title.

        • Utku Savaş

          It isn’t even XIII-3. It’s LIGHTNING RETURNS: FAINARU FANTAJI SATIN!

    • ShindoW

      Well, we know KH3 is in development… somewhere… Drakengard 3 was already announced. I’m thinking a FF/DQ cross maybe… meh..

      • Utku Savaş

        Yeah, and elephants can fly too. KHIII is only a mere shadow right now. Like a heartless Sora.

      • Frankie

        KH3 is not in development. They are too busy working on Versus, they have stated it. Nomura wants to finish Versus so he can work on KH3.

  • Rayshawn Davis

    April fool’s day? I wonder what trolling shall commence.

    • DesmaX

      “For the 10th anniversary of Square-Enix, we present now the new trailer for Final Fantasy Versus XIII! Click here”

      *Click*

      “HAHA, APRILS FOOLS”

      • Mohamed Ak

        I’m considering this!

      • Morricane

        Not to forget: Release Date 1st April 2014 :)

      • Sentsuizan_93

        That would be cruel, but I have a bad feeling it could come true…

  • Shariest

    Versus? Pweeaaseee?

  • Shiki

    Crossover game announcement?

  • AuraGuyChris

    Haha. Their merging happened during a day of jokes, which makes their merging a joke.

    No offense, of course.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Crossover with all the Square soft and Enix games. That would be the most hype thing that ever happened in gaming history. One big RPG

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      Why the dislikes lol

  • http://www.segalization.com/ Kuronoa

    Crossover fighter. Created by Taito.
    Contains Square, Enix, Taito, Eidos/Crystal Dynamics characters in a 2D fighter.

    Or more appropriate it being a RPG too, but I actually had a dream about the former genre.

    • SpecDotSign

      God Bless the Ring: Ehrgeiz II?! OMG I’d die. Screw it, give us a PSN release of Tobal No. 2 I don’t care. Dammit Square, expectations run so high with those guys but they hardly deliver these days. >_<

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    I hope they are going to announce some games like Bravely Default (localization), and Final Fantasy XV (Formerly known as Vs. XIII)

  • Charmchar

    I can’t stop feeling like Square Enix is going to troll us. I remember when Final Fantasy Versus 13 Trailer came out.

  • M’iau M’iaut

    Guys the poop in this thread stops now. Consider this a final warning for anyone wishing to be a jackass.

    • Edzo04

      is that why my comment seemingly disappeared? not trying to be an ass im actually wondering if it was deleted cuz i really didnt think i said anything bad

      • M’iau M’iaut

        It was one of several deleted, yes. ‘Make good games again’ does not tell us anything, or give folks a chance to respond maturely. It does nothing but elicit angry thoughts from either side. What about the games made by each company before the merger do you prefer?

        • Edzo04

          it was a joke man. i dont think im the only one that acknowledges that the games made by squaresoft before the merger were significantly better quality than they are now. i will try to watch my comments but i feel like no one is saying anything out of line.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Posts made with jest are fine, but it should also be recognized where Square threads have gone from time to time. We are more vigilant with these threads for a reason.

            I appreciate the understanding and willingness to work with us and the community. Thanks.

          • Herok♞

            I disagree completely I vastly prefer their work after the merger more. The only two games of note that I really like that came from Squaresoft are Crono Trigger(which I played on ds) and Kingdom Hearts(which later games that came after the merger improved). Out of the main FF games I have played(1, 2, 7, 12, 13, and 13-2) I would say you can read that list in reverse to get my favorite to least favorite game and that considers the fact that I don’t really like 12 to begin with. The FF Spinoffs are also better now then they were then with Dissida, Crisis Core and 4 Heroes of Light being some of my favorite games. Lastly I believe their greatest work after Crono Trigger comes from TWEWY a game that was on DS and well after the merger. What I want to know is what you and the people who liked comment think was so great about square back then because you say make good games again but you don’t have any example about what was so good back then, so what I think is this might just be a case of nostalgia mixed with distaste for some of the more recent games and decisions.

          • Raos

            I have some examples of great masterpieces from Squaresoft and Enix before the merger, but I also love the new games and thanks to the merger we have good western games from the Eidos side too and don’t forget Taito

          • Anime10121

            Agreed, I’m generally more preferential to games after the merger also (X-2, Kingdom Hearts series, XIII-2, NieR, Drakenguard series, The World Ends with You, FFXII:RW, CCFFVII, among others).

            I also loved a few before hand too like Xenogears, Chrono series, FFIX, FFVI, FFIV, and Brave fencer Musashi. I think most people just have this irrational hate for “Square Enix” just because they havent released as many games as Square Soft did. Of course games like Xenogears wont come around again, because the main people attributed to such games left LONG before Square Soft became Square Enix (Takahashi, Masuda, Sakaguchi, Uematsu, etc).

            People seem to forget that many games that they hated after the merger were generally in development before the merger became “officially inked”. And also, that, even though Enix were the ones who essentially “bought” Square (they had more shares after the merger), Square’s leadership is the ones that basically ran the company. Wada-Square
            Kitase-Square
            Nomura-Square
            Toriyama-Square (many dont know that he was one of the 3 directors of Final Fantasy X, what many claim to be the last “good” Final Fantasy)

            Their biggest teams are all lead by Square Soft guys, I just dont understand how, what essentiallly is just a “name change” for Square, made all their games suck to so many people.

          • http://www.esterior.net/ Endless History

            Little known fact: the original Drakengard was finished pre-merger. It was during the final stages of its release when the merger happened and the game had to be re-branded as Square-Enix.

          • Anime10121

            Oh I know, it’s kinda like the KH series where only the first was released pre-merger. I’m just referencing stuffs that were generally done right before or at the time of merger.

          • puchinri

            I kind of agree with this. I have earlier Square titles I absolutely love, but I don’t think their quality has completely down the hole since the merge and we still have got good games. Aside from the ones you listed, the Chocobo games (while outsourced for the most part, as far I know), at least happened so it’s not like they aren’t willing to try other stuff either.

            As much as I loved a few of their older titles (FFV and IX especially, alongside Threads of Fate), SE of late isn’t quite as terrible as they’re made out to be. (I also may not like how linear XIII is or how many cutscenes there are, but it has its fun points, is beautiful and it’s great that they were finally comfortable going full-on with a female protag – for the most part).

  • http://www.youtube.com/Lyonharvestmoonfan Eduardo Rocha

    I’m I the only one that thinks this will be some April’s Fool Day joke?

    • http://momentsreprieve.com/index/ Aushria

      Square Truly did merger with Enix ten years ago to the date in Japan, the only thing you should worry about is announcements like Kingdom Hearts Project <3, which is now making rounds across the internet and various fan sites.

  • Randgriz

    Square Enix President Leaves and the employees go discount crazy lol

    • l777l

      Hehe.

  • http://soma4all.tk/ Soma

    “10 IVERSA” from the thumbnail forced me think about Versus 13…for a moment.

  • Solomon_Kano

    There’s already a Drakengard in the works, same for FF. So… what’s left for their 10th anniversary? DQXI? More KH? The return of SaGa? Mana? Chrono? Personally, I’d like a new Musashi game. That’s supposing they celebrate their anniversary with actual games, though. I actually expect remix soundtracks or something like that. Guess we’ll see.

    Happy anniversary, Square Enix!

    Actually… I just realized that Wada was president for the whole duration of SE’s existence. What a time to step down, huh?

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      Rebirth of Mana aw yeah… though the creator already left Square (I think he’s part of Grezzo, they helped Nintendo develop the Zelda OoT 3D)

      • Solomon_Kano

        Really? That’s too bad. Well, they could always continue without him, though I’d hope they put somebody capable on it and not give it to just anyone.

    • Neophoton

      I wouldn’t mind seeing another Parasite Eve game that steers away from T3B…

      • Solomon_Kano

        Ah. I knew I was missing something. Forgot all about Parasite Eve.

    • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

      A new current-gen (or next-gen) Brave Fencer Musashi title would blow me away. Make it happen SE!

    • Anime10121

      Yeah, honestly, I’m not expecting “games” to be a part of this celebration, ESPECIALLY unannounced games. I’m expecting Square to celebrate with the release of music collections, events, collaborations (meaning something simple like their game characters in magazines, or hell worse case, having collabs with the Japanese food chains- see KFCDBZ’s Goku fries).

      I just dont see them announcing any actual “games” with this anniversary, well other than the obligatory FFXV at E3 this year, but other than that, it’ll be par the course for Squeenix this year, as Dragon Quest just recently released, so I dont see another of those coming for at least 2-3 years. Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix will be announced at TGS this year and MAYBE a FFXII HD remaster.

      I see Vs.-if it hasn’t turned into XV, which I hope is the case (I want Vs. to stay its own thing and XV to be Ito’s baby), coming back outta the woodworks at TGS this year too, as LRFFXIII will *probably* be released by then.

      So really, there’s nothing for them to really announce, as they’ve already done their Star Ocean for this gen (no matter how much I WANT another using that gorgeous tech demo they showed a few years back), they normally only do one of those games per generation. And Valkyrie Profile has been missing in action for years.

      I just see this being a big “event” focused celebration, with party’s, musical collections, figure arts, and maybe some mentions in their comics.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Yea, sounds about right. Even Kingdom Hearts’ 10th anniversary only came with one game, and it was the HD collection. The rest was events. FF’s 25th had a collection of preexisting ports. So, yea, I expect no anniversary games. That’s quite alright with me. Just gimme the next FF and I’m cool. As far as I’m concerned, Drakengard 3 is their anniversary gift to me.

        As for Star Ocean, I recall someone telling me tri-Ace was done with the series after the last one. I dunno if that’s true, but I look forward to whatever it is they’ve got cooking on that new engine. Twas a nice tech demo.

  • TrevHead

    Another great FF on handhelds that will never see the light of day in the west.

    Or FFXIII Lightning Strike Thrice

    or a new Deux Ex with DRM, Day 1 DLC & Good ending DLC to make up for the “shortfall” in EIDOS title sales.

  • Natheren

    Let’s just hope they actually do something meaningful this time around. Not gonna give my hopes up though probably end up be some small sell they have or mobile port.

  • SirRichard

    I wonder what they have in mind? 10 years since the merger would be a good occasion to get some surprise announcements out there, and of course is a good excuse as any for all fancy merch.

  • Calamity

    Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within II!

    • Vash bane

      dang I forgot all about that movie

    • komiko12

      Well, they could pay tribute to it since I believe it is one of the factors that lead to the merge in the first place.

    • AJ

      I remember liking that movie. But then I watched it again. Stupid selective memory.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dnlblue Daniel blue

    It’s not the best of times to be celebrating though is it? What with all the financial losses and Wada being demoted.

    Best of luck to them though. Hope the next ten years turn out better than the first ten.

  • WingsOfEternity

    My guess:
    Dissidia 3 for PS4 with a huge roster.

    • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Treasure Hunter ♢

      Maybe another crossover but it’s unlikely it’s Dissidia 3.

    • HerosLight

      That would be awesome.

    • Mithfalath

      This will make my day.. no scrap it – year!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Leafy_Cam Leafhopper

    Guys I got it, its one of the last games made by Squaresoft before the merger.

    The Bouncer! In HD!

    (for iOS)

  • Eilanzer

    just ten years since the merge…but it seems like an eternity…
    Miss the good ol squareSOFT Ç_Ç

  • Neophoton

    I imagine it’s somewhat like the anniversary releases for Final Fantasy only it’s with their games in general. I’ll just hope for something a little more impressive than their 25th FF anniversary in terms of the games released for it.

  • http://twitter.com/FFXIIKD SMT

    nothing new from SE this is what i think…

  • Unlimax

    Here’s my thoughts about this Anniversary :

    1 : A new Dragon Quest or Valkyrie Profile game

    2 : Parasite Eve III ( or The 4rth Birthday )

    3 : New IP

    • Go2hell66

      4. Bad april fools joke?

      • Unlimax

        Boom !

        No but seriously , This is my thoughts :P

        4 : Partner up with Sony .

    • Warboss Aohd

      wot, no Star Ocean?

  • Luis Enrique

    Dragon Quest X Final Fantasy XIII

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Half of me really wonders that this could be, and the other half wonders what sick April’s Fool joke they’ll come up with…

    Oh the new age internet world we live in…

    • Aaronrules380

      I kind of am the same, but I’m not sure if April Fools day is actually a thing in Japan, and the merger really did take place on an April 1st so it probably won’t be a prank

      • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

        Well any of the other SE branches may say otherwise. Just cuz it’s an actual event of theirs does’t mean they won’t have fun with it.

    • Warboss Aohd

      same ‘ere

  • Göran Isacson

    Que the jokes about “mourning the death-anniversary of creativity at SE” or “it’s a countdown to a crossover between every Square and Enix franchise… social card game!” etc.

    But you know? I can’t say I’m honestly all jazzed for SE’s output as of late, I honestly can’t. They tanked hard with XIV and it seems to have turned into a money sucking hole which not even Eidos can pull them out of. It’s a company in crisis and facing a LOT of problems. But dammit, as long as they own even a single IP or character I enjoy, some part of me will be grateful to them for that and I do wish them the best. I do wish they get their act together yes, but I also wish them success- not ruin. So… here’s to you, SE. You may show up to the party drunk, ranting and most likely in a suit that smells of sick but goshdarnit, I will carry you under your arms, call you a cab and lead you to your apartment all the same, because I cannot forget what you have given me over the years.

    Just please get your act together. Also, I’m billing you with the dry-clean for my suit, you got some of… you, on it.

    • puchinri

      It’s kind of sad because there’s clearly plenty of talent at SE and some creators get lucky after enough work (ahem, obviously Asano), but they are having a hard time getting back on track.

      I really think it started after XII and has been getting a bit worse (not that there haven’t been good points in XIII and such), but who knows, maybe we’ll see a (good) change with Wada stepping down.

      I just hope they pick themselves up soon.

      • Göran Isacson

        That’s probably what I and a whole lot of other people, even the ones cracking jokes and spewing vitriol hope for. I think that at the end of the day people, even the ones with the patience and emotional eloquence and maturity of a rhino with their soft parts caught in a barb wire fence, just want good games. If SE gives us good games, games that you can really say are JUST good and not just… good if you overlook the bad parts, as seems to be the case more and more these days, then there would be happy faces all around, all of the time.

  • 果林

    and the wait continues for versus 13/ kh3

  • yellowmage

    Dragon Quest, Mana and Kingdom Hearts versions of Theatrhythm would be nice!

    They’re specifying ten years, so maybe a Dragon Quest X announcement?

    Or a new Mana anything would be a miracle. Hell, I’ll even take that crappy GREE card game!!

  • Masa

    doubt its anything to be excited about, remember the last few of these were huge letdowns, the last one i think was um,…..The World Ends with You for IoS.

    • Mister Spooks

      I suppose that all depends on where your priorities lie.

  • Pockystix

    sigh, I smell iOS

    it’s really hard to even get excited with Square right now

  • http://twitter.com/SDarkDesires Stuart May

    Tbh i know they have been a bit dodgy lately with titles. And relying on remakes but i still enjoy it all. There a good company lost is all. Love TR atm and am currently awaiting FFXIV ARR and the X/X-2 remaster. Im really hoping that its a crossover Dissida with characters from all there works not just FF. Either way i hope its something good :)

  • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Treasure Hunter ♢

    I hope it’s Bahamut playable for FFVI:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJ4SyofZ8fw

  • https://twitter.com/A_Beast_of_Prey Equinox K

    The company has had it’s misses and missteps in the last decade for sure,however I don’t think what they have done is nearly as irksome compared to some other major publishers.

  • Kevi Johnson-el

    oh new KH,Star ocean, and valkire profile?

    • Anime10121

      In a proper world, we would have had all three this gen. I mean what happened to THIS awesome engine tech demo from Tri Ace :(

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cuXgRVMvZ0

      • Ferrick

        Tri Ace, we miss you :<, wish they will make more star ocean and valkyrie profile in the future

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro
    • Unlimax

      ಥ_ಥ

  • YoshEE

    Hopefully they will give little info on KH3.

  • fds_nextdart

    If it’s about celebrating the merge between Square Enix…well, what is there to celebrate? Things went somewhat downhill for both companies in term of quality post merge. A clear example that 1 + 1 doesn’t always equal to 2~.

    • http://www.facebook.com/nic.devilryuji DevilRyuji Nic

      I will always hate them for destroying front mission franchise

    • Mister Spooks

      You do know that the downhill bit began with Spirits WIthin, and only Enix kept Square from self destructing far earlier?

  • Rocket D

    “It’s been 10 years. I thought you’d be crying.”

    Sorry, couldn’t help but reference.

  • Rory Kelly

    Wait a second, the merger into Square Enix must have been one very long elaborate April Fools joke.

  • Starlord

    Today is the 10 year anniversary since the merger on April 1st 2003. This is no April fools joke, they will most likely do something to celebrate this milestone!

    • brian

      Go back to being Square and Enix separately?
      Then they announce that their mobile phone and browser development is ending?

      • Mister Spooks

        Did you want Square to go bankrupt then?

        • brian

          Not really, I actually agree with Göran Isacson about 10 comments down.
          That was just wistful thinking.

  • landlock

    dragon quest x final fantasy.3ds

  • http://www.facebook.com/nic.devilryuji DevilRyuji Nic

    Imagine a FF7 remake april fools :(

  • Masa

    wonder what remake this will be.

  • Isaac Newton

    Guyz it’s Einhander…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Ng/100000854638739 Dylan Ng

    Watch as it turn out to be a April Fool gag XD

    Jokes aside, I wonder wht will it be? I’m certainly curious.

  • Hau To

    April Fool’s may be a thing in Japan, but what others continue to forget is that it is also a day for developers to announce things in Japan as well.

    • Swaggermuffin

      I imagine a lot of us really didn’t know that.

  • Fango

    FF7 remake just confirmed by famitsu!!!!!

    • Swaggermuffin

      Bullshit.

  • ShindoW

    My hopes for new Star Ocean, VP, and the true PE3 are most certainly dashed. Oh well. Maybe they’ll finally put out KH3, though.

  • Ace

    It’s in celebration of April Fooling everyone for the past 10 years. =)

    • Testsubject909

      Yeah, that’s sort of the kind of joke I felt creeping up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mikeelissen Mike Elissen Aerodynamisch

    The colors seem to suggest a 10th anniversary of FF Crystal Chronicles.

  • AaqibRawat

    i miss enix

    soul blazer illusion of gaia, terranigma
    :(

  • Caleb Kinkaid

    So was this a really odd April Fools joke? The url is a 404 error now.

  • Testsubject909

    So, they merged on the first of April?

    I feel like I should be making a joke here…

  • http://www.ihasnowebsitez.com Satonaka CP-Four

    Would like to see an announcet ment saying they will break off into two companies again. Maybe then the “competition” (or more of it) to make better games than the other will resurface and we can have even better games than we’ve been getting these last 10 years.

    Once can only dream… :(

  • RablaAndrews

    ‘DISSIDIA: Final Fantasy VS Dragon Quest -10th Anniversary Special-’ for the PSVita

    Make it happen Squenix.

  • Uso Ewin

    Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest crossover rpg?

  • Anime10121

    Its not

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