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SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES E3 2013 LINEUP

Diverse Lineup Highlighted by Signature Franchises, Compelling New Properties and Expanding Platforms

First Look at the Next Generation of FINAL FANTASY

LONDON (June 6, 2013) –Square Enix today announced its broad spectrum of next-generation and current generation console, PC and mobile game products to be unveiled during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2013, June 11-13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Booth #1647. The company’s portfolio features new games from signature franchises, a re-imagined classic along with compelling new properties.

FINAL FANTASY®, one of the most successful game franchises of all time, will have a dominant presence in the publisher’s booth with both FINAL FANTASY® XIV: A Realm Reborn™, a stunning massively multiplayer online role playing game that will enable players to create their own FINAL FANTASY adventure, and LIGHTNING RETURNS™: FINAL FANTASY® XIII, the epic conclusion to the series. Square Enix will also unveil the first look at the next-generation of FINAL FANTASY.

THIEF™ is the reinvention of a classic franchise that allows players to step into the silent shoes of Garrett, a dark and solitary thief with an unrivaled set of skills. The most challenging heists, the most inaccessible loots, the best kept secrets: nothing is out of Garrett’s reach. The mystery thriller Murdered: Soul Suspect will haunt attendees as an entirely new game property where the main character travels through both a modern day Salem, Massachusetts and a ghost world to solve his own murder. Square Enix will also introduce Deus Ex®: The Fall™, the new installment of the award winning DEUS EX series. Additional mobile and tablet games will also be at E3.

“Square Enix continues to show its global creative presence like no other game publisher with products from its internal studios around the world as well as key partners,” said Yosuke Matsuda, representative director of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. “As the industry continues to diversify and expand Square Enix is poised to lead that change with products showcased at this year’s E3.”

Along with hands-on demonstrations of many games, E3 attendees will be able to experience exclusive theater presentations for FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn, THIEF and Murdered: Soul Suspect.

For the audience not attending E3, Square Enix will host an innovative live online broadcast from its booth, allowing the publisher’s passionate community to get a sneak peak at the new titles’ content and interact with Square Enix developers. Viewers worldwide will be able to tune in for the duration of the show (June 11 to June 13, 2013) for a unique insider’s perspective into Square Enix at the show. For a full schedule please visit:

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The announced E3 lineup for Square Enix:

Consoles and PC

FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn

FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn is the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) to have been completely rebuilt from the ground up with a focus on all systems, gameplay and player experience. FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn invites players to explore the realm of Eorzea with friends from around the world.

Platforms: PlayStation®3 system, Windows® PC

Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd.

Available: August 27

THIEF

Thief is the reinvention of the classic franchise that allows players to take on the role of Garrett, the Master Thief. As the tide is about to turn in the City, Garrett, takes cover amidst the growing uprising and sneaks into the Baron’s manor to steal his most prized possession.

Platforms: PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Windows PC

Developer: Eidos-Montréal (A Square Enix Company)

Available: 2014

MURDERED: SOUL SUSPECT

The hardest case to solve is one’s own murder. Murdered: Soul Suspect takes players into a whole new realm of mystery where the case is personal and the clues just out of reach. When Ronan O’Connor, a detective with a checkered past, gets caught up in a violent burglary, his life is brought to an untimely end by a brutal and relentless killer. Shocked to find himself in the afterlife, his only escape from the limbo world of ‘Dusk’ is to uncover the truth behind his killer, track him down and bring him to justice using his detective instinct and newfound supernatural abilities.

Platforms: Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 system, Windows PC

Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd. and Airtight Games

Available: Early 2014

LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII

As Lightning, it is your mission to save souls so they may be brought to a new world. However, with only thirteen days remaining, not everyone can be saved.  Armed with all-new weapons, player customization and battle abilities, you are in a race against time to fully understand your destiny.  It all ends here.

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