Shacknews - Steve Watts

The Android-powered OUYA console has just gotten another notable company in line with its launch plans. Square Enix, the Japanese company responsible for the Final Fantasy series, has committed to launching Final Fantasy III alongside the console next year. The company also promised continued support for the platform in the future.

Square Portal (via VG247) reports that the announcement promises a free demo to align with OUYA's requirements, and that it will be optimized for the device.

Keep in mind this isn't Final Fantasy VI, which was released in the US as FF3. Instead, it's a game that had previously only been released in Japan. It got a DS remake in 2006, and that remake was already brought to Android for $15.99. Optimizing for OUYA should be easy enough for Square to pull off. Final Fantasy 3 was the first to introduce a job system, so if you're interested in a little series history with your gaming it might be a good one to pick up.

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

The PlanetSide 2 beta was supposed to kick off today, "barring any unforeseen circumstances." Oh no! Unforeseen circumstances have arisen, and it'll now be a few days late, to ensure it's all polished and shiny. No one wants a free-to-play MMOFPS caked in crud and filth, after all.

"Had planned for today or tomorrow but we have some stuff we need to make sure is awesome," SOE president John Smedley explained on Twitter. He added, "the team is working like crazy but we need to polish some stuff and test it before we let in a massive # of people."

The beta is now "likely" to start on Friday or Monday, Smedley said.

If you haven't signed up or otherwise secured a beta key yet, you can register on the official site.

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

Robots are pretty great, aren't they? Being a robot though, well, philosophers are still yet to decide whether it'd be super cool or totally wack. While they debate that issue, why don't you enjoy a little taste of robo-life with the Transformers: Fall of Cybertron demo, which launches today for Xbox 360 on PlayStation 3.

The demo includes two single-player snippets and a slice of multiplayer. In single-player you'll get to shoot things as Bumblebee in the first mission, then roam around a "non-linear assault mission" as robohelicopter Vortex. On the multiplayer front, you get to design your own roboman and send him into battle in Team Deathmatch and Conquest online modes.

The 2GB download is available through the Xbox Live Marketplace for Gold subscribers now, and will arrive on PlayStation Network in this afternoon's PS Store update.

The finished game is slated to launch on August 21, having been shunted forward a week. It's coming to PC too, handled by Mercenary Technology.

Shacknews - Tyler J. Smith

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

Today's Filter features a Last Stand short trailer for XCOM: Enemy Unknown, a pre-order trailer for Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, and more.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown


Transformers: Fall of Cybertron


We also have a San Diego Comic-Con 2012 wrap-up trailer for Halo 4, an accolades trailer for Political Machine 2012, two trailers for NHL 13, and an extended E3 2012 trailer for Nike+ Kinect. Be sure to check out additional trailers and screenshots on each game page.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

Sony Online Entertainment has launched quite a number of online games in the past few years, and the company doesn't appear to be slowing down. A new trademark may just give us the name of its next online game: Reign of Fear.

Fusible caught the trademark, which has a description that carries all the usual properties of an MMORPG--"downloadable multiplayer," and "role playing." No further details were available, and as always a trademark application doesn't necessarily mean a project will ever come to fruition.

The title certainly sounds more intense and horror-based than the usual sci-fi and fantasy tropes of the genre, so maybe we'll see more variety injected into MMOs from Sony in the future.

Shacknews - Andrew Yoon

Free-to-play mech game Hawken is getting a live action adaptation. Starring Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class), the series is in development by Warner Premiere and is set to premiere in 2013.

According to early details from TheWrap, the story follows "two young pilots from separate clans pitted against one another after a devastating virus has covered most of the heavily industrialized planet surface in toxic crystal."

Developer Adhesive Games described the story as "Romeo & Juliet meets District 9." Make of that what you wish.

Here's the debut trailer from Machinima (via RPS):

Shacknews - Andrew Yoon

Dear Esther is one of the most fascinating interactive experiences to come in recent time. Developer thechineseroom was praised for creating a beautiful, atmospheric adventure--but many criticized the lack of "gameplay." Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, a "spiritual successor" to Dear Esther, promises to add a bit more gameplay into the mix.

Rapture is a CryEngine 3-powered open world adventure that takes place in a village in the English county of Shropshire. The world is big, which would take about 20 minutes to walk diagonally from one corner to the other. However, your time to explore is limited... because the world will end in one hour.

Like Dear Esther, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture is a "pure story game." However, this story is not a solitary one. You'll be introduced to six different characters as they live their lives before the end of the world. You can interact with them if you'd like, influencing their actions in the final hour of life. You could also just sit and watch, choosing not to interfere. "Do you become like a voyeur, just watching them live out the last day of their life, effectively?"

"I want to be able to allow the player to manipulate the world. I want the player to feel like, actually, this is a space that's evolving and changing," creative director Dan Pinchbeck told Beefjack in their exclusive preview. As such, Rapture is meant to be played over and over again. The time limitation means you'll only see a part of the world each time you play, and every hour you partake in will be a brand new story.

It reminds us a bit of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, and that's a good thing. Everybody's Gone to the Rapture will be out on PC in 2013.

Shacknews - Garnett Lee

Death is humanity's last hope in Darksiders 2. You'll see how big the sequel has become in this brand new trailer. Then, want to know what's coming in PlayStation All-Stars? A leak may have revealed the entire roster, which includes Nariko and Dante. Finally, we look at this week's new releases.

Check out today's episode of Shacknews Daily.

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Shacknews - Andrew Yoon

Nostalgia is a powerful tool. Gamers were tired of Activision's continued attempts to reinvent the Tony Hawk franchise. They just wanted an HD version of the classic games--and that's exactly what they got with the release of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD on Xbox Live Arcade. The HD re-release sold over 120,000 copies in one week--and PS3 and PC versions have yet to come out.

Josh Tsui, CEO of developer Robomodo, explained that the early sales success of the HD release opens up possibilities to expand the once-dormant Tony Hawk series. "The prospect of a fuller game is definitely on the table--it's just a matter of when and how," he said.

"I think for now Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD is a very good way to reacquaint people to the franchise," he told Gamasutra. "We were given the right amount [of resources] based on the scope of [Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD], but obviously we would always want more to go bigger."

The future of the series might be in the downloadable realm, away from the expensive peripheral-focused experience that Ride offered. "People are more apt to try games that are smaller and downloadable. Moving forward we'd have to see what our options are for a completely new experience, especially for any new platforms. But for now, downloadable games for a low price allow us great flexibility to try new things."

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

Yeah yeah sure zombies great, but what about army men? For those who like to get together with their chums and simulate a little military action, Bohemia Interactive today launched its 'Army of the Czech Republic' DLC for Arma 2: Combined Operations. It brings shiny newness including vehicles, weapons, missions, and fittingly for this fine weather, two summery terrains.

As you may have guessed, Army of the Czech Republic lets you play as the Czech Republic's army. They have their own vehicles, like the L-159 Alca jet and Pandur II APC, and weapons including the CZ Scorpion EVO 3 submachine gun and CZ-805 BREN assault rifle. You know, army stuff. You get to play with this toys in a 15-mission campaign, plus multiplayer and all that jazz.

You can buy the add-on now direct from Bohemia for $12. A Steam release is due mid-August.

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