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Square Enix News Tidbits: Spring PSP Releases


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A cool week for Square Enix News Tidbits, by and large, but two upcoming PSP games from long-running Squenix franchises got North American release dates this week.

For those who haven't been turned off by the series' lack of desire to maintain a consistent game genre or play style, The 3rd Birthday got a release date as well as a lead voice actress for fan favorite Aya Brea. The game will be available to North American players on 29 March 2011 (which just happens to be this humble author's birthday, so hint, hint); if you pick the game up, you'll hear Aya voiced by Yvonne Strahovski. You might well recognize her name from her work both as a voice actress in Mass Effect 2, as Miranda, as well as her leading role in NBC's "Chuck." If you'd like to get your preorder in for this game via AmaCoN, look no further.

Another game getting a release date this week is the PSP remake of Final Fantasy IV. This one will be dropping on 19 April 2011; if you haven't seen the news, you can note that this remake will be a rollup of Final Fantasy IV with previously-Wii-only The After Years. We know that the game will get a bit of visual polish and new CG, and will probably look a bit like previous Final Fantasy remakes on the handheld, but other than that we're not quite sure which Final Fantasy IV we're getting, exactly. Picking up the game? Let us know, and do it from AmaCoN.

This is shaping up to be a massive year for Squenix on the PSP. Beyond these two games, don't forget that owners of the now-first-generation Sony handheld will be getting Tactics Ogre and the Dissidia sequel, all before the end of Spring. Keeping up will be painful.

Source: IGN, Kotaku

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Cactuar1Comment 1: 2011-02-08 05:37
Cactuar1 ff4s release date isnt news to me. i learned that on my own weeks ago.
Rangers51Comment 2: 2011-02-08 12:22
Rangers51
Quote (Cactuar1 @ 8th February 2011 00:37)
ff4s release date isnt news to me. i learned that on my own weeks ago.

You're hired! When can you start posting news?

IGN reported the release date for North America on February 2, two days before I posted it here. If you heard about it weeks before that, please send us your source so that I can start using them, since they clearly scooped everyone.
PerigrynComment 3: 2011-02-09 07:59
Perigryn I'm super psyched for Tactics Ogre.

I mean... I don't have a PSP yet, but I've a friend who plans to sell me his, allegedly. I love Ogre Battle, and FFT, and it's cool to see FFT's roots!

Also, on the subject of FFT and handhelds, it is still coming for the iPod, yes? I know it's been pushed back again and again, but has there been any solid "We're doing it now finally... not kidding this time." kinda' news?
Rangers51Comment 4: 2011-02-09 12:41
Rangers51 I did a little digging, Perigryn, and it looks like Squenix did an under-the-radar announcment in December that the game wouldn't be out until Spring of this year in Japan. No date for a Western release as yet, as far as I can tell.
Cactuar1Comment 5: 2011-02-13 05:34
Cactuar1 To be perfectly honest, I don't remember where I discovered the release date for ff4 the complete collection, but I remember it was near the 20th of January. If you really meant that I was hired, then I'll gladly help contribute whenever possible.
laszlowComment 6: 2011-02-13 20:26
laszlow
Quote (Rangers51 @ 9th February 2011 07:41)
I did a little digging, Perigryn, and it looks like Squenix did an under-the-radar announcment in December that the game wouldn't be out until Spring of this year in Japan. No date for a Western release as yet, as far as I can tell.

Not sure if this quote was about Tactics Ogre or one of the other PSP games mentioned, but...

Tactics Ogre comes out (in North America) in two days, and it's getting very good reviews. Looks like a very good pickup for PSP owners that are Ogre Battle fans, FF Tactics fans, or just strategy-RPG fans in general.
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