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New Square Enix MMORPG under development confirmed

The GDC website reveals that four Square Enix staff members will be speaking at the Game Developers Conference 2008. The full list:

· Fumiaki Shiraishi and Toshiro Tsuchida will be presenting an in-depth look at the development process of Square Enix's Wii Ware launch title Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Young King and the Promised Land.

· Isamu Kamikokuryo, Final Fantasy XIII's art director, will touch upon the secret of Final Fantasy art, how he gets inspiration, how he was trained, how his concept art influence the game development, etc.

· Taku Murata, the head of Square Enix's R&D. In this talk, Taku will describe the whole process of the engine development; why now, why not third party engine, what is unique, how it is being developed, what were challenges, etc. You'll be able to see the technological essence of Final Fantasy development.

Taku Murata's page also confirms that a new MMORPG is in development:

"The new game engine will be used for FINAL FANTASY XIII, new MMORPG under development, and other titles in the future."

This pretty much confirms that "the new MMORPG", which might actually be Final Fantasy Haresis XIII, will be released for the PlayStation 3 as it will use the White Engine.

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vloeistof3393d ago (Edited 3393d ago )

so is ff xiii going to be there ???

oke

techie3393d ago

Yes. At least the engine will be. And this MMO is multiplatform for Xbox 360....this is such old news.

mikeslemonade3393d ago (Edited 3393d ago )

No the white engine takes advantage of the cell, so sorry because this won't be coming to the 360. FFXIII won't be going 360 and so will this one not be going 360. It's the SE games that are using the Unreal 3 engine that are going to be multiplatform.

Looks like 2009 will be another great year for the PS3.

techie3393d ago (Edited 3393d ago )

MIKE. The White Engine is a multiplatform engine.

This MMO will be on the PS3/Xbox 360/PC. I don't lie, so don't tell me what I do and don't know.

"Last year we went through a development reorganization, with the development of our own cross-platform middleware – the white engine. This is the foundation for FFXIII and the new MMO," he stated.

Square Enix had previously suggested that White Engine was built specifically for PS3. However, a new MMO is currently in development that also uses White Engine, and it will be a cross platform and cross region title."

Suck on that. If you want up to date, to the point news listen to me., instead of believing your out of date bull.

mikeslemonade3393d ago

If that were true than FFXIII would be going to the 360 and it's not. It's middleware so that it can go to the PC.

k2d3393d ago

Yup! And if the PS3 flops, FFXIII might go multi platform.
Like that'll ever happen. lol.

techie3393d ago

"If that were true than FFXIII would be going to the 360 and it's not"

WHY!!!!????

Bioshock, Gears, Mass Effect are on UE3 which is a cross-platform engine - but that doesn't mean they are coming to the PS3! Does it.

The White Engine is cross-platform and the MMO will be coming to the Xbox 360. Stop feeling so worried. FFXIII and FFXIII Versus are PS3 exclusive, the MMO is not. All three are made with the White engine.

mikeslemonade3393d ago

Exactly you just made my point you can't really judge if it's exclusive solely on the engine. FF Last Reminant happens to be multiplatform and it doesn't use the white engine. The title "FFXIII" will make the game PS3 exclusive. Just like how FFXI took so long to get to the 360. It's because Sony has some sort of deal for the FF # name.

Genki3393d ago

What? You just said that the game can't be multiplat because the White Engine is built for the cell, and then when you're proven wrong you say that he proved your point?

Panthers3393d ago

Mike you are contradicting yourself.

And Sony has no deal with the FF name. That is why Crystal Chronicles is going to Nintendo.

techie3393d ago

Mike...I don't know what you're on, but I'm telling you this from what Square Enix themselves have said.

The White Engine is cross-platform, but of course concentrates very heavily on the cell - which any good cross-platform engine SHOULD do.
FFXIII and Versus use the White Engine. Both are PS3 exclusive.
The MMO uses the White Engine, but is cross-platform.

rofldings3393d ago

What happened to this quote?

Nomura: "Versus" is taking time being developped because the team is trying to explore the whole specs (of the PS3). Our programmers were asking, "is it okay if we program it as a PS3 exclusive? If you're thinking of porting it to other consoles, we might have to change the specs to follow suit the others." And I answered, "PS3 exclusive, of course."

mikeslemonade3393d ago

I did contradict myself but only because Deep contradicted himself first and gave the idea to contradict myself. He named 360 games that are exclusives but use the Unreal 3 engine. And then he said since the White Engine is multiplatform it's going to the 360. If that were true then those 360 exclusives would be going to the PS3. SE hasn't made an annoucement yet really. Your conclusion on saying it will go to the 360 is that FFXI did go tot he 360 but that's after years. It will be timed exclusive on PS3. It won't be a simulataneous release.

Skerj3393d ago

@Rofldings

FFXIII and Versus are still PS3 exclusive so that quote is still true. The Unknown MMO has been stated as being multiplat since it's announcement.

techie3393d ago

"And then he said since the White Engine is multiplatform it's going to the 360."

NO HE DIDNT. He said this MMO will be on 360/PC/PS3.

You said it can't because it uses the white engine which is for PS3 only.

I said the White Engine is Cross-platform.

Thus my original statement is still valid. There was NO inference of the cross-platform engine meaning it would be 360, I had already stated it was 360.

Deep does not contradict himself.

techie3393d ago (Edited 3393d ago )

More evidence?

"I'm still working on XI as it's on-going but we are also working on a next-generation MMORPG for 360 and Vista but PS3 is a possibility."

http://www.videogamer.com/d...

Edit: Mike below. I'm not predicting. Your record is "guessing"...which isn't a record at all. Speak sense, and I won't type in a surprised manner at the oddness of your words.

mikeslemonade3393d ago

Alright you win, but my record is high picking the Giants to win and HD-DVD to lose etc. And can't you correct me in a nicer manner? All those exclamation points and caps aren't needed.

JVIDICAN3393d ago

thought i should point out sony owns 40% of square enix. doesnt affect this much but yeah =P

resistance1003392d ago

@JVIDICAN

Not true, while it is true they used to they sold a large amount of the shares. Sony now own around 10-15% of Square and with the success of Squares games worldwide i imagin sony get fairly large dividends at the end of each year

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Iamback3393d ago

If it is MMO than it should be mutliplatform, there is really no reason for not to. But if it is true that it will use white engine, than i guess it can only be for PS3, since that engine is developed to take advantages that PS3 offer.
Well time will tell, i personally don't care for MMO games.

techie3393d ago

Where do you get your info from. White engine IS multi.

Iamback3393d ago (Edited 3393d ago )

You can find on internet many articles that white engine IS-IS and again IS engine designed to take advantage on PS3 and ONLY for PS3. White engine will be used on FF13 and FF13vs.
This is why for "Last Remnant" (first PS3/360 game) Unreal Engine 3 was licensed, because white engine IS only for PS3.

techie3393d ago

You're wrong :) ""Last year we went through a development reorganization, with the development of our own cross-platform middleware – the white engine. This is the foundation for FFXIII and the new MMO," he stated.

Square Enix had previously suggested that White Engine was built specifically for PS3. However, a new MMO is currently in development that also uses White Engine, and it will be a cross platform and cross region title."

Straight from the horses mouth.

"our own cross-platform middleware - the white engine"

Iamback3393d ago

You took that from Wikipedia LOL IMAO

Kain813393d ago

that there MAIN Developer Plattforms are PS3, Wii, PSP and NDS.

techie3393d ago

Lamback, I took it from a Gamesatra interview with Hiromichi Tanaka, an executive officer at Square Enix.

Iamback3393d ago (Edited 3393d ago )

@Kein82

Cross-platform could also be PS3/PSP. There are some rumors that you might be able to use you PSP for something as you play FF13 on PS3.
"Cross-platform" could mean a lot of things.
But i stand by my words that MMOs should go to all platforms, no point in being exclusive.
Also i could not care less for FF MMO, after FF12 it will take a lot for me to play FF13, so it better be something special.
I have wasted all my 5 bubbles, so i wont be able to replay any more. Bye.

techie3393d ago

Hiromichi Tanaka "we are also working on a next-generation MMORPG for 360 and Vista but PS3 is a possibility."

360/PC/PS3...listen to deep.

Kain813393d ago

but this was only an Idear from the developer, there was nothing planned
so maybe there changed there minds who knows, its Buissnes and than there is this announcement a month ago (MainPlattforms for Square-Enix:PS3, Wii, PSP and NDS).
I would say wait and see what Square-enix will show, mabe a MMO for Wii.
Like Crossing Animals

SUP3R3393d ago

Doesn't matter if the MMORPG is on the 360.
The 360 still won't have the main line of Final Fantasy games ie. FFXIII and vsXIII.
So all is still good in the world.

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StrboyM3393d ago

just stopped playing ffxi after 5 years...all i can say is WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW WWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH YEAH!

i cant wait i miss my char soooo much...

Skerj3393d ago (Edited 3393d ago )

Hopefully it's like the vision of the original PlayOnline FFXI trailer that was never fully realized. I'm really hoping that it's a MMO in the FFXIII world, that would be freaking AWESOME.

Mercutio3393d ago

It's gonna be so awesome..

heyheyhey3393d ago

if it uses the White Engine then i guess its another exclusive game to add to the PS3's list

although after the flop that was FF11 i cant say im too excited- unless it completes the FF13 story somehow

techie3393d ago

the white engine is multiplatform.

heyheyhey3393d ago

link? proof?

SE has said that they built the White engine specifically for the PS3- so stop saying that until you can provide some proof

besides Sony owns 40% of SE, and they probably have a deal saying that FF games can only be on the PS3 and the Wii

Skerj3393d ago (Edited 3393d ago )

After the merger between Square and Enix, Sony's stake is roughly 10% unless it has increased in the past 4 months since I checked. You're both right though, the White Engine is both created for PS3 and I'm guessing the middleware multiplat one is lacking PS3 specific features like SPE optimization but it does exist.

http://ps3.psu.com/Square-E...

Lew_Ijgee3393d ago

That MMOs usually require a HDD.......

techie3393d ago (Edited 3393d ago )

One. I am the proof.

Two. Hiromichi Tanaka, an executive officer at Square Enix, said "Last year we went through a development reorganization, with the development of our own cross-platform middleware – the white engine. This is the foundation for FFXIII and the new MMO.”

http://www.gamasutra.com/ph...

Three. "The "new MMO" he refers to is an as-yet-untitled project that is indeed multiplatform." http://blog.wired.com/games...

heyheyhey3393d ago

@deep

perhaps- but i will not be convinced until i see a game on the 360 using the white engine

i heard that it is designed to work with the SPE's of the Cell

Sevir043393d ago

both project sylpheed and infinate undiscovery both use the the white engine... also

@ deep while it says multiplatform. i do remember them saying that PC was definately the main target for the MMos and the PS3 as well. and because the 360 isn't HDD standard, square wouldn't really sell too many of the mmo's on the 360 becaus enot everyone has an HDD 360. with that being said. multiplatform can also mean PS3 and PC... like alot of the SOE games coming out this year and next. also Hearesis was only copywritten. it was never announced and neither was a specific platform.

So to just claim that it's going to be on the 360 without square confirming it is pure assumption and speculation on your part.

i will say that square will have an MMO on the 360 at sime time in the future but we dont know what it is and when, and if they do it will be long after the PS3 and PC versions because they both have HDD standard.

Kain813393d ago

dont use White-Engine thats for sure.
Tri-ace developes the game Square-enix publish this for them nothing more.

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