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In a recent premier party, Kingdom Hearts II director Tetsuya Nomura commented on the fact that the changes made to accommodate Kingdom Hearts II for its United States release were minimal and thus not conducive of an International version. More interestingly, Nomura-san emphasized his plans for another Kingdom Hearts project, which he stressed would not be a direct sequel or foray into other media types, and noted that Square Enix has a "surprise ceremony" in store for E3. A line of Kingdom Hearts controllers, perhaps?

Squeenix registers more new trademarks

According to German GameFront, Square Enix has registered several new trademarks with the United States Patent Office, including "Dragon Quest Heroes", "Dragon Quest Swords", "Rocket Slime", and "The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors". A Dragon Quest theme is quite apparent; the games themselves are not. Perhaps "Rocket Slime" is really Slime Morimori in disguise, and "The Masked Queen and the Towers of Mirrors" an English subtitle for Dragon Quest Yangus. Then again, perhaps not.

To celebrate the April 25th North American release of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Square Enix is hosting a special screening at Los Angeles' Cinerama Dome on the evening of April 3rd. Tickets will be given out at noon of that same day to 800 lucky people who manage to find transportation to this historic marquee. "Key production staff and cast" are also noted to appear, so don't miss this chance to get "up close and personal" with animator number fifteen.

Square Enix has announced today that they are to form a joint venture with Japanese company Gakushuukenkyuusha ("Gakken" for short, don't worry) in order to form "SG Lab", a new developer concerned with creating games that will focus on education and research. Opening May 1st, the studio will cater to clients looking for software to aid in the fields of medicine, health care, and public relations. Squeenix CEO Yoichi Wada expressed his hopes that SG Lab will become a leader in its field, which remarkably does not yet exist.

April 19 will see the Japanese release of the Final Fantasy XII Original Soundtrack, which features main composition by Hitoshi Sakimoto with various thematic inserts by Nobuo Uematsu. The limited edition package, priced at around ?3990, with imports running anywhere from $32.66 to $38.90 USD, will come packaged in a DVD case and include both the four-disc soundtrack and a twenty-eight page booklet.

According to German GameFront, Square Enix has registered both Valkyrie Profile Lenneth and Valkyrie Profile Silmeria with the United States Patent Office. While this action is not necessarily a sure indicator, it certainly makes apparent Square Enix's interest to localize both titles for an English-speaking audience. Valkyrie Profile Lenneth has already released in Japan and Valkyrie Profile Silmeria currently holds a June 22nd Japanese release date.

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