LOS ANGELES (November 8, 2016) – Los Angeles-based SQUARE ENIX, Inc., publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas, announced a sponsorship with Make-A-Wish® America that will bring the joy of a wish come true for kids with life-threatening medical conditions across the country.
“It’s incredibly important for us to give back to those in need,” said Mike Sherlock, Chief Operating Officer of Square Enix, Inc. “We’re so proud to be working alongside the amazing Make-A-Wish team to help wish kids’ wishes become reality.”
Inspired by its upcoming game FINAL FANTASY® XV, which is set in a fantastical world of intrigue and wonder but grounded in reality, Square Enix plans to flip the script with this partnership, transforming wish kids’ fantasies into reality. Square Enix launched the initiative alongside Make-A-Wish in August of 2016. The two companies have been sharing inspiring stories of the kids they have the great joy to impact.
Wishes like Tony’s wish for a PS4 and new video games to play with his best friend. Battling a life-threatening medical condition can often be isolating for wish kids. Ninety-nine percent of parents reported that the wish experience gave their children increased feelings of happiness and 96 percent said that the wish experience strengthened their families. Tony’s wish centered around bringing he and his best friend together while doing something they love. A wish experience is proven to enhance the state of mind and gives the child a feeling a return of self-confidence that comes with feeling “normal” again.
About FINAL FANTASY XV:
FINAL FANTASY XV is the highly anticipated action roleplaying game (RPG) and 15th mainline entry in the iconic FINAL FANTASY franchise. Set in an enthralling world where fantasy meets reality, players will join Crown Prince Noctis and his comrades on an epic journey of brotherhood, love and despair as they unravel Noctis's destiny and take up arms against the warmongering empire, Niflheim. With a captivating cast of characters, breathtaking visuals, open world exploration and action-packed real time combat, FINAL FANTASY XV is the ultimate FINAL FANTASY experience for fans and newcomers to the series.
FINAL FANTASY XV will be available November 29th, 2016 for Xbox One and the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. This game is rated T (Teen). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 28,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 35 minutes. It has granted more than 270,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,800 in 2015 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org to learn more.
About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix group of companies. Square Enix, Inc. is affiliated with a global network of leading development studios such as IO Interactive™, Crystal Dynamics®, and Eidos Montréal. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 115 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 68 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 46 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
More information on Square Enix, Inc. can be found at http://na.square-enix.com/.
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