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Final Fantasy Agito coming to Windows 10Edit
May 27th by Keltainentoukokuu
Final Fantasy Agito, the free-to-play mobile game that ties in with Final Fantasy Type-0 will be released for Windows 10 sometime this year. The game is set in the world of Orience during the first cycle in the spiral of history, although not officially described as a prequel to Final Fantasy Type-0. Players begin by customizing a character, choosing their appearance and weapon before starting off as a Class Twelfth student in Akademeia. The player can interact with various NPC students and teachers and develop bonds by playing minigames and conversing with the members of Class Zero. The game is divided into missions and combat is based around the Active Time Battle system.
Next Final Fantasy XV Active Time Report set for June 4Edit
May 26th by Keltainentoukokuu
Square Enix will host the next Active Time Report broadcast on June 4 at 22:00 Japan time titled "Active Time Report Page 6.0." Further details will be announced later. Most likely the report will focus on the updates to be made for the Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae demo, as announced earlier.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for the PS4 tops software chart in JapanEdit
May 23rd by Keltainentoukokuu
According to Japanese sales monitor Media Create, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for PlayStation 4 was the most popular game release at 15,913 sales. Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition for 3DS came in second at 13,844, with Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition at 11,303.
Update to Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae coming in JuneEdit
May 18th by Keltainentoukokuu
Square Enix has announced a release window for a free update to the Final Fantasy XV demo Episode Duscae in their official Japanese Twitter account. The updated demo is to arrive in early June.
The possibility of updating the demo based on player feedback was brought up in the previous Active Time Report in April. Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae was included with the first print of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and afterward Square Enix opened an online survey to players to gauge the fans' reactions. In the April Active Time Report director Hajime Tabata talked about updating the demo with camera fixes, frame rate optimization, voice acting fixes and adding a new dodge ability that doesn't expend MP.
Official tweet (Japanese)
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster released for PS4Edit
May 12th by Keltainentoukokuu
The HD remake of Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 has been released in North America today. It will arrive to Japan and Europe on May 14th. The remaster was originally released for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita and is based on the International versions of both games. The PlayStation 4 version includes further enhanced graphics and the option to choose the original or the remastered soundtrack.
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years available for pre-purchase on SteamEdit
May 6th by Keltainentoukokuu
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is available for pre-purchase on Steam. The game is out on May 12th. Sequel to Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is set seventeen years later and focuses on the arrival of a second moon. On September 2013 in the Tokyo Game Show it was announced Square Enix would give Final Fantasy IV: The After Years a full 3D remake in the vein of Final Fantasy IV for Nintendo DS. This version was released November 2013 for iOS and Android, and is the version the upcoming Steam version is based on.
Final Fantasy XV to be a focal point at Gamescom in AugustEdit
April 28th by Keltainentoukokuu
Director Hajime Tabata has announced in today's Active Time Report that Final Fantasy XV will not be heavily featured at this year's E3, but will be a focal point at Gamescom in August. The Square Enix conference in Los Angeles in June will only show a short clip because of the short amount of time they would have to create a trailer.
"We've actually been considering Gamescom in August, instead of E3, as the target for our next major reveal. [Gamescom, PAX Prime and Tokyo Game Show] will be the platform of our reboot towards the release of the main game," Tabata has said.
Today's Active Time Report focused on fan's feedback on the demo included with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. The next Active Time Report is scheduled in May.
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years 3D remake coming to SteamEdit
April 23rd by Keltainentoukokuu
The 3D remake of Final Fantasy IV: The After Years originally released November 2013 for iOS and Android, is coming to Steam on May 12th. Pre-orders include a 10% discount. The Steam version will include Steam Achievements an Steam Trading Cards. Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is a sequel to Final Fantasy IV, originally released for Japanese mobile phones in 2008 in an episodic format.
Final Fantasy XIII playable on mobile devices in JapanEdit
April 10th by Keltainentoukokuu
Final Fantasy XIII is available for download on iOS and Android via the App Store and Google Play in Japan. The game runs on smartphones thanks to G-cluster Global Cloud Technology, meaning players need to be connected to the internet to play. The application is free to download and try for the first 30 minutes, with a 2,000 yen in-app purchase allowing users full access.
News on the Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade versionEdit
April 10th by Keltainentoukokuu
Square Enix has held a "Closed Conference 2015" where the developers discussed Dissidia Final Fantasy, the upcoming arcade fighting game. The game is scheduled for arcade release in fall 2015 and is being developed in collaboration between Koei Tecmo Games' Team Ninja and Square Enix. Sony and Square Enix are working together on the arcade hardware meaning that the developers are utilizing the power of PlayStation 4 hardware for the development, and the game is running 60 frames per second. According to Square Enix, players have to wait at least a year after the arcade release for the game to get a console release, however.
Dissidia Final Fantasy is in development for arcades. The game is being created by Team Ninja, developers of Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Ships a Million Copies WorldwideEdit
April 10th by AdeusValcross
Square Enix have announced today that Final Fantasy Type-0 HD has shipped a million copies worldwide and have heralded this occasion with a unique artwork depicting Noctis and Ace together thanking the fans from all the staff who have worked and are working on Final Fantasy Type-0 and Final Fantasy XV. In addition, SE have announce that a new Active Time Report presentation will be held on April 28th at 3 pm in Japan.
APRIL FOOLS - Final Fantasy Wiki Partners with SE; Website RebrandingEdit
April 1st by Drake Clawfang
This has been brewing for several months now, and we're ready to make an announcement to the community. The Final Fantasy Wiki is partnering with Square Enix to become an officially endorsed Wiki! We're very proud of this development and the hard work and commitment our community has put into making us such a prestigious site that has caught Square Enix's eye and made this partnership a reality.
Moving ahead, there will be various changes being made to the website to reflect this partnership. Square Enix has indicated they will designate an official liaison from their company's staff that will be joining the community under a new staff ranking, Ambassador, and they will serve as our contact to communicate with the company as a whole.
However, the greatest impact will be on our coverage. The Final Fantasy Wiki's staff has long discussed how our coverage of the series would be affected by this partnership, and both Wikia and Square Enix have been a part of those discussions. After careful deliberation, we reached a decision that the Final Fantasy Wiki is being rebranded "The Lightning Wiki," with a focus on the Lightning Saga. Secondary coverage will go to Final Fantasy Type-0, Final Fantasy XV, and any future titles that fall under the Fabula Nova Crystallis banner. Some aspects of our Wiki's design will be changing shortly to reflect this shift in coverage.
Games and other media not a part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis collection will be deemed "Legacy Content" and moved to a new website, "Final Fantasy Archive," which is being finalized to launch in May. This Legacy Content will be moved back to the Final Fantasy Wiki later in the year under a new "Legacy" namespace which will have customized coding to optimize the page display for mobile browsers. A revamped Final Fantasy Wiki app for smartphones will launch at the same time as the restoration of Legacy content. The app will be free to download and will allow users to browse and edit the Wiki under their current username, with the option to pay a $2.99 US monthly fee for access to image uploading and page preview.
We thank our community for their support and understanding during this time of transition, and ask you please be excited for what we have in store.
Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae player survey opensEdit
March 27th by Keltainentoukokuu
Square Enix is asking for player feedback on Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae demo that was included with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD released last week. Players can take part by using the code they had used to download the demo.
Final Fantasy Record Keeper released in the westEdit
March 26th by Keltainentoukokuu
Final Fantasy Record Keeper is now downloadable in the west. It is available at least at the US iTunes store, and in iOS App Store and Google Play in the UK. The game was already soft-launched in the Canada Google Play store on March 17. Final Fantasy Record Keeper is a free to play mobile game where players participate in memorable battles from the Final Fantasy series.
Final Symphony concert returns to LondonEdit
March 19th by Keltainentoukokuu
Final Symphony II will see the London Symphony Orchestra perform music from Final Fantasy V, Final Fantasy VIII and Final Fantasy IX on 12th September at the Barbican Centre in London, UK. The concert will also feature music from Final Fantasy XIII, arranged by original composer Masashi Hamauzu.
Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu will attend, and will take part in a ticketed, pre-concert talk to discuss his career and answer questions. Tickets go on Friday 20th March, from 10am local time, for £30 - £65. Tickets for Uematsu's pre-concert talk cost £10 each. Tickets can be booked at the official concert site.
Final Fantasy XI to cease support for PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 in 2016, final content patch set for November. Mobile game announcedEdit
March 19th by Sovereign92
Square Enix has announced it will cease support for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 versions of Final Fantasy XI in March 2016. Rhapsodies of Vana'diel, the final main scenario, set to begin in May and to conclude in November 2015, will mark the end of major patches for the game. The game will continue to receive minor updates to fix bugs and balance issues. A new mobile MMO, FINAL FANTASY GRANDMASTERS, will be set in the world of Vana'diel.
Final Fantasy XI Live Presentation press conference eventEdit
March 17th by Spira
Square Enix will be holding a press conference regarding their plans for Final Fantasy XI going forward, with the event broadcast live on the internet. The stream will be broadcast on Thursday, March 19 starting at 12:00 a.m. PDT on YouTube Live. Although the stream will only be in Japanese, an English language digest will be made available on the official forums.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD released in North AmericaEdit
March 17th by Keltainentoukokuu
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, an HD remake of the 2011 Final Fantasy spin-off for PSP, releases for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in North America today. The first print of the game includes a download code for Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae. The demo is also included with the digital version.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD goes on sale in Japan on Thursday, and in Europe on Friday.
New Final Fantasy Type-0 HD trailerEdit
March 8th by Keltainentoukokuu
New English-language Final Fantasy Type-0 HD trailer has been unveiled at PAX East in Boston,. The trailer takes viewers deeper into the story of Machina and Rem, two cadets who are transferred into the Dominion of Rubrum's elite combat force Class Zero.
Mevius Final Fantasy trailerEdit
March 7th by Keltainentoukokuu
New trailer for Mevius Final Fantasy, an upcoming Final Fantasy mobile game, has been released. The game is coming this spring for Japan.
Square Enix is doing a surveyEdit
March 7th by Keltainentoukokuu
Square Enix has set up an online survey designed to allow players to give feedback to the developers about what they like and want to see in future titles.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster coming for PS4 in MayEdit
March 3rd by Keltainentoukokuu
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for PlayStation 4 is due for release on the 12th of May in North America and the 15th of May in Europe. The graphics have been further improved to ensure it matches expectations for a PS4 title. The player can now choose between listening to the original soundtrack or the remastered soundtrack. This version will still have a cross-save function, but to make use of it players must purchase the other versions separately.
Those pre-ordering in the PAL territories will be given access to a limited edition steelbook that will feature the art of Yoshitaka Amano. In North America, the pre-order perk will be a Final Fantasy X themed calendar.
Final Fantasy Record Keeper is coming to the USEdit
February 26th by Keltainentoukokuu
Final Fantasy Record Keeper is coming to the US on iOS and Android in the next few weeks. The game is free with in-app payments. It plays out like a SNES-era Final Fantasy game. The game has been a hit in Japan, passing the 5 million download mark. US fans can pre-register now, which will unlock characters when the game lands this spring.
New Final Fantasy Concert AlbumEdit
February 24th by Keltainentoukokuu
A new album of Final Fantasy music performed by the London Symphony Orchestra is available to download. The compilation is recorded from the Final Symphony concert tour and includes music from Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy X, recorded with composer Nobuo Uematsu at London's Abbey Road Studios. The 11-track album includes an 18-minute musical tour of Final Fantasy VI following the journey of Terra Branford, a Final Fantasy X piano concerto, and a three-movement rendition of Final Fantasy VIIs themes lasting almost 45 minutes.
- Final Symphony - Music From Final Fantasy VI, VII and X at iTunes
- Final Symphony - Music From Final Fantasy VI, VII and X at Spotify
- Album Video Trailer
Hajime Tabata's Active Time Report comes to LondonEdit
February 22nd by Keltainentoukokuu
Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy XV, will be hosting his show, the Active Time Report, from London next Thursday. During the show Tabata and the rest of the Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy XV team will stream new info on both games.
Square Enix is asking fans to submit questions to ask Tabata live on the stream. The stream will mainly focus on Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, but questions can be asked about the Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae demo that comes bundled with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. The Active Time Report will be on the Square Enix Presents YouTube channel on Thursday, February 26 at 11:00am.
Original Blog Post - questions for Tabata can be submitted to the comments section
Square Enix will stream Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae demo tomorrowEdit
February 19th by Keltainentoukokuu
Director Hajime Tabata will stream Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae, the demo to be included as a download code with the first print editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, on YouTube at 8pm Japanese time Friday 20th February. During the livestream the demo's basic controls and gameplay will be explained, along with some never-before-seen footage.
New Dissidia Final Fantasy announcedEdit
A new game in the Dissidia series has been announced. Simply titled "Dissidia Final Fantasy," it is an arcade game that features greatly enhanced visuals and 3v3 combat. Y'shtola from Final Fantasy XIV is included as a new character.
Square Enix is expected to release new details in April.
Source - Gematsu
New Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, and Final Fantasy IX strategy guidesEdit
February 10th Keltainentoukokuu
Prima Games is releasing a box set of hardcover strategy guides for the PlayStation One era of Final Fantasy games: Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, and Final Fantasy IX. The new guides have ribbon bookmarks and high resolution screenshots. The set includes three holographic lithograph prints of Cloud Strife for Final Fantasy VII, Squall Leonhart for Final Fantasy VIII and Vivi Ornitier for Final Fantasy IX. Pre-orders are available set for a March 17th release, lining up with the release of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD.
Square Enix Steam Sale this weekendEdit
February 7th Keltainentoukokuu
Square Enix is having a sale at Steam with Final Fantasy games selling for half price. This includes Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy XIII, and Final Fantasy XIII-2.
Monty Oum, creator of Dead Fantasy, passes away, aged 33Edit
February 3rd Coolawits
Monty Oum, the creator of popular fan series Dead Fantasy, has passed away, aged 33, having been comatose following an allergic reaction midst surgery. Monty had worked with Rooster Teeth to produce many popular animated series including RvB and RWBY. This has left the status of the Dead Fantasy fan series further in question.
Post at Rooster Teeth, featuring more information and information about contributing to a medical fund, linked here.
Hajime Tabata answers questions at redditEdit
January 23rd Keltainentoukokuu
Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy XV is doing an AMA (ask me anything) at reddit on Final Fantasy Type-0. In his opening he has stated his plans to have another AMA later for Final Fantasy XV.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Twitter Battle launchesEdit
January 20th Keltainentoukokuu
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Twitter Battle is a mini game presented by Amazon based on Final Fantasy Type-0 HD involving Twitter accounts. Users must visit a website and sign in with their Twitter account, then choose their character and use their character's skills to attack the enemy.
The mini game brings one up against enemies on a daily basis and holds a boss battle on Fridays. Training in the daily battles will unlock content and get one ready for the boss battle at the end of the week. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Twitter Battle has rewards to offer, such as custom consoles, figurines, and videogames.
The car won't be drivable in the upcoming Final Fantasy XV demoEdit
January 17th Keltainentoukokuu
The upcoming Final Fantasy Type-0 HD release will include a download code for the Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae demo. At first it was planned te demo would allow players to drive the party's car, but this idea has now been scrapped. Director Hajime Tabata explained in an interview: "Originally we were planning on making the car be available to drive throughout the world and throughout the demo. But we didn't want people to mistake it and think 'When did Final Fantasy become a driving game?' We've re-thought the demo in order for it to be more playable and accessible to people who know the franchise."
The demo will focus on the characters and seamless world exploration.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will release March 17 in North America, March 19 in Japan and March 20 in Europe.
New tracks for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain CallEdit
New songs are available for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call in all regions. Each one costs $0.99 or 150 yen.
- Final Fantasy VII – "Opening - Bombing Mission" (BMS)
- Final Fantasy XIV – "Primal Judgment" (BMS)
- Final Fantasy Adventure – "In Search of the Sword of Mana" (FMS)
- SaGa Frontier – "Last Battle -T260G-" (BMS)
- Seiken Densetsu 3 – "Sacrifice Part 3" (BMS)
- Xenogears – "Soaring" (BMS)
Square Enix also announced that more songs will be arriving on January 22nd.