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Welcome to Shinra News (formerly Current Events, Midgar Press and Bonga Bugle), the propaganda machine of the Shinra Electric Power Company, now hosted at the Final Fantasy Wiki. Here, special news pertaining to the Wiki and the Final Fantasy series that grab our attention will be reported for all to read. Anyone can start a news report, but be sure to leave the date, location, source and sign your report with three tildes (~~~) before sending in to the printing press.

News reports should be structured in a chronological manner, with recent issues posted at the top. To post a reaction or write a comment, follow the links provided according to the respective news link. Remember, only news related to the Wiki and to the Final Fantasy series are allowed. Let's work together as a community to maintain the newsletter! If you find that our reports are either incorrect or incomplete, feel free to edit them as you feel fit. Just be sure to include a note that you've edited it with (''Edited by'') along with those same ~~~ below the original reporter's name.

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AugustEdit

Final Fantasy Agito to close down in November, "reborn" version in developmentEdit

August 31st by Crystal Tear

As of November 30th, the current version of Final Fantasy Agito, a smartphone title set in the universe of Final Fantasy Type-0, is to have its service discontinued. Final story and content updates will be issued in September, including the conclusion of the current storyline. Below is the translated press statement: ":Thank you for your continued support of FINAL FANTASY AGITO.

We apologise greatly, but it has come to be that FINAL FANTASY AGITO is scheduled to end service on the 30th November 2015 (Mon) 23:59.
After holding discussions over various points, we reached the conclusion that it would be difficult to offer a service that our customers would be satisfied with if things were to continue as they are.
So that we may further offer a gaming experience and service that our customers may be satisfied with, we are shifting to development of a FINAL FANTASY AGITO reborn with a new structure.
We plan to inform you of further details about the rebirth of FINAL FANTASY AGITO at TOKYO GAME SHOW 2015, which will be held from the 17th (Thu) ~ 20th (Sun) September 2015. Until then, we thank you very much for your patience."

Source: Official website (original) FF Network (Translation)

Report: Final Fantasy XV removed from Fabula Nova Crystallis canonEdit

August 29th by Crystal Tear

During an interview with GameSpot at Pax 2015, Hajime Tabata said that Final Fantasy XV will no longer be part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis: Final Fantasy subseries, contradicting earlier interviews with Tabata stating that it would remain due to the mythos' integral place in the story and setting. According to GameSpot:

When Final Fantasy Versus XIII was announced, Square Enix said it would be part of Fabula Nova Crystallis, a series of Final Fantasy games connected by their themes and mythology. According to Tabata, Final Fantasy XV is no longer connected to the Fabula Nova mythology, and is thematically much different than Versus XIII was, though some design elements remain.

This change would mean that many concept, such as the Goddess Etro, will not be appearing in the game. So far, no other major game news sources have reported this information.

Fabula Nova Crystallis: Final Fantasy was first announced in 2005 as a subseries of games connected by a single mythos that could be separately interpreted by developers.

Source: Gamespot

Final Fantasy XV release date will be announced in March and other news from the Active Time ReportEdit

August 29th by Keltainentoukokuu

A new "Active Time Report" on Final Fantasy XV's development was held today at PAX Prime in Seattle. The stream was unfortunately laggy, supposedly due to bad weather in the area.

Director Hajime Tabata confirmed a 2016 release window and Square Enix will hold an event in March 2016 where the official release date will be revealed.

A video was shown highlighting various features currently being worked on. The character of Cor Leonis was shown for the first time wielding a katana, Noctis was shown wielding a gun and the main menu was shown with various options, including "Map," "Drive," "Quests," "“Strategy," "Equipment," "Abilities," "Magic," "Summons," "Items," and "Collection."

Next the team showcased some concept artwork showing various locations from the game and one new location, Caem, an outpost where the party will board a ship to Altissia. The other artwork included a piece of Cindy's Hammerhead mechanics shop, owned by Cid, and Lestallum, a town powered by an ancient meteorite, and King Regis with the party's car, Regalia. Artwork of Leviathan was shown; the summons in the game have distinct personalities and Leviathan is female and is connected to Altissia in some way. The artwork of the summons and other mythical figures that was also included with the Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae demo, was said to depict how the world came to be. While the artwork may look western, Tabata noted the concepts that are included have a "very Japanese background."

The boat the party will take from Caem is said to be rendered in real-time and with seamless travel. Square Enix also showed new footage of the game's driving mechanics. The position of the steering wheel has been changed from the right to left. Players can choose between auto and manual mode: in auto the player sets a destination and the car will begin running towards it with Ignis taking the wheel, but the player can stop anywhere. The car runs on gasoline and can run out. "Joyride View" lets the player travel along the party and see how the characters interact. "Driver View" lets one see the road through Ignis's eyes, and a "Scenic View" shows the drive from a more cinematic perspective. Spots labeled with a "P" are parking spots and the car can automatically park.

Square Enix shared a video message from Avalanche Studios' Christofer Sundberg who informed that the collaboration between Square Enix and Avalanche Studios regarding sharing technology for the development of Final Fantasy XV was still in early stages.

Square Enix has set up official Twitter accounts for Final Fantasy XV at @FFXVEN and @FFXVJP. The next Active Time Report will be at the Tokyo Game Show in mid-September where more details about Lunafreya Nox Fleuret will be revealed, as well as the game's fishing and chocobo features.

Source

Final Fantasy Portal App released; comes with Triple Triad and the original Final FantasyEdit

August 20th by Keltainentoukokuu

The new Final Fantasy Portal app is a one-stop shop for all things Final Fantasy available on the App Store and Google Play. It links to news items and information Square Enix has released on the series. It also includes access to Triple Triad, a card game familiar from Final Fantasy VIII, and a free download of the original Final Fantasy for a limited time.

Triple Triad is free-to-download with in-app purchases; the in-game currency - gil - is able to be bought with real-world money. If one downloads the free Final Fantasy game it must be played through the app. The offer for the free game ends on 1st September.

Source

Final Fantasy VII launches on iOSEdit

August 19th by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy VII is soon playable on iOS devices. It includes a new option to turn off random enemy encounters and a "Max Stats" command to instantly level the party. Square Enix recommends an iPhone 5s or later, third generation iPad or later, or an iPad mini 2 or later. It may run "exceptionally slow" on any other device.The app is around 2GB, but over 4GB of free space is required to download it. The version of the game is based on the latest PC version.

The app is currently available in New Zealand and is expected to be released tomorrow, on August 20th, in Europe and North America.

Source

Launch trailer

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD launches on SteamEdit

August 18th by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is now available on PC via Steam said to feature an improved in-game battle camera, achievements and trading cards, and scalable motion blur settings and a customisable dynamic screen shot mode. The PC release offers full controller support, and for high end PCs upgraded graphics resolution options. Other additions include increased blood levels and new character speed boost.

Launch Trailer

Final Fantasy VII remake won't be built on Square's Luminous EngineEdit

August 6th by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix's internally developed Luminous Engine won't be powering the Final Fantasy VII remake, according to Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata: "Final Fantasy 7 (Remake) is not planned to be made with that."

It is unknown what the remake will use instead. So far, Final Fantasy XV is the only game known to be made with Luminous Engine.

Source

Fans can expect to play Final Fantasy XV before 2017Edit

August 6th by Keltainentoukokuu

Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy XV, has confirmed to GameSpot that "fans can expect to play the game before 2017", indicating a 2016 release.

Asked when Square Enix plans to reveal the release date, Tabata replied: "At the very least, I can tell you that it isn't going to be released this year. I think we'll be able to tell you when we're making the announcement around PAX Prime, at the end of this month."

Tabata admitted the showing at Gamescom may have left fans wanting, and offered his sympathy: "I understand why people are feeling that way after coming to Cologne and speaking to a lot of the media. We really do get the feeling that people are a bit worried. Certainly, one thing I would like to say to them to reassure them, is that we've set down the release date, we know when it is, and we've got a complete road map lined up, right up to launch, and we're proceeding along that as planned. We can certainly say to people: it's not going to be 2017. It's going to be before that."

Source

Final Fantasy XV Active Time Report held in GamescomEdit

August 5th by Keltainentoukokuu

Hajime Tabata sat down for another Active Time Report that was livestreamed around the world. Though he said that the release schedule is now locked down, he apologised for not being able to give a release date just yet. The theme of the newly released "Dawn" trailer was said to be the bonds of father and son, said to be another strong theme in the upcoming game. Tabata wouldn't reveal what the colossal forms seen against the sky were, but said they were not Eidolons. The developers talked a little about the early game, revealing Luna is Noctis's fiancée for a political marriage, and she was described as a strong female character who acts on her own will and motivations.

On the question of airships Tabata said they were looking to implement an airship and that an airship that would fly at the height birds do in the game would be possible. He said if they are unable to get it in the game due to time constraints, releasing it as DLC would be a possibility. He also talked about the final game being optimized for different TV types people would have, that the "Cross Chain" system would be further developed, that the story of Final Fantasy XV would aim for a similar dramatic weight as what was planned for Final Fantasy Versus XIII, that the game's villain would be someone "charismatic" who could stand next to the iconic Final Fantasy villains like Sephiroth and Kefka, but more details couldn't be given yet, that the mysterious black-haired woman seen in promo shots was going to be someone important, and that a public demo of the game was still forthcoming. They also said they would launch an official forum for the game and showed new footage of a Malboro said to be from beyond the halfway point of the game.

Next Active Time Report will be at PAX Prime in Seattle at the end of month, followed by the Tokyo Game Show in September.

Source

Final Fantasy XV "Dawn" trailer releasedEdit

August 5th by Keltainentoukokuu

The new Final Fantasy XV trailer named "Dawn" has been released, focusing on the emotional connection between Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII and his son, the game's protagonist, Noctis Lucis Caelum. It gives no release window, however. Active Time Report livestream on the game's current development will be broadcast later today.

Watch the trailer here

The game's official website has also been updated with new story information.

Final Fantasy XV is currently being shown at Gamescom in Germany.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster on PS4 getting a bugfix patchEdit

August 4th by Keltainentoukokuu

The official Facebook page for the Remaster has posted the following update:

"We are aware of the audio and RNG bugs in Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster on PS4 and rest assured that we are in the process of creating a patch to fix them. Details on timing will come soon. We’re sorry about the bugs but this is your story and we want you to be happy with it."

Since the remaster of Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 was released on the PlayStation 4, players noted the random number generator (RNG) in Final Fantasy X HD being than random, and that music would always start from the beginning of the track after every battle, rather than continuing where it left off like in the other versions of the game.

The Facebook announcement

New Final Fantasy XV trailer coming tomorrowEdit

August 4th by Keltainentoukokuu

The official Final Fantasy Twitter channel has revealed the time the new Final Fantasy XV trailer "Dawn" will release. It is unknown exactly what it will entail but many fans anticipate a release date or window, seeing that tomorrow is said to be the start of the game's official marketing campaign when Final Fantasy XV will be showcased at Gamescom in Germany.

The "Dawn" trailer will go public:

August 5th 08:00 CEST
August 4th 23:00 PST
August 5th 15:00 JST

Gamescom starts tomorrow Wednesday 5th of August with Final Fantasy XV having a big showing.

Source

Conductor Arnie Roth redacts his mention of "Final Fantasy XII remake"Edit

August 3rd by Keltainentoukokuu

Conductor Arnie Roth has redacted his mention of a Final Fantasy XII "remake" in the Distant Worlds in Pittsburgh, posted to the official Distant Worlds Facebook-page, saying this was said in error. He apologises the confusion it caused.

The Facebook post

Conductor Arnie Roth mentions a "Final Fantasy XII remake"Edit

August 2nd by Keltainentoukokuu

During the Distant Worlds Final Fantasy concert in Pittsburgh, conductor Arnie Roth mentioned a Final Fantasy XII "remake", even if no such game has officially been announced. This may indicate a remaster along the lines of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is in the works. 2016 is the 10-year anniversary of Final Fantasy XII. While on stage, Roth asked the audience to be excited for the upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake, Final Fantasy XV, and "Final Fantasy XII remake", ensuing in a confused applause for the latter. Many fans were excited about the "reveal" and posted to Twitter about it. Square Enix has yet to comment.

See a video of the reveal here

JulyEdit

Square Enix taking pre-orders for Final Fantasy XV; release date TBAEdit

July 31st by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy XV has appeared to Square Enix's online store for pre-order for PlayStation 4 for the usual price of $59.99. There is no release date yet, but it appearing in the store may indicate one to be announced in the near future. The official marketing campaign leading to the game's release starts at Gamescom next week.

Final Fantasy XV in the North American Square Enix Store

Final Fantasy Explorers is coming to the West in January 2016Edit

July 30th by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy Explorers is coming to North America on 26th and to EU on the 29th of January 2016 for the Nintendo 3DS. The game was released in Japan December 2014.

Players must band together to form a squad of Explorers on an island rich in crystals, braving hordes of monsters to conquer a newly discovered Grand Crystal. The game focuses on cooperative play with friends using a party system and a job system to defeat the realm's mightiest monsters and even recruit them for battle. Players can summon eidolons and transform into other characters from the series via the Trance feature. Multiplayer functionality is enabled through the Nintendo 3DS's wireless communication functions.

Watch the announcement trailer here

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD coming to Steam 18th AugustEdit

July 28th by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will release in Steam 18th of August. There is currently a promotion leading up to the game's release where pre-purchase nets the Master Chocobo as a courier and Moogle (Class Zero) as a ward in DOTA 2, plus an exclusive Final Fantasy Type-0 HD loading screen. Pre-purchasing the game now yields a 10% discount.

The Steam version will include upgraded graphics resolution options for high end PC's, improved in-game battle camera, full controller support, Steam achievements and trading cards, scalable motion blur settings, new character speed boost, increased blood levels from the original PSP version and customizable dynamic screen shot mode, among others.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD in Steam

Square Enix's Gamescom Final Fantasy XV schedule announcedEdit

July 24th by Keltainentoukokuu

Gamescom 2015 held in Germany runs through August 5th to 9th and marks the official start for the Final Fantasy XV marketing campaign. The next Active Time Report held on the 5th will be livestreamed by Square Enix, unlike the other events.

In addition to the below schedule the Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV composer, Yoko Shimomura, will be hosting a meet and greet answering questions about either of the upcoming games on August 7 at the Square Enix products booth. The get-together will host a maximum of 50 people on a specific guest list and anyone that can attend will be treated to signed merchandise, pictures and other trinkets. Those hoping to secure a ticket are strongly encouraged to email HMG-Community@square-enix.com.

Wednesday, August 5
9:30AM: Final Fantasy XV stage show HoneyballLP.
11:30AM: Final Fantasy XV stage show HoneyballLP.
1:30PM: Final Fantasy XV stage show HoneyballLP.
4PM: Final Fantasy XV stage show.
6PM: Active Time Report Final Fantasy XV Live Stream.
Thursday, August 6
9:30AM: Final Fantasy XV stage show with Gregory of RocketbeansTV.
11:30AM: Final Fantasy XV stage show with Gregory of RocketbeansTV.
2PM: Final Fantasy XV stage show with Gregory of RocketbeansTV.
3PM: Final Fantasy XV Q&A with the development team.
4:30PM: Final Fantasy XV stage show with Gregory of RocketbeansTV.
Friday, August 7
9:30AM: Final Fantasy XV stage show.
11:30AM: Final Fantasy XV stage show with Gregor.
2PM: Final Fantasy XV stage show with special guest Gregor.
3PM: Final Fantasy XV Q&A with the development team.
3:30PM: Final Fantasy XV Cosplay Show.
5:30PM: Final Fantasy XV stage show.
7PM: Final Fantasy XV stage show.
Saturday, August 8
9:30AM: Final Fantasy XV stage show of Nino NinotakuTV.
11:30AM: Final Fantasy XV stage show of Nino NinotakuTV.
2PM: Final Fantasy XV stage show of Nino NinotakuTV.
3PM: Final Fantasy XV Q&A with the development team.
3:30PM: Final Fantasy XV Cosplay Show.
4PM: Final Fantasy XV stage show of Nino NinotakuTV.
6PM: Final Fantasy XV stage show.
Sunday, August 9
9:30AM: Final Fantasy XV stage show with Chris & SEP PietSmiet.
11:30AM: Final Fantasy XV stage show with Chris & SEP PietSmiet.
1:30PM: Final Fantasy XV stage show with Jay & Hardi & PietSmiet.
3:30PM: Final Fantasy XV stage show with Jay & Hardi & PietSmiet.

Source & Source

Final Fantasy Type-0 tie-in likely coming to Dota 2Edit

July 24th by Keltainentoukokuu

The chocobo mountType-0-Chocobo-in-Dota2 and MoglinMoglin-Type-0-in-Dota2 from Final Fantasy Type-0 HD appear in the July 23rd update for Dota 2 as a courier and ward respectively, although they remain unreleased. This is assumed to indicate a tie-in for the upcoming Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Steam release.

Source

Square Enix announces Gamescom 2015 lineupEdit

July 16th by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix has announced its lineup for August's Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. The Final Fantasy games featured are Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy XIV and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD.

Final Fantasy XV which will be taking center stage as Gamescom marks the start of the game's official marketing campaign. There will be numerous stage presentations with well-known guests and new insights into the upcoming game. Select fans can play Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae 2.0 at the booth. More information regarding the Final Fantasy XV stage schedule is said to be announced in the coming weeks.

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, the latest expansion to Final Fantasy XIV will be featured. Final Fantasy XIV Battle Arena will be available in hall 9, CS1, where players can face off against the game's primals to win prizes. Returning to comment on the action live are the ESL commentators Mori, Hendrik and A1m.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will be coming to Steam. According to Square Enix, "the game has had new graphical options for high-end PC users added, as well as improved battle and camera controls and Steam community features."

Square Enix also says it has "more new announcements and reveals at Gamescom 2015."

Source

JuneEdit

Steam page for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is liveEdit

June 19th by Keltainentoukokuu

Early June it was revealed Final Fantasy Type-0 HD would be coming to Steam. A website for it is now live.

Visit the Steam page here

New release window for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on SteamEdit

June 19th by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix has tweeted that they are aiming to release Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on Steam this autumn, but cannot yet give a specific release date. The game is a direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII-2, and is also a part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis: Final Fantasy series. Intended to end the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, it features Lightning five hundred years beyond the events of Final Fantasy XIII-2 where she is tasked with saving the souls of humanity in a world heading for destruction.

The tweet (in Japanese)

Final Fantasy VII is being remade for PlayStation 4Edit

June 15th by Keltainentoukokuu

It has been revealed in Sony's E3 conference that Final Fantasy VII will be remade for PlayStation 4. The game is produced by Yoshinori Kitase, directed by Tetsuya Nomura and scenario is by Kazushige Nojima. The announcement trailer shows Midgar and its slums, as well as glimpses of Barret and Cloud.

View the announcement trailer here

Camera patch coming for Final Fantasy Type-0 HDEdit

June 9th by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is getting a patch today that reduces motion blur and improves camera control. The original PlayStation Portable version didn't have a right analog stick, and thus the camera control feature was added to the HD remaster for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but the motion blur moving the camera induces has been one of the bigger complaints about the game.

Source

Update to Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae releases tomorrowEdit

June 8th by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae 2.0 patch will release on June 9th, 2015 08:00 PDT/16:00 BST. The trailer to the update hints at the ability to engage the giant Catoblepas that was previously only seen in the water out of reach of the player, ability to teleport onto rock formations, new co-op attacks with party members, new cutscenes, among other changes.

Watch the Episode Dusvae 2.0 trailer at YouTube

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions released for Android devicesEdit

June 5th by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy Tactics is a strategy role-playing game originally released for the Sony PlayStation and combined elements of the Final Fantasy series within the tactical gameplay, the first of its kind in the series. Ten years later an updated version was made for the PlayStation Portable, called Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions. The game has been available for iOS since 2011, but has only now been released for Android devices.

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions in Google play Store

New info released on Final Fantasy XVEdit

June 4th by Keltainentoukokuu

In today's Active Time Report 6.0 on Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata talked about the upcoming update for Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae demo, and the process of transforming the original Final Fantasy Versus XIII project into the current Final Fantasy XV.

Stella Nox Fleuret who had originally appeared as a foil to Noctis will not appear in the game, being replaced by another character seemingly based on her: Lunafreya Nox Fleuret. The developers wanted to keep Stella but struggled to fit her to the reworked storyline and thus ultimately decided to cut her.

The originally envisioned opening that had been shown in a trailer for Versus XIII where Noctis would meet Stella at a party is also cut, as changes have been made to the sequence of events: Noctis and his friends are to depart Insomnia before Niflheim attacks, but the reason for this was not revealed because it was considered a spoiler.

Tabata also answered to some further concerns fans had raised on the Episode Duscae demo on the sound effects and background music, saying that the sound effect system is in development, and that there will be background music in the final game, unlike in the demo. Underwater combat is unlikely to be on the game due, but the team wants to include the scene with Leviathan as seen in the E3 2013 trailer.

A free update for the Episode Duscae demo will come June 9th, which should fix many of the complaints fans had raised based on player feedback Square Enix collected after the demo's release. The aim is to let players try the latest version of the game and see the improvements first-hand.

Final Fantasy XV will skip E3 but will feature heavily in Gamescom in August.

Source

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is still coming for PCEdit

June 3rd by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix has tweeted that Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is still coming to PC, albeit it still doesn't have a release date. Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2 were released on Steam months ago with promises Lightning Returns would follow "Spring 2015," but there has been no news on it lately.

Bravely Second: End Layer coming to west in 2016Edit

June 1st by Keltainentoukokuu

Nintendo has announced a western release of Bravely Second: End Layer for 2016. Bravely Second is a direct sequel to the popular Bravely Default released for Nintendo 3DS originally in 2012 in Japan, with the upgraded version released in the west in 2013 and 2014. Despite its original title, Bravely Default is considered a spiritual successor of Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, a "gaiden" or "spin-off" of the main Final Fantasy series.

The announcement video

Final Fantasy Type-0 coming to PCEdit

June 1st by Keltainentoukokuu

MSI Global has posted that Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will be available on the MSI GS60 Red version and GS70 Silver version. MSI describes the computers as "lightweight laptops with fancy color design and incredible gaming power."

Final Fantasy Type-0 was originally released for PlayStation Portable in Japan and is a part of Fabula Nova Crystallis: Final Fantasy series. Work on an overseas release was underway, but never came into fruition, and Final Fantasy Type-0 remained the single highest-profile Final Fantasy title in over two decades to not be released internationally until an HD version for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One was announced. Final Fantasy Type-0 is an action RPG where a group of teens, known as Class Zero, fight against the Militesi Empire who tries to take possession of the world's Crystals.

UPDATE: Square Enix has announced Final Fantasy Type-0 will come to Steam.

Source & Source

MayEdit

Final Fantasy VII Vinyl receiving a reprintEdit

May 30th by Keltainentoukokuu

A reprint of Final Fantasy VII Vinyl will be available in Europe in July. Final Fantasy VII Vinyl Limited Edition was originally is a collection of tunes from Final Fantasy VII: Original Soundtrack in the form of gramophone records. Only 1200 copies with a serial number were released. The upcoming reprint is not numbered. The set has four records.

Visit the European Square Enix store

Bartz Klauser and Squall Leonhart revealed for Dissidia Final Fantasy ArcadeEdit

May 28th by A.J. two

Today during a developer livestream, Bartz Klauser from Final Fantasy V and Squall Leonhart from Final Fantasy VIII were officially unveiled for the new Dissidia Final Fantasy for arcades. Both protagonists of their respective games have previously appeared in the Dissidia series and are set to join the arcade game's launch line-up that will total 14 characters, including the previously-revealed Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII, Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII and newcomer Y'shtola from Final Fantasy XIV.

Source

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.

Source

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.

Source

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.

Source

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 IV: The After Years on Steam

AprilEdit

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.

See today's Active Time Report with English subtitles

Source: retawescave.wordpress.com

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.

Watch the announcement trailer

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.

Source: Gematsu

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.

The game will have Ramza from Final Fantasy Tactics as a playable character. The version of Ramza included in the game will be designed by Tetsuya Nomura.

Dissidia Final Fantasy is in development for arcades. The game is being created by Team Ninja, developers of Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive.

Watch the new trailer in YouTube

Sources: Siliconera & Square Portal

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.


Siliconera

Source - Twitter

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.

MarchEdit

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.

Survey Website for North America
Survey Website for Europe, Australasia and Middle East

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 Fantasy Record Keeper in US iTunes

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.

Official concert site

Source

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.

Source

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.

Source

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.

View the trailer at YouTube

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.

View the trailer

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.

Take the survey

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.

Source

FebruaryEdit

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.

Source

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.

The stream will be live here

New Dissidia Final Fantasy announcedEdit

February 14th by Drake Clawfang (talk) 05:24, February 14, 2015 (UTC)

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.

The Set at Amazon.com

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.

Square Enix Sale at Steam

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.

JanuaryEdit

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.

Link to the AMA

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.

YouTube video explaining the Twitter Battle rules
Final Fantasy Type-0 Twitter Battle at Amazon

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.

Source

New tracks for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain CallEdit

January 8th by Keltainentoukokuu and Gold Darkness

New songs are available for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call in all regions. Each one costs $0.99 or 150 yen.

Square Enix also announced that more songs will be arriving on January 22nd.

Source: Siliconera, Square Enix Press Center

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