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New details revealed for Final Fantasy AgitoEdit
6th March by Crystal Tear
In the latest issue of Japanese gaming magazine Weekly Famitsu, new details have been shared about upcoming mobile game Final Fantasy Agito, a prequel and companion game to Final Fantasy Type-0. The game's release has been delayed until Spring this year, and two new characters have been revealed: Lean Hanpleman (voiced by Koki Uchiyama) and a female called Toono Mahoroha (voiced by Hitomi Terakado). Lean appeared under the name Joker in Type-0. Details on quests were also revealed: it appears that some quests will change depending on which day of the week the game is being played.
Details on Final Fantasy XV's English voice acting surfaceEdit
It appears Square Enix is working on, or at least planning for, the English voice acting of the upcoming Final Fantasy XV.
Voice Actress Katy Townsend listed "various" roles in the game as part of her resume, and Olivia Hack and Greg Berg are now also listed for the title by IMDb, although IMDb is not as reliable source than an actor's own resume. Townsend's resume lists Chris Borders as voice casting director, which likely means that voice work will be performed by world leading voice over production company TikiMan Productions.
Producer Shinji Hashimoto has promised news "shortly" during the Japanese launch event of the PS4 yesterday.
Update: David Yang, Senior PR Manager Square Enix, has confirmed that English voice casting has yet to begin for Final Fantasy XV. In a later update, Yang stated that voice acting for the final game had yet to begin in all languages.
Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service on Wii and DS will end on May 20Edit
27th February by Keltainentoukokuu
Nintendo will end its Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service for Wii and Nintendo DS on May 20, meaning Wii and DS owners will no longer be able to use online play, matchmaking, or leaderboards across any of the platforms' titles. Playing these games on Wii U and 3DS using their backwards compatibility features won't work, either.
25th February by Ikran Ahiyìk
With a separation of nearly 2 years since the release of IV/V/VI, Piano Opera Final Fantasy VII/VIII/IX is finally announced, to be released on 23rd April, 2014. It is again arranged and performed by Hiroyuki Nakayama, produced by the composer Nobuo Uematsu.
The 12 tunes included are: "Opening ~ Bombing Mission", "Those Who Fight Further", "Words Drowned by Fireworks" and "Cosmo Canyon" from Final Fantasy VII, "Ami", "Force Your Way", "Liberi Fatali" and "The Man with the Machine Gun" from Final Fantasy VIII, and "Festival of the Hunt", "Not Alone", "Melodies of Life" and "Roses of May" from Final Fantasy IX.
Gold Saucer from Final Fantasy VII is coming to Final Fantasy XIVEdit
20th February by Keltainentoukokuu
Development of the Gold Saucer area for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is currently underway, according to director Naoki Yoshida. The designs and the contents for the area are almost ready, but the developers still want to ensure the breadth of content to the Gold Saucer when it will be released. It is unknown when the Gold Saucer in Final Fantasy XIV will become available.
Square Enix interested in bringing future Final Fantasy games to PCEdit
19th February by Keltainentoukokuu
Square Enix is interested in bringing future Final Fantasy games to the PC. Modern Final Fantasy games, such as the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, are already developed on PC and then ported to the consoles, and as far as the technology is concerned, it would have been possible to make a PC version. Square Enix decided against it due to deeming the market situation unfavorable for such a release, and also for security reasons.
But as there are many regions and countries where PC is strong, in terms of Square Enix's hope of delivering games to every country in the world and to as many gamers as possible, they are "definitely interested" in pursuing that route in the future.
Yoshinori Kitase discusses his views on remaking Final Fantasy VIIEdit
18th February by Keltainentoukokuu
Director of Final Fantasy VII, Yoshinori Kitase, has talked with Eurogamer about his views on remaking the game, as many fans have wished for years would happen. He said he would love to do it, but that it would be such a huge undertaking he has doubts about the motivation it would require of him to make it. He also cited budget constraints and the availability of the game's original staff as barriers to such a project.
- “I won't rule out the possibility, but it would take a lot to make it happen. But should I ever take it on, it would have to be the biggest project I've done. My life work. So I would have to be as highly motivated as that to end up with something I'm very happy with. It's a huge thing for me.”
- —Yoshinori Kitase to Eurogamer
Final Fantasy XIV and Final Fantasy XV producers to appear at PlayStation 4 launch eventEdit
17th February by Crystal Tear
In a press announcement, it has been revealed that Naoki Yoshida, producer and director of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and Shinji Hashimoto, producer of both Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III are to appear at the Japanese launch event for the PlayStation 4 alongside other noted video game developers. It has been stated that the two will "be showing off the appeal of PlayStation 4 with gameplay exhibitions and video letters." Details on the letters and exhibitions are currently unknown.
The event shall take begin at 22.30 Japan time on February 21 and will run until the 22nd. Both Nico Nico and Ustream shall be hosting livestreams of the event.
Source: Nova Crystallis
Final Fantasy XV "quite far into development" and is given high priority by Square EnixEdit
February 13th by Keltainentoukokuu
In a recent interview with Videogamer Yoshinori Kitase talked about the status of Final Fantasy XV: "We can't give too much information but certainly looking at Final Fantasy XV, it's not as if it's in competition with Kingdom Hearts 3 for resources or anything like that. It's quite far into development now and it is being given a very high priority within the company itself."
Kitase also talked about the game's relation to Final Fantasy XIII and Fabula Nova Crystallis: Final Fantasy: "Right from the start when we first it announced it as Versus XIII, the game itself was backed up by the same Crystal legend: the Fabulla Nova Crystallis mythology that underpins the whole of the XIII series. So even though it's not necessarily the same universe or the same game, they're all linked and underpinned by the backdrop of that legend. Now it's moved on - obviously the title's been changed to Final Fantasy XV - but that hasn't actually changed. The story and the world is still going to be linked and backed up by that. So yes, there is the link between XIII and XV, and they both share that mythology as a backdrop and a starting point.
Final Fantasy XIV to be released on PS4 on 14th April, Beta phases announcedEdit
February 12th by Jeppo
Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be released on the PlayStation 4 console on the 14th April 2014. The games developer have released a trailer showing the gameplay on the new console version, which allows players to play the game at native 1080p, as opposed to 720p for the PlayStation 3 console version. The new version also allows players to play the game remotely on the PlayStation Vita, and offers full keyboard and mouse support.
The developers have also released information on the beta phases for the new console version. Both phases are available to all players who have either the PlayStation 3 or PC version of Final Fantasy XIV. A new server has been set aside for the beta version for the first phase, although characters created on this server will be wiped once the phase ends. Phase One takes place between the 22nd February and 3rd March. Phase Two takes place between the 4th and 7th April and will be fully playable on all servers with existing characters.
As announced earlier owners of the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIV will be offered to switch to the PS4 version upon retail release free of charge as long as they have played on the PS3 version at least once; however after doing so they will be unable to play the PS3 version again without purchasing another licence.
New Final Fantasy XV trailer released to advertise PS4Edit
A new trailer for Final Fantasy XV has been released, comprising mostly gameplay footage, and is being used by Sony to advertise the upcoming launch of the PlayStation 4 in Japan.
Final Fantasy VI is released for iOSEdit
February 9th by ~DBB~The 3rd King
The iOS version of Final Fantasy VI was released on February 6th. The game features updated graphics and portraits and is available on the App Store for $15.99.
Lightning's Lara Croft DLC garb announcedEdit
February 5th by Keltainentoukokuu
A Tomb Raider-themed Lara Croft downloadable garb for Lightning in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will launch alongside the game on February 11. The garb has Lightning dress as Lara Croft wearing the vest, shorts, and boots. The set includes the Survivor's Axe and Riot Shield.
Square Enix will bring a Final Fantasy X/X-2 art gallery to Los AngelesEdit
January 30th by Keltainentoukokuu
Square Enix will have an art exhibit for Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 at Gallery Nucleus at March 15 to 26. Proceeds from artwork sold at the event will be donated to charity relief to aid the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
Yoshinori Kitase and Yusuke Naora will be at the opening to greet fans and sign games. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster will go on sale three days early at the event, and the first 200 people that purchase the game can get their copy signed. Additionally, the first 300 attendees will get a door prize and the event will have playable demos.
Retro-spective trailer summarizes the plot of the Lightning SagaEdit
Square Enix has released "Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII -- Retro-spective Trailer" which summarizes events of the first two games of the Lightning Saga just thirteen days before the release of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII in North America. The trailer is done using the 16-bit style graphics as seen in the original release of Final Fantasy VI and chiptune remixes of "FINAL FANTASY XIII - Promise", "Lightning's Theme", "Blinded By Light", "Saber's Edge", "Born Anew", "Etro's Champion", "Lightning's Theme ~Unprotected Future~", "Heart of Chaos", "Hollow Seclusion - Game Over -", and ends with a fragment of the opening of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
The story recap itself misses a lot of events and contains many errors.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Soundtrack PLUS release date and details revealedEdit
January 29th by Crystal Tear
Square Enix has announced that Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Soundtrack PLUS is to be released, featuring remastered and prototype versions of tracks from the game's Original Soundtrack. All the tracks are composed by Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta and Mitsuto Suzuki. The Soundtrack PLUS contained 25 tracks, is priced at ¥2000, and is set for release 26th March, 2014.
Final Fantasy VI smartphone port rendered useless by game freezeEdit
Square Enix has acknowledged an issue in the recently released smartphone port of Final Fantasy VI, in which the game freezes following the fight between General Leo and Kefka Palazzo. They updated the app on January 21st 2014 to fix this, and in addition they have corrected the notable misspelling of Esper as "Espier," and the displaying of Sabin's Blitz icon. These have been confirmed also on the game's Google Play page.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII demo releasedEdit
January 21st by Keltainentoukokuu
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII demo is now available to download in North America, and is soon coming to Europe as well. The demo has the Outerworld feature for players to post screenshots like their battle scores on Twitter and Facebook. The demo ends with a new trailer showing off the game's features, locations and characters. The Siegfried garb can be obtained by posting a score from boss battle via the "Outerworld Service". Additionally, the North American PlayStation 3 version nets the Utsusemi Samurai garb when the player downloads the demo.
Final Fantasy VI is released for AndroidEdit
January 16th by Tia-Lewise
The Android version of Final Fantasy VI was released on January 15th. It features updated graphics and adjustments to the battle system. It can be bought from the Google Play Store for £10.99 or equivalent.
Source: Google Play Store
Previews for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII arrive on news sitesEdit
January 15th by Crystal Tear
Previews for the English version of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII have appeared on the web. Multiple news and review sites, including Destructoid, GameTrailers, VG247 and USGamer have posted official previews based on complete versions of the game sent to them by Square Enix. Also released are a batch of new screenshots to accompany the preview releases. A demo was available on Xbox Live, however this was accidentally released too early and has since been removed.
Previews have been mixed to positive. While many have decried the story, the majority have praised the combat and gameplay as being different from both the previous two XIII games and other previous entries in the Final Fantasy series.
Yasumi Matsuno wants to create a spiritual successor for Final Fantasy TacticsEdit
January 15th by Keltainentoukokuu
A former Square Enix employee, Yasumi Matsuno, known for directing Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story, as well as for being the original director for Final Fantasy XII, is asking for $600,000 at Kickstarter to make a spiritual successor to Final Fantasy Tactics with a studio called Playdek.