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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.

After reporting news, please place a mention of it along with a direct link to that section on this page: /News Box, so that it will appear on the Main Page. To save space, please limit news entries on the News Box to only five.

All Shinra News stories will also be reported on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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DecemberEdit

Final Fantasy XV is the fastest-selling Final Fantasy gameEdit

December 1st by Keltainentoukokuu

Two days after the game's official release Square Enix announces Final Fantasy XV has topped 5 million in worldwide shipment and it is the fastest-selling title from the series. It is the first Final Fantasy game to have a worldwide simultaneous release, and it also broke the record for most first-day digital sales in Japan. Ir saw a new record for the total of release date shipment and downloads in Asian regions excluding Japan. Retail and digital stales continue to perform favorably in all regions.

Source

NovemberEdit

Final Fantasy XV releasedEdit

November 29th by Some Color Mage

Final Fantasy XV has been officially released world wide today. There's not much else that needs to be said about that, really.

Final Fantasy XV day 1 patch details and message from director Hajime TabataEdit

November 21st by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix shared the latest on Final Fantasy XV in a press release. Square Enix is planning to continue supporting the game with patches, and the first patch, dubbed the "Crown Update," has

  • Camera improvements to make it easier to track action going on in narrow areas.
  • The "Wait Mode" function (the game waits when the player stops command input) will get an ability tree for more in-depth strategic elements.
  • A "Monster Whistle" that can be used to call out monsters will be added.
  • New event scenes from Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and Omen trailer will be added.
  • Recipes and fish varieties, as well as a gallery, will be added.
  • Social network function will be added, allowing players to upload Prompto Argentum's photos to Facebook and Twitter.


Message from director Hajime Tabata:

We are nearing the release date of November 29. I’m wishing from the bottom of my heart that everyone will get to enjoy the game with a fresh new feeling. However, we’ve confirmed that some packages of Final Fantasy XV have been released around some parts of the world, with gameplay videos being uploaded to the Internet. This may be inevitable due to regional circumstances, but it’s something we regret very much.
It’s our big goal to have everyone enjoy the story of Final Fantasy XV and discover its surprises through the simultaneous global release. There are likely other spoiler videos and such circulating out there that we had not expected, so for those of you looking forward to Final Fantasy XV, we hope that you’ll be careful.
We are doing everything we can to prevent the circulation of the spoiler videos. For those of you that received the game earlier, please keep those who’ve waited a long time for the game in consideration. In order to meet the best possible release date with everybody, we ask for your understanding and cooperation.

Source

Final Fantasy XV: Judgment Disc demo launches tomorrow in JapanEdit

November 10th by Keltainentoukokuu

A Japan-exclusive Final Fantasy XV demo will launch tomorrow, November 11, via the PlayStation Store and Xbox Games Store. It will let users play from the opening until the middle of Episode 1. The total play time is about an hour to an hour-and-a-half. Clearing the demo will show bonus footage previewing the main story (not available to the general public). Save data from the demo cannot be carried over to the full game.

Source

New details on PlayStation 4 Pro enhancements for Final Fantasy XVEdit

November 10th by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix is preparing two modes for the upcoming PlayStation 4 Pro for Final Fantasy XV. The base one will target an upscaled 4K resolution and 30 frames per second. The second mode will target 1080p and up to 60 frames per second. Currently, the development team has the game running between 40 and 50 FPS at 1080p with further plans to update it with a patch sometime in December.

Additionally, Square Enix announced two free DLC: the "Booster Pack" and "Holiday Pack." The Holiday Pack in will release around Christmas and decorate a certain city in a holiday theme.

Source

Final Fantasy XV mobile MMO in developmentEdit

November 7th by Keltainentoukokuu

Mobile game developer Machine Zone is working with Square Enix to create a massively multiplayer online mobile game based on Final Fantasy XV that will combine the characters, storyline, and soundtrack from the console game. Title and release window are still unknown.

Source

Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia delayed to early 2017 in JapanEdit

November 7th by Keltainentoukokuu

The upcoming Dissidia game for smartphones, Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia, is being delayed to early 2017 in Japan from its originally given late 2016 release. Square Enix also confirmed a new set of characters for the game:

While not officially confirmed, additional silhouettes appear to show in the background of the new cast reveal:

Source

OctoberEdit

Final Fantasy XV has gone gold, DLC in the plansEdit

October 27th by Keltainentoukokuu

The official Twitter for Final Fantasy XV announced today that the game has gone gold. "Going gold" means that the master version (gold) is done, and is ready to be printed on discs and distributed digitally. After "going gold" many games yet have a day-one patch, and further patches to fix bugs and offer other further improvements.

Now when the master version is done, the developers begin focusing on developing downloadable content. Director Hajime Tabata has confirmed that online multiplayer is one such thing being added.

Final Fantasy XV releases worldwide on November 29, 2016.

Source & Source

World of Final Fantasy releasedEdit

October 25th by Keltainentoukokuu

World of Final Fantasy was released in North America today. It will release Thursday in Japan and Friday in Europe. It is a role-playing game for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita aimed at a younger gaming audience and being developed as a way to bring children into the series who are more drawn to cutesy and fantasy-looking art styles. With World of Final Fantasy, the Final Fantasy series celebrates its 30th anniversary. World of Final Fantasy is set in the land of Grymoire. The two main characters—Reynn and her younger brother Lann—venture into the world to battle and befriend monsters and allies pulled from previous Final Fantasy games, including spin-off titles like Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles.

World of Final Fantasy demo live on PlayStation StoreEdit

October 18th by Keltainentoukokuu

A free demo for the upcoming World of Final Fantasy is now live on PlayStation Store available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

Mobius Final Fantasy comes to Steam next month in JapanEdit

October 18th by Keltainentoukokuu

Mobius Final Fantasy will be released on PC via Steam next month in Japan. The port will support up to 60fps and up to 4K resolution. Mobile users can share their data between their smartphone and PC.

Announcement trailer & Source & official Twitter

Art director Yusuke Naora retires from Square EnixEdit

October 1st by Keltainentoukokuu

Art director Yusuke Naora has resigned from Square Enix after 24 years at the company. Naora announced his departure on the day Final Fantasy XV was projected to release, 30 September (the game has since been delayed two months).

Naora wants to return to his family in his hometown and find new challenges. He will continue to collaborate with Square Enix to provide illustrations and designs as a freelancer. Before his departure he could watch the ending of Final Fantasy XV and named it the best ending yet in the series. He congratulated the developers and is pleased to have been involved in the project.

Naora worked as an art director for games in the Final Fantasy series, including Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII and Final Fantasy X.

Source & Yusuke Naora's Twitter

SeptemberEdit

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game to release in Europe and North America on October 28Edit

September 29th by Leon95

Square Enix have announced that the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game will be releasing in Europe and North America on October 28, 2016 after being exclusive to Japan for five years. The game's first set "Opus 1" features 216 cards, each having a normal version and a premium foil version.

Source: Square Enix Press Center

King's Knight -Wrath of the Dark Dragon- announcedEdit

September 18th by Leon95

King's Knight -Wrath of the Dark Dragon- was announced at Square Enix's Active Time Report during the 2016 Tokyo Game Show. Set in the Final Fantasy XV Universe, the game is a successor to an early Square game named King's Knight, which was released in 1986 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. King's Knight will be released as a free-to-play title on iOS/Android sometime in 2016. It will also make an appearance in Final Fantasy XV itself, as a game played by Noctis and his friends.

Announcement trailer
Official website

Limited edition Final Fantasy XV PS4 bundle launches November 29Edit

September 13th by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy XV will be coming to PlayStation 4 with a Limited Deluxe Edition Bundle. This custom version of slim PS4 model comes with a 1TB HDD, and features an illustration of the moon on the front. The box includes the game with an exclusive Steelbook, the Dualshock 4 controlled with a Final Fantasy XV graphic, the Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV movie on Blu-ray, and downloadable content: the Royal Raiment outfit (suit for Noctis), Masamune weapon, and Leviathan Regalia skin (a skin for the party's car). In North America the bundle will be available exclusively at GameStop for $449 USD/$549 CAD.

Source

Final Fantasy XV - The Complete Official Guide now available for pre-orderEdit

September 2nd by Leon95

An official guidebook for Final Fantasy XV, written by Piggyback Interactive, is now available for pre-order. The book will feature a full walkthrough of the main story, as well as bestiary and inventory lists, analysis of the game's mechanics, a map poster covering the entire of Eos, and much more. There will also be a hardcover collector's edition of the guidebook, which will include a larger version of the map poster, a premium lithograph, and an extra 32-page section.

The standard edition will cost $24.99/£14.99 and the collector's edition will cost $39.99/£24.99. Both versions are available for pre-order on Amazon for a special discounted price.

Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk

AugustEdit

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV digitally available in the UK; releases tomorrow in the USEdit

August 29th by Keltainentoukokuu

Certain webstores including Amazon, Apple, and PlayStation Store, have made the Final Fantasy XV companion movie Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV available in the UK. The film is scheduled to release in the US on Tuesday 30th August.

Final Fantasy tabletop games coming to North America and EuropeEdit

August 27th by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game Opus 1 will be available in a different configuration for its Europe and North America releases. The two–player game will be sold in the traditional trading card format of starter and booster packs with a total of 186 cards. The three starter decks, Final Fantasy VII (Fire & Earth), Final Fantasy X (Wind & Water) and Final Fantasy XIII (Ice & Lightning), will be sold in six-deck displays with each starter deck containing 50 cards, a paper playmat, and rule information. Boosters will be sold in 36-pack displays with each pack including 12 cards and one premium foiled card.

Chocobo's Crystal Hunt is based on the characters developed in the spin-off Chocobo series. It is not a trading card game and will include new illustrations made specifically for the game. Each game box includes 43 cards (14 Chocobo, 5 Fat Chocobo, 4 each of Fire, Water, Wind, and Earth Crystal, and 4 each of Bomb and Ahriman Monster cards), 5 Player Markers, 5 Victory Tokens, and an instruction manual.

Opus 1 will only be distributed by GTS distribution, while Chocobo's Crystal Hunt will be distributed through all of Square Enix's distribution partners.

Source

New Dissidia game announced for mobileEdit

August 27th by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix has announced a new Dissidia Final Fantasy game during a livestreamed event called Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia for iOS and Android. The game will be a turn-based JRPG featuring several familiar characters from Final Fantasy. The game is developed by Koei Tecmo's Team Ninja and it will be released in Japan later this year.

Trailer

Final Fantasy XV live concert announcedEdit

August 26th by Keltainentoukokuu

Abbey Road Studios will play host to a one-off concert featuring music from Final Fantasy XV. The one-hour concert will be broadcast from Abbey Road's Studio On, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with a special appearance from composer, Yoko Shimomura.

The concert starts at 20:00PM CEST on Wednesday 7th September and will be livestreamed.

Source

Final Fantasy XV delay confirmedEdit

August 15th by Applepi15

The delay of Final Fantasy XV was confirmed earlier today by Director Hajime Tabata through a video on Final Fantasy XV's official YouTube channel. In the video Tabata stated that the game wasn't at the best it could be, and that he didn't want to have a day one patch because people with limited internet access wouldn't be able to enjoy it. Final Fantasy XV is now set to release on November 29, 2016.

Watch Hajime Tabata's announcement on YouTube

Songs from Final Fantasy XV by Florence + The Machine releasedEdit

August 11th by Leon95

A new single by Florence and the Machine has been released, titled Songs from Final Fantasy XV. It features the main theme of Final Fantasy XV, "Stand By Me", alongside two new songs named "Too Much Is Never Enough" and "I Will Be". The single is purchasable on iTunes and available for streaming on Spotify.

Square Enix announces Gamescom 2016 lineupEdit

August 9th by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix's booth at Gamescom this year will stretches over two locations in Hall 9 of the Koelnmesse. The Final Fantasy games to appear are Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Final Fantasy XIV and World of Final Fantasy. The Final Fantasy XIV: Battle Arena booth is where players can face-off against powerful primals featured in the game to win prizes, enjoy show matches on stage, a signing session, and a cosplay competition.

Gamescom will run from August 19 to 21.

Source

Mobius Final Fantasy releasedEdit

August 3rd by Keltainentoukokuu

Mobius Final Fantasy is now available in the west, downloadable for iOS via the App Store and Android via Google Play. The mobile JRPG is said to feature in-depth character customization, ongoing live events, and HD graphics. It was produced by Yoshinori Kitase.

Until August 31, Square Enix is awarding players with special in-game items, including Brotherhood, Tidus's signature weapon from Final Fantasy X, a Yuna character card, extra Ability Tickets, Summon Tickets, and more. Daily login rewards including extra Bronze Openers, Ability Tickets and Elixirs, will also be available through August 12.

Source

Final Fantasy XV season pass announcedEdit

August 3rd by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy XV, the next Final Fantasy installment releasing 30 September, will have a season pass for additional downloadable content.

Pre-orders for a "Digital Premium Edition" that includes the game and season pass, went live on the PlayStation Store in the U.S. for $84.99. An upgrade is available for users who already pre-ordered the game digitally. The season pass has been added to the Japanese PlayStation Store for 2,700 yen, which includes the following six pieces of downloadable content, one of which will include a new mode:

  • "Booster Pack" (DLC #1)
  • "Episode Gladiolus" (DLC #2)
  • "Holiday Pack" (DLC #3)
  • "Episode Ignis" (DLC #4)
  • "Episode Prompto" (DLC #5)
  • "Expansion Pack" (DLC #6)

Source

JulyEdit

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV release datesEdit

July 24th by Keltainentoukokuu

At San Diego Comic Con, it was announced that Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV would receive a release on streaming and digital download channels on August 30th with the physical release on Blu-Ray and DVD happening on October 4th.

Source

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV will be downloadable next monthEdit

July 19th by Catuse167

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV will be downloadable on August 27, 2016 for $17.99, according to streaming service VUDU. The movie, from Sony Pictures, is a feature-length CGI film meant to accompany Final Fantasy XV, directed by Hajime Tabata and starring Aaron Paul, Sean Bean, and Lena Headey. It was announced at Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV, and follows the adventures of the Kingsglaive, the elite soldiers tasked with protecting Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII, the king of Lucis. The movie has already been screened in Japan and can be viewed in select theaters in the United States on August 19.

Pre-order on VUDU

Mobius Final Fantasy announced for a western releaseEdit

July 14th by Keltainentoukokuu

Mobius Final Fantasy will release in the west August 3, 2016. The game was released in Japan June 4, 2015. The game is for iOS and Android, and said to take the "classic road" with features like map exploration–although moving across the map will be automated–tactical battles, and a leveling system. The scenario is written by Kazushige Nojima. Since the game will have the Warriors of Light as a theme, it pays homage to the first Final Fantasy, but it is not a remake and has a new story and setting.

Announcement trailer

New Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV episode releasedEdit

July 7th by Keltainentoukokuu

A new episode titled BROTHERHOOD FINAL FANTASY XV - Episode 3: " Sword and Shield" has been released on the official Final Fantasy XV YouTube channel. It details the backstory of Gladiolus Amicitia, one of Noctis Lucis Caelum's party members in Final Fantasy XV. Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV is a free prequel anime series to the game.

Watch the episode on YouTube

JuneEdit

World of Final Fantasy release date announcedEdit

June 7th by Leon95

In preparation for E3 2016, Square Enix has released a new trailer for World of Final Fantasy and announced that the game will be released internationally on October 25, 2016. The trailer features English voice acting and shows appearances from previously unannounced guest characters from earlier Final Fantasy titles, including Celes Chere, Shelke Rui, and Tidus.

Trailer

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age announcedEdit

June 6th by Some Color Mage (edited by Leon95)

Square Enix has announced an HD Remaster of Final Fantasy XII for PlayStation 4, to be released 2017. Subtitled The Zodiac Age, it will include the changes made in International Zodiac Job System, along with improved graphics, audio, load times, and turbo mechanics, dual language audio, a rerecorded soundtrack, and auto-saving.

This is the first time that the changes of the International edition will be officially available worldwide. Pre-orders are already available in North America.

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age official site
North American store page

MayEdit

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster released for SteamEdit

May 12th by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster has been released on Steam. It is a remastered compilation of Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 originally released for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. It was later ported for the PlayStation 4 and the Steam version is based on this version. The compilation is based on the International version of both games. The Steam version also has Auto-save and 5 game boosters including high speed and no encounter modes, and option for Japanese audio.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster on Steam

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius announced for worldwide releaseEdit

May 9th by Leon95

After seven months of being a Japanese exclusive, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius has been announced for a global release on Android and iOS devices. There is currently no release date for the game, but preregistration is available on the game's official site. On May 16th, a special event to promote the game will begin, where people can perform specific social actions to add crystal points to a pool. This will unlock various in-game prizes for everyone involved upon release.

Source: Official site

AprilEdit

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Outerworld Services closingEdit

April 21st by Keltainentoukokuu

Outerworld Services for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be coming to an end on 4/26/2016. The following features will no longer be available:

  • NEWS & UPDATES (upon launching the game)
  • Submissions to Outerworld Services
  • Outerworld NPCs
  • Posts to Social Network Services
  • Obtaining Outerworld rewards (rewards already obtained will not be affected.)

Source

Final Fantasy IX now out on SteamEdit

April 14th by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy IX has been released on Steam. It includes achievements, seven game boosters, including high speed and no encounter modes, autosaves and high-definition cutscene movies and character models. The game is based on the mobile version that was released earlier this year.

Final Fantasy IX at Steam Store

MarchEdit

Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV reportEdit

March 31st by Crystal Tear

At the Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV event in Los Angeles, it was announced that Final Fantasy XV will released on 30 September 2016: separate Deluxe and Collector's Editions have also been announced: the former contains exclusive downloadable content, while the latter contains additional material including a Play Arts Kai figure of Noctis Lucis Caelum and an artbook.

In addition, several tie-in products would be released: a "Final Fantasy XV Platinum Demo" is available for free download, giving exclusive access to a Carbuncle summon in the main game; a minigame for iOS, Android and Windows titled Justice Monsters Five; a series of anime shorts by A-i Pictures titled Brotherhood Final Fantasy which act as a prequel to the game; and Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV, a CGI movie directed by Takeshi Nozue that takes place in parralel to Noctis' journey and focuses on Niflheim's invasion of Lucis. Kingsglaive is set to be featured in both the Deluxe and Collector's Editions of the game.

In addition, as part of an article on the reveal by USGamer, Tabata commented on XV and its expanded media being compared to the Fabula Nova Crystallis universe. When asked whether Tabata was attempting as smaller-scale version of the subseries with the multimedia approach to XV, he stated:

"I was personally responsible for one of the games in Fabula Nova Crystalis, so I felt somewhat [unmanageable], yeah. But my focus is more making Final Fantasy XV work in this new era we find outselves in than trying to kind of reinvent Fabula Nova Crystallis."

In addition, it has been announced that the game's official theme song will be a modern cover of the 1960s song "Stand By Me" by Florence Welch of band Florence & The Machine. A one-of-a-kind model of the Audi R8 inspired by the game is also being produced in collaboration with Audi.

Source:USGamer, Nova Crystallis 1, 2 and 3

Square Enix has licensed technology to boost graphics performance in Final Fantasy XVEdit

March 25th by Keltainentoukokuu

Umbra announced today that Square Enix has licensed Umbra's technology to boost graphics performance in Final Fantasy XV, the first game to take full advantage of Square Enix's new game engine, Luminous Engine, integrated with Umbra's visibility optimization technology. The engine has been designed to allow high density, polygon rendering performance, with Umbra's technology ensuring that only the visible objects in every frame are being processed and rendered, the end result being optimized graphics and frame-rate.

Source

Final Fantasy XV is set to be localized in a number of languagesEdit

March 23rd by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix revealed today that for the first time in Final Fantasy history Final Fantasy XV will be localized into Latin American Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese text. German and French versions will see their respective voice overs and according to Square Enix German PR, players can switch between German, English and Japanese audio and the same will be of the French version as well. Director Hajime Tabata delivered the news via official Square Enix YouTube channels today.

The German announcement video
The French announcement video
The Latin American Spanish announcement video
The Brazilian Portuguese announcement video

Source: NovaCrystallis

Final Fantasy XV Live EventEdit

March 9th by Knakveey

Some folks from the FF community may have already heard about an event happening in Los Angeles later this month. Square Enix wanted to invite members of the community to attend. For more information, check out this post on the Final Fantasy Facebook page and the official website.

For clarification, this is NOT a Wikia event... You have to be 18 years old in order to attend...

If you are interested in attending, please let me know via my Talk Page or email; nico@wikia-inc.com

FebruaryEdit

Final Fantasy IX available for Android and iOSEdit

February 9th by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy IX is now available on Google Play and App Store with a special offer running from February 10 to February 21 to get a 20% off the price. The game will take about around 4GB of memory. This re-release of a PlayStation classic features achievements, game boosters including high speed and no encounter modes, autosave and high-definition movies and character models.

The game is to arrive to Steam shortly, but no official release date has been given.

Final Fantasy IX at Google Play store

Final Fantasy IX at iTunes

JanuaryEdit

New Final Fantasy Explorers trailer; releases next weekEdit

January 20th by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy Explorers is a Final Fantasy spin-off game for Nintendo 3DS coming out on Jan 26th (US) / Jan 29th (EU). Players can fight as classic Final Fantasy characters like Cecil Harvey, Terra Branford, Cloud Strife, Yuna and Lightning. The localized version includes all Japanese DLC for free and has local/WiFi for 4-players. Characters can switch between 20 different jobs.

The collector's edition available from Square Enix Online Store has a limited edition box with artwork by artist Yoshitaka Amano, the game and a 20 track soundtrack, a case for the Nintendo 3DS console with the game's logo, an art book and unlockable in-game quests for "legendary weapons".

Watch the trailer here

World of Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy XV coming to Taipei Game ShowEdit

January 15th by Crystal Tear

The Taipei Game Show, a major Asian gaming expo which will run from January 29th through February 2nd, is to have appearances from World of Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy XV, two upcoming titles in the Final Fantasy series. Both titles will also be present in Sony's PlayStation booth.

In addition to being shown off at the event, Hajime Tabata will be present to show off Final Fantasy XV in an hour-long presentation featuring the latest news on the title, while the 35-minute demonstration for World of Final Fantasy will be supervised by producer Shinji Hashimoto and director Hiroki Chiba. An Active Time Report for Final Fantasy XV is also scheduled for "late January", but it is unknown if the two are correlated.

Source: Nova Crystallis via Sony Taiwan

Final Fantasy XV developers answer fans' questionsEdit

January 11th by Keltainentoukokuu

In December fans had a chance to ask the developers of Final Fantasy XV questions about the game. Today, three of the most popular questions were answered.

Will large buildings have multiple warp points to allow Noctis to scale and explore rooftops?

Why of course they will! The warp ability that lets you teleport instantly to high up locations is a vital part of FFXV’s battle system. The ability to use multiple warp points in a strategic manner is especially prevalent in the game’s large scale battles over urban terrain. It is not just the buildings though, and we have also created exciting aerial battles with flying foes and gigantic boss enemies, so watch out for those.

Respondent: Lead Level Designer Terada Takefumi

How much of the big cities like Altissia/Insomnia will we be able to explore?

I can tell everyone a little about Altissia at this time.

Altissia has many and varied locations, such as multiple cafes, ship-bourne market places and parks etc. The city is of a considerable scale, to the extent that even the developers sometimes get lost there!

The player is free to take a leisurely walk around the complex maze of streets, or ride the gondola to see the sights and there is also added enjoyment to be had looking for restaurants to visit! You are bound to encounter some unique characters when exploring the city streets.

So we have created lots of different things to enjoy in Altissia and hope everyone is looking forward to visiting!

Respondent: Planner Ishikawa Tomonori

How will the difficulty modes compare in terms of XP gain, enemy stats, damage and A.I?

The equivalent to difficulty level settings in FFXV is a system where you can switch between different battle modes. By having this ability to switch modes, we want to make it so that both players who like action oriented, technical gameplay and also those who want to fight at a slower, more relaxed pace can all enjoy the combat in their own style. This switching system is a key part of the gameplay that we decided to introduce based on the feedback we received from the Episode Duscae demo. We will go into more detail about the system closer to the game’s launch so stay tuned for more information.

Respondent: Lead Game Designer Takizawa Masashi

Source: Official forums

Final Fantasy IX Steam page liveEdit

January 6th by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy IX was recently announced to be ported for mobile devices and Steam. The game's Steam page is now live with the release for "Early 2016". The Steam version will include achievements, game boosters including high speed and no encounter modes, autosave and high-definition movies and character models.

Final Fantasy IX on Steam

Square Enix shutting down Shinra TechnologiesEdit

January 6th by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix has shut down Shinra Technologies, its 2014-established cloud gaming subsidiary. Both Shinra Technologies, based in New York, and subsidiary Shinra Technologies Japan, based in Tokyo, will be dissolved. Shinra Technologies closed as it failed to raise funds necessary for further business operations from third party investors. Square Enix will book an "extraordinary loss" ~two billion yen in the consolidated financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.

Source

Sian Blake, the voice actress of Final Fantasy XIV's Yugiri, was found deadEdit

January 5th by Monterossa

BBC reported that Sian Blake, 43, and her two sons, aged four and eight year old who have not been seen since December 13, were found dead by the London polices in her garden and a murder investigation was under way. Blake voiced Yugiri Mistwalker, a ninja from Doma in Final Fantasy XIV.

Link: BBC report

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