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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.

Old news are in the Archives:

AprilEdit

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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