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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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AprilEdit

Final Fantasy III might be coming to PCEdit

April 18th by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy III may be coming to PC, as a rating by Germany's USK board has leaked the news. The Final Fantasy III for PC is a new version of the game.

Source: [1]

Square Enix developers address industry rumorsEdit

April 8th by Crystal Tear

In an article in Famitsu, Yoshinori Kitase, Shinji Hashimoto and Mitsunori Takahashi have given multiple updates on confirmed and rumoured projects. According to Kitase, a "Final Fantasy X-3" is not being developed despite rumors fuelled by the recent audio drama. Takahashi has expressed his willingness to make another entry in the Dissidia subseries. Hashimoto has confirmed that development on Final Fantasy XV is going well.

Source: Famitsu via Nova Crystallis

Interview with Square Enix president Yosuke MatsudaEdit

April 1st by Crystal Tear

In an interview with Japanese website Nikkei Trendy, current president of Square Enix Yosuke Matsuda has announced that the company is changing its focus concerning AAA titles, including core series such as Final Fantasy. According to Matsuda, the company has been losing its focus in terms of trying to appeal to a broader audience while forgetting hardcore fanbases. Matsuda has stated that "Due to having split [the development mindset] according to regions around the world, we weren’t able to see this clearly up until now, but fans of JRPGs are really spread around the world." Following the success of Bravely Default, a classic-style JRPG for the Nintendo 3DS, in North America, the company will be focusing less on the global aspect and catering for core audiences, such as fans of JRPGs like Bravely Default and Final Fantasy.

Source: Nikkei Trendy via Siliconera

April Fools: Final Fantasy X second sequel announced - will be tied to upcoming Final Fantasy VII entryEdit

April 1st by Drake Clawfang

Today Square Enix has confirmed that another sequel to Final Fantasy X is in the planning stages in the wake of the release of the HD remastering of Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2. However, in a surprise move, the game will definitively connect the world of Spira to the world of Gaia of Final Fantasy VII in preparation for a new entry into the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII.

Kazushige Nojima, who participated in the writing for both games, discussed these plans in a video announcement posted on Square-Enix's website. The Final Fantasy X title will tell its own story, but certain elements about the character Shinra and his connection to the Shinra Electric Power Company will be more conclusively established. Various information about the nature of the the aeons will also be revealed that will be used as the basis for Sephiroth's plan in the next Final Fantasy VII game. Yoshinori Kitase stated that Sephiroth's plan involves the summons and does not require him to have a physical body, and to combat him AVALANCHE will reunite, and encounter characters introduced in other Compilation titles.

The company is currently focusing its efforts on the Final Fantasy X title before moving on to the Final Fantasy VII title. Neither game had its title announced, though Kitase and Nojima avoided referring to the former as "Final Fantasy X-3".

"We've been waiting a long time for this and we're quite excited to finally take on this project," Kitase ended.

Source - Video announcement

Update: Following the announcement, the Final Fantasy Wiki polled the userbase for their opinions. The results can be found right here.

MarchEdit

Final Fantasy Agito Set for release in Japan Next Month!Edit

28th March by TMG- Why? (talk) 22:27, March 28, 2014 (UTC)
Edited by TMG- Why? (talk) 22:32, March 28, 2014 (UTC)

According to a recent news article online, the game Final Fantasy Agito is due for release in Japan next month. The article also mentions that the title has not been trademarked in the US but a trademark has been filed for, so there is hope that this title may be localised.

Source: Siliconera, Hardcoregamer

Staff changes announced for the Final Fantasy XV teamEdit

24th March by Tia-LewiseRydia - Young battle
Edited by Crystal Tear

According to a Nova Crystallis report via an interview on gaming site Denkiphile, Square Enix art director, art supervisor and character designer Yusuke Naora has joined the Final Fantasy XV development team, with his specific role currently unknown. In addition, Yoshinori Kitase is speculated to have left the project, with new, separate projects cited as the reason for this.

Source: Denkiphile, Nova Crystallis

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster released in North AmericaEdit

18th March by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster releases in North America today. A remastered version of Final Fantasy X was announced at the Sony Press Conference in Japan on September 14th, 2011 as part of a 10th anniversary special. Later it was announced Final Fantasy X-2 would receive a similar remaster. The compilation is based on the International version of both games with some added content compared to the original PlayStation 2 releases: Final Fantasy X has an option for an expert Sphere Grid, and new superbosses in the form of Dark Aeons and Penance. Final Fantasy X-2 has a new mode called Final Fantasy X-2: Last Mission where YRP explore a new location. It includes a Creature Creator system and new dresspheres. The set also includes Final Fantasy X: Eternal Calm, a cinematic that bridges the gap between Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2, and Final Fantasy X -Will-, a brand new audio drama elaborating on events after Final Fantasy X-2.

The games contain improved maps and character models and textures, as well as improved lighting, shadowing and enhanced pre-rendered movies with better quality in high definition. Trophies for both games are added, and all controllable and other major characters have new character models with monsters and minor characters having rearranged textures to improve quality. The game plays at 16:9 widescreen and some scenes have been adjusted with different camera angles to accommodate for it. The FMV scenes are not re-rendered and merely cropped from the original 4:3 aspect ratio to fit the widescreen perspective. Both games have improved voice audio and remastered soundtracks.

The two games are available together on a single Blu-Ray disc for the PlayStation 3 version. For the PlayStation Vita only Final Fantasy X gets a physical release, but includes a download code for Final Fantasy X-2.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster comes out in Europe this Friday.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call will contain songs from the SaGa seriesEdit

16th March by TGOskar (talk) 05:31, March 17, 2014 (UTC)

On a recent promotional video by Square Enix Japan regarding content from Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, two new songs from the SaGa series of games have been released. The song "Four Noble Devils I", from Romancing SaGa 3 for the Super Famicom appears as Battle Music, while "The Sewers" from Romancing SaGa for the Super Famicom appears as Field Music.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call is expected to release for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan on April 24th of this year.

Source: Siliconera

Tetsuya Nomura chooses his favorite Lightning fanartEdit

13th March by Keltainentoukokuu

deviantART held a Lightning fanart contest that was judged by Tetsuya Nomura, Lightning's original character designer. He chose three submissions which were chosen out of hundreds of entries and discussed his impressions of each piece.

Check out the art and Nomura's comments here.

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.

Source: Famitsu via Nova Crystallis, Silcionera

FebruaryEdit

Details on Final Fantasy XV's English voice acting surfaceEdit

27th February by Keltainentoukokuu
Edited by Crystal Tear

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.

Source: [2], [3]

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.

This means that players of Final Fantasy III DS version will not be able to utilize the Mognet service to its fullest, for example, making obtaining the ultimate Onion Equipment impossible.

Source: [4]

Piano Opera Final Fantasy VII/VIII/IX announcedEdit

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.

Source: [5]

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.

Source: [6]

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.

Source: [7]

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

Source: [8]

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.

Source: [9]

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.

Source: [10]

New Final Fantasy XV trailer released to advertise PS4Edit

February 10th by Tia-LewiseRydia - Young battle

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.

Source: [11]

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.

Source: [12]

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.

Source: [13]

January 2014Edit

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.

Official gallery website for the event

Retro-spective trailer summarizes the plot of the Lightning SagaEdit

January 29th by Kaimi
Edited by Crystal Tear

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.

Link: LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII -- Retro-spective Trailer

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.

Sources: Nova Crystallis, Square Portal

Final Fantasy VI smartphone port rendered useless by game freezeEdit

January 23rd by Tia-LewiseRydia - Young battle

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.

Source: [14]

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.

Source: Nova Crystallis, Polygon
Preview links: GameTrailers, PlayStation Blog, VG247, Destructoid, Polygon, USGamer

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.

Link to Kickstarter

Source:[15]

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