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MayEdit

Final Fantasy VII inducted into World Video Game Hall of FameEdit

May 18 by Swordzmanp236 (talk)

Final Fantasy VII has been inducted into the Strong National Museum of Play's World Video Game Hall of Fame. Various mobile games will be celebrating this honor for the 1997 title, considered a milestone for the greater series because of its achievements in technical development, musical composition, and story writing for the industry.

Final Fantasy series producer/director Yoshinori Kitase delivered his acceptance speech via video, including how the honor might influence work on the still-forthcoming reboot of the title. Another Square Enix game, the original Tomb Raider, was also inducted into the 2018 class.

Read the WVGHOF summary here.

The World Video Game Hall of Fame, opened in 2015, is a project of the Rochester, New York-based museum that also houses the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Updated 21:53 UTC with information about Mr. Kitase's acceptance address and the museum.

AprilEdit

Four new DLC plus other news for Final Fantasy XV announcedEdit

April 7th by Keltainentoukokuu

During a panel hosted at PAX East, Square Enix announcement several additions to Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy XV: Comrades.

Summary:

  • Four DLC episodes to come in 2019: Ardyn, Lunafreya, Aranea, and Noctis.
  • New main theme by Yoko Shimomura.
  • Final Fantasy XV: Comrades will become a standalone game, i.e. obtainable without the main game.
  • Players will be able to hide treasure boxes other players can find whose contents appreciate in value the longer they remain unfound.
  • Players will be able to create a custom avatars for use in the main game to replace Noctis.
  • Official mod tools and level editor are coming.

Read Dualshockers' indepth article about the reveals

MarchEdit

King's Knight -Wrath of the Dark Dragon- sunsetting, will end service in late JuneEdit

March 26th by Swordzmanp236 (talk), edited by Magicite-ffvi-ios Technobliterator TC

Square Enix today announced on the Final Fantasy XV Twitter account that it will be terminating King's Knight effective June 26, 2018, nine months after it was released. The company has pushed out an update, version 2.1.17, that coincides with the termination of in-app purchases. This is the second side project of the Final Fantasy XV Universe to be closed, after Justice Monsters Five.

UPDATE (17:30 UTC): Per in-game announcement, Square Enix was experiencing difficulties maintaining the game and came to the decision to terminate after some deliberation. Nevertheless, events and giveaways are still planned for the final 90 days.

King's Knight was a reimagining of the 1986 Square Co., Ltd. title of the same name.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper updates iOS client, drops iPhone 4 and earlier devicesEdit

March 20th by Swordzmanp236 (talk)

Following a revision to its Android frontend earlier this year, Final Fantasy Record Keeper hands iOS users a notice regarding a major update. The new client will drop support for versions older than 8.0, in effect ending service for iPhone 4 and other 2010 and earlier hardware. Details of the update have not yet been announced.

Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition and Royal Edition are outEdit

March 7th by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy XV has been released on PC, available from Steam, Windows Store and Origin. The Windows Edition is the extended version of the game that includes new content and all DLC episodes. Console gamers can get the same content by purchasing the Royal Edition, or downloading the DLC episodes individually as well as the Royal Pack that add the new content to the base version of the game.

FebruaryEdit

Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition gets The Sims 4 Pack as a pre-order bonusEdit

February 28th by Keltainentoukokuu

FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION The Sims 4 Pack Bonus

FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION The Sims 4 Pack Bonus

Square Enix collaborates with Electronic Arts and Maxis to bring The Sims 4 attires to Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition. The pack is available since launch day on March 6, 2018, until May 1, 2018, for players who purchase Windows Edition via Origin. The pack includes a Sim-themed outfit featuring The Sims 4 Llama Suit and Plumbob for Noctis in the main game, and for the player's avatar in Final Fantasy XV: Comrades.

Those who pre-order from Origin also receive the "FFXV Decal Selection" for the player's car.

Beginning March 8, 2018, those who own The Sims 4 can also download a Noctis outfit for their avatars.

Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition demo is outEdit

February 26th by Keltainentoukokuu

The demo comprises the first chapter of the game and is 20GB large. Progress doesn't carry over to the main game.

Steam
Windows Store
Origin

Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition announcements: Half-Life Pack and DemoEdit

February 22nd by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition Hajime Tabata Community Message 2

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition Hajime Tabata Community Message 2

Director of Final Fantasy XV, Hajime Tabata, addressed the Steam community today in a video. The upcoming free demo will encompass Chapter 1 and be available ahead of the game’s release on STEAM®, Origin and Windows 10. From now until May 1, players who purchase or pre-purchase Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition from Steam will receive the Half-Life® Pack, which features an attire for Noctis based on Gordon Freeman, star of the Half-Life series, including the HEV Suit, Scientist Glasses and Crowbar. The Half-Life Pack will also be available for Final Fantasy XV: Comrades.

FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION Half-Life Pack Bonus

FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION Half-Life Pack Bonus

Previously announced pre-order bonuses include "FFXV Fashion Collection" for Steam, containing a selection of T-shirts for Noctis to wear depicting his party members from their character episodes as well as a Comrades shirt. Players who pre-order the game from Origin will receive the "FFXV Decal Selection," containing decals for the Regalia. The save data from the Windows 10 version of Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition is compatible with the Xbox One version of Final Fantasy XV and a post-launch update will enable Windows 10 and Xbox One cross play for Comrades. Players who pre-order the game from the Microsoft Store will receive the bonus "FFXV Powerup Pack," containing Dodanuki katana that reduces enemy defense with each slash, as well as 10 Phoenix Downs and 10 Elixirs.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper launches collab with Kingdom HeartsEdit

February 10th by Swordzmanp236

Final Fantasy Record Keeper has once again announced a major collaboration with another Square Enix franchise, Kingdom Hearts. Per in-game communication, the two games have launched a collaboration website as well as a YouTube video highlighting activities that will take place.

Sora and Riku will make their debut as units during the collaboration. Further details regarding their placement in Record Keeper have not yet been announced.

This is the first out-of-universe collaboration in the global release of Final Fantasy Record Keeper. The Japanese version has had several more tie-ins with other games outside of the franchise.

Standard events for both Record Keeper and Kingdom Hearts Union χ will run between February 22 and March 8, starting at 5:00 PM PST.

Get details here.

UPDATE (February 15th): The Gummi Ship collect-and-win shooter game has closed. Players amassed over 11,000,000,000 points in the game period. All players of either FFRK or KHUX will receive ALL prize items in each game, beginning February 22.

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition releasedEdit

February 8th by Keltainentoukokuu

The mobile version of Final Fantasy XV has been released for iOS and Android. The first of the ten chapters is free, and all the chapters are available as a bundle for $19.99.

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition at Google Play
Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition in iTunes

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition - Official Launch Trailer w subs

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition - Official Launch Trailer w subs


Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition will feature cross-platform co-op with Xbox One playersEdit

February 5th by Keltainentoukokuu

The Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition will feature cross-platform co-op with Xbox One players, according to its Microsoft Store listing. This refers to Final Fantasy XV: Comrades multiplayer expansion, which will ship with the PC version.

Source

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age is now available on SteamEdit

February 2nd by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age has been released on Steam. It is a port of the PlayStation 4 HD remaster of Final Fantasy XII released last summer. In addition to the improvements added to the PlayStation 4 version over the PlayStation 2 original, the Steam version is further enhanced with new features:

  • 60FPS
  • Mouse and keyboard support
  • Compatible with 21:9 ultra-wide monitors - Up to three HD monitors can be used for a potential 48(16x3):9 experience.
  • New Game Plus and New Game Minus are now accessible from the beginning of the game.
  • Three background music options – The original, re-orchestrated and soundtrack versions are now available from the beginning of the game.
  • Maximized License Points and Gil - New functionality added to grant players max License Points and Gil from the configuration screen.
  • Full controller support and Steam Trading Cards

Mods will not be officially supported.

Those who purchase the game through Steam within the first week of launch will receive a 20% discount, a three-track digital music compilation, and a Steam Skin illustrated by Isamu Kamikokuryo.

JanuaryEdit

Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia released worldwideEdit

January 30th by Swordzmanp236 (Updated February 1)

Square Enix and Koei Tecmo have teamed up to launch the global version of Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia to all app stores in all markets. The game went live at approximately 6:07 PM PST. After a delay of roughly 2-3 hours, the iOS version's infrastructure was also ready for play.

Players logging in during the launch period will receive a gift of 300 Gems per day for their first 20 days. The "All-Stars" gacha draw is also available through February 28, to obtain rare equipment for the 25 playable characters, with the first pull at half-price..

The game is free-to-play on iOS 8.0 and later, as well as Android 4.4 "KitKat" and later. A Facebook account is required to store and transfer progress.

Official website (Global)
DFFOO official Facebook feed (Global - English)
DFFOO official Twitter feed (Global - English)

CORRECTION (Feb. 6): The launch campaign runs through the end of the month.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper to push major upgrade for Android, will end service for older versions in FebruaryEdit

January 30th by Swordzmanp236

Per an in-game announcement, Final Fantasy Record Keeper will be receiving an Android client update on February 18-19, 2018. Details of expected changes have not been released. However, Square Enix and DeNA Games have set the end-of-life for the game on Android versions earlier than 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich". When the update is released, it will not be available to clients below Android 4.0 via Google Play, and these clients will no longer be able to access the game. Previously, the game would run on Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" and all later versions.

Android users are encouraged to update or upgrade their devices as soon as possible to continue play. Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" was released in 2009, while Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" was released in 2011.

Patch 4.2 of Final Fantasy XIV, Rise of a New Sun, has been releasedEdit

January 30th by Keltainentoukokuu

FINAL FANTASY XIV Patch 4

FINAL FANTASY XIV Patch 4.2 - Rise of a New Sun

Patch notes

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT releasedEdit

January 30th by Keltainentoukokuu

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT has been released for PlayStation 4. The game is the third game released in the Dissidia Final Fantasy series, the first to be team-based, and the first not released for PlayStation Portable. The original arcade release did not contain any story content until the "Battle of the Gods" DLC. The story centers around the conflict between the goddess Materia and the god Spiritus, who have summoned warriors to fight for them against the other. The game is a three-versus-three based fighting game, in which battles take place in three dimensional stages based on locations from the Final Fantasy series. Players select characters from one of four different classes (Vanguard, Marksman, Assassin or Specialist) and pit them against the other team.

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition coming February 9Edit

January 28th by Keltainentoukokuu

According to a new App Store page, the mobile version of Final Fantasy XV will launch next Friday. The Pocket Edition includes the full story told across 10 chapters, the first two being free.

Final Fantasy Awakening official English release coming to Asia and AustralasiaEdit

January 28th by Crystal Tear

In an official press release, Hong Kong-based game publisher Oasis Games announced that they have officially licensed the Perfect Worlds-developed mobile action role-playing game Final Fantasy Awakening for an English release in New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines, India, Laos, Cambodia, and Burma in early 2018.

Originally known as Final Fantasy Type-0 Online, Final Fantasy Awakening is a successor to the defunct mobile game Final Fantasy Agito, taking place in the universe of Orience from Final Fantasy Type-0. While an English-language release has been confirmed, releases in the West and Japan remain unconfirmed.

Sources: Gamasutra (press release), RPG Site

Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia is coming to the West this JanuaryEdit

January 16th by One Eco

Square Enix has surprised the western audience today by announcing that Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia, will no longer be exclusive to Japanese iOS and Android smartphones by the end of this month.

DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY OPERA OMNIA Announce trailer

DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY OPERA OMNIA Announce trailer


Final Fantasy XV PC and Royal Editions coming 6th of MarchEdit

January 16th by Keltainentoukokuu

FFXV-Royal-Edition-PS4

PlayStation 4 edition cover.

Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition will release for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 alongside the Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition for Steam, Origin and Windows 10, on 6th of March 2018. The special editions feature the base game, downloadable content, and new features.

  • Expanded Map: Insomnia City Ruins – all-new side quests and enemies such as Cerberus and Omega will be available through the expanded map of the Crown City of Insomnia. Players will also take on the Rulers of Yore.
  • A fully-controllable Royal Vessel boat, expanding the world of Eos and allowing players to explore the area between Cape Caem and Altissia. Players will also be able to fish aboard the vessel and discover new fishes and dishes.
  • A new accessory that can activate the new action "Armiger Unleashed"—players will be able to unleash powerful attacks while the Armiger is summoned. After collecting all of the royal arms, players will be able to find an accessory in an unidentified part of the world, enabling access to Armiger Unleashed.
  • A new first-person camera mode, allowing players to experience the game from Noctis' perspective.
  • More than a dozen pieces of downloadable content including weapons, Regalia car skins and item sets.
  • All season pass content, including Final Fantasy XV: Episode Gladiolus, Final Fantasy XV: Episode Prompto, Final Fantasy XV: Comrades and Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ignis.
  • Archive – players can review the "Cosmogony" stories scattered throughout the world. Additional local myths and legends will also be placed in various new locations, allowing players to obtain more information about the world.
  • Quest to obtain and Strengthen Regalia Type-D
  • New Trophies
  • The FINAL FANTASY XV base game

Read the full press release here, including system requirements for the PC version

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age coming to PC February 1stEdit

January 11th by Keltainentoukokuu

FFXII-TZA-Steam-Key-Art

New key art.

The HD remaster version of Final Fantasy XII that was released on PlayStation 4 last summer, is coming to Steam on February 1st. In addition to the improvements added to the PlayStation 4 version over the PlayStation 2 original, the Steam version will be further enhanced with new features:

  • 60FPS
  • Compatible with 21:9 ultra-wide monitors - Up to three HD monitors can be used for a potential 48(16x3):9 experience.
  • New Game Plus and New Game Minus are now accessible from the beginning of the game.
  • Three background music options – The original, re-orchestrated and soundtrack versions are now available from the beginning of the game.
  • Maximized License Points and Gil - New functionality added to grant players max License Points and Gil from the configuration screen.
  • Full controller support and Steam Trading Cards

On Thursday, February 2nd at 12:00 a.m. Pacific, Producer Hiroaki Kato and Director Takashi Katano will answer questions presented by fans on Twitter. Viewers can tune into the program, complete with English subtitles, on the Square Enix YouTube channel.

A Collector's Edition available for pre-order from the Square Enix Online Store for $149.99. It features an official Collector's Edition Steelbook™ with the original soundtrack, a five-piece Judge Masters Bust Set, six-card art set and a digital download code for the game.

Fans that purchase the game through Steam within the first week of launch will receive a 20% discount, a three-track digital music compilation, and a Steam Skin illustrated by Isamu Kamikokuryo.

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