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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.

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JuneEdit

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Prompto detailsEdit

June 14th by Keltainentoukokuu

"Episode Prompto" is a downloadable extra episode for Final Fantasy XV. It takes place at the same time as chapter 11 of the main game, and follows Prompto Argentum as he tries to escape imperial capture and reunite with his friends.

It will release on June 27, 2017, and will be available for purchase via the PlayStation Network store and the Xbox Live marketplace. The episode is also included in the game's Season Pass.

The episode features third-person shooter gameplay wherein players take control of Prompto and attack enemies using various firearms, including pistols, sniper rifles and submachine guns. It also has stealth elements, allowing Prompto to sneak through areas to position himself in advantageous locations before engaging his foes. Guest composer Naoshi Mizuta of Final Fantasy XI fame will compose Prompto's theme and numerous other songs.

Final Fantasy XV fishing VR game announcedEdit

June 13th by Keltainentoukokuu

The PSVR experience for Final Fantasy XV, called "Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV", is coming September 2017. The game was announced at Sony's E3 press conference.

Watch the trailer on YouTube

Final Fantasy XV June updates infoEdit

June 10th by Keltainentoukokuu

Some new information on the next Final Fantasy XV updates was revealed at the Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary stream. "Episode Prompto" DLC is expected to be released by the end of June and will have a new story and a new gameplay system. Its main theme is composed by Mizuta Naoshi, known for having composed the soundtrack for Final Fantasy XI. More info will be revealed at E3 next week.

The June free update will include an off-road Regalia, called Regalia Type-D. Cup Noodle headgear for Noctis is also in the works.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Story TrailerEdit

June 9th by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix has revealed a new story trailer for the upcoming Final Fantasy XII HD remaster for PlayStation 4.

Watch the trailer on YouTube

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT coming to PlayStation 4Edit

June 7th by Keltainentoukokuu

Dissidia Final Fantasy, the Japanese arcade fighting game from Square Enix and Team Ninja released on 2015, is coming to PlayStation 4 in 2018. Called Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, it will feature over 20 playable heroes and villains from the Final Fantasy series, including Noctis Lucis Caelum from Final Fantasy XV.

According to a listing for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT on Amazon, the PlayStation 4 release will feature "an all-new Final Fantasy story, written by writer Kazushige Nojima".

Announcement trailer

Aranea Highwind from Final Fantasy XV gets a Play Arts Kai figureEdit

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Aranea's Play Arts Kai.

June 7th by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix has revealed on its Japanese Final Fantasy XV Twitter that Aranea Highwind will get a Play Arts Kai figure. Pre-orders will be available on June 19th, but the price hasn't been announced. Aranea is a Dragoon mercenary working for Niflheim, who appears as a boss and a guest character in the game.

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MayEdit

New costume and recipe added in free content to Final Fantasy XVEdit

May 30th by Keltainentoukokuu

Trendy Outfit attire DLC for Noctis and Plump 'n' Pungent Tofu recipe have been added to Final Fantasy XV 1.10. The attire, which features a jacket with behemoth embroidery, was originally Japan-exclusive to those who bought the actual jacket, but is now available as free DLC. It protects against stat-reducing ailments (with jacket) or boosts Noctis's critical hit rate (without the jacket).

The tofu recipe gives "Last Stand" effect that greatly boosts strength and magic at the cost of lowering HP. It also yields 10% more EXP from battles.

The game also has a survey going on what content players want to see included next, including options for more story content and playable characters.

Video of the new outfit and recipe by LemonEatingKow at YouTube

Square Enix is shifting development of Final Fantasy VII Remake in-houseEdit

May 30th by Keltainentoukokuu

Naoki Hamaguchi, who was previously in charge of the development for Mobius Final Fantasy, will take on the top developmental role for Final Fantasy VII Remake. Development had been carried out mainly with the support of external partners. When the product goes into mass production, Square Enix has decided to shift the development back to within the company to maintain a stable schedule and have control over quality. Square Enix will be "forming a robust system" to carry out the development.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake staff is urgently recruitingEdit

May 25th by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy VII Remake for PlayStation 4 is being developed by Square Enix's Business Division 1. Producer Yoshinori Kitase, Director Tetsuya Nomura, and Development Leader Naoki Hamaguchi have posted messages on the company's official website, asking people to send their applications as they are hiring. According to Kitase's message, the project is now heading into "the development progress phase."

Read the messages at Siliconera

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius issues response to 5/22 Manchester concert attackEdit

May 23rd by Swordzmanp236

On Monday, 22 May, a lone attacker was reported to have bombed the arena in Manchester, England, where Ariana Grande was performing. At least 22 patrons were confirmed dead, with dozens more injured. Grande issued a tweet of condolence to those impacted.

The following day, the Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Global team issued an in-game dispatch expressing condolences and best wishes to those impacted. Miss Grande was involved in a collaboration project with the game as Dangerous Ariana.

AprilEdit

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will have two License Boards for every character and new musicEdit

April 17th by Keltainentoukokuu

The upcoming HD remake of Final Fantasy XII for PlayStation 4 is based on the Zodiac Job System, which was a Japan-exclusive re-release of the original PlayStation 2 version. This version had the player choose a License Board for each playable character, each representing a job class. In the HD remake, The Zodiac Age, it is now possible to have a character set with two job classes by unlocking "L Board Plus" on the License Board to select a second job.

The in addition to redone music, eight new tracks will be added to remaster.

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MarchEdit

April Fools - Final Fantasy XV -Snap- announcedEdit

March 31st by DrakeyC

Today Square Enix announced a new DLC addition for the Final Fantasy XV franchise, "Final Fantasy XV -Snap-." The game will be an expanded version of the main game's phototaking sidequests. Players take control of Prompto some time before the main events of Final Fantasy XV, and are tasked by King Regis to explore the world photographing and cataloging the various monsters and wild animals he sees. Players will take Prompto, escorted by Ignis driving the Regalia, through various levels driving on the road taking pictures of the monsters seen in the distance.

While the DLC will be entirely non-combat oriented, focusing solely on the picture-taking element, Prompto will have modified versions of his weapons from Final Fantasy XV to aid him, such as the Bio Blaster to intoxicate monsters or the Noise Blaster to confuse them, either of which can induce unusual behaviors that will reward a higher score when photographed. At the end of each level the player's pictures are scored based on the size and clarity of the subject as well as any unique behavior they may perform, like an attack or special pose. As the player takes more and better pictures, they will unlock new levels and equipment. "Boss" monsters will also appear that can use special abilities to obscure Prompto's view or disrupt usage of his camera, thus requiring strategic use of equipment to get a proper photo.

According to director Hajime Tabata, the decision was made to make the DLC due to the surprising fan participation in the main game's photo-taking aspects, and the development staff felt a DLC pack focused on this element would allow players to explore the world of Final Fantasy XV in a more casual setting to appreciate the scope and depth of the world and the various monster types. He also stressed that the DLC is separate from the Episode Prompto DLC intended to be released later in the year, though he did note that the development staff is discussing adding a bonus of some sort to Snap for players that own both DLC packs.

When asked about the game's similarities to a game produced by Nintendo for the N64 years ago, Tabata denied any knowledge of such a product and demanded to know who pointed out these supposed similarities.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Gladiolus is outEdit

March 28th by Keltainentoukokuu

Episode Gladiolus is out as DLC for Final Fantasy XV. The player assumes the role of Gladiolus Amicitia on his personal quest. It is included in the season pass, or it can be purchased individually.

On March 27, 2017, Square Enix released the 1.06 patch for the game. The patch adds a new playable segment in Chapter 13 named Verse 2: For King and Comrade, in which the player takes control of Gladiolus as he explores Zegnautus Keep with Ignis Scientia. The segment can be accessed through a choice at the start of Chapter 13, or from the Special section of the main menu if the player has already completed the game.

Additional changes were made to Noctis's segment of Chapter 13, such as tweaks to the Ring of the Lucii and more cutscenes featuring Emperor Aldercapt and Ravus Nox Fleuret. The patch also removes some of the world's invisible walls allowing the player to explore more freely and collect newly-placed items that can be found atop previously inaccessible structures. Additionally, winning snapshots from Square Enix's photo contest have been added to the screens in Takka's Pit Stop at the Hammerhead, and the timed quest feature has been temporarily suspended. Patch 1.06 also makes the game compatible with the Episode Gladiolus DLC and adds two songs from it to the main game's music player.

Final Fantasy XV changes to Chapter 13 revealed in an upcoming patchEdit

March 14th by Keltainentoukokuu

Chapter 13 of Final Fantasy XV will be updated later this month. Along with balancing adjustments, Square Enix is adding a separate route for Gladiolus and Ignis after they get split off from Noctis, so the player can play as Gladiolus and see what happened from their point of view until they are reunited with Noctis. There are new cutscenes that show what takes place while Noctis is on his own. There is gameplay with the party of Gladiolus and Ignis together. The player will see what happened to Emperor Aldercapt and Ravus Nox Fleuret, and where they ended up being during the whole time. The ring magic is being overhauled, so the three spells the player could use with the Ring of the Lucii are made more powerful.

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FebruaryEdit

Final Fantasy XV patch 1.05 (2.1GB) with PS4 Pro support is now availableEdit

February 20th by Keltainentoukokuu

The 1.05 update for Final Fantasy XV adds the following features:

  • PlayStation 4 Pro users now have selectable resolution options.
  • New Time Quests (limited-time and contests)
  • Level cap increased from 99 to 120. The amount of EXP required to level up has gone up drastically.
  • Players can now store up to 200 photos.
  • Portable music player doesn't get overridden by chocobo music when riding.
  • Moogle Chocobo Carnival is over.
  • Two new tracks for the music player from Nier.

JanuaryEdit

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age due out in JulyEdit

January 31st by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age will release 11th July in Europe and North America, and 13th July in Japan and rest of Asia. It is an HD remake of Final Fantasy XII for the PlayStation 4. Final Fantasy XII was originally released on PlayStation 2 in 2006. The Zodiac Age is based on the Zodiac Job System re-release that was only out in Japan. It has various gameplay changes, the most major being the addition of a job system.

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Final Fantasy XV Episode Gladiolus DLC due out March 28; Prompto DLC in JuneEdit

January 31st by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix has revealed plans for its next round of Final Fantasy XV downloadable content. From February 21st fans can download a Booster Pack as part of the game's Season Pass to get the party special outfits that grant invincibility for 30 minutes before needing a full 24 hours to recharge.

Episode Gladiolus is due March 28th that features Gladiolus Amicitia as the playable character. Cor Leonis will also make an appearance. Episode Prompto will be available in June.

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PC version of Mobius Final Fantasy scheduled for worldwide launch on February 6Edit

January 25th by Leon95

Square Enix have announced that their mobile RPG Mobius Final Fantasy will release worldwide on PC via Steam on February 6, 2017. A Japanese PC version released last November and features 60FPS gameplay and 4K visuals. The same account can be used between the mobile and PC versions, so players can choose to switch between them at any time. Additionally, players will receive free bonus items if they log into the game via Steam before February 28.

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Free Final Fantasy XV event on 24th, and latest sales figuresEdit

January 10th by Keltainentoukokuu

The official English Twitter channel for Final Fantasy XV tweeted today that the "Moogle Chocobo Carnival" in-game event will begin on January 24. The event will be free DLC.

Final Fantasy XV has also shipped and sold digitally over 6 million units.

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Square Enix to collaborate with Ariana Grande for Final Fantasy Brave ExviusEdit

January 1st by Leon95

American actress and singer Ariana Grande has announced on Twitter that she will have a character featured in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. She showed off her character's sprite, which is styled after her attire from her Dangerous Woman album and tour, via her Instagram account.

Sources: Twitter, Instagram