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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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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