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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."
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.
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.
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.
March 28th by Keltainentoukokuu
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.