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December 2012Edit

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Beta Test Roadmap releasedEdit

26th December by DiamondEdge
Edited by Kaimi

Square Enix has released a new roadmap detailing the planned schedule for the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn beta test. According to roadmap, the application website will open in early January, and the closed beta for the PC version will begin mid-February, with the PlayStation 3 closed beta beginning a few weeks later.

Players with legacy accounts or the PlayStation 3 beta acess code that came bundled with Final Fantasy XIII will have priority during the selection process. The roadmap also mentions that some servers will be located outside Japan.

Source: The Final Fantasy XIV Lodestone

Final Fantasy Dimensions out on Google PlayEdit

21st December by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix has released the Android version of Final Fantasy Dimensions on Google Play. The game is a little over 200MB in size and costs nearly $20. Unlike the iOS version, the Android version doesn't offer a free prologue and additional chapters as in-app-purchases, and the only thing available for purchase inside the game is the Chiptune BGM ($6.99). Final Fantasy II was also released on Google Play on the same day.

Final Fantasy Dimensions at Google Play

Final Fantasy IV on iOS - Final Fantasy V "and more" comingEdit

20th December by Drake Clawfang

Final Fantasy IV has been released for iOS today. The game is a port of the DS version with sharper graphics, and is priced at $15.99.

The end of the trailer for the release teases a "Final Fantasy mobile revolution" is about to begin, and then shows the Final Fantasy V logo with the words "and more".

Contrary to the first four games in the series, which have each been remade with enhanced graphics at least once, Final Fantasy V and successor Final Fantasy VI have only seen updated re-releases for the Gameboy Advance, but that was back in 2006-2007, since then they've been re-released as-is on the Wii Virtual Console and the PlayStation Network. When asked about remakes of the two games in 2010, Shinji Hashimoto, producer of several Square Enix titles, mentioned technical problems in remaking the games for the Nintendo DS and said the company is looking at the Nintendo 3DS to see how the system evolves.

Are remakes of the two games coming for the iOS and possibly 3DS, or will Square Enix just re-release the Gameboy Advance versions? Or could there be something else planned to accompany V to your smartphone? Time will tell.

Source - Final Fantasy IV iOS Trailer

First Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII trailer releasedEdit

19th December by Keltainentoukokuu

The first trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has been released. It is the first glimpse to gameplay footage and shows Lightning around Luxerion battling monsters.

Watch the trailer in YouTube.

Final Fantasy 25th anniversary SaleEdit

18th December by jeandeve
Edited by Drake Clawfang

Today is Final Fantasy's 25th anniversary! Happy Birthday, kupo!

To celebrate, all Final Fantasy and Chocobo series games on the Playstation Network are on sale for half-price, the most expensive being Final Fantasy VII, VIII and IX for 750 yen (approximately 9 dollars). Alas, no word on if or when North American and European players can look forward to a similar promotion in their territories.

Source - Siliconera

Zack Fair ranked most popular male Final Fantasy character by Japanese fansEdit

17th December by Keltainentoukokuu

The official Final Fantasy forums held a vote to determine the most popular male characters in the series. Early in the voting Zack Fair and Cloud Strife, both from the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII universe, were neck and neck, but Zack pulled away in the second half.

The next poll will focus on the female characters.

  1. Zack Fair - Final Fantasy VII
  2. Cloud Strife - Final Fantasy VII
  3. Zidane Tribal - Final Fantasy IX
  4. Tidus - Final Fantasy X
  5. Squall Leonhart - Final Fantasy VIII
  6. Bartz Klauser - Final Fantasy V
  7. Kain Highwind - Final Fantasy IV
  8. Sephiroth - Final Fantasy VII
  9. Cecil Harvey - Final Fantasy IV
  10. Vincent Valentine - Final Fantasy VII
  11. Noel Kreiss - Final Fantasy XIII-2
  12. Reno - Final Fantasy VII
  13. Edgar Roni Figaro - Final Fantasy VI
  14. Locke Cole - Final Fantasy VI
  15. Balthier - Final Fantasy XII
  16. Laguna Loire - Final Fantasy VIII
  17. Auron - Final Fantasy X
  18. Hope Estheim - Final Fantasy XIII
  19. Noctis Lucis Caelum - Final Fantasy Versus XIII
  20. Reeve Tuesti - Final Fantasy VII
  21. Edge Geraldine - Final Fantasy IV
  22. Kuja - Final Fantasy IX
  23. Irvine Kinneas - Final Fantasy VIII
  24. Edward Chris von Muir - Final Fantasy IV
  25. Vaan - Final Fantasy XII
  26. Onion Knight - Final Fantasy III
  27. Galuf Halm Baldesion - Final Fantasy V
  28. Golbez - Final Fantasy IV
  29. Zell Dincht - Final Fantasy VIII
  30. Vivi Ornitier - Final Fantasy IX
  31. Sabin Rene Figaro - Final Fantasy VI
  32. Warrior of Light - Final Fantasy
  33. Ace - Final Fantasy Type-0
  34. Kurasame Susaya - Final Fantasy Type-0
  35. Sazh Katzroy - Final Fantasy XIII
  36. Cid (Entire Series)
  37. Adelbert Steiner - Final Fantasy IX
  38. Firion - Final Fantasy II
  39. Minwu - Final Fantasy II
  40. Rufus Shinra - Final Fantasy VII

Official Final Fantasy forums

Everything in Square Enix's online shop is half priceEdit

December 13th by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix has discounted every game available on their online shop until January 2nd.

Visit Square Enix's North American shop

iOS version of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy has been releasedEdit

December 13th by Some Color Mage

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is now available for the iPhone and iPad. This version of the game lacks EMS and some other features but has an expanded song and character roster. The base product is free, but only contains "One-Winged Angel", "Zanarkand" and the 13 initial characters, the rest is DLC. If you want everything, be prepared to spend a lot - getting everything on offer costs $147.03.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy at iTunes

Square Enix opens new Theatrhythm Final Fantasy teaser siteEdit

December 10th by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix has opened a Japanese teaser site for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, suggesting the game may be getting a port.

Visit the teaser site here

Final Fantasy Dimensions is on sale until Dec 14Edit

December 9th by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy Dimensions is on sale until 14th of December. Chapters 1–4 are now $16.99, and additional chapters $5.99.

Final Fantasy Dimensions at iTunes.

Final Fantasy IV coming to iOS and AndroidEdit

December 7th by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy IV will be released on iOS on December 20 and will be available on Android in spring 2013. This is version with 3D character models and the augment system that was originally released for Nintendo DS and is harder than other versions. To make the mobile release more accessible, players will be able to select a difficulty level.

Final Fantasy IV will be released worldwide with Japanese, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Chinese (simplified and traditional characters) for 1,800 yen ($22).

Source: Siliconera

Square Enix announces Jump Festa line-upEdit

December 6th by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix has announced its line-up for Jump Festa 2012 held at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba from December 22 to 23.

  • Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter (Arcade) – Stage, Demo, Video
  • Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter: Wings of Albaros (3DS) – Video
  • Dragon Quest X: Rise of the Five Tribes Online (Wii, Wii U) – Stage, Video
  • Dragon Quest VII: Warriors of Eden (3DS) – Demo, Video
  • Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix (PS3) – Demo, Video
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3, 360) – Video

Official website

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Makes Players Manage TimeEdit

December 5th by Lycentia

Lighting Returns, the upcoming Final Fantasy XIII title, uses a time mechanic. In the game, the world has only 13 days left before it ends. In a recent interview with 4Gamer, game designer Motomu Toriyama went into slightly more detail about the game's time mechanic.

As mentioned above, the time limit in-game is 13 days. Square Enix is still nailing down how long one day is in real play time, but Toriyama mentioned that they're now thinking between one and two hours.

However, when those 13 days are up, Toriyama said the game ends. You can extend your time by, for example, completing a quest or defeating enemies. Expect more details on this as the game's release nears.

The game's structure does mean that the way you use your time can result in a different play experience, even different cutscenes, from other players, making Lightning Returns sound like a time management game.

What's more, it's not even possible to see all the cutscenes in one play through. According to Toriyama, this game structure makes it possible to offer a new experience.

Source: Kotaku

Final Fantasy Artniks arrives at JapanEdit

December 3rd by Kaimi

Final Fantasy Artniks, previously known as Final Fantasy X GREE, has been released in Japan and is available for iPhones and and the Android system. It is a video card game that covers large area of the Final Fantasy series: Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy II, Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection, Final Fantasy V, Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy VII, Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-, Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy XI, Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions, Final Fantasy Type-0, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates, Dissidia Final Fantasy, and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy.

Source: How To Play Final Fantasy Artniks, The New Final Fantasy Crossover Game

November 2012Edit

Final Fantasy Brigade will come to U.S. as Final Fantasy: Airborne Brigade "soon"Edit

November 29th by Kaimi
Edited by COOLAWITS ~TALK | YFC | XVI | DQFF~

Square Enix has announced that they are currently localizing Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade for U.S. and Europe, which will be known as Final Fantasy: Airborne Brigade, and that it will come "soon". Like the Japanese and Korean versions, the game will be available for iOS and Android. The game will be be free to download and is being produced by Asian social network DeNA.

Additionally, if the interested people will pre-register for the game, they will receive a free three-month exclusive in-game card featuring Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII.

Sources:

Link for pre-registration – official NA site: Final Fantasy: Airborne Brigade Official NA Site

Final Fantasy XIV to allow marriage among playersEdit

November 20th by Cat (meowhunt)

With the end of the Seventh Umbral Era and the beginning of A Realm Reborn, Square Enix has decided that a future patch of Final Fantasy XIV will allow marriage among players. The marriages will take place in a "sanctum" that they have released screenshots of, and they are considering same-sex marriage, but want feedback on heterosexual marriage as well as on players' opinions of same-sex marriage.

Says "Gildrien", a representative of Square Enix on their official English-language fora:

We previously released a screenshot of a sanctum in the woods.

So when the era came to an end, something happened that led to the sanctum being rediscovered. So what is this place for? Well, in creating a world, we wanted put anything in it that is close to reality. Marriage is one of those things. That’s why we built the sanctum--so that characters and players can get married. The system for weddings--proper services and such--might not be available right from the beginning. It’ll most likely be added in a patch; however, we’ve already prepared a place for it.

As for same-sex marriage, this is an extremely controversial topic that has been under discussion in the MMO world for the past few years. First we would like to start out with opposite-sex marriage, and then consider the feedback from our players in order to make a careful decision. I can’t say whether or not it will be possible at this point in time. I’d like to keep dialog open with our players as we deliberate the matter.
—Gildrien

The interview in the forum may be viewed here.

Final Fantasy XIV comes to an end as A Realm Reborn is set to launchEdit

November 11th by Coolawits

Final Fantasy XIV came to a crashing end as the Seventh Umbral Era storyline ended. Featuring a major apocalyptic event, the game was played by a number of gamers, eager to see the last few moments before the reboot - leading to a number of server crashes. Marking the official end of the game, a trailer featuring the last moments of Final Fantasy XIV was released, entitled "End of an Era".

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, a major reboot of the game, is set for beta testing shortly and full release in 2013.

See the trailer and a report here at Kotaku.

Final Fantasy XIV now playable regardless of subscription statusEdit

November 8th by DiamondEdge

Square Enix has announced that all players that have created a Final Fantasy XIV account at some point may now login in the game to witness the the grand finale of the Seventh Umbral Era. The final battle is scheduled to begin on Saturday, November 10, at 10:00 p.m PST and will last until the current version of the game is officially shut down, two hours later.

Other planned events include the release of a new Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn trailer and a live Q&A session with Naoki Yoshida on youtube.

Source: Final Fantasy XIV Lodestone - Adventurers of Eorzea, Arise!

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Sketch unveiled at London ConventionEdit

November 3rd by Coolawits

At a Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary event held in London, a brand new Lightning sketch was unveiled.

See the sketch here.

Final Fantasy Type-0 English localization mentioned by Square Enix scenario directorEdit

November 3rd by Cat (meowhunt)

Hajime Tabata, the scenario director of Final Fantasy Type-0 revealed today the game may be localized to English, and possibly other languages as well. In an interview with GameStop, he explained:

Due to market reasons, we are taking a clean slate in terms of our plans. We feel strongly about bringing this title to the fans in North America and Europe, so if an opportunity arises that can become a conclusive factor, we are prepared to go into consideration right away.

Source: GameSpot - Fantasy Star: Talking to Final Fantasy Scenario Director Hajime Tabata

October 2012Edit

Praying Brage to be connected to Flying Fairy through costumeEdit

October 29th by Cat (meowhunt)

Square Enix has revealed that players of Bravely Default: Praying Brage can get a "prayer clothes" costume in Bravely Default: Flying Fairy for Edea Lee.

Source: Siliconera

Final Fantasy VII PC version price reductionEdit

October 26th by Keltainentoukokuu

The downloadable PC version of Final Fantasy VII released earlier this year is now discounted in price and available for $6.99 instead of the usual $11.99.

Square Enix Store

Square Enix announces sequel to Bravely Default: Flying Fairy called Praying BrageEdit

October 25th by Cat (meowhunt)

Square Enix has announced a sequel to the recently-released Bravely Default: Flying Fairy gaiden game named Bravely Default: Praying Brage, which will be a free-to-play browser game that will enter beta in eight days, on the first of November. It will involve four "Crystal Mikos" in a power struggle, and will take place 200 years after the events of Flying Fairy. The main character will be named Idea le Oblige, and the game may be ported to the 3DS.

Source: RPG Site: Bravely Default: Praying Brage revealed as a F2P browser game

Square Enix joins forces with GREE for a social card gameEdit

October 23rd by Kaimi

Square Enix has announced that they joined forces with GREE to create a new social Final Fantasy game which uses a card battle system. Not much is known about the game aside of it will have character cards of the entire series.

Chocobo's Chocotto Farm was also announced.

Source: Siliconera.com

Square Enix looking for a Final Fantasy superfanEdit

October 19th by Keltainentoukokuu

As part of the of Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary celebrations, Square Enix is holding a "Final Fantasy Superfan" contest. Contestants need to make a video around 30-60 seconds in length to convince Square Enix they are the superfan in Final Fantasy fandom. Winner will have their name credited in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and get two VIP tickets to the Paris show of Distant Worlds: Final Fantasy that takes place on January 12, 2013.

More info here

September 2012Edit

Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC is on sale until October 1stEdit

September 26th by Keltainentoukokuu

Majority of the Final Fantasy XIII-2 downloadable content is on sale until the beginning of October.

See the new prices here for PlayStation 3.
See the new prices here for Xbox 360.

Final Fantasy III will be released on the North American PSNEdit

September 21st by Jblancosegura

The PSP version of Final Fantasy III will be released on September 25th, 2012 on the North American Playstation Network store. As announced on the official Playstation Blogcast.

Source (around minute 30 to 35).

IGN declares Final Fantasy VI the best RPG of all timeEdit

September 14th by Jblancosegura
Edited by: 18:23, September 16, 2012 (UTC)

IGN recently made a list of the top 100 RPGs of all time and declared Final Fantasy VI number 1. Other games of the series can be found throughout the list:

Source

Novelizations of First Three Final Fantasy Games AnnouncedEdit

September 3rd by Some Color Mage

Another announcement from the 25th Anniversary show has revealed a book containing novelizations of Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy II and Final Fantasy III. Titled Final Fantasy I, II, III Memory of Heroes, it will be released this fall in Japan. It is unknown if it will be translated.

Source

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII AnnouncedEdit

September 1st by NowIt'sTimeToDie and edited by Cat (meowhunt)

Today Square Enix announced that the final entry in the long-famed 'Lightning Saga', which will possibly end the Final Fantasy XIII subseries, is Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Unlike previous Final Fantasy XIII games, the ONLY playable character will be Lightning, but the player will have the ability to change her appearance and equipment in real time. It will take place hundreds of years after Final Fantasy XIII-2, and the player will have thirteen days before the world ends; a day-night and weather system will also be implemented.

Source

August 2012Edit

Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Compilation AnnouncedEdit

August 31st by Doreiku Kuroofangu
Edited by COOLAWITS ~TALK | YFC | XVI | DQFF~

Square Enix has announced a hefty bundle package for the 25th anniversary of the series. Called the "Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Ultimate Box", the bundle will include PS1 discs for all of the first nine Final Fantasy games, with the exception of Final Fantasy III which is on PSP UMD, then PS2 discs for Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy XI Vana'diel Collection 2 (which is the base game plus several expansions, though precisely which ones is currently unsure) and Final Fantasy XII, and Final Fantasy XIII for PS3. The entire collection is adorned with new Yoshitaka Amano artwork of the main heroes of the series, both on the box for the set and the discs themselves.

The set will also include an anniversary video disc, an art gallery disc, a two disc anniversary music CD, an item code to unlock the "Mogu Mogu Earring" in Final Fantasy XIV, and a mini replica of the set for display. The collection will cost ¥35,000 (approximately $450).

Along with the collection, a trio of new anniversary Ultimania guides are on their way. Named "Final Fantasy 25th Memorial Ultimania", the guides will contain obscure information about the worlds and characters of Final Fantasy, including new never-before-seen artwork. Guide 1 will cover the original Final Fantasy through to Final Fantasy VI, Guide 2 covers Final Fantasy VII through to Final Fantasy IX, and Guide 3 will cover Final Fantasy X through to Final Fantasy XIV. The complete set of all three guides will cost ¥9,765.

All the items are available through the company's e-store. Additionally, if one buys all three Ultimania guides, they are said to receive an unspecified bonus. Both are the box set and Ultimania are scheduled for December 18th release.

Sources - 1, 2 and 3 (Japanese)

Final Fantasy Versus XIII New Teaser Sketch OutEdit

August 31st by Coolawits

A hand drawn sketch of Final Fantasy Versus XIII's main protagonist Noctis Lucis Caelum has been unveiled, following the start of the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Event in Japan. Yoichi Wada commented saying that Final Fantasy Versus XIII is still in development and is not finished yet, before unveiling the sketch. Drawn by Tetsuya Nomura, the sketch came with a message in Japanese, saying "Congratulations on the 25th Anniversary. Please wait for his turn to appear".

Source

Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Event BeginsEdit

August 31st by Coolawits

Today, the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary event has begun in Shibuya, Tokyo. The event has already seen announcements and includes brand new artwork from Tetsuya Nomura and Yoshitaka Amano. The event has attracted many Final Fantasy Cosplayers and a number of products are up for sale.

The event is scheduled to continue until September 2nd and will feature announcements regarding the Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Saga and the Future of Final Fantasy.

Check out the news, gossip and pictures here.

Current version of Final Fantasy XIV shutting down on NovemberEdit

August 30th by DiamondEdge

Final Fantasy XIV producer Naoki Yoshida announced the final timeline regarding updates on the current version of the game. A final save maintenance for character data is scheduled for November 1st, 2012, and all servers will be taken down on November 11, as the alpha test for A Realm Reborn will be prepared.

However, Yoshida stated the plans for a poll to decide if players still want to play the current game after that date; depending on it's results, the game worlds may be taken online again for some time, but all character data transfered to A Realm Reborn will be from November 1st. All players with an active subscription by September 30 will be able to keep playing until server shutdown for free.

Source: Letter from the Producer, XXXV (08/30/2012)

Final Fantasy Dimensions Phone Release Date AnnouncedEdit

August 23rd by Doreiku Kuroofangu

A release date has been announced for the iOS and Android port of Final Fantasy Dimensions - August 31st. In addition to the expected touchscreen support, the port will also feature improved graphics. The prologue of the game will be free, with a 250 yen price tag for the first chapter and 850 yen for the subsequent three. Buyers can also pay 2,500 yen for the full game in one package.

Source - http://andriasang.com/con2c7/ff_legends_smartphone/

"Lightning Saga" teaser website openEdit

August 22nd by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix has opened a website for the upcoming release that will continue the story of Lightning after the events of Final Fantasy XIII-2. So far the website only has a background of dark clouds with the text "A Storm Gathers".

Key members of the Final Fantasy XIII series development are said to be prepared to present new information of the direction of Lightning's story. The presentation will take place at an event in Tokyo to celebrate Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary, on 1st September 2012.

Go to the website here

Square Enix to hold an event in Seattle to celebrate Final Fantasy's 25th anniversaryEdit

August 16th by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix has announced an upcoming live event in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Final Fantasy series. The event will be happening in conjunction with a similar event in Tokyo on Friday, August 31st from 1-9PM PT at the ACT Theatre in Seattle (700 Union Street).

Favorites from the numbered series will be on display commemorating the era and spirit in which they arrived to North America. There will be games and contests with prizes ranging from character plushies and to a custom Final Fantasy XIII-2 branded PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 console. Anyone attending will receive a 25th Anniversary poster featuring art by Yoshitaka Amano.

At 7:30 PM PT Yoshinori Kitase, Motomu Toriyama and Isamu Kamikokuryo will reveal new details about Lightning's upcoming story through a video message.

There will also be a Final Fantasy XIV presentation of the demo and some additional reveals.

Source

Square Enix release Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn imagesEdit

August 15th by DiamondEdge

Square Enix released a new batch of new images from A Realm Reborn. These images show the revamped The Black Shroud, the new equipment screen and a few other details, as well as concept art for the races, new areas and monsters such as Siren and Deathclaw. The first gameplay presentation for the new Final Fantasy XIV is planned to happen tomorrow at Gamescom.

Source

Final Fantasy VII for PC ReleasedEdit

August 14th by Doreiku Kuroofangu
Edited by Sorceror Nobody

The PC re-release of Final Fantasy VII is now available for download on-line. The game's normal price is $11.99 US, but for a limited time the price is cut to $9.99. The re-release includes cloud support, allowing players to access their save data when playing on a different system, and 36 achievements, as well as a "Character Booster" feature that allows players to increase character attributes at will to get past sticking points in the game.

It should be noted, however, that the release is otherwise almost identical to the original PC port.

Website

Final Fantasy XII gets a Piano Collections albumEdit

August 7th by Keltainentoukokuu

While other Final Fantasy games have seen piano arrangement albums of their music, Final Fantasy XII never had one. Now, six years after being released, it looks like Final Fantasy XII: Piano Collections will finally see the light of day. A snippet advertising Square Enix Music products has revealed that an album is on the way, with more information being revealed soon.

Source

North American Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary website opensEdit

August 2nd by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix launches a website celebrating 25 years of Final Fantasy. The Japanese 25th Anniversary site has been open for months, but now the North American variant is also open. Through a series of articles through Square Enix Members, and the 25th Anniversary website, Square Enix plans to tell the story of the series start, its journey to today, and look at the future of the series.

Visit the official 25th Anniversary site

Work on Square Enix's new "Lightning Saga Project" has begunEdit

August 1st by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy XIII producer Yoshinori Kitase has told the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu that work on the "Lightning Saga Project" teased for the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary presentation has begun. The project’s title will be officially announced on September 1st.

Source: Siliconera

July 2012Edit

Final Fantasy III becomes launch title for Ouya console.Edit

July 31st by Steamygoreng

Final Fantasy III is coming to the Android based project, Ouya, as one of its launch title in March 2013. The game will feature better graphics than the original NES version. A free demo will also be offered.

Source- http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ouya/ouya-a-new-kind-of-video-game-console/posts/278237

Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Job Demo Coming SoonEdit

July 30th by Doreiku Kuroofangu

According to an announcement on the game's official website, Japanese fans will be able to enjoy a demo of Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on August 1st. The demo showcases the game's job system, allowing access to the Knight, Red Mage, Mystic Knight, Freelancer and Super Star classes, along with limited customization of their abilities.

Source - http://andriasang.com/con22y/bravely_default_demo/

Final Fantasy on Android is available in the Google Play storeEdit

July 28th by Keltainentoukokuu

The original Final Fantasy has made its début on the Google Play store. It is the same as the iOS version and the recent Windows Phone 7 version, both of which are based on the PlayStation Portable remake from 2007.

Final Fantasy on Android is available for $6.99 in the Google Play store and runs on Android 2.1-compatible devices and up.

Final Fantasy at Google Play store

Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Roster CompleteEdit

July 27th by Doreiku Kuroofangu

The fourth party member of the game has been revealed. "Ringabel" (リングアベル), seen on the far right in this artwork, is a young man with amnesia travelling the land in search of a girl to court, and is in collection of what is known as the "D Notebook", which contains prophesies of future events.

The game's summon system has also been revealed, and is one unlike any yet seen in the series. Players will be able to exchange data on their characters with friends over the internet, and can call their friend's character into battle as a summon.

Source - http://andriasang.com/con22h/bravely_default_update/

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn announcedEdit

26th July by Keltainentoukokuu

Previously dubbed Final Fantasy XIV 2.0, a rebuilt Final Fantasy XIV is renamed Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Square Enix hopes this new version of the game will become a symbol of a completely new Final Fantasy XIV and marks the beginning of a new stage as the latest title in the Final Fantasy series.

A new website was launched today, where visitors can check out a new trailer.

Visit the official website.

Final Fantasy VII to be re-released on PC with added featuresEdit

July 4th by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix has confirmed that Final Fantasy VII will be re-released for PC. The new release will include achievements, cloud saves and a character booster, which it will allow the player to pay real money to boost characters' stats and gain gil.

Official website

June 2012Edit

Hiromichi Tanaka leaves Square EnixEdit

June 24th by Jblancosegura

At the closing of this year’s VanaFest, on the 10th anniversary of Final Fantasy XI Hiromichi Tanaka announced to fans across the globe that he will be leaving Square Enix due to health concerns. Tanaka has been with Square, before it became Squaresoft and then Square Enix, as a founding member alongside Hironobu Sakaguchi.

Continue reading here.

Final Fantasy XI’s Newest Expansion will be Seekers of AdoulinEdit

June 22nd by Jblancosegura

Commemorating a decade of Final Fantasy XI, Vanafest 2012 revealed a new expansion for the MMO. Seekers of Adoulin will promise new lands, new tales, new jobs—including the "Geomancer," confirmed on the expansion's official site.

Continue reading here.

An art exhibition for Final Fantasy artwork to be held in ShibuyaEdit

Square Enix will host an art gallery for Final Fantasy artwork in Shibuya to commemorate the series' 25th anniversary. The exhibit will have development materials, artwork by Yoshitaka Amano, various objects on display and stage events. Some items are exclusive that have never been seen elsewhere.

The exhibit is to be held on August 31, September 1 and September 2, the 31st being an early access event, the other two being for the general public.

News on the official website

Final Fantasy III coming to PSPEdit

June 10th by Drake Clawfang

The DS port of Final Fantasy III will soon see release in Japan on the PSP. The game will be available both on UMD and the Playstation Network, and will be released September 20th. There's no word yet on if a North American or European release will follow.

You can read more about the upcoming release here and visit the re-release's website here.

Square Enix releases a tech demo named Agni's PhilosophyEdit

June 5th, 2012 by Jblancosegura

Using a Final Fantasy motif as a showcase, Square Enix has revealed at E3 its Luminous Engine, which it describes as being for "next generation quality games". At the end of the video as well as the official website , Square Enix states it's a Final Fantasy Tech Demo.

Continue reading here.

Square Enix releases new Final Fantasy Dimensions, Theatrhythm and Final Fantasy XIV 2.0 screenshotsEdit

June 5th, 2012 by DiamondEdge

Square Enix released a batch of screenshots for their new mobile game, Final Fantasy Dimensions, english images of the Nintendo 3DS rhythm game Theatrhythm Final Fantasy and new concept art and the first in game images of Final Fantasy XIV 2.0, as well as Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.

You can view those images here

May 2012Edit

Square Enix Announces E3 LineupEdit

May 30th by Kaimi
Edited by Jimcloud, Kaimi

Square Enix has recently announced its lineup for this year's E3, with two Final Fantasy products announced to be shown: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for Nintendo 3DS, which will presumably show English gameplay and allow attendants to play a demo; as well as Final Fantasy Dimensions for iOS and Android, a mysterious product trademarked by Square Enix on January 23rd of this year. It is said that Dimensions is "drawing upon the roots of the series with such features as beautiful 2D pixel art, job-driven character growth, additional scenarios in which to inherit the jobs of your adventuring companions, and a classic story of light, darkness, and crystals, Final Fantasy Dimensions delivers the best of Final Fantasy, retro and fresh alike, directly to your smartphone."

View more information here.

Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Website OpenEdit

May 30th by Drake

The 25th anniversary website for the series has opened. Fans can see profiles for the 14 main series games, with character profiles, highlights of the games's combat systems and notable monsters, and important and famous scenes, all while listening to the main theme of whichever game they're reading up on.

View the website here.

Final Fantasy XI: 10th Anniversary Concert announcedEdit

May 30th by Keltainentoukokuu

Celebrating ten years of Final Fantasy XI Square Enix has announced the Final Fantasy XI: 10th Anniversary Concert will be held at Zellerbach Auditorium in Berkeley, California on September 22, 2012. The event will feature over 70 musicians drawn from the area's orchestras, and be led by conductor Arnie Roth. Attending the event will also be special guests Naoshi Mizuta and Kumi Tanioka who will both be on hand for VIP meet & greet sessions. Concert attendees will receive a special Final Fantasy XI in-game item, the Maestro's Baton. The item registration code will only be handed out at the concert and will not be provided online.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 1st at 12:00 pm on the Zellerbach Auditorium website.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy premiered at London's MCM ExpoEdit

May 26th by YamiNoBahamut

The English language version of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy has been shown with a demo at London's MCM Expo from 25th-27th of May. The demo included the five 'Story Mode' songs from Final Fantasy XII along with other series games, allowing players to experience all five styles of song (i.e. Opening, Field, Event, Battle and Ending).

April 2012Edit

Final Fantasy XIII-2 May DLC images releasedEdit

April 26th by FFfangirl

The first screenshots of the downloadable Lightning episode, "Requiem of the Goddess," have been released, depicting her fight against Caius Ballad with new Paradigm roles exclusive to her. Also released are new screens and renders of costumes for Noel, Serah, and Mog.

Check out the high-res screenshots here at Andriasang

Final Fantasy XIV starts Legacy and Welcome Back CampaignsEdit

April 20th by DiamondEdge

In preparation for the release of the 2.0 update, Naoki Yoshida announced two campaigns for Final Fantasy XIV players.

For the "Legacy" campaign, any player who subscribes to Final Fantasy XIV for 90 or more cumulative days during the period between January 6, 2012 and the 2.0 beta test release will gain a permanent fee discount, a place in the game's credits and an exclusive chocobo mount designed by Akihiko Yoshida.

And, as part of a "Welcome Back" campaign, from May 9 to May 20, anyone with a currently inactive account will be able to try the game again for free.

You can read all the details on the Final Fantasy XIV Lodestone

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Snow and Valfodr DLC DetailedEdit

April 18th by KaizureDragon

The Snow and Valfodr DLC will be released on the May 15th. No prices yet announced. Valfodr will make his appearance in Snow's episode DLC. They also announced that Valfodr will be the most powerful enemy in Final Fantasy XIII-2. Snow has a 30% catch rate and Valfodr’s rate depends on his level, but at maximum level the rate is 100% which should give an idea of how hard it will be to defeat.

More info and scans here!

Final Fantasy XIII-2 characters to model for Showcase Prada 2012 Men's Spring/Summer Collection.Edit

April 4th by Steamygoreng

Final Fantasy XIII-2' characters Lightning, Hope, Sazh, and Noel have been chosen to model outfits for the Prada 2012 Men's Spring/Summer Collection. This is in line with the Final Fantasy series' 25th anniversary.

You can read a coverage here

Gilgamesh from Final Fantasy V will appear on Final Fantasy XIII-2 as DLCEdit

April 4th by Jblancosegura
It looks like our Inter-dimension traveling friend has found his way into Final Fantasy XIII-2‘s Coliseum! Not only that, but there are two new costumes for Final Fantasy XIII-2 on the way for Serah and Noel. Serah’s costume was designed by AKB48 starlet Yuko Oshima, while Noel’s outfit is a crossover from Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed.

You can read the whole article here.

March 2012Edit

Villains Ultros and Typhon from Final Fantasy VI will appear on Final Fantasy XIII-2 as DLCEdit

March 23rd by Jblancosegura
Edited by COOLAWITS ~TALK | YFC | XVI | DQFF~

Ultros and Typhon are part of a new downloadable content pack for Final Fantasy XIII-2. Square Enix have not confirmed when these DLC packs will be out in the US or Europe, but they are scheduled for release in Japan on March 27.

You can read the whole article here.

Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy Tactics appear in Smithsonian Art of Video Games exhibitEdit

March 18th by Keltainentoukokuu

The games to appear in the exhibition were decided by public vote, and Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy Tactics were chosen to be part of the exhibition. The exhibition opens today, March 18.

More information about the exhibition on the official website.

Final Fantasy's 25th Anniversary teaser site opens.Edit

March 6th by Steamygoreng

In celebration of Final Fantasy's 25th anniversary, Square Enix opened a teaser site. The site has links to all numbered Final Fantasy games, Theatrythm Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade. The site also has details on the 25th anniversary concert in London on November 2, 2012.

You can visit the site here

February 2012Edit

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions now available for the iPad.Edit

February 23rd by Steamygoreng

Starting today, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions will be available for download for the iPad. Like the iPhone version, the port will feature touch control menu navigation and will include the re-translation originally done for the PSP version.

The game can be purchased from the App Store for $17.99 or £12.99.

Read the article here

Square Enix and BioWare to collaborate for a Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC.Edit

February 21st by Steamygoreng

Square Enix and BioWare are set to collaborate for a Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC. Though no specifics were given, the DLC(s) will be based from BioWare's upcoming Mass Effect 3.

This is the second DLC for Final Fantasy XIII-2 to be based from another video game. Square Enix recently collaborated with Ubisoft for an Assassin's Creed DLC costume for Noel Kreiss based on Ezio Auditore.

Read the article here

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy released in Japan.Edit

February 16th by Steamygoreng

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy sees its release today in Japanese territories. It is currently unknown if the game will see an overseas release.

Nobuo Uematsu endorses Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.Edit

February 16th by Steamygoreng

Nobuo Uematsu was in tears when he played Theatrhythm Final Fantasy. The famed composer of the several songs featured in the game wrote in Twitter, "I played Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for the first time today. Not too shabby! As I remembered various things from the past 20 years, I was reduced to tears. FF music fans should definitely play it. Won't you cry with me?".

Read the whole article here

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Released in EuropeEdit

February 3rd by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy XIII-2 has been released across Europe on Friday 3rd of February. The game is available in multiple different versions and bundles depending on the region.

January 2012Edit

Final Fantasy XIII-2 ReleasedEdit

January 31st by Munk451

Final Fantasy XIII-2 has just made its proud release in North America on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 with a regular edition, which will be sold for $59.99 and a special edition that includes a four disc soundtrack, an artbook, and special packaging that will be sold for $79.99. European users will have the game released on February 3rd.

Clash of Time trailer for Final Fantasy XIII-2 released in North AmericaEdit

January 27th Just a few days away from the North American release of Final Fantasy XIII-2, Square Enix released another trailer for the game called Clash of Time. The trailer features mostly gameplay videos.

You can watch the trailer here

IGN Rate Final Fantasy XIII-2 8.0Edit

January 27th by Coolawits

IGN have released their review of Final Fantasy XIII-2 following a live stream of the first few hours of gameplay.

The review stated the game's strong points were the lasting appeal of the game, the gameplay and the sound - however they also added that the storyline let the game down.

You can check out the full review here.

First English Final Fantasy XIII-2 commercial releasedEdit

January 23rd by Steamygoreng

The first English commercial for Final Fantasy XIII-2 has recently aired. The commercial features a montage of cutscenes and gameplay videos such as Cinematic action and Temporal Rift.

You can watch it here

Nomura reveals details on Theatrhythm Final Fantasy new demo and DLCEdit

January 18th by Steamygoreng

In an interview in this week's issue of Weekly Famitsu, Square Enix producer Tetsuya Nomura revealed that a second demo for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is being planned for release in early February. "The demo will consist of two songs", said Nomura.

Downloadable contents for the game will also be made available.

You can read a coverage here.

Final Fantasy Origins is hitting PlayStation NetworkEdit

January 5th by Steamygoreng

Together with the demo for Final Fantasy XIII-2, Final Fantasy Origins is also hitting the western PlayStation Network come January 10. The compilation, which was originally released in 2003, includes Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II. It will be available for $9.99

You can read a coverage here

Final Fantasy XIII-2 demo coming to Playstation Network and Xbox LiveEdit

January 5th by Acboyz2

Edited by: Sove

According to the latest Playstation Broadcast, a demo of Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be coming to the North American Playstation Store on January 10th. The demo will be coming to the European Store and Xbox Live on January 11th, according to Square Enix.

You can read the North American report here and the Xbox Live/PSN EU report here.

Final Fantasy X is #1 on Famitsu poll for games that made gamers cryEdit

January 2nd by FFfangirl

Famitsu had conducted a poll for the games that made Japanese gamers cry, with Final Fantasy X at the top of the list. There are 5 other FF titles noted: Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- coming in at second place, Final Fantasy VII at #8, Final Fantasy Type-0 at #10, Final Fantasy IX at #12, and Final Fantasy XIII at #16.

Source: Capsule Computers