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December 2013Edit

Final Fantasy X scenario writer hints at future developments relating to the game's worldEdit

December 27th by Crystal Tear

In an interview found in the Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Ultimania, Kazushige Nojima, the scenario writer for Final Fantasy X and its sequel X-2, hinted at possible future developments for the world of Final Fantasy X: "If there’s enough demand, then we may possibly see new developments. [...] I would personally like to see a sequel like X-3.”

Later, dialogue translated from the Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster post-credits audio drama, and Nojima's spin-off novella Final Fantasy X-2.5, started and left open plot threads, further hinting at a future sequel. Square Enix has yet to make any formal announcements on the subject.

Sources: Siliconera, Nova Crystallis

Trailer for Bravely Second releasedEdit

December 21st by steamygoreng

A new trailer for Bravely Second has been released. The trailer, unveiled at the Jump Festa 2014, features short gameplay footage including the main character, Magnolia Arch.

Bravely Second is the sequel to Bravely Default, which will be released in 2014 for the North American region.

Watch the trailer here

A trailer for Final Fantasy VI iOS/Android was also shown during the same live stream. [1]

Patch 2.1 for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn ReleasedEdit

December 17th by Jeppo

The first major patch for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, titled "A Realm Awoken", has been released today.

This new patch brings new content, including two new dungeons: Pharos Sirius and the Labyrinth of the Ancients, the latter of which is a 24-player dungeon situated at the base of the Crystal Tower. Copperbell Mines and Haukke Manor receive hard mode versions, primal battles can be fought in extreme difficulty, a new battle against the primal Good King Moggle Mog is available and there is a new hard mode battle against the Ultima Weapon. New items and equipment have been added as spoils for this new content.

The main scenario has also been extended. There are new side quests featuring Hildibrand and the beast tribes. The first PvP battle arena, the Wolves' Den has been added. Free Companies are able to purchase housing plots within any of the three new areas: Mist Village in La Noscea, Lavender Beds in the Black Shroud and the Goblet in Thanalan. Treasure hunts have been added for Disciples of the Land, and players are now able to customise their character's looks from the Aesthetician. Numerous changes have been made for each class and job to address balancing issues.

A full list of changes can be found on Square Enix's Lodestone website.

Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster Collector's Edition and PS Vita release date announcedEdit

December 17th by Keltainentoukokuu

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster arrive to both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on March 18th and will support cross save functionality. The games will retail for $39.99. The combo pack will be available as a download on PlayStation Store. One can also buy Final Fantasy X at retail that will include a voucher to download Final Fantasy X-2 from the PlayStation Store.

A limited edition Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Collector's Edition for PlayStation 3 will be available exclusively at the Square Enix Online Store for $79.99. The set includes a 40-page hardcover art book filled with concept sketches, environment art, and character artworks for both Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2. The Collector's Edition includes a Final Fantasy X HD Remaster original soundtrack (blu-ray music disc) that is over six hours of music set to images from the game, and five lithographs of art.

Source: [2]

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Collector's Edition announcedEdit

December 11th by Keltainentoukokuu

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Collector's Edition will be available exclusively through the Square Enix Online Store in North America. The set has a different cover art and includes an 80-page hardcover art book. The book is wrapped in a dust jacket featuring character designer Tetsuya Nomura's original drawings and will have a foreword by art director Isamu Kamikokuryo. The set comes with a silver embossed pocket watch, inspired by the game's theme that revolves around a countdown doomsday clock. Aerith Gainsborough and Cloud Strife DLC sets are included as well.

The Collector's Edition set will be available through the Square Enix Online Store on February 11th, 2014 for $89.99.

Source: [3]

Bravely Default released overseasEdit

December 7th by Tia-LewiseRydia - Young battle

Bravely Default was made available outside Japan on December 6 and is available to purchase from all good game stores.

Source: [4]

Character designer Akihiko Yoshida is leaving Square EnixEdit

December 5th by Keltainentoukokuu

Akihiko Yoshida, a character designer at Square Enix who has worked with Final Fantasy games, has announced he is leaving Square Enix but will continue working with the company's Bravely series of games. Yoshida is known for his character design on games set in Ivalice: Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift and Final Fantasy XII; as well as Square Enix's hand-held RPGs for the Nintendo DS and 3DS platforms: the Final Fantasy III DS remake, Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light and its spiritual sequels in the Bravely Default series of games.

Yoshida's leaving announcement in his Twitter

Final Fantasy VIII released on SteamEdit

December 5th by Keltainentoukokuu

The PC-version of Final Fantasy VIII has been released on Steam in North America and Europe.

  • US: $11.99
  • UK: £9.99
  • EU: 12,99€

The game includes the Chocobo World minigame, and has a new Magic Booster feature similar to the Character Booster system of last year's Final Fantasy VII re-release.

Final Fantasy VI mobile screenshots releasedEdit

December 4th

Square Enix released the first two screenshots for the upcoming iOS/Android release of Final Fantasy VI.

Source: Square Enix Jump Festa '14, FF-Reunion

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Coming to PlayStation 4 in AprilEdit

December 3rd by Keltainentoukokuu

The PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be released in April 2014. Beta trials will start February 22 coinciding with the PlayStation 4 Japanese launch.

Players will be able to transfer their progress between the PS3 and PS4 versions, but won't be able to then go back to the original game on PS3.

Source: [5]

"A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY" announcedEdit

December 3rd by Tia-Lewise

The producers of the massively successful Distant Worlds concerts have announced a brand new concert, "A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY." Described as "Music from FINAL FANTASY on a personal and intimate scale that has yet to be experienced," it will premiere in London at LSO St Lukes on February 15, 2014, and tickets go on sale from December 18 at 10am GMT.

Source: [6], [7]

November 2013Edit

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Demo And First DLC Released in JapanEdit

November 26th by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix has released the Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII demo from E3 and PAX Prime as a download in Japan. The demo has a special costume. Users with a Japanese PSN account can download the demo now and it is available on Xbox 360 as well, but only for Japanese gold accounts, but will be available for Silver Members in Japan starting on December 3.

The first DLC garb are also out in Japan. Each costume is 400 yen ($4) individually or all three for 1,000 yen ($10). Square Enix will release two more costume collections, one on December 17 and another on February 16, 2014.

Source: [8]

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years 3D remake is now availableEdit

November 24th Square Enix has released Final Fantasy IV: The After Years for the Android and iOS mobile platforms.

Source: Google Play, App Store (New Zealand)

Square Enix reveals Japanese voice acting for western version of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

November 21st by Crystal Tear

Square Enix has announced that the localized version of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will receive a DLC package that will feature both the original Japanese dialogue and Japanese lip-synching, providing "a more natural and localized game experience."

The DLC package will be free to download for the first two weeks after the game's western release, but will require a payment after that period. This is the first time a localized Final Fantasy console game has featured English and Japanese voice tracks.

Source: Eurogamer.net

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Release Dates ReleasedEdit

November 21st by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix has announced Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster will be released in North America on March 18th and in Europe on March 21st. This is for the PlayStation 3 version; no word yet on the PlayStation Vita versions.

Source: [9]

Square Enix release details on the ending theme of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

November 11th by Crystal Tear
Edited by: Kaimi

Square Enix have announced that Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will not feature a vocal theme song. Instead, composers Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta and Mitsuto Suzuki shall co-compose an orchestral piece for the game's finale. The composers said that they felt a vocal theme song would be less personal than a specially composed musical piece.

Since Final Fantasy VIII, many games in the Final Fantasy series have featured a vocal theme song. The English release of Final Fantasy XIII was the first mainline game in the series to feature a song in the English version not made for the game: Leona Lewis's single, "My Hands".

Source: NovaCrystallis.com

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Release Date Confirmed for JapanEdit

November 8th by Tia-Lewise

Square Enix have confirmed the official release date for the Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster. It will be released on December 26.

Source: Gematsu

October 2013Edit

English voice actor outs Final Fantasy XV localization progressEdit

October 27th by Crystal Tear

In an unexpected turn, Jay Preston, a relative unknown actor, announced on his personal webpage and his Twitter page that he has received an unspecified part in the localization of Final Fantasy XV.

The message, which was posted on the actor's website on June 15 (days after the game was revealed at E3 2013), suggests that the localization for the game is further along than previously thought.

Source: RPGSite.com

Square Enix forms the Final Fantasy CommitteeEdit

October 21st by Kaimi

Square Enix decided to form the "Final Fantasy Committee" to ensure quality of future Final Fantasy games.

The Committee will unite four people: Yoshinori Kitase (Final Fantasy VI, VII, Crisis Core, VIII, X, Lightning Saga, and Type-0), Hajime Tabata (Before Crisis, Crisis Core, Type-0, and Final Fantasy XV), Naoki Yoshida (Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn), and Motomu Toriyama (VII, X, X-2, and Lightning Saga).

Source: NovaCrystallis.com

Chocobo Racing 3D CanceledEdit

October 10th by Jblancosegura

Takashi Tokita confirmed to Siliconera Chocobo Racing 3D for the Nintendo 3DS had been canceled.

Source: Siliconera

Play the Demo of Lightning Returns With the DevelopersEdit

October 10th by Kaimi

On Monday, October 14th, at 6:30pm in Central London, director Motomu Toriyama and gameplay designer Yuji Abe will introduce never-before-seen gameplay of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII before giving the chance to play the game for attendants.

Only over-18s are eligible to book tickets. But if you're 16 and 17 years old, you can come, but must be accompanied by an 18+ ticket holder.

It also seems you must be an UK resident to book a ticket.

Source: IGN UK

Vanille Comes Back in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

October 10th by Kaimi

Square Enix has released new set of screenshots centered around Oerba Dia Vanille, but also includes new garb images and outworld communication the game has to offer.

Vanille woke up just years before start of Lightning Returns with a gift to hear the voices of the dead. She's been taken by the Order to the city of Luxerion, is called 'saint' by the organization, and kept safe.

The new garb images properly introduce the Purple Moon' ball gown (known as 'Crescent Moon' in Japan) which is magic-oriented, fire-centered garb; White Knight (known as 'Paladin' in Japan) characterized by high HP and defensive capabilities, and 'Ranger' (known as 'Strider' in Japan).

The outworld communication allows the player to make snapshots with the possibility of excluding Lightning from them, sending messages to friends, and sharing battle scores.

Source: NovaCrystallis.com

Final Fantasy VI coming to smartphonesEdit

October 9th by Drake Clawfang

Final Fantasy VI will be coming to smartphones sometime in the near future. Similarly to the recent smartphone release of Final Fantasy V, the game will feature enhanced 2D sprite-based graphics, and unspecified adjustments to the battle system that will require less level-grinding than the original game demanded.

Square Enix's Takashi Tokita said the influx of smartphone ports of Final Fantasy titles will not stop with VI, stating the company is aware of the fanbase behind Final Fantasy VII and is not ruling out possibilities regarding that game in the future.

Source - Siliconera

September 2013Edit

Square Enix releases glimpse of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII / Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Crossover Edit

September 26th by Jamar Redstone

More details of the collaboration between Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn were revealed at the Tokyo Game Show.

On November 14th, a FATE involving Lightning will go live; Female participants can earn gear based on Lightning, while the male gear will be based on Snow. In addition, Miq'ote items and additional clothing are available to be unlocked in "Lightning Returns." The Developer's Blogincludes glimpses of both sides of the coin.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII opening releasedEdit

September 25 by Coolawits

The full CGI opening for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has been released on the UKSquareEnix Youtube channel.

The video features the full 5:12 minute opening FMV, featuring Lightning, Snow Villiers and Lumina.

Watch the video here.

Square Enix's Official YouTube Channel hosted Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII demoEdit

September 20 by RafaAbigail (talk)
Edited by COOLAWITS ~TALK | YFC | XVI | DQFF~ 22:20, September 25, 2013 (UTC)

Square Enix had hosted a live demo of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on its official YouTube channel.

The demo was streamed here, though the video is now unavailable.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years remake announced for iOS and AndroidEdit

September 18 by Justanotherjosh

A remake of Final Fantasy IV: The After Years has been announced for iOS and Android, featuring full 3D graphics in the style of Final Fantasy IV's DS release. The game is scheduled for release in winter 2013.

Source: Siliconera, Nova Crystallis

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Digital Sale ResumedEdit

September 17 by Jeppo

Due to the high volume of traffic that crippled their servers upon release, Square Enix had to suspend download sales of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn almost immediately after release, with those who bought the game through the PlayStation Store receiving a full refund, although this also meant their digital copy wouldn't work and would have to be purchased again.

However, now that the server issues have largely been resolved, Square Enix has announced that they have resumed the sale of the downloadable version. The PC version is now once again available to buy on their website, and the PS3 version is available to buy on the PlayStation Store.

Source: Official FFXIV Twitter feed ([10], [11])

Plans for Final Fantasy Agito and Final Fantasy Type-0 announcedEdit

September 17 by BGMaxie

Producer Hajime Tabata revealed in an interview with website US Gamer that Final Fantasy Agito will "definitely" be released in the western world. He also revealed his intentions to release Final Fantasy Type-0 in the west in some way, as Square Enix has their hopes renewed in launching the title due to the large fan enthusiasm over the title. Tabata could not offer any guarantees, though.

Source: Siliconera

Final Fantasy Agito announced for iOS and AndroidEdit

September 11 by Jblancosegura

The prequel to Final Fantasy Type-0, titled Final Fantasy Agito, has been announced for iOS and Android. Directed by Hajime Tabata, the game is slated to be released on 2014.

Source: Nova Crystallis

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call announced for 3DSEdit

September 10 by Lycropath

The sequel to Theatrhythm Final Fantasy has been announced, boasting a library of over 200 songs (including tunes from Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIV) and 60 playable characters from across the series and a new versus battle mode. The game is set to be released spring 2014 in Japan.

Source: Joystiq

First beta test for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn datedEdit

September 5th by Crystal Tear

The first beta test for the PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has been dated for February 22, 2014.

Those who have the PlayStation 3 version will have the option of downloading the next-gen version for free. Announced alongside the PlayStation 4's Japanese release date at a pre-TGS Sony conference, the PlayStation 4 version of the game will allow for an easy point-and-click interface via the DualShock 4's touchscreen, and easy uploading of gameplay videos.

Source: Final Fantasy Network

Prequel Novel for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII appearsEdit

September 5th by Crystal Tear

Recently, Amazon Japan posted a listing for a novel set between the ending of Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. It currently has no official title on the site beyond "Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII novel" It is retailing for ¥980 (approximately $9.85), and is dated for release close to the actual game's release in Japan.

According to the latest information, the novel tells stories from the time when Lightning is in her crystal stasis. It focuses on personal stories of the people of Nova Chrysalia as their world is gradually eroded by Chaos. While it is more than likely some of these stories will focus on the main characters of the XIII games, no concrete details are known at this time.

Source: Nova Crystallis

Problem solved for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm RebornEdit

September 5th by jeandeve

A maintenance period of more than 10 hours took place yesterday, designed to significantly increase the number of servers and their capabilities, boost connections and make the game more accessible.

Most of the problems that had afflicted the game have been solved and the number of players now totals 413,000. Moreover, the record of concurrent connections was recently beaten with 325,000 players online simultaneously.

The tool mission has undergone a technical overhaul and should be more efficient for quickly establishing groups.

Square Enix also said they will implement a timer to disconnect AFK players. It is scheduled for next week. There will also be a function to transfer your character to another server, though it has yet to be scheduled.

Source: DualShockers

Chaotic launch for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm RebornEdit

September 4th by jeandeve

The launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was somewhat chaotic.

The congestion of servers caused many access problems to the game when it came out a week ago, and sometimes PC and PS3 were not able to connect. Square Enix had to turn off sales of the digital version to stem the connection flow.

Today, Square Enix delivers its apologies and offers its MMORPG players an extra week of free access. They announced the next update will be today, Wednesday, September 4.

Source: jvc

August 2013Edit

First of a three-part behind the scenes look at Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is releasedEdit

August 30th by FFfangirl

Square Enix has released the first segment of a three-part behind the scenes of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Narrated by Lightning's voice actress Ali Hillis, it takes a look into the making of the game with commentary from the development team, and includes never before seen footage from the game.

Video - Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII - Inside the Square

Official service begins for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm RebornEdit

August 27th by Spira

Three days after its early access and almost three years since Version 1.0 began, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn commenced official service worldwide on both PC and Playstation 3.

To coincide with the release, the Final Fantasy XIV: Mog Station, a new service management page catered specifically for the game, as well as a new version of the community portal The Lodestone have also been launched.

Source - The Lodestone
The Lodestone: link
Final Fantasy XIV: Mog Station: link

Lightning Returns Gamescom 2013 RevelationsEdit

August 21st by Kaimi

As one could suspect and as confirmed by Square Enix earlier this year, more information was shared about Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII during Gamescom 2013. The information provided mainly regards Wildlands, Sazh, Dajh, and moogles.

Dajh is bed-ridden for several centuries now, and according to Sazh his body sleeps, while his soul "is not there". Moogles appear living in a community deep within a forest with Mog acting as their headman. Mog is grief-stricken over his inability to protect Serah in the past. Lightning will also come across a rare chocobo called 'angel of Valhalla' which she will first save from a monster attack, and then will need to nurture back to health.

Wildlands is a large area dotted with forests, villages, farms, and other points of interest. The Wildlands Station is stamped in a mountainside.

Source: NovaCrystallis.com
The new trailer: link

Square Enix Acknowledges Fan Demand for the Localization of Type-0Edit

August 16th by Kaimi

Two weeks ago, Phil Rogers, Square Enix America and Europe CEO, posted an open letter, encouraging fans to share their questions, comments and other feedback with him via email. Operation Suzaku – the main force behind the fan movement of Final Fantasy Type-0 – recently received a response that might eventually clear up the mystery surrounding the fate of the title's rocky situation.

It’s not a quick question to answer but I’m looking into it and I’ll update everyone when I can. But I mentioned (again on the blog) that I don’t want to get hopes up as localizing previously released games sometimes isn't possible when the team have moved onto other projects. But I will look into this thoroughly

This is the first time Square Enix has officially spoken regarding the demand for the western release of Final Fantasy Type-0.

Source: Nova Crystallis

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Character Creation benchmark now availableEdit

August 1st - Spira

Square Enix has released the second benchmark program for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The benchmark allows users to try out character creation options available in the release version and also sample various gear options which will appear in-game.

Source: [12]

July 2013Edit

"Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Pre-Soundtrack" released with two trailersEdit

July 13th - Coolawits

Square Enix has released a "Pre-Soundtrack" from Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII in Japan, giving a taster of the soundtrack which will release in Japan on November 21st 2013, the same day as the game.

The "Pre-Soundtrack" contains 6 tracks from the OST. To promote the release, two trailers were released of the game on Square Enix's official Youtube channel. The first plays a new song on top of scenes from the "Divine Task" trailer released at Japan-Expo, while the other shows the making-off the same track.

Watch the trailer here and view the making-off scenes here.

Click here to read more about the Pre-Soundtrack and the Original Soundtrack.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Limited Edition revealedEdit

July 9th - Monterossa

Square Enix revealed Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Limited Edition on the official North American PlayStation blog, along with a comparison video of the original Final Fantasy X and the HD version on Youtube.

The Limited Edition comes with a 24-pages art book and those who pre-order the game on PlayStation 3 for $39.99 will receive a free upgrade to the Limited Edition art book package.

Source: [13]

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be available on PSN at launchEdit

July 6th - Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix has confirmed that Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be available on the PlayStation Network the same day as the boxed release. At present, it is unknown whether the game will also be appearing as a launch day downloadable game on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is releasing on the 11th of February in North America and the 14th of February in Europe for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Source: [14]

Final Fantasy VII on SteamEdit

July 4th

The PC version of Final Fantasy VII is now available on the popular digital game distribution site Steam.

Source - Steam

Cloud outfit DLC for Lightning ReturnsEdit

July 2nd by Drake Clawfang (talk)

As a pre-order bonus for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, players will receive an outfit based on Cloud Strife. Lightning will wear a SOLDIER uniform, wield the Buster Sword, and use Cloud's signature poses and abilities in battle, including twirling the Buster Sword overhead as a victory pose, the victory fanfare changing to the Final Fantasy VII version of the theme.

Gamestop.com's pre-order information for the game indicates the bonus will be available for both for Playstation 3 and XBox 360 releases.

Source - Siliconera

June 2013Edit

Final Fantasy VI is now available for the Wii UEdit

June 27th by Monterossa
Edited by Tia-Lewise

Square Enix just released the SNES version of Final Fantasy VI as a Virtual Console download in Japan. It can be downloaded for 900 yen.

Source - Siliconera

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn coming to PS4Edit

June 10th by DiamondEdge

During Sony's conference on E3 2013, it has been announced that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be released on PS4, and remain exclusive to sony platforms on consoles, being also available on PS3.

No further details have been announced.

Source - IGN

Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been rebranded as Final Fantasy XVEdit

June 10th by Drake Clawfang
Edited by 8bit

During E3 2013, Tetsuya Nomura appeared via a pre-taped announcement to show a trailer for Versus XIII, ending with the game's logo shattering and reforming to show its title is now Final Fantasy XV. A spokesman for Sony stated the game is for the upcoming Playstation 4.

Square-Enix has confirmed that Final Fantasy XV will be available for the Xbox One as well.

Sources - Siliconera - Gametrailers

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is coming to North American PSN Store next weekEdit

June 8th by Monterossa

Final Fantasy XIII-2, the direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII is coming to North American PSN Store next Tuesday, according to the official US PlayStation Blog.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be the first downloadable Final Fantasy of the 7th generation consoles.

Source: [15] [16]

TheSpeedGamers to marathon Final Fantasy for charityEdit

June 8th by Jeppo

TheSpeedGamers are to host a Marathon playing all of the main series Final Fantasy games between 24th June and the 1st July to raise money for ACT Today, an American charity devoted to helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Previously TheSpeedGamers hosted a Final Fantasy marathon back in 2009. Their initial aim was to raise $20,000 for ACT Today, but by the end of the marathon they had raised over $50,000, during which they had also broken the Guinness World Gaming Record for the longest relay on a Japanese RPG with a total of 168 hours.

Source: [17]

Square Enix announces their E3 LineupEdit

June 6th by Kimlasca warrior

Square Enix has recently announced its lineup for E3 2013, mentioning Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII among their Final Fantasy products to be presented. There will also be a media session from Square Enix called Future of Final Fantasy that will be limited only to the press before E3 begins. More detailed information about the rest of their lineup and details about the Future of Final Fantasy are available within the sources.

Source: [18][19]

Lightning Returns set for a release in February 2014Edit

June 6th by Paramina

After projecting an initial release date of Autumn 2013, Square Enix has announced that Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be released on February 11th in North America, and February 14th in Europe.

The announcement was made in an E3 trailer that was released for the game, which you can watch over at the source site.

Source: [20]

Final Fantasy Tactics for iOS has been updated with high resolution graphicsEdit

June 5th by Monterossa

Square Enix has updated Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions for iOS with redrawn unit graphics and map textures. All of the units are now in high-resolution and draw speeds have been increased, addressing some crashing issues.

The game is half off starting today until June 12th; the price of Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions is $7.99 for iPhone and $8.99 for iPad.

Sources - [21]

Final Fantasy IV remake now available for AndroidEdit

June 5th by Keltainentoukokuu

The remake version of Final Fantasy IV that was released for iOS last year, has now come out for Android and is available at Google Play Store.

Source: [22]

May 2013Edit

New Final Fantasy IX quest discovered 13 years laterEdit

May 28th by jeandeve, edited by Tia-Lewise

YouTube user GarlandTheGreat has uploaded a video showing a sidequest present in Final Fantasy IX that, until now, was pretty much unknown outside Japan.

"People dig up random little easter eggs and bugs in old games all the time. What they don't often find are entire side-quests which have somehow remained hidden from view for over a decade."

The sidequest has been known to Japanese players since the Final Fantasy IX Ultimania was released, but went unnoticed by Western players until forum member The_Kusabi_ posted a translation of the sidequest from the Ultimania on the GameFAQs messageboard, which was quickly confirmed by fellow member MysterPixel as a legitimate sidequest still present in the English version.

Sources - Kotaku Jeuxvideo.com GameFAQs thread

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn to be released on August, 27th; collector's edition revealedEdit

May 23rd by DiamondEdge

Square Enix has announced the release date for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The game will be released worldwide on August, 27th, for PC and PlayStation 3. Pre order bonuses include early access to the game, a Cait Sith minion, and a moogle cap helmet.

The collector edition has also been revealed, and will come with a 80-page hardcover artwork book, a bonus disc with cinematics telling the Seventh Umbral Era events, a music disc, five art cards, a Square Enix account security token and four in game items: The Helm of Light, designed after the Warrior of Light's helmet, a baby behemoth minion, a coeurl mount and behemoth chocobo barding. The Collector Edition box cover features an exclusive artwork by Yoshitaka Amano.

The PlayStation 3 discs will be sold for $79.99 (Collector edition) and $39.99 (Standard Edition), while digital download prices will be announced later.

Windows versions will be sold for $69.99 (Collector edition), $49.99 (Digital collector edition) and $29.99 (Standard edition, both packaged and digital).

Players who bought the original release's Collector Edition will receive all in game items, and players who bought the standard game will be able to buy a "digital upgrade" to receive those items.

Source - Playstation EU Blog

Final Fantasy XIV Lodestone

Final Fantasy XIV official website

Final Fantasy VIII coming to PC with enhanced graphicsEdit

May 17th by Drake Clawfang

Final Fantasy VIII has been announced to be re-released for PC, but it won't simply be the same game. Square Enix is planning to upgrade the graphics of the original game, and other new content is being discussed. North American and European players may know that Chocobo World, a Pocket Station game that linked with Final Fantasy VIII, was never released outside Japan but the content it unlocked in Final Fantasy VIII remained in the game. The previous PC release of the game included Chocobo World, so presumably this re-release would do the same.

Source - Famitsu via Siliconera

Final Fantasy XIII-2 being re-released with DLC bundleEdit

May 13th by Drake Clawfang

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is going to be re-released in Japan under Square Enix's "Ultimate Hits" label. Titled "Final Fantasy XIII-2 Digital Contents Selection", it will be released on July 18th for 5,040 yen (approximately $50 US). The base game will be available in stores and for download, retailing at 2,940 yen or 2000 Microsoft Points. A DLC bundle containing the same DLC included on the "Ultimate Hits" re-release will also be made available for download for 2,100 yen or 1,360 Microsoft points, approximately $21 US.

The DLC bundle includes all six Coliseum fights (Omega, PuPu, Gilgamesh, Ultros and Typhon, Lightning and Lieutenant Amodar, and Jihl Nabaat), Serah's White Mage, Summoner and Beachwear outfits, Noel's Black Mage, Battle Attire and Spacetime Guardian outfits, Mog's Wondrous Wardrobe outfits, Serah's Genji Bow, Noel's Catastrophe Blade and Muramasa, and the three bonus episodes for Lightning, Sazh and Snow.

There is no word yet if North America or Europe will receive a similar bundle.

Source - Siliconera

First Final Fantasy X-2 HD screenshots releasedEdit

May 9th by FFfangirl

The first screenshots of the HD remaster of Final Fantasy X-2 have been released, showing off the upgraded character models and textures.

Source: Square-Enix Europe Blog

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn To Be Released This SummerEdit

May 1st by Drake Clawfang

The updated remastering of Final Fantasy XIV is scheduled to enter its third phase of beta testing this June. At this time the Playstation 3 version of the game will be playable, and PC and PS3 players will be able to play together freely. Phase 3 will also introduce the city states Ul’dah and Limsa Lominsa. There is no confirmed release date for the final product yet, but it cannot be far off.

Source - Siliconera


April 2013Edit

Distant Worlds To Be Released On Blu-RayEdit

April 28th by Drake Clawfang

As part of Final Fantasy's 25th anniversary celebration last year, Square Enix held a Distant Worlds concert in Tokyo last year. In June, a Blu-Ray recording of the concert will be available for purchase in Japan. The video will have nineteen songs performed by full orchestra with accompanying vocals for songs with lyrics. The songs include Not Alone, Blinded By Light, Eyes On Me, Battle With the Four Fiends, One-Winged Angel, and series stables such as Prelude, the Chocobo Theme, and the Final Fantasy main theme.

The video will retail for 6,500 yen, approximately $66 US, but it is unknown if it will be sold to North American or European fans.

Source - Siliconera

Remastered Super NES Sound Tracks ComingEdit

April 27th by Drake Clawfang

Square Enix has announced remastered soundtracks for Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy V, and Final Fantasy VI. Final Fantasy IV Original Soundtrack Remaster Version will be released July 3rd, with the release dates for the other two to be announced. First print copies of the soundtracks will have illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano on the cover.

Source - Siliconera

Final Fantasy Tactics Goes SocialEdit

April 26th by Drake Clawfang

Square Enix has announced a new social game titled Final Fantasy Tactics S. The details are light thus far, but the game will cast the player as a clan master commanding different jobs to restore luster to the Crystal. A teaser site for the game depicts familiar jobs and monsters based on Final Fantasy Tactics sprites, such as Flan, Behemoth, Demon Wall, and jobs including Black Mage, Elementalist, and Dragoon. Viera, Moogles and Seeq are included among the sprites.

Source - Teaser website.

Bravely Default: Flying Fairy to See Overseas ReleaseEdit

April 3rd by Drake Clawfang

The website Siliconera has confirmed that Bravely Default: Flying Fairy will see a release for English-speaking audiences. The site states the information came from "trusted sources" during the Game Developers Conference.

Source - Siliconera

April Fools - Lightning Returns Rebranded for NESEdit

April 1st by Drake Clawfang

Today Square-Enix has announced that Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the closing chapter of the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, will be rebranded as an NES-exclusive game. Motomu Toriyama has explained that he hopes this decision will respond to the fandom's complaints of declining quality with the Final Fantasy brand. "Sales in the series were not up to my expectations on the Playstation 3 or the Xbox 360. The first two games of the trilogy were clearly perfect games in every way, so the flaw must lie with the console. The Famicom [the NES's Japanese marketing name] is the greatest selling video game console of its time and revolutionized the home video game industry. The Final Fantasy series was once part of that great legacy, and it is my hope we can recapture that."

Toriyama has said he is still looking at the possibility of including DLC elements for the game. "So far there have been difficulties adapting DLC to the Famicom system. Some of my staff have expressed concerns that the Famicom has no capacity to connect to the Internet, but I am certain we can come up with innovations to solve this problem. Standard operating procedure to make more money used to be to re-release our games in Japan six months after the initial release with a few bonus features added. Obviously this was a poor business practice, because we never did this in North American or Europe. With downloadable content we can take all those bonus features and release them worldwide, also saving money on the production of new game discs. But the process is still not perfect. We want to make more money, but we still want our fans to be willing to give us more money. It's a delicate situation...please do not quote me on this, I'm not sure our PR department would appreciate me saying these things. No, I said don't!"

Toriyama confirms that the game will still focus on Lightning, and his desire for this game compared to its predecessors is to continue perfecting the battle system. "Final Fantasy XIII almost eliminated the problem of video games slowing down to allow players to play them, it is my hope we can continue to marginalize this flaw to streamline the game as much as possible. The new gameplay system focusing on Lightning cosplaying is working out very well with our player testers, and our art department has come up with many designs even more embarrassing and gratuitous than what she has worn in past titles, so I encourage fans to stay tuned for more information in the future." When asked how Lightning Returns will wrap up the story from the past two games, Toriyama appeared to be confused and replied "Story? Oh, um...there's a god, and he's evil and...stuff...I'll have to get back to you, my head hurts suddenly."

When Square-Enix President Yoichi Wada was approached for comment on the decision, he said "I think he's out of his frickin' mind. We've known that for years around here but I lost a bet so until he finishes this game we can't fire him. But I don't really care to tell the truth, I'm out of here in two months so right now I'm busy stealing all the office supplies I can. Are you using that chair? Thank you."

March 2013Edit

Final Fantasy III released for OuyaEdit

March 30th by Keltainentoukokuu

The Android-based Ouya platform now features the 3D version of Final Fantasy III originally released on Nintendo DS.

Official Final Fantasy III website

Source: [23]

Yoichi Wada resigns as Square Enix CEOEdit

March 26th by Some Color Mage

Following a forecast showing massive losses for the company, Yoichi Wada has resigned from the position of CEO of Square Enix, effective June. He will be replaced by Yosuke Matsuda, Representative Director and Chief Financial Officer. The reason given for this change is "Renewal of the Company's management team", meaning it is possible more changes are coming.

Source: Press release

Final Fantasy V to appear on Japanese iOS on March 28thEdit

March 20th by Kaimi, edited by Some Color Mage

As announced late last year through the trailer for Final Fantasy IV iOS port, Final Fantasy V is soon to be released in Japan on iOS. The game contains upgraded graphics, on quality par with Final Fantasy Dimensions, as well as upgraded portraits. All GBA extras will be included in the iOS port as well.

An Android release is scheduled sometime after summer.

Source: Final Fantasy Network – Final Fantasy V iOS announced for Japan

Final Fantasy X HD to be Bundled with Final Fantasy X-2Edit

March 19th by FF9, edited by Keltainentoukokuu

The Final Fantasy X HD remaster has been revealed to have Final Fantasy X-2 bundled with it on the Japanese PlayStation 3 version. On PlayStation Vita the games will be sold separately. Both games are of their International versions, which include additional content compared to the games' original versions.

Today's revelations concern the Japanese release; no word on the overseas releases yet.

Source: [24]

Square Enix abandons the idea of social gamesEdit

March 8th by Kaimi, edited by Cat (meowhunt)

Possibly much to most fans' relief, Square Enix have decided to abandon the idea of social gaming to make "epic and famous" games. Square Enix explains that the hardcore gamers were left out, and they themselves felt guilty for making Final Fantasy a cash-cow series.

Source: NovaCrystallis.com – Square Enix ditches social games, decides to focus on "epic and famous" consumer games instead

February 2013Edit

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn benchmark and new trailers releasedEdit

21st February by DiamondEdge

Square Enix released today the first benchmark software for the new version of Final Fantasy XIV. The program is used to estimate how well the game will run on the machine, and can be dowloaded for free. Additionally, a new trailer showing the changes around Eorzea and battle footage has also been released, as well as a developer commentary video showing the console UI with an explanation by Naoki Yoshida.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn benchmark software

Final Fantasy XIV - Exploration Trailer

Final Fantasy XIV - A Tour of Eorzea, Part 1

Final Fantasy XIV - Developers' Commentary Gamepads

New Final Fantasy announced for PS4Edit

20th February

Shinji Hashimoto announced a new Final Fantasy game in development for PlayStation 4 during Sony's PlayStation 4 announcement, and said to be excited for this year's E3.

Source: PlayStation Meeting 2013: Square Enix Presentation

First Look At Final Fantasy X Running On PlayStation VitaEdit

18th February by Drake Clawfang

The long-discussed but never seen HD remaster of Final Fantasy X has been revealed. Yuna, Tidus, and Bahamut can be seen posing in Luca in a technical demonstration of the HD graphics. The remaster will be made available on both the Playstation Vita and the PS3.

Source: First Look At Final Fantasy X Running On PlayStation Vita

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions arrives at AndroidEdit

14th February by Kaimi

Square Enix has ported Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions to Android with improved graphics. The game also received some other enhancements as well. The iOS users will get an update with all of the added features in the Android version at a later date.

Source: Siliconera.com – Final Fantasy Tactics: War Of The Lions Makes Android Debut With Enhanced Graphics

Final Fantasy concert by London Symphony Orchestra in MayEdit

8th February by Keltainentoukokuu

On May 30th, 2013, the London Symphony Orchestra will host Final Symphony London playing music from the Final Fantasy series, including Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy VII, and Final Fantasy X.

Final Symphony will be the first live performance of video game music for the orchestra, and the performance is composed and arranged by Nobuo Uematsu and Masashi Hamauzu. The two will be on-site for sign autographs.

Tickets range from £30 to £65 for the performance at London's Barbican Hall.

Purchase tickets
Final Symphony official website

50% off Select Final Fantasy Games for the Series' 25-Year AnniversaryEdit

5th February by Keltainentoukokuu

To celebrate Final Fantasys 25th anniversary, Square Enix is putting a number of Final Fantasy titles on sale on the North American PlayStation Network. For two weeks the following titles will be 50% off.

January 2013Edit

Final Fantasy Sale on European PlayStation NetworkEdit

24th January by Jeppo

As part of the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary celebrations, PlayStation Network are having a sale on almost all downloadable Final Fantasy games. Prices have been reduced by up to 50%.

Included in the sale are the PlayStation versions of Final Fantasy V Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII and Final Fantasy IX, as well as the PSP versions of Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy II, Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions, Dissidia Final Fantasy, Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy and Dissidia 012 Prologus Final Fantasy.

The offer ends on the 6th February.

Extended Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII trailer revealedEdit

17th January by Kamikaze839

Square Enix has posted an extended trailer of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on the North American site. This video now reveals the combat system in action. Along with the trailer, the page also lists several news links from sources such as IGN and 1UP where more of the game's details, for example how the ability system works, on there.

You can see it here: [25]

Square Enix Poll: Favorite Female Final Fantasy CharacterEdit

17th January by BGMaxie

Square Enix has posted the results of the Favorite Female Final Fantasy Character on its facebook page. The poll was held on Square Enix's Final Fantasy 25th anniversary commemoration forums. Forum members could vote for one character only, and if they voted for more than one character, only the first vote counted.

Lightning earns the first place followed by Aerith, noted by winning for a small margin.

See the results here

Square Enix opens Final Fantasy: All The Bravest teaser siteEdit

15th January by Keltainentoukokuu

Square Enix has opened a Final Fantasy: All The Bravest Japanese teaser site featuring silhouettes of Final Fantasy V character sprites battling a Final Fantasy VI Behemoth-type monster. Final Fantasy: All The Bravest is a subtitle which Square Enix trademarked not long ago.

A reveal is planned for Thursday.

Visit the teaser site here.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Beta Test Applications OpenEdit

7th January by DiamondEdge

Square Enix has started the application process for the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn beta test.

Any interested person can apply as a tester, regardless of having played the original version or not, but players with "Legacy" account status are guaranteed to be in the PC beta from Phase 1, and players with Final Fantasy XIV accounts will join in Phase 3. Players still in possession of the promotional code shipped with Final Fantasy XIII can use it to reserve spots on the Playstation 3 beta. Phase 1 of the beta is planned to start in February.

The complete version of the new opening cinematic (which includes the previously released "End of an Era" trailer) has also been released, and can be watched here.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn beta test application form