Final Fantasy @ Jump Festa 2015

November 24th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Square Enix has revealed their Jump Festa 2015 lineup, which will be shown off at the event on December 20th and December 21st. Another of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy XV director Tabata’s Active Time Report presentations will also take the stage.

Here’s what games are listed and what is planned to be shown:

Console & Handheld:
Final Fantasy XV trailer, stage presentation
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD playable demo, trailer, stage presentation
Final Fantasy Explorers playable demo, trailer, stage presentation
Bravely Second playable demo, trailer, stage presentation

Smartphone:
Final Fantasy VII G-Bike playable demo, trailer, stage presentation
Final Fantasy Legends: The Space-Time Crystal trailer
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius trailer

Others:
Dragon Quest X stage presentation
Dragon Quest Heroes playable demo, trailer, stage presentation
Dragon Quest Monsters 2
Square Enix Music & Square Enix Goods Shop

View Square Enix’s official Jump Festa 2015 page by clicking here.

Episode Duscae Demo Available for Limtied Time

November 21st, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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If you’re planning on purchasing Final Fantasy Type-0 HD this March to get the Episode Duscae Final Fantasy XV demo, you may want to know that it will be available for a limited time only.

On today’s Final Fantasy Type-0 HD stream, director Hajime Tabata mentioned that the demo’s release will not be immediately with Type-0’s March release and also shared that it will be “available for a limited time”.

The demo is said to be around an hour long, perhaps three or four for the adventurous. The contents haven’t been wholly decided yet, and still depend on different factors based on how development is going.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will release on March 17th (North America) and March 20th (Europe) for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Included with your purchase is a voucher for Final Fantasy XV’s Episode Duscae demo.

SE Presents: Type-0 HD with Hajime Tabata

November 21st, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Square Enix Presents is hosting a Final Fantasy Type-0 HD stream with special guest Hajime Tabata, the game’s director. This interview will cover the world of Orience in which Type-0 is set, including the characters that comprise Class Zero, fourteen students of the Suzaku Akademia that serve as the playable protagonists. Square Enix will also relay questions submitted by fans for Tabata to answer.

In gameplay footage shared by Tabata, we can see updates to the camera fans had pointed out as problematic.

Square Enix shared a surprise for fans, revealing that a trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will play ahead of The Hunger Games Mockingjay part 1, opening in theaters tomorrow. (Whether or not it shows may depend on your location, more likely in larger cities.)

Watch the “We Have Arrived” extended cinema trailer below:

This DLC is Included in Final Fantasy XIII-2 PC

November 19th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Square Enix has revealed a list of downloadable content that came with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version of Final Fantasy XIII-2 that will be included with the PC release free of charge.

Not all of the DLC available for the console versions due to licensing agreements and contractual obligations such as the Mass Effect and Assassin’s Creed costumes, console-exclusive DLC between Sony and Microsoft, or retailers with pre-order exclusives like GameStop.

Final Fantasy XIII-2‘s PC release will include the ability to select Japanese or English audio, support for 60 frames-per-second gameplay, and the ability to customize a resolution (720p, 1080p, and above). Square Enix will also retroactively update Final Fantasy XIII PC to include 60 FPS support and resolution options.

Here’s a look at what’s included:

Scenarios:
Sazh: Heads or Tails?
Lightning: Requiem of the Goddess
Snow: Perpetual Battlefield

Coliseum Battles:
Omega from Final Fantasy V
Gilgamesh from Final Fantasy V
Ultros & Typhon from Final Fantasy VI
PuPu from Final Fantasy VIII
Lightning & Lieutenant Amodar from Final Fantasy XIII
• PSICOM officer Jihl Nabaat from Final Fantasy XIII

Outfits:
Summoner’s Garb for Serah
Beachwear for Serah
White Mage for Serah
Battle Attire for Noel
Spacetime Guardian for Noel
Black Mage for Noel
A Wondrous Wardrobe for Mog

Final Fantasy XIII-2 will release on Steam December 11th, 2014.

Final Fantasy XIV Hit By DDoS Attack

November 19th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Players’ ability to log in and play Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn via the North American/European data center was interrupted for several hours late last night/early this morning. Square Enix, in an update on the Lodestone, attributed the disruption of service to a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack by an “anonymous third party”. As of this post, service has returned to normal.

A DDoS is an attempt to disrupt service by flooding servers with activity, to the point where they are unable to timely process requests — or at all. Recently, Blizzard partially attributed launch day congestion for its World of Warcraft expansion to a DDoS. Other high profile attacks include the disruption of PlayStation Network and Xbox Live services.

So far, no party has claimed responsibility for the attack on Final Fantasy XIV.

You can read Square Enix’s update on the Lodestone here.

SE Presents Type-0 HD Stream Thu. Night

November 18th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Square Enix Presents will air a live stream featuring Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata this Thursday at 8:30PM Pacific Standard Time. In this presentation, Tabata will be going over major story elements such as the four nations and the fourteen playable students in Class Zero, as well as answering questions from fans.

Be advised that Square Enix has indicated that the stream is Final Fantasy Type-0 HD only, and Final Fantasy XV updates won’t be present.

You can tune in by heading to the Square Enix Presents YouTube channel here. Stay tuned to Final Fantasy Network as we’ll be covering updates shared through the stream.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will release on March 17th (North America) and March 20th (Europe) for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Included with your purchase is a voucher for Final Fantasy XV’s Episode Duscae demo.

Final Fantasy Smartphone Titles for 2015

November 18th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Square Enix announced several new smartphone titles poised for a 2015 launch at a media gathering in Japan. The first of which is a new Final Fantasy Legends game (known as Final Fantasy Dimensions overseas). Titled Final Fantasy Legends: The Space-Time Crystal, you’ll play as a boy (Tomo) and girl (Emo) from two different time periods that will travel though history in order to save the world. Character design and artwork is being handled by CyDesignation.

Click here to view the Final Fantasy Legends: The Space-Time Crystal teaser website.


Co-developed by alim, makers of a freemium smartphone RPG in Japan called Brave Frontier, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius will be a “fully-fledged” RPG that its producer hopes evokes Final Fantasy feeling without being a Final Fantasy-themed clone of Brave Frontier. You’ll be able to unlock Final Fantasy characters to fight with you in battle as seen in the screenshots below. Brave Exvius will also be free to play “freemium” game.

Click here to view the Final Fantasy Brave Exvius teaser website.


Lastly, Square Enix revealed a Portal App companion to keep fans updated with Final Fantasy updates and merchandise. What’s actually of interest in this app is the ability to play Triple Triad minigame featuring artwork from throughout the series. Triple Triad is a card game that was introduced in Final Fantasy VIII, and will also be playable in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn when the Gold Saucer is expected to go live early next year. The Portal App, including Triple Triad, is free.

Click here to view the Final Fantasy Portal App teaser website.

New Final Fantasy Explorers Summons, Cameos

November 17th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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In Final Fantasy Explorers you’ll be pitted against classic Final Fantasy series summon monsters as arena boss encounters. Today the list grows by two more as we get our first look at Alexander and Diabolos.

New cameo appearances through the Trance system include Cecil (Final Fantasy IV), Aerith (Final Fantasy VII), Tifa (Final Fantasy VII), and Vaan (Final Fantasy XII). You’ll be able to play as these characters temporarily, with access to their powerful signature moves.

Final Fantasy Explorers releases on December 18th in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS. Localization plans for North America and Europe have not been announced.


Final Fantasy XIII-2 PC Out Dec 11 on Steam

November 11th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be coming to PCs on December 11th, 2014. Touting “new features and enhancements” according to a trailer Square Enix hosted, then removed this morning. (Update: You can now watch the trailer above.)

Based on feedback of Final Fantasy XIII‘s release on Steam, Square Enix has included an option to customize a rendering resolution, citing “720p, 1080p, and more”. The game will also support 60 frames-per-second from launch. Final Fantasy XIII-2 will run you $19.99, but preorder on Steam and you’ll get 10% off.

The sequel to Final Fantasy XIII originally released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in early 2012. You can read our review of the game by clicking here.

Square Enix plans to bring the entire trilogy to the PC platform, with Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII slated for this coming Spring.

Final Fantasy XI Forever Today Album

November 11th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Square Enix has released Forever Today: FINAL FANTASY XI Seekers of Adoulin Original Soundtrack Plus on iTunes, where you can purchase the entire soundtrack for $5.99 or each track for around one dollar. It features compositions by Naoshi Mizuta, including “Forever Today”, performed by Mika Kobayashi.

The two contribute a special message on the soundtrack’s official website here. It also includes translated lyrics, and Final Fantasy series artist Tetsuya Nomura contributes the album artwork of Arciela, the Swordmaiden.

You can check out the iTunes listing here.

01 Forever Today
02 Worlds Away
03 Monstrosity
04 Clouds Over Ulbuka
05 The Price
06 Forever Today (EP Ver.)
07 The Serpentine Labyrinth
08 The Divine