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Square Enix has announced today that Final Fantasy Explorers, the Nintendo 3DS action role playing adventure title that released in Japan last year in December, is finally headed to the west and will release January 26th 2016 in North America and January 29th 2016 in Europe.

Final Fantasy Explorers features a cooperative play experience where up to three other friends can join together and fight iconic Final Fantasy enemies in dungeons and gather crystals scattered across the land. The game utilizes a refined party system which allows Explorers to try our and master over 20 jobs—including Knight, Monk, Black Mage and White Mage—to defeat the realm’s mightiest monsters and even recruit them for battle. Players will also have the ability to call upon the powers of eidolons like Ifrit and Bahamut, as well as transform into other legendary characters from popular Final Fantasy titles series via a feature called Trance.

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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD headed to PC on August 18th

July 28th, 2015 by Arielle Haddad

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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is headed to PC on Steam next month and will feature a number of updates and including an improved camera, Steam achievements & trading cards, scalable motion blur settings, customizable dynamic screenshot mode, full controller support, upgraded graphics resolution options, increased blood levels, character speed boosts, and more!

Also, Square Enix and Valve have partnered up to offer gamers who pre-purchase Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on Steam a special promotion package for DOTA 2 containing Master Chocobo and Class Zero’s Moogle and an exclusive Final Fantasy Type-0 HD loading screen.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on PC will release August 18th 2015 for $29.99, and is currently on sale for $26.99 until release.

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Final Fantasy XV Gamescom 2015 Scheduled Revealed

July 24th, 2015 by Arielle Haddad

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Square Enix has finally revealed their schedule for Final Fantasy XV at Gamescom 2015 which takes place August 5th-9th. Attendees will be greeted with daily “Let’s Play” stage shows of Final Fantasy Episode Duscae 2.0 by popular YouTube personalities, Q&A sessions with the development team who will answer fan questions asked online, plenty of free gifts, an exclusive Active Time Report where brand new information on Final Fantasy XV will be revealed, and plenty more!

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With less than a month to go, Square Enix is going large for their biggest ever Gamescom presence to date.

The publisher has announced their line up for this years Gamescom, taking place on Wednesday, August 5th, and heading the main stage will be the long anticipated Final Fantasy XV. According to Square Enix’s announcement, there will be a number of “exciting” stage presentations with key people that will offer us new insights into the ever elusive game.

As was already announced last month, FFXV will be properly revealed at this year’s Gamescom, for Square Enix will begin promoting the full game in preparation for its release.

FFXV isn’t the only title to be showcased, however, as the PC version of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, along with Episode Duscae 2.0. will be playable on the show floor. These games will be joined by more Square Enix franchises, such as Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below, Just Cause 3 and Life is Strange.

According to Square Enix Americas and Europe CEO Phil Rogers, the publisher will set another mark with the biggest show in their history:
“We are very happy to present our sensational portfolio of titles not only to industry representatives but also to gamers from all over the world. Whether it is FINAL FANTASY or DRAGON QUEST, DEUS EX, HITMAN or JUST CAUSE – Square Enix presents its biggest franchises large-scale.”

Naturally, we can expect more info as the publisher teased exciting announcements in the weeks to come.

Alexander Raid Content for FFXIV Previewed

July 6th, 2015 by Josh Lanxner

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It’s been almost two weeks since the release of Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (if you haven’t read our review, click here), and the team behind it seem to be ready to launch the expansion’s respective raid content. Maintenance will occur tonight from 11:00pm PDT – 3:00am PDT, and once it’s over, you’re free to try it out! Based on the series summon/primal Alexander, this series of 8-man raids will have you traversing the interior of the giant machine, fighting many enemies (including goblins) along the way. New armor sets will also be available, which you can click on the photo below to take a closer look at them.

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If you’re wondering about the difficulty, what’s releasing tomorrow is referred to as “Alexander Normal,” and is said to be easier than A Realm Reborn’s raid content, The Binding Coil of Bahamut. This was made this way to appeal more to those players who are not as into the raiding culture, but still want to experience the story. For those who are looking for the stress and hyper-coordination of what FFXIV’s more difficult raid content has to offer, you’ll have to wait another two weeks for the release of “Alexander Savage,” as well as a new Frontlines PvP map, and the Allagan Tomestones of Esoterics, which are rumored to buy the beautiful new armors Square Enix showed off prior to the expansion’s release. Good luck raiding players!

 

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward – Review

June 30th, 2015 by Josh Lanxner

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When you heard somebody talking about Final Fantasy XIV a few years back, you generally only heard negative things. After all, the first iteration of the game, or 1.0 as it is called nowadays, was a deeply flawed game. So flawed that a new team of developers led by Naoki Yoshida took over and eventually shut it down to be replaced with with A Realm Reborn (2.0), an almost complete rebuild. The game has been extremely successful since then, and with any successful MMORPG, expansions are imminent. Fast forward to now, almost two years since 2.0’s release, and the game’s first one: Heavensward (3.0) is out in the wild. Will this expansion send Final Fantasy XIV’s popularity toward the heavens? Or will it fall back to Earth (or Eorzea)? You’ll just have to click “Read More” to find out…

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Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden

A brand new Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden, better known as Final Fantasy Adventure in North America and Mystic Quest in Europe, is currently in development by Square Enix.

This new title was revealed at the end of a trailer announcing a tie-in between the original Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden and Rise of Mana on iOS and Android devices. Details about the upcoming title remain unknown at this time.

Source: Gematsu

Final Fantasy VII in June 25th Famitsu!

June 24th, 2015 by Will

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Along with Kingdom Hearts 3 and World of Final Fantasy, the Final Fantasy VII Remake was also featured in the latest Famitsu magazine. We’ll have translated scans for you soon!

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World of Final Fantasy Famitsu Scans!

June 24th, 2015 by Will

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The latest Famitsu Weekly released today which features a large interview with the Director of World of Final Fantasy, Hiroki Chiba. These scans will be translated soon!

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Square Enix has revealed that the PC-to-PS4 port of Final Fantasy VII will be releasing Octover 16th 2015 in North America and Europe for $15.99/£12.99/€15.99.

The PC-to-PS4 port was first announced late last year during the first-ever PlayStation Experience for a Spring 2015 release, but was delayed to this Winter while an iOS version of Final Fantasy VII will be releasing this Summer.

Update: Square Enix has told GameInformer that the release date on their website was incorrect and the official date for the PS4 port has not been officially announced.

Source: Nova Crystallis