CTO Yoshihisa Hashimoto Departs Square Enix

July 25th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Many Final Fantasy fans will recall the Agni’s Philosophy tech demo using the Luminous Engine from E3 2012, which displayed an impressive look at the potential graphical fidelity of future titles. Today, Square Enix’s CTO (chief technical officer) Yoshihisa Hashimoto has departed the company, citing personal reasons. Hashimoto isn’t the only high level departure associated with Luminous — Julien Merceron, Worldwide Technology Director, left Square Enix for the same role at Konami.

Hashimoto collaborated with the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn team during development to build a custom engine for the reboot, and was working with Luminous for use in upcoming next-generation Square Enix titles such as Final Fantasy XV. While Square Enix has assured us on multiple occasions over the last year that development is still going fine, it appears that work on the engine the game is built on still isn’t complete.

Hashimoto is succeeded by Remi Driancourt, general manager at Square Enix’s Advanced Technology Division.

Via: Game Watch

Final Fantasy Titles on Sale for Android

July 25th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Select Final Fantasy titles for Android smartphones will be on sale through the rest of the summer Square Enix announced today. Available through the Google Play store, you can check out each game via the links below:

Final Fantasy III $15.99 $7.99 (thru July 30)
Final Fantasy IV $15.99 $7.99 (thru July 30)
Final Fantasy V (July 31 thru Aug 6)
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (Aug 7 thru Aug 18)
Final Fantasy VI (Aug 7 thru Aug 18)

Agnès Oblige Returns in Bravely Second

July 23rd, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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The newest issue of Jump reveals more information about Bravely Second, the 3DS sequel to Bravely Default. Here we can see that Agnès Oblige will return. A new character named Magnolia Arch, previously revealed in teaser trailers, can also be seen in different asterisk outfits: Valkyrie, Performer, Red Mage, and Time Mage. It seems that the Job system will return in some form.

The following may contain spoilers for Bravely Default:

Jump details that after the Bravely Default story concludes there is a period of unrest, during which Agnès is appointed the head of the Crystal Orthodoxy. Relentlessly seeking peace with the Eternians, she attends a treaty signing, whereupon she is abducted by an unknown captor.

No release date or localization plans for Bravely Second have been announced as of yet.

Update: Square Enix’s official Bravely Second website has updated with more images:

Via: Jump
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New Curtain Call Screens, Contest Announced

July 22nd, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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A new batch of screenshots from Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call shows a bit more of the English localization of the game. Over 220 songs and 60 characters will be included in this version, as well as new gameplay modes.

Square Enix has also announced a “Legacy of Music” contest, giving away a complimentary trip for two to an upcoming Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy concert. Composer Nobuo Uematsu will judge submissions of fans performing the Final Fantasy theme. Learn more here.

Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call is currently announced for release on September 16th for North America and September 19th in Europe. A Limited Edition and Collector’s Edition are also available, more details here.

Letter from the Producer Live XVI

July 21st, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Letter from the Producer Live XVI airs today, detailing more on upcoming patches post Defenders of Eorzea, including 2.4 out later this year. Lead Designer Nobuaki Komoto is this episode’s guest and will be taking QA from fans.

Stay tuned as we update this post!

Summary:
– PvP gear will receive adjustments for Frontline, as Morale is currently a non-contributing stat.
– The team is looking into adjusting The Hunt by adding buffs to S-rank monsters other than HP, more Allied Seals for Daily Marks.
– A short video was shown of the Ixal beastman area and cutscenes.
– You’ll be able to obtain an outfit of a certain Final Fantasy character similar to Lightning and Snow in the future.
– A video was shown with footage of Ninja using more abilities, as well as an economic report with Minfilia.
– Gold Saucer concept art was shown, Triple Triad and Chocobo Racing hinted.
– A 14-day Free Trial and Recruit-A-Friend system are in the works.
– Eorzea Cafe will open in Japan, featuring food from the game.

Read the full QA by expanding the article below!


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Free Login Weekend for Final Fantasy XIV

July 18th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Players who have let their Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn subscription lapse will get a chance to log in for free this weekend. From right now until 3AM Eastern Monday morning, you’ll be able to log in to the game to check out alll the new content and updates the game has gone through — especially the most recent Defenders of Eorzea patch, seen in the trailer above.

You’ll need to have purchased the game on any system and have an established account to qualify.

Additionally, the next episode of Letter from the Producer Live XV will air Monday morning at 7AM Eastern, providing more details on the current patch and future updates to the game.

Final Fantasy Battles Relived in Record Keeper

July 17th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Square Enix has launched a website for Final Fantasy Record Keeper, a brand-new social game for smartphones. In this game that brings many of the numbered Final Fantasy titles together, players will assume the role of Deci, the most apt pupil in the kingdom’s history department. Under the tutelage of Dr. Mog and the assistance of Cid, Deci ventures into the history of the Final Fantasy series to take part in decisive battles, with each world representing a game.

By completing challenges in these worlds you’ll be able to unlock characters to use in battle, regardless of the game they originate from. Each character has been given a 16-bit era “make-over”. You’ll also be able to collect equipment and abilities to strengthen the characters you acquire, and we speculate it will be similar to many other games of its like in which fusing “drops” together will level them up to greater power. Per the website, all numbered titles sans Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV represent.

Pre-registration begins today in Japan.


Round #7 of Curtain Call DLC Announced

July 15th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call will be getting its seventh round of DLC music from Final Fantasy II, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, and Final Fantasy X. Vincent from Final Fantasy VII has also been added as a DLC charcter.

Releasing this week in Japan, four selections have made the cut. You can listen to samples of all the announced DLC by clicking here.

• Round #7
BMS Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children — “Beyond the Wasteland”
FMS Final Fantasy II — “Chocobo Theme”
FMS Final Fantasy VIII — “Balamb Garden”
FMS Final Fantasy X — “Via Purifico”
Character Final Fantasy VII — Vincent

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• Previously-announced DLC
BMS Final Fantasy II — “Battle Scene A”
FMS Final Fantasy II — “Imperial Army’s Theme”
FMS Final Fantasy IV — “Another Moon”
BMS Final Fantasy V — “Battle 2″
FMS Final Fantasy V — “Library of the Ancients”
BMS Final Fantasy VI — “Save Them!”
BMS Final Fantasy VI — “Locke’s Theme”
BMS Final Fantasy VIII — “Shuffle or Boogie”
BMS Final Fantasy VIII — “Premonition”
FMS Final Fantasy IX — “Vivi’s Theme”
FMS Final Fantasy IX — “Rose of May”
FMS Final Fantasy IX — “Iifa Tree”
BMS Final Fantasy X — “Blitz Off”
FMS Final Fantasy X — “Thunder Plains”
FMS Final Fantasy X-2 — “Eternity ~Memory of Lightwaves~”
FMS Final Fantasy X-2 — “Under Bevelle”
BMS Final Fantasy XI — “Tough Battle #2″
FMS Final Fantasy XIII-2 — “Crazy Chocobo”
BMS Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn — “Good King Moggle Mog XII”
FMS Final Fantasy Tactics — “Ovelia’s Theme”
FMS Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles — “Promised Moisture”
FMS Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles — “Today Arrives, Becoming Tomorrow”
BMS Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon — “Pop-up Duel (FFII – Battle 1)”
BMS Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon — “Leviathan Battle (FFIV – Battle with the Four Fiends)”
FMS Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children — “Aerith’s Theme-Piano Version”
BMS Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children — “Advent ~ One-Winged Angel”
BMS Last Order: Final Fantasy VII — “Last Order”
BMS Dissidia: Final Fantasy — “Battle 1~Arrange from Final Fantasy IX”
FMS Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy — “Canto Mortis”
BMS Romancing SaGa — “Battle! Saruin”
FMS Romancing SaGa — “Sewer”
BMS Romancing SaGa 2 — “Seven Heroes’ Battle”
BMS Romancing SaGa 3 — “Four Noble Demons 1″

Character Final Fantasy IV — Rosa
Character Final Fantasy V — Krile
Character Final Fantasy VII — Yuffie
Character Final Fantasy X-2 — Auron
Character Final Fantasy Tactics — Orlandeau
Character Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children — Cloud


Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call is currently announced for release on September 16th for North America and September 19th in Europe. A Limited Edition and Collector’s Edition are also available, more details here.

The Freelancer of Final Fantasy Explorers

July 14th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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In Final Fantasy Explorers, players will start out with a Freelancer job before all others. By hunting in the wilds of Amostra, be it regular foes or titular Summons, you’ll be able to gather components to create gear for your various jobs — including weapons and armor. In the images below we can see daggers, spears, and armor sets. Many other classic jobs from the Final Fantasy series will appear in Explorers.

Multiplayer in the game will be supported through local wireless and through the internet. A rudimentary chat system of phrases (think something alike the auto-translate dictionary in Final Fantasy XIV) will also be in place for practical communication.

Final Fantasy Explorers is currently announced for a winter release on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan.

Final Fantasy Explorers Gameplay Surfaces

July 11th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Leading off this morning’s Nintendo Direct, Final Fantasy series executive producer Shinji Hashimoto introduced Final Fantasy Explorers prefaced with footage from Final Fantasy V. In the video you can see the action-style gameplay partnered with single player and multiplayer modes. More classic summons from the series are also revealed.

Final Fantasy Explorers is currently announced for a winter release in Japan on the 3DS.