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Square Enix has released new screenshots for World of Final Fantasy today featuring protagonists Reynn and Lann encountering various dungeons, mirages, and legendary characters in the world of Grymoire. The roster of classic characters has been joined by Boko, Terra, Bartz, and Gilgamesh’s adorable chibi selves. New mirages can also be seen, such as the memorable octopus we all love from Final Fantasy VI, none other than Ultros. The Mega Mirage Bahamut can be seen with his iconic Megaflare, while the ultra-rare Bismarck lurks in the deep seas.

World of Final Fantasy will be available on October 25th this year.

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JPGames had the chance to sit down with director Hajime Tabata to talk about Final Fantasy XV, bringing up one of the biggest questions from the fans: if we’ll ever see unseen conceptual plans during the time when the game was previously promoted as Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Tabata has simply answered that as he considers what benefit it would bring to the fans and the team, presently there are no plans to reveal anything. He also explained that the quality of the overall game has been prioritized over keeping iconic scenes we know very well from Versus XIII.

Furthermore in the interview, Tabata noted that not all three songs by Florence + the Machine will be heard in the main game. The songs would be technically in the disc, but they can only be heard in the additional content (DLC) they plan to release later on. JPGames also took the chance to ask about the obvious downgrade of the game’s graphics, and Tabata explained that the overall balance between graphics and good gameplay is the top priority.

As a last note, the topic of the antagonist(s) has been brought up, and Tabata said they have a clear plan on publishing information that will clarify who your enemies are going to be. Hints have already been dropped in the Brotherhood anime and Kingsglaive film, and it’s up to us to theorize about them.

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Detailed on the Lodestone, a seasonal event starting from August 27th, 1:00am to September 12th, 7:59am (PDT) will be held to celebrate the game’s 3rd anniversary.

The Show Must Go On

The Crystal Caravan has come to Ul’dah, and plans to put on the performance of a lifetime. To ensure the actors can truly bring their roles to life, however, the troupe leader seeks those who can tell them more of the great heroes who will be portrayed on stage. Adventurers with a love for the theater and the arts are encouraged to seek them out.

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Event Items

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  • Rising Pillar (Outdoor Furnishing): A decorative pillar designed to decorate residences for the Rising.
  • Rising Banner (Wall-mounted): A handsome banner designed to decorate residences for the annual Rising celebration.
  • Meteor Shower (Seasonal Miscellany): A festive firework designed to replicate the summoning of a meteor.
  • Heavensward Orchestrion Roll (Orchestrion Roll): Music roll for Heavensward. Use to add to your orchestrion list.

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  • Wind-up Krile (Minion): She is terribly, terribly sorry to have kept you waiting.
  • Dress-up Y’shtola (Minion): Now with more aetheric… enhancements?
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Dengeki PlayStation will have a special coverage on the 28th of August featuring Final Fantasy XV as a follow up on the updates we’ve received during Gamescom. The coverage is sectioned in three parts (the schedule is Japan time):

  • Part 1 (12:00 to 13:00): “FFXV UNIVERSE” Special Stage
    Akio Ofuji ( “BROTHERHOOD FFXV” Producer)
    Takeshi Nozue ( “KINGSGLAIVE FFXV” Director)
  • Part 2 (14 : 00 to 15: 00): “Active Time Report: Gamescom Recap”
    Hajime Tabata ( “FFXV” Director)
    Akio Ofuji ( “FFXV” Global Brand Director)
  • Part 3 (16: 00 to 17 : 00): “FFXV” Special Talk Stage ”
    Shuhei Yoshida (Sony Worldwide Studios President)
    Hajime Tabata ( “FFXV” Director)

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A documentary covering the entire Final Fantasy franchise will air on the French national TV channel D8 this coming Saturday on 10:45pm French time. As seen in this brief sneak peek, it will feature different people commenting on the evolution and influence of the Final Fantasy brand throughout the years in different mediums. The documentary is in French, and it is unknown if Square Enix will make it available worldwide with English subtitles.

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A listing for Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV on Australian website JB HIFI confirmed the list of special features that will be available on the DVD and Blu-ray upon release.

The special features listed are:

  • A Way With Words: Epic and Intimate Vocals
  • Emotive Music: Scoring The Kingsglaive
  • Fit For The Kingsglaive: Building the World
  • To Capture The Kingsglaive: The Process

Also listed on the packaging is a behind the scenes features with Aaron Paul (Nyx Ulric), Lena Headey (Lunafreya Nox Fleuret), and Sean Bean (King Regis Lucis Caelum).

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is listed as launching September 29th 2016 in Australia and October 4th 2016 in the United States. With Final Fantasy XV‘s delay, it is yet to be seen if the physical release of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV will be pushed back as well with Square Enix stating the following:

We’ll notify whether the release dates for the disc version of both KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV™ and BROTHERHOOD FINAL FANTASY XV™ will be changed or unchanged at a later time. The release date of KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV digital version is unchanged from August 30.

 

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PAX West 2016 is one of the premiere gaming events in North America and promises to deliver plenty of entertainment for gamers who attend the event from September 2-5.  During PAX West 2016, Square Enix plans to host panels and offer hands-on demos of their upcoming titles like Final Fantasy XVWorld of Final Fantasy, and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age.

There will also be a dedicated booth for Final Fantasy XV located at #2309 where fans can try the game and get Final Fantasy XV-themed shirts!

View the list for panels below:

FINAL FANTASY XV 
Saturday, September 3, 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Wyvern Theater at Westin Seattle
Join Director Hajime Tabata as he dives into the gameplay and battle mechanics of how this generation’s action RPG, FINAL FANTASY XV will come to life.

WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY™
Saturday, September 3, 6:00-7:00 p.m. – Hydra Theater
Join game director Hiroki Chiba and other guests as they delve into the whimsical and magical WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY.

Square Enix will also have plenty of Final Fantasy demos available on the showroom floor at PAX West 2016. Check out the list below:

FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS®
Platform: iOS, Android
Developer: Square Enix / gumi Inc.
Available: Now Available
FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS is a brand new turn-based FINAL FANTASY adventure made for mobile devices and aimed at a worldwide audience. The game uses classic battle systems with a simplified mobile interface and a throwback pixel art style fused with rich 3D graphics. Adventures will begin their quest for a highly-coveted crystal, shortly meeting two knights from Grandshelt, and a young girl. Well-known FINAL FANTASY characters also appear in this game. The free-to-play mobile title has been downloaded over five million times worldwide (outside of Japan’s 6.5 million players) in the first month following its launch.

FINAL FANTASY XII: THE ZODIAC AGE
Platform PlayStation®4 system
Developer Square Enix
ESRB: Rating Pending
Available 2017
FINAL FANTASY XII: THE ZODIAC AGE improves upon the 2006 classic FINAL FANTASY XII, now more beautiful and easier to play than ever. The HD remaster introduces a reconstructed battle design and a revamped job system. With updated trophies and share functionalities, as well as stark visual and sound improvements, players both returning and new to the game will experience a grand adventure through the world of Ivalice in an entirely new and improved way.

FINAL FANTASY XV
Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation®4 system
Developer: Square Enix
ESRB: T (Teen)
Available: November 29, 2016
FINAL FANTASY XV is the highly anticipated action RPG serving as the 15th installment in the landmark series. The game tells the engaging tale of Crown Prince Noctis and his comrades, out on the road and fending for their lives after the armed forces of Niflheim launch a surprise assault upon the Kingdom of Lucis. Featuring an open-world environment, a captivating cast of characters, breathtaking visuals and real-time combat, FINAL FANTASY XV is the ultimate experience for series veterans and newcomers alike. The game’s universe is expanded with KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV, the fully CG animated movie from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) featuring the voices of Aaron Paul, Lena Headey and Sean Bean, along with an anime series titled BROTHERHOOD FINAL FANTASY XV. Fans who complete the demo will receive an exclusive t-shirt.

WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY
Platform: PlayStation®4 system, PlayStation®Vita system
Developer: Square Enix
ESRB: E10+
Available: October 25, 2016
WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY combines classic RPG gameplay mechanics with fresh and imaginative visuals in an adorable adventure. As a brand-new addition to the FINAL FANTASY franchise, this game can be enjoyed by both fans and newcomers to the series as it expands FINAL FANTASY lore to a new generation of gamers. Players will lead a pair of twins through varied FINAL FANTASY worlds to collect, raise and take into battle the adorably familiar monsters including the Cactuar, Tonberry, and Behemoth. WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY dual-sided posters will be given away at the booth.

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Three years ago on the 27th of August Square Enix did an amazing feat with the relaunch of the 14th mainline title of the series, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Online. Leading the game’s rise to massive success, Naoki Yoshida has sat down with MMORPG.com to look back at their achievements and what awaits in the future.

Yoshida once again attributes its success to the unyielding and open-minded support of the players and fans, and the development team and departments within Square Enix. Final Fantasy XIV is by far his most successful project in his career, and he is thankful for the continuous support and asks to look forward more on what is to come. He has pointed out that despite XIV being the first MMORPG ever to have a reboot, the amount of players who still gave it a chance was beyond their imagination. Yoshida claims that at the core of XIV‘s vision is the team’s strong relationship with the community and continuous effort in expanding it, while taking into consideration the emotional impact XIV 1.0‘s failure had on the first players. Another thing is finding the right balance in the game’s difficulty considering the aspects of high-level raid content and max-leveled job actions, ensuring the players’ enjoyment. The next expansion, 4.0, is currently well under development with the main scenario complete and its voice-over work about to begin. Yoshida teasingly hints to look out for the North American Fan Festival on October 14th for more announcements.

Meanwhile, Yoshida recently had a brief chat with DualShockers at Gamescom 2016, detailing what he has discussed with Microsoft regarding the possible port of Final Fantasy XIV to Xbox One. Yoshida explained that with Microsoft’s current regulations it will be difficult to make it possible. Both parties have not arrived to a final decision yet and are planning to have another meeting during Tokyo Game Show 2016 next month.

Meet the cast of Final Fantasy XV

August 22nd, 2016 by Joey

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It’s here. It’s finally here.

Square Enix released a new video for Final Fantasy XV revealing the voice cast for many of its main characters.

The FINAL FANTASY XV cast includes:
●      Ray Chase (Xenoblade Chronicles X, Killer Instinct) as Noctis
●      Adam Croasdell (Shadow of Mordor, Reign, NCIS, Once Upon a Time) as Ignis
●      Robbie Daymond (Sailor Moon, TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan) as Prompto
●      Chris Parson (Overwatch, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Rango) as Gladio
●      Jim Pirri (Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, The Penguins of Madagascar) as Regis
●      Amy Shiels (Twin Peaks remake, Call of Duty: Black Ops) as Luna
●      Matt Mercer (Overwatch, Resident Evil, Fallout 4) as Cor
●      Darin De Paul (Overwatch, Doom, Star Wars: The Old Republic) as Ardyn
●      Kari Wahlgren (Rick and Morty, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness) as Aranea

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WARNING! THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS FINAL FANTASY XV SPOILERS!!!

Gamescom 2016 has come and gone and it’s been an eventful one for the Final Fantasy franchise. Prior to the convention doors opening in Cologne Germany, director Hajime Tabata took to YouTube to officially announce Final Fantasy XV’s delay from September 30th to November 29th 2016.

Soon after that, a 53 minute gameplay video detailing Chapters 0 – 3 of Final Fantasy XV was released online as well as episode 4 of Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV.

Gamers who endured a long line at Gamescom were given the chance to play 30 uninterrupted minutes of Final Fantasy XV, starting from Chapter 0. KHInsider forum user VoidGear attended this and wrote about her experience playing the game!

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