Final Fantasy XI March Update

March 26th, 2015 by Tony Garsow

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Final Fantasy XI‘s March Update is here, and brings with it new features and updates to existing content. Vagary, a new type of battle content, will set players against the Xol Triumvirate introduced in the Seekers of Adoulin expansion scenario. Updates to monster rearing in the Mog Gardens, new wanted objectives for Unity Concord are included as well as changes and balancing to existing jobs.

Patches for the game are scheduled to continue until November, after which service will only be available through Windows PC.

Further details on this month’s version update can be read here.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper Now Available

March 26th, 2015 by Tony Garsow

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper is now available for iOS and Android. From Square Enix and DeNA, the free-to-play smartphone game is a nostalgia-filled trip that will allow you to collect Final Fantasy characters as 2D sprites and use them in battles.

You can download now via iTunes or Google Play.

The Battle for Ishgard Begins

March 24th, 2015 by Tony Garsow

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“When a great wyrm roars, his brethren cannot choose but answer. We prepare for battle.” — Lucia

With the arrival of Patch 2.55 (also referred to as Before the Fall – Part II) on March 31st, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn‘s scenario will conclude with The Battle of Ishgard. In the new screenshots below, we see the holy city under attack by various dragonkin, no longer repelled by a magical paling.

It highlights the ongoing conflict between Ishgard and Dravania, a thousand-year Dragonsong War — a major theme to be explored in the forthcoming Heavensward expansion.

Our battle is at The Steps of Faith, the bridge that connects Ishgard to Coerthas, against the dragon Vishap and an army under his command.

The impending battle in Ishgard isn’t the only threat to challenge the Warrior of Light and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, another will unfold in the sultanate of Ul’dah — the resolution of which could potentially throw Eorzea’s great city-states, and their Grand Companies, into chaos.

Here’s the official preview from Square Enix:

A great wyrm’s roar echoes through the skies of Coerthas, calling all dragonkind to war. The Gates of Judgement, Ishgard’s outermost defenses, now come under attack. With the city’s very survival in the balance, can the Scions of the Seventh Dawn rally the Eorzean Alliance — or is the Holy See doomed to fall?

The Steps of Faith — the sole means of approaching the city of Ishgard. As well as providing passage across the Sea of Clouds, this great stone bridge also serves to anchor the series of arcane wards known as Daniffen’s Collar.

Long has the Holy See relied upon these barriers to shield the city from Dravanian assault, but it did not foresee the brazen attack that would take place at the Gates of Judgement. The outermost layer of protection has been dispelled, allowing the mighty dragon Vishap to land upon the far end of the Steps of Faith. Leading an army of lesser kin, the massive creature is intent on destroying the exposed foundations of the remaining wards. Take up position alongside the Temple Knights, and defend the structure from the ravaging forces of the Horde!

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward arrives June 23rd with Early Access starting June 19th.

Dissidia Closed Conference on April 10

March 23rd, 2015 by Tony Garsow

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Recently revealed at JAEPO 2015, Dissidia: Final Fantasy for arcades will be a brand-new take on the 3D arena fighter that first debuted on the PlayStation Portable. Featuring all-new graphics, this new Dissidia will spotlight three-on-three battles.

Square Enix will disclose more information about the game at a conference on April 10th that will be invite-only. Taking place in two sessions, it is expected that the company will reveal the arcade cabinet, show new trailers, and release new information about the game. The second part of the event will include the developers sharing more in-depth details about the game via demonstration.

So far, Dissidia: Final Fantasy has only been announced for the arcade scene in Japan.

Via: Game Watch Impress

Final Fantasy Week Podcast

March 20th, 2015 by Tony Garsow

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It’s been a big week for Final Fantasy — Final Fantasy Type-0 HD with Final Fantasy XV‘s demo has released, we’re getting hints of a “Final Fantasy Type-NEXT”, we learned more about the future of Final Fantasy XI, and preorders opened for Final Fantasy XIV‘s first expansion Heavensward.

Erren Van Duine (Nova Crystallis), Michael Damiani (GameTrailers), and myself talk about some of the major developments in a new podcast.

To listen, hit the jump below!

As always, you can leave us your thoughts by leaving a comment!

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Our First Look at Final Fantasy Type-Next?

March 20th, 2015 by Tony Garsow

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Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy Type-0 and Final Fantasy XV, was in Hong Kong for an event promoting Final Fantasy Type-0 HD when he revealed a look at what could be the next in line for the sub-franchise. Set in what seems to be a Far Eastern-themed setting (the real-life Hong Kong backdrops may not be part of the artwork presented), what has been referred to as “Final Fantasy Type-Next” has also been hinted in a secret movie (watch it here).

In a recent presentation at Southern Methodist University, one of the Final Fantasy series’ most recognized art directors, Yusuke Naora, hinted he was working on a game with a Japanese style as he sketched a piece inspired by a kabuto. One of these new artworks includes Naora’s signature too.

What are you expecting from Final Fantasy Type-Next? Leave us your thoughts in a comment below!

Images: GamesTalk

New Theatrhythm DLC Available Today

March 19th, 2015 by Tony Garsow

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The final round of DLC as part of “The Second Performance” releases today for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call. New tracks from Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy Legend II, Chrono Trigger, NieR, Romancing SaGa 3, Seiken Densetsu, and Live A Live. “Struggle to the Death” and “Devil Lord Confrontation II” will also be free for a limited time.

BMS Final Fantasy X-2 — “real Emotion”
BMS Final Fantasy Legend II — “Struggle to the Death” (Free for a limited time.)
BMS Romancing SaGa 3 — “Devil Lord Confrontation II” (Free for a limited time.)
BMS Chrono Trigger — “Boss Battle 2″
BMS NieR Gestalt & RepliCant — “Shadowlord”

FMS Chrono Trigger — “Corridors of Time”
FMS Seiken Densetsu 3 — “Meridian Child”
FMS Live-A-Live — “Birds in the Sky, Fish in the River”

Final Fantasy XI’s Final Expansion Announced

March 19th, 2015 by Tony Garsow

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Early this morning at a press conference in Japan, Square Enix announced that a new expansion for Final Fantasy XI will arrive in May 2015. It’ll be the final expansion for the game arriving as a series of updates called the Rhapsodies of Vana’diel, with three updates scheduled for May, August, and November 2015. Support for PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 will end in March 2016, Windows PC support will continue.

Square Enix also used the opportunity to announce a free-to-play smartphone RPG for Japan called Final Fantasy Grandmasters — a game based in the world of Vana’diel. Also, Square Enix is partnering with Nexon for a smartphone client of Final Fantasy XI. The service is planned for 2016 worldwide.


Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Out Now

March 17th, 2015 by Tony Garsow

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It’s been a long time coming, but Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is finally out today in North America. Square Enix has prepared the launch trailer above for the occasion and we at Final Fantasy Network have both a review and a new fan magazine collaborative for you to peruse.

The Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae demo is also along for the ride, and fans are now getting a taste of the newest title in the numbered franchise too.

We want you to weigh in — what are you enjoying in either of these games? Sound off by leaving us in the comments below!

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Digital Magazine

March 16th, 2015 by Tony Garsow

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At long last, Final Fantasy Type-0 will make its way to audiences around the globe in the form of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and we at Final Fantasy Network think it’s reason to celebrate! It seems many other Final Fantasy and JRPG-focused communities under the SeeD banner were thinking the same thing — so we got together to create a new digital magazine in a similar vein to our 25th Anniversary project.

Herein we’ve created a retrospective on the development of Type-0, an overview of the game itself, a look at the creators behind this new installment in the franchise, our impressions, and more.

You can read the magazine by clicking the embedded magazine above, or you can download it from the following links:

View on Issuu (Recommended)
Download .PDF
Download .PDF (Single-page format.)
Download .JPG files (ZIP)

Don’t forget to share your thoughts — leave us a comment below!

You can also read our review of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD in full here.