Explorers Includes Final Fantasy I for 3DS

September 17th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Final Fantasy Explorers is set to release on the 3DS in Japan this December 18th, and Square Enix is seeking to further whet classic Final Fantasy fans’ appetites by including a code to download Final Fantasy I with launch copies. As you can see in the image above, this version looks to be similar to the PSP version that released several years ago. The Final Fantasy Explorers demo will take place at an early stage in the game, but will let you try out both single player and multiplayer modes.

Square Enix also announced that a playable demo will be available through the Japanese 3DS eShop later on.

Currently, Square Enix has not announced any plans for localization.

Final Fantasy XV Demo & Type-0 HD Release Date

September 17th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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It seems at long last Final Fantasy fans will be able to get a taste of the long-awaited and long-agonized Final Fantasy XV through a playable demo that will release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next year. Entitled Episode Duscae, the demo will take place in the early parts of the game.

Those who purchase Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will be able to get a voucher to download Episode Duscae for free — revealing that it may be a paid demo otherwise. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will release on March 17th in North America, but its not clear if the Final Fantasy XV demo will be available on the same day.

Via: GameInformer
[Editor's note: Game Informer has since removed the article.]

Theatrhythm Curtain Call Available Now

September 16th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call is now available physically and digitally in North America. This definitive version of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy includes over 221 songs and 60 playable characters, along with new features such as a Versus Mode, Quest Medleys, and the Collecta Crystarium.

Square Enix has also announced the timing of post-release DLC:

DLC Available September 16th:
Character Final Fantasy VII — “Yuffie”
BMS Final Fantasy V — “Battle 2″ (Free until September 30th)
BMS Final Fantasy IX — “Rose of May” (Free until September 30th)
BMS Final Fantasy X — “Blitz Off”
FMS Final Fantasy V — “Library of Ancients”
BMS Final Fantasy VIII — “Shuffle or Boogie”
BMS Final Fantasy XI — “Tough Battle #2″
FMS Final Fantasy X-2 — “KUON: Memories of Waves and Light”
FMS Final Fantasy VII — “Crazy Chocobo”

DLC Available September 25th:
Character Final Fantasy IV — “Rosa”
BMS Final Fantasy VI — “Protect the Espers!”
FMS Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles — “Promised Grace”
FMS Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children — “Aerith’s Theme (Piano Version)”
BMS Final Fantasy II — “Battle Theme A”
BMS Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn — “Good King Moggle Mog XII”
FMS Final Fantasy X — “Thunder Plains”
BMS Dissidia Final Fantasy — “Battle 1 – arrangement – from FINAL FANTASY IX”
BMS Dissidia 012[duodecim] Final Fantasy — “Canto Mortis -An Undocumented Battle-”

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call will be available September 19th in Europe.

Final Fantasy Characters Join Explorers

September 16th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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It’s not just Final Fantasy VII‘s Cloud that will join your ranks temporarily in Final Fantasy Explorers, but Squall (Final Fantasy VIII), Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII), and Terra (Final Fantasy VI). How it’s done is through a system called Trance, which will allow you to transform into a Legend Character during battle.

While you’ll retain whichever Job (and equipment) you transform from, the Legend Character will have access to their unique abilities from their respective games. In the video above, each team of four players takes on Shiva — one of several classic summons that you’ll encounter in Explorers. Once the player uses Trance, the battle theme from the Legend Character’s game kicks in.

Final Fantasy Explorers will release on December 18th in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS.

Final Fantasy Worldwide Words Debut Trailer

September 16th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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The debut trailer of Final Fantasy Worldwide Words is here, and it gives us a first glimpse of what a Final Fantasy-themed typing RPG is like. Sharing a similar style to Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy featuring designs by Monster Octopus, it appears that by typing various terms your characters will attack in combat with varying efficacy. You’ll be fighting against many classic bosses too.

You’ll be able to collect, level up, and customize many characters from the Final Fantasy series in the smartphone game.

Currently announced for Japan, it’s likely we’ll see more of Worldwide Words at Tokyo Game Show this week.

Final Fantasy XIV 2.38 Debuts Today

September 16th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Patch 2.38 debuts today, and we have a summary of all the major changes coming to Eorzea. The next tier of the Saga of the Zodiac Weapons quest is now available and Personal Housing makes its debut. Adjustments to the ways you can obtain items to un-weather Weathered gear has also been revealed. Read on below for more:

Saga of the Zodiac Weapons:
• The next tier of the Saga of the Zodiac Weapon chain is called Nexus, and will involve Soulglazing your Relic.
• Once your Relic Novus is Soulglazed, you must raise its “attunement level” by completion of “various activities”; at the maximum level, you will be able to upgrade to Relic Nexus.
• Relic Nexus have an item level of 115, the highest currently in the game.
• You have a chance of obtaining Alexandrite from FATEs by equipping either Relic Novus or Relic Nexus.
• Once a Relic is Soulglazed, you can obtain new Sphere Scrolls to re-customize the weapon’s stats chosen in completing the Novus tier.

Dungeons & Raids:
• You can now queue for The Striking Tree (Extreme) via the Duty Finder.
• The rings obtained from The Striking Tree (Extreme) have had their item level boosted from 100 to 110.
• One Unidentified Allagan Tomestone is now guaranteed to drop in treasure chests obtained from defeating Rafflesia in Turn 1 of the Second Coil of Bahamut, or by defeating Amon and Xande in Syrcus Tower.
• One Oil of Time is now guaranteed to drop in treasure chests obtained from defeating Rafflesia in Turn 1 of the Second Coil of Bahamut, or by defeating Amon or Xande in Syrcus Tower.
• One Sands of Time is now guaranteed to drop in treasure chests obtained from defeating Melusine in Turn 2 of the Second Coil of Bahamut; two Sands of Time are now guaranteed to drop in treasure chests obtained from defeating Xande in Syrcus Tower.

Personal Housing:
• Individual players can now buy plots of land for a house, no Free Company is needed.
• Prices for plots have been revealed, and a seventh and eighth ward will be added.
Director/producer Naoki Yoshida has addressed the availability of personal plots in a devpost on the official forums (click here to read). He details that rather than delay the feature until 2.4, two new wards have been added and as a result availability may be low until then. Come the new patch, many new wards will be available for individual players to purchase plots.
• You can now ride mounts in housing districts.

PvP:
• For balancing purposes, Cleric Stance will no longer be usable in PvP; additional changes will arrive with Rogue and Ninja in Patch 2.4.
• The Carteneau Flats will have minor changes to the map.
• PvP actions are now equipped automatically when changing your class or job.
• An issue in Frontlines where killing a pet would give five tactical rating points has been fixed.

Miscellaneous:
• Four new Delivery Moogle quests have been added.
• A Item Comparison feature has been added.
• The background music in Pharos Sirius has been changed (likely Soken’s extended loop from the 14-hour Anniversary stream).
• Emotes /hug and /slap have been added.
• A new /changepose has been added for sheathed and unsheathed weapon status.
• Recipe shortcuts have been added to the Crafting Log, and you’ll also be able to set recipes to your hotbar.
• A new Visual Alert system has been added for the hearing impaired, where different sounds are visualized on screen as colored waveforms. This feature can be activated in the Character Configuration menu.
• Previous hairstyles that are accessible through the Aesthetician will now be available in character/retainer creation.
• Revenant’s Toll will have new structures as part of ongoing visual changes.

Patch 2.38 goes live today! Are there any updates in particular that have caught your eye? Let us know what your thoughts are by leaving us a comment below!

Final Fantasy World Wide Words on Smartphones

September 10th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Square Enix has launched a website for a new smartphone game called Final Fantasy World Wide Words. Adopting a similar graphical style to Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, Worldwide Words is a typing game where you’ll type out Final Fantasy-themed words in battles in rapid succession. Just like RPG titles in the series there will be ways to level up and learn abilities as you progress.

Final Fantasy Worldwide Words will release in Japan on Tuesday, September 16th. View the official website here.

FFXIV Patch 2.38 Drops Next Tuesday

September 10th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Patch 2.38 is scheduled to go live in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn next Tuesday. Personal Housing is set to debut, where individual players will be able to buy plots for themselves. Thusfar, access to housing has been for Free Companies only — with individual rooms introduced later through an Estate.

The fifth upgrade tier of Relic enhancement through the Saga of the Zodiac Weapons quest will become available, though we don’t yet know what will be involved in the process.

After obtaining your Job’s Relic, it can be upgraded to Zenith tier by infusing Thavnairian Mist into it. To reach Atma tier you must obtain twelve pieces of atma that drop rarely from FATEs across the world. Animus tier involves the completion of nine Trials of the Braves books that include various challenges, and Novus tier requires you to infuse Alexandrite and materia into customized Sphere Scrolls.

There will be a lot more for Final Fantasy XIV in the coming days, with Tokyo Game Show right around the corner. We’re expecting the live letter to blow the doors open on Patch 2.4, which will see the addition of Rogue and Ninja, The Third Coil of Bahamut, Shiva, an Eternal Bond (marriage) system, and many other new contents.

Director/producer Naoki Yoshida will also be sharing an Eorzean Census with us, which will detail what classes, races, and so on, are the most popular with players.

Square Enix Launches Dive In Streaming Service

September 8th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Square Enix has revealed a new streaming service in Japan that will let you play both old and new games on your smartphone or tablet. Titled Dive In, players will be able to choose different tiers of price options for longer access to various games.

Starting with Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy VII International, and Season OF Mystery: The Cherry Blossom Murders, Square Enix will be gradually adding more games to the roster. Final Fantasy VIII and The Last Remnant will come in November, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Murdered: Soul Suspect in December, and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII early next year.

An sample of Dive In’s pricing with Final Fantasy XIII:

3 Days = 250¥ + tax
10 Days = 510¥ + tax
30 Days = 1250¥ + tax
365 Days = 1800¥ + tax

You’ll also be able to play the first thirty minutes of each game for free, but you’ll need to make a Japanese Square Enix account.

The service is scheduled to begin on October 9th in Japan. You can read more here.

Bravely Second’s Three Musketeers

September 7th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Following the events of Bravely Default, Agnès Oblige finds herself at the head of the Crystal Orthodoxy as its new Pope. Orthodoxy soldiers Yuu, Jean, and Nikolai are three musketeers (perhaps a clever Job tease) assigned to protect her during what is described as a period of unrest with Eternia.

The trio’s leader is Yuu, seen with short brown hair, followed by accomplished swordsman Jean with flowing dark hair, and the older Nikolai who serves as the group’s healer.

Bravely Second is currently scheduled for a December release in Japan.

Via: Jump
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