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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 FFXIV 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!

Read the rest of this entry »

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A brief new clip from Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV has been released on YouTube today featuring Nyx, the movie’s protagonist and Darutos, the leader of the Kingsglaive. While it is neither a major story scene nor does it seem to take place late into the film like the recently released “Save The Princess” clip, if you’d like to go into the movie completely blind and unspoiled it is recommended that you skip on watching it.

You can watch Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV in select theaters across North America starting today. You can check out if there’s a theater near you over at the official Kingsglaive website. The movie will be released digitally on August 30th. Stay tuned for future announcements of the DVD and Blu-ray versions of the movie at a later date.

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Square Enix reveals the 176-page official art book for the recently released mobile game Mobius Final Fantasy to celebrate its first anniversary. It will comprise of illustrations which can be seen in the collectible ability and job cards in-game. Pre-order is currently open with its official release on October 18th this year with the price of 2800 yen, including tax.

Here are a few examples of illustrations contributed by different artists for the game.

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Just a few days before the start of Gamescom 2016, the official announcement of Final Fantasy XV’s 2-month delay has erupted discussions on what it could imply about the state of the game after around 3 years of actual development time. Director Tabata has laid out the main reasons, which is the optimization and bug fixes of the overall game’s performance in visuals and response. The goal is to enhance its balance which will make the game a smoother experience for the players, and the team is striving to meet these expectations during the extended time until the delay. Additionally, Tabata talks more about gameplay, DLC episodes, and more with his interview with IGN in the video above.

Final Fantasy XV is set to release on November 29th this year worldwide.

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From August 19th to September 3rd 2016, hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK will host a special exhibition featuring artwork from Square Enix’s upcoming Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy XV. “The Magic of Kingsglaive and Final Fantasy XV” will feature visuals and concept art from the game and upcoming movie, along with beautiful illustrations by Final Fantasy series artist Yoshitaka Amano.

Read more about the exhibit on hpgrb’s official website.

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV releases in theaters tomorrow in the United States and digitally on August 30th. Final Fantasy XV heads to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One November 29th.

Via YRB Magazine thanks to @alexfkraus
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GameSpot released a short clip from Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV called “Save The Princess” earlier today. The clip features events from late in the film, so it is recommended that you avoid watching if you do not wish to be spoiled.

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is out in select theaters across the United States on August 19th and will release digitally on August 30th. Announcements for the Blu-ray/DVD version of the film will be made at a later date.

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As promised yesterday, the latest episode of Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV is finally out and focuses on the strong bond of friendship between Ignis and Noctis when they were younger.

In Episode 4 “Bittersweet Memories”, Ignis attempts to recreate a certain sweet Noctis remembers from his childhood while attempting to fulfill his duties as aide to the crown prince. Noctis grows frustrated by the constant reminders of his role as prince and future king, which highlights the depth of Ignis and Noctis’ relationship as they learn the careful balance between friendship and duty.

Along with this brand new episode, it was revealed that subsequent episodes of Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV will be released before the launch of Final Fantasy XV on November 29th 2016.