Heavensward Benchmark Available Monday

April 24th, 2015 by Tony Garsow

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During the Letter from the Producer Live at NicoNico Chokaigi, the team showed off the new Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward benchmark in a new video you can see above. Featuring the new jobs and returning ones, we get a further glimpse of the northern reaches of Eorzea beyond Ishgard and new abilities we’ll gain with the increased level cap.

The benchmark itself will release Monday, April 27th.

Update: Download it here.

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward will release on June 23rd for Windows PC, Mac, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.

The After Years Comes to Steam in May

April 23rd, 2015 by Tony Garsow

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The episodic chapters of Final Fantasy IV: The After Years take place after the conclusion of Final Fantasy IV, and chronicle the trials of the original game’s protagonists as they face a new threat to their world.

Coming to Steam on May 12th, Square Enix released a new trailer today featuring the Visual Works cinematic that has accompanied previous versions. A “host of new features and enhancements” will accompany this version, the details of which we expect to learn when press releases go out.

Update: New screenshots below. The game will support Steam trading cards and achievements. Pre-order to get 10% off the $15.99 price.

Stay tuned to Final Fantasy Network for details.

Square Enix Press Conference at E3 2015

April 23rd, 2015 by Tony Garsow

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Square Enix will be heading to E3 this year, but not without their own press conference. Scheduled for June 16th at 9:00am Pacific Standard Time, it will be streamed live to YouTube and Twitch via the Square Enix Presents channels.

We’re expecting updates for many Square Enix developed and published titles, including the newly-announced Deus Ex Mankind Divided, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Just Cause 3.

As for Final Fantasy titles, it seems like a good chance we could see something new from Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (out later that month) and Final Fantasy XV. Perhaps Kingdom Hearts III and Star Ocean V: Integrity and Faithlessness could show up too? Who knows!?

What are you excited to see at Square Enix’s press conference? Let us know in the comments below.

Please Look Forward To It (Beta Episode)

April 18th, 2015 by Tony Garsow

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Join Erren Van Duine (Nova Crystallis), Michael Damiani (GameTrailers), and myself for a beta episode of Please Look Forward To It, where we talk about the latest in Final Fantasy and perhaps a few diversions. This time we talk about the opening cinematic for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward and what we’re looking forward to in the expansion, new Dissidia Final Fantasy details, and a bit about the newly-announced Star Ocean V: Integrity and Faithlessness.

Since our chat ran a little long, be sure to check out (Part 1) and (Part 2).

And as always, feel free to leave a comment below regarding the topics on the podcast, topics you’d like to see covered in the future, or your general feedback. Enjoy!

Mobius Final Fantasy Official Trailer

April 14th, 2015 by Tony Garsow

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Square Enix has shared a new trailer for smartphone game Mobius Final Fantasy, available in Japan this spring for iOS and Android. Here we see the nameless Warrior of Light enter the land of Paramitia bereft of any clue to his past or identity. He will encounter Mog, a moogle that will join him on his journey, Sarah, a young woman encased in crystal, an armor-clad knight named Garland, and a helpful fairy named Eko.

The game also employs a job system in combat, and we see brief glimpses of Dark Knight, Ranger, White Mage, and more.

Dissidia Final Fantasy Special Trailer

April 13th, 2015 by Tony Garsow

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Dissidia Final Fantasy will be coming to Japanese arcades this fall, only this time battles are three-versus-three. The trailer above shows off some of the new characters playable in the game — over 50 are planned including post-launch content. Ramza Beoulve was recently revealed at an event to announce more information about the game.

Eventually, Square Enix will bring the game to the PlayStation 4, but it looks like the arcade version will have at least a year as an exclusive.

Square Enix also shared a comparison video of the PlayStation 4 and Arcade versions, as well as a match recording:

What do you think? Who do you want to see in Dissidia Final Fantasy? Leave us your thoughts in a comment below!

Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward Opening Movie

April 11th, 2015 by Tony Garsow

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Square Enix has released the opening cinematic for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, an expansion to Final Fantasy XIV that will release on June 23rd. Following the shocking events that concluded A Realm Reborn‘s scenario, we see the story unfold around a journey to Ishgard and the Dragonsong War.

Letter from the Producer Live XX

April 11th, 2015 by Tony Garsow

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During the twentieth Letter from the Producer Live, Final Fantasy XIV director and producer Naoki Yoshida debuted the opening cinematic for the Heavensward expansion and important new updates. Below is a summary of the major points:

– The Heavensward main scenario will offer around 50 hours of gameplay – post-release patches will continue to add more.
– New job quests for existing jobs 50-60, combat, gathering, and crafting.
– New zones are 50-100% larger than zones in A Realm Reborn. There are nine new areas including Ishgard & Floating Continent.
– Flying mounts are unrestricted in taking off and landing. Once you “attune” to an area, you can fly there.

– Dark Knight, Astrologian, and Machinist start at Lv. 30.
– Multiple new actions for each job have been added. Lv. 3 Limit Break animations aren’t shared, will be unique for each job.
– Regarding new endgame currency, Allagan Tomestones of Law will have no weekly cap. Allagan Tomestones of Esoterics will.
– Tier V materia in the final stages of planning.

– A specialist system for crafters will be added for Lv. 55~ You can spec in three jobs, and use “scrips” to change. There are spec actions.
– You can become Lv. 60 in all crafters without specializing.
– At Lv. 60, gatherer classes can discover hidden nodes by using “divine favors” through a “Favor System”. They’re available for a limited time, and are obtained by trading “scrips”. You can collect Red and Blue Scrips at Lv. 60 as a currency for gatherers/crafters. Blue Scrips have a weekly limit.

– New high-level levequests, FATEs, large-scale FATEs, field enemies, and elite marks have been added.
– 8 new instanced dungeons.
– Ravana and Bismarck primals will have a normal and hard mode.
– New Frontline area, rule sets, and PVP rewards.

– In Free Company Workshops you can craft housing or craft airships.
– An expansion of the duty finder will allow you to challenge duties with smaller parties. New duty roulette types/conditions.
– New loot systems called “Lootmaster” and “All Greed” have been added for normal mode & hard mode raids.
Flames of Truth, a new trailer that features new footage from The Final Coil of Bahamut, has been publicly released in the video above.

For the full digest of information from this morning’s Live Letter, hit up the official forums here.

Dissidia Final Fantasy Closed Conference

April 10th, 2015 by Tony Garsow

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Square Enix held a closed conference for Dissidia: Final Fantasy‘s arcade version in Japan to announce new information today. Revealing the arcade units set to debut across the country, Square Enix announced that they are partnering with Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Koei Tecmo’s Team Ninja for the game’s development.

While the game was seen running on a modified version of a PlayStation 4, the game will be exclusive to Japanese arcades for a year — after which a PlayStation 4 version seems abundantly likely. The game itself is three players -versus- three players.

A new trailer featured combat in Final Fantasy VII‘s Mako Reactor and Final Fantasy XIII’s Cocoon. In one scene, Lightning summons Ifrit, who could be seen on the battlefield. When a summon gauge fills for a team of three players, they will have to initiate a “vote” to call the summon into battle. Brave points, a feature prominent in the PSP versions, also return here.

While previous Dissidia titles have featured the conflict between Cosmos and Chaos — two gods representing harmony and discord, two new deities will be present in this version. More than fifty characters are planned for the roster, but some may be post-release additions — new costumes as well.

Update: Tetsuya Nomura confirmed Ramza Beoulve from Final Fantasy Tactics will be represented in Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade — while he won’t be in the base game, he’ll be available in a post-release update.

Dissidia: Final Fantasy Arcade is currently announced for release this fall in Japan.

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Mobius Final Fantasy Gameplay Revealed

April 2nd, 2015 by Tony Garsow

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Mevius Final Fantasy, now more appropriately named Mobius Final Fantasy, is a new smartphone entry from Square Enix. In a presentation early this morning, producer Yoshinori Kitase introduced us to the game’s characters, combat, and the field/world maps. Combat requires a simple tap for attacks, and you can use elementally-aspected abilities for offensive or defensive purposes.

Mobius Final Fantasy is currently announced for a Spring 2015 release on iOS and Android smartphones in Japan.