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Curtain Call DLC Round #2 Announced

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

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Square Enix has announced the next wave of Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call DLC, available on May 7th in Japan. The definitive edition of the game includes over 200 songs (sans DLC) as well as a multiplayer competitive mode and a new Collecta Crystarium that will let you upgrade characters through card collection. DLC characters and songs are priced at 150 yen (roughly $1.50USD).

Here’s what made the cut this week:

• Round #2
BMS Final Fantasy VI — “Save Them!”
BMS Dissidia: Final Fantasy — “Battle 1~Arrange from Final Fantasy IX”
FMS Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles — “Promised Moisture”
FMS Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children — “Aerith’s Theme-Piano Version”
Character Final Fantasy IV — Rosa

• Round #1
BMS Final Fantasy V — Battle 2
BMS Final Fantasy VIII — Shuffle or Boogie
BMS Final Fantasy X — Blitz Off
BMS Final Fantasy XI — Tough Battle #2
FMS Final Fantasy V — Library of the Ancients
FMS Final Fantasy IX — Rose of May
FMS Final Fantasy X-2 — Eternity ~Memory of Lightwaves~
FMS Final Fantasy XIII-2 — Crazy Chocobo
Character Final Fantasy VII — Yuffie

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Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call is currently announced for release this year in North America and Europe.

Kitase on Final Fantasy VII Remake (Again)

Monday, February 17th, 2014

When it comes to the subject of a Final Fantasy VII remake, no representative from Square Enix has commented more than Yoshinori Kitase. The director and co-scenario writer of the PlayStation game that launched the franchise and genre into an enormous worldwide spotlight is among the many Squaresoft luminaries often asked about the potential of remaking the game for whatever current generation of consoles we may be on.

Speaking with Eurogamer on the Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII launch circuit, Kitase was asked about his thoughts on the potential for Square Enix to remake the game.

“I can honestly tell you I would love to do that. If you simply ask me if I personally would like to do that, yes I would. Definitely. There’s no lie about it. But you must believe me when I say it would take a lot to happen.”

Kitase elaborated on the challenges, both personal and professional, that he would face should such a project come to fruition:

“Even if I casually say I would like to do that, because it would be a huge project I would have to motivate myself to the level that I really am prepared to take on this huge responsibility. I don’t know if those three things will happen simultaneously. It has to tick lots of very big boxes. I won’t rule out the possibility, but it would take a lot to make it happen.”

“But should I ever take it on, it would have to be the biggest project I’ve done. My life work. So I would have to be as highly motivated as that to end up with something I’m very happy with. It’s a huge thing for me.”

For Square Enix to take on such a project, it would likely mean draining manpower and money alike from other potential projects. Former Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada once commented that a Final Fantasy VII remake should only be attempted when the company has succeeded in a more successful game.

Hearkening back to an interview with OXM in 2011 ahead of the release of Final Fantasy XIII-2, Kitase was asked about his approach to a Final Fantasy VII remake:

“If I may speak as a game creator, if we were to produce a remake of VII, for example, I would be really tempted to delete things and add new elements, new systems or whatever because if we were to make exactly the same thing now, it’d be like a repeat.”

Ask many writers or creators about the opportunity to recreate their earlier works, ones that may even be much-beloved by fans, and they’ll tell you it’s still hard to dissuade revisionist tendencies. After time, further experience in your craft allows you to diagnose problems that may have otherwise been overlooked by your “inexperienced” self. Knowing this, Kitase is aware that many people appreciate Final Fantasy VII for what it is in light of its flaws.

“It’d be an issue of repetition and not as much fun to make such a game. So I’d be really interested in rearranging games or reshaping games into something slightly different even though it’s supposed to be the same game. But if we did that, the fans might be disappointed or ‘this is not what I was expecting’ so in that sense maybe some might say that it’s better to let memory be memory.”

What about you? Are you resigned to “let memory be a memory” — letting Final Fantasy VII remain as it was in our minds? Or, do you think the time has come to remake the game, even with the risk of forever changing its legacy? Leave us your thoughts in a comment below!

Sources:
“The director of Final Fantasy 7 on the remake everyone wants” — Eurogamer
“Final Fantasy XIII-2: remaking FF7, Kinect RPGs and killing the “girly” feel” — OXM [Nov 2011]

Final Fantasy Holiday Sales Abound

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

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The Holidays are soon upon us, and that means a wealth of Holiday deals for select Final Fantasy and Square Enix games. Starting today and continuing through December 2nd, you can score big discounts on the North American Square Enix Shop on tons of games including Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Need to catch up to Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on the cheap? You can get both Final Fantasy XIII and its sequel for twenty dollarydoos combined.

Spot any deals on the net that you’d like to share? Leave us a comment below or tweet us @finalfantasynet.

Square Enix North America Store — Thanksgiving Sale (November 27th — December 2nd)

Final Fantasy I [PSP] $4.99
Final Fantasy II [PSP] $4.99
Final Fantasy III [NDS] $9.99
Final Fantasy Chronicles (Greatest Hits) [PS1] $7.49
Final Fantasy Anthology (Greatest Hits) [PS1] $7.49
Final Fantasy VII [PC Download] $5.99
Final Fantasy X (Greatest Hits) [PS2] $9.99

Final Fantasy XI: Ultimate Collection – Seekers Edition [PC Download] $19.99
Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin [PC Download] $14.99
Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin (Expansion) [360] $14.99

• Final Fantasy XII (Greatest Hits) [PS2] $9.99

Final Fantasy XIII [PS3] $9.99
Final Fantasy XIII [360] $9.99
Final Fantasy XIII-2 [PS3] $9.99
Final Fantasy XIII-2 [360] $9.99

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn [PC] $14.99
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn [PS3] $19.99
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn [PC Download] $14.99
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – Collectors Edition [PC Download] $24.99

Dissidia: Final Fantasy [PSP] $9.99
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions [PSP] $4.99
• Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light [NDS] $9.99
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time [NDS] $14.99
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates [NDS] $19.99
Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy [3DS] $14.99

Kingdom Hearts (Greatest Hits) [PS2] $9.99
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix [PS3] $19.99
Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories [PS2] $9.99
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep [PSP] $9.99
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance [3DS] $14.99

The 3rd Birthday [PSP] $9.99
Chrono Cross (Greatest Hits) [PS1] $7.49
Front Mission 4 [PS2] $7.49
Heroes of Mana [NDS] $14.99
Infinite Undiscovery [360] $9.99
The Last Remnant [PC Download] $7.49
Lord of Arcana [PSP] $4.99
Romancing SaGa [PS2] $14.99
Star Ocean: First Departure [PSP] $9.99
Star Ocean: The Last Hope [360] $19.99
Star Ocean: The Last Hope International [PS3] $19.99
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together [PSP] $9.99
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth [PSP] $14.99
Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria [PS2] $9.99
Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume [NDS] $14.99

The Crossover Outfits of Lightning Returns

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

In the thirteen days remaining before the end: Lightning, our heroine, will journey across the land of Nova Chrysalia in an attempt to forestall Doomsday until she can lead humanity to a new world. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will feature a robust equipment system in which you will assemble Schemata or outfits comprised of weapons, armor, and accessories. The Schemata bestow Lightning with various powers, both passive and active. Equipment is so important in fact, that it will be the main system in which Lightning’s combat parameters can be improved.

You can also customize the color of Lightning’s gear through pre-selected color pallets or by choosing your own. Not only will this change be reflected in travel and combat, but the game’s cutscenes as well.

At this year’s E3 and at Japan Expo this month, we learned that Square Enix will introduce special crossover promotion between Lightning Returns and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. We also learned that Lightning and Snow outfits would come to Eorzea, as well as weapons from the cast. The next reveal was that Lightning would in fact make a cameo in the game that, according to director Yoshida, will be made to make sense within the canon of both games. (More on that here.)

Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama also displayed a new Final Fantasy XIV-themed outfit at E3 for Lightning based on the Miqo’te female you may choose to play as in the upcoming MMORPG. This outfit was recently revealed in the newest Jump, seen below. Lightning has a different victory pose depending on the base outfit she dons, and she can be seen performing the Miqo’te “/pose” emote unique to that race. A special “Black Mage” outfit for Lightning is also available.

Outfits from other Final Fantasy games have been confirmed such as the SOLDIER outfit and Buster Sword from Final Fantasy VII. By pre-ordering the game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, you’ll be able to acquire this outfit and weapon, which will also give Lightning a unique victory pose much like Cloud’s from the original FFVII. A Yuna outfit from Final Fantasy X is also in the works.

Back in January when we met the team in San Francisco for their debut event, the subject of DLC was brought up — specifically what the team’s plan was based on reaction to the various types we saw in Final Fantasy XIII-2. Final Fantasy “Legacy” outfits — outfits like the “Black Mage” and “White Mage” were the most well-received. While other outfits, such as a trio of Samurai-themed wear, is also planned, could more of these outfits come to Lightning Returns? Time will tell!

What are your thoughts about currently-announced outfits for Lightning Returns? Are there any you would like to see added to the game, or would you prefer other types of outfits instead? Leave us your thoughts in a comment below.

Lightning's Final Fantasy XIV-themed duds.

Via: Jump
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Final Fantasy VII Now Available on Steam

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Final Fantasy VII was originally ported to the PC back in the 1990s with the help of Eidos, but since then Square Enix has kept re-releases under wraps for the platform for quite sometime. Then, last year, Square Enix re-released the game for PC via their official Square Enix Store. Now, the game is available on Vavle’s Steam platform, ready for purchase at a $11.99 asking price.

The game includes some new features, including an Achievement (36 Steam Achievements) system, Character Booster for those who want a more casual retread, and the ability to save your games to a cloud for easy access on multiple systems. For those inquiring about the game’s music, it includes the original PC version’s synthesized instrumentation rather than the .PSF (PlayStation Sound Format).

Final Fantasy VII is available through Stream today.

Cloud Strife Outfit Coming to Lightning Returns

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

For fans who pre-order Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, you’ll be able to receive Cloud Strife’s SOLDIER uniform and Buster Sword as wearable outfit items for Lightning. Not only that, but they’ll include specific abilities (to be announced later), and a special victory pose. The victory jingle will also transform into the Final Fantasy VII rendition of the classic theme as seen in the video above. An additional outfit (of three newly revealed ones) will be offered for purchasing the Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Original Soundtrack for the Japanese — the “Battle Flower”.

Square Enix also released our first images of Hope Estheim, who curiously looks exactly as he did in the original Final Fantasy XIII. Hope will assist Lightning by providing her with quests to save people throughout her journey. You can read more about that by clicking here: here.

Retailer Amazon has the game available for pre-order with gift here.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will release on November 21st 2013 in Japan, February 11th in North America, and February 14th in Europe. You’ll be able to pick it up physically or digitially for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.


Final Fantasy Treasure Hunter Vol. III
Distant Worlds: The Celebration

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy is a globetrotting concert series that brings the music of the franchise to fans worldwide. A new Blu-ray album entitled “The Celebration” will be available on June 26th for 6500 uen (roughly $66 USD). Each numbered Final Fantasy is represented in the selections, along with a brand-new battle theme medley arranged by Distant Worlds conductor Arnie Roth and Eric Roth and featuring the Kangawa Phiharmonic Orchesta. The Blu-ray version will include a feature where you will be able to switch angles between the orchestra and the video presentation.

Distant Worlds may be headed close to you, so be sure to snatch up tickets for the following performances scheduled for this year:
07/18/13 — San Diego, California
07/27/13 — Hong Kong, China
10/06/13 — Boston, Massachusetts
11/23/13 — Miami, Florida
12/07/13 — Montréal, Quebec
03/08/14 — Paris, France

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Final Fantasy Treasure Hunter Vol. II
Blinded By Light–ning Play Arts

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

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Square Enix’s Play Arts Kai line has produced a multitude of Final Fantasy figures, and Lightning is no exception. Seen here in her Equilibrium outfit from Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Square Enix merchandise director Hidemi Matsuzuka has shared more images from the upcoming release. Expand the article below to read on, including the other merchandise bits we’ll update over the course of the pre-E3 week.

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Final Fantasy Treasure Hunter Vol. I

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

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We’re kicking off a new bit I like to call “Treasure Hunter”, a summary of the Merchandise info that often trickles in over the course of the workweek. In bite-sized chunks, we’d like to present the notable developments, and this post will be updated over the upcoming week to include new information. This especially includes any sales on Final Fantasy products here in North America! If you’d like to get notified when new posts go live on Final Fantasy Network, including merchandise updates, follow us on Twitter at @finalfantasynet.

Since there are a few products we need to catch you up on, you can get the lowdown by expanding the article below. Leave us a comment with your thoughts, including which products you’re looking forward to or would like to see released in the North America or European region!

Also of note, Square Enix has relaunched their official North American webstore here.
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Lightning Returns Update with Staff

Monday, April 29th, 2013

The Dead Dunes are one of four regions of Nova Chrysalia.

French Final Fantasy fansite FFDream recently sent an envoy to Square Enix’s Japan headquarters to meet with Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy director Motomu Toriyama and producer Yoshinori Kitase. Previously, it was revealed that the Coliseum would return in some form, and now their full interview is available to read. We’ve provided a translation below, but you can read the original report here.

When asked why the team chose Lightning as the singular playable heroine to this title, Kitase commented that they wanted players to understand and appreciate this character — and that’s why the game is dedicated to Lightning. Up until now (with the exception of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII) Final Fantasy games have been designed around several combatants, so they will try to provide enough strategy to compensate for a solo character.

Toriyama re-iterated that this will be the last chapter in the Final Fantasy XIII series; a definitive ending will come, as opposed to Final Fantasy XIII-2′s cliffhanger. Since players will have thirteen days left before the end of the world, the team’s goal is to acclimate them to the vastly changed remnant of Pulse and Cocoon called Nova Chrysalia. You’ll need to find a balance between exploration, and keeping an eye on the clock as Doomsday nears. However, the team assures us that the world will be worth exploring in subsequent play-throughs. The Coliseum will return in some form, but we’re told that it will be different than it’s appearance in Final Fantasy XIII-2.

In Final Fantasy XIII-2, there were several paradox endings in addition to the “main ending”. The script of Lightning Returns was designed around this main ending, but the events that occur in the paradox endings may manifest in Lightning Returns.

Composer Masashi Hamauzu, who created the original “Blinded by Light” theme for the Final Fantasy XIII series returns in this game as well. New arrangements of that theme have been created around the idea that this is the final journey of Lightning and the desire to save the world.

Kitase and Toriyama were also asked about any developments with Final Fantasy Versus XIII and a Final Fantasy Type-0 localization, but responded that since they are not on the team working on those games, they could not comment. When asked about other HD remakes or the possibility of a Final Fantasy VII remake, Kitase responded that through working on Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD, it will give them experience for other attempts. He implies there are currently no plans for a remake. The team also hasn’t made a decision on a Collector’s Edition for Final Fantasy X|X-2, but asked for fans to be patient for more information.