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Square-Enix 1st Production Department Premiere

January 17th, 2011 by Tony Garsow

Howdy, folks! I’ll be covering all of the events tonight and into the morning when Square-Enix’s conference will begin. Most of the developments will take place early tomorrow morning, but I expect we will get a few tidbits of information over the course of the evening and into the early morning hours before things start. In terms of accuracy of information, we will try to verify all incoming reports to the best of our ability, and if there is a change or retraction of information, we will post that as well. Keep checking back on this post and we’ll be doing our best to keep you updated as events transpire! And thank you for visiting FinalFantasy.net!

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17|7:22P – Directors Hajime Tabata (Agito) expects Square-Enix fans will have fun at the event whether they show up in person or watch on the exclusive stream. Director Tetsuya Nomura (Versus) has finished the rehearsal process for the promotional videos that will be shown at the event. Aibo from FF-Reunion will be attending the first press/invite-only portion of the conference, he is reporting speculating that there may be a new Fabula Nova Crystallis-related game revealed as two non-FNC-related titles.

18|2:19A – Shinji Hashimoto, Yoshinori Kitase, and Hajime Tabata are in attendance. (Pic.)

18|03:01A – Looks like things are starting to get underway. (Pic.)

18|3:14A – Shinji Hashimoto currently has the podium and is opening with a bit about the 1st Production Development Department. Kenichi Suzumura and Takahiro Sakurai are also MCs. The latter is the Japanese voice actor for Cloud Strife…

18|3:21A – KH: BBS Final Mix director Hiroshi Yasue is talking about Kingdom Hearts 3D. It seems the full title is called: KINGDOM HEARTS DREAM DROP DISTANCE. That’s KH3D’s official title. It will make use of the stereoscopic 3D in gameplay. You will play as Sora and Riku. It seems this game will use verticality more than it’s predecessors with the 3D technology.

18|3:32A – Dissidia 012 is up. They are showing footage and Mayuko Aoki is back as Yuna’s Japanese VA.

18|3:37A – Prishe from FFXI is the newest character to be revealed… Someone has seen Aerith as an assist character! Something perhaps to do with Duodecim Prologus.

18|3:45A – A title is being described on stage: “About to film the myth of La Pfaff s more of the following”, “God governs all of the world = Buniberuze.”, “Buniberuze is killing the mother goddess Muin, got the world. Muin, the invisible world – invisible to the world disappear.” Yoshinori Kitase is taking the stage to announce a possible Fabula Nova Crystallis-related title.

18|3:49A – Kitase is talking about how they want to continue the lore of the Fabula Nova Crystallis series… and apparently we are seeing Lightning in armor. Yes. It’s FFXIII-2. Motomu Toriyama is directing. Here’s the game’s logo: (Pic) They are aiming for a 2011 release date for FFXIII-2. It will be on PS3 and 360. A blogger at Famitsu comments the world seems a bit darker than the original game.

18|3:57A – Final Fantasy Agito XIII is up at bat. There’s a video that displays a few of the characters and a summon sequence with Ifrit…

18|4:04A – Some chatter about “Final Fantasy Type-0″ now… Ok bear with me. It seems as if Final Fantasy Agito XIII has been renamed to Final Fantasy Type 0 and that it is coming out in 2011, it will be on 2 UMDs. The director, Tabata, said that they changed the title because he felt that they were not making a game which had anything to do with FFXIII. Here’s the new logo with the same Amano artwork. (Pic.)

18|4:14A – Versus time. A new trailer is being shown. The footage is voiced and includes some rapidly moving battle scenes… Final Fantasy Versus XIII is still named as such. Also it is still a PS3 exclusive. Worldwide 2012 release. In the footage: “a whole lot of gameplay footage, including combat scenes with swords and guns, a scene where you control a tank-like vehicle, a scene where you climb aboard a bipedal robot, a battle with a massive creature (this may be the combat scene from the TGS trailer), and a battle where Noctis wields his sword against a group of soldiers.”

18|4:32A – I believe the first part of the conference concludes here. “The Final Fantasy XIII-2 trailer will be available for viewing at the official site on the 20th. The other trailers will be available on the 27th. They will all be in HD”.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 website: http://www.square-enix.co.jp/fabula/ff13-2/
Final Fantasy Type-0 website: http://www.square-enix.co.jp/fabula/0/
Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance website: http://www.square-enix.co.jp/kingdom/3d/
Final Fantasy Versus XIII website: http://www.square-enix.co.jp/fabula/versus13/

18|4:37 – Lightning in FFX-2 with armor: (Pic.)