Final Fantasy Explorers Announced for 3DS

“Final Fantasy Explorers” is coming to the Nintendo 3DS!

Final Fantasy Explorers is a new 3DS game telling a story about mysterious unknown cast trying to collect crystals, and defeat summons and monster. The new scan from Famitsu also features a picture of Ifrit which will be one of the summons making an appear in the game. Some traditional role elements are there too: you can choose from different jobs such as knight, monk, black and white mage. There isn’t information about the battle system or whether it is action- or turn-based.

Let’s hope Square Enix will be revealing more about the game during their E3 livestream.

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Thanks for the scan, Kazu <3

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Two New Tomb Raider Game Domains Registered?

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It seems Square Enix has registered two new domains for new Tomb Raider titles called Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris. For now, we can’t be sure are these titles new games, comics or something else. However, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris seems to have a bit similar naming to Tomb Raider spin-off “Guardian of Light” which was released on many platforms.

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If these are new games waiting for an announcement, we will be likely hearing more about them at E3 2014. It’s also possible Square Enix is just registering these domains to save them for future plans.

E3 2014 | Schedule & Streams [Sony, Microsoft & Nintendo]

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SONY

GameSpot: http://e3.gamespot.com/press-conference/sony-e3/
GameTrailers: http://www.gametrailers.com/e3
IGN: http://www.ign.com/events/e3
Ustream: http://www.ustream.tv/PlayStation
Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/Twitch

MICROSOFT

Xbox.com: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/e3#fbid=Hech-OXFVgg
On your Xbox
On Spike TV
Or with the Windows Phone app
GameTrailers: http://www.gametrailers.com/e3
Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/Twitch

NINTENDO 

US: http://e3.nintendo.com
JP: http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv181562623
EU: https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/E3/…14-891073.html
YouTube (JP): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeBmaBBQqvM
Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/Twitch

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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Pre-E3 Screenshots

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We got you a big bunch of new Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix screenshots! The 2nd Kingdom Hearts HD collection contains Final Mix versions of Kingdom Hearts II and Birth by Sleep, and there will be new HD remaster cinematics of Kingdom Hearts Re:coded as well. The game will be out later in 2014, exclusively for PS3.

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX is a never released title to Europe featuring the origins story of Kingdom Hearts. It includes completely remastered graphics, which makes the D-Links, Shotlocks and the triple protagonist story lines of Terra, Ventus, and Aqua better than ever. If that wasn’t enough, this title is a seamless port of Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep from the PSP to the PS3.

 


Kingdom Hearts II FINAL MIX brings back the trio of Sora, Donald, and Goofy to traverse once again through the worlds of Christmas Town (Nightmare Before Christmas) and Space Paranoids (Tron). The never-before released version for Europe showcases one of the greatest battles to ever commence between Sora and Roxas. Kingdom Hearts II FINAL MIX brings all sorts of additional new content including new enemies, mini-games, items, and much MUCH more!

 


Last, but certainly not least, HD remastered cinematics of Kingdom Hearts Re:coded round out the compilation of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. Not only was this game fully remastered into high quality graphics, but a number of the most memorable battles have also been recreated into full cutscenes.

Four Reasons Why Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Remaster May Appear at E3 2014

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A screenshot from Final Fantasy Agito [Mobile]


We’re on gossip mode again. This article contains annoying yet very interesting speculation of the possible Western release of Final Fantasy Type-0 and its E3 2014 appear. Guess, this is a never-ending subject to talk about but when E3 is coming and fans are thirsty, this might actually be fun! Let’s do this!

In April, we arranged a special voting for Final Fantasy Type-0, where we asked you would like to see a HD remaster instead of a normal PSP release. Many things have happened after it: There has been lots of buzz around Final Fantasy Agito since its reveal and now that the mobile game is out for iOS and Android devices. Alongside that new rumors have begun to spread, but this time they were actually started by Square Enix France’s teasing on Twitter. Those tweets are gone for good, but internet people are always so rude and annoying that they capture screenshots of everything – even random tweets made for random users.

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The infamous Final Fantasy Type-0 tweet: “As an old friend would say: be patient and see what E3 may bring.”

1. Teasing tweets deleted!

The picture above shows screenshot of tweets made by FFWorld, a random user and Square Enix France. In tweets, FFWorld reports about Final Fantasy Agito launch trailer where a random person replies with “We want Type-0″ while indirectly mentioning Square Enix France. Later SE FR’s replies: “As an old friend would say: be patient and see what E3 may bring.” This would have been okay as a normal teasing/jokr but for some reason the tweets are now deleted when people got curious about them. This has lead to speculation that this may be a hint that something is going on behind the scenes. In the end, FFWorld will be slapping SE FR about thirty times if anything doesn’t happen at E3, so we have some entertaining drama after E3, if Type-0 doesn’t make an appear there.

2. Producer has stated multiple times the Western version is in the works!

The producer of Final Fantasy Type-0, Tabata, has stated several times that the Western version of the game is in the works in a few interviews. At first he mentioned it in USGamer’s interview:

USG: So the prospect of a localized Type-0 isn’t entirely off the table?

HT: Yes, it will definitely be localized.
Well, let me modify this statement a bit. [Type-0's localization] is in the final stages of consideration. It’s definitely the direction that we want to go in. Nothing is absolutely concrete right now with release dates or anything like that. But it’s definitely something that we want to do. “

The second time he mentions it on Famitsu interview:

前例として、『拡散性ミリオンアーサー』があるので、可能性はあります。ただ、『FFアギト』は海外展開も視野に入れているのですが、それ以前に『FF零式』が海外で発売されていないので、そのあたりを検討するのが先でしょうね。

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3. Final Fantasy Agito assets re-used for the HD remaster?

Final Fantasy Agito is out now for iOS and Android devices. It’s a reimagination of Final Fantasy Type-0 with new and upgraded graphics, higher resolution and improved effects. Since all areas and character models have been remade for higher resolution, it may be possible they can be used for the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Remaster. Let’s put this other way, Agito supports iPad’s 2048×2048 resolution beautifully and it would look great even on a Full HD TV. Could Square Enix have developed this mobile game while keeping an eye on the possible HD remaster as well?

4. Surprisingly Empty 2014 and E3…

Another interesting fact is that the end half of 2014 seems oddly empty for Square Enix. They have only two titles planned for the end of 2014, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix and Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call. E3 is the biggest game industry expo here in the West. It’s only and a great chance to promote the game for the Western fans, who have been waiting for the possible localization over three year. In addition, Square Enix has recently been very fan-friendly towards its community: Drakengard 3 will be released in North America and Europe this week, and after fans feedback Square Enix Europe decided to release a collector’s edition. Perhaps they will be making more surprises at E3, but it’s also recommended to prepare for a disappointment.

What do you think? Could these be legit reasons for getting a HD remaster for Final Fantasy Type-0? 

Final Fantasy XV Off-Cam Footage Shows New Extended Gameplay Clips

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E3 is here just in a month, and the never-ending thirst of Final Fantasy XV  is just getting bigger among the fans. Let’s add fuel to the hype fire.

Last weekend at Thailand ComicCon 2014, the Final Fantasy brand manager and Final Fantasy XV producer, Shinji Hashimoto, arranged a special Final Fantasy event during the expo. At the event he talked about the Final Fantasy series in general and accepted some questions from the fans as well. At one point of the show, he decided to present the 25th anniversary trailer, which was included in the FF25th Anniversary Box’s bonus disc. After the special video, they also played both Final Fantasy XV E3 trailers, and surprisingly, the gameplay trailer was an alternative/updated version with new or extended clips. (Just a few seconds there and there, though)

The off-cam video is quite low quality, but starting at 19.15, you can view the gameplay trailer and spot the new scenes.

Square Enix Investor Is Expecting New Big Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest Titles in Fiscal Year 2016

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Credit Suisse Group AG, a multinational financial services holding company, is expecting new big Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest titles arriving in fiscal year 2016. (April 2015 – March 2016) That’s why the company has decided to reduce its shares in Square Enix in views of their limited prospects: among a few titles, the fact that new big releases from the Final Fantasy an Dragon Quest series are not being expected before the fiscal year 2016.

This would be a logical statement since Square Enix is expecting a 5 million drop in coming software sales for fiscal year 2015, which is no doubt due to the lack of big franchise releases such as Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III. Read more about the report here.

New Final Fantasy XV “Omnis Lacrima” Details

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While  we’re still waiting for the actual song to leak online, let’s have a closer look at people who worked on this new song called “Omnis Lacrima”.  The song was first used in the gameplay trailer of Final Fantasy XV back in E3 2013.

According to people, who have got their hands on memoria / The Very Best Of Yoko Shimomura, Tetsuya Nomura has written the original lyrics for “Omnis Lacrima”, and the composing is done by Yoko Shimomura herself. The final orchestration has been done by Kaoru Wada.

Other instrument players and people involved in the project:

Strings: Masatsugu Shinozaki Group
Comtrabass: Jun Saito
Piano: Shinko Ogata
Flute: Takashi Asahi
Oboe: Satoshi Shoji
Clarinet: Tadashi Hoshino
Fagotto: Masashi Maeda
Horn: Masato Yoshinaga, Masato Abe, Yoshiyuki Uema
Trumpet: Shigeo Ohkura, Kazuhiro Ishikawa, Hajime Someya
Trombone: Hiroyuki Odagiri, Yuri Iguchi, Koichi Nonoshita
Tuba: Kazuhiko Sato
Percussion: Takadumi Fujita, Mari Katoke, Marie Ooishi
Harp: Yo Saito
Choir: OMNIS LACRIMA Choir

Recorded & Mixed Engineer: Masahiro Tamada
Recorded by AVACO CREATIVE STUDIOS INC

 Memoria / The Very Best Of Yoko Shimomura is available in Japan tomorrow and in West in April .

Interview: Final Fantasy XV is Highly Prioritized and Far into Development – Kingdom Hearts III Follows

In the latest interview with VideoGamer.com, Yoshinori Kitase, the producer of the series, has revealed new information about the state of Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III.

At E3 2013, both Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III were revealed for next-gen consoles, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. After that both titles have been keeping quite a low profile but that doesn’t mean they aren’t doing well in the development. Actually, Kitase suggests that Final Fantasy XV is quite far into development  and Square Enix has given it a very high priority.

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“We can’t give too much information but certainly looking at Final Fantasy XV, it’s not as if it’s in competition with Kingdom Hearts 3 for resources or anything like that,” Kitase said when asked for an update on the two games earlier this week. “It’s quite far into development now and it is being given a very high priority within the company itself, but that doesn’t mean Kingdom Hearts isn’t.”

This means the development of both games are doing great. There are two different teams working on Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III, which means they are not taking resources from each other. However, Kingdom Hearts III is a bit newer title and that’s why it is following Final Fantasy XV.

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As earlier stated, Final Fantasy XV is still connected with the Fabula Nova Crystallis mythology just like Final Fantasy XIII games even though “Versus XIII” has been dropped away from its name.

“Right from the start when we first it announced it as Versus XIII, the game itself was backed up by the same Crystal legend: the Fabulla Nova Crystallis mythology that underpins the whole of the XIII series,” adds Kitase.

“So even though it’s not necessarily the same universe or the same game, they’re all linked and underpinned by the backdrop of that legend. Now it’s moved on – obviously the title’s been changed to Final Fantasy XV – but that hasn’t actually changed. The story and the world is still going to be linked and backed up by that. So yes, there is the link between XIII and XV, and they both share that mythology as a backdrop and a starting point.”

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And of course, when we are talking about next-gen titles, Kitase also wanted to talk about the hardware of next-gen consoles and what kind of things it makes possible.

“We are quite aware of [PS4 & Xbox One's] capabilities and certainly one thing that’s going to come up is having battles with a lot more participants involved,” he continued. “Having a lot more characters, a lot more things happening, that’s one of the things that the new hardware does really well, so to maybe make a battle system for a Final Fantasy game or a future game that fits with that, I think it would be quite good to have more characters for the player to control and more participants in the battle.”

xv34As with every new Final Fantasy title, music, art, graphics, story and the world play big part of the whole. The most of gameplay time is spent with the battle system, and Kitase revealed how could Final Fantasy XV could from the past titles.

“In a way there is stuff from the past that we’ve done in previous Final Fantasies that may come in handy, that we may adapt or reuse or recreate for a future [title],” Kitase continued.

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“In the first two of the XIII series you had the Paradigm Shift system with AI controlled teammates which lends itself very well to having lots of characters. Or maybe having even deeper customisation, something that harks back to say the Gambit System in Final Fantasy XII. All those kind of ideas, it doesn’t necessarily [mean] that something that we’ve used before is now invalid and can’t be used, there’s certainly a possibility of taking it and bringing it back. But I think it’s going to be those kind of changes that the technology allows that we’re going to have to maybe think and adapt for.”

Quotes are from Videogamer.com. Thank you for the interview.

Let’s Play: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Demo

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Earlier this week, Square Enix Japan streamed new Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII gameplay including a few spoilers such as opening and cutscenes. To provide a spoiler-free version of the demo, we edited a video that only contains gameplay parts that have been shown at E3 earlier this year. The video shows different kinds of tutorials but most importantly it’s finally nice to watch a direct-feed version of the E3 demo.

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GET READY FOR LIGHTNING RETURNS TRAILER

Only few weeks left before E3 2013 where we will be seeing brand new trailers and screenshots for new games such Lightning Returns, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and the next-gen Final Fantasy.

Today we decided to get you hyped up with a new – a bit remixed – Final Fantasy XIII trailer from FF25th bonus disc which we haven’t seen before. Also now you can joy the new orchestra version of Blinded by Light x Defiers of Fate!

Official Synopsis:

The world of Gran Pulse is sinking into the sea and what remains is now called Nova Chrysalia.

With only thirteen days remaining until the end of the world, Chaos reigns in a world that never ages. New life cannot be born. People need salvation.

As Lightning, it is your mission to save as many souls as possible so that they may be brought to the new world. Along the journey, you will encounter familiar faces and engage new foes in all new lands. You must ultimately choose which souls to save and which to abandon…and fully understand Lightning’s true destiny.

It all ends here.

SCEA Confirms PS4 Games Will Be Playable at E3

controller-6_LargeIn the latest interview the President of Sony Computer Entertainment America, Jack Tretton, confirms to Bloomberg that PlayStation 4 games will be playable at E3 this summer. Will the next Final Fantasy for next-gen be playable at E3? Maybe… What about Killzone: Shadow Fall and other games announced at PlayStation Meeting? Very likely.

Watch Bloomberg’s interview from here!
Read our “Everything You Need to Know about PlayStation 4″ article from here!

New Final Fantasy XIV Screenshots and Artwork From E3


Square Enix has a bunch of new screenshots and artwork from the upcoming Final Fantasy XIV 2.0 at E3. The update is due to launch later this year and it the whole game will almost be rebuild from the start to end. PlayStation 3 version will be 2.0 pre-installed and it is planned to be released in early 2013.

The brand new FFXIV trailer will be released soon!

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Tomb Raider E3 Details, Screenshots and Trailers

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Crystal Dynamics announced that their Tomb Raider reboot will launch for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on March 5, 2013. And great news for X360 gamers because Xbox 360 version of the game is getting timed-exclusive downloadable content before PS3 or PC.




NEW DETAILS FROM GAME INFORMER

New details of the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot are revealed in the latest issue of Game Informer.

The game will say good bye for the old linear platforming formula of past Tomb Raiders and will be based on players’ choices.

“We’re now giving the player the opportunity to go into a space and choose their own path. Where we take you across the ledge of the B-52 bomber, that’s a tutorial. Once you move away from the plane, everything is basically open, dynamic traversal where the player has the freedom to roam around a jump from location to location with ease.”

However there will be some linearity, “There is linearity to the story – you have to go from point A to point B – but there’s junctions in between where we want the player to feel like they’re real explorers.”

The game will be using an XP system where player is able to upgrade Lara’s abilities. For example you can upgrade her arrow capacity, increase the speed of “reloading” the bow. you can upgrade her equipment using materials you find. All upgrades can only be done at base camps. As you progress, the upgrade system will open up, allowing players to upgrade their play style. (Will be something like in Deus Ex: Human Revolution.)

There are scenes which will happen only once where you have to do thing at the first try & right time to get an impact to the story-telling.

Remember check out the E3 trailer and Microsoft E3 keynote gameplay demo!
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