MdRadio Returns – Nomura Comes To Spill Final Fantasy XV / Kingdom Hearts III News?

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MdRadio
will be returning soon, and the host and the merchandising manager of Square Enix Japan, Hidemi Matsuzuka, will be making a podcast with his special guests, Ichiro Hazama (Theatrhythm producer) and Tetsuya Nomura (Final Fantasy XV director). This special podcast focuses on Square Enix’s merchandise products, but sometimes there are interesting game details as well.

In the first podcast last year, Nomura said that they had decided when to show Final Fantasy Versus XIII again. He also revealed that Square Enix was supposed to show Versus in 2012 and there was a reason why it wasn’t. He said would understand it when we get the new info. Eventually it turned out that Final Fantasy Versus XIII had become Final Fantasy XV and moved to PS4 and Xbox One. At the time of E3, Nomura gave more details about FFXV and Kingdom Hearts III during the second radio show.

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Matsuzuka meeting with Hazama and Nomura

According to Matsuzuka, MdRadio will be returning very soon and we should get more news about it later this week. He also posted a picture of a meeting with Hazama and Nomura where they are probably discussing the contents they will be talking about during the podcast. Let’s not forget that it’s less than two months until Tokyo Games Show 2014, which may lead Nomura to tease something about Square Enix’s plans for the biggest Japanese gaming event. If the same thing happens like previously, it might be possible we get some very small teasing about FFXV and KH3.

Please, be only a little excited.

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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.

Yoko Shimomura’s New 25th Anniversary Album “Memória” Announced

Square Enix has announced a new album coming from Yoko Shimomura (The composer of Kingdom Hearts series and Final Fantasy XV). The new album is called “Memória” and it contains music by Shimomura from her past career. The release of the record is set  to happen on 26th March, 2014.

As “Memória” will be a 25th anniversary album, there will be lots of music from Shimomura’s older project such as Kingdom Hearts, Legend of Mana, Front Mission and Seiken Densetsu [Mana] soundtracks. Also in 1994 released “LIVE A LIVE” music  will make an appear on the record. All songs will be re-recorded and there will be lots of variety in arrangements as well, states the official website.

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“I think this time we packed lots of different kinds songs in one record. Since each of these songs has its own direction, there will be lots of variation on the album. This creates a special feeling to it. This album, Memória, represents a quarter of a century and I was really happy with the results. I hope you will enjoy it as well.

- Yoko Shimomura, on 4Gamer

INFORMATION

■ Product name: Memória!
■ Release Date: March 26, 2014 (Wed)
■ Price: ¥ 3,000 + tax
■  Songs: TBD
■ Composer/Producer: Yoko Shimomura
■ Official Site: http://www.square-enix.co.jp/music/sem/page/memoria/
■ Publisher: Square Enix

The Date for the next Final Fantasy Versus XIII Reveal Decided

The wait of Final Fantasy Versus XIII news will be soon over?

In the latest episode of Square Enix Merchandise Radio, they had a special guest, the game director of Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Tetsuya Nomura. The radio staff eagerly asked about his latest project (FFvXIII) and he stated, “It’s (Versus) a delicate situation within the company.” He also added: “The date for our next reveal is set and we are working toward preparing information for that. Perhaps the details as to why information couldn’t be released might be touched upon with the next information announcement.”

As usually, Tetsuya Nomura apologized the delay of Final Fantasy Versus XIII and asked fans wait a little bit longer.

Square Enix Reveals Their FINAL FANTASY VERSUS XIII Fragrance

NoctisToday @hidemi_mad_dog, The General Manager of Square Enix figure brand, posted a picture called “PRINCE!” on Twitter showing a new upcoming fragrance called “Noctis” which will likely be the official perfume of FINAL FANTASY VERSUS XIII. Noctis isn’t the only one who has gotten a perfume before – several perfumes have been named after Lightning, Sephiroth and Cloud.

Is the release of Final Fantasy Versus XIII nearer than we expect? Who will Noctis smell?

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Square Enix CEO: Final Fantasy Versus XIII Is Still in Development

Last week you may have read Kotaku’s rumors about Final Fantasy Versus XIII being cancelled. This news were also posted by many gaming sites, but the cancelation of the game seemed very unlikely to us, especially when they released Somnus for Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy as DLC in North American few weeks ago.

Anyway, today the CEO of Square Enix, Yoichi Wada, tweeted this:

“It seems someone is spreading a false rumor about Versus being canceled. Heh, just a few moments ago a regularly meeting for Versus ended. If you were to see the city etc. presented today, you wouldn’t be able to stand from surprise.”

So this means Final Fantasy Versus XIII is still in development and lives on, and isn’t cancelled! We are expecting them to show something new and cool at Tokyo Game Show this year.