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Final Fantasy XIII-2

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be released on Steam on 11 December 2014. It looks like they've listened to the feedback they've received from releasing Final Fantasy XIII on Steam which said to be a bad port.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 was released back in 2012 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and takes place three years after the events of Final Fantasy XIII. The Steam version will feature custom resolutions, graphic options, 60 FPS and Japanese voices. It can be purchased on Steam for $ 19.99 / £ 12.99 / € 15.99 with a 10 % discount till release. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will follow in Spring 2015.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 screenshot

Kingdom Hearts II

With only less than a month away till Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX (the HD versions of Kingdom Hearts 2: Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep and Kingdom Hearts Re:coded) will be released in North America and Europe, Square Enix has announced this week that it will get a collector's editon.

This collector's editon will contain the following items:

  • Shadow Heartsless Plush Toy (24 cm);
  • 30 Page hardcover artbook;
  • Steelbook case (with both Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX);
  • Exclusive Disney collectible pin.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX collector's editon

This collector's edition can be purchased from the Square Enix Online Store if you live in the UK or France. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX will be released on 2 December in North America and 5 December in Europe.

Final Fantasy XV

Last Friday Square Enix Presents featured the first Active Time Report with the latest news and footage of games that are currently in development. The first report was dedicated to Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy XV.

The stream starts of with Shinji Hashimoto greeting everybody welcome. After that a message from Hajime Tabata is showed where he apologies for the delay of Final Fantasy Agito+, the PlayStation Vita version of the original game which was originally scheduled for release on 15 January 2015.

Next item is Final Fantasy Type-0 HD where footage is shown about the characters with French text and English voices (footage shown on Paris Games Week).

For the Final Fantasy XV part of the stream Yasuyuki Matsunami, map director, and Yusuke Naora, art director, joins the stream to show exploration footage of Noctis and team through the Duscae region. Later also Tech Demo #1 is showed with the current build of Luminous Studio engine version 1.4.

The next Active Time Report will be streamed during Jump Festa which takes place on 20 and 21 December.

Final Fantasy Type-0

Square Enix has revealed a new trailer of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD called Enter the Fray to celebrate the opening of Paris Games Week. This trailer transports viewers to the dynamic and enthralling world of Orience, where a turbulent war of nations threatens to tear the land apart.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 17 March 2015 in North America and 20 March 2015 in Europe.

Final Fantasy XIV

During the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in Las Vegas the first expansion of FInal Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was announced by director Naoki Yoshida called Heavensward and it will be released in Spring 2015. The expansion will focus on the Dragonsong War, a thousand-year conflict between Ishgard and Dravania that players will have to end. The level-cap will be increased to 60, new Primals will be introduced along with new areas, high and raids and jobs. Also players will have the ability to build airships.

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward

Naoki Yoshida also said that a new race will be introduced, but he could not say which race and more information will be released at the London Fan Festival on 25 October.

Final Fantasy Type-0

Square Enix has released an English subtitled version of the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Flash Talk Show that was live streamed at the beginning of this month. In this 50 minutes during live stream Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy XV announces new information about both games.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will be released in March 2015 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and comes with a voucher of a demo of Final Fantasy XV called Episode Duscae.

Square Enix

In an interview with Famitsu magazine this week director Tetsuya Nomura announced that the development of Kingdom Hearts III has moved from the Luminous Studios engine to Unreal Engine 4. It was announced earlier that Square Enix had some problems rendering with their in-house engine (Luminous Studios). They are now working closely with Epic Games to work through any issues the development team are having with the new engine.

---Once more, may we as about the state of development on KH3?

Nomura: It’s moving steadily along the estimated schedule. As an effect of us changing the game engine to Unreal Engine 4, which we did for several reasons, we had a lot of problems with the image creation, but we have been able to progress without incident with the collaboration of Epic Games.

Final Fantasy XIII

After Final Fantasy IV Square Enix has also announced this week that the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy will also be coming to Steam. On 9 October Final Fantasy XIII, the first game in the trilogy, will be available for purchase at Steam for $ 15.99 / € 12.99 / £ 10.99. If you pre-order the game, you'll receive a 10% discount.

Final Fantasy XIII screenshot

Final Fantasy XIII was released back in 2010 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and takes place in the world of Cocoon and Pulse and was the first Final Fantasy in the series to have a female lead character. The other two games in the trilogy, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be released in Spring 2015.

Square Enix

A couple of days ago Final Fantasy IV suddenly appeared on Steam.

FINAL FANTASY IV makes its debut on PC!

As the first game in the series to feature the innovative Active Time Battle system, FINAL FANTASY IV stands as an iconic milestone in FINAL FANTASY history. Lose yourself in this timeless tale of heroes, betrayal, love and redemption—now optimized for PC!

Final Fantasy IV screenshot

This version is a port of the mobile version (which is a port of the Nintendo DS version) with 58 archievements. The game can be purchased at Steam for $15.99/€14.49/£10.99.

Final Fantasy XV

Tetsuya Nomura has been replaced by Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy Type-0 (HD), as director of Final Fantasy XV. The reason for this switch is that Tetsuya Nomura has been working on the original concept for the story and universe and he has also created the characters. Since the development of Final Fantasy XV has come so far, Nomura’s work is pretty much all in place. He has been moved on to work on other projects and make games that only he could do, like Kingdom Hearts III.

Final Fantasy XV screenshot

The special playable demo that will be available for download with the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is called Final Fantasy XV - Episode Duscae and takes place near the beginning of the game. Only certain elements will be different from the final game, since this is a demo and Square Enix wants you to get hands on with a unique first-play experience that will be able to give you a better feeling for the game as a whole. 

With this announcements Square Enix has also revealed the Tokyo Game Show 2014 of Final Fantasy XV. Enjoy! 

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