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Final Fantasy XV

Square Enix has released a video in which the English voice cast of Final Fantasy XV is introduced.

Here's the cast:

  • Jim Pirri: Regis Lucis Caelum
  • Ray Chase: Noctis Lucis Caelum
  • Robbie Daymond: Prompto Argentum
  • Adam Croasdell: Ignis Scientia
  • Chris Parson: Gladiolus Amicitia
  • Amy Shiels: Lunafreya Nox Fleuret
  • Darin De Paul: Ardyn Izunia
  • Matt Mercer: Cor Leonis

Final Fantasy XV is set to be released on 29 November 2016 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Square Enix has announced that NieR: Automata, their upcoming action-RPG from PlatinumGames, will also be launched on Steam next to the PlayStation 4 version early 2017.

NieR: Automata is the sequel to the cult-hit NieR and was announced in 2015 at the Square Enix's E3 press conference. The game tells the story of androids 2B, 9S and A2 and their battle to reclaim a machine-driven dystopia overrun by powerful weapons known as machine lifeforms. First it was planned to be released in November, but Square Enix delayed the title due to concerns how the game might perform between other titles.

Final Fantasy XV

Yesterday, when the sad news arrived that Final Fantasy XV has been delayed till 29 November 2016, Hajime Tabata made a promise that today they will release a 30 minutes gameplay video. He keeped his promise and the gameplay video is not 30 minutes, but 53 minutes long!

This video contains gameplay from the master version of the game which has just been finished a few days ago. The video contains many cuts and switchesback and forth between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version.

Please note that this video contains many spoilers!

Final Fantasy XV

Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy XV, has announced today that Final Fantasy XV will not be released on 30 September 2016, but two months later on 29 November 2016 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The reason for this delay is to allow the development teams to have more time to further polish and conduct quality testing so that the reality of the game can match the expectations of both the fans and the creative teams.

Hajime Tabata had the following to say:

From the moment we joined this project, our vision was to create a level of freedom and realism previously unseen in the series. Regrettably, we need a little bit more time to deliver on this vision and are confident that this new release date will help us achieve this.

As the director and lead of this project, I wish to personally apologize for the additional wait. As a team, we want FINAL FANTASY XV to achieve a level of perfection that our fans deserve. We kindly ask for your understanding.

The team recently completed work on the master version of the game and they are currently working on a 'zero day patch'. He explains that when the game was released on 30 September 2016 with this patch, not everyone could download the patch due to not everyone having a good internet connection.

Tomorrow a 30 minutes gameplay video will be released of the master version and it will be playable at gamescom starting later this week.

Please note that you have to switch on subtitles (if you don't understand Japanese)

Square Enix

Manabu Daishima, graphics designer at Square Enix, has passed away on 30 July while diving at the age of 45. He was found unconscious 30 meters offshore from the Izo Kaiyū Kōen Diving Center in Ito, Shizuoka prefecture.

Manabu Daishima has worked on several (classic) titles for Square (later Square Enix):

  • Final Fantasy IV (special thanks)
  • Romancing SaGa (monster design)
  • Secret of Mana (map graphics design)
  • Chrono Trigger (field graphics)
  • Final Fantasy VI: The Interactive CG game (graphic design)
  • Radical Dreamers (graphics)
  • SaGa Frontier (background graphics)
  • Parasite Eve (battle effects and staff credits)
  • Final Fantasy IX (field map designer)
  • Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (3D map and background design)
  • Final Fantasy XII (3D map and background design)
  • Seiken Densetsu 4 (background graphics)
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King (background graphics)
  • The 3rd Birthday (background graphics)

Our thoughts and condolences are with Daishima’s family and friends at this sad time.

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Today is the day that Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is available in Europe after North America got the game last Tuesday. Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is the fifth game in the main Star Ocean series developed by tri-Ace for the PlayStation 4 (and PlayStation 3 in Japan only).

The story takes place between Star Ocean: The Second Story and Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, taking place centuries after humans have left Earth for the distant Faykreed star system. The swordsman Fidel Camuze and his childhood friend, Miki Sauvester, set out to protect their village from being swallowed in the tides of civil unrest. Together with a diverse group of companions, Fidel and Miki are tasked with protecting the Kingdom of Resulia while also being drawn into battle with outside forces.

Final Fantasy VII

Merchoid, a video game merchandise webshop, has announced that Final Fantasy VII will get a Monopoly version. It will be released on 14 April 2017, 20 years after the release of the original game on PlayStation.

Jessica Adams, community manager at Merchoid, said the following:

It's every family's favourite board game in a Final Fantasy 7 theme, so it will feature Cloud, Aeris, Sephiroth and all your favourite characters and locations. Whether your plans are to buy housing for the people or build a Mako reactor plant, you'll soon discover the real nature of Sephiroth's evil is the extortionate amount of rent he charges.

Final Fantasy VII Monopoly

You can preorder the board game at Merchoid for $49.99 /  €51.99 / £34.99. However, the link now returns a 404 - Not Found. Is it a fake?

Square Enix

After Final Fatasy XII: Zodiac Age and World of Final Fantasy, Square Enix and Disney have revealed today a new gameplay trailer for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and announced that it will be available this December on PlayStation 4.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue includes the HD version of the Nintendo 3DS version of Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A fragmentary passage, which runs on the same engine as Kingdom Hearts III and KINGDOM HEARTS χ [chi] Back Cover, a new tale that sheds light on the mysterious foretellers.

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Squsre Enix has announced that World of Final Fantasy will be released on 25 October in North America and 28 October in Europe for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

In World of Final Fantasy, players lead a pair of twins, Reynn and Lann, through the land of Grymoire on a search to rediscover their lost memories. Throughout their adventure, players will collect, raise and battle adorable beings of classic Final Fantasy lore, including cactuar, chocobo and behemoth, to create customizable, strategic tower combinations to take on the most challenging of opponents.

Fans who preorder the day one edition of World of Final Fantasy will receive the legendary Sephiroth as a summon to aid them in battle.

With this announcement they've also released the E3 2016 trailer.

Final Fantasy XII

Hiroaki Kato, producer at Square Enix, has announced today that Final Fantasy XII (released back in 2006 on PlayStation 2) will receive a remastered version called Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and it will be released on PlayStation 4 in 2017.

This version is based on Final Fantasy XII: International Zodiac Job System, the international version that was only released in Japan which includes the Zodiac Job System, New Game+, New Game- and a Trail Mode. A top of that this remastered version will feature the following:

  • Updated graphics
    Visuals, including the environments, characters, and movie scenes will be updated to full HD resolution
  • New soundtrack
    Re-recorded the soundtrack using the current generation of sound generation, now in true 7.1 surround. You can also switch back to the original soundtrack.
  • Modern advancements
    PlayStation 4 Trophy support and Share functionality, auto-save, shortened loading times and overlaid location map.

The game will be playable at E3 2016. Expect more news from it soon.



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