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Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy V will be released on Steam on 24 September. Final Fantasy V was originally released in 1992 in Japan and weaves a classic tale of magic, monsters and friendship as players follow four unlikely heroes tied together by fate who embark on a journey to restore life to the world's four elemental crystals.

The Steam version will be based on the mobile version that was released in 2013 on iOS and Android and include the following features:

  • Veteran character designer, Kazuko Shibuya, has returned to recreate the characters and graphics from the Game Boy Advance version for an enhanced experience;
  • Updated controls and a newly optimized active-time battle system for an even more fluid PC experience;
  • ·A job and ability system featuring 26 unique classes that allows players to freely customize their four heroes to fit their unique play style;
  • The Sealed Temple, an additional dungeon originally featured in the 2006 version of Final Fantasy V for Game Boy Advance;
  • Enuo, an optional boss created by renowned designer Tetsuya Nomura;
  • Loads of obtainable Steam trading cards and achievements.

The Steam version will be available for $ 15.99 / £ 10.99 / € 14.49. Players who pre-order the game before launch will receive a 10% discount.

Final Fantasy XV

During the Final Fantasy XV Active Time Report that took place yesterday at PAX Prime 2015 director Hajime Tabata announced that Final Fantasy XV will be released in 2016. An exact release date will be announced at a special event that will be held in March 2016.

In this Active Time Report new concept art and in-game footage was showed and a new Active Time Report exclusive was revealed called the Final Fantasy XV Progress Report (Vol. 1). In this progress reports various features of the game are shown which are currently in development.

You can watch the Active Time Report below. The next Active Time Report will be aired during the Tokyo Game Show which will take place from 17 till 20 September.

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In May GungHo Online Entertainment America announced that a HD version of Grandia II ic currently in development and will be released on PC. Yesterday they've announced that Grandia II Anniversary Edition will launch on next Monday (24 August) on Steam and GOG.com.

The remastered version is based on the original Dreamcast version and is the result of an April survey from Game Arts asking players for their favorite games, their opinions on PC ports and potential future releases of the developer's games on PC.

"After careful consideration, we have chosen to retitle the game for PC to Grandia II Anniversary Edition in order to properly celebrate Grandia II's 15th anniversary," said Kazuki Morsishita, President and CEO of Game Arts and GungHo Online Entertainment. "The fans voted and, now, we are proud to bring a revamped edition of the classic role-playing game from Dreamcast to PC as Grandia II Anniversary Edition."

This edition features numerous improvements from the original including: visual upgrades such as new shadow, lighting, resolution, anti-aliasing and many other graphic improvements, new Japanese voice acting, a new difficulty level, and controller support for a nostalgic experience and is available at launch for $ 14.99, a 25% discount of the normal price of $ 19.99.

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Kingdom Hearts III

Today at the D23 Expo in Anaheim (USA) has been revealed by Square Enix and Disney that Big Hero 6 is coming to Kingdom Hearts III. The characters of the 2014 animated film complete with the San Fransokyo setting will be featured in the upcoming game. The story will take place after the film.

Final Fantasy XV

Earlier today the 7th Final Fantasy XV Active Time Report was streamed live at gamescom 2015. A lot of speculation was going around that they we're going to announce the release date, but this wasn't the case. The team has already decided when it will be released, but it will remain a secret for now.

During the stream Hajime Tabata went into some detail about the new trailer that was revealed this morning and releasing some more detail about how the story of the game begins. Also six questions from fans were answered and a short gameplay footage was shown. In case you missed the broadcast, you can watch it back below.

The next Active Time Report will take place during Pax Prime (28 till 31 August in Seattle). Another one will also be held during the Tokyo Game Show (17 till 20 September).

Final Fantasy XV

Today gamescom 2015 in Cologne (Germany) has opened its doors and Square Enix has revealed a new trailer of Final Fantasy XV. In the trailer that is called "DAWN" the introduction to the story of Final Fantasy XV is shown.

Final Fantasy XII

Last Saturday during the Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy concert in Pittsburgh it was mentioned by Arnie Roth, conductor, that a remake of Final Fantasy XII is currently in development. Today he has posted a statement on the website and Facebook page of Distant Worlds saying that the term remake was used "in error".

Dear friends,

In response to comments posted by fans, I want to rectify a statement made from the stage Saturday night at our Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY concert in Pittsburgh. 

Following conversations with composer Hitoshi Sakimoto regarding new concert arrangements of music from FINAL FANTASY XII, regrettably, the term ‘remake’ was used in error during one of the announcements that took place from the stage during the concert. 

We sincerely regret any confusion this has caused.

Arnie Roth

Producer and Music Director 

Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY

Final Fantasy XII screenshot

This makes it clear that Final Fantasy XII will likely receive the same treatment as Final Fantasy X / X-2 (HD Remaster). Maybe Square Enix will reveal something at Gamescom taking place in a few days?

Credits to Final Fantasy Network for the footage.

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Recently Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy Explorers, the action role playing game for the Nintendo 3DS that has been released in Japan last December, is coming to the west and will be released in North America on 26 January 2016 and Europe 29 January 2016.

Final Fantasy Explorers focuses on cooperative play with friends and utilizes a refined party system allowing Explorers to master over 20 new and familiar jobs—including Knight, Monk, Black Mage and White Mage—to defeat the realm’s mightiest monsters and even recruit them for battle. Players will have the ability to call upon the powers of eidolons like Ifrit and Bahamut, as well as transform into other legendary characters from the Final Fantasy series via the Trance feature.

Final Fantasy Type-0

Recently Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will be coming to PC. Yesterday they have announced that it will be released on Steam on 18 August.

The PC version will include the following features:

  • In-game battle camera;
  • Full Steam achievements and trading cards;
  • Scalable motion blur settings;
  • Customizable dynamic screen shot mode;
  • Full controller support;
  • Upgraded graphics resolution options (for high end PCs);
  • Increased blood levels;
  • New character speed boosts.

“Developing Final Fantasy Type-0 HD for Steam gave us the opportunity to fully realize our original vision of the game in an enhanced and refined experience exclusively for PC players,” said Director Hajime Tabata.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Steam version

The PC version can be purchased on Steam for $ 29.99 / £ 19.99 / € 24.99. Fans who pre-order Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on Steam will receive next to the 10% discount, the Master Chocobo as your courier and Moogle (Class Zero) as your ward in DOTA 2, plus an exclusive Final Fantasy Type-0 HD loading screen.

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During Square Enix's new Dragon Quest title presentation that was streamed live on YouTube they've announced the next mainline entry in the Dragon Quest series. Dragon Quest XI is currently in development and will be released on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS. Producer of both versions will be Saito Yosuke. The soundtrack will be written by Koichi Sugiyama.

The PlayStation 4 version is being developed with the Unreal Engine 4 and they said that they will use the console at it's full potential [Footage PlayStation 4 version]. The Nintendo 3DS version will be developed by the same core members and will feature full 3D on the top screen and the classic retro look at the bottom screen [Footage Nintendo 3DS version].

Dragon Quest XI logo

They are aiming to release both versions sometime next year with the 30th anniversary of the series. At the end of the presentation they said that a version for the Nintendo NX is also in consideration.

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