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Final Fantasy XV

This week Square Enix has announced that it will terminate the service of Justice Monsters Five on 27 March 2017. Justice Monsters Five is a pinball minigame in the world of Final Fantasy XV and is available on Android and iOS devices since 30 August 2016.

In the statement Square Enix apologies to the fans for any inconvenience, however no further details were released why it will be terminated. Golden Orbs (the in-game currency) can not be purchased anymore on 27 February 2017. Unused in-game currency will be reimbursed with more information shared at a later time.

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Dragon Quest Heroes II is already available in Japan since May and after that it became quiet if the game will hit the west, untill today. Square Enix has announced, via the official Twitter account of Dragon Quest, that Dragon Quest Heroes II will be released in North America on 25 April 2017 and Europe on 28 April 2017 on PlayStation 4.

Dragon Quest Heroes II is a hack & slash action-RPG developed by Omega Force and was also released in Japan on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. No suprise that Square Enix skipped these systems due to the lack of sales.

Final Fantasy XV

Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy XV, has announced today that the game will receive free updates troughout the coming year next to the previously announced downloadable content.

As I’ve said before, release day is not the end for Final Fantasy XV, and I would like to share some of the things we have in store. The great reception we have received has actually allowed us to expand our plans even further. 

We want you to enjoy Final Fantasy XV for a long time to come. We have been listening to your ideas on how to make the game experience even better, and so in addition to the previously announced content, we’ll be providing free updates to the game throughout the coming year.

Our early plans are to enrich certain aspects of the game, adding gameplay enhancements for Chapter 13, buffing ring magic, etc. We’ll have the specifics of what and when for you at a later date.

After that, we’re hoping to delve deeper into the story, adding scenes that will give you new insight into character motivations, such as why Ravus walked the path he did. We will need a little time with these, as they’ll need to be localized and voiced in other languages, but we’ll let you know the details once everything is set.

For the long term, we are looking at making certain key characters playable, and even considering the possibility of customizable avatars, in addition to other features over time.

Other features we have in mind include letting you carry over stats from a previous playthrough, and adding items that introduce new playstyles, such as low-level runs and god mode. We’re also examining readability tweaks - increasing font size - for certain languages. On top of that, we’re looking at content you can enjoy in real-time, including new bosses with exclusive rewards and achievements, and limited-time hunts.

In addition to these free updates, we’re also working on the previously announced downloadable content. This includes:

  • FFXV Holiday Pack (tentative name)
  • FFXV Booster Pack (tentative name)
  • FFXV Episode Gladiolus (tentative name)
  • FFXV Episode Ignis (tentative name)
  • FFXV Episode Prompto (tentative name)
  • FFXV Expansion Pack: Comrades (tentative name)

Speaking on behalf of the development team, I hope all of you, all around the world, continue to enjoy Final Fantasy XV and the Final Fantasy series.

Hajime Tabata

Director, Final Fantasy XV

Recently Square Enix has announced that they've shipped 5 million copies of the game, making it the fatest selling entry in the Final Fantasy series. However, in Japan, only 690,471 copies were sold in the first week.

Final Fantasy XV

After 10 years in development, the rename from Final Fantasy Versus XIII, the switch from PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Final Fantasy XV is now available worldwide!

Yesterday the European Launch Event was held in Antwerp, Belgium. Special guests at this event were art directors Tomohiro Hasegawa and Takashi Honjo and Afrojack, who played some of his favorite tracks from Final Fantasy games and his collabration to Final Fantasy XV called Braver.

Also the Japanese Launch Event was streamed yesterday. During this event they showed a special version called Mystery Disc that has been created specially for this stream. It starts with Noctis leaving the others behind in search of Prompto, who have gone missing. I won't spoil the rest, but it's wierd, that's for sure.

So what are you waiting for?! Go and get Final Fantasy XV and enjoy!

Final Fantasy XV

Square Enix has released information about the day one patch for Final Fantasy XV. The Crown Update contains a variety of updates, minor bug fixes and new features to greatly enhance the overall story and gameplay experience.

The upgrade provides enhancements for several elements within the game including:

  • Improvements to the camera with new options to better assist and track the action in tight space and to improve visibility during battles
  • New event scenes and scenes from Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and the “Omen” trailer have also been added to the game to make the story and timeline of events easier to follow for newcomers
  • The addition of an ability tree for the “Wait Mode” function which improves the strategic element of this feature
  • Players can obtain the “Beast Whistle” which can be used to call monsters to battle
  • A wider variety of recipes and fish with an addition of a gallery for completionist players who enjoy collecting items
  • Implementation of social media support, allowing the photos Prompto takes along your journey to be uploaded to Facebook and Twitter

Following the recent news that Final Fantasy XV is already available in some area's, Game Director Hajime Tabata issued the following message to the fans:

The November 29th release date is approaching and I sincerely hope everyone enjoys this game with a fresh state of mind. Unfortunately, there has been an unauthorized distribution of the boxed edition of FINAL FANTASY XV in select regions and we have noticed that gameplay footage from people playing these copies has appeared online. Though this type of situation is brought on by various region specific circumstances and may not be something that is completely avoidable, we are very regretful of this situation.

One of the major goals of FINAL FANTASY XV is for everyone to enjoy the story and to discover the surprises together through the simultaneous worldwide release. Due to these recent events, videos with unexpected spoilers could potentially be posted online, so we would like to warn everyone who has been waiting in anticipation for this game.

We will also do everything in our capacity to prevent unauthorized footage from appearing online. We would also like to ask anybody that has obtained an early copy of the game to be respectful to those that are looking forward to the official release and to not spoil the surprises for everyone.

A large and dedicated team have worked extremely hard to make this game and to create a FINAL FANTASY that everyone can enjoy. It would be a huge regret for us if the excitement of the launch was to be spoiled for so many when we are so close to release.

Your understanding and cooperation would be much appreciated so we can celebrate the best possible release together.

Following this information Square Enix has also released a new trailer highlighting everything players need to know before beginning their epic journey through the world of Eos on 29 November.

Final Fantasy XV

In the last Active Time Report, that was streamed last Thursday, Hajime Tabata announced that Japan will get another demo of Final Fantasy XV and details about the PlayStation 4 Pro version.

Since last Friday (11 November) Japanese fans can download a new demo called Judgment Disc. This demo covers the half of the first chapter and has a playtime of 1½ hours. It's not possible to carry your save to the game, but you'll be rewarded with a special video at the end of the demo.

Hajime Tabata also announced that the PlayStation 4 Pro version of Final Fantasy XV will have two modes: upscaled 4K resolution with 30fps and 1080p on 60fps. The developers are currently working on a patch to get the game running at 1080p / 60fps on PlayStation 4 Pro which will be available in December. The Judgment Disc demo also contains these modes.

Final Fantasy XV will be available on 29 November on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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World of Final Fantasy is now available worldwide on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita! After North America got the game on Tuesday and Japan yesterday, Europe got the game today.

In World of Final Fantasy, players will lead a pair of twins, Reynn and Lann, on their journey through the mysterious world of Grymoire on a search to rediscover their lost memories. In this peculiar place, the young heroes will encounter over 200 unique and wonderful creatures, known as Mirages, and a whole host of legendary Final Fantasy characters. With an all-new battle system, players will capture customise and evolve their Mirages - stacking them up to defeat even the most ferocious of foes!

Final Fantasy XV

During the Paris Game Week 2016 Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XV has gone gold. The development will now be shifted towards creation of the downloadable content (DLC) with Episode Gladiolus being the first one that will be available. Also online multiplayer is coming.

The main focus of the Season Pass is three original episodes that take place during the events of Final Fantasy XV. Each episode allows players to take control of one of Noctis’ comrades in all-new adventures that offer unique play styles tailored to each character. Players can explore previously unseen areas filled with new monsters, and even obtain weapons that can later be used in the main game. Episode Gladiolus is the first new character adventure to arrive, and will be followed by Episode Ignis and Episode Prompto. Each episode will be available for purchase individually.

Final Fantasy XV concept art

Following the release of the character episodes, Comrades—an expansion pack for Final Fantasy XV—will introduce a brand-new online co-op mode for up to four players which features intense battles allowing players to take full control of Noctis, Gladio, Prompto and Ignis as a group. Comrades will be available for separate purchase, and is also included in the Season Pass.

Final Fantasy XV concept art

This additional content and character episodes are managed by Haruyoshi Sawatari (Producer, Business Division 2) and overseen by Final Fantasy XV Director Hajime Tabata with development led by core members of the Final Fantasy XV team.

Last year I travelled around the world and attended many game events. I felt an amazing passion and sense of expectation towards Final Fantasy XV from series fans everywhere. From seeing that I really wanted to make it so that the fans could enjoy the game for longer and evolve and expand it even further. I will take these feelings and give them form, to deliver an amazing experience.
-- Haruyoshi Sawatari

Final Fantasy XV concept art

To mark this milestone a new CG cinematic trailer, entitled Omen, has been released. Final Fantasy XV will be available on 29 November 2016 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Kingdom Hearts

During Paris Games Week 2016 Square Enix and Disney have announced that Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX will be re-released as Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX on PlayStation 4 on 31 March 2017.

The full list of titles included in Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX are:

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX

  • Kingdom Hearts FINAL MIX
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD remastered cinematics)

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX

  • Kingdom Hearts II FINAL MIX
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded

Final Fantasy XV

Recently Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy XV, has been interviewed by Spanish website Vida Extra and he dropped quite a few interesting things.

On the question how long it will take to release a PC version (if it is in consideration) Tabata had the following to say:

On that hypothesis, not talking about something real, just an idea, if we worked on a PC version of what I have very clear is that we would work to provide a better version of what we have now on consoles. We could say that something like this would take us more than a year. We should work to adapt the engine, which is very laborious, and from there to develop its course.

Final Fantasy XV screenshot

The other interesting thing Tabata mentioned is that Square Enix is toying with a DLC specifically made for PlayStation VR:

Final Fantasy XV was obviously not designed for PS4 Pro from the beginning, but obviously we work following the launch to go adapting to the new consoles appear and improve it according to their power. What we do have is the idea of launching a focused DLC PS VR.

What you saw at E3 was just a technical demo. I’m talking about a whole new DLC so you can play from VR. Not the whole, of course, would be additional game content, perhaps a particular part of the game to be enjoyed in virtual reality.

With the recent delay Square Enix is trying to squeeze a lot of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and recently footage has appeared showing improved graphics from earlier builds. The game will be released on 29 November 2016.

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