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Final Fantasy VII

In Monaco a manga, comics, animation, video games and pop culture event was held today called MAGIC (Monaco Anime Game International Conferences). Guest at the event was Tetsuya Nomura, the director of Final Fantasy VII remake and Kingdom Hearts III. During his session he revealed two new screenshots of Final Fantasy VII remake.

Final Fantasy VII remake screenshot Final Fantasy VII remake screenshot

The first screenshot shows Cloud hiding after a crate while a soldier is shoting at him. The second screenshot shows the first boss of the original game, Guard Scorpion.

Final Fantasy XV

On 2 February Square Enix has streamed a new issue of the Active Time Report and this week an English version was streamed. This issue revealed new updates and downloadable content coming to Final Fantasy XV. They also revealed that the game has sold more than 6 million units.

Update v1.05
On 21 February update v1.05 will be available for download which will feature the following:

  • PlayStation 4 Pro Full HD 60fps;
  • Increased level cap from 99 to 120;
  • Increased photo storage from 150 to 200;
  • You can listen the portable MP3 player while riding a chocobo;
  • Timed Quests (can only be available for a specific duration).

Booster Pack (free DLC)
The Booster Pack has been delayed due to the Magitek Exosuit which will be changed. They got a complaint that it looks to much like the Power Rangers.

Booster Pack + (DLC for Season Pass owners)
On 21 February the Booster Pack + will also be available for download which will feature the following:

  • Resplendent Glave (sword)
  • Dragon Drain (fishing rod)
  • Avior (fishing reel)

Episode Gladiolus (DLC)
On 28 March the first character episode is available about Gladiolus.

Update with various enhancements to chapter 13
A lot of players didn't enjoy chapter 13 and Square Enix has listened to them and will bring various enchancements in a later to be announced update.

Episode Prompto (DLC)
The second character episode about Prompto will be available in June.

Off-road
In a later to be announced update the Regalia can also be used off-road.

Square Enix

Today, on Final Fantasy VII 20th Anniversary, Square Enix held the Opening Ceremony in Tokyo to commence a year-long of celebration for the ranchise’s 30-year legacy.

Like with the previous 25th Anniversary, this Anniversary comes with a new logo (drawn by Yoshitaka Amano) and website (www.finalfantasy30.com) where fans can use the hashtag #FF30th to share their favorite experiences and stay up to date on the various events planned for the rest of the year.

During the event several announcements were made.

Final Fantasy VII Remake
Brand-new key art for Final Fantasy VII Remake was unveiled, depicting the game’s protagonist and mercenary Cloud and his iconic Buster Sword set to the background of Midgar, base of the Shinra™ Electric Power Company.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
The release date has been announced: 11 July in North America and Europe. Japan 13 July.

Final Fantasy XV DLC
The first sneak peek at some of the upcoming DLC for Final Fantasy XV was showcased on-stage, highlighting the brand-new perspective players will experience in the coming months. The Final Fantasy XV Booster Pack (Free Version) and Final Fantasy XV Booster Pack + are scheduled for release on 21 February, and will be available for all players or Season Pass holders, respectively. The DLC content will include powerful items such as the invincible outfit, “Magitek Exosuit” that give players an advantage during battles.
 
Final Fantasy XV Episode Gladiolus releases on 28 March, and will be available to players who purchased the Premium Edition or Season Pass and can also be purchased separately via the Xbox Marketplace or the PlayStation Store. Through this DLC, players can enjoy an episode depicted from Gladio’s perspective. Gilgamesh, one of the franchise’s fan-favorite characters will also be making an appearance in the episode.

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, the full-scale Final Fantasy adventure for mobile devices that has achieved over 20 million downloads worldwide, recently began an in-game collaboration event with internationally renowned artist and actress Ariana Grande. All players will be able to acquire “Dangerous Ariana,” the Ariana Grande-inspired character exclusively designed for the game until 2 February by completing the first stage of the special in-game event, "Dangerous Woman Tour."
 
Mobius Final Fantasy
Mobius Final Fantasy, will be making its way to Steam next month on 6 February. The title offers an all-new RPG adventure featuring a deep story, stunning visuals, in-depth character customization and a refined turn-based RPG battle system. To celebrate over 10 million registered users worldwide and the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII, various in-game bonuses and a special Final Fantasy VII Remake collaboration event will begin on February 7 for a limited time.

Final Fantasy XII

During the Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary event that took place earlier today in Japan producer Hiroaki Katô has annoiunced that Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will be available for PlayStation 4 on 11 July in North America and Europe. Japan will get the game on 13 July.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age features the world of Ivalice like never before with enhanced high-definition graphics and for the first time ever, western audiences will be able to experience the Zodiac Job System, a 12-job character progression system first introduced in the Japan-only release, Final Fantasy XII: International Zodiac System. The title will also feature a remastered soundtrack, 7.1-surround sound, an auto-save feature, faster loading times, a new Trial Mode and more.

With this announcement comes a brand-new piece of key art from famed character designer and artist Akihiko Yoshida.

Final Fantasy XV

Recently Square Enix has uploaded a trailer of the Moogle Chocobo Carnival, a limited time event which is coming to Final Fantasy XV on 24 January (North America 23 January).

The Moogle Chocobo Carnival is held in Altissia and contains new side quests, mini-games like chocobo racing, a new outfit for Noctis and a spectacular fireworks show. The event will be available for a limited time only and can be playable with the latest Holiday Pack patch which was released previous month.

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.

Square Enix

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.

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