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During a press conference this morning Square Enix has announced the future of its MMORPG Final Fantasy XI, which is entering its 14th year in May. The producer of Final Fantasy XI, Akihiko Matsui, has posted an announcement on the official website.

Adventurers of Vana’diel, I have an announcement to make.

In a short time we will be commencing a new series of content known as “The Vana’diel Project,” which aims to expand the scope of Vana’diel as we head into the future.

As part of this tremendous initiative, we have announced new scenario content known as “Rhapsodies of Vana’diel.” This scenario will bring fresh story content and weave together the tales we have told across thirteen years of Vana’diel. Both the development and operations teams are working harder than ever before to deliver this package to you.

We have also announced FINAL FANTASY GRANDMASTERS, a new creation set in Vana’diel, and a native app project based on the MMM (Massive Multiplayer Mobile) concept. Keep your eye on these projects as they revolutionize the way players experience FINAL FANTASY XI.

FINAL FANTASY XI’s major version updates will conclude with the November 2015 iteration, when Rhapsodies of Vana’diel is scheduled to reach its thrilling climax. We will, however, continue implementing ordinary version updates that focus on balance adjustments and bug fixes. Additionally, service for the PlayStation® 2 and Xbox 360® versions will end on or around March 2016, and we will focus our efforts on the Windows® version. Feedback posted on the forums and obtained through other avenues will inform quality of life improvements and balance adjustments, so do not hesitate to tell us your thoughts and opinions.

Take the opportunity to see, hear, and feel Vana’diel as it exists today—a Vana’diel created not just by the developers, but by each and every one of you.

We eagerly await you in the land of Mithra and moogles.

March 19, 2015
Akihiko Matsui, Producer, FINAL FANTASY XI

 

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Square Enix has announced today that Dragon Quest Heroes, which will be released tomorrow in Japan, will be coming to the West. The game will be available somewhere this year exclusively on PlayStation 4 in a boxed and digital copy.

Dragon Quest Heroes is an action-RPG and spinoff in the Dragon Quest series where the protagonists must rise up against insurmountable odds, challenging swarms of enemies and conquering gigantic monsters in an exhilarating action game. Filled with characters and monsters designed by world-renowned artist Akira Toriyama

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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.

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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.

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Square Enix has revealed their line-up for the Tokyo Game Show 2014 that will take place from 18 till 21 September. Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD are the big absentees this year.

Tokyo Game Show 2014Playable

  • Bravely Second (Nintendo 3DS);
  • Chaos Rings III (PlayStation Vita, iOS, Android);
  • Deadman's Cross (PlayStation Vita, iOS, Android);
  • Dragon Quest IV (iOS, Android);
  • Dragon Quest VIII (iOS, Android);
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4);
  • Final Fantasy Explorers (Nintendo 3DS);
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX (PlayStation 3).

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  • 3594e (iOS);
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One);
  • Dragon Quest X (Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PC);
  • Dragon Quest Monster Paradise (PC);
  • Dragon Quest Monsters (iOS, Android);
  • Final Fantasy VII G-Bike (iOS, Android);
  • Gunslinger Stratos 2 (Arcade);
  • Kai-ri-Sei Million Arthur (iOS, Android);
  • Seiken Densetsu: Rise of Mana (PlayStation Vita);
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During the press conference of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan that took place earlier today Square Enix has announced, together with Tecmo Koei, a new game in the Dragon Quest series: Dragon Quest Heroes. The game is currently in development by Omega Force (Dynasty Warriors) and will be a hack & slash game, which makes it the first in the series, and will be released on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

They've also announced that a special edition of the PlayStation 4 will be available when Dragon Quest Heroes will be launced that is dubbed the Metal Slime edition. This silver edition of the PlayStation 4 console and controller will be imprinted with slime characters. Even the slime at top will be part of the USB cover.

PlayStation 4 Metal Slime Edition

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At the E3 it was revealed that Final Fantasy Type-0 will get a HD version on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. During PAX an interviewer of IGN asked Hajime Tabata, director of the game, asked why it isn't coming to PlayStation Vita. Tabata's answer a bit vague, but he kept circling around to the idea of his excitement of finally being able to play through the portable game on the big screen, on new hardware, and the fact that it’ll now be able to get out to a much wider audience.

Tabata assured that Final Fantasy Type-0 will be a full retail game and that is it currently about 80% done.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD logo

You can read the full article on IGN.com.

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It's already a couple of days after gamescom. The line-up from Square Enix was not really big this year and they focussed on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call. During the event Naoki Yoshida, producer and director of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was present and players could play the game with him together. An other big event was the head-to-head battle between Yoshida and Ichiro Hazama, producer of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call playing the new Versus Mode of the game. Also games like Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX and Nosgoth were playable on the booth.

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Square Enix has teamed up with DONTNOD Entertainment (the guys behind Remember Me) and today announced Life is Strange, a digital IP which will consist of multiple episodes. Each chapter will be bulding and evolving on the choices you made in the previous episodes.

 

Max Caulfield has been absent from Arcadia Bay, Oregon for five years now. Upon returning home she discovers that Rachel Amber, a fellow senior at school, has disappeared under mysterious and rather uncomfortable circumstances. While trying to uncover the truth Max reunites with an old friend, Chloe, and makes a startling discovery: Max has the power to rewind time… 


Life is Strange will be released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC and can be played at gamescom which takes place this week.

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Square Enix has announced their games line-up for gamescom, a games trade fair in Cologne (Germany) that this year will take place from 13 till 17 August. This year Square Enix is focussing on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn with multiple booths that will be setup allowing 48 players to compete against Leviathan, Ramuh and Gilgamesh. On Saturday on 15:00 hours CEST a special head-to-head battle will be hosted between Naoki Yoshida, producer and director of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and Ichiro Hazama, producer of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call. They will be using the new Versus Mode of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call.

Gamescom

  • Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen (smartphones)
  • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (smartphones)
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4)
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX (PlayStation 3)
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
  • Nosgoth (PC)
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call (Nintendo 3DS)

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