Final Fantasy XIII-2

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Sad news a couple of days ago. It appears that tri-Ace, developer of the Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile series, has been acquired by mobile developer Nepro Japan. This means that tr-Ace will no longer will be developer of JRPG's and is forced to develop mobile games.

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tri-Ace is formed in 1995 and developed games like Star Ocean, Valkyrie Profile, Radiata Stories and Resonance of Fate. They've been pretty active lately helping Square Enix with Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2 and developing Phantasy Star Nova that will be released by Sega.

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be released on Steam on 11 December 2014. It looks like they've listened to the feedback they've received from releasing Final Fantasy XIII on Steam which said to be a bad port.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 was released back in 2012 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and takes place three years after the events of Final Fantasy XIII. The Steam version will feature custom resolutions, graphic options, 60 FPS and Japanese voices. It can be purchased on Steam for $ 19.99 / £ 12.99 / € 15.99 with a 10 % discount till release. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will follow in Spring 2015.

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Final Fantasy XIII

After Final Fantasy IV Square Enix has also announced this week that the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy will also be coming to Steam. On 9 October Final Fantasy XIII, the first game in the trilogy, will be available for purchase at Steam for $ 15.99 / € 12.99 / £ 10.99. If you pre-order the game, you'll receive a 10% discount.

Final Fantasy XIII screenshot

Final Fantasy XIII was released back in 2010 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and takes place in the world of Cocoon and Pulse and was the first Final Fantasy in the series to have a female lead character. The other two games in the trilogy, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be released in Spring 2015.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

While the release of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is only two weeks away, Square Enix has released a new trailer. But not any ordinary trailer, but a retrospecive look at the history of Final Fantasy XIII (the Lightning saga) in 16-bit quality. This trailer shows the story of Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2 at lightning speed. Please mind that this trailer contains spoilers if you haven't played these games.

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Square Enix has announced that they've have started a massive Final Fantasy sale in the European PlayStation Store. Almost all available games in the Final Fantasy series are 50% off. PlayStation Plus users receive an additional 10% (which actually is a total of 55% off!).  Here's the full list of games on offer:

Final Fantasy sale

  • Final Fantasy I – Was £7.99/€9.99, now £3.99/€4.99
  • Final Fantasy II – Was £7.99/€9.99, now £3.99/€4.99
  • Final Fantasy IV: Complete Collection – Was £15.99/€19.99, now £7.99/€9.99
  • Final Fantasy V - Was £7.99/€9.99, now £3.99/€4.99 
  • Final Fantasy VI - Was £7.99/€9.99, now £3.99/€4.99
  • Final Fantasy VII - Was £7.99/€9.99, now £3.99/€4.99
  • Final Fantasy VIII - Was £7.99/€9.99, now £3.99/€4.99
  • Final Fantasy IX - Was £7.99/€9.99, now £3.99/€4.99
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 – Was £15.99/€19.99, now £7.99/€9.99
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Standard Edition – Was £28.49/€34.99, now £16.23/€19.94
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Collector’s Edition – Was £39.99/€49.99, now £19.99/€24.99
  • Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions - Was £7.99/€9.99, now £3.99/€4.99
  • Dissidia: Final Fantasy – Was £13.99/€17.99, now £6.99/€8.99
  • Dissidia duodecim prologus – Was £1.19/€1.49, now £0.78/€0.98
  • Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy – Was £15.99/€19.99, now £7.99/€9.99

One game that is missing from this list is the PSP version of Final Fantasy III. Also the DLC of Final Fantasy XIII-2 is not in this sale.

If you've never played a Final Fantasy before or only the recent ones but not the classics? This is your chance to try them! Don't wait to long, the offer lasts till 5 February.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Square Enix has revealed the Tokyo Game Show 2013 trailer of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the final chapter in Lightning's saga. In this trailer Caius, the main antagonist of Final Fantasy XIII-2 is back. An extended version of the trailer will be released shortly after the Tokyo Game Show ends on Sunday.

Update: The extended trailer has been released.

Final Fantasy XIII

Square Enix has launched a new Final Fantasy XIII teaser website featuring a thundercloud with the caption A Storm Gathers. This teaser website will likely be opened during the presentation of the future of Lightning's Saga (after Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2) on 1 September to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Final Fantasy series.

You can visit the website here.

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Also this week Square Enix will bring new DLC for Final Fantasy XIII-2. It isn't much this week; Lieutenant Colonel Nabaat as opponent in the Colosseum. When you defeat her, you can recruit her to your party.

Lieutenant Colonel Nabaat Lieutenant Colonel Nabaat Lieutenant Colonel Nabaat

The DLC will cost 240 MP on Xbox Live and $2.99 / £1.59 / € 1.99 on PlayStation Network and is now available.

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Square Enix has provided images of the new downloadable content of Final Fantasy XIII-2 showing a new costume for Serah and Noel and a new scenario with Sazh.

Serah Resort Style costume Noel Guardian of Space Time costume

Sash Scenario (1) Sash Scenario (2) Sash Scenario (3)

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Final Fantasy XIII-2 has been released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in North America and Europe follows this Friday. If you already played the game, please let us hear your thoughts and impressions about the game. For those who are still waiting or doubt about getting it, here's the launch trailer.

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