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Final Fantasy XV

Today Square Enix has released a new update for Final Fantasy XV; the March 2017 update. Together with the update a teaser video was reavealed showing footage from the March 2017 update and Episode Gladiolus, which will be available tomorrow.

Version 1.06 and 1.07 contains these patch notes:

Version 1.07

  • Various bug fixes

Version 1.06

  • Addition of Chapter 13, Verse 2 (alternate route featuring Gladiolus)
  • Enhancement of Arcana spells (Alterna, Holy, Death)
  • Announcement of winning snapshots from first photo contest (viewable at Takka’s Pit Stop in Hammerhead)
  • Temporary conclusion of Timed Quests (will resume at a later date)
  • Addition of two pieces from “Episode Gladiolus” downloadable content to music player tracklist
  • Addition of compatibility with “Episode Gladiolus” downloadable content
  • Various gameplay enhancements
  • Various bug fixes

Chapter 13, Verse 2 can be started from the main screen and you'll take control over Gladiolus (together with Ignis) searching for Noctis. The alternative chapter features gameplay elements from Episode Gladiolus, which will be available tomorrow for € 4.99 / $ 4.99. A season pass can also be bought for € 24.99 / $ 24.99.

Final Fantasy XII

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will get a Collector's Edition that is only available at their store.
 

The Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Collector's Edition will include the following:

  • The game
  • Exclusive Judge Magisters Mini Bust Set, featuring busts of Judges Bergan, Drace, Gabranth, Ghis, and Zargabaath (Exclusive to Collector's Edition. Will not be sold separately.)
  • Soundtrack featurning music from famed composer Hitoshi Sakimoto
  • Steelbook featuring art exclusive to the Collector’s Edition
  • Set of Six Art Cards, featuring Vaan, Ashe, Basch, Fran & Balthier, Penelo and World of Ivalice
  • Digital code to access the original soundtrack as background music in-game

The collector's edition will go on sale on 11 July 2017 for $ 199.99 / € 199.99 and can be pre-ordered at their store.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age collector's edition

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Today Square Enix has officially released the PlayStation 4 version of NieR: Automata in Europe. Earlier this week the game was released in North America.

NieR: Automata is the sequel to NieR and developed in collaboration with Platinum Games and delivers the perfect mix of action and RPG gameplay. Players will battle as androids 2B, 9S and A2 as they fight to reclaim the world for their human creators and uncover truths long forgotten.

The PC version will be available next week on 17 March.

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.

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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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