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Final Fantasy X

Square Enix has recently announced on the official Final Fantasy website that Nintendo Switch and Xbox One owners can starting playing Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster on 16 April 2019 and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age on 30 April 2019.

In September 2018 Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2 and Final Fantasy XII will be released on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One in 2019. When Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy IX will be released has not been announced.

Final Fantasy X was released back in 2001 on the PlayStation 2 with its sequel Final Fantasy X-2 in 2003. Both games got a HD remaster (Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster) in 2013 on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. In 2015 a PlayStation 4 version was released and in 2016 the PC version.

Final Fantasy XII was released back in 2006, the last Final Fantasy on the PlayStation 2. In 2017 the game got a HD remaster called Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age on PlayStation 4. In February 2018 the PC version was released.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

Kingdom Hearts III

More than a month before the release of Kingdom Hearts III someone got his/her hands on a copy of the game and gameplay footage has been leaked on the internet. Gameplay video's appeared on YouTube, but have been removed. The community has been is doing its best to avoid spoilers.

Square Enix has confirmed the recent leaks and Tetsuya Nomura, the director of Kingdom Hearts III has released a statement:

We're aware that a small portion of KINGDOM HEARTS III has been circulating online before its official release. We are also aware as to how this has all happened. We're sorry to see this caused concern amongst our fans who are excited for the release.

The whole team has been working together since yesterday night (Japan time) to investigate what we can do to better this situation, but first we would like to ask that you do not share these videos.

The game's epilogue and secret movie, which are the biggest spoilers in this game, are planned to be released at a later date just in case, so they will not be shown before the game's release.

We want everyone to be able to equally experience the full game after its release, so we ask for your continued support on this matter.

We're also very grateful that our fans have been warning each other already about the spoilers. Thank you very much.

We're one month out from the release. Let's enjoy the game together when it releases on January 29th, 2019.

- Director Tetsuya Nomura

It's unsual for a game to be leaked this early.

Kingdom Hearts III

Today Tetsuya Nomura, the director of Kingdom Hearts III, has announced via social media that Kingdom Hearts III has gone gold! This means that the development has finished. Also the Together trailer, an extended version of the trailer that's been playing in American cinemas, has been revealed.

Today, I'm proud to unveil an extended version of the trailer that's been playing in American cinemas. And guess what? We've wrapped up development of the game.

If you haven't had the chance yet, now would be a good time to prep by playing 1.5 + 2.5 and 2.8. See you next month! - Tetsuya Nomura

Kingdom Hearts III will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 25 January 2019 in Japan and 29 January 2019 worldwide.

Final Fantasy XV

Square Enix recently held a broadcast called Special Program containing the future of Final Fantasy XV. In that broadcast Square Enix has announced that of the 4 DLC's, together titled The Dawn of the Future, 3 DLC's will be cancelled. Only Episode Ardyn will be released.

The reason for the cancellation of Episode Aranea, Episode Lunafreya and Episode Noctis is that Square Enix has decided to focus the development of Luminous Productions to large-scale, high-quality AAA game titles, which best leverages the Luminous strengths. This has resulted in an extraordinary loss of 3,733 million yen (~33 million dollars / ~26 million euro).

Also Square Enix has announced that Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy XV, has left the company. Here's the full departure letter:

Hello, this is Tabata.

It’s almost going to be two whole years since the release of Final Fantasy XV. I honestly believe the reason we were able to get this far is because of all you loyal fans. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Today, I have a personal announcement to make to all of you. I, Hajime Tabata, will be resigning from Luminous Productions and the Square Enix Group as of October 31, 2018.

I was able to gain so much experience with my time at Square Enix. Every title I was able to be a part of means a lot to me. However, Final Fantasy XV stood out from that group as it was a special project for me which I went all-in on.

Therefore, I decided to take this opportunity to officially announce my departure from Final Fantasy XV to all the fans who have supported the title across the globe.

In regards to my next endeavors and near future, I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after Final Fantasy XV. For that reason, I have decided to leave my current position and start my own business in order to achieve my goal.

As production of “Episode Ardyn” continues and Luminous Productions works on new projects, I felt that it was time for me to hand over the torch to the next generation group of talented and trustworthy colleagues and believe that they will create something amazing.

From this day on, I will cheer on and support Square Enix and Luminous Productions together with all of you fans.

I would like to thank everyone who continue to support Final Fantasy XV and those who have also supported myself personally.

—Hajime Tabata

It's sad to see Hajime Tabata leaving Square Enix. We wish him all the best.

Episode Ardyn is set before the events of Final Fantasy XV and will learn players more about Ardyn’s backstory in a story of death and restoration.Episode Ardyn will be released in March 2019.

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World of Final Fantasy Maxima, the enchanced version of World of Final Fantasy released back in 2016, is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam.

World of Final Fantasy Maxima features an all-new Avatar Change system that allows players to add fan-favorite Final Fantasy champions — including Cloud, Yuna, Noctis and more — into their stacks to create more powerful and strategic battle options than ever before. The game also features new legendary characters and Mirages (monsters), side-quests, boss battles, mini-games, and a challenging new Nightmare difficulty mode.

If you want a physical version of World of Final Fantasy Maxima, it is only available for Xbox One. The digital version is available for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. On PlayStation 4 and Steam the new content is available as downloadable content (DLC).

The Last Remnant

Last week The Last Remnant was removed from the Steam store without any reason. However today Square Enix has announced that The Last Remnant will be released on the PlayStation 4 as The Last Remnant Remastered.

The Last Remnant was originally released on the Xbox 360 back in 2008, almost 10 years ago, and is a turn-based RPG using Unreal Engine 3. The players controls Rush Sykes who is searching for his sister, who has been kidnapped by a mysterious organization during the war. The game received a mixed reception. The battle system was praised for being unique, massive-scale battles. Only the game had some technical issues.

In 2009 the game was ported to the PC. The PlayStation 3 version was also announced, but has been cancelled due to internal factors.

The PlayStation 4 version will not contain new content. All the features from the PC version will be present and also high-speed movement in the field will be available. The engine will be updated to Unreal Engine 4.

The Last Remnant Remastered will be released worldwide on 6 December 2018 for $20 / £16 / €20. Japan will receive a physical release, while North America and Europe only digital.

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Square Enix has announced on Twitter that Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles will be released on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in 2019 as Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles was originally released on the Nintendo GameCube back in 2003 and was the first Final Fantasy title released for a Nintendo console after Final Fantasy VI in 1994 for the Super Nintendo. This action RPG follows the story of a group adventurers traveling the world searching for rare trees which produce myrrh, used to fuel crystals protecting the world's settlements from the poisonous Miasma. The game also features a multiplayer option that allows up to 4 players join a local session that relies on the Game Boy Advance connected to the GameCube with a link cable.

Final Fantasy XV

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, the mobile retelling of Final Fantasy XV, is now available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The Nintendo Switch version will be coming soon.

In Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, fans and newcomers alike can follow the journey of crown prince Noctis and his brothers in arms, Prompto, Ignis and Gladiolus, with fully voiced key event scenes and faithfully recreated battles. All of the treasured moments from Final Fantasy XV, like driving the Regalia across breathtaking landscapes, camping, Chocobo riding and more, can be experienced in a whole new way with the game’s creatively reimagined art style and in HD resolution.

With the mobile version it is free to play the first chapter. However if you want to play the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One version you have to pay the full price of the game. PlayStation Plus members and Xbox One owners will receive a 40% discount till 13 September.

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Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is now available worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Steam. It took more than one year to get an English translation of the game.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age follows the perilous journey of a hunted hero who must uncover the mystery of his fate with the aid of a charismatic cast of supporting characters. They embark on a quest taking them across continents and over vast oceans as they learn of an ominous threat facing the world.

The Western release delivers several upgrades and enhancements that are not in the Japanese versio, including:

  • English Voiceover
  • Draconian Quest, a hard mode that offers additional challenges for more experienced players.
  • Overhauled Menus & UI, with graphical enhancements and more intuitive navigation.
  • Camera Mode, allowing players to take in views of the beautiful landscape, character renders and ferocious monsters in detail.
  • A New Dash Function and many other system enhancements, such as improved character and camera movement

The game is still in development for the Nintendo Switch and was recently delayed due to the Unreal Engine that needs to be updated to support the Switch.

The Last Remnant

Square Enix has quietly announced that they will remove The Last Remnant from Steam. The RPG will no longer be available for purchase, but owners of the game can still download and play the game.

The Last Remnant is a turn-based RPG using Unreal Engine 3 and was originally released worldwide on the Xbox 360 back in 2008. One year later the game was ported to the PC with enhanced graphical settings, a "Turbo Mode" increasing battle speed, and a New Game Plus. The PlayStation 3 version however was cancelled.

Hi everyone,

We will soon be discontinuing digital and physical sales of The Last Remnant on PC.

Sales will cease at the times below:-

Japan region: Wednesday 5th September, approximately 2:00 (JST)
NA region: Tuesday 4th September, approximately 10:00(PDT)
EU region: Tuesday 4th September, approximately 17:00(GMT)

Anyone already owning the game will still be able to play as per usual.

Thanks to everyone who’s adventured with the Mitras, Yamas, Qsitis and Sovanis!

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