Upon the arrival of Bravely Default in Japan, fans have come to find sad news within the game's artbook. Seasoned Final Fantasy artist Akihiro Yoshida left a letter within the book announcing his decision to leave Square Enix.Read More
Good news everyone! Square Enix has just launched a website which will allow gamers to apply to be a beta tester on the upcoming relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV, which is also known as A Realm Reborn.
This is fantastic news for people who've been wanting to check out the new game, especially as the process is also open to people with a PS3 console. Yes, Final Fantasy XIV on the PS3 is finally happening!
By holding the beta, Square Enix hope to "examine the game systems, address the balance and prioritize bug fixes."
With the Tokyo Game Show approaching fast, Square Enix has launched their Tokyo Game Show site. The site provides a little peek into their show lineup.
Full list is after the jump.
In this week's Famitsu, a few members of the development team for Final Fantasy XIV confirm that we'll be hearing some details about the PS3 version of the game at this year's Tokyo Game Show!
There will be some user interface differences between the PC and the PS3 version. For instance, theres no horizontally lined-up icons showing up the PS3 version. The designers are attempting to fit all of the main commands into eight items and also evolve the targeting system (so that you'll be able to select from within the targeting circle).
Since its pretty much confirmed that we won't be hearing much about the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIV during the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary, seems like we'll have to wait till September 20th to hear more about that matter.
Today Square Enix North America dished out some details regarding their Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary event.
The event kicks off on August 31 from 1PM to 9PM PST at the ACT Theatre in Seattle (700 Union Street) and takes place in conjunction with the anniversary event that's going on in Tokyo.
Attendees will get the chance to participate in games and contests that commemorate the beloved series. The top winners will receive prizes such as character plushies and a Final Fantasy XIII-2 branded PS3 or Xbox 360.
Oh yeah, and did I mention that event goers get to receive a 25th Anniversary Poster designed by Yoshitaka Amano?
There is also a Final Fantasy XIV presentation of the demo content that is currently being shown at gamescom as well as a few additional reveals.
And lastly to top it all off, at 7:30PM Yoshinori Kitase, Motomu Toriyama and Isamu Kamikokuryo will show off a special video message that will reveal new details about the direction of Lightning's Story following Final Fantasy XIII-2.
We've known that Final Fantasy XIV was due to re-launch for quite some time, after Square Enix proudly announced they were working on version 2.0 of their latest MMO. However, the game's producer/director has now made it seem much more grandiose.
Naoki Yoshida has claimed that the release of Version 2.0, which is now being dubbed Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, should be thought of as "the latest title in the Final Fantasy series".
There's still no word on when we'll actually see the next iteration of the game, with the latest trailer simply stating it would be "coming soon", but the PS3 version is due to launch in Q1 2013.
Square Enix has announced at a recent Final Fantasy XI event that Hiromichi Tanaka, who was Senior Vice President of Sofware Development at the company, has left and will no longer be working on either of their MMOs.
Tanaka had been at Square Enix since the beginning, working on Final Fantasy I and Final Fantasy II, before moving onto some of Square Enix's other properties, such as Mana, Seiken Densetsu, Xenogears and Chrono Cross.
Following on from this, Tanaka was a producer on Final Fantasy XI, before becoming the main voice for Final Fantasy XIV - a project which performed terribly upon its release.
The plight of Final Fantasy XIV was a huge black mark on Tanaka's career, with him being removed from the project entire, and placed back on Final Fantasy XI's team.
Final Fantasy Union is back from the holiday break and is bringing the new year in with the demo of FF13. Darryl is joined by Colin and Lauren and after telling you about all of the new editions to FFU, they launch into their thoughts and analysis of the demo. Was it good or was it bad? You’ll have to listen to their in depth discussion to find out.
Afterwards, the gang jumps straight into your questions and this episode there are a LOT. The questions this time include which FF games are the most underrated, how many FF13 installments there will be, should Sakaguchi be re-hired, did you use your favorite characters in the games or replace them with the more powerful character, and whether or not the DLC for FF13-2 is a good thing or a bad thing.
The show rounds up with a great remix from FF7 and make sure you stick around to the end for the first bloopers of 2012. Get psyched, the new year of FFU is here! Final Fantasy Union is part of the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts Union podcast channel on Gaming Union/iTunes and releases an episode of FFU every four weeks.
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