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Final Fantasy XII "Remake" Happening?

Posted on the 2nd August 2015

During the Distant Worlds concert in Pittsburgh, composer Arnie Roth announced to the crowd that there is a Final Fantasy XII "remake" coming later this year. Do take that with a pinch of salt though, if true, it will likely only be a remaster like that of the Final Fantasy X|X-2 collection which is not entirely a bad thing anyway.

Other details such as platform(s), release date, etc was obviously not announced but if what he says holds true then expect details at this years Tokyo Game Show or during one of Square Enix Presents streams like the recent Dragon Quest XI announcement.

Thanks to Final Fantasy Network for the video

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Steam Release Set

Posted on the 28th July 2015

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD for PC (well Steam) has now got a final release date of the 18th August 2015.

Square Enix said the Steam version of the fantasy role-playing game has an improved in-game battle camera, full Steam achievements and trading cards, scalable motion blur settings and a customisable dynamic screen shot mode. There's also controller support and upgraded graphics resolution levels.

There's also a curious crossover with Valve's MOBA, Dota 2. If you pre-purchase Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on Steam you get the Master Chocobo as your courier and Moogle (Class Zero) as your ward in Dota 2, as well as a Final Fantasy Type-0 HD loading screen.





E3'15 - Final Fantasy VII Remake Announced

Posted on the 20th June 2015

Part of my E3 2015 Recap.

One of Square Enix's biggest announcements (along with the new RPG, Project Setsuna), was the reveal that Final Fantasy VII will indeed be getting a remake with PlayStation 4 players getting it first.

Currently still in early developments so I would not expect to see this game anytime soon (2016/17 but most likely 2017) but Square Enix have confirmed they will reveal more information this winter.

For a larger video, please click here.

E3'15 - Kingdom Hearts III Gameplay Trailer

Posted on the 20th June 2015

Part of my E3 2015 Recap.

I know you may be thinking why am I covering Kingdom Hearts, firstly because it has Final Fantasy characters included but also because I loved the first two main games!

As the title says, this is the first proper gameplay trailer since they moved production from the Luminous Engine to the Unreal 4 Engine and boy does it look good.

For a larger video, please click here.

E3'15 - World of Final Fantasy Announced

Posted on the 20th June 2015

Part of my E3 2015 Recap.

First up we have World of Final Fantasy for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita (yes, the Vita!) that is based on the story of two siblings on a grand quest about memories. You fight against and alongside familiar and new creatures (basically Dragon Quest Monsters but with Final Fantasy and a cute style).

For now, enjoy the announcement trailer;-

For a larger video, please click here.

Heavensward Early Access Information

Posted on the 8th June 2015

As the official release of Heavensward, Final Fantasy XIV's first expansion since relaunch, draws ever closer we have information on how to get Early Access all ready before that starts on the 19th June.

Now there are a few requirements before you get started;

  • Must possess an active Final Fantasy XIV service account on your Square Enix Account.
  • Must possess an early access code for the platform that you currently use to play the game.
  • Must have registered your Early Access code via the steps below in “Early Access Registration”.
  • Early access is not available for the Final Fantasy XIV Online all-in-one bundle.
  • Also, in order to enter the new areas being introduced in Heavensward, you will need to have completed the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn main scenario quest “Before the Dawn” that was implemented in Patch 2.55

Once you have done all that, head over to the Lodestone for information on the platform you play on.

Enjoy!

Final Fantasy XV Active Time Report 6.0

Posted on the 4th June 2015

Sorry meant to post this on the 4th June but better late then never eh?

Square Enix Presents has released another Active Time Report for Final Fantasy XV with Tabata-san covering the upcoming changes to the Episode Duscae demo, staff involved, and the differences to Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

Tabata confirmed that much of what we've seen of Versus XIII had been ditched, calling the shift to XV a "reboot" (much like A Realm Reborn - which might I add is very good). The story, for example, has undergone significant changes. "After we had switched from Versus to 15, the first decision we made was to make sure that FFXV would have a complete, coherent story in one game," he said.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Steam Release

Posted on the 2nd June 2015

Does seem like Square Enix are pretty serious with getting their PC support better and this time it is Final Fantasy Type-0 HD for Steam.

There is yet to be a release date but there will be new graphical options for high-end PC users added, as well as improved battle and camera controls and Steam community features.

Unfortunately it will not include the Final Fantasy XV demo as this is still a PlayStation 4 / Xbox One exclusive though I would hazard a guess this will change in the times ahead.





New Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Videos

Posted on the 21st May 2015

With the release of Heavensward looming ever closer, Square Enix has released a few videos showing off some new bits and bobs.

First up with have the theme for Heavensward composed by Nobuo Uematsu;

Next up is a trailer showcasing new job actions;

And finally (though I have not embedded), is footage of the new dungeons coming in Heavensward;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGcvnNOe34k

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E3 2015, Final Fantasy XI, and the future

Posted on the 17th May 2015

So E3 2015 is quickly approaching with Square Enix holding a press conference this year which they haven't done since 2009. This could mean they have some pretty big announcements planned though you can expect Final Fantasy XV, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and Rise of Tomb Raider to be there. Unfortunately for me I will be on holiday that week and unable to post any news fresh as it comes in so will do a recap the week later with hopefully videos and screenshots for your viewing pleasure.

For those wanting to watch the stream live without thousands of comments popping up then head over to the E3 Telly section for all the latest broadcasts. (link to be added soon)

As some of you know, Final Fantasy XI is in its final year of updates with the PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 versions to close afterwards so unfortunately I will no longer be thinking about making content for it and instead focus on all the other games. The current content will stay live but will no longer be updated.

On the note about the future of Final Fantasy Skies those of you who follow me on Twitter will know I am recoding the site due to changes with Google. This may affect certain design elements but hopefully not too drastic. What does it mean you may be asking, well simpley put it will become much easier to view FFSkies on mobile devices (be it Android, iOS, or Windows). However I do have some Final Fantasy X content nearly ready so will finish that before the recode starts.

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Final Fantasy Type-Next Artwork Displayed

Posted on the 23rd March 2015

Over in Hong Kong for the release of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Square Enix showed off some concept art for Final Fantasy Type-Next.

Hajime Tabata apparently began production on this after they had finished the original Final Fantasy Type-0 for PSP but since taking over as director for Final Fantasy XV this has been put on hold. For now, here are some pictures taken from the event: (thanks to gamestalk.net)

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One can not help but think this could be the next console RPG that president Yosuke Matsuda was on about.

Final Fantasy XI Vana'diel Project + Service Changes

Posted on the 19th March 2015

Along with the revealment of Grandmasters, Akihiko Matsui revealed some information about the future of Final Fantasy XI.

The bad news is for those playing on the PlayStation 2 (also supported Playstation 3 systems) and Xbox 360 will no longer be able to play after March 2016 with the service going Windows PC only. For those still playing after that date there will no longer see be any more new content added but only balance adjustments and bug fixes. If this means the game will go Free-to-Play is unknown at this time.

The good news is they are working on a "epic conclusion" to the Final Fantasy XI story with a new scenario content known as “Rhapsodies of Vana’diel.” This scenario will bring fresh story content and weave together the tales that has been told across thirteen years of Vana’diel.

It does seem there is more to this Vana'diel Project than just Rhapsodies of Vana’diel and Grandmasters with Matsui just hinting at a "tremendous initiative". Could it mean we will get more spinoff games? Console games along with the mobile game? All shall be revealed during the year.

On a personal note, I did have fond memories of the world in Vana'diel and will miss it.




Final Fantasy Grandmasters Announced

Posted on the 19th March 2015

During the media briefing this morning for Final Fantasy XI, Square Enix has announced Final Fantasy Grandmasters.

It will be a spinoff of sorts of the Final Fantasy XI for iOS and Android devices. Just like the MMORPG, it does require multiplayer to play but is more lighthearted with graphics like the Final Fantasy III DS remake.

For now, here is a little promo video for it;-

Future of Final Fantasy XI Special

Posted on the 18th March 2015

Tomorrow at 7:00am GMT Square Enix will be holding a live presentation to talk about the future of their first MMORPG, Final Fantasy XI.

It will be in Japanese with an English digest to be available on the forums at a later date.

You can watch the stream live available at the YouTube channel.

I will update when more information is available.




Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Release Date + MAC Edition

Posted on the 7th March 2015

At the presentation today we got a recap on all the information announced at the London/Tokyo Fan Fests but also a couple of interesting tibits.

First up is the confirmation of a MAC edition which will be released the same time as Heavensward.

Next up is the release date, although slightly later then originally announced it will be coming to PC, PS3/4, and MAC on the 23rd June 2015 with early access starting the 19th June 2015.

For now, enjoy this video showing off Heavensward:

PAX East Heavensward Presentation Stream

Posted on the 7th March 2015

Today at PAX East, Final Fantasy XIV Producer/Director Naoki Yoshida will be hosting an hour-long panel talking about the upcoming first expansion Heavensward.

So keep your times booked for 17:00 (GMT) / 12:00 p.m. (EST) / 9:00 a.m. (PST)!

If you can't be there you can still watch a livestream over on Twitch with either;-

I shall be watching the event and will take notes for those that can't watch so be sure to come back later for all the information.

Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD PS4 Release Date

Posted on the 3rd March 2015

Square Enix has confirmed the European, Australian, and North American release dates of the PlayStation 4 edition of the pretty good HD Remasters for Final Fantasy X and X-2.

So what are they I hear you cry, Europe will get it the 15th May, Australia the 14th May, and North America the 12th May.

Europe and Australia will get the Limited Edition which is a nice looking steelbook case when you pre-order the game from any retailer for free.

Steelbook Case

On a interesting note, cross-save will work between all three versions (PS4, PS3, and PSVita).

Dark Knight, New Primals, And More

Posted on the 25th October 2014

With all the teasing at Las Vegas, Yoshi-P has finally confirmed that one of the new jobs is Dark Knight, will have no base class (what exactly this will entail for the entire game is yet to be seen), and will be a tank job.

Final Fantasy XIV Dark Knight

Not only was Dark Knight announced but some more information was announced also:

  • Two new Primals; Bismark and Ravana (new to the Final Fantasy series)
  • Two new Beast Tribes
  • Flying Mounts (only in 3.0 zones)
  • European Data Centre being located somewhere in Europe (location and dates to be decided)
  • Collectors Edition for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward and will include a figurine
  • Second new job will be related to James Bond...

Unfortunately we will have to wait until the Fan Festival in Tokyo on the 20th December for more information about Heavensward

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Announced

Posted on the 19th October 2014

Yesterday at the Fan Festival in Las Vegas, Square Enix has revealed the first expansion since the relaunch called Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward and is due out Spring 2015.

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Logo

Since there are two more events to go (London and Tokyo), not much information was revealed but what was confirmed is that there will be:

  • New Jobs (unspecified amount but Dark Knight seemed to have been leaked)
  • Level Cap increased from 50 to 60
  • Ishgard finally being made available
  • New "huge" open field areas
  • New playable race

Until the Fan Festival in London on the 25th October when more will be revealed, have a look at the new trailer below:

Final Fantasy IV Available On PC

Posted on the 30th September 2014

Just like the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, Final Fantasy IV is now available for PC on Steam or the SEE Online Store priced at £10.99 / €14.49.

For this release the game features:

  • Opening movie created by Visual Works
  • Quicker browsing through the monster bestiary and other game records
  • Optimised graphics
  • Achievements
  • New Steam Trading Cards feature

For more information on system requirements please check out the Steam page or the SEE Online Store page.

Final Fantasy XIII Saga Coming To PC

Posted on the 19th September 2014

Square Enix has confirmed that the Final Fantasy XIII saga will be coming to Windows PC available through Steam and Square Enix Online Store.

First up is Final Fantasy XIII from the 9th October for £10.99/€12.99 with the rest to follow by Spring 2015.

You are required to have a Steam account even if you buy through the Square Enix store though.






TGS'14 - Final Fantasy Agito coming to PlayStation Vita

Posted on the 18th September 2014

Sorry not Type-0 but the mobile phone game Final Fantasy Agito is being ported over to the PlayStation Vita entitled Final Fantasy Agito+.

Launching in Japan on 15th January 2015 as a free-to-download game with micro-transactions, Siliconera reports. A western release has yet to be announced though possible as the original mobile phone game has been announced for the west.

(Caution - Music will not be to everyones taste!)

TGS'14 - New Final Fantasy XV Trailer

Posted on the 18th September 2014

With the start of another Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix has released a new trailer with some more ingame footage of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One title.

There is still no release date (as was to be expected) but there has been a change of Directors for it with Hajime Tabata (the director of the original Final Fantasy Type-0) taking over from Tetsuya Nomura who has now moved on to Kingdom Hearts III development.

Final Fantasy Type-0 Release Date + FFXV Demo

Posted on the 17th September 2014

From an accidental leak it seems we have a release date for the upcoming remake of Final Fantasy Type-0 and not just for Japan but for Europe and North America also!

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on the 20th March in Europe, 19th March in Japan and the 17th March in North America and will include a demo voucher for Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix announced ahead of the Tokyo Game Show in Japan this week.

The demo, dubbed “Episode Duscae,” focuses on the early parts of Final Fantasy XV, with some elements of progression altered in order to make it more suitable for a demo experience.

There was a video but seems to have been taken down (likely by Square Enix) but will try and post one when available.

UPDATE: It has now been officially confirmed by Square Enix with a fancy new trailer for your viewing pleasure:

Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn First Anniversary

Posted on the 27th August 2014

Well it has now officially been one year since the succesful relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV

To celebrate, Square Enix is holding a good number of events both within the game and out including the return of the cross over events from Lightning Returns, Final Fantasy XI, and Dragon Quest X as well as Tales from the Calamity offering lore about the events played out during the original release of the game (also referred to as 1.0).

For full details on all the events go ahead and visit the site at http://www.finalfantasyxiv.com/anniversary/eu/index.html

Final Fantasy XIV 1 Year

Square Enix at Gamescom 2014

Posted on the 30th July 2014

With not long to go until the start of another year at Gamescom in Germany, Square Enix has revealed their lineup although it is pretty lacking.

However there are two Final Fantasy games, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call.

Of course there may (and that is a big may!) be more news at Sony's Press Conference on the 11th August so I will keep you posted with any information released.





Rogue and Ninja Announced for A Realm Reborn

Posted on the 10th June 2014

During the Letter from the Producer Live today, Yoshida revealed that there will be a new class (Rogue) and a new job (Ninja) to be added in Patch 2.4 with more to be added in the expansion.

Final Fantasy VII G-Bike Announced

Posted on the 10th June 2014

Not had enough of mobile games? Well you are in luck as there is another one. This time based on the super fun mini-game from Final Fantasy VII, the motorcycle chase game G-Bike aptly named Final Fantasy VII G-Bike.

It will also be free to download but with in-app purchases. Check out this early in development trailer below.

Final Fantasy Agito also coming West

Posted on the 10th June 2014

With the announcement of Final Fantasy Type-O coming West, Square Enix has announced that the Android/iOS game Final Fantasy Agito will be released in Europe and North America which is free to download but with in-app purchases.

Check out the trailer below.

New Final Fantasy XIV Trailer

Posted on the 10th June 2014

The team behind Final Fantasy XIV has released a battle heavey trailer with a little sneak preview of upcoming Primals Ramuh and Shiva.

Final Fantasy Type-0 is finally making its way to the West

Posted on the 10th June 2014

Today Square Enix has revealed that Final Fantasy Type-0 (formally Final Fantasy Agito) will be making its way to European and North American shores but this time for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with an improved HD remaster from the original PlayStation Portable version.

Details are a bit thin at the moment but will update as soon as I hear anything.










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