Speaking with Famitsu at E3, Final Fantasy XV director Tetsuya Nomura said the title will be the first part of a larger story. Although the game will be somewhat self-contained, the overall story – which the announcement trailer teased as “the Versus epic” – will continue. Nomura indicated that he is considering a compilation further down the line, once other entries have been released. Given the wait for the title formerly known as Versus XIII, he added that he would like to keep the interval between releases short.
In an interesting bit of contrition, he openly apologized towards the end of the interview for the game’s delay. He then closed with the following: “Some have said that this generation, Japanese developments have fell short overseas. In the next generation, I don’t want this to be the case at all. I want to showcase this title.”
During their press conference last night, Sony announced that Final Fantasy XIV would be heading to the PlayStation 4. Alas, we have no release date as of yet.
The long-running saga of Final Fantasy Versus XIII took another unusual turn last night during Sony’s E3 press conference. It seems VsXIII will become Final Fantasy XV and move from the PlayStation 3 to its successor. SE later said that the game would also see release on the Xbox One, with producer Shinji Hashimoto saying that the game will be developed with DirectX 11, allowing for easy porting.
Square Enix will hold a Q&A session prior to E3, hosted by senior vice president Shinji Hashimoto. The topic: the future of Final Fantasy. The session starts Tuesday, June 11 from 9 to 10 am PDT, just prior to E3 itself opening up.
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Square Enix has at last set a date for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The MMO redux will launch on August 27, with the PS3 version priced at $39.99 and the PC for $29.99. A collector’s edition was also announced, to be available only through Square Enix’s online store.
For an extra $40 ($79.99 PS3, $69.99 PC) you get the following with the CE: an 80-page artbook, a “Sounds of Eorzea” musical album, collectable character art cards, a branded security token, bonus in-game items (most notably a Coeurl mount), and a special “Waning of the Sixth Sun” video disc that depicts the events leading up to the world’s destruction.
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Never a company to leave a re-release unreleased, Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIII-2 will get a pair of new editions later this year. The “Ultimate Hits” version of Final Fantasy XIII-2 is a standard greatest hits version; the more interesting is the “Digital Contents Selection”, which includes most of the game’s downloadable content: colosseum opponents, costumes, weapons, and the Sazh, Lightning, and Snow episodes.
Both versions will be sold at retail on July 18, priced at 5040 yen for the DLC bundle and 2940 for the Ultimate Hits one.
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Via Famitsu, Square Enix offered a status report on the HD re-release of Final Fantasy X/X-2. Both the PS3 and the Vita versions are roughly 70% complete, though a release date has not been set beyond “sometime this year”.
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Square Enix has confirmed the HD re-releases of Final Fantasy X and X-2 will launch in North America and Europe this year. The two games will be released jointly as Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster on the PS3, with the Vita versions to be sold separately. An announcement trailer will be hosted on the official site on March 25.
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Amidst the buildup for E3, Final Fantasy director Shinji Hashimoto announced that Square Enix is preparing to develop a Final Fantasy for PlayStation 4. Naturally, few details were given at this time; Hashimoto indicated the company would reveal more at E3 this year.
Speaking of setting matters right, Square Enix plans to launch Final Fantasy XIV for PC and PS3 this summer. The game went into beta testing on the 25th, and for the curious, the offical benchmark has been released and is available here.
The much-talked-about beta test of Final Fantasy XIV: Let’s Try This Again will begin on February 25 according to Square Enix. The playable area will be limited to Gridania and its surroundings, with limited storyline quests, sidequests, and a level 30 instanced dungeon among the content to be tested.
After more than a year of basically no information, the Vita HD release of Final Fantasy X is officially back on the table. At the Japan-based Vita Heaven event, Square Enix released a small dollop of game footage, which appeared to be a render of the characters in battle. See for yourself via the YouTubes.
Via Famitsu, more details have emerged regarding Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII‘s battle system and character design. In particular, the ATB system will reportedly be a lot busier this time around, and will be used more in the field in place of dashing. Styles can be changed instantaneously, and there’s little to no delay between pressing the button and executing the command.
In other matters, Lightning’s outfit was designed by Toshiyuki Itahana, as opposed to Tetsuya Nomura, who originally illustrated Lightning. Itahana had previously worked on some downloadable costumes for Final Fantasy XIII-2.