While we’re on the subject, Square Enix announced the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster will reach the PS4 in spring 2015. Copies will be priced at $49.99 in North America, and £39.99 in Europe.
The company also announced that Final Fantasy VII is also being ported to the PS4, also in spring 2015. While the use of system-exclusive features was mentioned, no further details were given at this time.
Well, there’s something different. Final Fantasy VII is now available on Steam, currently priced at $11.99. Long-time fans may recall this isn’t the game’s first appearance on PC; as with the Square Store version, FFVII now includes achievements, cloud saves (I shall refrain from the obvious pun), and some optimizations for current hardware and Windows versions.
With last year’s orchestral album based on video game music under their belt, the London Philharmonic Orchestra is putting together a second one. The tellingly-named Greatest Video Game Music 2 launches on November 6, and includes the following tracklist: Continue reading ‘London Philharmonic Composes Second Game Music Album’ »
Yaaay, we’re back! And hopefully we’ll stay on time going forward, or at least we won’t lose power right when I’m about to start writing. Anyway, news time!
- Sony acquires streaming game service Gaikai for a cool $380 million. Speculation abounds as to how doomed modern consoles are (not very, for the moment).
- Vivendi plans to sell off its stake in Activision-Blizzard. Possibly a restructuring effort, or maybe they just see Call of Duty being the next Guitar Hero, with all that would imply.
- Zynga reveals “Zynga With Friends,” and exciting new games ending with -Ville that are totally not the same idea over and over. One’s even an “epic slot machine adventure” for extra irony.
- Yoichi Wada asserts Final Fantasy VII isn’t getting remade until they make a game that surpasses it. My take: better get a DeLorean, ’cause we’ll need the nineties again.
- Atlus announces and defends its decision to region-lock Persona 4 Arena. So that’s why the official forums melted down the other day.
- The EU rules that resale of digital games is legal, Pokemon Black and White 2 makes all of the money, Facebook suffers a sizable email fiasco, and more!
Continue reading ‘What Happened This Week – Everybody Misses the Nineties’ »
Square Enix has announced a digital download release of the PC version of Final Fantasy VII. Apart from (hopefully) being more stable this time, FFVII PC will feature achievements, character boosters, and cloud saves. There’s a joke about putting Cloud in your cloud somewhere in that.
Anyhow, the official site is available here. No release date has been given beyond “soon.”
Speaking at the Game Developer’s Conference in Taipei (not to be confused with a certain other GDC a few months back), Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 director Motomu Toriyama dropped a few interesting comments. Regarding DLC, XIII-2 was intended to feature such content from the onset, and the staff began DLC development in parallel as the base game neared completion. Toriyama stated that he believes DLC will be a required feature for future games.
Regarding a VII remake, Toriyama referenced CEO Yoichi Wada’s comments about how such an effort would wait until the company had made a game that surpasses the original. Toriyama then jokingly replied that “As a creator, there’s a bit in there that I can’t agree with.”
Speaking at the company’s shareholder’s briefing, Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada responded to the question of a Final Fantasy VII remake thusly: we’ll remake it when we’ve made a game that exceeds it. Wada followed up by admitting the company has not recently done so with its flagship series, and that focusing on a remake now would effectively end the series.
Or so we’re supposed to think, I guess. Hey, everybody! We’re on time this week! Let’s not dawdle, here’s what’s going on:
- Microsoft unveils the Surface, a powerful new tablet with a keyboard cover
that may cost $800-$1000 we’ll discuss price later
- Nintendo shows off a new, bigger 3DS with a longer battery life, possibly at the expense of the whole ‘portable’ thing.
- Persona 4: The Golden gives Vita sales a shot in the arm. Good game Sony, now you just need, oh, another couple dozen of those.
- A week after EA’s Origin pointman says they won’t be offering “going out of business” deep discounts, Origin offers deep discounts. EA GOING OUT OF BUSINESS FULL STORY AT 11
- Squenix might bring Final Fantasy VII to Steam, if only they could get it to work. Meanwhile, Final Fantasy XI continues to print money.
- Sega launches a browser-based card game for Valkyria Chronicles, to be depicted in the TBS miniseries, “How to Ruin Everything Beautiful in This World.”
- Blizzard suspends digital Diablo III sales briefly to combat goldfarmers, another Capcom fighting game veteran leaves for greener pastures, and more!
Continue reading ‘What Happened This Week – Tablet Plus Keyboard Equals Innovation’ »
While giving an interview to Famitsu for a Final Fantasy VII anniversary feature, Tetsuya Nomura apparently couldn’t avoid commenting about the hopes/rumors/fever dreams of a remake. While he is aware that demand for such a thing is high, he reiterated that the company’s priority is new titles. He also added that he believes Yoshinori Kitase is “the true successor of the [Final Fantasy] series.”
You may resume not holding your breath now.
Nothing like a dark and stormy night after a nice, warm Sunday. Welcome back, people! Hope you’re not too busy with last week’s offerings, because it’s time to recap the news, with a musical interlude reproduced by yours truly that originates from Get Your War On. In today’s episode:
- PopCap Games plans to go public, with Zynga, Facebook, etc. to follow. Gee, you think this bubble will protect us from all those pins lying around up ahead?
- China makes its own backed-by-the-army shooter, much like America’s Army but with US troops as enemies. Also with blackjack and hookers. In fact, forget the shooter.
- Sony’s ongoing hacking woes, compounded by Howard Stringer ripping stuff from the movie Sneakers. Someone get that man a Netflix account!
- Microsoft 360 update risks bricking consoles, after initial confusion as to which update it is. It’s okay, the people behind Windows know what they’re… oh god. Oh god.
- Sony announces plan to convert some PSP titles to the PS3. See, now we’re getting somewhere. Also, Jesus loves Valkyria Chronicles and so should you.
- Hideo Kojima and Metal Gear Solid art director Yoji Shinkawa have a dinner meeting. With Tetsuya Nomura and Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada. So… yeah.
- Bad developer lists, used market scapegoating, Fox News being silly, and so much more!
Continue reading ‘What Happened This Week – The Future Makes People Stupid’ »
Final Fantasy VII, the legend, the phenomenon. Classic? Overrated? Whatever you may think of the game now, nearly a dozen years later, its impact on the RPG world is undeniable. More than any other game in the history of the genre, it brought RPGs into the spotlight and gave them a mainstream appeal never before seen (and only occasionally duplicated since).
Continue reading ‘Game Changers: Volume 12 – Final Fantasy VII’ »
Joining yesterday’s release of Final Fantasy IV: The After Years on WiiWare, Final Fantasy VII becomes available for download today via Sony’s PlayStation Store. This was kind of expected, as it was released for Japanese audiences in April and rated by the ESRB just a few days ago, but hey. Final Fantasy VII!
That’s, like, so 1996…
I’m T.J. “Nerdboy Himself” Condon, and I’m insane. Or so I’m lead to believe.
But first, an introduction. I’ve been gaming for about 20 years now (Or roughly 83% of my time on this moist rock), and tend to do a bit of writing on the topic. I hold a degree in Film Studies, which I primarily use to dissect video games on an artistic level, just to action a personal vendetta against Roger Ebert. (Besides, anyone who gives Borat four stars can’t have his head on straight.) Also, upon receiving a copy of Star Ocean for the Super Famicom from a friend who had recently visited Japan, I proceeded to import-mod my Super NES with a $.25 paring knife and a pair of hedge clippers. I call it “devotion.” Continue reading ‘Editorial – That’s, like, so 1996…’ »