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Fantasy Flight Is Bringing Doom To The Tabletop

Fantasy Flight is no stranger to adapting popular video game franchises to the tabletop. Starcraft, Gears of War, and XCOM have all made the transition with success. Id Software’s Doom is the latest to get the board game treatment.

Doom pits a group of up to four players in control of marines against another player taking on the role of Hell’s forces. The Invader player will get to summon forces through portals around the modular, tile-based map.

Each of the six included missions has different objectives and special rules. Items and weapons are handled with cards, and each round of play is based on initiative draws that dictate when marines can move and attack and when the forces of Hell press in. Death is a certainty, but the marines can only respawn a set number of times before losing the mission. 

Doom appears to build on Fantasy Flight’s experience with asymmetric games like Descent and Star Wars: Imperial Assault. It also seems to build on themes similar to the Gears of War tabletop game but instead of enemies that function on an “AI” system, a player takes control here.

Doom will be in stores during holiday 2016. For more, check out the full rundown on Fantasy Flight's website. – The Feed

New Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Movie Trailer Revealed

The movie tie-in to Final Fantasy XV, titled Kingsglaive, received a new trailer at San Diego Comic-Con. While the movie has already hit in Japan, its release in North America isn't until August.

According to director Takeshi Nozue via the PlayStation Blog, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV "stands on its own and can be enjoyed without knowledge of the previous games." However, for those that are Final Fantasy fans, they will be treated to several references that others may not understand. Kingsglaive has an impressive cast, including Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), and Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones). The film will feature both new and cross-over characters from the game.

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The movie will depict the events leading up to the game's main story, namely King Regis fighting the Empire. "Along with Final Fantasy XV, the main theme portrayed in Kingsglaive is the bond between father and son," writes Nozue. "While watching the film you’ll see the love they have for each other and understand the pressures of fulfilling the responsibility of being King."

Kingsglaive will release in select theaters on August 19, and will hit Blu-ray and DVD on October 4. Take a look at some gorgeous screens from the movie here.

As for the game, Final Fantasy XV launches on September 30 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Check out our hub or click below to learn more. – The Feed

Get Another Look At World Of Final Fantasy And Check Out The Collector’s Edition

World of Final Fantasy blends the big-head chibi look of the original installments with the expressive Kingdom Hearts art style. All of this takes place in the pop-up book world of Grymoire.

A trailer introduces us to the world and our two protagonists. Throughout their adventure in classic Final Fantasy settings, they’ll encounter classic summons, meet past series protagonists, and capture the franchise’s iconic monsters.

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Additionally, Square Enix has announced the three different special versions of the game. The $ 120 collector’s edition is exclusive to the Square Enix store and includes pop-up book packaging, an 80-page hardback art book, the soundtrack, three mini-figurines of Cloud, Squall, and Lightning, digital content (White Chocobo, Glow Moogle, Red Bonnetberry, Sephiroth Summon, Japanese voice-over option).

A limited edition will be available at some retailers. This follows Atlus’ special first-run approach. The limited version will be priced at the standard $ 59.99, but will include a 24-page art book and the aforementioned digital content.

Finally, all retailers will have available a day one edition that includes the digital content previously mentioned with the game. You can see more in our previous coverage.

World of Final Fantasy will be out on October 25 for PlayStation 4 and Vita. – The Feed

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Mobius Final Fantasy Comes To The U.S. On August 3

Square Enix is gearing up for yet another mobile Final Fantasy RPG. Mobius Final Fantasy is billed as a console experience on iOS and Android.

The story follows a man who wakes up in the world of Palamecia with no memory. The trailer below introduces you to the cast, the combat system, and the setting.

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Mobius Final Fantasy will be out on August 3. However, you can pre-register now for Tidus’ Brotherhood weapon and a Yuna character card. 

Square Enix is launching the game as a free-to-play title with live events. Mobius Final Fantasy was developed by a team led by Yoshinori Kitase (Final Fantasy VII). It was written by Kazushige Nojima, who worked on Final Fantasy VII and is involved in the upcoming remake. – The Feed

Final Fantasy VII Now Available On Android

The highly-regarded PlayStation RPG is now playable on Android devices.

You can grab the game here for $ 19.99. It includes all the bells and whistles of the game's recent re-releases, including the ability to turn off encounters and the ability to max all your stats. Curiously, the description for the game on the Google Play Store features a lengthy disclaimer warning players to save frequently saying, "The buggy, submarines, airships, and other modes of transportation may cease to move when the player embarks or disembarks. Currently, the only fix is to restart the game from a data file saved before the bug occurred."

We recently spent five hours playing through Final Fantasy VII again and discussing the game in detail. You can find that full Game Club discussion here.

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I suppose a buggy Android version is better than no version? Hopefully a patch is on the way. – The Feed

New Trailer Shows Off All The Different Properties In The Final Fantasy XV Universe

Fans will be able to sink a lot of hours into the Final Fantasy XV universe, as Square Enix is releasing a mobile game, a movie, and an animated show based around the property. A new trailer, released today, serves as a reminder that there will be more media than just the core game.

Aside from the main Final Fantasy XV RPG, fans will be able to play the upcoming Justice Monsters Five, a pseudo-pinball game. There is also Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, a parallel story to Final Fantasy XV, which will fill in what's happening in the kingdom of Lucis while game protagonist Noctis is on his road trip. That road trip will also be featured in the animated series, Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV, which debuted in March and is a prequel to the events of the main game. Make sure to read our impressions of the series, thus far. 

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For more on Final Fantasy XV, make sure to check out our exclusive coverage from our May 2016 issue at the hub below. – The Feed

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Our Impressions Of The Final Fantasy XV Anime So Far

Finding it hard to endure the wait until Final Fantasy XV? We hear you. Thankfully, Square Enix has been releasing free 15-minute anime episodes to help you get to know the party members better. The anime, called Brotherhood, was announced back at the March event that revealed the game's September 30 release date, and so far two of the five episode arc have hit. (You watch on them on Square Enix's YouTube channel). As someone who loves learning about the cast, I've enjoyed watching these, but I bet you're wondering if they're worth your time. Here are my impressions so far. 

What To Expect

The Brotherhood anime is meant to get your acquainted with the main characters, and its focus is on how they meet and become friends. Surprisingly enough, I've found a lot to like in these early episodes, especially seeing more of the party dynamic, such as Gladiolus telling Ignis to stop babying Noctis. Another takeaway is Noctis always seems so subdued, like the weight of being the prince is constantly on his shoulders. The interactions, while small, say a lot about the people you're about to encounter in the game. Every episode will focus on a different party member; so far we've seen stories devoted to Noctis and Prompto. It looks like this is all leading up to the beginning of the game when Noctis must deal with threats on his kingdom. Of course, it's more than he expects as it's not just a warring nations at play, but also something stranger causing the nights to grow longer and bringing with it the fear that perpetual darkness will envelope the land. 

Episode 1: Before The Storm

I wish this was a stronger opener. It focuses on a past monster encounter that almost killed Noctis. You see him as a child struggling against this foe, and then we're set to present day with the gang hanging out in the car and at a burger shop. This episode is meant to show Noctis' growth as a man; he's come a long way from being just a small, scared kid. The episode ends by showing the start of a battle with a vicious monster. I won't spoil anything, but I have a feeling the anime will end showing its conclusion. It's like the not-so-great episode that's required viewing just so you can see the payoff or understand what's going on if it comes into play later. 

Episode 2: Dogged Runner

I could take or leave the anime after the first episode, but this second one sold me on it. This episode digs into Prompto's childhood and how he met the prince. Prompto is interesting in that he's the only member of the party without royal ties. Dogged Runner does such a good job at showcasing what Prompto really is about and where his heart is. More importantly, how he becomes friends with the prince is really heartwarming, as we also see Luna in this episode and the part she plays in the two becoming friends. Prompto was an overweight kid and his parents aren't really around, forcing him to fend for himself, so you get to see the klutzy character in a different light. In addition, the episode depicts how Noctis was treated at school, allowing you to understand some of the difficulties he's had as prince. After watching Dogged Runner, I can't wait to see what other revelations Brotherhood makes about the cast. 

Will you like it?

This all comes down to how interested you are in the party members, or if you're looking for more to them than you've seen in the demos. The anime does a good job at setting up their personalities and providing some intriguing backstories. If the other episodes can measure up to Prompto's, I have high hopes. Watching the anime has also made me more excited for the game. It's like a preview to the people you'll be hanging out with, and this anime makes them more exciting than anything else Square has showcased at this point. The episodes are short, but that's not a bad thing, as they don't have any fluff and every scene has its own importance in establishing what these men are all about. If you're even remotely curious, it's worth watching. 

If you're still on the fence and would like to know more about the cast, check out my deep dive on the characters – The Feed

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