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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Coming To PlayStation 4 This May

Square Enix has revealed that Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster will make its way to PlayStation 4 on May 12. The package, which released on PlayStation 3 and Vita in 2014, features remastered graphics from the original PlayStation 2 release, as well as reworked music in Final Fantasy X.

The PlayStation 4 version will include the exclusive option to switch between the remastered music and the original recordings in Final Fantasy X, as well as cross-save functionality with the PS3 and Vita versions. Those playing on the PlayStation 4 can utilize the remote play feature of the PlayStation Vita to play away from their console.

Square Enix has also revealed a special pre-order bonus: an exclusive desktop calendar featuring artwork from Yoshitaka Amano. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster on PlayStation 3 and Vita received high praise from us when it released a year ago.

 

Our Take
I consider Final Fantasy X one of my favorite games of all-time, but after owning it on PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Vita, I'm not 100% sure I'll be picking it up again on PlayStation 4. That said, the desktop calendar is pretty cool looking, and I like the ability to switch between the remastered and original music.

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Square Enix Bringing Final Fantasy Record Keeper Mobile Game To The West

DeNA and Square Enix have announced that Final Fantasy Record Keeper is coming to the West. The title features scenes from acrosss the Final Fantasy franchise, and heroes from a number of titles.

Players that sign up on the official website will also have the chance to unlock new characters, including Tidus from Final Fantasy X. The video below shows just how the active time battle (ATB) system works. 

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper will be out this spring as a free download. For more (and to sign up for more information), visit the game’s website.

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Patch Adds Gold Saucer Events And Mini-Games

Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is adding new events, mini-games, and items via its 2.51 patch.

The biggest change for Final Fantasy fans is the inclusion of the Manderville Gold Saucer. Based on the Gold Saucer amusement park from Final Fantasy VII, the new area houses many of the MMO’s new diversions.

As part of the update, Final Fantasy VIII’s Triple Triad card game will be making its first appearance in A Realm Reborn, featuring both PvE and PvP modes as well as a set of 80 cards for players to build their decks from. Chocobo racing joins Triple Triad in the Manderville Gold Saucer, allowing players to breed and race a specialized chocobo against other players.

Keeping with the spirit of its namesake, the Manderville Gold Saucer also includes a handful of mini-games, such as The Moogle’s Paw crane game and the Crystal Tower Striker mallet game, that earn players the new MGP currency. As in Final Fantasy VII, currency earned from mini-games can be used to buy items, such as Adamantoise and Fenrir mounts or an outfit based on Setzer from Final Fantasy VI.

A complete list of patch notes can be found here.

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Valkyrie Profile, Final Fantasy studio Tri-Ace acquired by mobile outfit

Nepro Japan acquires the stalwart Japanese RPG developer and longtime console studio for expertise that will help it jump into new genres, according to reports. …


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Final Fantasy XV Livestream Reveals New Info About Episode Duscae

Today in the latest Active Time Report, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata showed off more than 40 minutes of the demo that releases alongside Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on March 17.

Unlike previous livestreams, this Episode Duscea demo is largely uninterrupted. Tabata showed the transition of day into night, and gave players a glimpse of the combat and flow. While some gameplay is shown early in the video, the demo begins in earnest at the 34 minute mark. Here you get your first substantial look at what Final Fantasy XV looks like after nearly nine years of off and on development.

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Gematsu has the full report of what was shown in the demo and the information from the Q&A that took place after the demo concluded. Of special note is that in addition to picking up a first run copy of Final Fantasy Type-0, you can also secure your chance to play Episode Duscae by downloading a copy of Final Fantasy Type-0 in the first two months of its availability.

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call DLC Adds Another Chrono Trigger Track & More

Square Enix is now offering up more DLC tracks for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call at $ .99 apiece.

Last month, DLC tracks for Chrono Trigger and The World Ends With You, among others, were also added to the canon.

Squer Enix is also teasing more add-on tracks for March 5.

Here are today's new tracks:

Battle Music Sequence (BMS)

  • "Frog's Theme" (Chrono Trigger)

  • "The Dawn Warriors" (Final Fantasy V)

  • "Vamo'alla flamenco" (Final Fantasy IX)

  • "Nemesis" (Final Fantasy XIV)

  • "Misgestalt" (SaGa Frontier 2)

  • "Swivel" (Seiken Densetsu 3)

  • "The Conflict" (Romancing SaGa)

  • "The Ultimate Confrontation" (Romancing SaGa)

  • "Megalomania" (Live A Live)

Field Music Sequence (FMS)

  • "Echoes of the Spiral" (Legend of Mana)

  • "Kainé / Salvation" (NieR Replicant & NieR Gestalt)

  • "Song of the Ancients / Devola" (NieR Replicant & NieR Gestalt)

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New Dissidia Final Fantasy Heading To Japanese Arcades

Square Enix's fighting game series starring Final Fantasy characters, Dissidia, is getting a new entry for Japanese arcades.

Announced at the Japanese Amusement Expo, which is an arcade-focused show, this Dissidia Final Fantasy looks like it will differ somewhat from the PSP Dissidia titles with three versus three battles. You can check out the trailer below which showcases a number of iconic Final Fantasy characters duking it out, some of which have never been seen in such high-definition.

Right now the game is only confirmed for Japanese arcade, but Square Enix says more details about the game will be revealed in April.

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For our review of Dissidia Final Fantasy on PSP, head here.

[Source: スクウェア・エニックス on YouTube, via Siliconera, Kotaku]

 

Our Take
This game features a lot of familiar Final Fantasy characters, which makes it prime for release at some capacity in North America. But this fighting sub-genre – three versus three arena fighting – isn't popular in North America. Even if American fighting fans are more interested in Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter-style two-dimensional fighting, that doesn't meant this Dissidia Final Fantasy couldn't make its way here and find an audience.

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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Devs Lecture On Campus

Two Square Enix developers working on Final Fantasy Type-0 HD are conducting lectures at SMU and USC to talk about the game's development, the Final Fantasy series, and their experiences in the industry.

Yusuke Naora (art director) will talk about the visuals of the Final Fantasy series at SMU's Guildhall satellite campus on February 26, and Kazuyuki Ikumori (general manager of Square Enix's Visual Works CG studio) discusses the making of Square Enix's CG movies at USC on March 12.

If you can't attend the talks, you can also watch them on Square Enix's Twitch channel. More details will follow on the game's Facebook page.

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A Closer Look At Combat In Final Fantasy Type-0

The fast-paced, real-time combat of Type-0 may not be what series fans are accustomed to, but then again, this isn't a typical Final Fantasy game. Square Enix's latest trailer goes into detail about the battle system, giving a brief overview of mechanics like magic, summoning, and how to revive fallen party members.

In the video below (which is loosely framed like a fake news report), you can see how the gameplay in Final Fantasy Type-0 HD unfolds. It's a far cry from the turn-based system that old-school fans know, but the game's story and world seem right at home in the Final Fantasy universe. If the visuals look a little rough, remember that this was originally a PSP title that is now seeing release on both PS4 and Xbox One.

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If the video has you intrigued, read up on what to expect from Final Fantasy Type-0 based on our hands-on impressions.

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