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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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Broken Age Nears Final Stretch And Tim Schafer Defends Molyneux In Double Fine Video Message

In a new video from Double Fine, Tim Schafer shares an update on Broken Age and reacts to the recent controversies surrounding Peter Molyneux and Godus.

Schafer recorded the video after finishing a voice over session for the game with Elijah Wood, who plays one of the game's main characters. The game is running on PlayStation 4 and Vita, and the team is focusing on bug fixing and minor tweaks as the full game nears final release.

Regarding Peter Molyneux, Schafer finished out the video offering his own thoughts on recent events surrounding Godus saying, "We’ve seen some extremely rough treatment of Peter on the Internet and games press. I think it’s really unfortunate and unfair and I don’t think it’s healthy. Obviously, things did not go as expected on his game and because of that people are making some nasty accusations about Peter – and I can relate to that, believe it or not. I’m not saying developers like Peter and I shouldn’t be responsible and shouldn’t be accountable for deadlines – I am just saying the reaction to recent events and the tone of that reaction are really way out of proportion to the seriousness of the events themselves.” Schafer continued by saying, “The problems that Peter is having are not unique to him. In fact they, happen to many if not most projects," and reiterated an early goal of the Double Fine Adventure saying he hopes his team's approach to open development and the documentary surrounding it will help give the average gamer an inside look at the development process. You can check out the video message from Schafer below.

For more on the development difficulties facing Godus, head here. For more on Bryan Henderson, the contest winner who stood to gain profit from Godus, bu has yet to do so, head here.

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[Source: Double Fine on YouTube]

 

Our Take
As a fan of Double Fine and someone who is looking forward to playing the rest of Broken Age, I am glad to hear the game is on track for final release. Regarding Molyneux, it's nice to see Schafer standing up for his friend and colleague. Molyneux and 22cans certainly deserve criticism for coming up short on Godus with and losing touch with Henderson, but I do agree with Schafer – some of that criticism has been extreme and unfair. Mike Futter recently wrote an opinion piece about the importance of consumer research regarding Kickstarter, which you can read here. It touches on many of the issues surrounding Kickstarter development and how backers should do their research before throwing money at a project and its very pertinent to the issues surrounding Godus.

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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.

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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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Editor’s Choice: Best Of Club Nintendo’s Final Games

The announcement that Club Nintendo is closing in July of this year was met with much chagrin. While the death of such a unique loyalty program is lamentable, Nintendo promised to make the Club go out with a bang.

With just a few months left in its life, Club Nintendo made the final reward offerings live this week, giving Nintendo fans plenty to spend their hard earned coins on. The final round of physical rewards includes a slew of Zelda-themed items including a Majora’s Mask messenger bag, a Fierce Deity Link jigsaw puzzle, and a Zelda 3DS XL pouch, plus a Retro Mario shirt, a desktop calendar, and several different sets of posters.

The most impressive section of the Club Nintendo rewards page, however, is the robust list of games offered. For as little as 150 coins, Club Nintendo members can choose from a list of over 100 nostalgic classics and recent hits to add to their collection.

With so many games to choose from – and the Club Nintendo website finally starting to stabilize – we went through the list of available games to tell you our favorites. Check out the games we think are most worth your coins and begin scrounging through your Nintendo collection to find any unused Club Nintendo codes.

On the second page, we dig into some of the biggest, most classic games of all-time.


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Patton’s final battle: Publicity rights of deceased celebrities in games

An in-depth blog post from attorney Dan Rogers covering how General George S. Patton’s estate has sued a San Francisco-based game developer, and the grounds the legal challenge rests on. …


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