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The man who helped Final Fantasy XV flourish following years of development hell details his plans and inspirations for the game’s future growth. …


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Final Fantasy XV Spin-off A King’s Tale Releasing For Free This March

Final Fantasy XV's pre-order bonus game is getting its own release on March 1 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and it won't cost players a dime.

A beat em' up in the vein of Streets of Rage or Altered Beast, A King's Tale casts players as a young King Regis fighting to save the crown city with the aid of his friends. Players can also utilize air combos, magic, and summons on their journey, which takes place 30 years before the events of FF XV. DualShockers is reporting confirmation from Square Enix that PS4 and Xbox One owners will be able to download the game for free, regardless of whether they purchased Final Fantasy XV or not.

You can read our Final Fantasy XV review here, or check out our spoiler-filled discussion of the game's finale.

[Source: DualShockers]

 

Our Take
By all accounts, King's Tale is a solid little side adventure in the Final Fantasy XV universe. Giving players a free excuse to spend more time in the world of Final Fantasy XV is never a bad thing. 

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Final Fantasy XIV Introduces Samurai For Stormblood

At a FF XIV fan event in Germany, the MMORPG's producer/director Naoki Yoshida announced some new details about the June expansion, including the Samurai job and a new city – Kugane.

Here are a few of the tidbits revealed at the event:

  • Samurai Job – Their katana can perform special attacks, and the job features three Sen forces: snow, moon, and flower.
  • Kugane – A port city in Hingashi with a strict no-violence policy. Also includes the Shirogane residential area with a new housing style.
  • The Ruby Sea – A new area on Othard that's home to the underwater Kojin traders.
  • New Dungeons – Includes the Yanxia and The Azim Steppe dungeons in Othard.

For more on the game, including the red mage class, check out our previous preview.

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New Final Fantasy VII Remake, Kingdom Hearts 3 Screenshots Emerge

At this year's Monaco Anime Game International Conferences, Tetsuya Nomura showed off some screenshots for his two highly anticipated projects at Square Enix: The Final Fantasy VII Remake and Kingdom Hearts III.

The shots for the Final Fantasy VII Remake show Cloud taking cover behind a box as Shinra soldiers take fire at him. We can also see the command menu and health bards displayed during the action, further pushing the idea that combat may take place in the same mode as the overworld travel. We also see an Active Time Battle bar, which should appease old-school fans. A second screen shows a boss battle with what looks like a scorpion tank.

Nomura also showed an image of Kingdom Hearts III, showing series protagonist Sora fighting against a new incarnation of the Heartless on the movie Hercules' rendition of Olympus.

No release date was given for either title.

[Source: Kingdom Hearts on Twitter, Final Fantasy on Twitter, (2)]

 

Our Take
That VII remake looks better every time I see it. Maybe I'll finally play through that game now! 

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Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Trailer Reveals A Samurai Class

Though it was announced last October, Stormblood hasn't received much love in trailer form. We got word of the Red Mage class a couple of months ago, as well as the inclusion of swimming, the Ananta tribe, and a new raid.  Though the game's latest trailer doesn't show that, either, we do get at least one more detail about the game: You'll be able to play as a Samurai.

The trailer (below) is entirely CG, showing two characters fighting each other in a high-octane battle atop a stone hand in the first half, then showing the samurai class cutting through bullets and decimating an alley in the second. Players who choose to play a Samurai will begin the game at level 50.

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood launches on June 20.

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See Final Fantasy XV’s Noctis Wearing A Noodle Hat

Japanese Final Fantasy XV players will soon be able to get their hands on some very special Cup Noodle-themed DLC, thanks to Nissin Foods. A particularly souped-up piece of gear for Noctis, simply called the Cup Noodle Headgear, will be free to anyone who purchases the Cup Noodle Final Fantasy Boss Collection, a commemorative set of 15 different Cup Noodle flavors based on classic Final Fantasy antagonists.

As reported by Gematsu, buyers will be getting early access to the downloadable when it releases sometime this summer, leading to speculation that it will be made available to a wider audience at a later date. It's unknown if that audience would include players outside of Japan…but that doesn't mean we can't appreciate it from afar.

The Cup Noodle product placement in Final Fantasy XV was never exactly subtle, but placing a giant advertisement on the main character's forehead manages to make the original game's notorious Cup Noodle side quest seem tame in comparison.

For our review of Final Fantasy XV, you can click right here.

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The Final Defender Arrives In New Trailer For Netflix’s Iron Fist

Netflix debuted a new trailer today for the upcoming superhero series Iron Fist via their YouTube. The trailer, which is a little over two minutes in length, does a good job of showing some backstory for protagonist Danny Rand, who comes back to his family's company after 15 years of being presumed dead.

Fans can also expect some well choreographed fight scenes, and some nods to the greater Marvel Netflix universe that has been growing over the past few years with shows like Luke Cage, Daredevil, and Jessica Jones

You can watch the trailer below.

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Marvel's Iron Fist premieres on Netflix on March 17. You can view the series' New York Comic Con trailer here.

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Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud And Sephiroth Recreated As Snow Sculptures

Final Fantasy VII Remake may be some time away, but two of the title's most recognizable characters have already been remade… As snow sculptures, that is.

Attendees of Japan's 68th Sapporo Snow Festival have been flocking to the giant work depicting Cloud and Sephiroth locked in combat. Floods of tweet from festival-goers calling the piece "too cool" and "amazing," as well as live TV news coverage, have brought huge crowds to the annual celebration. With an FF-themed video projected onto the sculpture itself, it's easy to see how these two video game icons have stolen the snow show.

The sculptures will eventually melt away, but they show that the love fans have for FFVII will never truly fade away.

[Source: Kotaku]

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Final Fantasy XV’s Upcoming Magitek Exosuits Delayed Due To Power Rangers Similarity

Square Enix recently held an Active Time Report livestream for Final Fantasy XV, revealing its upcoming free DLC including the Magitek Exosuits must be delayed. The Magitek Exosuits, which give you invincibility and improve your fishing skills, were set to hit on February 21, but this free Booster Pack DLC has to be pushed back due to their resemblance to the Power Rangers' suits. 

According to Kotaku's translation, marketing manager Akio Ofuji confirmed that Square was contacted by the owners of the Power Rangers IP about the similarities, making Square reevaluate the design. In the end, the team decided to redo it. Director Hajime Tabata also added that the designers didn't intend to mimic the franchise and didn't realize it came across that way until the costumes were shown off and people made the Power Rangers comparison.   

Earlier this week, Square Enix unveiled the Magitek Exosuits with news of an upcoming Gladio DLC and improvements to Chapter 13 coming at the end of March.

[Source: Active Time Report via Kotaku]

 

Our Take
I'm guessing Square wants to avoid a lawsuit here, so changing them is in its best interest. Many times designers don't realize when things look similar until it's pointed out to them, which seems to be the case here. After all, we're all inspired by things we see and know in our world. But it's hard not to get a Power Rangers vibe from the designs, especially if you look at the poster for the upcoming movie adaptation.

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Final Fantasy XV’s Upcoming Magitek Exosuits Delayed Due To Power Rangers Similarity

Square Enix recently held an Active Time Report livestream for Final Fantasy XV, revealing its upcoming free DLC including the Magitek Exosuits must be delayed. The Magitek Exosuits, which give you invincibility and improve your fishing skills, were set to hit on February 21, but this free Booster Pack DLC has to be pushed back due to their resemblance to the Power Rangers' suits. 

According to Kotaku's translation, marketing manager Akio Ofuji confirmed that Square was contacted by the owners of the Power Rangers IP about the similarities, making Square reevaluate the design. In the end, the team decided to redo it. Director Hajime Tabata also added that the designers didn't intend to mimic the franchise and didn't realize it came across that way until the costumes were shown off and people made the Power Rangers comparison.   

Earlier this week, Square Enix unveiled the Magitek Exosuits with news of an upcoming Gladio DLC and improvements to Chapter 13 coming at the end of March.

[Source: Active Time Report via Kotaku]

 

Our Take
I'm guessing Square wants to avoid a lawsuit here, so changing them is in its best interest. Many times designers don't realize when things look similar until it's pointed out to them, which seems to be the case here. After all, we're all inspired by things we see and know in our world. But it's hard not to get a Power Rangers vibe from the designs, especially if you look at the poster for the upcoming movie adaptation.

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