A Final Fantasy XIII puzzle discovered by Siliconera has been cracked by the fine brains at a Final Fantasy fansite
The anagram ("A Henchmen Inventor Tent Unto.") has been solved to read: "Announcement Nov Thirteenth." The nature of the announcement is unknown, but we suppose we could speculate it might have something to do with a Western release date.
It's been revealed via scans from Shonen Jump magazine that Japanese copies of Final Fantasy XIII will include beta entry to Final Fantasy XIV- the online MMO from Square Enix
We're assuming the beta will be for PC, even though the game is due on Playstation 3 aswell. Still, it's a nice little extra incentive (as if any was needed) for the Japanese to pick up a copy of Final Fantasy XIII when it..
Final Fantasy games usually take a long time to localise
It's something Square Enix want to avoid with Final Fantasy XIII, with plans suggesting the game may be available before the end of the current financial year. Alas, Square Enix president Yoichi Wada did hint that while the game's on track, other elements such as marketing could hold it back further than the financial year end. Still it's..
Allow us to introduce Crystalium on Square Enix's behalf, the levelling system that will be used in the upcoming Final Fantasy XIII
As Andriasang point out, the system works by providing players with Crystal Points at the end of each battle. These points can then be spent on upgrading abilities and stats which are arranged on a circular chart. As you progress down one of the chart's specialisation..
Did anyone expect Final Fantasy XIII to be completely free of installation? We didn't
But it is. Kinda. The game will not require you to install, but those who do can enjoy a significantly speedier experience. So it's totally optional then, much like Street Fighter IV. That being said, there'll only be loading when the player transitions between town and field anyway. The game background streams..
Late last month we posted the latest Final Fantasy XIII trailer -- in Japanese
At the time we were waffling about underage-looking girls because we had little else to say. Having seen the trailer in English (which you can do yourselves right here) we can conclude that the romantic tones we'd predicted (but refrained from writing for fear of misinterpreting imagery and looking like fools) were in..
If you were hoping to get some early access to the upcoming Playstation 3 Final Fantasy MMO then you're going to have to wait a little while we're afraid
There will be a beta, but sadly it will be PC only, as confirmed by Final Fantasy XIV director Hiromichi Tanaka. The beta will start out closed with just 10,000 people but will eventually open up...
In an interview with Reuters, Squeenix honcho Yoichi Wada told the service he expects Final Fantasy XIII to outsell its predecessors, roughly selling upwards of six million copies
Wada also expressed hopes that the recent price cut to the Playstation 3 would drive up sales when it launches this December. We expect Wada won't be far off with this predictions. Japan will be the testing ground and..
The recipe to this Final Fantasy XIII trailer is two-parts amazing and one-part we wish we knew what was going on
Still, we suppose we can just sit and stare at the CGI character models of girls who look underage. Or not, because that would be a bad thing. And if you wondered why we are waffling, it's because we have nothing else to say about this trailer — because it's in Japanese!
We know very little about Final Fantasy XIV other than it's on the Playstation 3 (and PC) and is an MMO
Still, this trailer gives us a little artistic context, showing some of the world Eorzea. Apparently the place has lots of food. Oh and trading card games. Very, very important are trading card games. Did we mention that this trailer has really epic music too? 'Cos it does.
The PS3 looks hella good in silvery-cream and pink
This new Playstation 3 design is sure to shift a helluva lot of systems in Japan. It's easy to see why aswell. The thing looks flippin' gorgeous. The bundle will cost 41,600Yen, and will be available to tie-in with the launch of Final Fantasy XIII. Also of note, Final Fantasy VIII has just gone up on the Japanese store for 1,500Yen.
With Sony likely to show off the Playstation Motion Controller in a big way at this year's Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix's big-wig Yoichi Wada believes impact will be small
"Present game machines already have a lot of functions: they are a network terminal, a Blu-ray or DVD player, and a gaming machine. Compared to these three pillars, the [new motion] controllers are quite limited, so the..
For those of you wondering about a Western release of the recently announced Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope International, it's hitting America just five days after its Japanese launch, on February 9th
The version will include French, Italian, German, and Spanish language options alongside the traditional Japanese and English options. It means everyone can play!
A developer for one-time XBOX 360 exclusive Vampire Rain has spoken out about the trend of XBOX 360 exclusives being ported to the Playstation 3 a year later
We've already seen it happen with titles like Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope and Tales Of Vesperia amongst others. But why? The blogger writes that development on the XBOX 360 is easier. The developers sign a one year contract of exclusivity with..
The publisher of Japanese gaming-Bible Famitsu, Enterbrain, think that the coming December 17th release of Final Fantasy XIII could do absolute wonders for the Playstation 3
Perhaps even miracles. Enterbrain prez Hirokazu Hamamura said at today's Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan that the Playstation 3 could well see sales around the 500,000 mark for the week of Final Fantasy XIII's release..
Star Ocean 4 was an XBOX 360 exclusive
Not anymore. It's heading to the Playstation 3. The repackaged title will be dubbed Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope International when it releases in Japan this coming February 4th, 2010. The game will include a tweaked battle system, reworked menu screens and both English and Japanese voice acting options. There have currently been no mentions of bringing the..
We assume Sony (and Square Enix) are readying themselves for the Japanese sales figures of the century (perhaps slight exaggeration - Ed) as Final Fantasy XIII has been confirmed for release on December 17th in the East
The game will retail for a whopping 8,800 yen ($95!!!) in an act of severe price gouging by the folk at Square Enix. Sony are prepared for the game's launch with Kaz Hirai..
Square Enix's Tetsuya Nomura has claimed that Final Fantasy XIII will be playable at Tokyo Game Show, whereas Playstation 3 exclusive Versus XIII will not even be seen at the show
Square Enix are spending this year's show focusing on the games that are due out within the year.
Activision don't exist in Japan, but they have talked about making Modern Warfare 2 the "best selling game of all time"
They'll probably need to throw Japan into the mix in order to make it that. Cue this teaser site from Square Enix, headed with a similar looking "2" to that in the Modern Warfare 2 logo. Are we on the same wavelength?
Final Fantasy XIII producer Yoshinori Kitase reckons you should keep your ears tuned for Final Fantasy VII remake news in the future
Speaking with VideoGamer.com, Kitase said:"As for a VII remake, all I can advise right now is to play the PSN release that just came out for the time being. Maybe, perhaps we'll have some news for you at a later time." "I'm actually working on multiple..
Square Enix don't think the PS3 price cut will make much of a difference this year
But next year, boy are they expecting changes."In terms of the impact (the PS3 cut) will have on this financial year's earnings, I don't think there will be a major difference," explained Squeenix big-wig Yoichi Wada. "But I expect there to be a big impact from next year."</blockquote> Of..
The ESRB are at it again, back-handedly rating games no one else knew about
This time they're "announcing" a reboot of the Square-Enix classic, Thexder. It'll be called Thexder NEO and has been rated for the PS3 and PSP. The game first appeared on the NEC PC-8801 before being ported to the NES and PC. According to the ESRB rating the...
Square Enix want you to know that the English voice overs for Final Fantasy XIII are done
Finished. Finito. With the voice acting totally done, we wish they'd cut a slice of the game out and put it on the Playstation Store for us to try. Come on Squeenix. Pwease.
Those of you hotly anticipating a Blu-Ray release of an English version of the Final Fantasy XIII demo may be a little disappointed
If indeed an English demo ever does make it to the West, it's like to be downloadable. Square Enix's Yoshinori Kitase commented, "we are thinking of providing it in a downloadable format." And what would a...
Sony's semi-shock announcement from E3 '09 was Final Fantasy XIV
Here is the game being shown off at GamesCom. It looks very much like an MMO to us. To be totally honest, we have no idea what's going on in this video or how it compares to Final Fantasy XI (the previous FF MMO). All we know is that the graphics look pretty.
"We'll be making an announcement in a few weeks," said Square Enix gaffer Yoichi Wada regarding the release of Final Fantasy XIII
We'll pause while you people compose yourselves. ... That's right, Square Enix's masterpiece is likely to be dated at late September's Tokyo Game Show. For Japan, the launch of Final Fantasy XIII will be the biggest thing for the Playstation 3, where the game is still..
New Final Fantasy XIV artwork has gone live as part of the launch of the game's official website
It features details of regions that will feature in the game, alongside information on character races and whatnot. You get the drift - if you like the fiction you might find something of interest on the site.
The forums were awash with the flame-wars of old last night
"What has happened to my Final Fantasy XIII?" the question on the avid's lips. If you're eyes aren't trained enough to notice the differences between the August 2008 screen (left) and June 2009 screen (right), let us play spot the difference for you: poorer background textures, blurry depth of field effect type thing, worse..
As part of Microsoft's strategy for staying relevant, they've took popular franchises and made sure they only show up on XBOX platforms
Star Ocean: The Last Hope was one such example of that, going on to become the XBOX 360's best selling title in Japan. Now signs are pointing towards a Playstation 3 release. According to online retailer GameFly, Star Ocean is to make an appearance on the..
You'll be getting Dissidia on September 4th, just a week after the US release of the game. You'll also be getting extra stuff such as an Arcade Mode and some balanced gameplay. Mark the date on your calendars Final Fantasy fans.
Square Enix announced The Last Remnant as a multiplatform title
Even so, it only came out on the XBOX 360 and sold pretty badly. The Playstation 3 version has not been mentioned since. Well until today, when Square Enix's CEO Yoichi Wada stated "it's tough on the development side of things to say that you'll release a game on multiple platforms but end up not doing so, Square Enix has to think..
Indicative of the cheers that erupted due to the announcement of Final Fantasy VII's release on the PSN during Sony's E3 press conference, the Square title has gone on to sell over 100,000 copies in just two weeks
Quite astonishing sales figures really. It makes you wonder what would happen if they fully remade the game doesn't it?
XBOX 360 uses DVDs
Playstation 3 uses Blu-Rays. There is a massive difference in the amount of space the media can contain. Final Fantasy XIII was being developed specifically for the PS3. Now it's coming out on the XBOX 360, people are worried things are going to be cut from the game so it can fit on a DVD. There's "no chance" of that happening according to Square Enix.The team is..
The PSone Square onslaught continues, as the ESRB rate Final Fantasy Tactics presumably for distribution via the Playstation Network in North America
Seeing as the original PSone release never made it across the shores to Europe, we'd be surprised if it popped up on the European store. Alas, there's always that vastly superior PSP title to get hold...
Courtesy of Kazuya Takahashi, here's a first little snippet of some concept art for Final Fantasy XIV Online - it looks like Final Fantasy alright, eh? The game is due on Playstation 3 and PC next year
You can check out the full size concept art on Kotaku.
At some point today the Playstation Store will be updated with Square's classic Final Fantasy VII available for download to be playable on the PSP and PS3
Keep checking the store to see when the game hits!
Igniting a few sharp intakes, Sony today announced that the next entry in the Final Fantasy series, Final Fantasy XIV will be a Playstation 3 exclusive
A short trailer of the game was shown but few details, apart from a 2010 release date, were announced.
Final Fantasy XIII was announced for Spring 2010 at Microsoft's XBOX 360 conference; but the Japanese version is still on its way on Playstation 3 this Winter as confirmed by Square Enix's E3 line-up listings
There had been mumblings of a delay but it seems like the game is still on track. Thankfully.
Here's the trailer to Square Enix's recently announce Front Mission Evolved
There's a pretty cool explosion in the video. There are also some nice looking robots. It's hard to assume much else though, because, well this is a cinematic trailer. There's zero gameplay in here. Hey, it all looks like it would probably be quite good though. Right?
Presumably in a move to tie in with the American release of Final Fantasy: Advent Children Complete this June 2nd, an ESRB search has popped up that SCEA will be publishing Final Fantasy VII on the PSP and PS3
Europe will probably follow suite when we get the movie in July. Expect this announcement to pop up somewhere at E3.
Guess who loves the PSP? Square Enix
To celebrate they've just announced an exclusive GameStop bundle including Dissidia. But what do you get for your $199 "bones"? Well: a copy of Dissidia, a copy of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, a 2GB memory stick and a special branded Dissidia PSP-3000 - except it's just a bog-standard silver PSP really. Someone's probably really stoked about..
Final Fantasy XIII producer Yoshinori Kitase has warned that the XBOX 360 version of the game may only have English voiceovers due to a lack of space - the Playstation 3 will be unaffected due to Blu-Ray
Obviously, when we talk about XIII its for PS3 and Xbox with PS3 being on Blu ray there would be enough memory, but on Xbox probably not, said Kitase. At the moment were thinking of..
Square Enix producer Yoshinore Kitase reckons there are no plans to release a disc based demo for Final Fantasy XIII in the West, however, Kitase reckons a PS3-only demo would be unfair considering the 360 release of the game over here
He did conclude that he "would like to check" the possibility of offering the demo as a download. We're not quite sure how feasible 5GB's of demo are, but,..
For now we're chalking this down as speculation but until we get the actual figures we suppose it's best reporting on the preliminary: the release of Advent Children Complete looks like it has pushed Playstation 3 sales figures in the region to somewhere near 57,000
The week prior to the blu-ray's release saw Playstation 3 figures at around 16,000 so it's a significant jump if the reports are to be..
Here's an idea movie companies: bundle an exclusive, hotly anticipated demo with your blu-ray movies and achieve monumental sales
The idea has been declared fool-proof in Japan where the blu-ray of Final Fantasy: Advent Children Complete sold 100,000 copies; with a little help from the Final Fantasy XIII demo it included. The movie easily outsold any other blu-ray anime releases in Japan, 2008's..
Here's a cutscene from Final Fantasy Versus XIII which was shown behind closed doors at last years Tokyo Game Show
While we haven't the foggiest idea what's going on, we know that watching the cut-scene made us feel really upset, so we presume there is some tear-worthy content going on underneath the emo-hairstyles and amazing rendering.
When Dragon Quest IX got delayed, most people expected that would have a knock-on effect with Final Fantasy XIII
Not so, one lucky gamer who got his hands on the Final Fantasy: Advent Children Complete blu-ray has already completed the bundled Final Fantasy XIII demo, which concludes in the above "Winter 2009" teaser. Japanese gamers should expect the game before the year is out.
Final Fantasy means money in Japan
In fact, we're surprised Japan don't replace the Yen with copies of various Final Fantasy games. Alas, this weekend in Tokyo Square Enix held private screenings for the upcoming Final Fantasy Advent Children Complete movie. It's probably the only blu-ray release that will get its own bundled, special-edition Playstation 3 system. Do you know what though? It's not..
The cult-classic Final Fantasy VII is now available for download from the Japanese Playstation Store
Coming mere weeks before the blu-ray release of Final Fantasy: Advent Children Complete (and the Final Fantasy XIII demo that comes with that), the PSone re-release will costs just 1500 yen (£10/$15) and weighs in at 1.7GB. No word on a western...
Final Fantasy XIII is a Playstation 3 game first and foremost
Sure it's getting a US and European release on the XBOX 360, but it's still a PS3 game. Which means developer's Square Enix are committed to using all of the Playstation's power instead of "scaling down" in order to make it compatible for the XBOX 360 too. When prompted about the Final Fantasy XIII demo in Japanese magazine..
Rumours flittering around Japan right now are suggesting that Square Enix are on the verge of announcing a new action game
The interest comes from a backpage preview of the next issue of Official Playstation Magazine which shows a mysterious character carrying a giant sword. The mystery game is yet to be disclosed but no doubt we'll hear something soon enough. A new IP perhaps? We'll have to wait..
Atlus' super popular Persona series is to finally get it's fourth iteration on store shelves this coming March 13th
The eagerly anticipated RPG will come accompanied with a second disc which includes a 24-track CD of all the hit tunes from the game. From the press release:Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today..
Remember that great Final Fantasy XIII trailer we told you about yesterday? You saw it? We thought it was pretty bloody brilliant and we're sure you agree
Fancy watching it again in HD? Thought you might. You'll be wanting to click right here then.