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The HD remaster of Final Fantasy X and its sequel, Final Fantasy X-2, has been released in Japan along with its Ultimania book. In an interview in the book, writer Kazushige Nojima, who has worked on countless titles in the series as well as the upcoming Final Fantasy XV, discusses the possibility of a third Final Fantasy X installment.

“If there’s enough demand, then we may possibly see new developments,” says Nojima on the subject of a possible third installment of the Final Fantasy X series. “I would personally like to see a sequel like X-3.”

Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster contains an audio drama which depicts the events of Spira one year after the events of Final Fantasy X-2. Not only that, but a novel will be released in Japan titled Final Fantasy X-2.5. What are your thoughts? Would you like to see Square Enix return to the world of Spira for a third time?

Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster releases in North America on March 18th and in Europe on March 21st, 2014 for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.

News / Bravely Second announced, sequel to Bravely Default: Flying Fairy
« on: December 05, 2013, 12:59:55 PM »

Bravely Second, a sequel to Square Enix's role-playing game Bravely Default, is headed to Japan for Nintendo 3DS, according to a report in a recent issue of the Japanese magazine Jump.

As Siliconera reports, no release date has been announced, and Bravely Second will include a character called Magnolia. You can check out a pic of the announcement in Jump below. We've reached out to Square Enix to confirm the listing and see if there are plans to release Bravely Second outside of Japan.

Bravely Default was released late last year in Japan and will arrive in North America Feb. 7, 2014 and this week in Europe exclusively on Nintendo 3DS.


Akihiko Yoshida, who first joined Square Soft in 1995 to work as a character designer on titles such as Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre, Final Fantasy XII, and more recently Bravely Default and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, has announced his departure from the company he’s been working with for almost two decades.

The announcement is in his personal message section of the Bravely Default art book in Japan, titled “The Art of Bravely,” released today with Bravely Default: For the Sequel in Japan.

“This is a personal message of mine, but I’d like to say thank you for all the support these past 18 years. I have decided to leave Square Enix, but I believe our relationship will continue going on.

And as long as I’m needed [laughs,] I will continue working on the Bravely Default series. Thank you for your continued support.

Bravely Default main character designer & lead artist,
Akihiko Yoshida

It hasn’t been confirmed yet if Yoshida is working on Bravely Second, the sequel to Bravely Default, which was announced yesterday, but Yoshida does say he wants to keep working on the series, so keep your fingers crossed.

News / Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX confirmed, coming to PS3 in 2014
« on: October 14, 2013, 09:52:55 PM »

Square Enix has confirmed at the D23 event this weekend that a full high-definition remastering of Kingdom Hearts II, as well as Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep with HD cinematics of Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded, will be coming to PlayStation 3's worldwide in 2014. The games, like the ones in Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX, will be based off their Final Mix versions.

2.5 Remix will mark western debuts for KH2 Final Mix and Birth by Sleep Final Mix, the respective PS2 and PSP games previously restricted to Japan. Both re-releases add many features to the original games, including new difficulty modes, mini-games, cut scenes, and a plethora of other tweaks.

News / Re: Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call announced for 3DS
« on: September 12, 2013, 11:08:10 AM »
So is this the new version or just an upgraded one?
An upgraded version. Think a GOTY edition type of deal here.

News / Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call announced for 3DS
« on: September 12, 2013, 07:31:47 AM »

Final Fantasy spinoff Theatrhythm will receive an encore with Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, set for a Japanese launch on 3DS next spring. Gematsu obtained scans of this week's Jump magazine from Japan, which revealed the product. The announcement comes a couple of weeks after a trademark for the game was filed.

The game will contain over 200 songs, including tracks from Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, as well as all of the microtransactions from the iOS port of the game and a new Versus mode. Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call will release in Japan on Nintendo 3DS in 2014, and hopefully a localization will come soon after.

News / Final Fantasy Agito coming to the iOS
« on: September 12, 2013, 07:24:49 AM »

You might be asking yourself, "Wait, what? I thought Final Fantasy Type-0 was Agito." You are right, but it seems Square Enix has not dropped the name after all. Square Enix has announced Final Fantasy Agito, a prequel story of sorts and an alternate take on the Type-0 universe. FF Type-0 Director Hajime Tabata is said to be producing on the project, with Takeharu Ishimoto returning as composer and direction lead by Masayasu Nishida of Star Ocean fame.

The game will arrive on iOS and Android platforms this winter in Japan. It is set to be a Free to Play title with micro-transactions. Players will be able to create their own character to participate in missions throughout the world of Oriense. Although the game is F2P, players can pay real money for items to recover energy points expended by taking on these missions as well as revive after mission failures and other gacha items. By deepening your relationship with certain characters, they’ll appear to help you at various points along the way.

The cast of FF Type-0 will return for this outing, although they’ll be stationed in different classes as the world itself has a different fate in store for them as another tale set in the mythology of Fabula Nova Crystallis. The game will feature a new character by the name of Myuu Kagerohi (voiced by Haruka Tomatsu), as well as returning characters Ace, Rem, and Jack.

The main story will be told in chapters and with various player decisions and community voting, the story will evolve as you progress through the game. New chapters will be available once every two weeks and within those two weeks, ten days will account for Solo Play – allowing players to tackle missions on their own – while four days are set aside for Team Play where players will have to work together to defeat bosses. Agito will also play host to a job system and characters will have specific abilities based on jobs.

While the game has been announced for Japan, there's been no word on whether this title will see a westward release. Final Fantasy Type-0, originally released for the PlayStation Portable in 2011, has not been announced for localization.


Square Enix has announced anyone who purchases Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on PlayStation 3 won't have to repurchase the game for use on PlayStation 4.

All character data will be carried over via a "free service", meaning you'll be able to continue with all the progress you've made so far on the new platform when the game officially launches for PlayStation 4 next year.

Additionally, the company has announced beta testing for the PS4 version of the game will commence on February 22, 2014.

Final Fantasy XIV / FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn Trophy List
« on: August 27, 2013, 04:55:45 AM »
There are a total of 39 trophies obtainable in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. There are:

1 Platinum Trophy
3 Gold Trophies
15 Silver Trophies
20 Bronze Trophies

The Platinum Trophy will be unattainable until Patch 2.1.

- A Realm Restored
Obtain all available FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn trophies.

- To Crush Your Enemy
Defeat your first enemy.   

- To Crush 10,000 Enemies
Defeat 10,000 enemies.

- Page One
Complete your first quest.

- Warrior of Light
Complete the main scenario.

- An Adventurer's Duty
Complete your first levequest.

- An Adventurer's Life
Complete 1,000 levequests.

- For Glory
Complete your first guildhest.

- For The Realm
Complete 1,000 Guildhests.

- Meddler in Materia
Successfully affix materia to an item.

- Master of Materia
Successfully affix 100 materia.

- Dabbler in Carpentry
Synthesize an item as a carpenter.

- One with Wood
Synthesize 1,000 items as a carpenter.

- Dabbler in Smithing
Synthesize an item as a blacksmith.

- One with Steel
Synthesize 1,000 items as a blacksmith

- Dabbler in Armorcraft
Synthesize an item as an armorer.

- One With Mail
Synthesize 1,000 items as an armorer.

- Dabbler in Goldsmithing
Synthesize an item as a Goldsmith.

- One With Gold
Synthesize 1,000 items as a Goldsmith.

- Dabbler in Tanning
Synthesize an item as a leatherworker.

- One with Leather
Synthesize 1,000 items as a leatherworker.

- Dabbler in Clothcraft
Synthesize an item as a weaver.

- One with Wool
Synthesize 1,000 items as a weaver.

- Dabbler in Alchemy
Synthesize an item as an Alchemist.

- One with Ether
Synthesize 1,000 items as a Alchemist.

- Dabbler in Cooking
Synthesize an item as a Culinarian.

- One With Food
Synthesize 1,000 items as a culinarian.

- Swing of the Axe
Mine a mineral deposit.

- Veteran Miner
Mine 1,000 mineral deposits.

- Swing of the Hatchet
Log at a mature tree.

- Veteran Logger
Log at 1,000 mature trees.

- Swing of the Rod
Fish with your own rod and bait.

- Veteran Fisher
Fish 1,000 times.

- In and Out
Clear your first instanced raid.

- Repeat Offender
Clear 100 instanced raids.

- Seeker of Truth
Clear the Binding Coil.

- Slay Thy Neighbor
Participate in PvP.

- Destiny's Child
Join a FATE.

- Destiny's
Join 1,000 FATEs.


With the latest in the series of live letters from the producer airing today, Square Enix have detailed the open beta as well as pre-order early access for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

Open Beta will begin on August 17th and will last for two days, until August 19th. Previous testers will get an extra day with the game, as previous testers can start playing the open beta on August 16th. After that, players who have pre-ordered the game will be able to start accessing the game on the 24th of August, three days before launch day. Early access will last until August 26th, the day before launch.

During the open beta, players will have access to the full retail version of the game–even voice acting will be included–but there will be a level cap of 20. Character data will be carried over to the retail version of the game, unlike the other phases. From the looks of it, there will be no level cap in the early access time, however. PVP will also be open for open beta, but it looks like it will not be fully implemented until the first major patch, as will the crystal tower.

Other details were released today as well, including loyalty rewards for renewing subscriptions, the ability to buy subscription cards in stores, and a mobile app. The mobile app will be available on iOS within a week of the game’s launch, while the Android version will come within a month. People who played Final Fantasy XIV 1.0 will be pleased to hear that you guys will be able to play the game without a subscription fee until September 9th. Finally, players on the PS3 will be pleased to hear that a screenshot feature has been implemented, and will be fully functional as of the open beta.

News / Final Fantasy X HD features remastered soundtrack
« on: July 31, 2013, 08:36:52 PM »

The latest issue of Jump Magazine has a section on the upcoming Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster. The magazine reveals that Final Fantasy X HD’s soundtrack has had about 60 songs remastered — which is about two-thirds of the score. This is in a similar vein to Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX, which had most of the soundtrack remastered and recorded using live instruments.

The soundtrack was composed by Nobuo Uematsu, Masashi Hamauzu and Junya Nakano. There has been no word on whether or not Final Fantasy X-2's soundtrack will receive the same treatment.

As expected, both games will also feature trophy support for the PlayStation Network and will include many challenges that will put both new and old players to the test. Let’s hope you haven’t gotten too rusty dodging lightning, playing blitzball, or racing chocobos.

A release date is expected to be announced soon, and Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD will be available on PlayStation 3 while the games will be sold separately on PlayStation Vita. You can pre-order the game now from participating retailers to get an exclusive art book.

News / Square Enix on western-developed Final Fantasy game
« on: July 26, 2013, 02:49:34 AM »

A number of Final Fantasy titles are on the way from Square Enix Japan including A Realm Reborn, Lightning Returns, Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III but the publisher "wouldn't say no" to a game in the series being developed by a Western studio.

Speaking to RPG Site Final Fantasy brand director Shinji Hashimoto commented that "I wouldn't say no straight away!"

Expanding on his comment Hashimoto said "It depends on the proposal and everything, though, of course. Obviously Final Fantasy is traditionally a Japanese game, so it would really just depend on how discussion goes. But, yes - if any Western studio actually approached us, we'd of course think about it."

"I don't know why, but one of the things about Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts is that they're very unique - it's a very unique proposition that we have. I think that's why it's quite difficult for people to approach us with such ideas" he added.

What do you think? Do you like the idea of a western developer, preferably someone with experience with RPGs, handle the Final Fantasy series? Let us know in the comments below.

News / Re: Final Fantasy X HD introduces new half-hour ending
« on: July 04, 2013, 08:17:31 PM »
Well, they just gave more information on this at the Japan Expo today. It will feature Tidus recalling the events in FFX and X-2, and James Arnold Taylor was at the Expo to confirm that he reprised his role as Tidus. It has already been recorded for both English and Japanese. The audio drama takes place two years after Final Fantasy X-2.

News / Final Fantasy X HD introduces new half-hour ending
« on: July 04, 2013, 12:07:21 AM »

Square Enix's upcoming HD remaster of Final Fantasy X and X-2 is more than just a simple HD port. The upcoming PS3 and Vita game features vastly improved graphics thanks to new character models and enhanced textures. It's definitely one of the more impressive remasters of the generation.

But wait, there's more! Square Enix has revealed that they plan on adding additional content to the compilation.

According to Siliconera, there will be a new 30 minute "drama" that will play during the compilation's credits sequence. The new sequence is written by Kazushige Nojima, scenario writer for the original games, and will feature newly recorded voices.

There's no clue on what the expanded ending will offer, but it is interesting that Square Enix is making a new ending to Final Fantasy X. Perhaps they are planning on expanding the universe of Spira? Only time will tell when the HD remaster releases sometime this year.


Square Enix has revealed the pre-order details for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Those who pre-order the game will receive Cloud Strife's outfit and buster sword from Final Fantasy VII.

The other pre-order pack that's been announced is the Lightning Samurai Set, which includes three different costumes, each with their own abilities, along with the Shogun, Sohei Saviour and Flower of Battle Items.

Perhaps if a Final Fantasy VII remake is made, they will make Cloud Strife dress up as Lightning when he goes to meet Don Corneo! Er, actually, forget I said anything. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII releases for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 next February.

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