About Erren Van Duine

As a self-professed Final Fantasy fan, Erren created Nova Crystallis in 2009 as a place to collect the latest information on her favorite series. As owner and Editor-in-Chief, she also spends her time writing for RPG Site as Senior US Editor.

Square Enix will consider releasing the Vita version of Adventures of Mana overseas


When Square Enix announced Adventures of Mana for the west, many fans were disappointed and perhaps confused at the complete absence of the PlayStation Vita version of the game which would be releasing in Japan alongside its mobile siblings. At the time, Square Enix offered no response for the discrepancy.

Now, several days after launch, Square Enix Europe put out an update to their initial blog post – revealing they’ve passed on requests for the Vita version’s localization to the development team.

“We’ve been listening to your feedback and because of your passion for the game, we’re going to look into making a PS Vita version of Adventures of Mana for the west,” the post reads. “We can’t guarantee we’ll be able to make this happen but we will see what we can do.”

Square Enix promises they’ll be sure to provide an update if they have any news. Fans are also encouraged to show support over on the SE Blog.

Final Fantasy XV will let you view 3D enemy models, CG images and Prompto’s photos in various gallery modes


A new update has appeared on the official Final Fantasy XV forums – once again following up on several fan questions related to the game. This time, UI (User Interface) Planner Takahiro Noda has shared new details on several cosmetic components fans can explore in addition to the core game.

Noda revealed that – similar to past games in the series and other RPGs – you’ll be able to view things such as enemies, weapons, food and character models in full 3D in a special mode. Unfortunately you won’t be able to view items using this method. Square Enix will also be adding a CG and concept art gallery of sorts, although we won’t have any details on that quite yet.

Additionally, Final Fantasy XV won’t have a specific high-quality photo mode, but Noda says you’ll be able to view the pictures Prompto takes during your journey in the gallery. He sees it as a way for players to remember the fun times during their adventure.

Square Enix ending the official Japanese Final Fantasy XV forums

UPDATE: Square Enix has told Nova Crystallis the English version of the forums will remain open and they’ve not discussed a closure for the time being. If plans change they’ll notify members on the forum, but for now the forums will continue to be a place for fans to talk about Final Fantasy XV.

ORIGINAL: After several months Square Enix has decided to terminate the Japanese version of the official Final Fantasy XV forums.

According to a new post by the Business Division 2 community team, the company has decided to replace the forum with a new blog starting on February 12th. Their decision was reached after considering the ease of the blog format itself and its accessibility to Japanese users.

Once the blog opens, fans will be able to access it straight from the official Final Fantasy XV website and comments from developers as seen on the forum will be preserved there. Fans will still be able to write comments provided they have access to a Square Enix Members account as well.

To those who enjoyed the forums, Square Enix apologizes for the inconvenience. It’s currently unknown if this change will eventually extend to the English language version of the forum but we’ll be sure to update you should the details arise.

New Star Ocean 5 character introduction video details Anne


Square Enix and tri-Ace have released a new video in their series of Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness character introduction trailers. Today’s video introduces the melee user Anne.

Anne is woman who travels together with Emerson. She’s good-looking, extremely intellectual, and well composed and possesses a hidden kindness to her character. In battle, Anne utilizes an abundance of variegated melee attacks including quick attacks and heavy-hitting special skills, and a sets out to make fools of her enemies.

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness will launch for PS3 and PS4 in Japan on March 31st. The game will be available exclusively for PS4 in North America and Europe some time in 2016.

Final Fantasy XV Niflheim Base battle footage shows off tactical magitek action

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Following today’s immense showing in a new Active Time Report, Square Enix has uploaded new battle footage shown on stream of Noctis and friends infiltrating a Niflheim base – a stronghold held by Final Fantasy XV’s primary antagonists.

Using stealth tactics, different gameplay mechanics give the player a variety of options of combat including magic, the ability to use turrets and environmental damage. Magic in specific can affect things around it such as oil and other flammable elements leading into larger explosions.

Additionally, Square Enix has provided us with a few new direct feed screenshots from the game focusing on battles and the re-revealed female dragoon Aranea Highwind.

Final Fantasy XV’s release date to be announced on March 30


After years of waiting Square Enix is finally ready to reveal when they’ll be announcing Final Fantasy XV’s release date.

Detailed during a new pre-recorded Active Time Report, director Hajime Tabata shared some new details on the highly anticipated March event first teased several months ago in the lead up to the game’s 2016 launch.

The event – titled Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV – will take place on March 30 at 7PM PST at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Instead of several smaller events, Square Enix is preparing one large broadcast event to present the true face of the game. The company is also planning on revealing the details of the free tech demo due out to players before launch.

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Square Enix’s reasoning for one massive event comes from the concern of one region getting information before the others. The presentation is set to be hosted by Kinda Funny’s own Greg Miller and Tim Gettys. An official site promising ticket admissions has since opened here.