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.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD “Orience News special report” trailer

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Square Enix UK has put out a new trailer detailing many of the characters players will have the chance to control in the upcoming Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. Meet the students of Class Zero as they wield a variety of different weapons and personalities in their fight against the Militesi Empre.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is due out in North America on March 17th, in Japan on March 19th and across Europe on March 20th. Each first edition copy will come bundled with a voucher containing a downloadable code for the Final Fantasy XV demo. A Collector’s Edition will also be available in each region.

Hear the first bit of Final Fantasy XV’s English cast in an updated TGS trailer

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Square Enix Europe has quietly uploaded a revised version of Final Fantasy XV’s most recent trailer, now fully dubbed with English voices. Despite the fact Final Fantasy XV was first revealed in its first form as Versus XIII nine and a half years ago, we’ve up until now only ever heard what lead character Noctis sounds like in Japanese – but today, that changes with the release of the first English-language trailer for the game.

The trailer is just the one previously released at Tokyo Game Show, but this time with the English voices dubbed on top of it. The video footage is identical, and as such it isn’t clear if this is merely a trailer dub or if there’s a version of the game running with English voices in place already – but a slightly muddy sound mix suggests that this probably is just a video dub.

Final Fantasy XV will be largely talked about again this weekend during Jump Festa in Japan. There, a new trailer is expected along with more information on the upcoming Episode Duscae demo due out some time next year. According to director Hajime Tabata, the overseas release of the demo will also carry with it English voice acting.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 out now on Windows PC

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is available now on PC through Steam or Square Enix’s online store. Priced at $19.99, the PC port features a number of enhancements such as 60 frames-per-second support, customizable resolution to 1080p and beyond, and both Japanese and English audio options.

The PC version also comes bundled with a full host of downloadable content previously exclusive to the console versions including:

· Opponent: Omega
· Opponent: Lightning & Amodar
· Opponent: Nabaat
· Opponent: Ultros & Typhon
· Opponent: PuPu
· Opponent: Gilgamesh
· Serah’s Outfit: Summoner’s Garb
· Serah’s Outfit: Beachwear
· Serah’s Outfit: White Mage
· Noel’s Outfit: Battle Attire
· Noel’s Outfit: Spacetime Guardian
· Noel’s Outfit: Black Mage
· Mog’s Outfits: A Wondrous Wardrobe
· Sazh: Heads or Tails?
· Lightning: Requiem of the Goddess
· Snow: Perpetual Battlefield

Final Fantasy XIII-2 features new gameplay systems, updated visuals and audio. In this game, players have the freedom to choose from a range of possibilities and paths; their choices affect not only the immediate environment, but even shape time and space. Square Enix will release the final entry in the FFXIII series on PC – Lightning Returns – by Spring 2015.

More classic Final Fantasy titles could show up on PlayStation 4

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Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster might not be the only Final Fantasy titles making their way to the PlayStation 4. Both games were recently announced both at the PlayStation Experience and Sony Computer Entertainment’s Shanghai conference in China in which the Chinese release of the PlayStation 4 was confirmed.

Speaking with both Game Watch and 4Gamer, Final Fantasy series producer Shinji Hashimoto explained the reasoning for these announcements falls upon the PS4’s lack of backwards compatibility and current limited optimization of cloud gaming services. Specifically, Hashimoto notes that releasing these titles directly on the PS4 remains the best possible way to present these games in the best environment. Essentially, Square Enix is against releasing these titles as a sub-par or average experience.

The re-releases won’t be limited to Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy X|X-2 either. If Square Enix has their way other titles in the series could show up on Sony’s latest platform as well. “We’ve been planning to create an all-encompassing environment for the series, but most [FF] titles have only available for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita,” said Hashimoto. “Also, China is getting its first home console in years and we would like bring the long-awaited masterpieces for the Chinese players as well.” Hashimoto believes the PS4 is the best place for the series to thrive now.

Asked if he could name any specifics – such as the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, which is seeing its release now on PC – Hashimoto said, “The collection isn’t under consideration yet, but if we wanted to bring the Final Fantasy XIII saga to PlayStation 4, we would need to form a new team to do that. The size of the original Final Fantasy XIII team has been reduced due to developers moving to work on Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy XIV. That’s why we would need to hire developers to do it – maybe it would be a good option to be helped by some external studios in the same fashion as with Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster.”

Via: Final Fantasy World, 4Gamer.

A new SaGa game is coming to PlayStation Vita

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The latest entry in the long-running SaGa series is coming to the PlayStation Vita, Square Enix announced today. As part of a special 25th anniversary livestream, a trailer was shown detailing the history of the series before finally revealing the next title “SaGa 2015 (working title)” along with two pieces of teaser artwork.

Square Enix also announced a new PC browser game – Imperial SaGa – which calls back to some of the earlier SaGa games due out in 2015. Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song – a PS2 remake of the original Romancing SaGa – is coming to the Japanese PlayStation Store as a PS2 Classic. Additionally, Square Enix will also be releasing a “Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song 25th Pack” which includes a download code for the classic and a 1,000-piece puzzle. This set will release on March 12, 2015.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Collector’s Edition announced

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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is getting the Collector’s Edition treatment, Square Enix revealed today. According to a message from director Hajime Tabata, this version of the game will come priced at $99.99 and include the following:

  • GOLDEN STEELBOOK CASE: Featuring illustrations by world-renowned artist Yoshitaka Amano, this premium case holds both the game and soundtrack CD.
  • COMPOSER’S SELECTIONS SOUNDTRACK: Includes 15 tracks hand-picked by the game’s composer, Takeharu Ishimoto.
  • FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 MANGA: A complete 200 page manga comic establishing the world and characters of the game.
  • 80 PAGE ART BOOK: Dive into the war-torn land of Orience through its illustrations and art renders.
  • ACE’S CARDS: Five life-size replicas of the iconic cards held by Class Zero’s Ace.
  • FINAL FANTASY XV EPISODE DUSCAE DEMO: Every copy of the Collector’s Edition includes a code for the FINAL FANTASY XV playable demo. Be among the first to play the game with your order of FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD.

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Tabata also clarified the bundled Final Fantasy XV demo voucher will be limited to the first shipment of the game – a Day One Edition, if you will. The demo will never be reprinted beyond the initial shipment as its intended to be a special gift for the fans who have waited. For those looking to quiz Tabata on Type-0 HD, the director will be holding his own Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) starting on January 23, 2015 at 1PM EST. As a reminder, Tabata asks you keep your questions focused on Final Fantasy Type-0 as he won’t be able to touch on FFXV quite yet.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is due out on March 17th in North America. In addition to its standard edition, pre-orders for the Collector’s Edition are now available here. Those who pre-order will be entered in to win special prizes including Type-0 themed game systems, canvas prints and more.