Square Enix has posted a short online survey asking fans for their thoughts on various aspects of the Kingdom Hearts franchise, as well as what they’d like to see in upcoming product releases.
While some of the questions quiz players on their favorite genres, upcoming game purchase intent and other standard topics, the survey goes a bit deeper by feeling out for potential collector’s editions and pre-order incentives. Fans are also asked about the series itself, including which parts they liked best or the least and about specific Disney worlds.
This survey comes ahead of a 2014 release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX – a PlayStation 3 title that will bundle Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded in one convenient package with various improvements and upgraded visuals. Kingdom Hearts III, which was revealed last year, is currently in development with a release date yet to be determined.
Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster is due out soon for PS3 and PS Vita and that means the marketing machine is beginning its final ramp up until release in a couple weeks. Square Enix Europe specifically has put out a look at the commercial they’ll be airing over in PAL territories – the likes of which show off the game’s improved visuals and overall package fans can expect to receive when the game launches there on March 21st.
Square Enix has released a new batch of screenshots detailing some of the upcoming scenario content for Patch 2.2 – slated for release later this month. Updates include additions to the main story and characters, including the continuing story of Hildibrand, the introduction of Gilgamesh and the mysterious Yugiri, and the primal Leviathan who will be the latest threat to the adventurers of Eorzea. Square Enix has provided a brief overview of what fans can come to expect in this lengthy update:
Long dormant forces stir,their awakening a presage of night eternal.Political unrest pervades the three city-states as the Scions of the Seventh Dawn leave behind their home in the Waking Sands. For the betterment of Eorzea, they have re-established themselves beyond the reach of those who would sway the Scions for personal gain. Yet despite the Scions’ best efforts, balance will not be restored to the realm so easily. Ever do the mysteries of the Echo and the Ascians elude them, while the beast tribes rally with renewed ambition, threatening to unleash the wrath of another primal upon the land. To stave off the encroaching darkness and pull the realm back from the brink of destruction, the Warriors of Light plunge headlong into the maelstrom…
New Character: Yugiri
Hailing from the nation of Doma on the shores of Othard, Yugiri and her countrymen have fled their war-torn home and the oppression of Garlean rule in search of refuge. With supplies and hopes for survival dwindling, Yugiri seeks council with Eorzea’s leaders, that they too may call this land their home.
Case of the Thieving Duelist
When we last saw Hildibrand─agent of enquiry, inspector extraordinaire─he had received a letter of challenge from a mysterious marauder known to duel his victims and claim their weapons as his own. What will this battle hold for Eorzea’s favorite detective? Who is this furtive fighter, and will he be brought to justice? The answers to all these questions and more can be found by joining Hildibrand and Nashu on their next case.
In his never-ending quest for power and glory, Gilgamesh─self-styled warrior of legend and collector of fine weaponry─now roams the lands of Eorzea. When a series of events leads to confrontation with this formidable foe, you must prove your mettle or see your blade lost to his ever-growing collection.
Additionally the next Letter from the Producer Live is set to broadcast on March 21 at 2:30 a.m. (PDT) and cover upcoming patch content, including a preview of the new beast tribe quests, new cases to come for Hildibrand, the introduction of the “Glamours” system that allows for the altering of gear appearance and “ventures” that will allow players to expand on their retainer’s role. Main scenario writer Kazutoyo Maehiro will also make a guest appearance to speak to Patch 2.2’s story and quests.
For more information on the Live Letter and the chance to submit your own questions to the development team, visit the official site here.
Final Fantasy Agito – Square Enix’s upcoming smartphone game tied to the Final Fantasy Type-0 universe – has been delayed according to a new report in Famitsu this week.
Now slated to release some time in Spring, this free-to-play title introduces some new characters to the mix – namely a male character by the name of Lean Hanpleman (voiced by Koki Uchiyama) and a female called Toono Mahoroha (voiced by Hitomi Terakado). Both voice actors took up roles in the original Final Fantasy Type-0. Toono is a person who refuses to associate with others and has a cold attitude toward others around her. It’s said that she bears a wound from the past. Lean is a young prodigy scientist from the Milites Empire who follows Cid’s dream of conquering Orience.
In addition to a brand new key visual and gamplay screenshots, the magazine also details some of Agito’s new gameplay systems as well as what can be expected from the main story:
For the better part of the past thousand years, the world of Orience has been at war, as mankind continued fighting for the four crystals. As the great war nears its end, the dictator’s plan to take over the world is set in motion. In the midst of the raging battles, a ray of hope will save mankind from destruction—Agito. The young boys and girls who gather together, with the aim of becoming Agito. In order to end the era of war, they throw their bodies into the battlefield.
Peace or war? Allegiance or resistance? The Cadets’ determination will decide the future of the world. The first cycle that surpasses the spiral of 600 million.
Players will also be able to take part in subjugation quests which let you take on big enemies with the help of other players. These battles require careful management of each jobs’ exclusive abilities in order to win. Recipes can also be collected that allow for creation of new equipment and ability upgrades.
Via Kurushii, NeoGAF.
After extending the deadline a bit, we’ve finally gathered up all our Lightning Returns contest videos for the final act of our month-long giveaway. For this part of the event, the community here will be voting on the grand prize winner of one Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII themed PlayStation 3 system.
The original contest asked fans to come up with a short video expressing the phrase “What does the end of the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy mean to you?” – with the goal being to reward those who really stuck it out through the end of the FFXIII Saga. Again, only 13 of these custom consoles exist in the world, so Square Enix will be giving the winner something truly special.
The voting rules are quite simple: We’ve posted the videos here and all you have to do is write in the comments section the Entry # you believe should win. The person with the most votes by March 8th at 11:59PM EST will be declared the winner. To keep things fair you can only vote once and for one entry. Voting is open to anyone with posting privileges on the site – multiple votes under the same user name or IP will be disqualified.
Upon contest closure, the winner will be contacted by email and expected to respond within 24 hours to claim their prize.
Congratulations to dramatis, who put together something especially creative for our Final Fantasy XIV giveaway.
Our contest – which asked entrants to come up with something “artistic”, not necessarily a piece of art – led dramatis to create an interactive website that captures some of the hidden happenings that take place in the realm of Eorzea. dramatis will receive our grand prize of a PC Collector’s Edition of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn signed by director/producer Naoki Yoshida as well as a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 graphics card.
We’d like to extend a thank you to Square Enix and NVIDIA for providing us with this unique opportunity as well as all who entered our contest. Keep an eye on Nova Crystallis for more chances to win Final Fantasy-themed gear and other prizes.