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.

Bryce Hitchcock to voice Deuce in the English version of Final Fantasy Type-0


News comes courtesy of Operation Suzaku confirming yet another English voice actor for the localization of Final Fantasy Type-0. According to a conversation exchanged between the two, Bryce Hitchcock was cast and recorded for the roll of the flute-wielding Deuce – a member of Class Zero and someone who is kind-hearted but has a bit of a stubborn side.

Bryce has worked other areas of the entertainment industry including film, TV, voice-over, commercials and as a recording artist.

Final Fantasy Type-0 has been confirmed for the West as a HD remaster, although further details surrounding release and more remain unannounced.

Final Fantasy Explorers dated for Japan, new job classes revealed


Final Fantasy Explorers will be arriving in Japan on December 18th, according to a leak from this week’s Jump Magazine. Slated for the Nintendo 3DS, this action RPG combines the classic Final Fantasy job system with multiplayer, exploration and combat.

The magazine also revealed two additional player classes, Time Mage and Ninja. Square Enix has also released a couple of videos detailing the Knight, Monk and Black Mage classes in the game. The Knight uses a sword, shield, and heavy armor, using a combination of offensive and defensive skills. The Monk is an offensive class with the ability to move around enemy attacks. The Black Mage is able to cast an assortment of elemental spells.

Square Enix Presents launching livestreams for the Japanese market


Square Enix is starting up a new livestreaming service in Japan next week, mirroring their attempts at Western trade shows with Square Enix Presents. The Japanese version of the broadcast is being set as a beta version, intent on sharing the latest information on upcoming titles as well as coverage on a wide variety of content.

The first set of livestreams have been scheduled to include the Bravely series, Final Fantasy Explorers and Square Enix’s Western-centric Extreme Edges brand:

August 25 at 21:00 – Live Stream! First Bravely ○○ Project Meeting
August 28 at 21:00 – Extreme Edges Summer New Title Festival
August 29 at 21:00 – Final Fantasy Explorers Beginner House Vol. 01

Each broadcast will be presented on Square Enix’s official YouTube channel, which can be accessed here.

Via: Gematsu.

Another look at Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep HD


Square Enix has released another batch of screenshots for Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, one of the main titles included in the upcoming Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. Today’s set of images take a look at various combat effects, mini-games and Disney worlds that main characters Terra, Aqua and Ventus find themselves apart of.

Adding further depth and detail to the series, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX is a fully remastered HD compilation of Kingdom Hearts II FINAL MIX and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX. Both, previously exclusive to the Japanese market, will be available for the first time in the West for the PS3. HD remastered cinematic cut-scenes from the Nintendo DS title Kingdom Hearts Re:coded will also be included in the compilation.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX is due out in Japan on October 2nd with a North American release slated for December 2nd and Europe to follow on December 6th.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Legacy of Music highlights the Ivalice Alliance


The latest Legacy of Music feature focusing on Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call draws attention to the land of Ivalice and the two Final Fantasy titles whose themes accented their darker, more political tales.

As the sequel to the original 3DS game, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call features a wealth of new content including a new Versus Mode where players can battle against each other locally or head-to-head on the Nintendo Network. The game will house around 221 songs and more than 60 playable characters – including those from some of the more recent titles like Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and classic sub-series entries like Final Fantasy Tactics.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call is due out in North America on September 16th with a European release to follow on September 19th.

Square Enix brings Theatrhythm, Kingdom Hearts HD to PAX Prime


Square Enix is readying itself for PAX Prime starting next week with a handful of titles on display for fans to experience from some of their more storied franchises. Those who attend the show this year will have the opportunity to try out Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX as well as Dragon Quest VIII (Mobile) and Dragon Quest IV (Mobile).

Fans can also get their hands on some of Square’s Western titles such as Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Nosgoth and Hitman: Sniper. Fans of the Hitman franchise will also have the opportunity to participate in Hitman: Sniper tournaments that will be held hourly in the Square Enix booth. At the end of each day, the player with the highest score from all of the tournaments, will have their high-score integrated into the final game at launch with a special elite treatment.

There will also be a special Hitman: Sniper community event held by Unity and Square Enix Montréal at the Hard Rock Café on Friday, August 29th from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Grand Prize winner at the community event will win a prize package, which includes the opportunity to be integrated into the game as a villain for Agent 47 to eliminate with their custom 3D model.

PAX Prime runs from August 29th to September 1st.