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 planning new title announcements at E3

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Square Enix will be announcing several new games at E3 next month, according to president Yosuke Matsuda in a recent financial report.

“In our private conference at the next E3, we are planning to announce several titles in addition to this one,” said Matsuda. “We plan to make use of our IP in multifaceted approach, in Dragon Quest Heroes II and Star Ocean 5, as part of the efforts to strengthen and reboot our existing IPs, as I mentioned earlier.”

The publisher also shared some of its future business outlook, including their plans for the console market which – according to them – has been heavily bolstered by the PlayStation 4. “In the console market, PS4 seems to be doing especially well, mainly in the West,” said Matsuda. “We believe both PS4 and Xbox One are continuing to grow. We contributed to enhancement of the domestic PS4 market through the launches of “Dragon Quest Heroes,” and “Final Fantasy Type-0 HD,” which encloses the trial version of “Final Fantasy XV,” However, we expect the Western markets to remain the key growth areas.”

Square Enix will be working to strengthen several new policies surrounding their IPs which include rebooting older properties, creating new IPs and collaborating further with partner companies.

“We would like to focus on how to utilize the numerous assets of content that we have nurtured so far, and apply them to the latest trend,” Matsuda further explained. “As for the platform, we would like to use consoles and smart devices in parallel. Just focusing on one platform is not enough. We believe it is significant to serve both platforms, if we are to offer game content and services that appeal to the new generation.

“We would like to focus on how to utilize the numerous assets of content that we have nurtured so far, and apply them to the latest trend. As for the platform, we would like to use consoles and smart devices in parallel. Just focusing on one platform is not enough. We believe it is significant to serve both platforms, if we are to offer game content and services that appeal to the new generation.

“With so much changes going on in the market, we will suffer a big opportunity loss if we try to do everything all by ourselves. Through collaboration, we will utilize the strengths of other companies which we ourselves lack, and grow the size of the business. A good example is Dragon Quest Heroes. So far, we had not worked on a full-scale action RPG. However, we were able to create a new style for Dragon Quest through collaboration with Koei Tecmo Games. Based on this success, we want to collaborate more with partner companies, both in and out of Japan.”

Chaos Rings III now out on iOS and Android in English

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In a surprise, stealth release Square Enix has launched an English version of its mobile and handheld RPG Chaos Rings III on both iTunes and the Google Play store today.

The game clocks in at 1.53GB of space, for the asking price of $19.99. Square Enix has also listed a brief description of the game, its story and a new trailer.

Overview

Chaos Rings is a full-scale RPG series for smartphone devices that was first introduced worldwide in 2010. As part of a continuing series, Chaos Rings Omega was launched in 2011, followed by Chaos Rings II in 2012. The rich game world, deep storyline, and high-quality soundtrack have been praised throughout the world, recording over 1.1 million downloads across the series. To this day, Chaos Rings firmly maintains its position as the best RPG series available for smartphones.

Story / World

There, on the blue star, is everything you desire.

On the floating continent high in the sky, you can find New Paleo. Explorers from all across the land flock to this hub city, seeking to fulfill their dreams and desires. But this is but a brief stop before their journey to their true destination, the azure planet of Marble Blue.

Unexplored lands, hidden treasures, monsters, legends…everything an adventurer could want could be found on this one planet.

The protagonist lives on the outskirts of town with his sister, tending to the family’s livestock. One night, led by a mysterious voice, he meets a beautiful woman, who says to him thus:

“You must go now. Marble Blue, the sparkling blue mother planet, awaits.”

Worlds yet undiscovered, treasures that fulfill your wildest dreams, mythologies lost in the pages of history…a great journey, the dream of a thousand years, is about to begin.

Squall Leonhart and Bartz Klauser join the cast of Dissidia Final Fantasy

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Squall Leonhart of Final Fantasy VIII fame along with Bartz Klauser from Final Fantasy V will be joining the cast of the upcoming arcade version of Dissidia Final Fantasy, Square Enix revealed today.

The company spent some time earlier this morning to share new developments on the game’s location test during a live stream, including demonstrations of both Squall and Bartz in action. You can check it out for yourself below around the 45 minute mark.

Dissidia Final Fantasy is set to launch in arcades in Japan later this year. The game is being developed on PS4-base hardware and is likely to see a console version a year after release.

Star Ocean 5 likely to show at E3

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Star Ocean 5 is likely making its way to this year’s E3, if brief tweets by the game’s character designer are anything to go by.

Akira “Akiman” Yasuda took to Twitter today explaining, “This year is really busy as we’re turning towards the game show,” Yasuda said in a tweet. “It’s busy, but it’s been terribly long [since we were last at a game show].” He added that they were in the middle of preparing images for E3.

While Square Enix has yet to confirm the PS3 and PS4 title for Western markets, the company is holding their own conference at the show this year. It’s likely we’ll hear about Star Ocean 5 there, if anything.

Via: Gematsu.

New Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward screenshots detail main scenario, new dungeons and job actions

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With less than a month until release, Square Enix has revealed a set of new Heavensward screenshots as part of a media tour that took place in Nantes, France this past week. Images depict scenes from the main scenario revealed alongside the game’s new theme, Dragonsong. Additionally, Square Enix has provided us with a look at new dungeons, field locations, enemies and new jobs actions for both the existing jobs and the new roles with Machinist, Dark Knight and Astrologian.

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavenward is set to launch on June 23rd with an early access period starting a few days earlier on the 19th.

Introducing Nobuo Uematsu’s Dragonsong, the main theme of Heavensward

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Square Enix revealed the main theme song for Final Fantasy XIV: Hevensward today ahead of its latest Letter from the Producer Live broadcast where producer/director Naoki Yoshida shared the latest information on the upcoming expansion.

The theme – titled “Dragonsong” – was composed by Nobuo Uematsu and featured the vocal talent of Susan Calloway who previously contributed to the main theme “Answers” for both Final Fantasy XIV 1.0 and A Realm Reborn. Square Enix has released the song in full along with a music video that showcases new scenes from the upcoming expansion.