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 VII Remake will retain the essence of the original

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Several French outlets including Finaland recently had the chance to sit down with Testuya Nomura, where he touched on Final Fantasy VII Remake, Kingdom Hearts III and some of his design philosophies.

“A lot of things will change [in Final Fantasy VII Remake],” Nomura told Final Fantasy Dream, “but the essence of the universe will not. That is one of the things that will remain intact.”

Nomura notes Final Fantasy VII Remake is a title “loaded with a lot of mystery for now” with the existing Compilation of FFVII seemingly off the table. “If we make a compilation, these games will hardly have an overall coherence,” said Nomura about Crisis Core, Dirge of Cerberus, etc. “It will be difficult because there is no more continuity between the Compilation and Remake for the moment.”

In a separate interview with Famitsu, Nomura says the team is steadily progressing on production with the goal of making a game that will meet fan expectations. “Last year, I didn’t put out much information on [Final Fantasy VII Remake], but this year I want to show our progress at an event somewhere.” Regardless, it’s clear the game is still far off.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is currently in development for PlayStation 4.

NieR: Automata x Gravity Rush 2 collaboration announced

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Square Enix and Sony Interactive Entertainment are teaming up for a special collaboration featuring NieR: Automata and Gravity Rush 2. During a “PlayStation Matsuri Presents: NieR: Automata Special Talk Live” video report, Sony revealed Gravity Rush 2 protagonist Kat will receive 2B’s outfit via downloadable content.

Further details such as a release date, potential pricing and how the outfit will actually look in-game have yet to be announced.

NieR: Automata is due out for PlayStation 4 in Japan on February 23, in North America on March 7 and Europe on March 10. A PC version for Steam is also in development for release later this year. Gravity Rush 2 is now available.

Via: Gematsu.

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius tops 20 million downloads worldwide; adds bonus giveaways

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Final Final Brave Exvius sees its first major version update with the introduction of version 2.0. Fans can now enjoy a new story arc, a new Esper and gameplay benefits meant to aid new and returning players alike.

Additionally, Square Enix revealed the game has passed 20 million downloads worldwide. To commemorate this milestone, all players will have the chance to recruit rare characters by participating in a free 11-summon draw – the largest reward ever given to players in the game’s history. The version 2.0 update features a number of updates and changes that bring new content and enhance gameplay and accessibility:

  • New Story and Esper: Continue the deep narrative as the heroes of the game adventure further into the world of Lapis and reunite with old friends and allies. Additionally, players can obtain a new Esper, Odin, by completing a side quest.
  • Gameplay Enhancements: Additional feature updates include an improved summon function, a newly renovated quest menu and guides to aid players when gathering crafting materials. The home screen has also been revamped to allow even quicker access to menus and allow for a better play experience.

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is now available for iOS and Android devices.

Pre-order the digital version of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX, get a bonus PS4 theme

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Square Enix and Sony Interactive Entertainment American have opened digital pre-orders for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX, due out for PlayStation 4 on March 28. Those who pick up the game from the PlayStation Store can download an exclusive stained glass PS4 theme after checkout.

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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX includes the following major Kingdom Hearts titles on a single disc:

  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (Movie)
  • Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (Movie)

Fans can pick up this collection starting March 9 in Japan, March 28 in North America and March 31 in Europe. A Limited Edition is also being made available exclusively at the Square Enix online store.

Final Fantasy XIV Patch 3.55a detailed in new screenshots

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Square Enix has shared the latest screenshots for Final Fantasy XIV Patch 3.55a, revealed last week during Frankfurt’s Fan Festival activities to launch on February 28.

These images give us a look at a new PvP map for The Feast, custom deliveries with Zhloe Aliapoh, the final chapter of the Anima weapon quest line and the new 24-man trial featuring Proto Ultima.

As for why this Patch is “3.55a”, Yoshida explained that they had originally planned to include the Diadem’s new Exploratory Missions, but there was a critical bug at the last minute. This content will be released in Patch 3.55b in early March.

Players will also be able to redeem the Tidus and Yuna outfits available from purchasing the Fan Festival live streams, GARO collaboration gear can be reclaimed from the Calamity Salvager, and buffs will be put on the drop rates of the Sophia and Zurvan lanner whistles.

Final Fantasy XV’s Episode Gladiolus priced at $4.99; new details revealed

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Square Enix has provided new details for Final Fantasy XV‘s upcoming character DLC “Episode Gladiolus”, due out March 28. According to an update on the game’s official website, those without the Season Pass will be able to purchase the content individually for $4.99.

Featuring an all-new story, Episode Gladiolus picks up from the events following the group’s encounter with Ravus where Gladio leaves the group to train alongside Cor and become even more powerful. He sets on a path to face challenges by encountering larger-than-life monsters along the way.

Each additional character episode will be sold individually as well, with pricing and more information to be revealed at a later date.

Recently Square Enix released patch 1.05, which adds a few new features to the game including a new level cap of 120, limited-time quests, the ability to take up to 200 pictures, and being able to listen to the music player on chocoboback. Read up on our full impressions for these and the game’s paid Booster Pack+ DLC here.