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New Final Fantasy XV details out of Paris Games Week


The theme of Final Fantasy XV is going to be its “bromance,” Hajime Tabata said today during a presentation at Paris Games Week. Speaking in front of a large audience, the director showed off a bit more of Final Fantasy Type-0 before moving on to an all-new sneak peak at Final Fantasy XV.

Following a reshowing of the TGS trailer, the game’s new footage had one focus: exploration. Noctis and his entourage could be seen running around vast locations, including a forested area and a service station with NPCs, along with a fisher’s cabin next to a lake. According to those who saw it, the map looks really big!

The video was crafted especially for this occasion in Paris as a live demonstration of a portion of Episode Duscae, said Tabata. As Noctis runs through the fields, viewers were able to see giant monsters with enemy designs inspired by Yoshitaka Amano. At night, the mobs become extremely dangerous and at one point in the video wild chocobos are clearly visible.

The team is also working on a variety of mini-games, such as fishing. Tabata originally wanted a number of them in Type-0, but he’ll be pouring his energy into that for XV instead. Square Enix is also looking into adding the Japanese voice overs into the overseas version as well.

“The gameplay video from E3 2013 was cool,” said Tabata as he showed off some XV development images in a behind-the-scenes sort of video. “But we’re planning even better stuff for March 2015.” Tabata showed off another tech demo focusing on newcomer Luna, whom the team created an actual wig for her hair. Currently, Final Fantasy XV is running on Luminous 1.4 but Tabata hopes to get it on the 2.0 version by the game’s release.

Square Enix will be following up with even more on Type-0 and XV tomorrow morning with the continuation of Tabata’s Active Time Report. Check back at 7AM EDT for the live stream with eventual English translations to come.

Via: Finaland.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD “Enter the Fray” trailer


Square Enix has released a new trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD ahead of its presence at Paris Games Week where the game will be playable to Western fans for the first time. Hajime Tabata will also be holding a special presentation at the event, detailing more on the HD remaster as well as a possible brief look at the progress of his other project, Final Fantasy XV.

Additionally, as a follow up to last month’s “Type-0 HD Flash Talk Show,” this month’s program has been renamed to “Director Tabata’s Active Time Report,” and is scheduled to be streamed on Friday, October 31st at 8:00 p.m. JST / 4:00 a.m. PDT. The program will be available on Square Enix Presents in Japanese, and an English subtitled version will be available at a later time.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is out in North America on March 17, 2015. It’s also releasing in Japan on March 19th and in Europe on March 20th and will come bundled with a voucher for a downloadable version of Final Fantasy XV’s demo, Episode Duscae.

Final Fantasy XIV Patch 2.4 Dreams of Ice out now, adds Rogue class and Ninja job


Final Fantasy XIV’s latest content update, Patch 2.4 is out now – adding some of the largest bits of content the game has seen to date. Dreams of Ice, as it’s called, introduces more to the main scenario quest, the final chapter in the Coil of Bahamut end-game raid, along with the introduction of the Rogue class and Ninja job.

Dreams of Ice (Patch 2.4) brings new and expanded stories, new locations to explore, a new Primal battle against Shiva, the Lady of Frost, and an investigation of the once-thought-impassable Snowcloak ice dungeon; plus new hard mode dungeons, housing wards, PvP ranks, and other featured content. We’ve a list of the most important stuff below.

·The continuation of the main scenario
·New rogue class and ninja job
·New Shiva primal battle (Hard / Extreme modes)
·New Snowcloak dungeon
·Dungeon hard mode: Sastasha
·Dungeon hard mode: The Sunken Temple of Qarn
·The addition of new housing subdivision, further increasing the amount of housing plots available
·New Hildibrand side story, along with the introduction of fan-favorites Ultros and Typhon
·The Final Coil of Bahamut
·The introduction of a new Allagan tomestone and an increase in the item level
·Addition of new PvP ranks

For more information, please see the official patch notes, which have not been posted in their entirety here.

Watch Director Tabata’s Active Time Report here


In just a few short days director Hajime Tabata will be back on stage to present more on Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy XV in a fashion similar to his TGS stage event and subsequent livestream last month. Under the new name of “Director Tabata’s Active Time Report,” this time we’ll be receiving a follow-up of his scheduled presentation during Paris Games Week the day prior. Not only will Tabata be present, but expect other members of the development team to make an appearance as well.

The broadcast will go live on October 31st at 7AM EDT. We’ve included the embedded video link below.

New Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward screenshots


Square Enix has released a batch of new screenshots detailing its upcoming Final Fantasy XIV expansion, Heavensward. This time, we’ve a clearer look at many of the images present on stage during this morning’s London Fan Festival keynote where producer/director Naoki Yoshi shared a bit more on what players can expect come next Spring.

In the images you can see some of the new flying mounts that will be available, as well as the new beast tribes, primals, and the new Dark Knight job as also confirmed. All of these elements will be important to Heavensward, with more information set to be announced in December in Tokyo. You can read our full report on the presentation here.

Yoshi-P talks Heavensward’s flying mounts, new primals, Dark Knight and gunner class teased


The London side of Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival activities kicked off today with another keynote and producer/director Naoki Yoshi revealing just a bit more on the game’s first expansion, Heavensward.

The presentation began with a bit of news for European players: Square Enix is in talks for size and location for European-based data centers. Yoshi-P also reiterated that the optional item shop paid for with real money is not “pay to win” and players will only be able to obtain vanity items such as minions and mounts through the service.

Moving on to Heavensward, players will be able to use flying mounts such as single rider airships in the new skyward areas. Seven flying mounts will be available – including a flying chocobo – with various movement speeds increased for mounts as well. Yoshida suggests that the Heavensward Collector’s Edition may include a statue of one of the flying mounts.

Two of the new beast tribes available in the expansion will be the Vanu Vanu, who worship the primal Bismarck, and the Gnath who call upon Ravana, another new primal confirmed for Heavensward. New player jobs will also be introduced, including confirmation of Dark Knight – a greatsword (two-handed) tank job class with no base class. Dark Knights will wield weapons and the power of Darkness. Heavenward’s next job was also teased during the event, to be revealed at Tokyo’s Fan Fest in December. Based on past promises and a visual cue of Yoshi-P wearing a 007 t-shirt, it’s likely the gun-user class we heard about before E3.

More on Final Fantasy XIV is likely to be heard throughout the day as London prepares for further festivities including a developer Q&A and interviews with other special guests. You can catch most of that on stream here as well as through our continued coverage.

Via: Final Fantasy Network.