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 is bringing an extended version of Final Fantasy XV’s “Dawn” trailer to TGS

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Final Fantasy XV will be making its next appearance in just a few weeks at Tokyo Game Show, where director Hajime Tabata has promised extended footage, new concept art and perhaps more at the event. During today’s Active Time Report at PAX Prime, along with the opening of the game’s official Twitter accounts, we learned Square Enix will be bringing an extended version of the trailer shown at Gamescom to the Tokyo-based event.

Along with video content, fans can also expect to catch a look at new Luna concept art as well as new information on the game’s chocobo and fishing mechanics.

Tokyo Game Show 2015 will run from September 17th through the 20th.

Dragon Quest Heroes “The Heroes You Know” trailer

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Square Enix has released a new trailer today for Dragon Quest Heroes – taking a look at the game’s cast of characters both original and classic Dragon Quest alike.

Those heading to PAX Prime this weekend can test their skills against the Gigantes battle demos, located at Square Enix’s booth (#3646) and pick up a free slime-themed fan as well as a visit to the Slime Wall to smash slime bubbles.

Dragon Quest Heroes will launch exclusively for PS4 in North America on October 13. In addition to a “Day One” edition that includes several bonus items, Square Enix is offering a Collector’s Edition through their online store.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition revealed for North America

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Rise of the Tomb Raider is getting its own Collector’s Edition, Square Enix announced today. Available exclusively online for Xbox One, this version of the game comes packed with a 12-inch tall statue of Lara Croft, a model of the jade necklace that was Lara’s first archeological discovery, a leather replica of her in-game journal and a collectible steel book case.

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Priced at $149.99, fans can pre-order the Collector’s Edition directly from the official Tomb Raider store.

Rise of the Tomb Raider is set to launch for Xbox One and Xbox 360 on Nov. 10, 2015, and is coming to other platforms in 2016. The Square Enix e-store is offering free shipping for the domestic lower 48 states while Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and international orders get $10 off the shipping fee.

Square Enix is “currently working out the battle system” for Final Fantasy VII Remake

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Final Fantasy VII Remake is well underway – and now it seems its staff are willing to chime in freely on it from time to time heading in the latter part of the year. Speaking in Famitsu this week, the game’s producer Yoshinori Kitase gave a few words on its in-progress battle system and what they’re trying to accomplish going forward into a “full remake” of the title.

“We’re starting to see the visual direction,” he explained. “On the other hand, we’re currently working out the battle system and such through trial-and-error.”

“Since there’s a possibility that the command battle system of the old days might not work today, we’re thinking hard about what kind of direction we can take it.

“Normally, when you do a remake, it becomes somewhere along the lines of a familiar action RPG, so we’re looking at how we can put out something like Final Fantasy VII while still surprising players.

While fans have already been told to expect an official update this upcoming Winter, Kitase asked the interviewer not to question him about the game’s current progress. It seems there is quite a ways to go indeed.

Via: Gematsu.

Final Fantasy XIV Letter from the Producer Live XXIV summary

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With Heavensward well underway, it’s time to look forward to the next bit of content that will be available for Final Fantasy XIV. During the game’s 14-hour broadcast celebrating its two year anniversary, producer/director Naoki Yoshida and staff shared a few details on what fans can expect in the first part of their Patch 3.1 updates.

The patch – though without a concrete launch date – will introduce more of the main scenario following the events of 3.0. A new side quest called Saint Endalim Scholasticate will also be included along with Vanu Vanu beast tribe quests. Players will also have the ability to venture into two new dungeons: Saint Mocianne Arboretum and the Pharos Sirius (Hard).

Following previous odd-numbered patches, 3.1 will see the release of the next 24-man raid content. Known as the Void Ark, this new dungeon can currently be seen at times floating in the Sea of Clouds. It will have the same loot system as the previous World of Darkness. The team will also be introducing a new primal, with further details coming with next week’s Rising anniversary seasonal event.

As previously teased, the Gold Saucer will see new additions – namely a new attraction called Lord of Verminion. It started out as an April Fools joke but has evolved into a real thing, according to Yoshida. It’s here players can battle it out with their minions in an RTS-style competition. New Triple Triad cards and MGP payouts will also be adjusted.

The current Free Company airship voyages system will soon have the ability to explore uncharted islands where you can fight strong enemies. Those without alliance to a FC can use this feature by visiting Ishgard.

Personal housing will also see some updates, including the ability to adjust visitor entry, lighting fixtures and reclaim inactive housing. FCs will be able to change their names in 3.1 as well.

The team has finally found a way for glamours to occupy multiple slots at once. They’ll also be instituting an option to try on multiple items as opposed to the current one item limitation.

Outside of specific 3.1 updates, Yoshida noted that several adjustments will be made to the Monk and Astrologian classes. Beginning in Patch 3.07 players will also be able to see other party members’ TP in the party list. This comes with the shifting of the party bonus bar to an in-menu location.

European data centers are also scheduled to open sometime in mid-October. Square Enix will be taking several existing worlds rather than creating new ones to the new servers, of which will be subject to 3-5 day maintenance downtime.

The rest of the updates and official translations can be read over at the Lodestone.

A lone Final Fantasy XV screenshot

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Square Enix has – for whatever reason – released a single Final Fantasy XV image on their press site this morning depicting the malboro we saw some weeks ago at Gamescom.

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The company will be bringing the game in the form of its Episode Duscae 2.0 offering to PAX Prime next weekend. There, director Hajime Tabata will also be present for the latest Active Time Report where he’ll share “a few personal stories about the development of the game” and “some insights into the recently revealed trailer.” The panel is set to run from 4:30PDT to 5:30PDT and will be live streamed on Square Enix’s own Twitch channel.