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.

GC 2015: Rise of the Tomb Raider gameplay walkthrough


The latest look at Rise of the Tomb Raider premiered today during Microsoft’s pre-Gamescom press briefing – showing fans all new footage centered around combat.

Following up on 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot, Rise of the Tomb Raider is set to launch on November 10th for Xbox One and Xbox 360 and will see a release on PC in early 2016 and will launch on PlayStation 4 in holiday of the same year.

New Final Fantasy XV “Dawn” trailer to debut later tonight


Square Enix is teasing the release of the next Final Fantasy XV trailer dubbed “Dawn.” Set for release worldwide tonight (August 4th) at 11PM PDT/2AM EDT, official Final Fantasy accounts have since begun tweeting out a small teaser – promising that “a new dawn is about to break…”

Starting tomorrow at 12PM PDT Square Enix will host its latest Active Time Report to be livestreamed on both Twitch from Square Enix Presents. Stay tuned for our full coverage of Gamescom and other breaking Final Fantasy XV news.


Update: Distant Worlds conductor claims a Final Fantasy XII “Remake” is underway


Update 08/03:
Distant Worlds conductor Arnie Roth has clarified on the official Distant Worlds Facebook page that the term ‘Remake’ was used in error during one of his announcements on stage last week.
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Original story:
An HD version of Final Fantasy XII could finally be under way. During a Distant Worlds concert held on Saturday evening, conductor Arnie Roth let slip that a “Final Fantasy XII Remake” was underway and that it would be “coming out soon”

An anonymous source provided Final Fantasy Network with the following clip:

Square Enix has yet to comment on this situation, but we’ve reached out for further clarification. For all intents and purposes such a game isn’t announced – and even if it is being worked on, we might not see it any time soon if past comments from Final Fantasy brand boss Shinji Hashimoto are anything to go by. Perhaps they’re still trying to drum up a little bit of that fan demand?

Final Fantasy XII released originally on the PlayStation 2 in 2006 in Japan and North America, and later in 2007 in Europe.

Final Fantasy VII Remake’s battle system to see “dramatic changes” from the original


If you want to play the classic Final Fantasy VII experience, the upcoming Remake for PlayStation 4 may not be for you – but we already knew that right? After all this is a “full remake” and not a simple remaster – a full remake that means updates for the modern age.

While the game’s director Tetsuya Nomura noted quite recently that much of the core of FFVII will remain the same its the battle system where sweeping changes will be taking place. Rather than fall back on the original’s Active Time Battle style of combat, Nomura says fans should expect “dramatic changes” that gel with the times.

“We’re not going to be changing it into a shooter or something like that,” Nomura mentioned in the latest issue of the Official PlayStation Magazine UK. “We are going to be bringing dramatic changes, but we want to make sure it’s still recognizable.”

Additionally, Nomura told the magazine that he was looking toward his own Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children as inspiration for the visual side of things. “Don’t intend on utilizing the 3D models of Advent Children as is because, well, it’s a different technology, and it’s actually been almost ten years since Advent Children was first released.”

First bit of Dragon Quest Builders gameplay


Dragon Quest Builders is a Minecraft-clone that looks to be a very good one if its first gameplay showing is anything to go by. Square Enix showed a bit of the PlayStation game off at their Dragon Quest press event this morning – and although off-screen, we can still get a decent feel of what the game will play and look like when it launches in Japan later this year.

Check it out below.

Square Enix is holding a Dragon Quest press event next week to announce a new title


Dragon Quest has been the theme of the last several issues of Jump – bringing us the latest information on new titles as well as the upcoming 3DS port of Dragon Quest VIII. All of this has been building up to a “new title presentation” which the magazine has revealed will take place in Japan on July 28th.

The conference will be live streamed and – much like the last mainline entry in the series – it’s likely here we’ll see the first details on the long awaited Dragon Quest XI.

This week’s issue also confirmed the subtitle for Dragon Quest Heroes II: The Twin Kings and the Prophecy’s End. Healix, the healing slime, returns as an adviser and the game will feature a more dramatic story and improved gameplay mechanics.

Jump’s final Dragon Quest-related scoop will appear next week and teases information on “that big title”. It’s clear we’re in for something huge.