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 XIV spoofs Street Fighter in new gag video


During a presentation at NicoNico Chokaigi today, the Final Fantasy XIV staff unveiled a new video imagining the game as a fighter similar to Street Fighter IV.

Of course, there aren’t any plans to put this in the game or make it its own thing – Square Enix even has a disclaimer at the end explaining as such. The video is just a fun gag created by the team in a similar vein to last year’s Super Titan Extreme video – a “what if” sort of thing, if you will. Check it out below.

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward benchmark dated with a new trailer


Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward is getting a new benchmark and fans can look forward to downloading it this coming Monday, Square Enix announced.

The game is being featured at this weekend’s NicoNico Chokaigi event in Japan, where game producer/director Naoki Yoshida took the stage to answer fan questions and show off a bit of footage from the upcoming download.

The benchmark – which will allow players to toggle between DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 version – will be available on April 27 at 12AM PDT. In anticipation of its launch, Square Enix has released a lengthy video detailing what to expect – including a look at the new job classes in action as well as new class abilities and the revised dragoon Limit Break. Check it out below.

Watch next week’s “feedback special” Active Time Report here


Square Enix has penned in the date and prepared the page for their next Active Time Report – April 28th – where Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata is scheduled to talk up feedback on the recent demo release in Episode Duscae.

The broadcast is set to take place at 11:00PM(PDT) on April 27th, with Tabata discussing some of the feedback and opinions submitted by players, as well as detailing some of the ways the development team plans to address them. Fans – at least in North America – can still submit their thoughts via survey through May 19th. You’ll need the demo code printed on the voucher that came with FF Type-0 HD to do so.

Please Look Forward To It (Beta Episode)


Join Tony Garsow (Final Fantasy Network), Michael Damiani (GameTrailers), and myself for a beta episode of Please Look Forward To It, where we talk about the latest in Final Fantasy and perhaps a few diversions. This time we talk about the opening cinematic for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward and what we’re looking forward to in the expansion, new Dissidia Final Fantasy details, and a bit about the newly-announced Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness.

Since our chat ran a little long, be sure to check out (Part 1) and (Part 2).

And as always, feel free to leave a comment below regarding the topics on the podcast, topics you’d like to see covered in the future, or your general feedback. Enjoy!

New Star Ocean 5 screenshots and story details revealed


Square Enix has posted direct-feed screenshots for Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, as well as quite a bit of information regarding the characters, setting, and battle system.

As revealed in Famitsu magazine last week, our main character is Fidel Camus, a 23 year old swordsman born in the village of Stahl. His longtime friend is Miki Sorvesta, an 18 year old user of healing magic. The game takes place on (or at least starts at) the planet Feikreed, said to be similar in civilization to 16th century Earth.

Magic users on this planet wield the ‘Art of the Cursed Mark,’ a kind of magic that connects the user to the planet in order to wield fantastic ability. Seven years prior to the start of the game, cursed creatures appeared on Feikreed, poising a danger to the planet’s inhabitants. The origin of these creatures is unknown, and this period has gotten the name: the ‘Years of Darkness.’

Like in past Star Ocean titles, battle is done in a real-time party based system, and players can switch characters mid-combat. The transition from exploration to combat is said to be more seamless this time around. Ability effect will change depending on the distance to the enemy.

Event scenes are also said to be seamless with exploration, where cutscenes can even transition directly into a battle.

Check out the images in the gallery below, of course. Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithless is set to release on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

Via: Syndication from our sister site, RPG Site.

Kingdom Hearts III news expected at D23 Expo in November


Fans should be set to hear more on the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts III in November, director Tetsuya Nomura confirmed in an interview in Japanese magazine Famitsu this week. The game is making an appearance at this year’s D23 Expo along with some “interesting things” planned.

There will be Kingdom Hearts III news, and various things, I think,” Nomura told Famitsu. “Development on Kingdom Hearts III is going smoothly, but there will also be new announcements connected to it. As one of those new announcements, I think we should be able to announce a smartphone-specific development for the series in short order.”

Nomura also commented on his involvement in the upcoming Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade release and his rendition of the recently revealed inclusion of Ramza from Final Fantasy Tactics. “We’ve been getting in some orders for prospective characters,” he said. “Since there are a lot of characters from derivative works following Ramza, we’re looking to select characters from numbered titles that have not yet appeared. Personally, I’m pressing for [FFII‘s] Minwu.”

Via: Gematsu.