It appears Square Enix will have a presence at the upcoming PlayStation Experience event in Las Vegas, Sony has confirmed today. A new promotional video advertising the event promises exclusive hands-on demos, game announcements and creators panels including Final Fantasy’s own Shinji Hashimoto. Other game creators teased include Katsuhiro Harada from Namco, Yoshinori Ono from Capcom and Goichi Suda of Grasshopper Manufacture.
Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday, with over 40,000 feet of PlayStation games, panels, contests and more set for December 6th and 7th. The events will also be livestreamed, so look forward to information on that in the near future.
The next stop for the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival is London – happening this weekend on October 25th. Similar to its outing in Las Vegas, Square Enix will be streaming many of the festivities online in both standard and premium flavors.
For those who wish for a more full experience, a premium high-definition stream can be purchased for $20. Premium buyers will have access to Naoki Yoshida’s keynote, a concert performed by The Primals formed by Masayoshi Soken and other members to play the rock arrangement of the scores from the game, and the closing ceremony. While the content for each region’s event is different, each stream purchase will include access to the moogle attire in-game bonus item.
If you’d rather not pay, and simply enjoy the event panels, Square Enix is also offering a standard definition stream free of charge. That stream will eventually go live at this link.
The next time we’ll be seeing Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and likely Final Fantasy XV has been penciled in for October 31st, Square Enix announced today. In a similar vein to its Emergency Talk Show from Tokyo Game Show, director Hajime Tabata will deliver the latest information on his games as a follow up of Paris Games Week in France as a part of his “Active Time Report”.
The stream will air on Square Enix Presents on October 31st at 20:00 JST. Square Enix is also planning on presenting several guests from the development team.
Tabata will be out making an appearance at Paris Games Week on October 30th with a special presentation centered on Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. Square Enix is giving away limited passes with a chance at the director’s autograph among other surprises.
Square Enix has opened a teaser site for its upcoming Final Fantasy XIV expansion, Heavensward. The site, which can be accessed here, remains barebones for now, but offers a look at the teaser trailer that debuted during the Fan Fest in Las Vegas. More information is expected later this week, when Yoshi-P takes the stage in London to share even more about the blue skies of Ishgard and what players can come to expect.
For all the details on Heavensward, as well as its first trailer, you can read our report here.
Eager fans digging around through the available files found in the recent PC port of Final Fantasy XIII have discovered some of the unfinished content that had been left aside upon the game’s original release. The area, known as the Seventh Ark, was possibly intended as post-launch downloadable content. Within the dungeon, the developers had also placed a Nemesis boss, similar to the fal’Cie Anima players encounter near the beginning of the game. The area inside was eventually later reused in Fina Fantasy XIII-2 for the battle against the demi-fal’Cie Adam.
According to the Final Fantasy XIII Ultimania Omega, Square Enix decided to cut this content because they felt it wasn’t quite up to the quality they wanted and “because of the great differences between the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 network systems.” The Seventh Ark was originally planned to be a quest-like play and free battle area.
Following today’s announcement at the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in Las Vegas, Square Enix has revealed a closer look at many of the new locations soon to be discovered in its first expansion, Heavensward. Game Watch has gotten hold of a number of official screenshots, all from the game’s new trailer, zone concept art, and Ishgard’s town and field locales.
Heavensward will bring with it a number of new additions including a level cap increase to 60, massive new zones, new job classes, primals, dungeons, a new high-end raid and more. Square Enix is expected to share even more information on the upcoming expansion on October 25th during the London side of its Fan Fest activities, with a full release by Spring 2015.