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.

The original Dragon Quest out now on mobile platforms


After a 14 year hiatus, the original Dragon Quest is making a come back to American shores through both Android and iOS platforms. Originally released outside Japan as Dragon Warrior for the Nintendo Entertainment System and later on for the Game Boy Color, Dragon Quest players begin their voyage as the “Hero,” a descendent of the valiant hero Erdrick. As they journey through the historic realm of Alefgard, players must tackle fearsome foes and adventure through perplex dungeons on their way to the trepid Dragonlord’s lair. After defeating an abundance of enemies, players can explore greater distances and complete additional quests.

“Dragon Quest is an extremely pivotal title within the industry; not only was it one of the first highly successful turn-based RPG’s, but it also spawned the successful franchise and set the standard for all other role-playing video games,” said Noriyoshi Fujimoto, the producer of the mobile Dragon Quest series. “We are thrilled to bring the legend of Dragon Quest to mobile devices and cannot wait for new and old fans to rediscover the RPG that won the hearts of two generations.”

Dragon Quest is out now on the App Store and Google Play for the reasonable price of $2.99.

There’s a new secret movie in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX


Less than a month out until its domestic release in Japan, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX has already found its way into the hands of reviewers in Japan. The first outlet making the rounds is Dengeki Online, who’ve posted an extensive overview on their own site as well as the discovery of a brand-new secret ending unrelated to anything found in the originals.

Finding this video seems relatively simple: all you need to do is watch the two hours of cinematic cutscenes for Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded. More specifically, according to Dengeki, “In the DS version of Kingdom Hearts Re:coded there was a secret movie that was a pull towards KH 3D [Dream Drop Distance], which is of course included in this title too. Furthermore, and this is between you and us, but if you look at all the cutscenes you’ll see there’s a second secret movie… It’s a completely new cutscene of content that’s a must-see for fans, so please check it out with your own two eyes!”

The official Kingdom Hearts website will posting other Japanese reviews in the weeks leading up to release, which is due out on October 2nd in several standard and limited edition flavors. The game will arrive in the West this December.

Via: KH Insider.

Final Fantasy’s online realms explored in the newest Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call trailer


With Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call due out next week in the West, Square Enix has prepared yet another video chronicling the online worlds of Final Fantasy, found in both Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Their inclusion in Curtain Call is a but a small taste of what players of both games love and respect, but the persistent worlds of Vana’diel and Eorzea allow players to realize the rolls of warriors, mages, craftsmen, and adventurers.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call is due out on September 16th for the Nintendo 3DS in North America. Those who pre-order the game from retailers like Amazon will receive a bonus Remix Selections CD of five music tracks. Additionally, fans can download a free demo of the game from the 3DS eShop.

Final Fantasy XIV Patch 2.38 out next week


Final Fantasy XIV’s next in-between patch will arrive next week, Square Enix revealed today. Per a post on the Lodestone, players can expect a little bit of server downtime as the team readies for the arrival of several new features including personal housing and the next step in the Zodiac Weapon quest line. Maintenance is scheduled to take place from Sep. 15, 2014 8:00 p.m. to Sep. 16, 2014 4:00 a.m. (PDT).

Square Enix will also be making adjustments to some existing gear during this time. Ramuh’s Judgment rings, for example, will increase their item level from 100 to 110, making them some of the best items in the game ahead of Patch 2.4′s launch some time next month. More on Patch 2.4 is expected to be shared at Tokyo Game Show next week.

Final Fantasy World Wide Words announced for mobile

The latest Final Fantasy spin-off heading to mobile platforms is called Final Fantasy: World Wide Words, Famitsu reveals this week. According to the magazine, Square Enix is preparing a “text-input battle RPG” where players will take on enemies by using the power of words that appear on screen. The game is set to feature a large variety of characters and references from the Final Fantasy series, seen in the same style both Theatrhythm games made use of. The RPG side of World Wide Words will include elements such as leveling up, and a Decoration feature that allows players to add other words on top of words to increase its powers.

Set to arrive on September 16th for Android in Japan, Final Fantasy: World Wide Words will also launch at some point in the future for iOS.

Dragon Quest XI being developed in tandem with Dragon Quest Heroes


Dragon Quest Heroes isn’t the only Dragon Quest title in development, according to series creator Yuji Horii. Speaking with Famitsu this week, Horii shared details surrounding the newly announced Action RPG and what it means for the eventual Dragon Quest XI.

In development as a collaboration between Square Enix and Koei Tecmo, Dragon Quest Heroes uses the concept of an invasion of one million Dragon Quest monsters, varying in shape and size, with battles themselves inspired by Koei’s own ARPG Toukiden. The game started development last year at Omega Force, who remains under the direct supervision of Square Enix staff. Horii himself is also said to have taken on a fairly hands-on role in the game’s development.

Dragon Quest Heroes will also feature a number of arrangements from other Dragon Quest games and classic sounds such as the level up chime will be included as well.

Lastly, Horii confirmed the next numbered entry in the series is also in development, although first he would like you to play Dragon Quest Heroes to build up a little bit of excitement before that next title comes out.

Dragon Quest Heroes is launching on both PS3 and PS4 in Japan by Spring 2015.