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 Explorers screenshots show off new legacy characters, classes, more

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Square Enix has updated the Final Fantasy Explorers official website, revealing new classes, trance cameos, and summon monsters. Engineers use a gun to attack from long range and have the ability to induce status effects. Red Mages are well-rounded fighters who can use physical attacks and many magic types.

Bartz (FF5), Tidus (FF10), and Yuna (FF10-2) have been revealed to be available transformations for use with the Trance ability. Finally, series’ classic summons Odin and Leviathan, as well as newcomer Amaterasu are newly revealed summon monsters waiting to be conquered. We also have the first artwork and screenshots for the bard, who uses song to a variety of effects such as healing or boosting the status of allies.

Finally, the Crystal Drive system has been introduced, which allows players to chain attacks as well the ability to call a summon creature for assistance performing a finishing move. Everything’s in the gallery below.

Final Fantasy Explorers releases in Japan on December 18th. A localized release has not been announced.

Listen to a clean version of the new Final Fantasy XV trailer music

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The official Final Fantasy XV website has updated with a clean version of the musical track heard in the most recent trailer. The song, composed by Yoko Shimomura, was arranged, orchestra recorded and mixed by SoundtRec Boston of Video Game Orchestra fame and who have also recently recorded the soundtracks for both Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

The song can be heard directly on the game’s website, or downloaded directly here in its entirety. Final Fantasy XV is currently in development, with a demo due out some time next year. Access to the demo is being bundled with copies of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, which releases on March 17th to be downloaded at a later date.

Square Enix teased for the PlayStation Experience in December

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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.

Final Fantasy XIV London Fan Festival livestream up for purchase

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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.

Director Tabata’s Active Time Report to air on Square Enix Presents October 31st

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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.

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward teaser site opens

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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.