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.

Dragon Quest Heroes “The Heroes You Know” trailer

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Square Enix has released a new trailer today for Dragon Quest Heroes – taking a look at the game’s cast of characters both original and classic Dragon Quest alike.

Those heading to PAX Prime this weekend can test their skills against the Gigantes battle demos, located at Square Enix’s booth (#3646) and pick up a free slime-themed fan as well as a visit to the Slime Wall to smash slime bubbles.

Dragon Quest Heroes will launch exclusively for PS4 in North America on October 13. In addition to a “Day One” edition that includes several bonus items, Square Enix is offering a Collector’s Edition through their online store.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition revealed for North America

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Rise of the Tomb Raider is getting its own Collector’s Edition, Square Enix announced today. Available exclusively online for Xbox One, this version of the game comes packed with a 12-inch tall statue of Lara Croft, a model of the jade necklace that was Lara’s first archeological discovery, a leather replica of her in-game journal and a collectible steel book case.

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Priced at $149.99, fans can pre-order the Collector’s Edition directly from the official Tomb Raider store.

Rise of the Tomb Raider is set to launch for Xbox One and Xbox 360 on Nov. 10, 2015, and is coming to other platforms in 2016. The Square Enix e-store is offering free shipping for the domestic lower 48 states while Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and international orders get $10 off the shipping fee.

Square Enix is “currently working out the battle system” for Final Fantasy VII Remake

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Final Fantasy VII Remake is well underway – and now it seems its staff are willing to chime in freely on it from time to time heading in the latter part of the year. Speaking in Famitsu this week, the game’s producer Yoshinori Kitase gave a few words on its in-progress battle system and what they’re trying to accomplish going forward into a “full remake” of the title.

“We’re starting to see the visual direction,” he explained. “On the other hand, we’re currently working out the battle system and such through trial-and-error.”

“Since there’s a possibility that the command battle system of the old days might not work today, we’re thinking hard about what kind of direction we can take it.

“Normally, when you do a remake, it becomes somewhere along the lines of a familiar action RPG, so we’re looking at how we can put out something like Final Fantasy VII while still surprising players.

While fans have already been told to expect an official update this upcoming Winter, Kitase asked the interviewer not to question him about the game’s current progress. It seems there is quite a ways to go indeed.

Via: Gematsu.

Final Fantasy XIV Letter from the Producer Live XXIV summary

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With Heavensward well underway, it’s time to look forward to the next bit of content that will be available for Final Fantasy XIV. During the game’s 14-hour broadcast celebrating its two year anniversary, producer/director Naoki Yoshida and staff shared a few details on what fans can expect in the first part of their Patch 3.1 updates.

The patch – though without a concrete launch date – will introduce more of the main scenario following the events of 3.0. A new side quest called Saint Endalim Scholasticate will also be included along with Vanu Vanu beast tribe quests. Players will also have the ability to venture into two new dungeons: Saint Mocianne Arboretum and the Pharos Sirius (Hard).

Following previous odd-numbered patches, 3.1 will see the release of the next 24-man raid content. Known as the Void Ark, this new dungeon can currently be seen at times floating in the Sea of Clouds. It will have the same loot system as the previous World of Darkness. The team will also be introducing a new primal, with further details coming with next week’s Rising anniversary seasonal event.

As previously teased, the Gold Saucer will see new additions – namely a new attraction called Lord of Verminion. It started out as an April Fools joke but has evolved into a real thing, according to Yoshida. It’s here players can battle it out with their minions in an RTS-style competition. New Triple Triad cards and MGP payouts will also be adjusted.

The current Free Company airship voyages system will soon have the ability to explore uncharted islands where you can fight strong enemies. Those without alliance to a FC can use this feature by visiting Ishgard.

Personal housing will also see some updates, including the ability to adjust visitor entry, lighting fixtures and reclaim inactive housing. FCs will be able to change their names in 3.1 as well.

The team has finally found a way for glamours to occupy multiple slots at once. They’ll also be instituting an option to try on multiple items as opposed to the current one item limitation.

Outside of specific 3.1 updates, Yoshida noted that several adjustments will be made to the Monk and Astrologian classes. Beginning in Patch 3.07 players will also be able to see other party members’ TP in the party list. This comes with the shifting of the party bonus bar to an in-menu location.

European data centers are also scheduled to open sometime in mid-October. Square Enix will be taking several existing worlds rather than creating new ones to the new servers, of which will be subject to 3-5 day maintenance downtime.

The rest of the updates and official translations can be read over at the Lodestone.

A lone Final Fantasy XV screenshot

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Square Enix has – for whatever reason – released a single Final Fantasy XV image on their press site this morning depicting the malboro we saw some weeks ago at Gamescom.

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The company will be bringing the game in the form of its Episode Duscae 2.0 offering to PAX Prime next weekend. There, director Hajime Tabata will also be present for the latest Active Time Report where he’ll share “a few personal stories about the development of the game” and “some insights into the recently revealed trailer.” The panel is set to run from 4:30PDT to 5:30PDT and will be live streamed on Square Enix’s own Twitch channel.

Square Enix bringing a load of playables to PAX Prime 2015

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Square Enix has announced their full lineup for this year’s PAX Prime – the annual Seattle trade show running from August 28th through the 31st.

A number of playable demo units will be available at the event including:

  • Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below (PS4)
  • Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS)
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (PS4, PS3, PC)
  • Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae 2.0 (PS4, XBO)
  • Just Cause 3 (PS4, XBO, PC)
  • Lara Croft GO (iOS, Android)
  • Life is Strange (PS4, XBO, PS3, 360, PC)

The company will also be putting on several panels including the likes of Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy XIV, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Hitman, most of which will be live streamed on respective Twitch channels as well as the main PAX Twitch account. Final Fantasy fans can specifically look forward to the following:

    Final Fantasy XIV: Koji & Soken’s Wild Ride
    Grand Hyatt Seattle Hydra Room 12:00 p.m. – 1:00p.m., Saturday, August 29

    Live Stream: Twitch

    Join Final Fantasy XIV Sound Director Masayoshi Soken and Localization Lead Michael-Christopher Koji Fox as they discuss the music and lore of Final Fantasy XIV! What does Soken have up his sleeve? You won’t want to miss out.

    Final Fantasy XV Active Time Report LIVE
    Grand Hyatt Seattle Hydra Room 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saturday, August 29

    Live Stream: Twitch

    Fans will be in for a treat as Final Fantasy XV Director Hajime Tabata will be taking the stage in North America for the first time at PAX Prime as part of the ongoing Active Time Reports. In addition to sharing a few personal stories about the development of the game, he will be sharing some insights into the recently revealed trailer. Join us on Saturday as we discuss one of the most highly anticipated games from Square Enix.

Additionally, limited quantities of the Final Fantasy XIV “Before the Fall” original soundtrack and the “From Astral to Umbral” arrangement album will be available for purchase at the booth.