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.

PlayStation Access runs through 25 minutes of Final Fantasy XV


The folks over at PlayStation Access shared a good bit of Final Fantasy XV on stage today at EGX 2016. Join Hollie Bennett and crew as they once again dive into the beginnings of the game – this time focusing on car customization, leveling up skills through the Ascension grid and mini-games such as fishing and a race with Gladiolus.

This version of the game represents the current public build, playable this weekend at EGX 2016. Final Fantasy XV is due out on November 29 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration has gone gold


Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration has completed development and is ready to ship on October 11, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics revealed today.

The game – which finally sees its release on PlayStation 4 – includes Rise of the Tomb Raider, the new story chapter “Blood Ties”, “Lara’s Nightmare” zombie combat mode, PlayStation VR support for “Blood Ties”, co-op Endurance gameplay, an “Extreme Survivor” difficulty, 5 classic Lara skins, and an outfit and weapon inspired by TR III.

It also includes all of the previously released downloadable content such as “Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch”, “Cold Darkness Awakened”, 12 outfits, 7 weapons, multiple Expedition Card packs, and more.

All of this new content – with the exception of VR support – will be available for PC and Xbox One players as well. Those who own the Season Pass will receive all of it for free starting October 11.

More on Final Fantasy XV’s Shiva


Final Fantasy XV‘s Shiva is a peculiar summon. As you might expect she uses ice abilities but she’s also a bit whimsical in more ways than one.

Summons, or Astrals in Final Fantasy XV, sometimes have certain conditions that need to be met before they’re called upon. For example, you can only use Leviathan near water but Ramuh can be used anywhere. Shiva, however, is a summon who can choose to come to your aid at random times even if you don’t want her to. She certainly has a unique personality, according to director Hajime Tabata.

Additionally, we recently learned Shiva creates a number of illusionary copies of herself while performing her signature move “Diamond Dust.”

Final Fantasy XV is due out on November 29 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Via: Famitsu.

Tabata: Currently no plans for a Final Fantasy XV PS4 Pro bundle


Sorry game fans, it looks like Final Fantasy XV‘s “Luna Edition” hardware is exclusive to the new PlayStation 4 slim model. If you were hoping to get your hands on a Pro version… well, let’s just say it won’t be happening any time soon.

Speaking with Famitsu, director Hajime Tabata says there’s currently no plans to do a collaboration model PlayStation 4 Pro. That said, they are hearing your voices on it.

Of course, Final Fantasy XV will support PlayStation 4 Pro at launch. Tabata says you’ll be able to enjoy the game in 4K resolution on a 4K TV and the natural and brilliant contrast in HDR. He believes PS4 Pro is the way to go for those looking for a “richer game experience.”

Unfortunately he’s yet to share any hard specifics as the team is also focusing on making the standard version the best it can be when it launches on November 29.

Final Fantasy XV details Shiva, Lunafreya in Weekly Jump


shivaFinal Fantasy XV returns to Weekly Jump with a new look at classic series summon Shiva, who was recently revealed at Tokyo Game Show.

When you summon Shiva, she wraps a cold air about her surroundings and an illusionary scene of many Shivas flying about unfolds. As the Ice Queen, her signature move is “Diamond Dust.”

Additionally, the magazine highlights Lunafreya and a particular story scene. The scene depicts the main character Noctis, who has traveled from the crown city of Insomnia to wed his fiance Lunafreya. During his journey, we learn Insomnia was betrayed by the Niflheim Empire. Noctis, who has been pursuing Lunafreya, unsure of her safety following these events, finally meets up with her again…

Via: kazu4281.

Everything you need to know about Final Fantasy XV’s car


One of the big talking points of late around Final Fantasy XV has been its car. Is it on rails? Can the car take damage? What about customization? Director Hajime Tabata answered all these things and more throughout Tokyo Game Show. Speaking with IGN Japan, we now have a clearer idea of what to expect going into the final game.

Final Fantasy XV‘s been designed so that other cars actively avoid the player. While you can crash into them, the Regalia won’t break after sustaining a lot of damage – only visible aspects such as a broken windshield or body damage will be available, though they have no bearing on the car’s actual performance. Final Fantasy XV isn’t an action game like Grand Theft Auto so the car must remain functional at all times.

You will, however, have to fuel up from time to time. You’ve got two choices here: take the car to a gas station or call on Cidney to pick you up for a small fee.

While on the road there’s a few other things to note: you can’t fall off cliffs, you can’t run into enemies with the car and there’s no going off-road – aside from designated dirt roads. You can handle the car freely provided you’re on a road, though, and you can turn around if need be. If you choose to drive on the wrong side of the road, cars will stop but you’ll still crash into them.

The flying Regalia obtained near the end of the game won’t be necessary to complete the main story either. However, Tabata says some additional areas on the world map won’t be accessible without it. When you’re in flight, it’s impossible to run out of fuel. You can’t take the car on water – that’s what chocobos are for since they can swim. There won’t be a car-specific mini-game, but at some point there will be a chase scene with it.

Because this isn’t an action game, it won’t be possible to enter other cars or pick up hitchhikers. You can increase the speed and reduce fuel consumption on the Regalia, though these upgrades won’t be essential to the main story. In effect, these things are there to allow quicker and easier completion of side quests.

On the visual front, you can change the color of the car and add custom stickers. Some of the pre-order bonuses include predetermined designs for this purpose.

While in the car, you can’t change the radio station but you can buy cassette tapes from certain shops to listen to on the road. These include various music from the Final Fantasy series.

There’s also no toll booths in the game. All roads in the game are open to the public and free to drive through.