Here’s a look at Kingdom Hearts III’s Version 1.04 and 1.05 update

Kingdom Hearts III received an update last night on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One that added a much-anticipated Critical Mode as well as some other new features.

Some of those include an update to the Workshop menu where the Synthesize Items section will now display a green check mark for items you create, which helps toward completing the Gummiphone. The Frozen Slider mini-game will display what treasures you have collected when you finish a course, which will help you narrow down what’s missing. The upper limit for photos has now been increased to 200 as well.

When starting a new game, you will have the option of using an existing save data to import any keyblades and selfie poses you’ve previously collected. Critical Mode tweaks a lot of things, including what abilities Sora has access to and when. Right out of the gate you’ll have one called ‘Critical Converter’ that will disable attraction commands and instead always enable a formchange command when filled. Certain battles may still have attraction commands available.

Other small fixes have been made, including additional help text.

We’ve captured most of these updates in the video below:

Final Fantasy XV crossover event ‘A Nocturne for Heroes’ arrives in Final Fantasy XIV tomorrow

Final Fantasy XIV‘s crossover event with Final Fantasy XV begins tomorrow. A Nocturne for Heroes will see what happens when Noctis is transported to Eorzea. New items will be added to the game and include Noctis’s hairstyle, clothes, and a Regalia mount that seats four people.

You can find the quest chain to start the event below.

Via The Lodestone:

“The rumor mill is spinning, and Kipih Jakkya needs the help of an adventurer to uncover the truth for her latest article.”

Location

  • The Man in Black
    From: Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 @ 1:00am Pacific Daylight Time
    To: Monday, May 27th, 2019 @ 7:59am Pacific Daylight Time
    Location: Kipih Jakkya @ Ul’dah, Steps of Nald (X:8.5, Y:9.7)
    Character Requirements: Level 50
    Quest Requirements: The Ultimate Weapon (2.0)

Event Rewards

Final Fantasy XIV also made a collaboration appearance in Final Fantasy XV last year — you can check that out here.

Octopath Traveler headed to Steam on June 7

From Gematsu, Square Enix (albeit in a deleted blog post) has announced that Octopath Traveler will be headed to Steam on June 7th. Formerly a Switch exclusive, the throwback RPG mixed elements of Final Fantasy, Bravely Default, and SaGa series with a unique “2DHD” look that rendered 2D sprites in 3D fields. You’ll be able to purchase the game through Steam or the Square Enix Online Store.

In related news, a smartphone spinoff “Conquerors of the Continent” was recently announced for Japan; no word yet if that will head overseas.

Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers site update shares more information on the expansion

Square Enix updated the Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers official website today with additional information on the game’s features.

Set to release on July 2nd for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Steam, and Mac, Shadowbringers will see the addition of a gunbreaker and dancer job, Viera and Hrothgar races, and more.

We’ve transcribed what’s new below:

Main Scenario:

“Ala Mhigo is at last free from imperial rule, but that liberty may prove fleeting as the Empire moves to both reclaim this bloodied nation and subjugate all of Eorzea.”

“In their hour of need, however, they cannot turn to the Warrior of Light. Nor to the Scions, who yet slumber, their souls adrift. The realm is left to struggle without its saviors, for they have been beckoned beyond time and space─beckoned to the First.”

Here a new adventure begins in a world where light ushers all unto oblivion. But hope is not yet lost, for where there is light there is shadow.”

Journey to the First — Norvrandt

“Hero becomes villain as the Warrior of Light embraces the dark, and embarks upon an adventure that transcends worlds. Pore over these records─learn about the lands and the foes that await─and prepare for the trials ahead.”

“The Flood of Light rendered the vast majority of the First devoid of life, with Norvrandt remaining as the last bastion. Being a reflection of the Source, its climates and environs resemble those of Eorzea, though the cultures of its diverse range of inhabitants have taken an entirely different course over its troubled history.”

Crystarium

“A bustling city that developed around the Crystal Tower in the years following its sudden appearance in Lakeland. It serves as a safe haven for people of all races and creeds as they join hands in the struggle against the merciless sin eaters.”

Eulmore

“With its influence extending across the majority of the isle of Kholusia, this powerful military nation once stood firm against the onslaught of the sin eaters. Recent years have seen a drastic shift in Eulmore’s position, with the wealthy upper classes turning their backs on the plight of the world, indulging in an endless parade of decadence and debauchery.”

Rak’tika

“Once, long before its towering trees were seeds, in this millennia-old forest stood the royal capital of an advanced magical civilization-the Ronkan Empire. The stony remnants of its lost grandeur can still be spied beneath the shadowy boughs.”

Amh Araeng

“It was on the edges of this vast desert, occupying the southern expanse of Norvrandt, that the Flood of Light was halted. Inhospitable from the beginning, it now lies on the threshold of life and all-consuming radiance.”

Il Mheg

“Tucked away in the mountains, this enchanted land was once home to the Kingdom of Voeburt. When men abandoned it following the Flood of Light, it instead became home to the fae folk, the playful and childlike pixies chief among them.”

Kholusia

“The largest island in Norvrandt, the greater part of Kholusia lies under the dominion of Eulmore, the city of final pleasures. Compared to other lands, it is known for experiencing few sin eater attacks, a reputation which draws throngs of refugees to its shores.”

Lakeland

“A verdant region centered around the Source, the great lake whence it derived its name. Rich in aether, this land has long been held sacred by the elves, its original inhabitants. Nowadays, it falls under the aegis of the Crystarium, mankind’s final bastion in the war against the Sin Eaters.”

New Trials & Beast Tribes

Titania

“A being of great power, Titania holds sway over the pixies and other fae folk of Il Mheg─folk who, despite their notoriously temperamental natures, bow before their ruler one and all.”

Innocence

“Innocence sits at the top of the heirarchy of sin eaters─the beings that emerged from the Flood to plague what remains of mankind. Beyond that, its nature and purpose remain shrouded in mystery.”

Beast Tribe: Pixies

“Though they boast a command of magic unrivaled in Norvrandt, pixies generally limit their sphere of activity to Il Mheg, dancing amongst the winds on colorful wings. Do not be fooled, however─they are often as cruel as they are carefree.”

Beast Tribe: Nu Mou

“Though somewhat canine in appearance, the Nu Mou are indeed members of the fae, and make their homes in Il Mheg. They are more fairly disposed toward man than their pixie cousins, however, and maintained close ties with the people of Voeburt in its day.”

Beast Tribe: Dwarves

“This insular tribe dwells upon Mt. Gulg in Kholusia, its diminutive people rarely leaving the community of their birth. Dwarves are known for their skill at mining, metallurgy, and crafting mechanical marvels, but they themselves consider the true marks of dwarfhood to be respect for tradition and adherence to strict ancestral laws.”

New Challenges

“The lands of Norvrandt abound with danger, offering a host of thrilling challenges. As we strive to bring ever richer experiences to the world of FINAL FANTASY XIV, we have invited esteemed guest creators to create a harrowing new story to test the mettle of the realm’s greatest heroes.”

YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse

“This exciting new raid written by guest creators YOKO TARO and Yosuke Saito will see FINAL FANTASY and NieR come together as never before! What grand adventure awaits the enigmatic automaton garbed in white?”

Eden

“Beyond the boundaries of Norvrandt lies the Empty─a land drowned in the primordial light of the Flood. To redress the balance of the elements, our hero must wield a power the likes of which the First has never known. The power of Eden.”

Instanced Dungeons

“As light threatens to engulf Norvrandt, her people would seek sanctuary in shadow. Yet even the dark denies them solace. What new dangers lurk in the dungeons of Shadowbringers?”

New Jobs

Gunbreaker (Tank)

The Hrothgar of northern Ilsabard have passed the art of the gunblade from one generation to the next. The weapon itself combines a sword with a firing mechanism, emitting a range of magical effects by utilizing aetherically imbued cartridges. Originally employed by Queen Gunnhildr’s personal guard, they were once known as “Gunnhildr’s Blades” and differ greatly from the similarly named weapons used in the Garlean Empire.”

Dancer (Ranged DPS)

“From the Near Eastern nation of Thavnair comes a troupe of bewitchingly graceful performers. Though certainly elegant and beautiful, their movements also speak of martial discipline─of a pulsing, persistent energy whose rhythm can inspire souls and soothe troubled hearts. Inured to the hardships of the road, these dancers have learned to land throwing weapons with the same exacting precision as their footfalls, removing any who would obstruct the endless beat of the dance.”

Hrothgar

“Hailing from the distant shores of Ilsabard, the Hrothgar are a burly people of lionlike appearance–or the males are, at least. Females number staggeringly few among their population, and thus are rarely so much as glimpsed by the other races.

The Hrothgar’s imposing countenance–mitigated not at all by their sharp claws and still sharper fangs–incited panic amongst Eorzeans upon their arrival. As they were also unable to communicate, initials reactions with the commonfolk often escalated into conflict. It was not until the Hrothgar gained mastery of the common tongue that fears were allayed, and in time they would be as neighbors, welcome in all corners of the realm.”

Helions

“Hrothgar of the Helion clan are easily discerned from their counterparts by the warm color of their fur. In ages past, they could be found primarily in the southern region of Ilsabard, devout servants of their queen, one and all. Though they themselves had no word to describe their clan, scholars came to call them “Helions” after observing how the people’s lives all but revolved around their queen’s needs, as planets circle the sun.”

The Lost

“Unlike their Helion brethren, the Lost have always been a free-spirited people, aptly named for their traditionally nomadic lifestyle unbound by the whims of the reigning monarch. They are known to ply various trades–from seasonal worker, to mercenary, to peddler. They are reluctant, however, to undertake duties at odds with their propensity to travel. The cold, wintry colors of their fur are said to serve as a symbol of their independent nature, which drove them far from the warm embrace of their queen.”

Viera

“Of tall stature and slender frame, the Viera’s physical appearance is strikingly similar to that of the Hyur and Elezen, save for their distinctive long ears. Adhering to a strict code known as the Green Word, they are prohibited from contact with the outside world under threat of exile. Their society is purely matriarchal, and males of age are seldom, if ever, found within the bounds of any village. They instead serve as protectors of the wood from the shadows, that no evil may ever encroach on their sacred lands.”

Rava

“Viera of the Rava clan live primarily in the Golmore Jungle, their umber skin allowing them to readily blend in with their surroundings. Though the males stand as wards of the forest, the females are adept hunters in their own right, fiercely guarding their homes and their young. Despite attempts by the Dalmascans to subjugate them, they have ever maintained a self-governing dominion. Though most would adhere to the traditions of the wood, some few have chosen to venture out into the world.”

Veena

“With skin as fair as the snowcapped mountains towering above, the Veena clan make their homes in the forests lining the southwestern foothils of the Skatay Range. Like the members of their sister clan, the Veena live as hunters and gatherers, laboring not only to protect the woods, but to nurture them. As the winds of war swept up a number of those who left their mountain homes, many such hardened hunters chose to set out for the distant shores of Eorzea.”

Hideo Baba departs Square Enix’s Studio Istolia

Studio Istolia president Hideo Baba has left the Square Enix Group as of the end of March, per an official statement today. The offshoot studio was in the throes of developing Project Prelude Rune, which is revealed last year as a RPG for PlayStation 4 using the Unreal engine.

While there’s no word on the fate of the project and Studio Istolia, Baba stated he would support the team from background.

Dragon Quest animated movie gets a debut trailer, opens in Japan on August 2nd

Dragon Quest Your Story is headed to theaters in Japan on August 2nd. Announced earlier this year, it’s an animated movie based on Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride.

The film’s script and direction will be helmed by Takashi Yamazaki, whose other films include Doraemon: Stand by Me and Parasyte. andMusic composed by Koichi Sugiyama and performed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Yuji Horii, the creator of the Dragon Quest series, will supervise the project.

The first trailer dropped today. Check it out below: