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Final Fantasy XV will be released in every territory on the same date


Final Fantasy XV is expected to be released sometime in 2016. We don’t yet know the exact date, but we now know that the game will receive a simultaneous global launch… a first for the series. Director Hajime Tabata confirmed the good news to to GameSpot during last week’s Gamescom expo:

“This may be something that we are little bit embarrassed to talk about, but really, this is the first time that we’ve done a packaged, standalone Final Fantasy game with a simultaneous global launch, so we didn’t have the setup to deal with that, really. The first thing we had to do was rearrange our internal structure to create something that could do that. That was the first important work on the project.”

Typically, it takes three-to-six months after its Japanese launch for a game in the Final Fantasy series to make its English-language debut. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is the most recent game in the series (not counting Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and its expansion) and it made it across the Pacific in a relatively quick two months and 21 days.

Final Fantasy XV is in development for the PS4 and Xbox One.

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New Final Fantasy XV trailer is all about fathers and sons… and a 2016 release date is teased

Square Enix released a new trailer for Final Fantasy XV at the 2015 Gamescom expo that is all about fathers and sons. Specifically, about the “strong bond” that exists between King Regis and his son, the Crown Prince Noctis. It is Noctis who ventures out into the world with his comrades after the Niflheim army attacks his homeland of Lucis. Can he save the world? Probably, as this trailer tells us, he is the chosen one after all.

I gotta say, I really enjoy the traffic jam with its bizarre mix of coupes from the 1930s sitting alongside modern supercars, all being directed by knights in full plate armor carrying machine guns.

If you were hoping that Square Enix would announce a release date for Final Fantasy XV, you’re unfortunately out of luck. But GameSpot did have a sitdown with Director Hajime Tabata during the show, who said that the game won’t be released this year, but “It’s going to be before [2017].” So if it’s not out this year and 2017 is too late, that means we’ll probably be playing Final Fantasy XV sometime in 2016.

However, Tabata also said an official release date announcement would likely take place during this year’s PAX Prime expo.

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Star Wars: Battlefront has captured the most nominations at 2015 Gamescom Awards


Germany’s Digital Gaming Culture Foundation (Stiftung Digitale Spielekultur) has announced the nominees for this year’s Gamescom Awards… and Star Wars: Battlefront has Force Pushed its way to the top of the pack. DICE’s shooter sequel was able to collection four nominations including “Best Console Game – PlayStation 4,” “Best PC Game,” “Best Action Game,” and “Best Online Multiplayer Game.”

Battlefront was able to move slightly ahead of the pack, as a small handful of games received three nominations apiece. Final Fantasy XV, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Super Mario Maker, Skylanders SuperChargers, and Guitar Hero Live are all up for three awards.

Even if you’re not one of the jury members for the Gamescom Awards, you can have an influence on the results. The general public can vote for any game on display at the expo for a Most Wanted Consumer Award using the Gamescom app.

The winners of this year’s Gamescom Awards will be announced on August 7. The full list of nominees can be found after the break. (more…)

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Square Enix ships 1 million copies of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on the back of FF15 demo


It’s an undisputed fact that including a demo of a hugely popular game will help sell copies of a possibly less-anticipated title. It worked for Zone of the Enders back in the PS2 days and it worked for Crackdown nearly ten years ago. Now, Square Enix has shown that it worked for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD too.

The action RPG was released for the PS4 and Xbox One on March 17, packaged with a playable demo of Final Fantasy XV. Since then, Square Enix has shipped more than one million copies of the title to retailers worldwide.

To celebrate the good news, and to update fans on Final Fantasy XV’s progress, Director Hajime Tabata will host a special “Active Time Report” through Square Enix’s Twitch channel on April 27 at 11:00 PM (Pacific Time). If you’re interested in providing Tabata will feedback on the Final Fantasy XV demo, there’s still time. Head over to to voice your opinion now.

If you haven’t picked up Final Fantasy Type-0 HD yet, copies of the Final Fantasy XV demo-containing “Day One Edition” are still available at most retailers.

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Square Enix will offer Collector’s Edition of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

Square Enix has announced the Collector’s Edition of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, which costs $99.99 and comes with a golden steelbook case, a soundtrack by the composer, a manga giving details on the characters and world, an art book, five life-size replica copies of Ace’s Cards, and a code to play the demo for Final Fantasy XV.

Regardless of which version of the game you pre-order, you are automatically entered into the Collector’s Edition Sweepstakes to win “exciting prizes,” including a custom next-gen console, Ace and Noctis art, a Vermilion Bird lapel pin, and more, according to the PlayStation Blog. Square Enix also announced that Director Hajime Tabata will be doing a Reddit AMA on January 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM (Pacific Time).

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will be released on March 17, 2015 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Final Fantasy XV’s TGS 2014 trailer has been translated into English

Remember that wild trailer that Square Enix released for Final Fantasy XV during the Tokyo Game Show? Well, we finally get to hear the English voice actors and understand what’s going on. I mean, as much as anyone can ever understand what’s happening in a Final Fantasy trailer.

Final Fantasy XV might be released next year on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Square Enix wants you to “Enter the Fray” in new Final Fantasy Type-0 trailer

Square Enix just released an awesome new trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 to kick off Paris Games Week. It’s surprisingly violent, truly beautiful, and it looks like every YA novel I’ve ever loved. You get to play as teenagers with special magic abilities who are fighting against the aggressive country that has taken them over. I mean come on.

I, for one, cannot wait to control the fourteen students of Class Zero and fight against my oppressors. Final Fantasy Type-0 will be out on March 17, 2015 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Pre-ordering the game also gives you access to a demo for Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae (when it’s available). So. Much. Final. Fantasy.

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Final Fantasy XV gets a TGS 2014 trailer; Tetsuya Nomura steps down as director

Square Enix showed a trailer for Final Fantasy XV yesterday at the Tokyo Game Show and… what is happening, are they driving a car? The prince is sleeping? What am I even watching? I don’t even know what’s going on, and I’m still excited anyway. The game will be released for PS4 and Xbox One, and while there’s no release date, there will be a playable demo packaged with Final Fantasy Type-0 when it comes out on March 17, 2015.

Square Enix also announced that director Tetsuya Nomura will be replaced by Hajime Tabata, allowing Nomura to “focus his full efforts as the director of other highly anticipated titles, including Kingdom Hearts III.” That’s a lot of serious announcements for one day. Thanks, Square Enix!

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