Recent Articles: Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV gets a new gameplay trailer… and a release date will be revealed on March 30

Square Enix has already confirmed that Final Fantasy XV will definitely be released sometime in 2016. But you can’t just announce the release date for a game that’s been in the works for the better part of a decade, you have to make it an event. And that’s just what Square Enix plans to do with “Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV,” a live presentation that promises to uncover everything about the game (including the release date) on March 30.

“Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV” will be hosted by Kinda Funny‘s Greg Miller and Tim Gettys, and fans can reserve a ticket for the event at FinalFantasyXV.com/uncovered beginning February 5. However, Final Fantasy fans who aren’t located in the Los Angeles area will still be able to watch the presentation via YouTube or Twitch.

The whet our appetites until the big arrives, Square Enix released a brand new gameplay trailer for Final Fantasy XV as part of the most recent Active Time Report with Director Hajime Tabata. Viewers will get a look at Noctis and his team infiltrating a Niflheim Base to battle with a bunch of soldiers and a towering Magitek walking tank.

The complete January 2016 episode of Square Enix’s Active Time Report has been embedded after the break. (more…)

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Square Enix: Final Fantasy XV will finally be released in 2016

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2016 is going to be a big year for the Final Fantasy franchise. Remakes and re-releases of both Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy IX are in the works, and Director Hajime Tabata is hard at work on the next game in the series, Final Fantasy XV. The fifteenth Final Fantasy game began life in 2006 as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, an action-oriented (and, at the time, PS3-exclusive) spinoff to Square Enix’s “Fabula Nova Crystallis” project. But after a number of delays, a title change, and a platform change, it looks like Tabata is finally ready to release the game for the PS4 and Xbox One in 2016.

He delivered the good news to Final Fantasy fans everywhere via the Square Enix Blog this morning:

We will finally release FFXV this year, in 2016! In development, previous phases required wisdom and strength. However, moving forward the final phase will focus on effort and willpower.

I vow to you all that every member in the team will do their best to the very last possible moment taking responsibility and pride in their craft.

We will do everything we can do to finish FFXV to create an experience we are incredibly proud of and one that you will enjoy and treasure.

While we still don’t know the exact date of Final Fantasy XV’s release, we do know that Square Enix is planning a simultaneous global launch, a first for the franchise.

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

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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

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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

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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 FinalFantasyXV.com/poll 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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