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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!
The story in Capcom’s Deep Down will bounce back and forth between the glossy future of 2094 and the demonic catacombs of 1494. But how these two time periods relate to each other is still a big mystery.
The PS4 game’s later trailer, released to coincide with the Tokyo Game Show, doesn’t give us any new hints, but it does give us another look at one of 2015’s most intriguing games.
Square Enix has announced they will release Final Fantasy Type-0 HD in the US on March 17, 2015. Are you still a little shaky on what Type-0 HD entails? Square Enix has helpfully provided this description for the PS4/Xbox One title:
Step into the fray as Class Zero, a group of fourteen students from an elite military academy whose country is attacked by an aggressive neighboring Empire. Using the powerful abilities and magic of all fourteen characters in fast-paced action RPG combat, players must face the brutality and injustices of war to uncover the secrets of its genesis.
As a further incentive to entice fans to take a chance on their latest Final Fantasy spinoff, Square Enix will include a Final Fantasy XV demo download code inside each copy of Type-0 HD.
Type-0 HD has undergone quite a few changes in its odyssey towards America. Originally announced as Final Fantasy Agito XIII, it began life as a PSP entry in Square Enix’s “Fabula Nova Crystallis” franchise. After a name change, it was released in Japan in 2011. Owing to its handheld roots, Type-0 was initially rumored to move to the Vita before Square Enix announced the PS4/Xbox One port at this year’s E3 Expo.
So four years later (and nine since its initial announcement), we’ll get a chance to see what the fuss is about.
Square Enix has announced their Tokyo Game Show 2014 lineup (helpfully translated by Siliconera) and it looks like two of the publisher’s popular mobile titles will be making the leap to the PlayStation Vita.
Rise of Mana is the latest game in the long-running Mana series and it has been available for mobile devices in Japan since March. The free-to-play title includes full controllers support and in-app microtransactions. A North American release has yet to be announced, but perhaps the Vita version will spur Square Enix into action.
Meanwhile, Deadman’s Cross is a card-based battler that takes place during a zombie uprising which is currently available in English on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store for Android. Again, the Vita version was not announced for an American release, but with an English-language port already out there, it’s very possible.
Square Enix will showcase more than a dozen games at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, which begins on September 18. The list includes multiple new entries in the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy franchises as well as Bravely Second.
Sega announces Yakuza Zero… only for Japan
Sega announced the latest game in the Yakuza series, Yakuza Zero, over the weekend for the PS3 and PS4. For now, that’s all we know, though Sega did promise to reveal more about the game during next month’s Tokyo Game Show.
Sega has released ten games in the Yakuza series, but only five have made their way to America (2012’s Yakuza: Dead Souls was the most recent). A pair of spinoffs that focus on the ancestors of main character Kazuma Kiryu, a pair of PSP adventures that focus on side characters, and Yakuza 5, the fifth game in the “main series” remain exclusive to Japan (where the series is known as “Like A Dragon” because of Kiryu’s elaborate tattoo). Because of this release history, it’s unknown if Sega has any plans to localize Yakuza Zero.
Hopefully the answer is yes, and hopefully we’ll find out next month.
The Last Guardian was a no-show at this year’s Gamescom convention, and it looks like it won’t be on display at the Tokyo Game Show either. Speaking to Eurogamer, Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida confirmed that the game just isn’t ready for a public unveiling:
“Will we see [The Last Guardian] at Tokyo Game Show?” we asked Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida in an interview today.
“I don’t think so,” was his response. “Sorry.”
According to Yoshida, the development team is “making great progress.” They also have a time frame in mind for when they want to re-announce the game, but apparently that time is not now.
And what about those rumors that the game will make the jump to the PS4? Yoshida chose not to comment, but come on, Sony is not going to release a major exclusive like The Guardian solely for the PS3 in 2015 or 2016 or whenever it’ll make its way to store shelves.