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Final Fantasy XV Has Been Delayed to Avoid “Substantial” Day-One Patch

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Much to the disappointment of everyone who preordered “Final Fantasy XV,” (this family included), Square Enix has officially confirmed that they have delayed the release until the end of November.

“Final Fantasy XV” was supposed to release in early September but developers have decided to push the release until November 29.

In a video released on the official Final Fantasy XV YouTube channel, the game’s director, Hajime Tabata, assured gamers that the “master version” of the game was ready, but that the team wanted to make the “highest quality version” of the game available to everyone, including those who didn’t have their consoles connected to the internet.

According to the video, the main reason to delay release was to prevent players from having to download a huge patch immediately as it releases. Tabata said he’s opting to delay the game entirely and include the patch with the base game at release.

If there is one thing that gamers hate, its a huge day one patch. They are frustrating and often feel avoidable.So in the end, hopefully this delay is for the better.

You can watch Tabata’s whole announcement below.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Set To Be Multi-Part Series

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I am not really sure why Square Enix thinks this is a good idea other than “Hobbit Syndrome” and the knowledge they can make a lot more money with this approach, however, the game developer has announced that the upcoming remake of “Final Fantasy VII” will be released as a multi-part series rather than one game.

According to the announcement from Square Enix, the highly anticipated remake (And by highly I mean for like 10 years of begging and pleading for a remake) will be “told across a multi-part series, with each entry providing its own unique experience.”

Yoshinori Kitase, the producer of the remake, and  director Tetsuya Nomura, have shared a few more details about the companies decision to release in multiple parts.

“I don’t want the remake to end as something nostalgic. I want to get the fans of the original version excited. We’ll be making adjustments to the story with this feeling in mind.”

In the remake, they confirmed there ill be three-member parties in Final Fantasy VII Remake and free switching between them, and while the ATB gauge will be present, it won’t be the type that fills up while you wait to attack but instead its own system that “lends to the action of this game.”

Nomura adds,

“Regarding the battle speed and tempo, for the sake of a stress-free battle, we want to do something on the level of Dissidia Final Fantasy. As far as the degree of action goes, it’s Dissidia Final Fantasy, then Kingdom Hearts, then Final Fantasy VII Remake. There won’t be any actions that require a technique. By using the new system, we want to do action battles while also being able to fight while thinking strategically.”

Kitase also explains why it took so long for a remake to happen in the first place.

“One of the main reasons why we haven’t done a remake until now is because it’s a massive undertaking to reconstruct Final Fantasy VII from the ground up with the current technology,” said Kitase. “To a great extent, we just couldn’t take the plunge. Producing a proper HD remake of Final Fantasy VII that maintains the same feeling of density of the original results in a volume of content that couldn’t possibly fit into one installment.”

 

The reasoning behind breaking up the game into multiple parts seems to come from how extensive they have made each and every level of the remake.

“If we were to try to fit everything into one installment, we would have to cut various parts and create a condensed version of Final Fantasy VII. But there would be no point in doing that,” added Nomura. “For instance, players will be able to explore many different areas of Midgar in this game that they couldn’t access in the original─if we’re remaking this world, we want to add in areas like this and depict them with real detail. Of course, there may be parts that are cut from the original for various reasons, but with all the new depiction that we’re adding to the game and the level of detail we’re incorporating, the overall amount of content is only going to increase. I’m sure everyone is anxious about the schedule, and we want everyone to get to play the game as soon as possible, too. Drawing the line on that front is another reason why we’re taking this approach.”

No additional details about the game were provided, including any kind of price or release timing for part one or even if how many parts there would be and how long gamers can expect to wait between each release.

Nomura added,

“To those who played the original version will know the important parts and understand the story from the beginning to the end. Also for these people, I hope that they can be surprised once again. I don’t want the remake to end as something nostalgic,” said Kitase. “I want to get the fans of the original version excited. We’ll be making adjustments to the story with this feeling in mind.”

“Final Fantasy VII Remake” was first announced at E3. Unfortunately it has been reported that the original composer won’t be involved. However, yesterday, Square Enix revealed some admittedly gorgeous new footage. You can watch the video below:

Final Fantasy Themed Restaurant Found in Tokyo

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Earlier this year, Tokyo opened the second coolest themed restaurant in the world. The newly opened “Final Fantasy” themed restaurant is attracting tourists from all over the world. The restaurant is a joint collaboration between the Pasela Resorts company and Square Enix, and is called Eorzea Cafe.

The Eorza Cafe can be found in the Akihabara district of Tokyo and is specifically based on the world of Final Fantasy XIV. Game director Naoki Yoshida was on hand to help celebrate the cafe’s opening, and even tended bar for lucky fans of both the game and alcohol.

The inside of the restaurant is decorated with swords found in the game and even Moogles because of course there are.

The cafe’s official website can be found here, but it’s entirely in Japanese

Final Fantasy Explorers Announced for 3DS

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The Nintendo 3DS is getting a new “Final Fantasy” game. According to Jump Magazine, “Final Fantasy Explorers” is a multiplayer role-playing game that is currently in development for the 3DS.

In the new installment, the game will see players as they search for crystals while fighting Summons, which you might remember as the magical creatures that have appeared in Final Fantasy titles since FF III. As an explorer you will be able to level up in a variety of jobs including our favorites the Black Mage, White Mage, Knight, and Monk.

According to the announcement, the goal of “Final Fantasy Explorers” is to defeat the different generations of Summons the player finds such as Ifrit, the fire elemental creature present in several series entries.

Currently, there is no official release date but we do know that Square Enix is the official developer.

In other “Final Fantasy” news, at E3 Square Enix announced that it will allow same ex marriage in “Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.” They also showed two new classes: the rogue, which in turn allows players to specialize in the ninja job.

Final Fantasy III Coming to PC

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Square Enix has announced that “Final Fantasy III” is finally heading to Steam. The upcoming PC version will have upgraded graphics and improved 3D visuals and story sequences. There will also be new visual designs of Job Mastery cards. Steam trading cards and achievements will be included.

“Final Fantasy III” was initially released in Japan in 1990 and eventually had a worldwide release as a 3D remake on Nintendo DS in 2007.

The story revolves around four orphaned youths drawn to a crystal of light. The crystal grants them some of its power, and instructs them to go forth and restore balance to the world. Not knowing what to make of the crystal’s pronouncements, but nonetheless recognizing the importance of its words, the four inform their adoptive families of their mission and set out to explore and bring back balance to the world.

There is no release date or price for the PC Steam release.

Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster Coming in March 2014

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Square Enix has officially announced the release date for Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster. The release will hit the PlayStation 3 on March 18, 2014 in North America and March 21, 2014 in Europe. At the moment, no release date for the Vita has been confirmed.

Two of the most acclaimed “Final Fantasy” adventures of all time are back on one disc. Return to the world of Spira, the sport of Blitzball and fall in love with a cast of fan favorite characters including Tidus and Yuna, looking better than you’ve ever seen them before. The creators’ original vision is stunningly realised with today’s technology to deliver the definitive versions of these classic RPGs.

Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster will be available for both the PS3 and Vita in Japan on December 26.

You can watch the new Tidus & Yuna trailer below:

Final Fantasy 12 HD for PS Vita Hinted by Square Enix

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Square Enix, you know the company behind almost all the RPG’s you love, recently expressed interest in developing “Final Fantasy XII” for the Playstation Vita. During an interview with Play Magazine, Final Fantasy producer Yoshinori Kitase spoke about his reasons for wanting to re-release the critically-acclaimed JRPG for Sony’s latest handheld platform Continue reading Final Fantasy 12 HD for PS Vita Hinted by Square Enix

Final Fantasy Agito To Be Released On iOS and Android This Winter

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Square Enix recently announced their upcoming mobile game, “Final Fantasy Agito.” The announcement was in this week’s issue of Famitsu Magazine and it was revealed that the new release will be a free-to-play app for iOS and Android. Continue reading Final Fantasy Agito To Be Released On iOS and Android This Winter

Final Fantasy XIV PS3 Players Will Be Able to Transfer to PS4 For Free

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Final Fantasy PS3 players can rejoice and breathe easier. Square Enix has officially confirmed that PS3 owners of the MMO “Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn” will be able to transfer to the PlayStation 4 version for free. According to Square Enix, all characters will have the ability to be moved between the two versions.  Continue reading Final Fantasy XIV PS3 Players Will Be Able to Transfer to PS4 For Free