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Square Enix releases Fabula Nova Crystallis TGS trailer

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Update: Gametrailers provides us with a gorgeous HD version of this trailer, and both Tabata and Nomura commented, using the 3rd Birthday’s Twitter on the release of this trailer as well:

"The opening is a pre-rendered scene of Noctis running in realtime hardware. It’s possible to move around on foot but most people will choose going by car. Also Noct’s speed in the battle against Behemoth was slow but you can control the pace of the battle which wasn’t on the preview"  

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The main characters’ actions, Golem and Ifrit coming down to the battle field, smashing enemy soldiers with blizzard. The details are a secret, but they’re all important elements for Agito. The area where the Chocobo is running is the world map."

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Today Square Enix released the Versus XIII/Agito XIII TGS clips in high quality for Japanese Square Enix Members.  The footage quickly made its way to YouTube, similar to the earlier leaked footage, so you can see and enjoy it below.

The trailer also emphasizes the Fabula Nova Crystallis conference on 11.01.2011. While not officially confirmed, we believe that this event is intended for global press across Japan, North America and Europe and will feature a multitude of other Square Enix titles besides Final Fantasy Agito XIII/Versus XIII. As always, we will be covering this event with all of our Final Fantasy power.

 

Useful links:

Official Final Fantasy Versus XIII site (Not updated since January 9, 2009)

Official Final Fantasy Agito XIII site (Not updated since January 9, 2009)

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Even more Final Fantasy Versus XIII details

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Most sites seem to forget that Twitter is the most useful source of information on Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Earlier this week, Nomura went Twitter all over again and posted some new information about Versus XIII. We apologize for the delay of this little information breakout, in Versus’ terms, but better late than never

Even with a new and easier interface, Twitter remained its 140 character count and thus, the information Nomura provided isn’t that detailed, though I’m sure that it was done on purpose. Nevertheless, there are plenty of new; albeit confusing, things to be learned.

"Yesterday, we had meetings about three sections — maps, events and battles. For the map section, I checked the problem areas that had been fixed. The staff had gone beyond the requests and and filled them with playful elements. I put in orders for additional areas as well."

Nomura details some of the things impressing him on Versus overworld map:

        • The look of a forest that you can see once you’ve cleared a narrow mountain path.
        • Things that are required when leaving the city by moving on the roofs of buildings.
        • The positioning of the bookshelves in shops
        • How flags are standing
        • How the sea is handled on the world map
        • The roads you can see from the air ship
        • The length of bridges
    Furthermore he also teases us with some information on cutscenes, warning that he can’t reveal too much without revealing spoilers:
  • The look on a character during a short cut in a scene where he or she is leaving.
  • Explanation of a fathers feelings during a conversation scene.
  • The areas that they want to have connected seamlessly, and the areas that they want to connect via cuts.
  • Explanations about the heroines movements.

At last he shared a brief tweet on Versus’ battle system, hinting that it will be quite different from other Final Fantasy games:

"We’re doing lots of trial and error on this. When you say Final Fantasy, you think of enemy damage figures flying out and showing player HP. What will we do with these in the action-heavy Versus?"

Similar to what Nomura said earlier last year, he once again confirms that the team is developing Versus and paying close attention to the details. He also reveals that they’re considering to open a Twitter account for Versus XIII/Agito XIII

All by all, this was pretty exciting information, and it could get even better with the official release of the Versus/Agito Tokyo Game Show footage on their official sites later…. today? We’ll find out soon, and we’re more than ready to report you everything on Final Fantasy Versus and Agito XIII while we look forward to the Fabula Nova Crystallis conference in January, 2011!

Thanks to Andriasang for the (once again) great and fast translations!

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“We can’t get enough of Lightning.” September 8 RPG Roundup

Lots of RPG stuff happened this week, let’s get to it.

News

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Final Fantasy XIII goes “International” to Xbox 360 in Japan. Expected (wanted?)  for a long time, Square Enix officially announced an Xbox 360 version of Final Fantasy XIII at the Xbox 360 Media Briefing in Japan this morning.

The International version, called “Final Fantasy XIII Ultimate Hits International” will contain English voiceovers, the English themesong and an easy mode. FFXIII UHI will also contain a limited “Corridor’s of Memory” booklet which includes an artbook, an all new story revealing what happened after the game and exclusive unused event scenes and dialogues. FFXIII UHI will be available on December 16 in Japan.

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12 We can’t get enough of Lightning. Lightning will be featured in 2 other big Square Enix titles. Besides a The 3rd Birthday costume for Aya,  you will also be able to play as Lightning in Final Fantasy Dissidia 2 which was announced in the latest issue of Shonen Jump.

The sequel to the very popular Dissidia PSP title will be dubbed as “Dissidia Duodecim Final Fantasy” (believe me; FFXIV has far worse tongue twisters.) and will be releasing in 2011 in Japan

Official Site (TBA) – Read More (Andriasang)


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Nomura tweeted again. Versus XIII director Tetsuya Nomura posted something rather strange on Twitter earlier today:

“Multiplatform is when you start development on a game with the assumption of optimizing for multiple platforms, Porting is something that’s done after you’ve developed a game specifically for a particular platforms. The debate over porting is decided by the management based off the current market and the costs. All I can say right now as a developer is that Versus is being developed specifically for the PlayStation 3.”

Very subtle, indeed.

Fabula Nova CrystallisOfficial Site (Versus)Official Site (Agito)


jkj Tales of Graces F gets a release date. The enchanced port of the popular Wii RPG, will be releasing on December 2, 2010 in Japan with a demo coming later this month on the Japanese PlayStation Network.

Tales of Graces marked the first entry of the popular Tales Of series on the Nintendo Wii. (excluding Tales of Symphonia 2) when it released earlier this year, the game received a 36/40 score from Famitsu and was very popular, selling over 100,000 copies on day 1. Tales of Graces F will have updated HD graphics and additional  content.

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Trivia (The smaller bits)

Level-5 shows us some new Ninokuni scans

– Yoshinori Kitase thinks motion control is ‘”awkward” for RPGs.

– Some new screenshots from Shining Hearts (PSP)

– 2 more characters for The Last Story where revealed in Jump. Jackal and Manamia both are magic users and were seen in the first trailer and other screenshots.

That’s it for now, September sure will be busy, starting with Tokyo Game Show next week. Scrawlfx has done a pretty good job at what we should expect, so make sure to give it a read! Stay tuned, Versus and Agito are right around the corner!

*Did I miss anything RPG? Let me know!* 

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July 21, a day full of news…

July 21, on such a hot summer day there ought to be some news, oughtn’t there?

Let’s start with the big shocker, Final Fantasy XIII looks like it’s heading to Xbox 360 in Japan. Earlier today an achievement list appeared on the Japanese Xbox 360 site which seems to suggests this. Looking at the popularity of the Xbox 360 version in the West, this seems like an agreeable decision. Is a new CEO of Square Enix North America worth the same?

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Second, if you’ve been following me, Masashi Hamauzu himself or  rinimt on Twitter, you’ve surely catched the buzz about FFXIII’s Piano Collection, releasing today in Japan. You can buy it from sites like Play-Asia or Yes-Asia or you can buy a digital version of this album on iTunes for a mere €9.50/$9.90. Similar to other Piano Collections a sheet music book will be available at a later date, August 20 to be precise.  Masashi Hamauzu’s created a special Piano Collections site with some pictures and a promotional movie.

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Next up Square Enix announced a new Final Fantasy title exclusive to Japanese mobile phones. The game is called Final Fantasy Legends: "Warriors of Light and Darkness" (translation). It is a classical 2D Final Fantasy title. Square Enix opened a teaser site showing logo and prelude but Famitsu got some screenshots to give our eyes some treats too. The game is developed by the FFIV: The After Years team and remains Japan only at the moment.

There’s also some good news for those who live outside Japan because Square Enix today announced a remake of highly acclaimed Super Nintendo title Tactics Ogre. The game will get small gameplay/graphics touch ups and is being developed by the original staff. The game will be released on PSP  once it’s ready…

Are we ready and done? Certainly not, more announcements will follow, if we can believe Sonia Im from Square Enix:

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Final Fantasy XIII Piano Collections revealed

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Every Final Fantasy game that had at least 1 bar of notes written down by Nobuo Uematsu got a Final Fantasy (x) Piano Collection album featuring vividly arranged piano renditions of great themes. Piano players like me love these releases even more because the soundtrack is accompanied by a separate sheet music book featuring all of these often difficult to play pieces.

Fans were pleased to hear that music from Final Fantasy XIII will be performed at an upcoming Distant Worlds concert (despite not being composed by Uematsu) and today people will be pleased to hear that a Piano Collections album for FFXIII will be released soon.

Square Enix hasn’t officially confirmed the existence of a FFXIII Piano Collections album however VG Music Database has added this album to their massive archive. Their information is fairly detailed and reveals that the album will be released on the 21st of July this summer for a mere 2800 JPY. It will be arranged by FFXIII composer, Masashi Hamauzu, himself and performed by Aki Kuroda, known for her contributions to the FFX Piano Collections (also arranged by Masashi Hamauzu and performed by Aki Kuroda).

Square Enix seems to release a whole arsenal of FFXIII related soundtracks (and we certainly don’t mind!). They even have a Japanese portal for all of their 4 FFXIII soundtracks so it isn’t unthinkable that the Piano Collections album will be announced there rather sooner than later. (in fact, the site hints already to the announcement if you take a look at the spinning wheel!)

Masashi Hamauzu certainly isn’t the only composer that released a Piano Collections album without anything being credited to Uematsu, Yoko Shimomura released one for Kingdom Hearts too.

Which tracks would you like to see on the Piano Collections album?

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And the latest FFXIII promotion is… Karaoke Rooms?

While its effectiveness can be called into question, Square Enix’s efforts to market Final Fantasy XIII have certainly been of the more creative variety. Now after previous tie-ins with BRAVIA and Suntory, SE’s latest promotion comes in the form of a partnership with karaoke company Neway.

Neway is creating whole rooms themed around FFXIII and placing them in there various establishments throughout Hong Kong and South Korea (FFXIII having recently launched in both territories). Producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Motomu Toriyama even attended an event held to commemorate the rooms unveiling. Neway is also placing PS3’s and HDTV sets in the rooms, for those that get tired of singing.

Having the game on hand should make finding that perfect tune much easier.

Source: Siliconera

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Lightnings a brunette in this FFXIII cosplay

Final Fantasy XIII was recently released in China. Square Enix held a re-launch party for the games release in Hong Kong to commemorate the games launch. Cosplayers hosted the gathering and series producer Yoshinori Kitase was also in attendance. A step up from signing copies of the game, Kitase autographed fans PS3‘s instead. (Take that Kojima-san!)

Final Fantasy XIII was released in China (exclusively on the PS3) on May 27 for 1,590 TWD (Taiwan dollars) ($50/€38) For further details on the release you can read our earlier report. You can see more photos from the event at our source link.

Source: Cosplay Photos From Hong Kong’s FFXIII Launch Party (Siliconera)

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