PhE3: Square Enix Showcase

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Square Enix shocked us all this morning by doing next to nothing substantial on their E3 Showcase 2018. There was a new game announcement from Platinum Games, as well as a few updates for other new titles.

Additionally, there was plenty of new trailers for already announced games, and DLC for Monster Hunter World, and Final Fantasy XIV. Hit the jump to find out what Square Enix revealed at this year’s show.

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Nobuo Uematsu Confirmed for Final Fantasy VII Remake

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Final Fantasy VII fans can breathe a small sigh of relief, as Final Fantasy VII Remake producer Yoshinori Kitase confirmed in a recent interview that legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu is in fact working on the upcoming remake. It’s been a while since we’ve heard any updates on the remake, but we should expect to hear something this year at Square Enix’s E3 panel.

I’ve worked on numerous titles with Uematsu-san, and while I’m currently working on the production of Final Fantasy VII Remake, it’s actually been since Final Fantasy X that I directly worked with Uematsu-san. So when I first went to ask Uematsu-san to come work on the music for the remake, I thought he would give me the cold shoulder since he had already left Square Enix and found success.

Square Enix Returning to E3

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After skipping the Electronic Entertainment Expo for both 2016 and 2017, Square Enix will once again he hosting a keynote event this year. Square’s keynote will take place on Monday, June 11th, at 10am PST, just before Ubisoft’s at 1pm PST.

It’s a safe bet that we’ll see Kingdom Hearts IIIShadow of the Tomb Raider, and Dragon Quest XI, but what other surprises could they have in the works? More DLC for Final Fantasy XV is also a pretty safe guess.

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition is now Half-Life 3

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In a way, at least… Players that pick up Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition on Steam before the deadline of May 1st will receive the Half-Life Pack, which allows Noctis and multiplayer characters to cosplay as Gordon Freeman.

Players will receive the HEV Suit, Glasses, and even a Crowbar for their character in what is surely one of the coolest crossovers in quite some time. Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will be available on March 6th, with a demo dropping February 26th.

Final Fantasy XV’s Noctis Joins Tekken 7

The world of fighting game development is starting to shift as more and more developers look to other, more established franchises to take their characters, giving us dream match after dream match of worlds colliding. Now, Bandai Namco has announced the inclusion of Final Fantasy XV’s Noctis Lucis Caelum in Spring 2018.

Noctis Lucis Caelum from Final Fantasy XV enters the Tekken 7 ring! Wielding his signature Engine Blade, Noctis is ready to deal heavy hard-hitting blows as he takes on the likes of Yoshimitsu, Devil Jin, Jack 7, and the rest of the Tekken 7 fighters when he enters the King of Iron Fist Tournament in spring 2018!

Final Fantasy XIV Halloween Event Announced

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Final Fantasy XIV has kicked off its annual “All Saints’ Wake” Halloween event yesterday, and this year’s event has been given a werewolf theme with plenty of new costumes and items for players to collect. In order to begin the event, players must be level 15 and have completed the quest “It’s Probably Pirates.” Afterwards, traverse to Old Gridania.

Rewards include male and female Werewolf costume sets, as well as Halloween-themed decoration items. The All Saints’ Wake Halloween event is available now through November 1st, 2017.

Fortune Street Demo and Theme Now Available

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Fortune Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary releases in just a few days in Japan for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita, and a demo is now available for both versions on the Japanese PlayStation Store.

The demo map is Trodain Castle, and it features Yuna, Kefka, Craver, and Analucia as playable characters. Interestingly, players with the demo will be able to compete online against players who own the full version of the game, also. What’s more, if you’re able to take on S-Rank characters in Fortune Street, you can unlock a special PlayStation theme (seen above).

New Fortune Street Character Trailers

Square Enix has shared several new character trailers for Fortune Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary. The new trailers showcase Noctis from Final Fantasy XVLightning from Final Fantasy XIII, Alena from Dragon Quest III and Kiryl from Dragon Quest IV.

You can hit the jump to check out the other trailers. Fortune Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary releases in Japan on October 19th, 2017 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

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New Fortune Street Character Trailers

Square Enix has released two new character trailers for Fortune Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary. The new trailers give us a look at cute chibi versions of Final Fantasy X’s Yuna and Tidus, as well as Dragon Quest IX’s Erinn and Dragon Quest XI’s Silvia.

Fortune Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary releases in Japan on October 19, 2017 for PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita. Hit the jump to check out the other trailers.

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Final Fantasy XV: Comrades Expansion Announced

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Square Enix announced at the Tokyo Game Show that a new expansion is on the way, launching October 31st, for Final Fantasy XV. The new expansion, titled Comrades, launches multiplayer into the mega-hit RPG.

Set after Chapter 13 in the main quest for Final Fantasy XV, players are given the chance to create their own FFXV avatar, and meet up with three friends online for questing in the land of EOS.

Final Fantasy IX Available Now on PS4

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Sony had quite a few surprises up their sleeves for the PlayStation 4 at their Tokyo Game Show conference, and one of the biggest shockers was the surprise unveiling and subsequent release of fan-favorite Final Fantasy IX for the PlayStation 4. The game is available in the PlayStation Store globally, currently at a sale price of $16.79 until September 26, when it reverts to its normal $20.99 price.

Final Fantasy IX is an HD update that boosts the quality of cut-scenes to 1080p, gives you trophy support, as well as boosters (essentially cheats) to assist players in maxing their levels and weapons. The game also includes a PlayStation 4 theme, and set of player icons. Hit the jump for the unveiling trailer.

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Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition Announced

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Square Enix announced at GamesCom, that Final Fantasy XV is headed to iOS, Android, and Windows 10 Mobile Devices with its new Pocket Edition. The new edition will be released episodically across mobile platforms to accommodate the large story, and even gets this adorable new art style.

The new art style is a bit off-putting at first, with some proportions and face design being a bit strange on certain characters (looking at you, Gladiolus). But after a bit, it has a charm to it, and I’m already pretty fond of it. There’s no release date as of yet, but hopefully it won’t be long before we can see how well Final Fantasy XV transitions to touch screens.

Dissidia NT Collector’s Edition and Release Date Revealed

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Square Enix has announced a massive Collector’s Edition, and several Deluxe Editions for the upcoming Team Ninja-developed Final Fantasy fighting game, Dissidia NT: Final Fantasy. Releasing January 11 in Japan, and January 30 in North America, the Ultimate Collector’s Edition will run you $189.99 USD, exclusively from the Square Enix store, and includes the following:

  • 8.25″ tall Warrior of Light bust
  • Official soundtrack with 15 tracks selected from the Dissidia series as well as new music
  • 80-page hardcover artbook
  • Season Pass that gives access to six new playable characters and post-launch DLC
  • SteelBook case unique to the Ultimate Edition
  • Collector’s Box featuring legendary Final Fantasy characters

Pre-ordering the standard version at $59.99 will still get you the “Steelbook Brawler Edition,” which offers one of three randomly selected steelbook cases featuring various characters from the game. There’s also a digital version that comes with a five song soundtrack and Warrior of Light skin, or a deluxe digital version ($84.99) which comes with those two things and the season pass. Hit the jump to get a full look at the cover art, and all the versions of the game.

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Squall Fortune Street Character Introduction

Square Enix has shared a new character introduction trailer for Fortune Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary, and the new trailer debuts Final Fantasy VIII hero, Squall. In the video above, Squall is shown saying “I don’t fear expensive shops. You just simply have to not stop at one.” He then promptly lands on one, being forced to pay 1,750G to Lightning, to which he says “I’m going to destroy this expensive shop.”

Fortune Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary releases in Japan on October 19, 2017 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

A New Itadaki Street is on the Way!

You’d be forgiven for having never heard of Itadaki Street before. The wonderfully charming and original concept takes popular Square Enix characters from Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, and places them in a Monopoly-style board game. The character designs are wonderful, and the game is incredibly fun.

Fortunately, Square Enix knows that also! During their recent live-stream, Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary was announced for PlayStation 4 and PS VITA. The game is set to release in October in Japan.