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July 11, 2013
IOtaSan, Community Moderator of the PlayStation Europe forum, conducted an exclusive French interview with Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama about the two highly anticipated games, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. You can read the summary of the interview below.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
- The development team really immersed into the remaster of the games last year. The reason behind the remaster is to allow a wider audience to play the games. Those who don't own a PlayStation 2 or an older version of the PlayStation 3 can now enjoy the remaster on any PlayStation 3 system and the PlayStation Vita.
- The development team would like to add more features to the Vita version such as touch functionality, but no solid confirmation at this moment.
- The original version of the gameplay remains the same. No words on significant changes in user interface and music at the moment. Although, it's unlikely that there will be changes at this point.
- The two remasters are based on the international original version in Japanese.
- The dubbing is finished for the bonus 30-minute additional content.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
- The same music composers that made the soundtrack for Final Fantasy XIII is back for the third and last installment. New melodies are created to resonate with the four continents of Nova Chrysalia. The original soundtrack will be announced later.
- In terms of gameplay, the temporal aspect of the game - the 13 day doomsday clock- is a determining factor. All gameplay elements are linked to this concept. The "Active Time Battle" system is now faster and more action-oriented.
- The developers are aware that the time limit can be stressful for players, but, they say that there are ways to maximize the clock up to 13 days instead of the original 7 days. Players need to be wise. Some quests have strict time limit. This is to motivate players to do their best.
- The 2011 movie, In Time, which stars Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried was one source of inspiration for this game.
- There is no other sequel to after this. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will complete the XIII saga.
- Caius Ballad, the main antagonist of Final Fantasy XIII-2, will return.
- Kitase and Toriyama are interested in making other outfits from previous Final Fantasy characters for Lightning.
- Trophies are easier to obtain in this game.
- Lastly, Toriyama asserted this, "Lightning is different, attractive, and will be massively appreciated by all fans!"
What do you think of Toriyama's comment about Lightning's popularity?
When the proper English translation of the interview surfaces, we'll let you know. Until then, you can read the French original version by clicking the source link.
Source: PlayStation Europe Forum
July 11, 2013
The North Ameican Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn blog is updated with new information on "Key Allies", which is broken down into two categories: "The Scions of The Seventh Dawn" and "Garlond Ironworks". You can check out artworks of them below.
Please click "Read More" to view the descriptions of these key allies.
UPDATE: 4Gamer has character renders and screenshots of the key allies. You can view them below.
Source: Official Blog
July 10, 2013
Square Enix has released a new trailer today titled, "Introduction to Kingdom Hearts", for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX. The trailer reveals gameplay and cutscenes from all three games in gorgeous high definition. Additional, Square Enix release 37 new screenshots of the games. You can easily tell the big improvement in high definition quality these screenshots when compared with the old games' visuals. Impressive, isn't it?
July 09, 2013
Square Enix has released a plethora of new screenshots to compliment the announcement of Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster's limited edition. Furthermore, the official PlayStation YouTube channel has uploaded a new trailer providing a direct, side-by-side comparison of the original version of Final Fantasy X and the HD version.
Both the trailer and screenshots can be viewed below:
July 09, 2013
A recent post on the PlayStation blog has confirmed that Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster will have a limited edition for those that pre-order the game. This official confirmation comes after Gamestop recently advertised the limited edition on their website, despite the fact that it hadn't been confirmed officially at the time.
The limited edition will include an art book containing exclusive concept art as well as comments written by the games' original development teams. If you're an avid Final Fantasy X or X-2 fan, this is a must-have.
Source: PlayStation Blog
Matt Hilton, Senior Community Manager of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Tells Fans How Improved The Game Has Become (INTERVIEW)
July 08, 2013
Angry Joe from the Angry Joe Show on YouTube interviewed Matt Hilton, Senior Community Manager of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Hilton shared insights on the development and contents of the game. This game is a complete revamp of the original Final Fantasy XIV with more fluid battle gameplay and new classes and more. You can view the video below.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Isn't Going To Be On The Xbox Because Of Microsoft's Restrictive Policies (INTERVIEW)
July 08, 2013
RPGSite conducted an interview with director and producer Noaki Yoshida on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Yoshida discussed a variety of topics including the inclusion of Lightning Farron in the game, the reason why the game won't be on the Xbox, and the PVP system. I've summarized the interview below.
Yoshida expounded on the inclusion of Lightning Farron of Final Fantasy XIII in this game. He said, "There's going to be plenty of cutscenes and explanation of the reasons in the storylines of why Lightning can appear in FF14." He wanted to make sure that Lightning's presence in the world of Eorza will be "natural". Of note, he stressed that the inclusion of Lightning isn't because the development team wants more attention to the game or money. Rather, he asserted that Square Enix as a company wants the development teams of different numbered titles to have a strong closed relationship with one another.
Since Yoshida follows a subscription model, announcing the game on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 isn't much of a concern. All of the data that are saved on the PlayStation 3 version can be transferred to the PlayStation 4 one when it gets released. The goal was to be straightforward with the fans to eliminate confusion. If the fans want to play the game on a console, they can with the PlayStation 3 first.
Why is it that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is coming on Sony consoles and not Microsoft? Well, Square Enix is skipping the Xbox console because of Microsoft's Xbox Live policies forbidding cross-platform play and servers. Yoshida doesn't want to divide the community. However, if Microsoft ever decides to change its policies, Yoshida thinks it's a good idea, on a business standpoint, to expand the game on that platform as well.
Regarding PVP in the game, there are two types. The first one exist in a Coliseum in which 4 vs. 4 or 8 vs. 8 battles can occur. The second one is called Frontline, which is larger in scale and there will be a different character system. You can earn points here if you win and exchange them for skills, abilities, and equipment dedicated to the PVP system.
To view the entire interview, please click "Read More".
July 08, 2013
Square Enix has launched an open testing beta phase for the game. It will last from July 8 (today) to August 1. You can sign up at the official site.
For those who do not know a lick of Japanese, it's going to be difficult to play the game. But, no worries, there's help. Mirby of KHinsider has generously taken the time to write up a basic guide in English. She translated and brokedown the Japanese main screen, main menu, Deck Edit Menu, Card Synthesis, and card draw screens.
In addition, Famitsu uploaded plenty of screenshots of the gameplay as well as images of cards of our favorite Final Fantasy, Disney, and original characters. Enjoy!
Source: Official Site
July 08, 2013
The teams from Kingdom Hearts Island and Kingdom Hearts Destiny websites scored an exclusive interview with Tetsuya Nomura at Japan Expo in Paris, France, to discuss Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts III. The bullet points below summarize the interview:
- It took several years to remaster the games (i.e., Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded, and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days).
- Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX serves as an opportunity for Western gamers who have never played Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded. The former game was released exclusively in Japan while the latter game was released in the U.S., not Europe.
- The goal with Kingdom hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is to help players get a better understanding of the history and connections between the games.
- Nomura wanted to make Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days playable, but, he's unable to because of the recently announced Kingdom Hearts III, which takes priority. Therefore, he decided to tell the plot of game in video format instead.
- Nomura also wants to remaster Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded before the release of Kingdom Hearts III.
- In regards to Kingdom Hearts being prematurely announced at E3, Nomura clarified that it's not like the development team just started working on the game; rather, it's because the development team had previous experience mostly working on portable titles. It takes time to master development for the game on the next-generation platform. Plus, Nomura stated that there's no impressive and playable version of the game, yet. The game is in its testing phase. The team has plenty of ideas to implement, but it takes time and can be difficult to determine which ones will be used in the end.
- The main story of Kingdom Hearts III is Sora's journey to find the "light key". Sora doesn't know where it's located and what it opens.
- The E3 trailer is an example of a successful testing version.
- Nomura's reason to not make Sora a Keyblade Master is because he wants Sora to be closer to the players. Sora is not ready to be a Keyblade Master, yet.
- Nomura can't disclose any information about Kairi at the moment.
- The gameplay of Kingdom Hearts III will be an improved version of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance.
- In regards to Disney worlds in Kingdom Hearts III, Nomura says that Disney offered some ideas to integrate into the game. Nomura and his team also have ideas. Nomura thought about worlds in previous games to maintain consistency. The main goal is to incorporate worlds and make them fun and work with the story.
- Nomura says it's possible to consider future Disney films (like Frozen, for example) and integrate them into Kingdom Hearts III.
- Nomura would like to consider incorporating voice recognition into the game in such a way that the player can command Donald and Goofy.
- Nomura knew long ago that the Xehanort Saga would end in Kingdom Hearts III and that it will be on a console.
- It was at the request of the musical team and Yoko Shimumora to re-orchestrate the music in Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX.
Tetsuya Nomura Likes The Idea of Incorporating Marvel and Lucas Arts into the Kingdom Hearts series (Finaland & FFDream Interview)
July 06, 2013
The teams of Finaland and FFDream sat down with Tetsuya Nomura for an exclusive interview on three highly anticipated games: Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX, Kingdom Hearts III, and Final Fantasy XV. He answered plenty of questions without giving up too much information. This is obviously because two of games are still too early in development and not all decisions have been made. The highlights of the interview include:
On Kingdom Hearts
- Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX will NOT have French voice-over, rather French subtitles.
- There are two separate teams working on Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts III.
- Nomura likes the idea of incorporating Marvel and Lucas Arts into the Kingdom Hearts series. He noted that there are restrictions by Disney, so it may not be easy to add the licenses.
- Multiplayer co-op mode is considered. Sora will still be the main playable character, though.
- Nomura gets inspiration from watching 2-3 films daily.
On Final Fantasy XV
- Final Fantasy XV has a professional fashion brand, Roen, to create real-life outfits for the CG development team to examine the details and re-create in game.
- Nomura relies heavily on and appreciates the support from his co-directors in managing and making his games.
- Nomura's favorite characters that he created are Sora and Noctis. He expects Noctis to be more clever than Cloud.
- Nomura wants to play a Metal Gear Solid remake.
- Luminous Engine and Fox Engine are two different engines as each can do things the other can't.
- Noctis could drive a car and magiteck in the game. There isn't any plans to have many different types of vehicles.
- Despite Stella's new design looking much younger, the main reason behind her re-design was to make her prettier.
- Noctis' red eyes are indicative of his teleportation ability.
- Nomura says he'll think about adding French-inspired places in game.
- Although it's not a completely certain answer, but Nomura says it's difficult to have a female playable character at this point.
- Before, Nomura stated that it's GAME OVER if Noctis dies, but after the re-branding of the game, there's a chance that may change.
- Nomura won't share any information on equipment and weapon customization.
- There's no concrete plans for a Final Fantasy XV sequel, yet.
To view the entire interview, please click "Read More"