Final Fantasy FXN Network News
April 16, 2013
Tetsuya Nomura was a special guest on Square Enix Merchandise Radio this week and he was questioned about the status of Final Fantasy Versus XIII. As expected, he stated:
Even within the company it’s a very delicate problem. The date when we can concretely lift the ban has been decided and we are preparing for that moment. Maybe the details as to why information couldn’t be released might be touched upon at the next information announcement. I’m sorry it’s already overdue, but please wait just a little more.
He made another apology to the fans and he ask for more time. How many times have we heard this? I lost count. Anyway, some of us just can't lose our faith in this game! We must be tenacious.
We may hear more about the game when E3 2013 comes this June. So, FXN will definitely be on the look out.
April 11, 2013
April 08, 2013
It's no secret that Square Enix is struggling financially at the moment. Last month the company announced that its President and CEO of the last decade, Yoichi Wada, was stepping down after the company revised its full year financial forecast down by 16.5 billion yen. At the time Square Enix pinned the blame on poor console game sales, particularly for Sleeping Dogs, Tomb Raider and Hitman Absolution. Now they have provided us with further details on the matter in a recent financial briefing. Hit 'Read More' for details.
April 04, 2013
April 04, 2013
Siliconera is claiming that Square Enix's 3DS turn-based RPG, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, will definitely see a localization for the west after being able to confirm the news with "multiple trusted sources" at last week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. This news comes only one month after the game's official Twitter account teased a potential western localization for the game.
While this still isn't an official confirmation, it makes it hard to imagine that the game won't be seeing the light of day in the west sometime in the future.
April 03, 2013
Square Enix's new president-in-waiting, Yosuke Matsuda, has given us a brief glimpse of his intentions once he becomes company president following the expected resignation of Yoichi Wada in June.
According to his statements in a recent Square Enix Holdings briefing session, Matsuda plans to review "all Square Enix duties, business and assets on a zero-based budgeting standpoint", he also states that he intends to "fundamentally review what works and what doesn’t work for our company, then cast all of our resources towards extending what makes us successful and thoroughly squeezing out what doesn’t".
Furthermore, he mentioned that he plans to make the current CEO of Square Enix Europe, Phil Rogers, the new director of Square Enix Holdings. The intention is for the two of them to act as renovating pillars for Square Enix as it tries to recover from its expected net income loss of 13 billion yen.
Outgoing president Yoichi Wada has also confirmed that he will remain with the company after his resignation as president, stating that “As an employee, I believe it is my duty to help the company and give proper results from it. I will be retiring from the line of management, but I plan to work on site as a way to pay my debt to the company”.
March 31, 2013
To celebrate a full decade since the merger of Squaresoft and Enix on April 1st (which as of yet has not turned out to be the world's most elaborate April Fools), Square Enix have posted an anniversary teaser site containing the following message:
As of April 1st we’ve reached our 10th anniversary!
We hope you’ll continue supporting us going forward as well!
We’re thinking of collaborations and a bunch of things that should make everyone a little bit happy.
It’ll be settled soon, so we’ll keep you posted.
We'll keep you posted on any further content to be announced as part of the anniversary festivities.
March 29, 2013
Earlier today Square Enix released four different soundtracks for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy on iTunes. Each soundtrack is based around one of the game's gameplay modes - Battle, Event, Field and Chaos Shrine.
The soundtracks for the Battle, Event and Field modes are particularly interesting in the sense that they all contain 13 tracks, one from each numbered title in the series in its original version. In other words, each soundtrack is effectively a compilation of music from the main series. The Chaos Shrine soundtrack is a bit of an exception as it features 15 tracks with some games (VI, VII) being represented by as many as three tracks, whereas others (II, III, VIII) aren't represented at all.
The Battle, Event and Field soundtracks are all priced at $8.97 in America and £7.67 in the UK, whereas the Chaos Shrine soundtrack is priced at $9.99 and £7.99 respectively.
March 27, 2013
On the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn blog, the developer release the sample track of sultanate—Ul'dah!
According to the blog:
For ARR, we've put a great deal of time and effort into developing realistic ambient sounds, as well as content-specific effects (so much so that we're beginning to run out of memory to fit them all in!). Rather than have the music be the focal point of each and everything you do in Eorzea, we'd rather it be an accent. Put the BG back in BGM, so to speak. Making sure that every crunch, every chirp, every knock, and every note fits the world perfectly is the most important part of my job as sound director.
That's not to detract from the importance of an epic soundtrack. No, sir! But I believe that music has its biggest impact when it enhances those climactic peaks in a story. If it's always in your face, it just lessens that impact. So, when the action or the story is put on hold, or you are simply out walking about, we're trying to make it so the BGM melts into the background so you can better immerse yourself in the world. Of course, when you step into those important quests, battles, and cutscenes, we've seen to it that the music plays a more central role in your experience.
Source: Final Fantasy XIV Blog
March 27, 2013