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Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia has released a video interview with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida as part as its “Conversations with Creators” series.

In the Japanese video interview Yoshida made a series of interesting points on how the PS4 version of Square Enix’s MMORPG will look and feel  when it’ll be released next year. For a translated summary of his answers click the "read more" text below.



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Source: Source dualshockers

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The official Bravely Default Twitter has confirmed that the western version of the game, due to be released in 2014 in North America and 2013 in Europe, is based on the recently-announced enhanced remake/digital expansion titled Bravely Default: For the Sequel in Japan. This may explain why the localisation seems to be taking a long time, since the original version of the game, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, came out back in 2012 in Japan.

Furthermore, a separate tweet has confirmed that the overseas version will also contain both English and Japanese audio, which is good news for those that prefer to have the original Japanese audio when playing Japanese RPGs.

Finally, Square Enix has also created a new official website for the Japanese version of For the Sequel. The Japanese version will be released both as a full-retail title (priced at 4990yen) and as a digital expansion (priced at 2900yen) on December 5th. 



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Source: Source Official Bravely Default Twitter

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Coverage Restrictions on Final Fantasy XIV Lifted

August 31, 2013
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When Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn went live it was accompanied by a set of rules in the official 'Materials Usage License' which prohibited the monetisation of videos featuring A Realm Reborn footage. The measures essentially stopped all coverage of the game from popular content providers working in new media such as YouTube or Twitch.tv.

Fortunately for everyone, Square Enix have revised these rules. Although videos using A Realm Reborn materials are still generally prohibited for commercial use, there are exceptions for those involved in partner programs on various popular media websites. Amateurs should still be wary about accepting advertising revenue for their videos, but for professional content providers who make a living out of these videos it once again means that Final Fantasy XIV can receive the coverage it deserves - excellent news for consumers, video makers and Square Enix alike.

The fully revised Materials Usage License can be found here.



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Today, Square-Enix has released a first episode for the new developer diary video series that will focus on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. The title of the video is "Inside the Square – The Making of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII." It is narrated by Ali Hillis, the voice actress who voices Lightning, and is shot in the Tokyo headquarters. The first episode includes commentary by people such as the game's director Motomu Toriyama and producer Yoshinori Kitase. Future episodes are said to go deeper in the game's development and how First Product Development Team works. They will feature commentary from the game's art team and Visial Works. Check out the first episode  below:




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Square Enix TGS Line-Up Announced

August 30, 2013
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Square Enix's line-up has been revealed by the exhibitors for the Tokyo Game Show. Details may be subject to change.

 

  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
  • Kingdom Hearts chi
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
  • Dragon Quest X Online
  • Dragon Quest Monster Parade
  • Drag On Dragoon 3
  • Thief


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Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix - Combat Vignette Trailer

August 30, 2013
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This trailer shows off the remastered Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. Take a look!

 



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To coincide with the launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Square Enix released a number of new and updated policies such as User Agreements, a list of Prohibited Behaviours and so on. One of these policies is the 'Materials Usage License,' which covers what people can and cannot do with copyrighted material from Final Fantasy XIV.

While many of these clauses are standard, of particular interest are the following points:

  • The video must not require a paid membership for viewing;
  • You may not monetize your video via the YouTube partner program or any similar programs on other video sharing sites.
  • You may not combine or synchronize the Materials with third party content (e.g., a mash-up), but you may include the Materials alongside third party content (e.g., before or after in the same video) as long as you also have permission from the original copyright owner);

The points mean that content creators who work primarily on YouTube or through other video mediums (such as Twitch.tv or video review websites) will be unable to monetise their videos, which has already led to a number of high profile online content providers refusing to provide any coverage for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

So if you notice a strange lack of videos and livestreams of this game, this is why, and if anybody has any plans of their own to create Final Fantasy XIV video content, the full material usage license can be found here.



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An expansion/re-release of Square Enix's 3DS RPG, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, has been announced in the latest edition of Weekly Jump magazine. The new version of the game, curiously titled Bravely Default: For the Sequel, is set to include a range of improvements and new features, including:

- New storyline events
- Reformed controls
- An auto-battle mode during combat
- Selectable difficulty levels
- Additional saveslots (3 in total)
- Support for save files from the original version of the game

The new version will be released both as a full-retail title and as a digital expansion in Japan on December 5th. The retail version will be priced at 4990yen while the digital expansion version will be priced at 2900yen. 

Bravely Default: Flying Fairy was originally released on October 11th, 2012 in Japan. A western localisation is in the works and is set to be released in 2014 in North America with a European release coming either later this year or in 2014. It is unclear whether the western version of the game will be affected by this new announcement, or if For the Sequel will released in Japan only.

Perhaps the most interesting element of this new announcement, however, is the new version's subtitle. Are Square Enix going to use this game to fund a full-blown sequel?



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Source: Source Gematsu

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Final Fantasy XIV Digital Sales Temporarily Halted

August 28, 2013
Fox

Over the Early-Access and launch period, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has been struggling with the general server load issues common with a lot of MMO launches. Significant numbers of players have been unable to log in to their worlds or have found themselves in long queues, and emergency maintenance keeps taking the servers offline. The problems are especially apparent in Europe and North America, and as a result Square Enix have temporarily removed Final Fantasy XIV from their digital store.

As explained on a post on their Facebook page, the response to the game has been "overwhelmingly positive" and as a result:

"we are currently experiencing extremely long wait times for users to be able to log in and play. As a temporary measure, we will halt sales of FINAL FANTASY XIV: A REALM REBORN’s digital download products so we can accommodate all of those wishing to play."

In other words: they underestimated the number of people that would be trying to log on at once, and the traffic keeps bringing their servers down. Square Enix are attempting to increase their server capacity over the next few days, so those of you waiting to purchase your copy might want to leave it until then. Keep an eye on the official Lodestone site or our forums for any important updates.



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Source: Source Eurogamer

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Lightning Returns Chocobo Mission Off-Screen Video

August 24, 2013
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An off-screen footage of the Gamescom Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII demo that has been presented during a stage event has made its way to the internet. It shows off a a chocobo hunting mission as well as some of the game's newer mechanics. 



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