Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Audio Drama Preview

Square Enix has released an English language preview of the 30-minute radio drama extra that will feature in its new game, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

Kazushige Nojima is writing this new story episode, which will play during the game’s special staff credit roll.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is a HD remaster of both titular games, and will be available on PlayStation 3 and Vita in Japan, the US and Europe this year. The PlayStation 3 version will bundle both games together, but the Vita versions will be sold separately. A limited-edition artbook is available with pre-orders in America and Europe.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Comic-Con Trailer

PlayStation has released a new trailer for PS3 title Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII at Comic-Con. This game is the final chapter in Lightning’s story.

The company also revealed some gameplay details; The game will have a new battle system that allows players to destroy pieces of enemy monsters, a new counter-attack system that allows the player to fully counter physical attacks, disabling attacks that require that part of the body and different awards once battles are over.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be available on 21 November (Japan); 11 February, 2014 (North America) and 14 February (Europe). Square Enix revealed the game will be available in a “Final Fantasy XIII – Lightning Ultimate Box” premium set (£170 approx), which includes all three games in the Final Fantasy XIII series, a soundtrack of selected songs from the trilogy, a booklet of the original costume designs and a Play Arts figure of the heroine, Lightning. Pre-ordering the game in America and Europe will unlock Cloud’s uniform, band, and buster sword as equipment for Lightning.

Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III Announced for PS4

Square Enix caused near mass hysteria at the Sony press conference during this year’s E3 with its announcement of two next-gen titles. Square Enix’s game director Tetsuya Nomura unveiled the trailer for Final Fantasy Versus XIII, which showed gameplay footage and revealed that the game would in fact be titled as Final Fantasy XV. A short teaser trailer for Kingdom Hearts III was also revealed. Sony confirmed that both titles will be available on PlayStation 4, and added that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be released on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.

Soul Eater Manga Will End in Two More Chapters

The July issue of Square Enix’s Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine is announcing that Atsushi Ohkubo will be ending his Soul Eater manga in two more chapters. The release of the July issue on the 12 June will reveal the exact time frame, but if the last two chapters run without a break, the manga will end in the September issue on August 12. The manga entered its “Final Battle” arc in the June issue, so it looks like it will be a quick battle.

The manga launched in 2004, and so far there have been 23 compiled volumes released in Japan – with the 24th out this month – and 15 volumes released in English – the 16th one will be available in September.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Extended Trailer Released

Square Enix has released an extended trailer of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII RPG sequel. Square Enix previously revealed that the game would ship worldwide for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this autumn.

The game is the final chapter in Lightning’s story, and revolves around a 13-day countdown until the end of the world; players must save humanity within 13 days and 13 nights.

A previous trailer of the game was released for Jump Festa 2012:

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Prologue Released

Square Enix has released a prologue video for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, the fantasy MMORPG. The updated version of the original Final Fantasy XIV Online MMO will be available on PC and PS3.

The game is currently in its alpha stages, but the beta testing is now open for applications.

Latest Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Combat Alpha Video

Another alpha gameplay video of the MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has been released. The video reveals the new quest and combat systems of the game.

Square Enix are currently working on the alpha stage of the game, and will begin testing the early version this winter; the company is still recruiting testers for the Windows PC version.

To view the other gameplay footage and more information, click here.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Alpha Gameplay Videos Released

Square Enix has just released a third gameplay video of the current alpha version of the MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The video is the second part of a tour of The Black Shroud, the woodland area surrounding Gridania.

The first and second previews can be viewed below:

The alpha testing for the game will begin this winter, and Square Enix is currently still recruiting testers on Windows PCs. The beta testing will then run from late January to early February.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Trailer is the End of an Era

The official You Tube channel of Final Fantasy XIV has released a trailer to mark the end of the MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online role-playing game) in its current state. The game’s current incarnation will soon be taken down and replaced by an updated Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn later this winter. The trailer sees the Eorzean Alliance take their final stand against the Garlean Empire.

A Realm Reborn is currently in alpha-testing, but Square Enix has revealed that beta-testing will run from late January to early February. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be available on PC and PS3.

Yen Press Adds Two New Madoka Magica and K-ON! Manga

At a New York Comic Con 2012 panel, the North American manga publisher Yen Press announced  that it had acquired new titles for some of the most popular manga series’ available. Two of the licensed titles are spin-offs of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica series, Puella Magi Oriko Magica (by Kuroe Mura) and Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice (by Masaki Hiramatsu and Takashi Tensugi). 

 Also included are K-On! Highschool and K-On! College (by Kakifly).

Yen Press will also be publishing the bishonen manga Are You Alice?, a Soul Eater art book and volumes 5 to 7 of Highschool of the Dead in a colour omnibus edition.

The North American publishers have also revealed that they will be collaborating with Square Enix to produce digital English-language editions of Black ButlerSoul Eater and Pandora Hearts; these digital titles will be available worldwide from Winter 2012.

Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Ultimate Box Unveiled

Square Enix has announced that for its Final Fantasy 25th anniversary exhibition they will be releasing the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Ultimate Box. Due out in Japan on 18 December for 35,000 yen (around £280), the box contains a whopping amount of features:

  • The 13 original Final Fantasy games in limited-edition special packaging
  • Miniature replica Yoshitaka Amano’s FF 25th anniversary artwork in a a serial-numbered acrylic stand
  • Commemorative visual art collection by Crystal ArtWorks
  • Special-edition video disc
  • Two-disc anniversary music selection CD
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn: Mogu Mogu Earring (In-Game Item Code)

In order to play all the games in the Ultimate Box, buyers will need access to multiple Sony consoles. Here’s the full list of the games included:

  • Final Fantasy (PlayStation, 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy II (PlayStation, 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy III (PlayStation Portable, 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy IV (PlayStation, 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy V (PlayStation, 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy VI (PlayStation, 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy VII International (PlayStation, 4 discs)
  • Final Fantasy VIII (PlayStation, 4 discs)
  • Final Fantasy IX (PlayStation, 4 discs)
  • Final Fantasy X (PlayStation 2, 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy XI Vana’diel Collection 2 (PlayStation 2, 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy XII (PlayStation 2, 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy XIII (PlayStation 3, 1 disc)