Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Final Fantasy

Square Enix resumes digital sales of Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn (PC, PS3) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 7

After halting digital sales of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn due to “unprecedented demand at launch,” Square Enix has announced that sales have now resumed. Since the suspension on August 28, the studio has increased the number of and “performed extensive maintenance” on the game servers. The improvements now allow for a greater number of players, as well as an increase in the maximum limit of users capable of playing at the same time per World.

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PC News, PlayStation 3 News

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn PS4 beta, migration announced

Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn (PC, PS3) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 5

Square Enix has released new details about character migration and an upcoming beta for the PlayStation 4 version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The studio has plans to launch a beta for the next-gen version on February 22. Also, for those who are currently playing the PS3 version, a character-transfer program has been announced that will allow you to bring your character over to the PS4 version for free. Additional details about the program are not known, however, but will be released at a later date.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn goes live for PC and PS3

The Final Fantasy series is taking another stab at the MMO genre today with the release of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Available for PC and PS3, A Realm Reborn allows players of both versions to venture together in a new storyline that takes place five years after the realm of Eorzea was laid waste by the Primal known as Bahamut. Players can now change their abilities, role, and skills using the Armory System, which allows for them to excel in multiple roles using only one character. Characters will switch to one of the 19 different classes by changing their equipped gear, and nine different jobs will unlock as they progress. Players can form Free Companies to go on story-driven quests, ride alongside their comrades into battle on a personal companion chocobo, and fight in open-world battles with other players.

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Android, Apple Handheld, PC News, PlayStation 3 News

New comparison trailer released for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

A new trailer for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster was revealed at this year’s Gamescom, and Square Enix has made it available for all non-attendees. The footage features a comparison of the old graphics to the new, as well as a sample of some of the newly arranged battle tracks.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation Vita News

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster screens, audio drama clip released

Final Fantasy fans looking forward to Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster can now hear a portion of the audio drama being added to the set as well as see more of what’s in store in a host of new screenshots. Square Enix has released a 30-minute preview of the audio drama, created by scenario writer Kazushige Nojima, that is being added as part of the credit sequence. Ten new screens were also released, showing some of the updated visuals.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation Vita News

Square Enix celebrating Final Fantasy XI’s 11 years with free gifts

Final Fantasy XI (PC) 11 Year Anniversary - Screenshot 1

Final Fantasy XI turned 11 earlier this summer, and Square Enix is celebrating with six gifts, including three free expansions. The three add-ons are being offered for free for a limited time, from August 8 to October 11: Vision of Abyssea, Scars of Abyssea, and Heroes of Abyssea. The Abyssea trilogy requires that players have the Rise of the Zilart and Wings of the Goddess expansions installed and registered, as well as one level-30 job. The other five gifts, detailed below, include free cruor, 11 of the most popular atma, and an increase in initial Traverser stone stocks.

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PC News, PlayStation 2 News, Xbox 360 News

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Limited Edition bonus announced

Square Enix has announced a Limited Edition version of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for everyone who pre-orders a copy. The premium set comes with special packaging and a 24-page art book that is filled with commentary from the original development teams as well as a message from producer Yoshinori Kitase. It was also revealed that a 30-minute audio drama from scenario writer Kazueshige Nojima will be included as part of the end-game credits, and that there will be cross-platform support between the PS3 and PS Vita. A dozen new screens and a new comparison video were also released.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation Vita News

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII new Japan Expo trailer released

A new trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has been released. It originally premiered at the Japan Expo, and now Square Enix has made it available worldwide. The nearly two-minute video reveals Lightning’s task of having to lead lost souls to a new world, as well as a little more of exploration and combat.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Final Fantasy VII now available for PC on Steam, other digital outlets

Final Fantasy VII (PC) Steam Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

The downloadable enhanced re-release of Final Fantasy VII has launched on Amazon, Steam, and other digital outlets. The latest version of the fan-favorite release originally went live last August, and features cloud saving, in-game achievements, and a Character Booster, but it was only available on Square Enix’s eStore. Starting today, PC gamers can grab the same release from their preferred service for $11.99.

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PC News

Lightning Returns gets Cloud Strife outfit pack pre-order bonus

Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII (360, PS3) Cloud DLC Preorder Bonus Announcement - Screenshot 1

Square Enix has announced that players who pre-order Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will receive a day-one downloadable outfit pack that features Cloud Strife’s Soldier 1st Class uniform. The drop will also include Cloud’s Buster Sword, Soldier’s Band, and Final Fantasy VII’s Victory Fanfare theme and finishing animation. The outfit will bestow special abilities as well, but just what those abilities are weren’t revealed. A few preliminary screens were released to show how Lightning might look in the final uniform, and a few extra shots were added for good measure.

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DLC, PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News