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In line with the network’s goal of providing quality programs that appeal to many Filipinos, The Kapatid Network is tapping into an unlikely source of viewers: us gamers. On the heels of their previously-popular miniseries, “I’m in Love with a Dota Player”, local megastation TV5 turns to Square-Enix’ beloved Final Fantasy franchise as inspiration for their next big afternoon soap.

In a blockbuster deal signed last week by TV5’s Head of Broadcast Operations Jeric Mariano and Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda, the network will be slotting in their adaptation of Final Fantasy VIII in their afternoon programming block, now dubbed “Pinakahuling Pantasya.”  “It’s a captivating story that will put to test the value of friendship and love and will unravel a well-kept secret of the mercenary force, SeeD. The drama is topbilled by respected actors and actresses in the country,” Mariano states in a press release issued today.

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Gelli de Belen

“Pinakahuling Pantasya” combines the best of the old and new generations of acting talents, led by a powerful trio of two veterans and one upcoming young female star in the lead roles. Playing the major roles of Squall and Rinoa will be Jericho Rosales (dubbed “Buhawi” in the localized adaptation) and Angel Locsin, respectively. Performing as beloved goofball Zell isequally-beloved goofball Vhong Navarro, with Alice Dixon, Edu Manzano, and Vin Abrenica rounding out the rest of the cast. The series is helmed by award-winning directors Eric Quizon, Argel Joseph, and Bb. Joyce Bernal.

De Belen on her role as Sorceress Edea Kraemer: “It was hard kasi recession sa States, everybody values their job, so that was my fear na if I leave for a long time, baka mawala yung work ko dun… Then I spoke to my boss, good thing he understood naman. That was the sign na kapag pumayag siya then I’d really push through with TV5’s Pantasya.”

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Final Fantasy VIII, released 1999 for the PlayStation has sold over 2 million units worldwide and is one of the most popular RPGs of the late ’90s. TV5 (formerly known as ABC 5) is a major Filipino commercial television network based in Mandaluyong City, Philippines. Owned by TV5 Network, Inc., solely owned by MediaQuest Holdings, Inc. which in turn is a wholly owned subsidiary of the beneficial trust fund of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company headed by business tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan.

Starting this Tuesday (early Wednesday morning locally) and through next week, the North American PlayStation Store will offer 11 Final Fantasy titles at a discounted price (bigger savings if you are a PlayStation Plus member).

Prices listed are normal discounted and PS Plus discounted, respectively.

  • Final Fantasy IX — $5.99 / $5.39
  • Final Fantasy Origins  — $5.99 / $5.39
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 — $9.99 / $8.99
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Collector’s Edition — $35.39 / $32.39
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Standard Edition — $23.99 / $21.59
  • Dissidia Duodecim Final Fantasy — $9.99 / $8.99
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy — $9.99 / $8.99
  • Final Fantasy III — $9.99 / $8.99
  • Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection — $9.99 / $8.99
  • Final Fantasy Tactics: The War Of The Lions — $4.99 / $4.49
  • Final Fantasy V — $5.99 / $5.39

So are you picking up anything?

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Look at this abomination. If you consider atrocious “vectorized” graphics, an inconvenient touch UI, and complete Spanish Inquisition-style depredation of your childhood memories hallmarks of a good videogame, then please consider Final Fantasy VI Mobile, out now on Android devices for a paltry sum of $15.99.

If the company’s “remake” of Final Fantasy V was any indicator, you folks are much better off hunting down a cheap Game Boy Micro and a copy of Final Fantasy VI Advance if you want some on-the-go Final Fantasy hijinks. Really, the smoothed-out visuals wouldn’t be such a problem if Square actually put any thought on the UI in these games. Apart from inexorably ugly, it’s probably the least-intuitive user interface I’ve ever seen in a mobile game (and that’s saying a lot).

Let’s see which one of you suckers breaks and puts down money for a copy of this. We’re watching you.

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Square Enix handed out a special magazine that has their games lineup for 2013-2014 to the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) attendees and 30lives had the opportunity to get a copy. I took some pictures of the interesting games they have in store for us in the next few months!

ff10As we all know, Final Fantasy X and X-2 are both remastered for the PlayStation 3 and Vita and will be released soon! According to the ad (and to the limited Japanese I know, sorry), there is also a RESOLUTION BOX which has a white Vita wi-fi model (with SKU of PCH-2000) with a special FF decal at the rear touch panel. It will also come with the two games although I’m not clear if it’s pre-installed or will be in cartridges.

The official site is at http://www.jp.square-enix.com/ffx_x-2HD/

Another game I’m pretty interested in is Theathrythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call. I am a big fan of the first game, clocking in more than 30 hours in the game and max leveling Sephiroth in the first few hours. You theawould know that this is a feat as Sephiroth is a locked character that can only be acquired by collecting the black shards (which only appears in the Chaos Shrine on notes level 80 and higher). AHEM. Anyway, Curtain Call will have new features such as ‘Quest Medley’ and ‘Versus Battle Mode’, additional 30 new characters and 40 monsters, as well as new Collect cards to look forward to! Snazzy! According to the magazine, the game will be released in Japan in Spring 2014 and I am praying hard that it sees a North American release so I don’t have to buy myself a Japanese 3DS.

Then there’s Final Fantasy Agito which is still alive for some reason! I didn’t follow the progression of the game but it looks like it’s going to be a smartphone online RPG. Graphics look impressive for a mobile game, but it’s still pretty much zzz on my part.

mobileSpeaking of mobile games, there’s a bunch coming out from SQEX starting with The World Ends With You Remix which is developed by GREE. It will be coming out for the iPhone and Android devices. The graphics look like the 2007 DS title which is good as I liked the ‘street art’ aesthetics of the game.  There’s also Final Fantasy Artiks which looks like a card collecting game (CCG), Pictlogica which is a puzzle game, and Final Fantasy Brigade Break the Seal which has the adorable art style of Theathrythm! There’s a Final Fantasy IV The After Years which is already out in the Japanese iTunes App Store and Android Market which is a remaster of the game. Deadman’s Cross, a zombie shooter RPG will be released within the year and Chaos Rings Sigma will be up 2014. An interesting mobile title called Emperor’s Saga (which looks like it is based off the popular SaGa Frontier franchise) will be released on October 2013, and a new IP entitled Melpharia March for the iPhone and iPad which I’m wildly curious about  because it’s a ‘line strategy’ (tower defense) game.

Kaku-San-Sei Million Arthur seems to be a popular card battle game and will be out on mobile and the Vita, along with a spin-off title called Yui-Itsu-Sei Million Arthur.

For casual fans, there’s a Kingdom Hearts browser game which looks mad cute! Basing on the screenshots, it looks like a hybrid of MMO / action / CCG as there’s a persistent world, boss battles and using cards for action. I doubt we’ll see it outside Japan though. Another BB game is Dragon Quest Monster Parade made for Yahoo! Games, which again is pretty sad because I can’t play it and it looks pretty cute.

xvThere’s also a teaser of Final Fantasy XV which will be available on the PS4 and XBOX One, as well as Kingdom Hearts III which is tagged ‘Now in Development’. We’re all looking forward to Bravely Default for the 3DS, so there’s no need to elaborate on that. It will be released on December 5, 2013 in Japan and shortly after in the US so yay! SQEX is also coming up with a spin-off browser game called Bravely Default Praying Brage which is an online fantasy RPG.There’s a collector’s edition of Drag-On Dragoon 3 coming out on December 19, 2013 which will have CDs, DLC codes, postcard sets, artbook and more for the low, low price of 19,800 yen.

There seems to be a content expansion for MMO Dragon Quest X coming on September 26, 2013. If you can read Japanese, you can play it at http://dqx.jp.

Of course, there are the staples like Lightning Returns Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy XIV Online which I won’t talk about since there are tons of content already out. I’m still thinking of whether to FFXIV or not, but LR is a sure bet.

For SQEX partner games, there’s Call of Duty Ghosts which will be released on the Japanese PS4 on February 22, 2014, Diablo 3 for the PS3 (also 2014), and Thief which is developed by Eidos Montreal. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag will be out on November 28, 2013, Rocksmith 2014 which features the music of B’z will also be out on November 7 and Wolfenstein The New Order will be out on 2014.

There are tons of toys and goodies as well as music CDs that I can only drool about, but I’ll be visiting Japan on the last week of November so I hope I can at least grab myself a Slime cookie tin box. Sigh.

Anyone excited about Madden NFL 25?

Anyone?

*crickets* *tumbleweed*

Okay!

Here are this week’s vidyas:

 

Wario Land 3 (3DS eShop Virtual Console)

 

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS3 Retail)

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F (PS3 Retail/PSN)

Killer is Dead (PS3 Retail)

Lost Planet 3 (PS3 Retail)

Madden NFL 25 (PS3 Retail)

Crimson Sea 2 (PS2 Classic PSN)

Floating Cloud God Saves the Pilgrims in HD (PS3/Vita PSN)

The HD Adventures of the Rotating Octopus Character (PS3 PSN)

Spelunky (PS3/Vita PSN-CrossBuy)

Sweet Fuse: At Your Side (PS3/Vita/PSP PSN)

 

Killer is Dead (Retail)

Lost Planet 3 (Retail)

Madden NFL 25 (Retail)

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – Apocalypse (DLC)

 

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Ultimate Edition (PC Steam)

The Chaos Engine (PC/Mac Steam)

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PC)

Game Dev Tycoon (PC/Mac Steam)

Guardians of Middle-earth (PC Steam)

Guardians of Middle-earth DLC Bundles (PC Steam DLC)

Lost Planet 3 (PC Steam)

Memoria (PC/Mac Steam)

Pixeljunk Monsers Ultimate Edition (PC Steam)

Shelter (PC/Mac Steam)

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lightning_cg_micotteSquare-Enix is sparing no time slacking off. They’re really pushing aggressively on marketing their newest flagship titles, namely Final Fantasy XIV ~A Realm Reborn~, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and of course, their holiday season offering Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. As of today, they officially launched the “Final Fantasy Go There” Campaign, which is basically a cross-collaboration between these three Final Fantasy games.

They began by introducing Lightning to the world of Eorzea in FFXIV ~A Realm Reborn~. She will be appearing as a guest character in a series of side-quests (FATE Events, specifically) where you will gain rewards such as Lightning and Snow costumes as well as Final Fantasy XIII-themed weapons for your avatars. We already covered that in a past article, so you should be familiar with this by now.

micotte_lToday, the official site of Lightning Returns: FFXIII released details of their second “korabo” (collaboration – Japanese slang) with FFXIV. This time, the tables are turned as  Lightning will be getting a Miq’ote (or Mithra to you FFXI nuts) costume/wear. The Miq’ote outfit for Lightning will feature a sword, shield (though which ones are not specified yet), a special victory pose and of course, the FFXIV victory fanfare.

This will be Lightning’s second cross-over wear, since  her first one is with Cloud Strife where she gets his SOLDIER uniform as well as the Buster Sword and the FFVII victory fanfare.

There is also a planned cross-collaboration between Lightning Returns: FFXIII and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, but details have yet to be revealed. Watch the SD-HD comparison video about the HD Remaster if you haven’t yet. It’s mind-blowing.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3/Xbox 360) will be out Nov. 21st. Final Fantasy XIV ~A Realm Reborn~ (PC/PS3) will be launching August 27th with the PS4 version coming 2014, and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3/Xbox 360) is coming sometime 2013, exact date pending.

 

Credits go to my Irish Linkshell mate Alan/Siege for pointing the Miq’ote outfit out! I wouldn’t see this campaign otherwise!

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In HD and on the PS Vita? Yes please.

In a recent interview by RPGsite with Final Fantasy X producer Yoshinori Kitase revealed the challenges of developing the HD remake and teases us the possibilities of  more HD remakes of beloved Final Fantasy titles, Final Fantasy XII to be exact. All these possibilities seem to hinge on the success of the Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD remakes which were announced as early as the Tokyo Game Show in 2011 and is just about to see the light of day two years later in 2013 due to development challenges. I’m pretty sure everyone will be excited at the prospect of a Final Fantasy XII HD remake. I sure as hell am, having forgone the opportunity to play the game back in the day.

Read the whole interview at: RPGsite

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Not gonna lie; still a Final Fantasy fan. Even though I was pretty much heartbroken at the end of Final Fantasy 13, and did not even bother to finish Final Fantasy 13-2 (Serah, zzz), I am still looking forward to a numbered Final Fantasy title. I am, and forever will remain, a Japanese RPG gamer, yo. So color me excited when news of Final Fantasy Versus XIII broke in E3! The game is now renamed (or promoted) to an actual standalone Final Fantasy title as Final Fantasy XV. Behold, actual game play video!

 

The battle system looks like it’s going to be more of real-time action combat since one of the more noticeable things in the video is that the ATB gauge is not present anymore. Also, the environment reacts to the actions of the characters in the game (everything seems to be destructible) so it makes more sense to use this to support the active combat of the game. What is also interesting is that your party members can sometimes take part in the attacks to support you and makes for a more interactive type of play (even if you’re just nolifing the game by yourself, lol). In the video, it looks like lead character Noctis can use various weapons (as seen on the bottom left part of the user interface), and can also use warp skills while attacking. Sweet.

A lot of people have hated Tetsuya Nomura (character designer of popular Square titles such as Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts) for always giving the characters some wild hairstyle or flashy jewelry, but I totally dig the design for Final Fantasy XV. Looks like he toned down with the spiky hairstyle and the flamboyant silvers, but you can still see his signature style which makes for effeminate but extremely good-looking men in game. WANT.

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Altair totally using his blending skills to jump into a new game

After the announcement of the game being available for the green guys (XBOX One), PlayStation fanboys all went home and cried their eyeballs to sleep. No seriously though, how could you expect it to stay exclusive when Final Fantasy 13 already got released for the XBOX 360? Just pray that the game will be well-received so we can enjoy more Final Fantasy games in the future. As for me, it will be day 1 buy for whatever next-gen console I will decide to get first.

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf is now available at your local game stores (Datablitz, iTech) and we here at 30lives are currently playing the crap out of it!

But first we need to pimp out our characters with some flashy Final Fantasy outfits created by the awesome guys at Siliconera. These are all female FF characters but you can make your male character wear ’em, too! (LOL).

Each outfit below comes with its own QR code which you can scan using the in-game QR scanner in AC:NL’s tailor NPC. You will need to scan a set of four codes per outfit.

Yuna (Final Fantasy X)

ACFF Yuna Front ACFF Yuna Back
ACFF Yuna Left ACFF Yuna Right

SEED Uniform (Final Fantasy VIII)

ACFF SEED Uniform Front ACFF SEED Uniform Back
ACFF SEED Uniform Left ACFF SEED Uniform Right

Serah (Final Fantasy XIII-2)

ACFF Serah FrontACFF Serah Back
ACFF Serah LeftACFF Serah Right

Paine (Final Fantasy X-2)

ACFF Paine FrontACFF Paine Back
ACFF Paine LeftACFF Paine Right

Rikku (Final Fantasy X-2)

ACFF Rikku FrontACFF Rikku Back
ACFF Rikku LeftACFF Rikku Right

Yuffie (Final Fantasy VII)

ACFF Yuffie FrontACFF Yuffie Back
ACFF Yuffie LeftACFF Yuffie Right

Mira (FFCC: My Life as a Darklord)

ACFF Mira FrontACFF Mira Back
ACFF Mira LeftACFF Mira Right

Aerith (Final Fantasy VII)

ACFF Aeris FrontACFF Aeris Back
ACFF Aeris LeftACFF Aeris Right

White Mage

ACFF White Mage FrontACFF White Mage Back
ACFF White Mage LeftACFF White Mage Right

Ashe (Final Fantasy XII)

ACFF Ashe FrontACFF Ashe Back
ACFF Ashe LeftACFF Ashe Right

Source: Siliconera

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Squenix released a new trailer for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn — the upcoming FFXIV MMORPG reboot for the PC and the PlayStation 3.

Showcased in the trailer are attack and skill animations for the jobs (classes) available to players. Jobs featured are the Paladin, Warrior, Monk, White Mage, Bard, Dragoon, and the awesome Black Mage because Vivi forever!

It is also worth mentioning that the video was captured from the PC version running on a very high-end rig. So don’t expect your game to look as smooth and polished if you’re gonna pick up the console version unless they announce a PS4 release!

Anyone want to start a petition? No one? Alrighty then!

 Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has a release date of August 27, 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and PC.

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If anyone still cares, Final Fantasy 14 (which has been originally made for the PC) is revamped for release for the PlayStation 3. This MMO had a rocky launch during its beta test period which prompted Square Enix to temporarily put a stop to because “it was not ready yet”.

The PlayStation 3 version, Final Fantasy 14 : A Realm Reborn‘s release date is slated on August 27, 2013 with a $39.99 price tag. There will be preorder bonuses for people who will take the leap of faith such as early access to the game, in-game Mog cap for your avatar, and a Cait Sith minion.  There will also be a Collector’s Edition release that has a box with famed Final Fantasy character designer Yoshitaka Amano art, hardbound artbook, a Blu-ray disc that features cinematic events that describes the world before the game’s actual timeline, original soundtrack disc, art cards, security token (like a login authenticator),  and four in-game items (Helm of Light, baby Bahamut minion, Coeurl mount, and Behemoth barding).  This goes for $79.99, which is actually not bad.

Interesting content for the Collector’s Edition, so I might give it a whirl. Only thing that’s totally stopping me is the $12.99 monthly subscription fees, but we’ll see.

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Square-Enix just announced yesterday “Final Fantasy 13-2 Digital Contents Selection”. Along with that, they’ll also be DIGITALLY releasing the Final Fantasy 13-2 Ultimate Hits, which is a cheaper version of the game. No word yet if there will be a physical copy of Ultimate Hits. Both versions though will contain an extra section called the “Lost Report”, a story that showcases the events of Final Fantasy 13 told in the point of views of Yaag Rosch of PSICOM and Rigdy of Cavalry.

The additional DLC which will be included in the FF13-2 Digital Contents Selection or downloaded separately (if you already own FF13-2) from PlayStation Network or Xbox LIVE, will be as follows (it’s a hefty list):

Colosseum Enemies:

  • Omega
  • Lightning and Amodar
  • Nabaat (Jihl)
  • Orthros and Typhon
  • Koyokoyo (Pupu, the cute blue-colored thingamajig)

Costumes:

  • Serah – Evening Dress
  • Serah – “Resort Style” (possibly beach clothes)
  • Serah – White Mage
  • Noel – “Brave Embrace”
  • Noel – Guardian of Space and Time
  • Noel – Black Mage
  • Mog – Costume pack called “yoridorimidori” (meaning “pick whatever you want”) *TY to my friends Billeh Itagaki-Gaines and Kaye Nomura for helping me translate this!

Weapons:

  • Serah – Genji Bow
  • Noel – Calamity Blade
  • Noel – Muramasa

Additional Episodes:

  • Sazh – Front or Back (as in the sides of a coin, heads or tails)
  • Lightning – Goddess’ Requiem
  • Snow – Eternal Battlefield

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They also released pricing details, and since it might get confusing, allow me  to dissect them for you:

  • Final Fantasy 13-2 Digital Contents Selection (full game): 5,040 Yen (PS3/360)
  • Additional DLC only: 2,100  Yen (PSN) or 1,360 Microsoft Points (LIVE)
  • Final Fantasy 13-2 Ultimate Hits: 2,940 Yen (PSN) or 2,000 Microsoft Points (LIVE)

The full FF13-2 Digital Contents Selection will be released July 18th in Japan, but the PSN/LIVE downloadable stuff (DLC and the Ultimate Hits) will be available 2 days earlier on July 16th. Purchase according to your current situation, such as if you’d rather wait for the physical copy or go digital. If you haven’t owned FF13-2 then now is the chance to add it to your FF collection.

 

 

Source: Game Watch (Japanese article)

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To those who will be getting Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for the PlayStation 3/VITA, well, you had all better cross your fingers and hope Square-Enix includes the “Last Mission” content to the final product.

This bit of news came under my radar as I haven’t checked on Famitsu yet, but to those who can read the article (it’s in Japanese), well, a small phrase caught my eye. “ラストミッション”のHDリマスター版への収録については、現在のところ未定“. Basically it says “Concernng the HD remastering of Last Mission, it’s being put into consideration at the moment”.

The “Last Mission” can only be found at the International Version of FFX-2. Its storyline takes place a few months after the conclusion of FFX-2.

Well, seeing that FFX-2 sold 1.85 million units in America alone, and 2.11 million in Japan, Squeenix had BETTER consider it in, and fast. In a personal level, I don’t want to see Last Mission as a DLC, unless it’s free. The games release in America on Dec. 31, 2013 with a set price of $39 for the PS3 version, which will include BOTH FFX and FFX-2 in one disc. The VITA version’s price is still pending, and the 2 games will be split separately.

 

 

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OMGYAY! Square Enix is an awesome company who loves listening to their customers and releases high quality games that get better and better every year! Said no one ever.

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Final Fantasy Tactics S will be out on iOS/Android and distributed via Mobage, so knowing Square Enix’s track record, unless they start giving a rat’s Uranus and tap into the unlimited gold cheat code that is English speaking market, don’t expect to be able to play this game unless you have a Japanese cell phone number, address and all that JP crap. So far it features varied jobs, delicate/detailed deck battles (hinting it’s a card game) and if you get it, you will receive a playable character that can be easily recognized by fans of the series (looks like Agrias).

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The reason why I even bothered to write this article? I’m an optimist. It’s one of the deadliest character flaws; a curse. Some games have been localized and released in English, such as Rage of Bahamut. Perhaps if we pray and think positive hard enough, they will release this app for all to enjoy and we can live happily ever after while waiting for another 7 years for Final Fantasy VS XIII to come out. Then again, you may never know. Miracles do happen. So for now, FFTactics S is JP ONRY.

I think I know what the “S” stands for.

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Is this real life? Looks like we’ll be seeing Final Fantasy Versus 13 if Tetsuya Nomura is to be believed. Taking time from designing boys with sky high punk hair and over the top jewelry, he was recently invited as a guest in Square Enix’s radio show and answered a few questions about the game.

A fan called up and asked about Versus XIII and its lack of updates from the past year, which Nomura-san has graciously replied to.

Nomura: Any information about Versus is very… sensitive, even within the company. We’ve been quiet about it for the past year, but the day of being able to remove its information ban has already been decided, and we’re currently preparing for that day. When that time comes, we’ll also reveal our reason for the delay of any form of announcement.

So, what do you think? Are you guys still looking forward to the game or are your hearts broken beyond repair already?

P.S. I was so tempted to file this piece of news under RETRO, hahaha!

 

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To celebrate Google Play‘s 1st anniversary (starting from when it changed its name from Android Market), Square Enix‘ best reviewed Android title will be 50% off JUST FOR TODAY.

It’s still a bit steep going from $20 to $10 (370.81 php) even for a Final Fantasy game, but it’s still a full-fledged Final Fantasy game and hey, this is Squenix we’re talking about lol.

Here’s IGN’s video review of Final Fantasy Dimensions:

 

Source: Google Play Store