New Type-0 Trailer Contains Spoilers, FFXV Episode Duscae Glimpse

Final Fantasy XVSquare released a meaty trailer today showcasing a bunch of story elements for their upcoming HD remaster of Final Fantasy Type-0. The trailer also provided a quick look at the content for the upcoming Episode Duscae demo for Final Fantasy XV.

While I refuse to watch the Type-0 footage, I have already been impressed by much of the production values behind Type-0. The mature story angle is a welcome addition to a franchise that has languished in predictable tropes and pandering plot twists.

What many will want to take a look at is a glimpse of Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae which is expected to launch alongside Type-0 HD on March 17. While much of the gameplay had previously been unveiled after years of wondering the fate of the game formerly known as Versus XIII, there are a few things to note in this demo trailer, including what appears to be elements of stealth gameplay.

Besides, all Square really needs to get Final Fantasy fans excited is a little bit of Nobuo Uematsu.

Square Shows off Final Fantasy Trailers at Jump Festa 2015

Final Fantasy XVSquare Enix was well represented at this past weekend’s Jump Festa 2015 including trailers prepared for the¬†highly anticipated Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD.

The Type-0 trailer in particular is quite moving. Set to the hauntingly beautiful Zero by Bump of Chicken, the Type-0 trailer mashes up Square’s penchant for mixing dialogue with a decent amount of gameplay footage. Were it not for the bits of dialogue hinting at the darker themes of Type-0, it would be strictly a gameplay trailer with many of the characters exhibiting their unique movesets.

Immediately I am quick to point out that the game looks to be running fluidly and the port work seems fairly solid. Just remember that this game is several years removed from its release on the PSP, a far cry from the graphic fidelity the current generation of consoles can handle. Working with a PSP remaster is not without precedent as Konami made a fairly well rounded game with Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD. Suffice to say, even with the handheld tendencies Type-0 should offer, it looks like the gameplay elements are very tight and I am very ready for Type-0’s launch.

The Final Fantasy XV trailer continues to showcase the English vocal track which was unveiled last week and I continue to be underwhelmed. I have never been a big fan of Square’s voice over localization in the past and Final Fantasy XV seems to lack much of the nuance in the original Japanese language track. I understand that there is a need to localize dialogue for large budget games that sell to those beyond the niche but there is no reason to not include the audio files on these massive Blu Rays or to offer them as DLC. They did it for Drakengard 3, FFXV deserves that attention as well.

I hope they fix some of the vocal syncing issues that seem to be present in this new trailer. It makes Final Fantasy’s greatest bro road trip even more awkward with voices that don’t fit, unneeded accents and just an overall dearth in voice acting quality. There’s a lot of time between now and FFXV’s as yet unannounced launch so I hope they tighten things up.

It should go without saying that both games are well on their way, but I think Type-0 is far and away the game to keep an eye on. FFXV, though gorgeous, is very much a work in progress, even after its previous life as Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

Also, Cid is now a female mechanic named Cidney.

YouTube – Square Enix Channel

Final Fantasy XV Demo Limited to First Run of Type-0 HD

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

Final Fantasy XV’s hotly anticipated demo will be limited to the first distribution of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD purchases according to an announcement made by Square Enix. There are no immediate plans to release the demo in a stand-alone format so better get that pre-order for Type-0 ironed out.

Square had previously announced that FFXV’s demo would be released alongside Type-0 HD, the HD remaster of the Sony PSP title of the same name, so the tie-in should be no surprise. While the limited availability of FFXV demos may cause eyebrows to raise, it is not the first time that Square has toyed with exclusive first run offers to create incentive for pre-ordering titles in advance.

One thing to note is that Square Enix has been quick to point out that purchasers of Type-O’s Collector’s Edition will be guaranteed access to the FFXV demo. They don’t, however, mention whether standard edition early purchasers will also be given the demo. Thus far, major retailers including Amazon and GameStop are advertising pre-orders as including the demo, but with the stipulation that bonuses are subject to change.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Collector's EditionDetails of the Collector’s Edition included a soundtrack with selected tracks, a Type-0 manga, 80-page hardcover art book, five life size card replicas, and the bane of my existence, a steelbook case to hold the game.

To be fair, I wouldn’t purchase this game solely for the opportunity to get exclusive access to the Final Fantasy XV demo. Type-0 is a gorgeous game in its own right and has certainly earned its place in the world of JRPGs with its standout performance as a late PSP title in 2011, the fact that a English fan translation became one of the most popular titles on modified PSPs and that Type-0’s director, Hajime Tabata, has been promoted to director of Final Fantasy XV. Honestly, I’m looking forward to finally getting my hands on a proper release of Type-0, than a demo build of a game at least a year off.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will release in North America on March 17, 2015 on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

PlayStation Blog – Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Collector’s Edition Revealed

Final Fantasy XV Opens TGS with new trailer, new director

Square Enix unveiled a new trailer for Final Fantasy XV for the 2014 Tokyo Game Show. While Noctis still refuses to show much personality, we are given a glimpse of FFXV’s open world nature, combat with soldiers, beasts, Noctis’ cool teleporting sword and a black convertible with suicide doors.

All in all it is a well produced trailer, that provides just enough substance to pique my interest a tad. I’ll be honest, I had almost zero faith in Final Fantasy XV being a game I would be interested in. The terrible development time coupled with the awkward shift from Versus XIII to XV had cast a lot of doubt on the product being any good. The fact that it exists in a mostly playable state and looks pretty spectacular at that is enough for me to put it back on the radar.

In addition to the trailer, Square Enix announced that Tetsuya Nomura would no longer be serving as director of FFXV. Nomura is already one of Square Enix’s highest profile directors and he will be refocusing his efforts on his other major game, Kingdom Hearts III, among other projects.

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Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy Type-0, will assume the role of director for FFXV. Tabata’s work on the 2011 PSP relese of FF Type-0 was well received, even on a portable handheld that was essentially dead. The game was so well received (and subsequently not released internationally) that it will be getting an HD remaster for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in March of 2015 (March 17 for North America).

Oh, and to bring things full circle, a demo of Final Fantasy XV will be included with Type-o HD.

Kotaku – The New Final Fantasy XV Trailer Has Renewed My Faith

Polygon – Final Fantasy Type-0 coming March 2015 with Final Fantasy XV demo

Top Ten Tuesday E3 2013 Wrap-up – Ten Games to Look Forward to

Tom Clancy's The Division

Believe it or not, this year’s E3 was more than Microsoft and Sony exchanging blows (or depending on how you saw it, Microsoft rocking in the fetal position). With new consoles means new gorgeous games to salivate over and Nintendo is always a safe bet to surprise, especially in a period where the Wii U needs to gain a firm hold before the new systems launch. But as much hype as pipeline titles like Star Wars Battlefront, Mirror’s Edge 2, Kingdom Hearts III and Halo have gotten, this list is reserved for titles that have shown off at least a little bit of gameplay.

10. Destiny – Bungie – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS3, X360

Sci-Fi action studios need to take notice whenever Bungie tries something new, Destiny looks stunning. Set on Earth in the distant future, it looks like scavenging is a way of life for a planet taken over by aliens. But as much as Bungie is fantastic creators of worlds, Destiny looks incredibly similar to Halo from the weaponry to the 343 Guilty Spark knock-off.

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Top Ten Tuesday E3 2013 Edition – Biggest News to Come Out of the Pre-Show Presentations

E3 officially begins today, as the show will open to denizens of reporters (not named Theory Flaw) ready for terrible food, hourly deadlines and product demos galore. But while many games will get their moment of glory in the coming days, the major players have already opened their hands for heads-up poker. Franchise reboots, new exclusives, new consoles and product strategy highlight this list of the biggest news to come out of the pre-show presentations.

10. Crimson Dragon

I had to try my hardest not to write Dragoon because this is clearly designed in the vein of the stellar dragon riding series Panzer Dragoon. Even bringing back Panzer Dragoon series director Yukio Futatsugi this Kinect based Xbox One game features massive bosses and gorgeous dragon-borne aerial combat. While I fear it may play a little too closely to Child of Eden, this is clearly a bold move by Microsoft.

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