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E3 2014

My final fantasy is that I'm wrong about Square Enix's no-show JRPGs

Series producer Shinji Hashimoto told Famitsu that neither game would appear, despite being given the spotlight last year with new teaser trailers and next-gen platform announcements. It's worth breaking down exactly what was said on the subject. Breaking down the language "First I'd like to say that development for Final Fantasy 15 is going well," he said. This has been the standard response for eight years now — the game was first revealed alongside Final Fantasy 13, the first one, at E3 2006. "Internally, we try to ascertain the best timing for revealing new information about Final Fantasy 15 to the fans. So when we were going over our promotion plans, we judged that this year's E3 would not be the best time to exhibit information about Final Fantasy 15," he continued. "Exhibit...

E3 2014

E3 2014: What we probably (and definitely) won't see this week

The past month or so has been rife with announcements that certain games and companies will not have a presence at E3 this year. From highly-anticipated titles announced almost eight years ago to high-level executives sitting it out to take it easy, here's what you probably won't, and definitely won't, see at E3. Absence confirmed Final Fantasy 15 and Kingdom Hearts 3: These two Square Enix role-playing games are earning mystical unicorn status by virtue of being announced too early and then failing to appear at E3 year after year. We got some information at last year's expo, where Square announced both would come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But earlier this week, producer Shinji Hashimoto told Famitsu that neither game would have a presence at E3 and more details on both games...


Final Fantasy 15 and Kingdom Hearts 3 won't be at E3

Final Fantasy 15 and Kingdom Hearts 3 — the next installments in two of Square Enix's most popular Japanese role-playing game franchises — will not have a presence at E3 2014, longtime company producer Shinji Hashimoto told Famitsu. In the wake of a teaser for Kingdom Hearts 3 tacked on to the end of a recent trailer for Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix, Hashimoto explained that fans won't be getting more details at the Los Angeles expo next week. Rather, the company is gearing up to share more details on these titles at an event sometime after E3. "First I'd like to say that development for Final Fantasy 15 is going well," Hashimoto said. "Internally, we try to ascertain the best timing for revealing new information about Final Fantasy 15 to the fans. So when we were going over our...


Square Enix is 'definitely interested' in bringing future Final Fantasy games to PC

Future releases in the Final Fantasy franchise could be coming to Windows PC, according to series producer Yoshinori Kitase who confirmed Square Enix is interested in developing for this platform. While the series has a long history of console releases, Kitase tells Eurogamer this could change in the future. "Let's not forget, when we developed the Final Fantasy 13 series, all three titles, at the early stages of development we were working on PC," Kitase said. "Then we had to port it to the consoles. As far as the technology is concerned, it would have been possible for us to make a PC version, but we decided against it for two reasons: we looked at the market situation and we didn't think it would be a good idea, and also it would have involved lots of complex issues like security....


Final Fantasy 15's character-driven story defines it as a series title, says Nomura

Final Fantasy 15 may be the first entry in the long-running role-playing franchise's numbered series to have action-oriented combat, but its relationship-driven storyline is what defines it as a Final Fantasy title, Tetsuya Nomura told Famitsu. In previous Final Fantasy titles, the games' plot-heavy cutscenes were pre-rendered; but with the upcoming next-generation hardware, Square Enix has been able to render these complex scenes in real time. The power of the PlayStation 4 has also allowed the developer to create a "seamless" battle system, letting players bring protagonist Noctis and his friends in and out of conflict without loading screens breaking up the scene — hence the heightened focus on being action-oriented. "The concept of Final Fantasy 15's battle system is to make...

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Final Fantasy 15 trailer offers a glimpse at combat on PS4

Sony's newest trailer for upcoming PlayStation 4 title Final Fantasy 15 was released during this week's TGS, showing off the in-game combat you can expect at launch. The first half of the trailer offers a vague premise for the game, stating it is a fantasy based on reality. Unfortunately for English-speakers, all dialogue is in Japanese for now. Final Fantasy 15 was announced during Sony's E3 press conference this year, a rebranding of Final Fantasy Versus 13 that Sony initially announced in 2006 as part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis series.


Square Enix 'not abandoning core, triple-A console and PC games'

Square Enix has had a tough year, with disappointing sales of major core games, but the company isn't getting out of that market, said its head of studios and publishing in a blog post today. "I can categorically say that we're not abandoning core, [AAA] console and PC games," said Phil Rogers, CEO of Square Enix in the Americas and Europe, on the company blog. "We're working hard at improving how we develop our games and how we release them." Rogers was previously the CEO of Square Enix Europe; he assumed the duties of Mike Fischer, former president and CEO of Square Enix America, when Fischer left the company in May. According to Rogers, Square Enix as a whole is exploring new platforms and business models in an ever-changing game industry, and the company hopes to do a better job...


Japan's gamers weigh in on who 'won' E3

This week's issue of Japan's Famitsu magazine has an article on a survey posted up on the publication's website asking readers what they thought about the big announcements at last month's Electronic Entertainment Expo. The result: Gamers over there think Sony won the show, much like many of their Western counterparts, although the games they're excited for are more than a tad different. Out of the 506 responses Famitsu received, nearly three-quarters of them said that Sony's press conference was the best out of the primary events held in and around the show. Only 7 percent said Microsoft was best, while another 16 percent said that the Nintendo Direct event piqued their interests the most. One published comment, written by a male reader in his twenties, was typical of the feedback...


Tetsuya Nomura draws comparisons between Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy 15

Final Fantasy 15's creator Tetsuya Nomura has shared some new information about the game's controls and how it compares with his other major franchise, Kingdom Hearts. "The starting point will have a sense of control that is similar to that of Kingdom Hearts' easy and refreshing action, so it won't be difficult," said Nomura in an interview with Famitsu, translated by Siliconera. "Most of it will come pretty naturally to you. "We're currently testing out different operational methods with each hardware. Regarding allies, in addition to cooperative attacks, there will also be situational actions, which will be part of various scenarios in battles." In the Famitsu article, Nomura talked about some of his design decisions and inspirations for Final Fantasy 15, including the in-game...


Tetsuya Nomura explains why Final Fantasy Versus 13 became Final Fantasy 15

Seven years and a month after it was first announced in E3 2006 under the name Final Fantasy Versus 13, Final Fantasy 15 finally had its first "real" debut trailer revealed at the LA Convention Center last week; However, as director Tetsuya Nomura revealed to Famitsu magazine in this week's issue, the decision to rename the project got its start a lot earlier than you'd think. "Around one or two years after we announced FF Versus 13," he said, "it was suggested to us to shift to FF15 as part of the company's direction. By that time, a fair amount of time had already passed since the announcement and Versus was a well-known title, so it wasn't a given that this would be 15; it could have still been Versus. Personally, I came to accept the idea once FF Agito 13's name was changed to F...

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