Thu, 19 Jul 2012, 4:13 AM (CDT) by Teggles
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Thu, 19 Jul 2012, 4:13 AM (CDT) BY Teggles
Back in late 2011, GamesMaster UK published a rumour predicting Final Fantasy XV would be announced at E3 2012 as a multiplatform title. Well, this didn't happen.
And now we know why. The prediction wasn't for an E3 2012 announcement. It was actually much more vague, simply predicting that we'd see Final Fantasy XV "next year , as part of FF 25th anniversary". This wasn't dramatic enough for GamesMaster, so they took a guess and said E3.
GamesMaster maintain that their industry insider is extremely trustworthy -- he was responsible for predicting FFXIV being announced at E3 2009, FFXIII being announced for Xbox 360 at E3 2008 and the FFXIII Compilation being announced at E3 2006.
To make up for their mistake, they've revealed everything else the industry insider told them in late 2011:
- Including the concept planning and pre-production phase, the game has already been in development for over 4 years.
- It entered full production in January 2010, a month after FFXIII was released in Japan. Since then it has had a development team of just over 200 people.
- The director is the same person who directed FFVI, FFIX and FFXII. [Hiroyuki Ito]
- The co-director led a small part of the development team to make Tactics Ogre for the PSP in parallel with FFXV. He's currently multi-tasking as lead UI designer of FFXIV 2.0 and co-director of FFXV. [Hiroshi Minagawa]
- The game design and battle system will be a major evolution of FFXII.
- The game will be open world and have sprawling, crowd-filled cities on par with Assassin's Creed.
- The battle system now allows you to target different parts of an enemy's body like in Vagrant Story.
- Yoichi Wada (president of Square Enix) wants the game to have a world scale and volume of content that surpasses The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. He also wants the game to surpass FFVII in worldwide sales and critical reception.
This kind of backtracking is very suspect. But it all makes sense -- what better way to celeberate the 25th of anniversary of Final Fantasy? Look forward to September for Tokyo Game Show 2012.
Thanks to Galvanization for the information.
Thu, 19 Jul 2012, 1:14 AM (CDT) BY Teggles
Update (Jul 19): It seems that this logo is the one used for Final Fantasy XIV 2.0, as you can see in the bottom left of this screenshot. The trademark still shows the title as Final Fantasy XV, but this may have been a mistake. A little disappointing.
No more if, buts, and maybes. Although no one noticed until now, a U.S. trademark was filed last month for none other than Final Fantasy XV. If you weren't already convinced, this should be enough -- FFXV is happening.
The trademark was filed on June 25, 2012. It doesn't go into details about the game, but the logo given is not in the traditional Final Fantasy style. Instead, "Final Fantasy XV" is written in a modern font with a line between the X and the V. Why? Who knows.
Check out the trademark and full-sized logo below:
Thanks to Cylus for the tip.
Wed, 06 Jun 2012, 6:37 AM (CDT) BY Teggles
Is this what we were waiting for... or not? Square Enix have been sneaky and released a "Final Fantasy Realtime Tech Demo" that they've named "Agni's Philsophy". It's a Final Fantasy game, but what Final Fantasy game is it? Final Fantasy XV? No one knows.
The demo is rendered using Square Enix's next-generation Luminous Studio engine. Quite simply, it looks amazing. A group of wizards are seen performing a ritual to summon some massive beast, until they're interrupted by a terrorist attack. Sparks and lightning bolts fly as one girl, Agni, escapes with magical artifact through terrorist gunfire and mutated hyenas. I won't spoil any more. Check it out:
And here's 12 HD screenshots, direct from Square Enix themselves:
Source: Square Enix
Wed, 30 May 2012, 8:28 PM (CDT) BY Teggles
Update (Jun 2): Well, I don't think anyone will be surprised. Square Enix have commented on the trailer, explicitly saying: "We can confirm that the trailer is fake." So it looks like we might not be getting FFXV. Yet.
There is no proof that this is real -- but a video making the rounds today shows a brief trailer for Final Fantasy Versus XIII, seemingly projected in front of a small audience. When the trailer is over, a logo flashes not for Versus XIII, but for Final Fantasy XV. The audience cheers, the logos for PlayStation 3 and Wii U flash, and the audience cheers some more.
At first look the video appears legit. It seems bizarre that anyone would go to such massive lengths to fake this. On the other hand, the room looks eerily like a lecture theatre, and only two people in the audience are actually visible. More importantly, if there was a conference, why haven't any of the press mentioned it?
Take a look and decide for yourself:
Wed, 30 May 2012, 4:48 AM (CDT) BY Teggles
The biggest gaming showcase in the world, E3, is coming up very soon. June 5, to be exact.
Obviously we all want to know the same thing: will Square Enix be showing Final Fantasy XV at E3 2012?
The rumours say yes. A few months ago we heard that not only is FFXV to be announced at E3 2012, but it will be multiplatform too. Similar things have been said before, but this time it came from the longrunning GamesMaster Magazine. Square Enix have denied many rumours, but they haven't uttered a word about this one.
Publicly, Square Enix are shifty and unclear -- as usual. A list of titles they do plan to show has been released, but it doesn't contain any Final Fantasy game except for a musical spinoff named Theatrhythm. Such a lackluster lineup is obviously incomplete.
On the other hand, interviews with Square Enix developers are a bit clearer. Testuya Nomura revealed that there is "a secret team working on an unannounced title", and "there is a chance that some information about that will be announced this year". Yoshinori Kitase mentioned that we may have "15 and 16 in the near future". It may not be entirely related, but he also said that "even if any particular game turns out to be a flop, the next one we can start afresh, we can reset and move on". Sounds a lot like the failure that was Final Fantasy XIV.
The answer isn't that clear. But more and more people are losing interest in Final Fantasy. Square Enix need to put the side-games where they belong -- on the side -- and release the games we all want to see: Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, and Final Fantasy XV.
Source: Various (thanks Galvanizer for the two interview articles)
Fri, 23 Dec 2011, 7:40 PM (CST) BY Teggles
New rumours suggest that Final Fantasy XV will be announced at E3 2012 during a special Square Enix press conference. The surprising news? FFXV is apparently going multiplatform, seeing a release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and even Wii U.
E3 2012 kicks off on June 5. The press conference, which may be held before or after the starting date, is purported to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Final Fantasy.
The information comes from issue 247 of GamesMaster UK, which is due out on January 3, 2012. At that point, we'll be able to get our hands on the article. In the mean time, if anyone has an advance copy of the issue, feel free to help us out with a scan.
No word from Square Enix whether the rumour is true or not. However, common sense says that GamesMaster made it up, but it's still probably going to happen.
Tue, 15 Nov 2011, 8:48 PM (CST) BY Teggles
In an interview with Edge Magazine, Final Fantasy XIII-2 producer and Square Enix mainstay Yoshinori Kitase suggested a changing future for Final Fantasy games.
Kitase expressed his opinion that players seem to be drawn more to action RPGs instead of the traditional turn-based style:
Although other Square Enix developers might differ, Kitase clearly seems to think it's instrumental for Final Fantasy to go in the action RPG direction. Finally, he continues the "maybe, maybe not" routine we've been given ever since the developers began mentioning a next game:
So nothing conclusive yet. But we may just say goodbye to the turn-based style Final Fantasy has been known for.
Source: EDGE Magazine
Fri, 10 Jun 2011, 11:37 PM (CDT) BY Teggles
Before Final Fantasy exploded in popularity with FFVII on PlayStation, the home of the series was Nintendo. Although the rumors surrounding Final Fantasy XV for Nintendo's new console proved false, an interview with FFXIII producer Yoshinori Kitase leaves the possibility open.
Speaking with NowGamer at E3 2011, Kitase had this to say about Nintendo's new Wii U:
It's possible we could see a return of the series to its Nintendo roots. Final Fantasy XV for Wii U, anyone?
Thu, 09 Jun 2011, 7:32 AM (CDT) BY Teggles
This E3 proved to be elusive for a Final Fantasy XV announcement, but Square Enix haven't been silent about it. In an interview with EuroGamer, FFXIII producer Yoshinori Kitase made it clear that FFXV will remain on a high-definition console.
Kitase further commented that Square Enix will continue concentrating on handheld development for Final Fantasy spin-offs, such as Crisis Core:
Thu, 28 Apr 2011, 2:01 AM (CDT) BY Teggles
With E3 2011 kicking off on June 7, predictions of Final Fantasy XV's announcement have been brewing. Just a few days ago, an unconfirmed list of games Nintendo has planned for its upcoming console -- codenamed Project Cafe -- leaked onto 4chan.
One of the titles this list purports to be for Nintendo's Project Cafe is, of course, Final Fantasy XV.
We here at Final Fantasy XV Home are going to be honest: this list is complete and utter crap. It's certainly possible that FFXV will be announced at E3, and we hope it's the case. Unfortunately, an anonymous poster on 4chan just isn't a reliable source.
See the list here.