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Square Enix investigating Final Fantasy XI for Vita

Square Enix investigating Final Fantasy XI for Vita

Square Enix is investigating a port of Final Fantasy XI to the PlayStation Vita, but no plan has been set yet, reports Andriasang. Apparently at least some game designers have confidence in the device's online capabilities, so this could signal more MMOs to come. Also worth noting is the fact that they're considering the company's older MMORPG, rather than the newer Final Fantasy XIV. It's run into more than its share of troubles.

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Theatrhythm covers Final Fantasy I through XIII

Theatrhythm covers Final Fantasy I through XIII

Square Enix's newest addition to the Final Fantasy franchise has been getting a lot of attention placed on its bizarre name. (And with a name like Theatrhythm, it certainly deserves the scrutiny!) Today, Square Enix is hoping you'll pay attention to what ultimately matters: the gameplay. Andriasang reports that the game is not unlike the PSP fighting game Dissidia, as it features characters and scenarios from all thirteen numbered Final Fantasy games. Each game will have its own stage, presumably letting you play relevant music. Clash on the Big Bridge (Final Fantasy V), One Winged Angel (Final Fantasy VII), At Zanarkand (Final Fantasy X), and The Sunleth Waterscape (Final Fantasy XIII) are just some of the tracks to be included in the upcoming 3DS game.

The similarities to Dissidia extend beyond the concept of the game. In fact, it ties into the mythos of that universe. According to Siliconera, there is a space between the two gods of Dissidia, Chaos and Cosmos, called "rhythm, which "fuels a crystal that spreads music throughout the world." Obviously, you'll have to entrust the various Final Fantasy heroes in order to restore that crystal. Read more »

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Final Fantasy 3DS rhythm game "Theatrhythm" announced

Final Fantasy 3DS rhythm game "Theatrhythm" announced

Square Enix is offering its own spin on the rhythm genre, by merging it with Final Fantasy properties. Shonen Jump (via Siliconera) reports that Theatrhythm Final Fantasy lets you explore dungeons and towns and fight monsters, but you'll be doing all that by tapping the stylus to the beat. The game is coming to the Nintendo 3DS in Japan, but no release information for the US has been revealed.

As a Final Fantasy spin-off, it looks to bank on the series' long history. A screenshot has already shown off Cloud, Lightning, an Onion Knight, and the Warrior of Light. This is similar to the Dissidia fighting series, which has also sold characters as downloadable content. Read more »

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Square attempted Final Fantasy 7 & 8 Steam re-release

Square attempted Final Fantasy 7 & 8 Steam re-release

Outside of the two online Final Fantasy games, only two main entries of the Final Fantasy franchise ever found release on the PC. Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII were originally released in 1998 and 2000, ported by now-Square Enix subsidary Eidos. While they were technically flawed, the ports helped introduced the franchise to a whole new audience.

It appears that Square Enix attempted to revive those ports for re-release on Steam. A report by RPG Site shows that Steam's "Content Description Record" (accessible via the "Steam Registry Toolkit") holds entries for both releases. It's clear that Square Enix had the intent to distribute the games on Valve's digital distribution service, as modifications to the game code were apparently discovered. According to the report, game files were edited, likely in an attempt to make the games "run better on newer operating systems." Read more »

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Final Fantasy XI 'Abyssea Edition' coming to PC May 16

Final Fantasy XI 'Abyssea Edition' coming to PC May 16

Final Fantasy XI is getting another PC retail release that gathers all of the downloadable content in one handy package. Titled the 'Final Fantasy XI Ultimate Collection Abyssea Edition,' it will be released exclusively to PCs as a downloadable title on May 16, for $19.99.

The UCAE includes the standard game, along with the four expansion packs: Rise of the Zilart, Chains of Promathia, Treasures of Aht Urhgan, and Wings of the Goddess. It will also pack in all of the add-on scenarios released thus far, including the Abyssea battle areas that were added in 2010. Plus, it brings the Destrier Beret item, which is said to pack some bonuses to help players get a running start at the MMO. Read more »

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Over 5 Million Copies of Final Fantasy 13 Shipped; Overall Franchise Hits 96 Million

With Square Enix's long-awaited role-playing sequel Final Fantasy XIII having just hit Europe and North America, the company passed along some shipment figures.

In all, over five million copies of Final Fantasy XIII have shipped since the PlayStation 3 version hit Japan in December 2009. Of that sum, the North American and European shipments of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 editions make up over three million. Read more »

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Final Fantasy 1 & 2 Hit iPhone, iPod Touch

The prettied-up iPhone and iPod Touch versions of Square's classic RPGs Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II have arrived today on iTunes.

The pair are priced at $8.99 apiece and weigh in at 72MB and 143MB respectively. Read more »

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Final Fantasy 1 & 2 Heading to iPhone, Tarted Up

The first two entries in Square's much-beloved Final Fantasy series are headed to the iPhone with revamped graphics, Square Enix has announced via Facebook.

Final Fantasy II is the original Japanese title--not to be confused with the game released in North America under the name Final Fantasy II, which was in fact Final Fantasy IV. Read more »

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Video Shows GRIN's Unreleased Final Fantasy?

Following the closure of Bionic Commando and Terminator Salvation developer GRIN, word emerged that the Sweedish studio had been working on a new Final Fantasy.

Now, a narrated video made by GRIN's former sound designer Jonatan Crafoord has begun making the rounds with sounds and footage from the supposed action-centric Final Fantasy XII spinoff, including a peek of the series' iconic Chocobo. Read more »

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Weekly Nintendo Downloads Bring Final Fantasy 1, Thorium Wars and Word Searcher

This week's regularly scheduled update to the North American Wii and Nintendo DSi Shop Channels may not be as loaded as weeks past, but ...Final Fantasy! It's a classic!

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Defunct GRIN Was Working on New Final Fantasy

When Bionic Commando and Terminator Salvation game developer GRIN closed earlier this month, the studio lamented that it had an "unreleased masterpiece that we weren't allowed to finish"--a title that now appears to have been a new Final Fantasy entry.

Various LinkedIn listings uncovered by superannuation indicate that GRIN was working with Final Fantasy owner Square Enix on a project codenamed "Fortress," with one ex-staffer noting his work at GRIN on an "unannounced Final Fantasy project." Read more »

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Square Enix Reveals Lifetime Sales of Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, Hitman, Deus Ex and More

With Square Enix's $120 million purchase of Eidos now complete, lifetime sales figures of their major franchises have been revealed.

The information was provided as part of Square Enix's "Corporate Strategy Meeting," during which the company discussed "synergies" and presented materials on the "Eidos Integration."

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Square Enix: 'We Need to Go Beyond Traditional'; Eyeing Potential Acquisitions

In an industry that is increasingly filled with buyouts and acquisitions, the importance of working with or outright buying other companies has not gone unnoticed by Japanese publisher Square Enix.

"It may be a business alliance or it may be us taking a stake in others, but we need to go beyond traditional Square Enix," Square Enix president Yoichi Wada told Reuters of his company's future. "Economies of scale and breadth of scope are getting important." Read more »

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Final Fantasy WiiWare Gets Price, Release Date

Square Enix will launch its first WiiWare title Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As a King on May 12 for 1500 Wii points ($15), according to Wii fansite The Wiire.

The release date coincides with Nintendo's previously announced launch date for its WiiWare downloadable game platform. Other studios currently developing software for the platform include Nintendo, Frontier Developments and Telltale Games. Read more »

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