About Chelsi Laire

Chelsi joined Nova Crystallis in 2017 to contribute for the site's content. Square Enix games established her strong fondness for narrative driven games and RPGs in general, particularly the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series. Outside of Nova Crystallis she also contributes for RPG Site and is a freelance developer. She is currently studying a Master's in Computer Science. Outside of games? She's probably drowning in music, comics, and cosmology.

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition due out in February

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition will be making its way to smartphones next month.

Consisting of ten episodes, Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition is a retelling of the main game, giving fans and newcomers alike the freedom to journey through Eos whenever and from wherever they want. It will feature the main characters and story of both the console version and Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition, which means it would include all the content from patches and DLC episodes released during the base game’s post-release.

All ten episodes will be available at launch, with the first episode at no charge. Episodes 2 – 10 may be purchased individually or as a bundle. Episode 2-3 each cost $0.99, while the rest of the episodes cost $3.99 individually. The bundle with all episodes cost $19.99.

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition will also support iPhones and iPads running on iOS 11.1 or later, select Android devices running on Android 5.0 or later. The game is currently available for pre-registration on both the App Store and Google Play.

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Watch Lost Sphear’s launch trailer, “A New Moon Rises”

Lost Sphear, from Square Enix’s Tokyo RPG Factory, is now available on the Nintendo Switch, the PlayStation 4 and Steam.

Lost Sphear is about a brave swordsman named Kanata, who awakens to find the world disappearing. Players can join him and his friends on a quest to save the world using the power of Memory as they battle against an ominous power threatening the fabric of reality.

Lost Sphear will have the following features:

  • Reimagined Turn-Based Battles – Fight with the freedom of strategic movement in enhanced turn-based battles
  • Mighty Vulcosuits – Utilize mechanized Vulcosuit armor in the fields and in battle to amplify your abilities and execute unique skills
  • Beautiful SoundtrackI am Setsuna composer Tomoki Miyoshi scores an atmospheric and moving soundtrack to accompany Kanata’s epic adventure.

Lost Sphear’s physical package is now available for pre-order exclusively from the Square Enix Online Store for the PlayStation 4  and Nintendo Switch.

Players can also download the Day One patch for the game on all platforms from today, which adds a number of free upgrades including new equipment and artefacts, a new dungeon, the new Moonlight Battleground mode and much more.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm physical editions on the way to release in March

With the success of Life is Strange: Before the Storm, it will get a physical release in March 6 later this year for the Playstation 4 and Xbox One. There will be three editions in total.

The Standard Edition ( Amazon PS4 | Amazon XBO ) will include the following:

  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm – The Complete Season (Episodes 1 to 3)
  • Bonus Episode: ‘Farewell’ – play one last time as a young Max Caulfield in a special bonus episode
  • Mixtape Mode – Design your own playlist from the Life is Strange soundtrack and listen to it alongside a cinematic scene from the game
  • Outfit Pack – Change up Chloe’s look with three new complete outfits.
  • Episode 1 from the first Life is Strange season (digital)

The Limited Edition ( Amazon PS4 | Amazon XBO ) will include the Standard Edition content and the following:

  • Exclusive art book featuring art from Life is Strange: Before the Storm
  • Soundtrack CD with the original music soundtrack

The Vinyl Edition is up for pre-order and is a Square Enix store exclusive. It will include the Limited Edition content and the following:

  • Exclusive Vinyl Set – Vinyl music set of the original soundtrack
  • Exclusive Packaging – Presentation Box

 

Crystal Dynamics celebrates 25 years in the industry with a new video

Crystal Dynamics, the renowned developer of the critically acclaimed Tomb Raider franchise, released a brand new video highlighting the studio’s 25-year legacy of great gaming experiences. The developer began its 25th year in a newly redesigned, state-of-the-art facility that includes a fully equipped motion capture stage, six soundproof audio rooms, a dailies review room featuring a 4K HDR TV setup, a photogrammetry capture space, a full 4K HDR Dolby Atmos equipped theater, and more.

Embracing a diverse staff of the industry’s best, many of whom have been tenured for over 15 years, Crystal Dynamics has developed and published over 30 award-winning titles during its 25-year adventure. Some of the most beloved franchises include GexLegacy of Kain and most recently Tomb Raider, which has now sold over 63 million copies worldwide including 11 million units for Tomb Raider (2013) and more than 7 million units for Rise of the Tomb Raider. In collaboration with Marvel, the studio is currently hard at work on the highly anticipated Avengers project, which was announced earlier this year.

“Crystal occupies a special place in the games industry. Over a third of our team have been with the studio for more than 5 years, and several have been here for more than 20 years, which makes us a tightly knitted team,” said Ron Rosenberg, Head of Studio. “Over the years, many industry luminaries have worked at Crystal and contributed to the creative culture that our current rock star developers embody and evolve. From the very beginning, we’ve shared a common goal of crafting incredible character-driven games, and 25 years later that flame of innovation burns brighter than ever.”

Additionally in 2017, Crystal Dynamics partnered with charity organizations and the Tomb Raider community to continue its campaign of giving back, making charitable contributions to GameChanger,Extra Life, and the Alzheimer’s Association.

“We exist thanks to the generosity and love our amazing players show us; and it’s a true privilege to do what we do for what we feel are the best fans out there. So following their example, we are always looking for meaningful ways to give back to those in need and share our good fortune,” added Scot Amos, Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “Crystal exists to make the best games possible… be it within our legacy of Tomb Raider or our future with the Avengers project, we do this because we love making people happy. And that’s what giving is all about.”

Square Enix wants to release its classic titles to newer platforms

As a desire to reach out to the younger generations who may have heard the fame of Square Enix’s classic titles but have no access to them on today’s consoles, Square Enix has showed interest in making as many of their older titles digitally available for newer platforms. CEO Yosuke Matsuda clarifies however that rather than only doing ports, modernizing them would be more appropriate for the current generation.

Modernization basically refers to remasters, similarly to what Final Fantasy IX recently received. They improved its overall graphical performance and game models by upscaling them in HD, while also tweaking the gameplay by adding new  features such as level and stats boosting. As what we’re seeing right now with Final Fantasy VII, those dream remakes we always think about can be demanding in terms of development, and decent HD remasters of Square’s beloved classics might just be the preferred direction.

Watch the character trailers for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT’s roster

Square Enix has released a bunch of character trailers for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT‘s roster, and presumably we’re getting one for each of them. It’s certainly a way to hype up the game, especially since the trailers give a few scenes on the cast interacting with each other (in Japanese). The game is coming out on January 30th 2018 for Playstation 4. It  can be preordered here,  and you can also check out more of our coverage here.