Final Fantasy veteran Yoshitaka Amano documentary explores his journey as an artist

Yoshitaka Amano is heralded on the same level as Sakaguchi and Uematsu, being one of the main forces of Final Fantasy‘s foundation. In this documentary produced for the release of the Final Fantasy Memorial Ultimania official encyclopedia, we get a glimpse into his universe and career, from his first steps as an animator for Tatsunoko, to his emblematic illustration work for Final Fantasy and his recent involvement on the contemporary art scene.

Distant Worlds 2017 European concert series announced


The famous Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy concert series returns to Europe in 2017. Today the first six locations have been announced, starting with Madrid, Spain on April 29.

Arnie Roth once again conducts the Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus, playing music from Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy XII, and more.

Here is the full list of the concert dates and locations:

  • April 29, 2017 – Palacio Vistalegre – Madrid, Spain
  • April 30, 2017 – Auditori Forum – Barcelona, Spain
  • May 4, 2017  – Heineken Music Hall – Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • May 6, 2017 – Mitsubishi Electric Halle – Düsseldorf, Germany
  • May 12, 2017 – Teatro Linear Ciak – Milan, Italy
  • May 13, 2017 – Hallenstadion – Zürich, Switzerland

Tickets will go on sale starting next week, Thursday, September 22, 2016. Is your city not on the list? Fear not, since more dates will be announced soon. – Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds – MGP Live

Final Symphony II concert to showcase all-new FF5, 8, 9 and 13 music arrangements


A sequel to the hit concert series and album release Final Symphony has been announced – and it’s already confirmed that it’ll tackle four much-loved Final Fantasy soundtracks when it arrives later this year.

Nobuo Uematsu’s Final Fantasy V, VIII and IX scores will all receive the full Final Symphony treatment, which includes complex and sweeping arrangements of themes from the game in a fashion that’s more musically rich and clasically styled than most other FF and video game music concerts.

In addition, excerpts of the score from Final Fantasy XIII will also be performed, with the special Final Symphony arrangements contributed by composer Masashi Hamauzu himself.

The new concert series will debut at London’s Babrican venue on the 12th September, and FF maestro Uematsu will be in attendance. He’ll also give a special talk on his composition techniques and career, taking on fan questions and answers beforehand. Tickets for that concert will run between £35 and £65, while tickets for the Uematsu Q&A session will cost £10. They go on sale tomorrow, the 20th, at 10am UK time. Performing will be the London Symphony Orchestra.

“It’s wonderful that we’re able to return to the Barbican with such an exciting new programme of music,” said Final Symphony II producer, Thomas Böcker. “Performing the original Final Symphony with the LSO back in 2013 was a musical dream come true, and recording the album at Abbey Road Studios was the icing on the cake. The arrangers, Roger Wanamo and Jonne Valtonen – plus Masashi Hamauzu – have been working very hard on something extremely special and we think it’s exactly what fans of Final Fantasy have been waiting for!”

The first Final Symphony concert and album, featuring music from Final Fantasy VI, VII and X, blew us away on launch – and we weren’t alone. The release found its way to the top of the iTunes Classical charts in more than ten countries, and also charted in the classical sections of the UK and US official charts. If you haven’t already got it, get to it – it’s available via Amazon and iTunes.

A new video feature with Uematsu, filmed during the recording sessions for the previous concert, has been released to celebrate – check that out below.

This post was syndicated from Nova Crystallis’ sister-site, RPG Site.

Final Fantasy XIII & XIII-2 added to PlayStation Now beta


PlayStation Now has been in a private beta on PlayStation 3 since January and just recently began on PlayStation 4. The latest update to the PS Now beta not only added a whole new slew of games, but also gives us a preview of how the pricing will work. Two of the newest games in the beta games rotation are Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2.

PlayStation Now is a service that will let you stream a game straight to your PS3, PS4, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV, and Sony Bravia TV’s. Since the games are being streamed there is no need to download the game and this allows you to hop right into the game as long as you have a somewhat decent internet connection. Prices are going to vary depending on the game as well as when it was released. Sony has also talked about having a subscription plan closer to the full launch of the service. 1545069_869094549771878_2649577431466702768_n As of now if you were looking to rent a game your options are four hours, seven days, 30 days, or 90 days. If you own a game digitally it will be free to stream right away on your PS3. If you are looking for these game on your PS4 they will not appear as free until you set up your rental on PS3 first. Since this is a beta hopefully this will change soon. Let us know what you think of being able to play Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 on your PS4 with PlayStation Now in the comments below.