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Live A Live comes to PlayStation and Steam on April 27, demo available today
Live A Live will be heading to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Steam on April 27th, courtesy of an announcement by Square Enix tonight. Originally available on the Nintendo Switch last year, the remake of the 1994 Super Famicom game featured fully HD-2D graphics, a remastered score, and many other additions to bring the game back to life. One of Square's gems that was never localized outside of Japan, players take the role of seven different heroes scattered across time who each have a scenario that is vastly different than the other. In the demo, you'll be able control an outlaw forced to defend a town of strangers in the Wild West, infiltrate a castle as a ninja in the Twilight of Edo Japan, and decide what one of three disciples will carry on your legacy as the Earthen Heart Shift in Imperial China. You'll get a 20% discount on the game if you preorder through the PlayStation Store and Steam. Additionally, a demo will be available on the PlayStation Store and Steam today. While you're here, check out our review of the Switch version here. Announcement Trailer Demo Gameplay (Nintendo Switch)
Forspoken DLC ‘In Tanta We Trust’ arrives on May 26
Forspoken DLC 'In Tanta We Trust' will arrive on May 26th, according to a press release shared by Square Enix today. If you purchased the Deluxe Edition, you'll get the DLC for free, as well as early access to the content on May 23. For all others, you'll need to purchase it separately. "Forspoken: In Tanta We Trust story DLC will serve as a prequel to the main game and takes place 25 years prior the events of Forspoken. Continuing her search for a way to eradicate the Break from Athia once and for all, Frey finds herself following a mysterious voice that leads her to a place that somehow transports her to the Purge of the Rheddig, the legendary battle that devastated Athia and eventually drove the Tantas to madness. Accompanied by Tanta Cinta and a new set of magical abilities, Frey must uncover the answers and save Athia once more – and attempt to save herself.In the Forspoken: In Tanta We Trust DLC, players will battle alongside Tanta Cinta using Frey’s newfound magical ability to unlock new combat strategies and coordinate devastating attack combos against the invading Rheddig forces. Scale to new heights in unique, vertically-designed environments with Frey’s
Final Fantasy XIV’s free login campaign returns, Stormblood expansion free for a limited time
Final Fantasy XIV's free login campaign has returned and will run through Monday, May 8th. During this period, players with service accounts may log into the game and play for 96 hours concurrently regardless of their subscription status. The free period is an ideal way to catch up with the game's latest updates if you've taken a break, just make sure to note there is a 24-hour scheduled maintenance on Monday, April 3rd to implement Patch 6.38 wherein the game will not be available to play. Said maintenance is to upgrade the North American data center with new server infrastructure. Additionally, for owners of the Starter Edition, the game's second expansion Stormblood will be available for a limited time to add to your service account. You'll have until May 8, 2023 to claim it, and instructions to do so can be found here. Released back in 2017, Stormblood saw the Warrior of Light and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn travel to lands occupied by the Garlean Empire in hopes of freeing them from imperial control. The expansion added the Red Mage and Samurai jobs and increased the level cap to 70 as well as swimming and diving traversal. More news regarding
Here’s Final Fantasy XVI’s PAX East panel in full
If you missed the live presentation for Final Fantasy XVI's "Yes, You Can Pet the Torgal" panel at PAX East today, there's no need to worry. Square Enix has gone and uploaded the panel in full direct feed so you can watch it in the comfort of your own time. It's a good thing too because the earlier broadcast didn't go particularly well - cutting out at several instances during key gameplay showcases. During the panel, producer Naoki Yoshida and localization director Michael-Christopher Koji Fox covered a broad overview for the game, noting that FFXVI aims to resonate with both young and older players. To do this, the team has focused on the importance of narrative, characters, visuals and the battle system. Several videos were shown off to demonstrate these pillars, including a look at Eikons (summons) and the main characters - all using real time graphics. Several locations were also shown, detailing FFXVI's world of Valisthea. Once again, Yoshida noted that the locations seen in a walkthrough video are all real time places you can visit. Moving on, the panel also took a deeper look at the Eikons and their Dominants. Dominants are the keepers of the Eikons, or summons in
Voice of Cards Trilogy + DLC set out today
Square Enix is releasing the card-based RPG Voice of Cards Trilogy and Voice of Cards + DLC set starting today for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. The Trilogy comes packed with all three titles from the Voice of Cards series including Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars, Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden and Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden. There's also the game + DLC set available, which contains the three aforementioned titles and their downloadable content. Additionally, the Voice of Cards series is now available for smartphone platforms including iOS and Android. A free trial version which was also available as a Demo for console and PC platforms, Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars Chapter 0, is available for mobile devices. Chapter 0 serves as the prologue episode that reveals what happened on the day before the events of Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars. For more on the Voice of Cards series, including our reviews on all three games, check out our coverage here. A new trailer for the Trilogy can be viewed below.
Final Fantasy XI appoints Yoji Fujito as new producer
Final Fantasy XI producer Akihiko Matsui will be stepping down from his role, to be replaced by director Yoji Fujito. This announcement came by way of the game's official website today, wherein Matsui shared his reflections on the project. Matsui started as a battle designer the company's first MMORPG before moving to the director's chair in 2010, ten years after he joined the project. After a stint as Final Fantasy XIV's lead combat system designer for the successful A Realm Reborn relaunch, he returned as a producer on Final Fantasy XI after Hiromichi Tanaka's departure until the present day. He is often seen on short broadcasts with director Fujito sharing information about monthly updates coming to the game. Of course it shouldn't be forgotten that Matsui's resume is quite impressive, even aside his long career leading Final Fantasy XI. Starting off as a battle designer for Final Fantasy IV back in 1991, he would come to work on other beloved 16-bit era RPGs like Final Fantasy V, Romancing SaGa 2, and a little game called Chrono Trigger which he also directed. Moving into the PlayStation, he also worked on the SaGa Frontier and as a game and systems designer on the
Hatching-tide seasonal event returns to Final Fantasy XIV on March 27
The Hatching-tide limited-time seasonal event returns to Final Fantasy XIV from March 27th through April 10th. Titled 'Eggy, Eggy, Stabby Fun!', a short scenario quest will be available in game. Limited time items from previous years' iterations of the event can also be purchased from the Online Store at a discount. Take a look at the event details below, and, while you're here, check out where to unlock new content in Patch 6.35, which released on March 7, 2023. This patch continues the Deep Dungeon series with Eureka Orthos, adds Lopporit tribal quests, a new Hildibrand chapter, and new stages for the Manderville Weapon enhancement quests and Splendorous crafting/gathering tools. "The season of eggs and whimsy is upon us, and Jihli Aliapoh is looking for an adventurer just like you to help make her dreams─and maybe even nightmares─a reality this year. Ready to take a stab at Hatching-tide?"(Artwork: Kodai Okamoto) Quest Get Along and Play Knife Location: Speak to Jihli Aliapoh @ Old Gridania Requires: Level 15, travel to Gridania. "You feel eyes upon you. And they're not just Jihli Aliapoh's."Start: March 27, 2023 @ 1:00 AM (PDT)Stop: April 10, 2023 @ 7:59 AM (PDT) Rewards Tonberry gear set:• Tonberry Head • Tonberry Body • Tonberry Hands •
Forspoken patch 1.11 is now available
A new patch is available for Forspoken on PlayStation 5, Steam and Epic Games Store, Square Enix announced today. A patch for the version on the Microsoft Store will be added at a later date. While there isn't much in the way of patch notes, the ones we do have focus on technical issues. The development team has gone ahead and fixed an issue where the game crashes in certain scenes or by certain actions. Additionally, they've covered various minor fixes. So there you have it. Forspoken is now available and if you're curious on how the game plays out, we've got you covered with our full review here.
Next Final Fantasy XIV Letter from the Producer Live set for March 31
The next edition of the on-going Final Fantasy XIV Letter from the Producer Live series is set to broadcast on March 31, Square Enix announced today. With a starting time currently scheduled for March 31 at 4AM PDT, fans can look forward to the first information on what's to come in Patch 6.4 - which will include the next high-end raid tier, addition to the main scenario and more. The broadcast will cover various parts of Patch 6.4 as well as miscellaneous updates. Do note that the presentation will be in Japanese with no translation save for the slides that will include English text. As always, we'll have our full summary ready to go, so stay tuned.
Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin launches on Steam April 6
Team Ninja's Action RPG Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin is finally making its way over to Steam, Square Enix announced today. Having been available on other platforms including Epic Game Store for just shy of a year now, it's time for the rest of the PC user base to experience one of 2022's most interesting games. For those looking to buy the game elsewhere, it has also been discounted to a new permanent price. Additionally, a new trailer has been released, highlighting the main characters and "The Journey Ends". Since its release, Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin has amassed a number of downloadable content expansions. The third and final season pass DLC arrived on January 27, following Trials of the Dragon King and Wanderer of the Rift. Titled Different Future, if features Jack’s repeat encounter with a mysterious Lufeinian, and none other than the Emperor, the main antagonist from Final Fantasy II. Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin is now available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and the Epic Games Store.