Alright, well, as near as I can figure, Square Enix said something about Final Fantasy XV and Nintendo Switch today at Gamescom. It was less than an announcement but more substantial than a routine “we’re thinking about it.” Here’s what happened.
Square Enix is making FFXV all adorable and pocket-sized with an iOS and Android take on the adventures of Noctis and his buddies.
Following last year’s successful Kickstarter campaign for Fear Effect Sedna, French studio Sushee’s next project is a complete remake of the 2000 original. Fear Effect Reinvented is coming to PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC next year.
Final Fantasy XV, a video game about male friendship and good hair, will come to PC in early 2018. The fifteenth mainline Final Fantasy, which came out in November 2016, was previously only available on PS4 and Xbox One.
On November 15, 2016, free-to-play MMORPG Chaos Saga launched in Japan. A day later, its service suddenly stopped after character design similarities between Chaos Saga and Final Fantasy XI were discovered. The company behind Chaos Saga has publicly apologized.
In Japan, Square Enix announced Dragon Quest I, II and III for PS4 and 3DS downloads. DQI and II will be released on August 10 for 600 yen ($5.40) and 850 yen ($7.70) respectively, while DQIII will be out later this month for 1,500 yen ($13.54).
Square Enix’s long-running Itadaki Street series (basically a take on Monopoly) has a new game coming out to celebrate the 30th anniversaries of both Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest (though the latter’s 30th was actually last year). Its trailer sure is something.
The company revealed the game at the Dragon Quest Summer Festival 2017 going on in Japan this weekend and even teased some early gameplay footage.
Final Fantasy XV’s multiplayer beta went live today, and in it, you can hack-and-slash through a few short quests. You can also spend hours creating your very own avatar, adjusting everything from facial tattoos to, uh, lower jaw width.
So far, the breakout Dragon Quest XI character is Martina. She kicks ass, spawns hearts and is already inspiring fan art and cosplay.
Earlier this year, Square Enix revealed “muteki suits” (invincible suits) as an upcoming free download. Immediately, they were compared to Power Ranger costumes and soon scrapped. Square Enix has now released the new suits. They are scary.
Water is wet. Sugar is sweet. And Japan loves Dragon Quest. In the least surprising news of the weekend, the latest DQ release drew long lines. At some locations, the game sold out.
Here’s Dragon Quest XI’s remote play on a PS Vita. Looks nice, no? Ditto for the Slime nails. DQXI will be released tomorrow in Japan on the PS4 and the Nintendo 3DS.
It’s not clear why Final Fantasy XV, a game about the power of male friendship and good hair, is getting a multiplayer expansion. But it’s happening, it’s called Comrades, and next week you’ll be able to get a taste of it.
Lost Sphear, the next JRPG from the makers of I Am Setsuna, will be out on January 23, 2018, publisher Square Enix said today. It’ll get a simultaneous launch on Steam, Switch, and PS4. From what I’ve seen, it looks rad.
Last year, Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII was moonlighting as a Louis Vuitton model. Now in 2017, she’s back with another gig. This time, she’s selling cars in China.
Amirul Rizwan Musa, a 21 year-old entrepreneur from Malaysia, has spent over $41,000 on cosmetic surgery to look like Squall Leonheart, minus the scar. Can you see the resemblance?
To mark Dragon Quest’s 30th anniversary, a DQ statue has been erected in Sumoto, Japan.