The third episode of the CoNcast is live as of right now, and this time around we've got a look back at some gaming and entertainment April Fool's jokes from this year, as well as a brief retrospective on a couple that we ourselves have done both this year and in the past.
Later on, we discuss the new announcement that Bravely Default has finally been confirmed for a Western release, and we also give some time to the slightly older announcement that - surprise! - a Final Fantasy game is planned for the PlayStation 4. What do we think that game might be? You'll have to listen to find out, but you've probably figured it out on your own already, haven't you, clever little one.
Listen closely and you can also hear Death Penalty be accidentally politically incorrect. Listen less closely and you can hear the entire cast harass Death Penalty for nearly an hour.
Finally, we've got podcast feeds available! They should appear in every news article we make about podcasts from now on, and I'll soon be working on making them available more easily on the site homepage as well. Also, if you're reading this, you can simply click the links here for the raw feed and for the direct iTunes link. Note: Some browsers may not let you subscribe to the feeds directly, so please feel free to respond if you are having issues subscribing!
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For all you out there who don't feel like Square Enix ever listen to the demands of the fans, you are getting a win today. Siliconera reports that based on some off-the-record conversations from last week's Game Developers Conference, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy will be coming to the West in English. This has been the subject of much speculation for a while, as covered back in March, and while today's news is the result of some conversations on background, Siliconera is obviously a quality source of information and combined with the aforementioned tweet from the official Twitter feed, it seems like this long-lived rumor is fast approaching being a lock.
There's not much more to it than that right now. There's no release date, no screenshots in English and no further plans because as yet the news hasn't been officially confirmed. Expect all that to be coming soon!
Posted in: Square-Enix News
After several months of waiting for our IRC host to get it all set up for us, and then another few weeks of getting it set up, we're proud to announce that our new webchat is online and ready to go. We put it up a while back and have had positive feedback, and with a few tweaks we now have it ready for everyone to enjoy by hanging out with us.
This new chat's pretty great. It looks good, it works well, and it doesn't require the Java that our old one did. Hear that? No Java! It will work on all sorts of devices and works even if the standard IRC ports are blocked for you - not that we advocate chatting when you shouldn't!
Give it a try and chat with us.
Posted in: CoN Site News
Yeah, we did a second one. No, really, the feedback we got from everyone was quite positive, and we really appreciate it. We're trying to find our feet, and what better way than to keep practicing with a second episode?
It's been two weeks since the first, and I think that's the pace we'd like to try to keep - well, unless you guys want more or fewer, I suppose! This time around, the crew from the first episode (me, Tiddles, DP, and lasz) regroup to talk about what games and media we're absorbing - as all gaming podcasts are legally required to do - and then we also moved into a recap of my time at PAX East, and some conversation about the big name software coming out of Square Enix this year, including Final Fantasy XIV and X/X-2 HD.
We digressed a little more this time around. I kept the most entertaining bits! We'll be recording again pretty soon, so feel free to let us know if you have any subjects you might want us to hit.
We don't quite have the feed running yet, as I have a couple things left to work out. I'll have it running in time for the next episode!
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In huge company news announced just earlier today, Yoichi Wada, president and CEO of Square Enix, will be stepping down.
Wada has been at the helm of Square Enix since the company's formation nearly ten years ago. The change is cited as part of "a management reorganization," but as of yet there is no news regarding Wada's future role (if any?) in the company.
This news comes in the wake of several well-publicized frustrations (FFXIV, mobile prices/quality) and continuing financial difficulties.
Wada will be replaced by Yosuke Matsuda.
Posted in: Square-Enix News
With photos! I was only able to spend about six or seven hours there yesterday, but I had a blast and met some good people and some great Final Fantasy (and other) cosplayers while I was at the exhibition hall. Being there certainly gave me some good new things to talk about in the next CoNcast (and if you have questions about what I saw, post them here! We're going to be recording a CoNcast later today and I can answer them then or any time).
While some of the interesting stuff for Squenix came out before I could go, I did manage to find some time to check out the FFX HD trailer a bit, and while I didn't come up with any photos of it, it looked solid. I would say it is definitely approaching the level of visual quality that Final Fantasy XIII managed, at least in the cutscenes they showed on the 40" HDTVs they had scattered in the booth. If you're one of the folks who enjoyed Final Fantasy X a decade ago, you should be excited for this, I do believe.
In any event, a good time was had by all. You can see the photos to learn more! Be sure to give props to the cosplayers I talked to, either here or on Facebook, so that they know their hard work is appreciated by the rest of us!