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More TGS news on which to catch up, this time for fans of the Kingdom Hearts series. We've known for a while that 2.8 (Final Chapter Prologue!) will contain the first console release of Dream Drop Distance, plus some new content from Birth By Sleep and Chi. At the Tokyo Game Show this year, though, we got another new trailer, the final box art for Japan, and the release dates for PlayStation 4: January 12 in Japan, and January 24 for the West. The trailer has some surprisingly catchy music from Utada Hikaru, though it kinda pains me to say it!
SaGa Scarlet Grace was part of this year's Tokyo Game Show for Square Enix, as it was last year. This is the game that was announced about two years ago as the next step forward for the long-running series, and it's now within a couple months of release, specifically December 15 of this year in Japan.
As usual, this means a new trailer. It includes new in-battle scenes showing off some characters, as well as a lot of pretty art.
The SaGa series has a decent record of being released in the West, but there hasn't been an all-new game in the series outside of the browser or mobile phone sphere in almost a decade and a half. This one's coming for Vita, as well, which might hurt its localization chances, but there's no news at all on that front yet.
2017 will mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Final Fantasy franchise, with the original game having been released on 18 December, 1987. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was writing about the game turning 25, so it seems very strange indeed that I could already be writing about 30 - and in some ways, it is strange, because the actual anniversary is still more than a year away and it's easy to forget that North America waited almost two years after its initial Japanese launch before it came ashore here.
So, even though the real anniversary is more than a year away, Square Enix are ready to celebrate. Or, at least, they're ready to tell us that they're ready to celebrate via their old standby - a trailer video released at TGS. There's also a website, which is pretty neat as such things go even though it's fairly bereft of content at the moment, with just video clips from each game and an announcement of Final Fantasy XIV events at Zepp music halls in Japan starting in February.
There's no current indication as to what other events might mark the anniversary year, or whether any locales outside of Japan will be included.
Source: Gematsu, Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary
Are you still down from Final Fantasy XV being delayed until November? Have you been hoping that Square Enix’s delay might lead to some interesting FF-related merchandise or bundles in the meantime? If you have wanted exactly that, you might be in luck.
Over at the Tokyo Game Show expo, Square Enix premiered a flashy, brand new FFXV trailer to keep tantalizing you every step of the way to its release date with that flying car and gorgeous locales. I would talk more about it here, but why? See for yourself!
Square Enix also took this TGS opportunity to announce a new Final Fantasy XV-themed PlayStation 4 bundle, promising to be the definitive one-stop shop for all things FFXV related, and just in time for the holidays.
Here is what you get:
- Final Fantasy XV (of course) with an exclusive SteelBook
- A Blu-Ray copy of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
- Downloadable Content: Royal Raiment Outfit, Masamune Weapon & Leviathan Regalia Skin
- DualShock 4 Controller
- 1TB Hard Drive
- A super fancy box with FFXV Luna imagery!
- Said FFXV imagery also on the PS4 front! Can you say collector material?
- Bragging rights that your PlayStation 4 is the greatest, better than that loser neighbor of yours down the street who thought he was so cool with his Uncharted 4 bundle
The Luna Edition launch will coincide with the release of Final Fantasy XV, with an expected date of November 29th. We are getting closer and closer!
Source: Gematsu, Gematsu, Gematsu PS4 Luna Picture Gallery
Tokyo Game Show is next week, and to build anticipation, Square Enix have announced an announcement: there will be a new "action game" revealed at the show on September 15. Yes, that's pretty much all the detail, though they did mention that the announcement will take place at 11pm Eastern time (on the 14th, here in the US). There's no news currently whether it's a new IP or a sequel or sideline to existing IP, but once the game has been announced, it will be shown live at TGS and on stream via YouTube and Niconico. Here are the other games you will see via the TGS streams, with various demos, panel discussions, and gaming events:
- World of Final Fantasy
- NieR: Automata
- Final Fantasy XIV
- Dragon Quest X
- Akashic Re:cords
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Brave Exvius
- Fantasy Earth Zero
- Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3
- Final Fantasy XV
- Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
- SaGa: Scarlet Grace
- Mobius Final Fantasy
- Final Fantasy: Record Keeper
- Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia
We last talked about Dragon Quest XI in January, in the context of Square Enix aiming to release before the franchise turns 31 years old. Back when the game was first announced, series originator Yuji Horii suggested that the game would be released for PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo NX, but his parent company quickly backtracked on the latter.
Now, though, in an early-released interview from the October issue of Japanese magazine "Nintendo Dream," Horii is again quoted confirming the game for the new Nintendo system. Not only that, his team is doing both 2D and 3D versions of the game for the 3DS. Now, it's not clear yet whether this means that there will be two completely separate releases, whether the 2D version is specific for the 2DS, or even if the 2D version will be a top-down JRPG like the original Dragon Quest games, but this does mean that they're putting a great deal of effort into the game. Additionally, Horii commits to a simultaneous release on all platforms.
Nintendo are aiming the NX for March 2017, and the end of the Dragon Quest 30th Anniversary year is May 27, 2017. The margins are thin to make this happen!
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