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News from Japan
I heard the other day that Japan was getting a demo for the super-cute World of Final Fantasy, but I didn't report on it because it was being announced just for Japan. No longer! Now we're getting one in the West, as well, on Monday October 17. Completing the demo will unlock a special Magitek Armor that can be collected in the game's coliseum once the full game releases on October 25.
If you click through the link above, you can also see the anime opening cutscene for the game, and it looks fairly bonkers. So do that as well, then get the demo and report back to me if I should consider getting this game to play with my kid.
Today is the fourth anniversary of the release of the original Bravely Default game, "Flying Fairy," in Japan. The game's official Twitter feed posted earlier a custom illustration to commemorate the event, and also a cryptic text suggesting that there may be a Bravely Default announcement coming soon. There's no further information at this time, and it's only been about a year and a half since the second main series game, "Bravely Second: End Layer," was released in Japan (and even less time since it came out in North America!).
The cynic, knowing these facts, would immediately jump to the conclusion that this is leading up to a new smartphone game. Perhaps this is true, but the last smartphone game in the series was also released just last year. Perhaps we might soon see a teaser trailer for Bravely Third, even if it's not likely to see release for another year or two. Don't forget, the main series games for BD have all been on Nintendo machines, and the NX is coming out in just a few months...
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
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