Been a while since we did the tidbits (sigh, again), but we at least had a Square Enix news post this week already! Since it was about a Western release for Bravely Default
, let's start with some more Bravely Default news: with the sequel on the way, producer Tomoya Asano showed Famitsu some DLC crossover bosses from Final Fantasy: Four Heroes of Light
. All three of them look pretty cool, and if nothing else they make me want to finally track down 4HoL and play it. They won't be superbosses, but instead optional monsters that can "infect" your game via online connectivity or StreetPass, which sounds like a neat idea.
Staying with handhelds for a bit, the previously-announced 3D release of The After Years for mobile devices looks now to be locked in for the end of this month
. The price point and the exact date are not yet known, and are not guaranteed to be the same for iOS and Android both, but all those questions will be resolved in a couple weeks' time or even less.
There's good news for Final Fantasy XIV players in these tidbits, as well. A special event, for instance, is happening as we speak in which players can interact with Lightning in the MMO during a four-chapter FATE event
. The quests will unlock over the next few days, and they will all remain open until December 9th. Rewards for participants will include Lightning and Snow-themed armor, and a selection of weapons for various classes themed after Final Fantasy XIII equipment.
What might be even better for players, or even prospective players, is that the game has been a fantastic windfall so far for Squenix
. Not only has the company shipped almost a million and a half units, the peak paying-player number has been over 600,000, which is even better than Final Fantasy XI was at its own peak. Even in a world dominated by other MMOs, Final Fantasy XI was always considered to be a great success, so it's clear that the company will be thrilled by the progress in XIV (even though it took them two tries to get there, right?).
For those wanting some news on the Enix tip, it looks like the first Ogre Battle/Tactics Ogre game, The March of the Black Queen
, is due for a DLC release in Japan on November 20
. The last re-release in the series, a remake of Let Us Cling Together
for PSP, was released in the West, but no clue yet as to whether this one will be. Either way, I've buried the lede; this is only coming out in Japan for the Wii U Virtual Console, so it's not like most gamers in the West will be able to play it even if it does come out.
Let's close out with the business news. Now that there have been some changes at the top this year, the company is going to try to shift focus in a few ways to move forward
. The studios owned by Square Enix in the West will begin focusing more on online titles; Japan will focus on phone and tablet games. On top of that, they plan to use Final Fantasy XIV and title licensing to get a hold in mainland Asia, especially China.
That probably sounds terrifying. It did to me. And apparently it did for a lot
of gamers, actually, because only a few days later, the CEO of Square Enix America and Europe was talking to gamesindustry.biz
about how AAA games like Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, and, one would have to assume, Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, are not going anywhere. One simply has to hope that "focus" doesn't mean "sole focus."