Final Fantasy IX PC Version Requires Android SDK

Final Fantasy IX is often regarded as one of the series’ greatest games and became a real showcase of the PlayStation One’s ability to offer deep, enriching gameplay. Of course, it’s usually overshadowed by Final Fantasy VII but this shouldn’t detract from the new skill system and captivating story. Historically, Final Fantasy games have predominately adopted a console focus and very few titles initially released on the PC platform. However, the dramatic rise of mobile gaming and PC encouraged Square Enix to port these games after seeing the possibility of enhance sales.

The latest entry to arrive on Steam is Final Fantasy IX and the company has just released the game’s plug-ins disclosure. Unbelievably, the PC version requires the Android SDK to run as well as the Autobuilder license:

Plugin Licenses

In order to play FINAL FANTASY IX it is necessary to download and install a software installer program and certain third-party plugins. The installer software incorporates certain third-party plug-ins, which are governed by the open source licenses and other provisions ascribed to them below. The application of these licenses is limited strictly only to the plugins to which they are stated expressly to apply:

Android Support Library / Android SDK Terms and Conditions, Apache License 2.0

Android Support Library

http://developer.android.com/tools/sdk/ndk/index.html

Android SDK

http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html

Terms and Conditions

http://developer.android.com/sdk/terms.html

Copyright (C) 2005-2013 The Android Open Source Project

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the “License”); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an “AS IS” BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

As expected due to the game’s age, the system requirements are extremely low:

MINIMUM:

    • OS: Vista /7/8/8.1/10
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600GTS or ATI Radeon HD4650 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound® compatible sound card(DirectX®9.0c or later)

RECOMMENDED:

    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (32bit / 64bit)
    • Processor: Core i5 2520 2.5GHz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound® compatible sound card(DirectX®9.0c or later)
 Are you looking forward to playing Final Fantasy IX on PC?

More ‘Technically Developed’ FF XV PC Version Being Considered

The Final Fantasy series is one of the most iconic creations in video game history and continues to attract a very passionate following. Unfortunately, the latest entries haven’t really been noteworthy or lived up to the original’s magical formula. Despite this, they are still a visual treat and took the previous consoles to their technical limits. Of course, the Final Fantasy franchise has strong roots in the console market and many of the games didn’t initially have a PC version.

Thankfully, the influx of obscure Japanese games and willingness from publishers to unleash JRPGs on the PC platform makes the notion of console exclusives less prevalent. Some time ago, Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2 and XIII Lightning returns came to Steam with enhanced visuals and an improved frame-rate. The next game in the series, Final Fantasy XV isn’t coming to PC, however this could change in the near future.

Hajime Tabata said in an interview with JeuxVideo which was translated via a Reddit post:

“I’m quite positive about the idea of developing a PC version, but I would like to make a very different project if possible. The reason I’m interested is that a PC version would propel the game to another technical level. I have in mind a version of Final Fantasy XV that is more technically developed. This version could incorporate things that we were forced to abandon because of the limitations of home consoles. With the PC, this would be an opportunity to release a version far superior in terms of quality and tech. That said, if we choose to develop this project, the development will start from scratch by doing research of what would be the best technology to use. It might not be a simple port of the console version.”

While the current consoles are capable of running Final Fantasy XV, it might not fulfil the development team’s full artistic vision. Perhaps, a PC version in the future without any technical constraints could feature smoother gameplay and 4K support. Also, when the PC version is being made, it’s likely to be launched on new consoles with greatly improved hardware.

Final Fantasy XV Director Admits Series was in a “Tough Spot”

Hajime Tabata, the director of the forthcoming Final Fantasy XV, has admitted that the series has failed to deliver a truly successful game during the HD era – a “tough spot,” as he puts it – and that the latest entry in the franchise has been forced to take a more “modern” approach in order to be a “challenger again”.

“After a fresh start as Final Fantasy XV, the part that we felt was most necessary was “to modernize Final Fantasy”,” Tabata told Siliconera. “Basically, to make a Final Fantasy that works in today’s era. In order to do this, we thought that “Final Fantasy will become the challenger again” and we decided to do everything we can to make this possible.”

Tabata blamed the trappings of HD game development for the oft-criticised linear nature of Final Fantasy XIII, Square Enix’s previous single-player RPG entry (since Final Fantasy XIV is an MMORPG), saying, “I understand that Final Fantasy XIII also had some rough criticism, but that is not what was aimed for, and I’m sure the objective for it was much higher than that. In the end, it became a title known for being linear.”

“That was not something that was aimed for,” he said, “but considering the way things were being done, they were not able to break the walls of HD production, and I believe that the truth of the matter is that they simply weren’t able to make a proper landing.”

He also acknowledged that the burden of the Final Fantasy name weighed heavily on the shoulders of FFXIII’s development team, adding, “If anything, how to break through such a reality was what made it heavy, in that sense. The heaviness of “the Final Fantasy IP is in a tough spot” was at its peak there.”

Final Fantasy XV is due out for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this year.

Final Fantasy XV Will Not Be Arriving on the PC Just Yet

Final Fantasy XV is scheduled for a release on September 30, and even though quite a lot of PC gamers were hoping to be able to get their hands on this game, the sad news is that this title will only come out for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, as a PC version is not currently in development. That being said, director Hajime Tabata has stated that Square Enix is well aware that gamers want to see a PC port of Final Fantasy XV, but since the company is currently focusing on optimizing the game for consoles, a PC port will just have to wait for now.

Tabata did not rule out a PC version completely, which means that there is still hope. Final Fantasy 13 eventually arrived on the PC four years after its original release, and even though it was a welcomed addition, it’s true that it got ported a bit too late. Square Enix will most likely consider porting FF XV once the console versions are as polished as possible, but even so, there could still be a considerable waiting time before we will receive any sort of confirmation.

Were you looking forward to playing Final Fantasy XV on the PC?

Square Enix Considering “Higher Spec” Version of Final Fantasy XV for PC

While Square Enix has not yet confirmed that its forthcoming JRPG epic Final Fantasy XV will arrive on PC, it seems that, if it does, it will be a “higher spec” version running on DirectX 12. The current version of the game, due out for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this year, was built using DirectX 11 “generation tech.”

“The DX11 generation tech used for #FFXV is for console only,” a Tweet from the official Final Fantasy XV Twitter account reads. “Once FFXV is out on console we may look at a higher spec version for PC.”

Whether this “higher spec” PC version of the game actually see the light of day is yet to be decided, though, despite admissions from Square Enix that it is “aware of the big call for a PC version.”

“Unfortunately we weren’t able to do simultaneous development on a PC and console version for XV,” FFXV Director Hajime Tabata told Engadget. “We had to focus on the console version and our goal was to maximize, optimize everything for the HD consoles. Once that’s done, then we will definitely take a good, hard look at PC and what we need to do, and consider all our options. But right now we aren’t decided, we’re still considering a lot of things.”

The free Platinum Demo of Final Fantasy XV is available for download on PS4 and Xbox One now.

Final Fantasy XV Has Its Own Anime And Will Soon Have A Movie

Who hasn’t heard of Final Fantasy? With a new game, Final Fantasy XV, set for release in September, fans are excited for anything to keep the series going. To help the game receive a warm reception, Square Enix are sorting people out with not one but two forms of entertainment before the game even begins.

Set for release later this year, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV will be a 3D-animated film focused on King Regis. Set for a digital release in 2016 and will feature voice work from the likes of Aaron Paul, Lena Headey and Sean Bean.

Before you have to wait that long though you can start to enjoy Final Fantasy XV. Created by the same studio as Sword Art Online and Black Butler, A-1 Pictures, the anime will be released in five-ten minute episodes, straight to YouTube for everyone to watch.

If that wasn’t enough you can already enjoy the series with the first episode already going live, with the entire series reported to tie into the game demo. If you want to start enjoying Final Fantasy now you can find the episode below, a little something to help with the wait  before the movie or game gets released later this year.

Further Hints That Final Fantasy XV is Heading to PC Discovered

Final Fantasy XV has been a long time coming, and while many Final Fantasy games have been moved to PC in recent years, some a lot later than others, we still have no concrete details for the PC version of the latest in the series. We’re pretty certain that it will come to PC, given the track record of recent releases in the series, but as with most developers, Square Enix are keeping impossibly tight-lipped about the whole thing.

Thankfully, for those of us who are eager for even the smallest morsel of proof that it’s coming to PC, there’s been some  information discovered by NeoGAF member ‘KupoNut.’  As you can see in the image below, there’s already references to the PC version in the code of the Final Fantasy XV Uncovered Event website.

The only downside is that this is still a rumour, I mean, the information is there, but until Square Enix put it in black and white, you have to be sceptical to a certain degree. There’s evidence to say they will bring it to PC, that much is a given, but will it launch at the same time as consoles, or will we have a couple of years wait? I certainly hope the latter is not true.

With Square Enix hosting their Uncovered Event on March 30th, we can cross our fingers and hope for a PC reveal, but if not, I’m sure there will still be some exciting information being revealed about the game in general.

Until we have more information, how about another run through the early just one more time?

I’m sure you’re looking forward to Final Fantasy XV, but which format would you rather play it on, PC or consoles? Would you be willing to wait longer to see it on PC if it launched on consoles first? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Final Fantasy IX for PC to Boast Graphical Upgrades

Everyone has their own opinion on which is the best entry in the Final Fantasy series is, and many of those fans have seen their favourites appear on the PC in recent years. From the last gen console trilogy of XIII to ports of the 3D remakes of early classics III and IV, so many are available on Steam for JRPG fans. Two of the three PS1 entries in the series came to Steam years ago, and finally, the last of the three is making the jump, with Final Fantasy IX set to be released on Steam in early 2016.

This release isn’t just an effortless port of the PS1 classic either, with the game’s Steam page revealing more about this new version of the game. Most notable is the increase in detail in the character textures, which have presumably been through an upscaling process. This seems to cause a rather odd effect when set against some of the game’s backdrops, which don’t appear to have been given the same treatment. According to PCGamesN, higher detail art assets exist, but are sadly unavailable to Square Enix. Unfortunately, like many of Square’s FFX assets, the files that could be used to add these details into a game have been lost over the years, making improved versions of the games impossible without remaking them entirely. The addition of these higher resolution textures and new higher definition cutscenes come at a cost, with the game requiring a whopping 20 GB of disk space, which is a lot, especially for a game that was originally contained on four CDs.

Along with the graphic improvements, this version of FFIX also includes the usual set of new features to be found on Final Fantasy ports, with a suite of achievements available to unlock, as well as seven “game boosters”, which include a high-speed mode and the ability to disable encounters. Both of which could be a welcome addition to those who have played the game before and wish to zip through random battles. If the ports of the other two PS1 games are anything to go by, expect the other boosters to include character level and stat boosts and the ability to automatically max out your gil, with features more akin to cheats than anything else.

As a long time fan of the RPG franchise, I’m happy to see yet another of it’s entries make its way to the PC. With almost every single main game in the series now available on PC, including 2 MMOs, Final Fantasy is the most accessible it has ever been. I hope that this release of FFIX, one of the lesser known gems in the series will draw even more people into Final Fantasy and increase interest in a PC release of the upcoming Final Fantasy XV.

Another Fantastic Humble Bundle – Just in Time for Christmas

At this time of year, we often see sales appear, from GOG’s store opening sales and deals to the infamous Steam Winter Sale. Amongst these sales, we must remember to keep your eyes peeled for other great deals, the ones that may not be holiday deals, but don’t mean they can’t brighten up those dark mornings. One of the regular deals, Humble Bundle, is back with yet another great selection.

The Humble Square Enix Bundle features a range of games going from $1 to $13. At $1 you get Life is Strange episode 1 and the last Remnant. As if altering time in order to twist a story as you wish it to unfold and saving the world from creatures unknown but all-powerful isn’t enough, why not solve murders in Murdered: Soul Suspect. Still not interested? How about Tomb Raider 1, 2 and 3!

Still not interested? Why not get Just Cause 1 and 2, 30 days of Final Fantasy XIV and Front Mission Evolved among the “pay more than the average” price bracket. With games like Tomb Raider GOTY edition and Hitman Absolution Elite Edition in the $13 bracket with even more games unlocking on Tuesday.

Check the bundle out here

Final Fantasy XV Pre-Beta Already Runs Fully on PC

Square Enix seem to be making a habit of porting games from their Final Fantasy RPG series to the PC. The more recent Final Fantasy XIII series of games are already available on Steam, and PC ports of many of the older games from their console homes mean that almost all of the epic franchise is now open to PC gamers. PC owning Final Fantasy fans will be pleased to hear that Final Fantasy XV programmer Satoshi Kitade announced on the official Square Enix forums that the pre-beta build of Final Fantasy XV runs on the PC and is fully playable in its entirety.

Now, this doesn’t mean that Final Fantasy XV has been confirmed for a PC release yet, it certainly puts it on the cards for the future, if Square Enix is already putting in the effort to make such an early version of the game run well on PC. It will hardly be surprising if we see a PC release of XV announced following its console release.

The real question then, is time. It took them 5 years to bring the original FFXIII to the PC (albeit poorly optimized), but only 2 for its sequels, XIII-2 and Lightning Returns.With XV already running on PC before its console release, it could be as short as months after console release that XV is available for PC. Who knows, maybe FFXVI, whenever it happens, will have a simultaneous release across all platforms.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Will be Episodic

The term masterpiece is used far too often these days, but in the case of Final Fantasy VII, it’s thoroughly deserved. As a huge fan of the JRPG genre, the likes of Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger and more didn’t even come close to the mainstream impact of Final Fantasy VII. Unlike previous games in the series, Final Fantasy VII managed cater to the core JRPG audience and entice new players into the genre. The game’s magnificent story, awe-inspiring soundtrack and excellent battle system combined to produce an almost faultless experience. Many consider Final Fantasy VII to be the crowing achievement of the original PlayStation and showcased the future of detailed, story-driven titles.

Without trying to get overly nostalgic, Final Fantasy VII was an integral part of my childhood, and despite its age, I’ve still gone back and replayed it many times. As you can imagine, I could hardly contain my excitement when a proper remaster was first announced at E3 earlier this year. Only a few days ago, Square Enix unveiled a trailer showing the absolutely stunning remake which surpassed my wildest dreams. Unfortunately, Square Enix is planning to release the game via an episodic form according to a press release:

“During this past weekend’s PlayStation Experience in San Francisco, SQUARE ENIX® debuted a new trailer for FINAL FANTASY® VII REMAKE, the full remake of the award-winning role-playing game, FINAL FANTASY VII. The new trailer features the first CG scenes as well as gameplay footage.FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE will be told across a multi-part series, with each entry providing its own unique experience.”

Recently, games like Life is Strange have shown the viability of an episodic business model. However, these revolve around dialogue choices and pretty simplified gameplay. In contrast to this, Final Fantasy VII relies on mini games, a battle system, and more advanced features. The idea of releasing a JRPG via episodic means is extremely silly and I’m pretty baffled about how it’s going to work. Hopefully, the game adopts a reasonable pricing model and doesn’t try to charge well above $60 once all the episodes have been released.

This is a worrying development, and bound to cause some apprehension from Final Fantasy’s adoring fanbase. The criticism of this decision is legitimate as the episodic model will probably restrict the story into sections and break up the game’s flow.

New Final Fantasy VII Remake Trailer Hits – Details of Combat System Revealed

During the PlayStation Experience keynote address yesterday, Square Enix debuted a brand new trailer for the greatly anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake first announced at E3 earlier this year. The footage gives us our first glimpse at combat, seemingly eschewing the classic Active Time Battle system in favour of more dynamic action-style fights, and even the new voices of Cloud Strife and a sunglasses-wearing Barret Wallace.

It’s not yet clear whether the voice actors from the sequel movie, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, are reprising their roles in the remake, but it sounds a lot like Steve Burton and Beau Billingsly as Cloud and Barret, respectively.

After the trailer, Yoshinori Kitase, the game’s producer, spoke about some of the changes gamers can expect from the remake, including the combat system previewed in the video.

“The hardware itself has evolved since the release of Final Fantasy VII, and the games are more real, and real-time based,” Kitase said (translation courtesy of Nova Crystalis). “The previous Final Fantasy VII was a command-based RPG that utilized active-time-battle. Real-time and GMC are the trends these days.”

“I can’t say the new game is completely action-based, but it has more of that element and real-time than the previous game.”

“However, what makes Final Fantasy and RPG different from other games is that the players have the ability to choose weapons, capabilities and magic to be strategic minded, so while the new game has more real-time element, it will also maintain that strategy building element, balancing these two factors perfectly to enhance the gaming experience.”

“The game is still in development, and we have not fully grasped all the abilities of and upgrades made to PlayStation 4. The graphics are superb on PlayStation 4, and more polygon volume is available to make it better.”

“The way we harnessed the power of the PlayStation 4 was to maintain the graphic quality of characters like Cloud, Tifa, and [Aeris] in the movie called Advent Children in our game, and this was the starting point. So, what we’re aiming for with the Final Fantasy VII Remake is to have the same quality of these characters in real-time while playing the game, and this is only achievable with PlayStation 4.”

Are These the Best Video Game Remakes Ever?

Classic games are great, but just like so many movies that have been remade, although often not the better for it, gaming is no stranger to remakes of older titles either. Every now and then, we’ll get a remake that is actually better than the original and while I must admit that a large part of this may be that the older versions were great, but haven’t stood the test of time due to graphics or their original systems being hard to get hold of, and plenty of other issues beyond that.

Sure, we get a lot of “HD remakes” but for the sake of it, they’re the exact same game in new clothes. What I’m looking for are retellings of the same game that were made from scratch, rather than given a fresh coat of textures. Here is what I think are some of the greatest remakes ever made.

Tomb Raider: Anniversary


The original Tomb Raider was a smash hit when it launched in 1996. It helped propel Lara and the PlayStation 1 to epic heights, but these days, the wobbly mess of jaggy polygons is far from enjoyable to play through. Skip forward to recent years, however, and you’ll find Tomb Raider: Anniversary. The general theme, exploration, and story are all pretty close to the original, with a few bells and whistles added to suit a modern system and audience. This is a fantastic way to get back to basics and see where the story began.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma


OK, time for some remak-ception here, as Sigma was a remake of Ninja Gaiden for Xbox, which was a remake of original Ninja Gaiden for the NES! Widely regarded as one of the hardest games ever, the most recent retelling is no walk in the park either, but with 60fps gameplay and some stunning 3D environments, Ninja Gaiden has never played or looks so good. This was and still is a testament to what the developers at Team Ninja are capable of.

Counter Strike: Source


For something that started life as a fan-made project, Counter Strike has continued to reinvent its self over the years. Source certainly stands out for many gamers, as it launched alongside the much-loved Half Life 2 and it was from this point onwards that CS became a staple of many people’s PC gaming diet and continues to be now that we have CS:GO. Who knows, perhaps in another few years we’ll have Half Life 3 and a brand new refresh of this frantic and fast-paced FPS.

Super Mario 64 DS


Mario is no stranger to remakes, the plucky little plumber can’t go a year without something being spun out by Nintendo, be that a new game or a port of an older one. The one that stands out for me, however, is the DS release of the Nintendo 64 classic Super Mario 64. New playable characters, even more of those tricky to find stars to collect and even a new multiplay component breathed new life into this game, but at the same time left everything we still love about the original in place.

Final Fantasy


The original Final Fantasy was obviously a popular game, noticeably so since it spawned so many other games in the series since and there are many more on their way. When the game came to mobile devices (iOS and Android) it would have been fine with a simple emulated port, but the developers went above and beyond this time around. Fully redesigned graphics and a new soundtrack added a lot to this game, but with new areas to explore on top of everything you could find in the original, there’s no doubt that this version is definitive. If you can get it on the PSP, it’s even better, as you’ll also find some slick CGI cutscenes added for good measure.

https://youtu.be/a93PDfkdFX4

Resident Evil


The PlayStation 1 classic will forever be one of my all-time favorite games, but it was the Gamecube that really took this game to the next level. The graphics were boosted substantially, the atmosphere was greatly improved, new cutscenes help set the pace and to make it even more enjoyable, new modes, endings, and even new areas were added. When I want to replay the original story, I go straight to the Gamecube, as it is home to one of the best puzzle/horror games ever made.

2D Side-Scrolling Final Fantasy: Re-Imagined Kicks Ass!

Final Fantasy VII is one of the most iconic and engrossing games I’ve ever played. It was and still is the hallmark of a truly great RPG. Of course, we’ve got the official Final Fantasy VII remake coming in the not too distant future, but how about we take a different fork in the road and reimagine the game as a 2D action packed side-scroller? I can’t say that thought ever occurred to me, but I’m very glad it did for someone, as this prototype game is freaking epic.

“We thought about how we can incorporate some of the FFVII game play elements, such as Materia and summoning of Guardian Force into a Hack and Slash genre. The result is what you can see above.”

The graphics look stunning and the developer has done a great job of making every character and enemy instantly recognizable from the original. Of course, this game is unlikely to ever be complete, as Square Enix would shoot it down in next to no time, but for a fan-made project, this is sure to get them some positive attention if they’re eager to demonstrate their skills.

The video is cool and I certainly can’t hear that music without being hit with a wall of excitement and nostalgia. Don’t worry, if you think this is one of those things you’ll never get to play, you’re wrong. Head on over to their site right now and try it out for yourself!

Final Fantasy XII Remake Teased at Distant Worlds Concert

Final Fantasy XII, considered the best of the modern Final Fantasy games (by me), is getting an HD remake, according to statements backed up by the game’s composer. During a Q&A session at the Final Fantasy Distant Worlds concert – an orchestral event that showcases the best of the music from the entire Final Fantasy series – in Pittsburgh, PA, conductor Arnie Roth announced that Final Fantasy XII, the only Final Fantasy game that is not available on modern consoles, is being remade. Hitoshi Sakimoto, who was also in attendance, later confirmed Roth’s statement. Sakimoto was one of three composers for the original game.

Attendees of the concert began furiously tweeting the news as it happened:

https://twitter.com/BlakePawelec/status/627634631391715329

https://twitter.com/BlakePawelec/status/627644789358481408

But, as the Twitter account for fansite Final Fantasy Network points out:

It could be that the news is half-true: non-tech savvy musicians could instead be referring to an HD remaster of FFXII, much like the spit-and-polish given to Final Fantasy X recently.

Final Fantasy Network later tweeted a video of the announcement by Roth, which at least adds an element of legitimacy to the rumour:

It seems likely that something is happening with Final Fantasy XII. But is it a remake or a remaster? Which would you prefer?

Image courtesy of Final Fantasy Network.

Square Enix Pulls Plug on OS X Final Fantasy 14

Pulling game sales after a failed launch seems to be a more common occurrence. Square Enix has announced that they will be pulling the Mac version of Final Fantasy 14 A Realm Reborn after a launch riddled with poor performance. In addition to stopping sales, Square Enix is facilitating refunds for customers interested. In the meanwhile, Square Enix plans to work on the Mac version of the game until performance is up to par. Square Enix has admitted the game was accidentally released too early before all the bugs were fixed.

Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida noted that Square Enix had made a number of serious mistakes. First, the Mac system requirements were inadequately communicated and released incorrect system requirements, meaning those some bought the game thinking it would play fine on their system when it couldn’t. Yoshida admitted that if accurate system requirements had been communicated, many might not have purchased the game.

One major source of the low performance was blamed on OpenGL. Square Enix turned to TransGaming to provide a WINE based middleware to let the DirectX native game work on OS X. A native port was not possible due to development cost concerns and relatively low demand. According to Yoshida, coding a version to OpenGL would be sub-optimal due to a 30% performance deficit compared to DirectX for FFXIV specifically. While work continues on the OpenGL version, hopes are that Apple’s new Metal API will kick in to improve performance in the future.

When creating cross-platform games, creating a native version of each platform can be a pain and getting a good OpenGL port out can be problematic as most devs are focused on DirectX. However, this is where cross-platform game engines like Unity Unreal Engine 4 and Cryengine come in, moving the responsibility for managing multiple APIs to the engine developers. Big devs can and do create their own engines to run their game. In these cases, enough attention has to be given to the secondary platforms, something that Square Enix did not seem to do.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Revealed at E3 2015!

Nope, I’m not trolling you, I’m really not. Sony on the other hand, might be trolling us all big time, but it’s unlikely that this is fake. The news landed in my inbox this morning that Final Fantasy VII was finally getting a HD remake and I have to admit, I said something I simply can’t repeat here.

The news broke on the official PlayStation Twitter account a few hours ago, leaving many members of the social site in absolutely shock. It’s been rumoured since the PlayStation 2 era, but this year, it’s really happening.

I was really to call Sony’s bluff, but they quickly followed up the announcement by releasing a trailer on their official YouTube account.

Final Fantasy has long been one of the most iconic RPG series in gaming history, well, the older ones have, anything after FFXII got a little “weird” even by Final Fantasy standards.

The game is set to return to the PlayStation 4 in a fully recreated HD version. You’ll be blowing up Mako reactors and spending your hard earned Gil at the Golden Saucer again before you know it!

What do you think of this news? Will you be buying this game again after all these years?

Check out the official website here.

Final Fantasy Tactics Gets Its Turn on Android.

Square Enix finally release their compelling turn-based game, Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions on Android.

The original Final Fantasy Tactics was released in Japan back in 1997, then America in the following year. Even though it never reached the UK, I was lucky enough to have an American PlayStation and after Final Fantasy 8, Tactics was by far my favourite game in the franchise and easily in my top 10 favourite games on the original PlayStation. The Tactics game had an Advanced version for the GameBoy Advanced in 2003, which was the most played game in my collection back when I had a GameBoy Advanced and still when I upgraded to a DS, thank you Nintendo for backwards compatibility.

Way back in 2011, Square Enix released a port of the PSP title; Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions, for iOS. Since I am not an Apple fan and I only ever owned a PSP for about a month, my fix of Tactics action has gone unfulfilled for nearly four years.

Thanks to Square Enix, this lack of Tactics is no longer a problem. They have finally released Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions on Android!

This is all well and good. However, as with many of their titles, Square Enix have put a hefty price tag on the game. $13.99 USD and £10.49 GBP. That is a lot for what is essentially an old game. Even so, the reviews within the Google play store are mostly very positive.

So, is this game worth the high price? Well, that’s for you to decide. I may dig out my old DS instead of forking over the money for this. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Square Enix Trailer Re-imagines FF XIV as a Fighting Game!

I haven’t played as a Final Fantasy character in a fighting game since the PlayStation 1 classic Ergheiz and for those of you too young to recall that era of gaming, the game was bloody awesome and a delightful retreat back to some of the things that made Final Fantasy VII so great. Now it seems Square Enix want to torment us with a flight of fancy that is likely to never become a playable game!

To demonstrate the power of their game engine which is being used for Final Fantasy XIV, the developer has created a very special trailer, which reimagines the open-world MMO as a fighting game, that bears quite a lot of similarity to games like Soul Calibur and Street Fighter.

What is frustrating, is that this fighting mode is not planned to be integrated into the game, nor is it intended to be released as a game, which is absolute torture for us gamers who would quite happily pay good money for something like this. Who knows, perhaps a few well-timed petitions and some forum outrage will give Square Enix the kick they need to bring a game like this into reality so that we can all enjoy it.

Square Enix’s Mysterious Title Gets a Full Reveal Tomorrow

Square Enix is about to reveal its latest title tomorrow. You probably have heard of it by now, it was roaming around the internet as “Star”, hinting that the company might be revealing its next Star Ocean title. However, fans will be disappointed to know that the “STAR” title has now been revealed to be “START”.

So what could the company be revealing tomorrow? Well, the possibilities are endless. But to narrow it down, we reported that Square Enix will reveal a JRPG by the end of this year.

Yosuke Matsuda, Square Enix’s CEO, did not reveal much about what its intentions are with the upcoming JRPG title, but he sees a lot of potential in it. Also, Matsuda hinted that the company will be preparing “all kinds of things” for E3, so the possibility of a fresh new title or a sequel are the same at this point.

If it is going to be a JRPG, judging from the website’s wallpaper, it would indicate that it has a high chance of being set in a sci-fi and (or) futuristic era, maybe even something close to space exploration?

All in all, the company even has a lot of titles to choose from if it wants to create a sequel. We don’t even have to speak about Final Fantasy and its great success, or even Dragon Quest Heroes.

Tomb Raider and Just Cause might be out of the picture here since the new Tomb Raider has already been announced and there is not even a whiff about a new Just Cause sequel, rendering its western titles highly improbable of having a link to this title’s release.

We now just have to wait it out and see what the company has to bring. Given the approach taken by Square Enix to reveal this mysterious title, we might even be looking at the next big hit. Stay tuned for more details.

Image courtesy of Square Enix

Final Fantasy XIV Expansion Brings the Most Epic Cinematic of the Series

Since the release of the groundbreaking Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation back in 1997, the Final Fantasy series has become renowned for its breathtaking cinematic sequences, but with the release of the new Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn expansion, Heavensward, Square Enix has outdone itself.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida revealed the opening cutscene on the latest Letter from the Producer Live video podcast. The scene acts as a bridge between the end of 2.X and the new Ishgard storyline of Heavensward.

Watch in awe, but if you’re not up to date with A Realm Reborn’s storyline, beware of spoilers:

Source: DualShockers

Star Wars Superfan Gets a Han Solo in Carbonite-Coffin Coffee Table

On the latest installment of the web show “Super-Fan Builds” a Star Wars superfan gets a special surprise made for him, a coffin coffee table with a sculpted top of him in carbonite. The amazing coffin is what the guy will want to be buried in now, and he jokingly said that he needs to rethink being cremated.

From the footage, the recipient Ray Choi is definitely a certifiable Superfan. He does volunteer with the 501st Legion, the charity organization that does Star Wars cosplay. The series features Tim Baker and his crew at Tim Baker Creations each episode to build something special for a deserving individual. In the past, they’ve built things like a city of Rapture aquarium from Bioshock, a hobbit hole kitty litter box, a Groot swing, and a Final Fantasy kitchen knife set.

Source: c|net

Square Enix Plans on Revealing New JRPG Later on This Year

Since mobile gaming has picked up in the recent years, all major development in Japan has shifted from consoles and handheld to smartphones and tablets. Even Square Enix has attempted to get into the smartphone gaming market, but with little success.

This is why the company is how shifting its interest back to console gaming. After their successful titles such as Final Fantasy Type 0 HD, Final Fantasy XV, Dragon Quest Heroes, and Kingdom Hearts 3, it appears Square Enix has more in the works and is looking to build something new for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 which will be announced later this year.

“At the moment, we have major titles such as Dragon Quest Heroes and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. In 2015, I believe we will offer a vast number of high-end games in both the domestic market and overseas. Now that we’ve already announced Final Fantasy XV, we will also reveal information on [another] JRPG. I believe we have a bit of a surprise in store for this year.” Yosuke Matsuda, Square Enix CEO, stated. “I can’t say much for now, but it’s a JRPG for consoles,” he added. “Also, our western studios have the latest Tomb Raider title with Rise of the Tomb Raider, Just Cause 3, and many other titles that I believe we can have high expectations of. For now, we’re preparing all kinds of things for E3.”

From what Matsuda said so far, we know that the title is definitely going to be a Japanese RPG for modern consoles. However, more details are scarce at the moment.

Thank you Gamingbolt for providing us with this information

Summons in Final Fantasy XV are More Absurd and Brilliant Than Ever

The Final Fantasy XV demo Episode Duscae, released today, has given us our first glimpse of this game’s version of the series’ famous summons attack, in which a humongous beast or god launches a devastating attack on an opponent. The particular summon on display here is Ramuh, veteran of 10 of the main series games and based on the Hindu god Rama.

The gameplay video shows player Alex “Arrekz” Noon summoning Ramuh – a towering figure the size of a skyscraper – who then launches his familiar Judgement Bolt attack.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae is available now, bundled with Final Fantasy Type-O HD for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Source: Polygon

Square Enix Reimagines Iron Man as a Dark Ninja

A partnership between Square Enix, developer of the Final Fantasy games and Marvel Comics has produced a reimagined, ninja-inspired Iron Man figurine. Though the action figure is black-accented and has a hexagonal arc reactor in its chest, it is still recognisable as Iron Man and is part of the Square Enix Variant Play Arts Kai series.

“The armor’s detailed articulation highlights several special effect pieces such as the palm repulsor rays, boot jet emissions, micro-missiles projecting from the thighs, back flaps and expandable air brakes on the legs,” said Marvel’s Alex Lopez wrote on the Marvel website. “These additions give all you Iron Man fans the ability to structure the collectible in various actions poses such as the high flying stance or the iconic fist-to-the-ground landing position. The battle-worn paint gives off a realistic feel to assure collectors that this Iron Man can go a few rounds with the best of them.”

The figure is 27cm tall, priced at $120, and due for release in July this year.

This isn’t the first time that Square Enix has redesigned comic book classics. Last year, Final Fantasy designer Tetsuya Nomura produced striking new versions of both Batman and Catwoman for the Variant Play Arts Kai range.

Source: Polygon

Square Enix Releases Gorgeous Screenshots of Final Fantasy XV

Square Enix has released some luscious screenshots of the latest game in its successful Final Fantasy RPG series. The images of Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae come just one month before its first demo for PS4 and Xbox One is set to be released, which will be bundled with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on 17th March.

The screenshots look stunning. Let’s hope that this time the gameplay can match the visuals.

Source: DualShockers

Final Fantasy 10/10-2 Are Making Their Way to the PS4 in Spring 2015

Square Enix has confirmed that it is releasing Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster for the PS4 in Spring 2015. The new remastered game will be available at both retail, and as a digital download for $49.99.

It was only earlier this year that the HD remaster was released on the PS3 and PS Vita. Also, remember that Final Fantasy 7 is coming to the PS4 next spring too, so it’s a good time to be a Final Fantasy fan and PlayStation gamer, isn’t it?

Source: Polygon.