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Jump Magazine reveals new character: Cor

Thu, 13 Jun 2013, 3:52 AM (CDT) BY Teggles

A guy with sideburns was revealed in the E3 2013 trailer, and he can be seen in promotional art. But his name was unknown until now.

Cor Leonis is one of the top three commanding officers of the elite imperial guards. He is strict with Noctis and his friends, but is an honorable and righteous man who has sworn his allegiance to the king and country.

Along with Cor, Jump Magazine also revealed the full names of Noctis' three other friends: Gladiolus Amicitia, Prompto Argentum and Ignis Stupeo Scientia.

None of the English names are confirmed, but they are the most likely romanizations of the Japanese names given. Check out the scan here (he's on the far right):

Source: kazu4281

FFXV gameplay trailer revealed

Thu, 13 Jun 2013, 1:41 AM (CDT) BY Teggles

A new trailer for FFXV, shown at the "Future of Final Fantasy" conference on June 11, has been revealed. It features real-time gameplay, mostly centering around the action-RPG battle style we've seen before.

We're treated to lots of things. Enemies in the range of behemoths, soldiers, iron giants and leviathans. Noctis uses magic to block bullets. He's backed by his friends Prompto, who holds a gun, and Galiolus, who holds a massive sword. Fights are situated all around the city; at castle gates, the edges of skyscrapers, city squares, and underwater. Vehicles seem to play a part.

This is all really exciting stuff, and it's beautiful for something that isn't pre-rendered. Check it out:

Official FFXV sites now up

Wed, 12 Jun 2013, 2:48 AM (CDT) BY Teggles

Square Enix have brought up the official Final Fantasy XV websites for Japanese and U.S./European audiences. You can also check out the Japanese Facebook page.

Incidentally, the marks the release of official HD trailers for U.S., Japan, UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. It's basically the E3 version with a few touchups. Check them out on the trailers page.

Final Fantasy XV coming to Xbox One

Tue, 11 Jun 2013, 11:20 PM (CDT) BY Teggles

Instead of a sole PlayStation 4 release, FFXV is being ported to the Xbox One. This was just announced at Square Enix's Future of Final Fantasy event.

Here's the quote from Shinji Hashimoto that revealed it:

"I'd like to remind you that even for us it's a huge amount of joy that we were finally able to announce Final Fantasy XV. Well, everyone is talking about the next-gen consoles at this year's E3. FFXV is being developed with a tool called Direct X 11. With this tool it's possible to port the title to various hardware. Following yesterday's announcement [for PS4] we would like to announce that we are porting Final Fantasy XV to Xbox One as well."

That kind of talk makes me wonder about the PC as well. Anyway, here's a photo of the artwork accompanying this announcement:

Following the revelation, new in-game footage was shown -- which is now available to watch

Update 1: During the Q&A session, we discover that XV will be coming for Xbox One in Japan as well, in case there were doubts. Apparently, "more information will come" on potential sequels. They say the FFXV universe is large, and there are many stories to tell. Sequels could happen.

Update 2: Further Q&A! The main staff of XV has not changed significantly from the PS3 version, but many staff have been added. Hashimoto believes there is a future for both action and command based RPGs, but that they have chosen to make an action game for XV.

"Future of Final Fantasy" starting soon, FFXV to appear

Tue, 11 Jun 2013, 11:01 PM (CDT) BY Teggles

Square Enix is holding an event called the "Future of Final Fantasy", set to start at 9 A.M. PDT on June 12. That's basically now.

Among other games, FFXV looks to be appearing. Here's a few photos from the event, one of them showing the game we want to hear about.



Stay tuned for updates from the showing.

Source: Nova Crystallis

Artwork from the FFXV trailer -- new characters revealed

Tue, 11 Jun 2013, 8:48 PM (CDT) BY Teggles

If you haven't heard, the trailer for Final Fantasy XV was shown yesterday at E3. Near the end, we get various flashes of characters, old and new -- Noctis and Stella are there, as well as King Caelum, Gladiolus, Prompto and Ignis.

But there are some we haven't seen before.

I've spent some time ripping images of all the characters, which can be found below. What do you think of the new guys (and girls)?


The last 7 screenshots show characters who don't have names yet. Of these, we've definitely never seen the purple-haired guy, black-haired girl, and sideburns guy. Who could they be? The trailer shows some hint, but very little.

Update (Jun 13): Better quality art added. Also, it turns out the "sideburns guy" is named Cor Leonis

Final Fantasy XV trailer revealed

Tue, 05 Nov 2013, 11:15 PM (CST) BY Teggles

Final Fantasy XV has finally been revealed. At Sony's E3 press conference, viewers were shown a trailer of what seemed like Versus XIII. But it wasn't. Check out the trailer, straight from the event, below. (Update: The trailer shown is now the official HD version)

You can also check out the rest of the Final Fantasy XV trailers, if you want.

We're filling the site with Final Fantasy XV content, and posting news right as it happens -- so hold tight.

Versus XIII renamed to Final Fantasy XV, announced for PS4

Mon, 10 Jun 2013, 11:49 PM (CDT) BY Teggles

The predictions have come true. At Sony's 2013 E3 conference, Square Enix displayed a trailer of Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Everything went as expected, until the end of the trailer. We were first shown the typical "Versus XIII" logo, but the narrative kept going.

"The world is ever changing... for the fifteenth coming."

The logo shattered, and we were left with something else: Final Fantasy XV. And it's coming for the PlayStation 4.

We'll keep you updated with all the latest news, photos and videos. The site is currently being redesigned and updated with content relevant to Versus XIII. Traffic is about 20x higher than normal, so hold tight until we get a new server and everything is speedy again.

Update: Check out the Final Fantasy XV trailer shown during the conference

Rumour: Final Fantasy XV to be announced this year, information explosion

Thu, 19 Jul 2012, 4:13 AM (CDT) BY Teggles

Back in late 2011, GamesMaster UK published a rumour predicting Final Fantasy XV would be announced at E3 2012 as a multiplatform title. Well, this didn't happen.

And now we know why. The prediction wasn't for an E3 2012 announcement. It was actually much more vague, simply predicting that we'd see Final Fantasy XV "next year [2012], as part of FF 25th anniversary". This wasn't dramatic enough for GamesMaster, so they took a guess and said E3.

GamesMaster maintain that their industry insider is extremely trustworthy -- he was responsible for predicting FFXIV being announced at E3 2009, FFXIII being announced for Xbox 360 at E3 2008 and the FFXIII Compilation being announced at E3 2006.

To make up for their mistake, they've revealed everything else the industry insider told them in late 2011:

  • Including the concept planning and pre-production phase, the game has already been in development for over 4 years.
  • It entered full production in January 2010, a month after FFXIII was released in Japan. Since then it has had a development team of just over 200 people.
  • The director is the same person who directed FFVI, FFIX and FFXII. [Hiroyuki Ito]
  • The co-director led a small part of the development team to make Tactics Ogre for the PSP in parallel with FFXV. He's currently multi-tasking as lead UI designer of FFXIV 2.0 and co-director of FFXV. [Hiroshi Minagawa]
  • The game design and battle system will be a major evolution of FFXII.
  • The game will be open world and have sprawling, crowd-filled cities on par with Assassin's Creed.
  • The battle system now allows you to target different parts of an enemy's body like in Vagrant Story.
  • Yoichi Wada (president of Square Enix) wants the game to have a world scale and volume of content that surpasses The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. He also wants the game to surpass FFVII in worldwide sales and critical reception.

This kind of backtracking is very suspect. But it all makes sense -- what better way to celeberate the 25th of anniversary of Final Fantasy? Look forward to September for Tokyo Game Show 2012.

Thanks to Galvanization for the information.

Final Fantasy XV trademark filed? Apparently not.

Thu, 19 Jul 2012, 1:14 AM (CDT) BY Teggles

Update (Jul 19): It seems that this logo is the one used for Final Fantasy XIV 2.0, as you can see in the bottom left of this screenshot. The trademark still shows the title as Final Fantasy XV, but this may have been a mistake. A little disappointing.

No more if, buts, and maybes. Although no one noticed until now, a U.S. trademark was filed last month for none other than Final Fantasy XV. If you weren't already convinced, this should be enough -- FFXV is happening.

The trademark was filed on June 25, 2012. It doesn't go into details about the game, but the logo given is not in the traditional Final Fantasy style. Instead, "Final Fantasy XV" is written in a modern font with a line between the X and the V. Why? Who knows.

Check out the trademark and full-sized logo below:



Thanks to Cylus for the tip.

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