Final Fantasy XII News

Looks like Final Fantasy 12 HD Remaster is real

Looks like Final Fantasy 12 HD Remaster is real

UPDATE: Composer issues statement, fails to rule out remaster.

UPDATE: The composer who let slip Square Enix is working on a Final Fantasy 12 "remake" has issued a statement saying the term was used "in error".

Over the weekend Arnie Roth set tongues wagging when he said the words "Final Fantasy 12" and "remake" with the same breath during the Distant Worlds: Final Fantasy concert. We took that to mean Square Enix is making a HD Remaster, as it has done with Final Fantasy 10 / 10-2 - not a full-blown remake.

Here's the statement, just published to the Distant Worlds Facebook page:

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Sony sells all its Square Enix shares for £28m

Sony Computer Entertainment has just announced the sale of its entire 9,520,000 pile of Square Enix shares to a company called SMBC Nikko Securities.

An income of nearly 4.8bn yen - around £28m - will be marked down in Sony's financial report for the year ending 31st March 2015. The exact sale price of the shares will be revealed tomorrow.

Confusingly, Sony's annual financial report for the year ending 31st March 2014 hasn't been revealed yet, but will be on 14th May. The forecast for the year ahead will include the sale of the shares.

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Square Enix Masterpieces trademarked

HD remakes on the way?

Square Enix has trademarked the term "Square Enix Masterpieces" across Europe - leading some to speculate it plans to re-release its classic games for the current generation of systems in high definition.

Japanese FFXIII demo gets release date

Japanese FFXIII demo gets release date

Plus: Advent Children film due in April.

Square Enix will release the Final Fantasy XIII demo as part of the Japanese Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete animated film bundle on 16th April.

That's according to IGN, which says the 90 minute-long game sample will be available in two types of Advent Children package, both of which may work on European and US PlayStation 3 consoles.

Buyers can either go all out on a special console bundle, which includes the Advent Children film, 160GB PS3 and a copy of the FXIII demo. This costs JPY 49,980 (GBP 375).

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Squenix wins copyright suit

Music vid plagiarised FF.

Square Enix has won its legal battle with Korean entertainment company Fantom for plagiarising the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children videogame, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

FFXII hogs top spot

PS2 holds its own.

Final Fantasy XII has held on to the top spot in the UK software charts for a second week, with the hugely anticipated RPG title continuing to hold off the challenge from Real Time Worlds' Microsoft-published action title Crackdown, which remains at number two.

FFXII holds off Crackdown

PS2 exclusive claims top spot.

Two format exclusives have gone head to head in this week's charts - with the ageing PS2 beating the next-gen Xbox 360 to the number one spot.

Exclusive: FFXII television ad

Exclusive: FFXII television ad

Patrick Stewart on EGTV.

Eurogamer TV is hosting the worldwide online premiere of the Final Fantasy XII television advert this afternoon, which features the voice of none other than the legendary hairless wonder, Patrick Stewart.

His vocals announce the new Square Enix title that's launching across Europe on 23rd February, as a cinematic introduction to the game plays fantastically before our eyes.

If you're getting as excited as we are, then feel free to pop your fancy-dress togs on and head to the London launch event at Oxford Street's HMV, which is running between 12pm and 2pm on the 23rd.

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Final Fantasy XII HMV launch

Final Fantasy XII HMV launch

Dress up to win stuff.

London's Oxford Street HMV is hosting another game launch on 23rd February, and this time it's Final Fantasy XII, the next instalment in the immensely-popular JRPG series, which is being celebrated.

The event will run between 12pm and 2pm, and gift wristbands will be given out as early as 9am.

If you snag one of these bands and are one of the first 100 to purchase the game, you'll receive a Moogle soft toy and a CD of five tracks selected by composer Hitoshi Sakimoto.

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Squenix talks FFXII conversion

Up to the standards of KH2.

Hot on the heels of news that Final Fantasy XII is due out on 23rd February, Square Enix has confirmed that the PAL conversion will be up to recent standards.

Special FFXII PS2 unveiled

But will it make it to Europe?

Square-Enix has unveiled the new special edition PlayStation 2 that will come bundled with Final Fantasy XII in Japan - telling Eurogamer that it could make it over here if there's enough demand.

FFXII to cost extra in Japan

But what about over here?

Square-Enix has announced that Japanese Final Fantasy fans will have to pay more than they would normally do for a PS2 game if they want to get their hands on the next instalment in the series.

FFXII demo with Dragon Quest

For the US, and maybe us too.

Square-Enix has confirmed to Eurogamer that forthcoming PS2 sequel Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King will come bundled with a Final Fantasy XII demo over in the States - and hinted that we might get it, too.

Final Fantasy tops poll

Of games that make us cry.

Respondents to a survey on emotion in videogames have voted Square-Enix's Final Fantasy titles as the most emotionally rich games ever made, citing the death of Aeries in Final Fantasy VII as the series' most tearjerking moment.

FFXII producer leaves

Health complications for Matsuno.

Responding to earlier reports, it has been confirmed that Final Fantasy XII producer, Yasumi Matsuno, has stepped down from his position due to health issues.

FFXII, Kingdom Hearts II dated

News from the Square Enix Party.

Square Enix's latest publicity vehicle, the Square Enix Party, has come and gone in Japan and with it brought more details of several new titles - including release dates for Final Fantasy XII and Kingdom Hearts II.

FFXII confusion cleared up

PS2 only, says Squenix

Following a bit of confusion over exactly which platforms Final Fantasy XII will be appearing on [grr, I said this would happen - Tom], Square-Enix has confirmed that it's a PS2 exclusive and slated for a European release next year.