Final Fantasy 15 (formerly FF Versus 13)

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Square Enix is trying to get full-fat Final Fantasy 15 on Nintendo Switch

Initial results 'weren't satisfactory', but there are several options on the table.

A few short weeks back, Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata hinted that Square Enix was looking into bringing his game to Nintendo's Switch console, and now we've an idea of what exactly that might look like - even if it's still very much in the planning stage.

Final Fantasy 15's multiplayer expansion gets a date

Final Fantasy 15's multiplayer expansion, titled Comrades, has got an all-new trailer and a final release date, with the add-on coming out on 31st October.

It's part of ongoing support for Square Enix's RPG, which first launched last November, with three episodes centred around the main party also being released as part of Final Fantasy 15's season pass.

Comrades is also part of that season pass (it'll also be sold separately, it's worth noting), allowing players to party up in a series of co-op missions. A limited beta launched back in August, allowing people to sample Final Fantasy 15's own particular take on multiplayer.

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Square Enix will offer two enhanced display modes for owners of the new and more powerful PlayStation 4 Pro console. One will display the game in 4K resolution at 30 frames per second; the other will display the game at today's standard 1080p resolution but at 60 frames per second.

CGI Final Fantasy 15 film Kingsglaive gets a release date and new trailer

CGI Final Fantasy 15 film Kingsglaive gets a release date and new trailer

The one with Aaron Paul, Sean Bean and Lena Headey.

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 got a release date and extended trailer at Comic-Con this weekend.

The animated film, which stars Sean Bean, Lena Headey and Aaron Paul, will be released digitally 30th August and on Blu-ray 4th October. But if you live in the US you'll be able to see it in select cinemas earlier, from 19th August.

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 unfolds in parallel to the video game Final Fantasy 15. In the game, main character Noctis leaves his royal home on the 'eve of a peace deal between his father's kingdom of Lucis and the dominant empire of Niflheim. But after he sets out things go belly up and sneaky Niflheim invades anyway - so his mission becomes one of retaking his homeland and the magical crystal belonging to it. But in the film that story plays out from his father King Regis' point of view.

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Final Fantasy 15 release date narrowed down to 2016

Final Fantasy 15 release date narrowed down to 2016

Director Tabata apologies for underwhelming Gamescom showing.

Final Fantasy 15's release date has been narrowed down to 2016, 10 years after it first broke cover in its initial guise as Final Fantasy Versus 13.

Hajime Tabata, Final Fantasy 15's director, told Eurogamer the news as he mulled over the negative reaction to the game's Gamescom showing.

Yesterday, during an hour-long Active Time Report ivestream (catch up in the video, below), Square Enix released a new cutscene-heavy trailer and a slim slice of gameplay showing the Malboro monster take out Noctis and co in a new swamp area.

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FeatureJapan's slumbering giants awake at Tokyo Game Show

Metal Gear and Final Fantasy prove there's still plenty to get excited about from gaming's spiritual home.

Stop me if you've think that you've heard this one before. Japan's best years in the games industry are behind it, the Tokyo Game Show is an irrelevance to western audiences and consoles are all but done for in the land that was once their spiritual home. It's bunk, mostly, and this week's show has been a sweet, sharp reminder that Japan remains the source of some of the grandest in the world of video games, as well as the best barometer of its future.

Final Fantasy 15 demo coming in March - report

Leaked article suggests first playable look at Square Enix's epic RPG coming early next year.

Final Fantasy 15, the much awaited next mainline entry in Square Enix's long-running RPG series, is getting a playable demo next March according to a recent leak.

Final Fantasy 15 demo confirmed, Nomura leaves director's chair

Final Fantasy 15 demo confirmed, Nomura leaves director's chair

Playable demo dubbed Episode Duscae launching alongside Type 0 HD, new in-game trailer revealed.

Final Fantasy 15 is getting a playable demo, dubbed Final Fantasy 15 Episode Duscae, that will be launching alongside Final Fantasy Type 0 HD in Europe on 20th March 2015.

The announcement comes as the Tokyo Games Show opens its doors, with Final Fantasy Type 0 HD playable on the show floor and a new trailer released for Final Fantasy 15. The trailer - our first look at the game since it was announced at E3 last year as the successor to stillborn project Final Fantasy Versus 13 - features a more action-orientated take on the long-running RPG series, with clear deferences to western games such as Grand Theft Auto and Assassin's Creed.

Part of that new action bent can be put down to the presence of director Hajime Tabata, who has been confirmed as the replacement for Tetsuya Nomura. Tabata previously worked on games such as Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core, as well as Final Fantasy Type 0.

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Final Fantasy 15 TGS trailer shows new gameplay

Square Enix won't talk much about Final Fantasy 15 at this week's Tokyo Game Show, but it has released a new trailer that offers us a tantalising glimpse at new gameplay.

The video, below, begins with cutscene footage we've seen before, but at the 2.55 minute mark we see protagonist Noctis whizzing about an urban environment in combat-heavy new gameplay.

So, what do we know about Final Fantasy 15, formerly PlayStation 3 exclusive Final Fantasy Versus 13? It's due out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, is in development at Square Enix's 1st Production Department and is directed by Tetsuya Nomura.

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Final Fantasy 15 and Kingdom Hearts 3 confirmed for Xbox One in addition to PS4

Final Fantasy 15 and Kingdom Hearts 3 confirmed for Xbox One in addition to PS4

Data from the PS3 version of FF14 can be carried to the PS4.

Last night Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy 15 and Kingdom Hearts 3 would be coming to PlayStation 4, but today, at an E3 presentation attended by Eurogamer, the publisher announced that both titles would be coming to Xbox One as well.

This marks the first time a Kingdom Hearts game has appeared on a Microsoft console.

Final Fantasy 15 was then shown off in a brief demo. It looked like you play along with two other NPCs, while your command menu consists of "warp," "attack" and "inform." It looked pretty action-based as protagonist Noctis warps around to various enemies, dishing out sword slashes. At one point he even high fives his comrade after they helped out in a fight.

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Final Fantasy Versus 13 still alive, Square Enix confirms

Final Fantasy Versus 13 still alive, Square Enix confirms

City will "knock you off your feet".

Final Fantasy Versus 13 is still alive, Square Enix has confirmed.

Last week Kotaku claimed the long in development PlayStation 3 action RPG had been cancelled. But Square Enix boss Yoichi Wada said on Twitter today (via Andriasang) that the rumour was "false".

"There's someone making a false rumour that Versus was cancelled," he said. "Haha... just a minute ago, the regular Versus meeting ended. If you saw the presentation of the city, it'd knock you off your feet - lol."

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FeatureE3 2012: The Vapourware List

The absent games we're beginning to wonder about.

Amidst all the excitement about E3 press conference stars like Beyond, Watch Dogs and Need for Speed: Most Wanted, it's easy to forget that not everything we hear about will make it to fruition, and that the time it takes for a game to go from spectacular reveal to an ignominious death that no one even bothers to report is only as long as it takes for a trailer to fade from memory. Given that we've published 478 videos so far this week, and some of them were for games like that Nike Plus thing, that's not long.

Nomura suggests Kingdom Hearts 3 will launch on home console

Nomura suggests Kingdom Hearts 3 will launch on home console

Asks for patience on Final Fantasy Versus 13 news.

Square Enix designer Tetsuya Nomura has suggested Kingdom Hearts 3 will launch on home console.

The next game in the Disney/Final Fantasy crossover series, Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, launches for the Nintendo 3DS. Indeed the series has remained steadfast on handhelds since the 2005 release of Kingdom Hearts 2 on PlayStation 2.

But in an interview with Game Informer (via The Silent Chief), Nomura said it was about time Kingdom Hearts had a go on home console again.

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New Final Fantasy Versus 13 details

New Final Fantasy Versus 13 details

Nomura talks up AWOL spin-off.

Final Fantasy head honcho Tetsuya Nomura has moved to reassure fans that spin-off Versus 13 is alive and well despite its Tokyo Game Show no show.

Nomura told Famitsu (translated by Andriasang) that gamers can expect a Final Fantasy like you've never seen before. Bosh.

Nomura recently did a walkthrough of the full world map and checked the game's dungeons and side paths in towns. He was impressed with how expansive everything was.

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Nomura: Forget FF Versus XIII for now

PS3 exclusive for 2012?

Square Enix developer Tetsuya Nomura has told Final Fantasy fans anxiously awaiting news on the release of mysterious PlayStation 3 exclusive Versus XIII to forget about it for now.

SE: FF Versus XIII still a PS3 exclusive

SE: FF Versus XIII still a PS3 exclusive

Nomura "stood his ground on the platform".

Final Fantasy Versus XIII remains a PlayStation 3 exclusive, Square Enix has confirmed.

Director Tetsuya Nomura revealed at a Tokyo press conference this morning, reported by RPGSite, that he "stood his ground on the platform".

Little is known about the PS3-exclusive action-RPG, despite the fact that it was first announced in 2006 alongside sister title Final Fantasy XIII.

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New Kingdom Hearts will be at E3

One of two new entries in series - Nomura.

Kingdom Hearts creator Tetsuya Nomura has revealed that a new Kingdom Hearts game will be shown at E3 next week.

Wada cools FF Versus XIII 360 talk

"It seems the internet is getting excited."

Square Enix president Yoichi Wada has moved to calm speculation about an Xbox 360 version of Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

FF Versus XIII might not make E3

Changes made to world map to blame.

Final Fantasy Versus XIII might not make its planned debut appearance at this year's E3, according to producer Testuya Nomura.

FF Versus XIII dev time will be shorter

Square Enix team experienced now.

Square Enix has said action spin-off Final Fantasy Versus XIII is still part of the plan, and that the development time should be "comparatively faster" than that for FFXIII.

FeatureFinal Fantasy comes to 360

Questions and answers from the Square Enix press conference. Mostly the former.

There were plenty of things about the Xbox 360 E3 press conference that were surprising - not least, what wasn't in it - but none more so than the announcement that Final Fantasy XIII would be coming to Microsoft's console, at launch, in the US and Europe.

Square Enix's John Yamamoto, president and CEO for North America and Europe, has said that the publisher is busily trying to work out if it can release Last Remnant and Final Fantasy XIII simultaneously worldwide, calling it "a goal".

FeatureFinal Fantasy Versus XIII

Tetsuya Nomura speaks.

Eurogamer unbows and the room straightens itself. There's a story that Tetsuya Nomura once told a games journalist, with distinctly un-Japanese frankness, that the questions were rubbish and he wasn't going to answer them anymore. Brilliant, obviously, but as such it's best behaviour and utmost politeness from us tonight as we sit down to talk about Final Fantasy Versus XIII, a counterpoint title to the main thirteenth game in the series, of which Nomura is director.

FFXIII demo this year

Square Enix aiming for E3.

According to the latest issue of Dengeki, Square Enix is preparing a Final Fantasy XIII demo for July this year.

FFXIII video to show at TGS

Squenix also promises some new game announcements.

The PlayStation 3's Final Fantasy XIII will be shown off in video form at the Tokyo Game Show, and Square Enix plans to announce some new games too.

Kojima, Nomura back PS3

For long-term success.

Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and Square-Enix's Tetsuya Nomura both believe PlayStation 3 will be the best outlet for their games in two or three years' time.

FF to look like Advent Children?

That's the aim with XIII.

Final Fantasy XIII director Motomu Toriyama says he wants the fight scenes in Square-Enix's PlayStation 3 RPG to look like the ones in computer-generated film Final Fantasy VII Advent Children.

Two new FF games for PS3

Plus two titles for Wii, too.

Square-Enix has unveiled two new Final Fantasy games currently in development for the PS3 to a packed pre-E3 press conference in Los Angeles.

Halo 3 and FFXIII at E3?

Release date claims, too.

With E3 just weeks away now, everyone and his blog's got a theory about what's going to be shown - and two of the most interesting rumours are about a pair of rather inevitable sequels.

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.