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In a recent post on their official North American website, Square Enix has detailed their plans to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Final Fantasy during PAX Prime. A live display of the series will take place on August 31st and Square will be giving out some nice prizes for participating fans.

Interesting to note of course, is a small mention of a presentation by Yoshinori Kitase, Motomu Toryama and Isamu Kamikokuryo in what SE is touting as a “special video message” which will detail the future of Lightning, the heroine of Final Fantasy XIII.

This will more than likely coincide with the information in the presentation Square Enix has planned for Japan on September 1st. As always we will be reporting every detail as soon as it is revealed so be sure to check back here in just two weeks!

Source: Square Enix

Square Enix isn’t done with Final Fantasy XIII yet. Today they have announced a 25th anniversary event for the franchise where they will announce the continuation of the Final Fantasy XIII series. The event which is taking place from August 31st until September 2nd will feature a Final Fantasy XIII stage event entitled the “Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Saga: New Developments Presentation”.

The presentation will be hosted by Toriyama and Kitase as well as other members of the development team. No details other than the name of the event are given but the possibility of a Final Fantasy XIII-3 is obviously on everyone’s minds. Stay tuned and check back at 11:30 on September 1st, Shibuya time.

Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Event Portal

As well as all the Final Fantasy XIII-2 details featured in Dengeki’s feature today, Toriyama has also confirmed that “Easy Mode” will be coming to Final Fantasy XIII for Playstation 3.

Easy Mode was one of the features added to the Japanese Xbox 360 release of FFXIII known as Final Fantasy XIII Ultimate Hits International. Toriyama says that a patch will be released for the PS3 version which will add this feature. The patch will be released in Japan on 21st July to coincide with the Ultimate Hits PS3 version release. He doesn’t mention whether the patch or budget version of the game will see an international release.

Source: Andriasang

Lightning’s House That Never Was
Date: April 25th, 2011 Author: Kitmitsu
News Category: Final Fantasy XIII
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During the development of Final Fantasy XIII, some cuts had to be made. One of them unfortunately was Lightning’s very own home which, although appeared in a cutscene, was supposed to be navigable by the player during gameplay. Square-Enix claims that it was removed due to “storage issues” but the artwork has survived showing the full inside and out layout. I somehow doubt it will make it into XIII-2 unfortunately.

Source: Hetima-Sokuhou

A new screenshot has been released of Lightning’s debut appearance on the PSP in Dissidia 012 [duodecim]. This time it’s an in-engine screenshot of her look as happy as ever. There isn’t any visible changes to her look – unlike other Final Fantasy characters featured – except a slightly more “chibified” face.

Source: Andriasang

Mini Final Fantasy XIII Figures Announced
Date: September 13th, 2010 Author: Kitmitsu
News Category: Final Fantasy XIII
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If you don’t have room on your mantelpiece for the a group of fullsized Final Fantasy XIII figures, you can always slum it with these miniature collectable versions. Square Enix has announced that these PVC figures of the cast will go on sale this December and it’ll only cost $60 to get all five in a box. The exemption of Fang and Vanille from the set is suspicious but they’ll probably make an appearance at a later date.

Source: Kotaku

Dissidia 012 [duodecim] Lightning Screenshots
Date: September 13th, 2010 Author: Kitmitsu
News Category: Final Fantasy XIII
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Some screenshots for Dissidia 012 [duodecim] Final Fantasy have been released and in them appears Lightning in all her fighting glory. See the two screenshots below.

Source: Kotaku

The announcement that Final Fantasy XIII would be seeing a Japanese release hasn’t gone down well with a lot of Japanese who were promised time and time again that FFXIII would only be available on Playstation 3. The discontent mob decided to take their outrage out on Yoichi Wada, the president of Square-Enix, via his Twitter account.

With the tweets ranging from accusations of betrayal to blatant death threats, you can bet that Square knew this was coming. You can read some of their responses below:

Is it true? After saying so many times it would never be released on the Xbox in Japan, if you really do release it nobody will trust your word again.lockquote>

Say something!lockquote>

You’re going to betray us after saying it would never come out? I’m cancelling my pre-orders.lockquote>

You liar!lockquote>

Lying to customers is how you do business, eh? I’ll never buy a Square Enix title again.lockquote>

With all the illegal lies and misdirection about FF13 you made, I reported you to the ministry of consumer affairs. And you promised DLC and quietly abandoned it – you’re detestable.lockquote>


Stop your pompous waffling and resign! Haven’t you made enough money yet? Next time put a guy who actually loves games in charge.lockquote>

What’s up with game developers? Practically everything they say is a lie…lockquote>

Well done, Scrooge.lockquote>

Hey Wada! What the hell is this about FF13 on the 360 in Japan? You kept advertising the game in all the mags as a domestic PS3 exclusive! If you go through with this nobody’ll trust you again… Honestly I hate you so much I’d like to kill you. Quit soon. This is your last chance.lockquote>

You’d better be prepared to run, or you’ll be killed! At the very least you ought to be prepared for a few rocks thrown your way!lockquote>

Source: Sankaku Complex

Final Fantasy XIII DLC Will Never Happen
Date: September 8th, 2010 Author: Kitmitsu
News Category: Final Fantasy XIII
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After over a year of rumour and speculation about the potential for Downloadable content coming to Final Fantasy XIII, it was last ominously left with a comment from Motomou Toriyama saying “good things were on the horizon” to people who held onto their copies. This gave many hope that DLC would be making it’s way to FFXIII, and apparently it was. But not now.

In an interview, Toriyama states “We had plans for DLC, but those plans disappeared. Apologies!”. Many of you probably expected this lackluster news but it still begs the question, “Why not?”.

2006 was a simpler time when exclusives were exclusive and the idea of Final Fantasy XIII appearing on Xbox 360 was ludicrous. In 2008, Square’s promise that Final Fantasy XIII would be exclusive to Playstation 3 was shattered when they revealed that the game would also be appearing on Xbox 360. There were tears for some, suicides for others but there was a last flicker of hope for the nearly extinct “console exclusive” when it was announced that Japan would be exclusively getting the PS3 version. Those days are now over.

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIII will finally be coming to Japanese shelves with a couple of extras the original release didn’t include. The new edition will include the English voices as well as a new “Easy Mode” (It was hard?). It will also be priced at ¥4,980 which is half of the cost of the PS3 version. The game, now known as “Final Fantasy XIII Ultimate Hits International” will be released December 16th, almost exactly a year after the PS3 version.

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