Date: February 20th, 2013 Author: Death Penalty
News Category: Square Enix
Tags: E3, Final Fantasy, Hashimoto, Next generation
Today, Sony held a massive event revealing its new console- The PS4- and detailings its features. Present were several bigwigs of various game companies there to show their support. Among them were two Square-Enix representatives. The first, Yoshihisa Hashimoto, presented Agni’s Philosophy once again. Following his presentation, Shinji Hashimoto, brand manager for Square-Enix and producer of the Kingdom Hearts series and Final Fantasy Versus XIII, left us with one tantalizing treat. He took just a moment on the stage to promise us that we would see a next generation Final Fantasy title at this year’s E3, and that we should look forward to it.
Excited? Here’s a schedule of what’s gonna happen at September 1 and 2!
Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Saga: New Developments Presentation - September 1 at 11:30 JST
Square Enix Music Special/Live Stage Final Fantasy XI Presents Kumi Tanioka & Nanaa Mihgo’s Live Stage - September 1 at 14:30 JST
Final Fantasy XIV Special Talk Show - September 1 at 17:30
Final Fantasy VII 15th Anniversary Stage - September 2 at 11:30 JST
Square Enix Chan! Presents “Radio Public Recording” Future of Final Fantasy Round Table Discussion - September 2 at 14:30 JST
Square Enix Music Special/Talk Stage Father of Final Fantasy Music “Nobuo Uematsu” Talk Show - September 2 at 17:30 JST
Can’t stream the events because you don’t know where to go and can’t read Japanese? Don’t worry! Squareportal was nice to show a step by step procedure to register for a free account at NicoLive. Just go here and follow the instructions stated! (the NicoLive link on Squareportal’s page should show you the links to all Square Enix’s events, as seen in the schedule above)
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Square-Enix has announced that their event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the beloved Final Fantasy series will in fact be streamed live for the viewing pleasure of their fans. To be held on September 1st and 2nd, the event will be held over six stages with the main event- the reveal of the continuation of the Lightning Saga- being shown on the 1st at 11:30.
For those of you lucky enough to be able to attend the event in person, it’s to be held in Shibuya where one can win a raffle in order to view the show live. For those of us not lucky enough, the event will be streamed on Nico Nico Live.
In spirit with E3 this week, Square Enix has finally released video footage and screenshots from their tech demo for the Luminous Engine, titled “Agni’s Philosophy”. And, frankly, what you’ll be able to view in this demo is incredible. It’s obvious that Square has put a lot of time and effort into perfecting this engine, and personally, I’m REALLY excited to see what they’ll do with it. Chances are, it’ll be used for the next generation of Final Fantasy titles on Sony’s and Microsoft’s yet-to-be-announced consoles, but for now, take solace in knowing that their upcoming projects are going to look absolutely stunning. And yes, all of this is in real time.
Check out the video below.
We’ve started a thread for it here, so tell us what you think!
The Square Enix East meets West debate taking place at the New York Comic Con today has been recorded by Gematsu in it’s entirety. The debate is between FFXIII-2 art director Isamu Kamikokuryo and Deus Ex: Human Revolution art director Jonathan Jacques-Belletête. It’s certainly a lengthy and fairly in depth event which may not be for everyone, however, for those of you interested in art direction, it’s worth a watch.
At the end of the debate, both art directors reveal their own take on each others artwork. Isamu shows his version of Adam Jensen from Deus Ex while Jonathan draws Lightning in his own style. Well, part of her at least.
Click through to see the three part video of the debate.
Square Enix announced their line-up of games attending this years E3 earlier today. Many of them are no-brainers including the large amount of Eidos titles at the convention for the first time under the Square Enix banner but the main title we care about is Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear in their line-up.
There’s possibly still hope though. Versus could appear as a surprise title like FFXIII has in the past. Let’s just hope that if it does, the infamous Closed Mega Theatre doesn’t accompany it.
Source: Square Enix E3 2010
With E3 only 15 days away, one of the big questions people have is whether Final Fantasy Versus XIII will make an appearance. Nomura said earlier in the year that he was unsure whether Versus could possibly make the event but new evidence gives us a little hope.
Shinji Hashimoto posted on the Japanese Square Enix Members Twitter that Nomura will be going on a business trip to E3. We have no clear indication what the reason for his visit is but let’s hope we’ll finally have the Versus media blowout we’ve been hoping for.
Square-Enix’s endeavor to flog us merchandise before FFXIII has even been released continues with the reveal of three new figurines of Snow, Vanille and Sazh. They’re pretty much the same quality as the rest of Square’s figurine work but will no doubt cost a small fortune. A release date for all of figures is yet to be determined.
Thanks to our forum member IBeatSephiroth
Following their release of the Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Versus XIII Posters at last years TGS, Square-Enix have released some new FFXIII merchandise. This time, these products are available to the public in the online Square-Enix Store. They’re drink tumblers which Square boast also work as thermoses. There are a choice of four different designs including a Lightning, Snow, Vanille or Noctis piece of artwork printed onto them. At 1,900 yen each you can be one of the first to own possibly one of the most unoriginal pieces of Square-Enix merchandise ever made.
Source: FF7AC Reunion
The exhibitor list for E3 has been posted on the expo’s website and it’s no surprise that Square-Enix will be attending. So far all we know is that they’ll be appearing in both a booth and meeting room as usual.
No mention of any of the Final Fantasy XIII titles attending yet but it’s almost a definite considering this could potentially be the the main titles last American convention.
Source: E3 Expo: Exhibitor List