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As promised, Square has released a bunch of new Final Fantasy XIII-2 screenshots today. With them comes a render of the new Serah artwork released yesterday, as well as a mashup of the previous two XIII-2 trailers, featuring narration from Kitase and Toriyama.

The screenshots feature a new area known as Yaschas Massif, a location near where Hope received Alexander on Gran Pulse. The ruins themselves are of Paddra, what was once one of the largest cities on Pulse. The city is filled with soldiers and scientists searching for something.



Final Fantasy XIII-2: Throw Moogle, Get Treasure
Date: August 11th, 2011 Author: Agent Dunham
News Category: Final Fantasy XIII-2
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Remember how Square Enix said they were going to release some new information for Final Fantasy XIII-2 today? Me neither. While anybody who’s a very cool and important somebody has been busy logging serious face time with that pretty spiffy Type-0 demo, Square Enix chucked out a few new XIII-2 screenshots which show a new gameplay mechanic.

Say you’re wandering about and you see a lone treasure sphere floating above a (in)conveniently placed platform that you can’t get to. What do you do? Spend 20 hours trying to figure out how to get up there? Nope! You can pick up your moogle friend and toss him over there to get the goodies. That must be how his face got that way – too many collisions with hard surfaces.

We’ll be seeing more XIII-2 info from Square on August 22nd.

Update: Even more screenshots have popped up online as well as some Moogle artwork. The three screenshots above have also been released in a higher resolution.

Source: Square Enix Members Europe



The Final Fantasy Type-0 demo which was revealed by a leaked Famitsu issue earlier this week, may be coming sooner than we though. Square Enix has confirmed that the Natsubi demo from their Odaiba Expo will actually be released on August 11th, less than a week from now. The demo will be released both on the Playstation Store as well as the games official site.

The press release comes with a two new images – the first an artwork of Ace and Rem sporting what looks like summer uniforms and the second, artwork of Rem and Machina during the siege of Rubrum.

Source: 4Gamer



The World of Final Fantasy Type-0
Date: August 3rd, 2011 Author: Kitmitsu
News Category: Final Fantasy Type-0
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Square Enix has released new detailed descriptions of the countries that form the world of Final Fantasy Type-0. With them come new screenshots and artwork, as well as the flags for all four of the countries and a brief biography of each of their important figures. Take your time to take it all in.

Rebrum

This is the country which the Suzaku Peristerium is based and home to all of the main characters of the game. Rebrum is run by eight individuals who are also in charge of the school the students of Class 0 attend. The school admits students based on the Crystals decision. If they are magically gifted, they’re admitted to the school and split into classes.

Who’s in charge?

Khalia Chival VI is both the chancellor of the school and head of state. He was a great sorcerer when he was younger.

Milites

A militaristic empire with a missing emperor and the yearning to possess the crystals the other three countries control. The Byakko Crystal the nation holds is capable of creating weapons which any citizens can wield, unlike the limited power grated by the other nations crystals to only a few individuals. Because of this, the empire has a vast army containing tens of thousands of troops.

Who’s in charge?

Admiral Cid Aulstyne is the countries de facto leader and also the head of the Byakko Peristerium, a research organisation studying the energy released from the crystal to use for the military.

Lolica Commonwealth

The Lolica Commonwealth, a mountainous country, contains the Genbu Peristerium which holds the Genbu Crystal. The crystal strengthens the people of the nation, making their bodies larger than those of other nationalities. Most of the population server as Knights to protect the country.

Who’s important?

Gilgamesh is a well know l’Cie from the Genbu Crystal who has forgotten his focus. He fights opponents, trying to target their weapons.

Concordia Kingdom

Concordia is home to the Souryu Crystal, which gives the people of the country the ability to talk to monsters and dragons. This ability is used in day-to-day life as well as in combat to give them an edge. The people of the country are quite small so rely on speed and spears in combat.

Who’s in charge?

Queen Andoria is the leader of Concordia with the government mainly comprising of women. The queen is the actual physical representation of the Souryu Crystal and is therefore the only person able to communicate with the Queen Dragon.

Source: Andriasang



Square Enix has released two new screenshots of Final Fantasy XIII-2 which have been featured in magazine scans previously. They’ve also released the first official artwork for XIII-2 featuring Lightning and Serah in much higher quality. See it all below.



Final Fantasy Type-0 Website Updated
Date: June 10th, 2011 Author: Agent Dunham
News Category: Final Fantasy Type-0
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With a chance at being lost amongst the flurry of E3 news for Final Fantasy XIII-2, Square Enix sneakily updated the official website for Final Fantasy Type-0.

New renders for Sice and King were added and brawler Eight makes his debut under the Characters Class Zero section. Under Subcharacters, Square Enix have added Arecia and Gilgamesh. Those three new additions all have voice samples to go with them. The System section has additions for Kill Sight and Special Orders, two previously detailed features. Along with that are Battle Style entries for King, Sice and Eight.

Finally, a new wallpaper featuring King, Sice and Eight is available under Special in various sizes (click on that funny writing that looks like ダウンロード if you’re interested on downloading it).



Famitsu has released it’s interview with Final Fantasy Versus XIII director, Tetsuya Nomura, and it turns out to be rather lengthy. Andriasang have once again taken on the mammoth task of translating and summarising the interview and they’ve done a great job.

Along with the interview also comes the artwork of Noctis featured in both the magazines released so far but unfortunately in a rather small size. See it and the interview below.

STORY AND CHARACTERS

The 1st Production Department Premier event trailer, which offered us our first true look at Versus XIII gameplay (ignoring the few seconds from the game’s brief Tokyo Game Show trailer) was almost all in-game. The opening section, which showed Noctis and his driver driving down a freeway was CG (not live action footage, Famitsu confirmed), noctis_artwork_31-01 but everything from the conversation scene between Noctis and Stella was real time running on the PlayStation 3. This includes the flyby scene with the masses of buildings that precedes the combat part of the clip. (Nomura didn’t say this, but the end of the clip does appear to have a short CG sequence.)

The trailer, Famitsu noted, allows us to better get a grasp of the characters, as we get to first hear Noctis, and his allies. Furthermore, the ally clothing has been redone.
These areas appear to be final designs, although Nomura said that he’s playing around with the hair a bit. Even the voices that you hear for the allies during the combat scenes is from final voice actors, chosen via auditions…

Read the rest of the interview at Andriasang

Source: Famitsu



To go with the original Final Fantasy XIII-2 screenshot released on the day of the 1st Production Premier, Square Enix has released two more screenshots as well as an extremely high definition render of Lightning clad in her new outfit. Although the screenshots are from scenes in the trailer, they aren’t simply direct feed captures. See them below.





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