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  • Square Announces Eco-Friendly Chocobo Riding Service chocoboTraffic congestion is cramming up our overcrowded cities and polluting the air with excess exhaust. A certain JRPG maker decided if anyone could make a difference, they could. That’s the thought behind ChocoGo, Square’s newest venture.
    Just download the app, pick a Chocobo and wait for it to arrive. They’ll take you to any destination you want, even on top of a mountain. Even buses and ridesharing programs like Uber contribute to climate change in their own way. But with ChocoGo, the only pollution to the environment will be the little poops they leave behind. (Wait, I’ve never seen a Chocobo ...
  • Sega Now Owns Atlus atlusHere’s one of those reports that comes out on April 1st yet is completely true. If you don’t believe it, the buyout was announced last year — it just didn’t go into effect until today, the start of the new fiscal year. Sega owns Atlus.
    “After nearly a year working under the Sega Games division, both SEGA of America and Atlus U.S.A. have thrived and released a combined total of 23 game products,” said Naoto Hiraoka, the CEO of Atlus’s American branch. “Between Atlus’ ability to localize and release Japanese video game products efficiently and the strength of Sega of America’s reputation as a leading ...
  • Final Fantasy 11 Ended Today On Consoles final fantasy xiSo….were you aware Final Fantasy 11 was still playable on PS2? It totally was, until today, and that’s no joke. Square’s first online MMO, now 16 years of age, ceased to operate on Playstation 2 and XBox 360 as of March 31, 2016.
    FFXI started in Japan in May of 2002, and at its peak had over 500,000 players. It also pulled off cross-platform play before it was cool: PS2, 360 and PC players could all interact with one another. To Square’s credit, they’ve kept the game eventful up to the very end. They announced over a year ago FF11 would ...
  • Square Announces Final Fantasy XV Prequel Movie, “Kingsglaive” kingsglaiveOne of the many tie-ins and releases surrounding Square-Enix’s Final Fantasy XV will be a full-length CG movie set before the game begins. Called Kingsglaive, it will cover the backstory and the conflict that shaped the kingdom Prince Noctis will be driving around in come September. The film will be released digitally and boast a classy voice cast including Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones) as King Regis, Lena Headey (300, Game of Thrones) as Princess Luna and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) as Kingsglaive soldier Nyx.
    The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the hallowed Crystal, but ...
  • The Final Fantasy XV Hype Machine Begins With These Videos final fantasy XVLast night, the last thing shown off during the Final Fantasy XV Uncovered event was a new story trailer for the game. As you’ll see, we really weren’t kidding about Stand By Me being used as the theme. The classic was originally sung by Ben E. King, but this is a new cover done by Florence And The Machine exclusively for Square.
    https://youtu.be/eu9BTuyT-x0
    Before the trailer showed up, one of the event’s surprises was the announcement of a 5-episode anime series featuring the game’s characters, called Final Fantasy XV Brotherhood. According to Square, the series will “delve into the extraordinary friendships between ...
  • Final Fantasy XV Has A Confirmed US Release Date final fantasy xvTonight Square-Enix held a stage event called Final Fantasy XV Uncovered where all their plans regarding the fifteenth Final Fantasy were revealed. The most important detail was the solid release date, and Square knew it, because they saved that revelation for the very end. Director Hajime Tabata himself came out to push an imaginary button and start a slot machine of numbers that eventually rested on “SEPT 30 2016.”
    This would be more of a surprise if it hadn’t been leaked two days ago. In a different world, their brief fakeout of the screen saying November 30 before it “corrected” itself ...
  • Star Ocean 5 Has A Confirmed US Release Date star ocean 5Ah, good — we finally have a solid release date from Square-Enix regarding Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness. Announced last year for Western audiences, the game will be released for Playstation 4 on June 28, 2016. (As a side note, Japan gets the game….tomorrow.) Early purchasers will get some free downloadable content such as items that offer various status bonuses and effects.
    The digital version of Star Ocean 5 is now up for preorder (you’ve been able to preorder the physical version for months, if you didn’t realize). One extra detail Square revealed today was that as a bonus, music ...
  • Kingdom Hearts Is Now As Old As Sora Is kingdom heartsOn March 28, 2002 the world’s first crossover between Square and Disney took place in Japan. Spawned from a chance elevator encounter between high officials at both companies, it’s now become one of Square’s most recognized series currently in production, even if the pace is as slow as a sloth from “Zootopia.”
    Kingdom Hearts is now 14 years old, and director Tetsuya Nomura debuted a new screenshot from Kingdom Hearts 2.8 in honor of the franchise’s birthday.

    This is Daybreak Town, a setting from Kingdom Hearts χ that’s getting an HD makeover for the impending PS4 release of 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. As ...

  • How Long Will It Take To Complete Final Fantasy XV? final fantasy XVPresumably, Final Fantasy XV will be a huge game, but how huge? The game’s director, Hajime Tabata, recently said in a livestream interview that he expects the average player to complete FFXV in around 50 hours. He was asked the same question months before, and his response was 40 hours, but he says since then a lot more content has been put into the game.
    Siliconera reports that Tabata spoke about finishing and polishing up FFXV, which is still planned for a simultaneous worldwide release sometime this year. Right now the game has issues where it dips below 30FPS in some ...
  • Zero Escape Creator Has No Idea Why His Series Is Popular zero time dilemmaThe third game in the Zero Escape trilogy, Zero Time Dilemma, nearly wasn’t made due to poor reception to the second game in Japan. Once news broke that progress on a third game had been suspended, developer Chun Soft and American publisher Aksys Games were flooded with concerned comments and demands to save the remaining title. It was enough to resume development.
    Most of the fan response, however, came from American gamers. Given that the genre Zero Escape belongs to is much more Japanese than the typical import (a visual novel/puzzle game), why did the series end up finding its audience ...