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As we expected, Square Enix took to Sony's stage to reveal that Final Fantasy Versus XIII is not dead. The long-awaited title has instead evolved into Final Fantasy XV (tying in perfectly with some rumours from earlier this year), and has been announced for PS4. We're not entirely sure whether it's exclusive, timed or simply slow to announce other platforms, but for now, why not enjoy the announce trailer below?
According to some new whispers from dark corners of the internet, we may now have a reason for Final Fantasy Versus XIII's massive delay: it's now being developed as a PS4 title with a brand new name.Click here to read more...
Square Enix president Yoichi Wada has called out recent rumours surrounding Final Fantasy Versus XIII as a "hoax," reassuring fans that the long-delayed project is still in development and is impressive enough to "knock you off your feet." Considering that Square are set to make some major announcements at a Final Fantasy 25th anniversary event this September, perhaps we can expect a progress update?
Last week, sources alleged that Final Fantasy Versus XIII had been secretly cancelled, suggesting that Square were keeping things quiet to avoid shareholder panic and improve studio morale.
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The Final Fantasy spin-off, Versus XIII, has been in development since 2006. Closing in on six years, its incubation period finally appears to be nearing an end, as Square Enix has begun teasing fans of its next reveal. Producer Yoshinori Kitase, in a chat available in the January issue of EDGE, told the magazine that work continues on Versus XIII, despite its obviously troubled development.
"Then there’s Versus XIII," he said, "which is currently in development. We released a trailer in January and since then there has been nothing, but I can assure you the team is working extremely hard on it and I think people will be excited when they next see it.” Square also have Final Fantasy XIII-2 set for release this year, so I wouldn't be surprised if Versus slipped another year in to 2013. [Gaming Everything]
Finally! Nintendo have confirmed a March 25th release date for their highly anticipated 3DS handheld- along with twenty five games set for the "launch window." HMV has estimated a £229 retail price for the basic unit that will reportedly ship in either aqua blue or cosmos black.
We can't wait.
This is an odd little story. Putting it mildly. Freelance blogger Jason Koblovsky claims to have engaged in a bizarre dialogue with Activision customer support, where grievances about Call Of Duty: Black Ops' PS3 performance were countered by a suggestion that the servers could ultimately be closed instead of repaired.
The publishers have the right to shut down the servers for their game at any time as well which based on the number of reported posts from users may be a viable solution over the free PSN.
To be honest, this is probably just a poorly worded response caused by the aggravation of dealing with an angry consumer- not a statement of intent. Activision's social media puppet master, Dan Amrich, has been quick to deny any genuine plans to shut down the servers in a recent tweet.
I do not see "shutting down servers" as an action item here. I think someone's inaccurately implying intent.
There's almost certainly nothing to this, but there's no doubt that Black Ops' PS3 performance is causing both consumers and Activision no end of grief. Are you having problems? Fancy a bit of a rant? Have your say in the comments!
Infamous hacker and homebrew coder George "GeoHot" Hotz is currently embroiled in a fierce legal battle with Sony over a the latest firmware breaches- and has been sued by Apple in the past. However, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 team are taking a very different tack. Microsoft developer Brandon Watson has offered to furnish Hotz with a WP7, stating that they'd actively encourage him to "build cool stuff" on the platform.
It's a nifty marketing stunt to be sure, but with some analysts predicting that WP7 will overtake Android as the fastest-growing OS in 2011, it'll be interesting to see what a jailbreak manages to bring to the table.
Yesterday's announcement that Final Fantasy Versus XIII would be a PS3 exclusive nearly broke the internet- partly thanks to an incredible new trailer that shows off the blend of high fantasy with gritty realism. Well, as gritty and realistic as Final Fantasy games get, anyways. [GT]
Big news out of Japan today. Square Enix has officially confirmed Final Fantasy XIII-2 for PS3 and Xbox 360, suggesting that it's slated for a Winter 2011 Japanese launch and will subsequently be localised for the West. The sequel will feature a full new story that expands on the events of the original, with tweaked battle mechanics that have "evolved further since XIII." Apparently it will "exceed" its predecessor in "every aspect."
The trailer looks promising enough, but we hope that the core gameplay will have also evolved beyond the original remit. Final Fantasy XIII disappointed even staunch series veterans with its grind-heavy first half, and with any luck, Square will learn from their mistakes.
Square also confirmed that the long-awaited Final Fantasy Versus XIII will remain a full PS3 exclusive. Still no European release date as yet, but expect this to be a fair way off yet. We'll keep you posted. [Andriasang]
Crytek's Xbox 360 exclusive was one of the biggest yet most overlooked announcements of last year's E3- and ever since, we've been wondering exactly what Kingdoms is set to deliver. So far, all that Crytek's told us is that Kingdoms will be "nothing like God Of War" despite reportedly being a third-person action game with mythological overtones- but CEO Cervat Yerli has spoken out to state that it will push the 360 hardware "to its limits" as well as offering an entirely new game experience.
As a company we can't just make shooters, we need to breed genuinely new forms of entertainment and interactive experiences, and I think Kingdoms is a new interactive entertainment experience.
Working with Microsoft allows us to do something really new and awesome from our perspective, and from gamers' perspective I think they'll have a very different experience with Kingdoms.
Yerli went on to discuss Crytek's future plans, suggesting that they're looking at reinventing existing genres or even creating entirely new ones. Well, it'll make a change from eyepopping shooters, I suppose.
Kingdoms is set for a big reveal at this year's E3. We'll keep you posted. [CVG]
In case you missed it, Activision and Treyarch have released the first official trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops' first DLC map pack. We brought you the details a few weeks ago, but this latest communication gives us a closer look and some developer feedback about what First Strike promises to bring to the party.
A lot of people are getting excited about the phrase "New Perks/Killstreaks" appearing at the very start of the trailer, though I wouldn't hold your breath. This likely refers to the new features that Black Ops implemented since Modern Warfare 2.
First Strike launches on February 1st for the Xbox 360, and will reach the PS3 and PC a month later due to their exclusivity deal with Microsoft.
Well it's about damn time. Codemasters has announced that a PC/Xbox 360 sequel to the venerable Cannon Fodder series is in production, featuring the classic cartoony ultraviolence and a wide variety of battlegrounds. Including outer space! This would normally be cause for widespread, uncontrollable jubilation... but unfortunately there's some nasty small print.
So far, Codemasters has only confirmed Cannon Fodder 3 for Russia and CIS territories, though according to Eurogamer, release outside these countries has "yet to be announced." Here's hoping. [Eurogamer]