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Square Enix Event Revelations 86

Posted by Zonk
from the more-final-fantasies-than-you-can-shake-a-stick-at dept.
Square Enix has their yearly media event in Japan this past weekend, and news on upcoming titles is plentiful. Final Fantasy XII has finally been given a release date...in Japan. The Japanese launch is set for March 16, 2006. Aside from knowing the Japanese release date, details on the theme song for the highly anticipated title were also available. Aside from the heavyweight, information on Square Enix's Mobile games had some time in the sun, FFVII: Dirge of Cerberus had some new info revealed, and Fantasy Earth (Square's next MMO) was shown off but was unplayable. FFXI, their current MMOG, got the business end of a Q&A about upcoming plans, while movie fans will be happy to hear that FFVII: Advent Children is set to premiere in Japanese theaters in September. Finally, the rumour from the event that has everyone excited is the possibility that the Final Fantasy VII tech demo is more than a demo. The beautiful movie, shown originally at E3 this year, was shown again at the event and has prompted commentators to wonder if this is the first glimpse of the much rumoured remake of the classic console RPG.
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Square Enix Event Revelations

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  • Dude, it's been delayed so many times they're gonna have to release it for the PS3. *remembers when the release date was Spring 2005*
  • Good. I don't think it's the greatest Final Fantasy out there, but it definitely didn't age well. Compare its graphics to the other 2 PSX Final Fantasies, and you'll see what I mean. FF VII is easily to worst looking in the entire series (assuming you replace the NES graphics from I and II with the graphics from Origins and/or Dawn of Souls), and a graphical update would make me much more prone to play it again.
    • Re:FF VII remake (Score:3, Interesting)

      by shoptroll (544006)
      Keep in mind that the game was originally being created for the N64 in the very early stages.

      While I think it'd be cool for them to revamp the game with better graphics, I think it's a highly gratuitous move. I think it'd be better to see an update maybe in 3-5 years when a new age of FF Fanboys haven't even seen or heard of VII. Besides they're whoring out the game with 4 se/pre-quels. How much FF VII can we all handle?
      • Hm. I didn't know it was originally slated for the N64. That would explain some of the blockiness. And I agree with your stance on sequelitis. I'd pick up the remake when it went bargain bin for the reasons outlined above, but I don't think I'll be picking up anything else unless I find a really good deal on it.

        But when you think about it, now would be the time to do this. They've already got some of the work done. They needed character models for Advent Children. I'd be willing to bet VII remake and Advent
  • by jpsowin (325530) on Monday August 01, 2005 @11:27AM (#13214772) Homepage
    Their best game hands down was Final Fantasy III (US) / VI (Jap). I would love to see a remake of that.
  • by superstick58 (809423) on Monday August 01, 2005 @11:32AM (#13214810)
    Anyone notice how the hero [1up.com] looks suspiciously like Michael Jackson [ithaca.edu] with white hair?
  • You know, if you're holding a shindig to announce a bunch new, new stuff and the thing "that has everyone excited" is a (possible) remake of a previous game, you just might be doing something wrong.

    I mean, I really like Squeenix and all, but I only bought FFX now that it's in the $20 bin, and then only on the strong recommendation of a friend. I really like the way FFXII looks (or has looked so far, since I can't see TFA from here), but I had exactly the same impression of FFIX, which I never did finish. I
  • KH2 (Score:3, Insightful)

    by vethia (900978) on Monday August 01, 2005 @11:47AM (#13214945)
    Nothing about Kingdom Hearts II? I hope it's still on schedule...

    I saw a release poster in Suncoast yesterday that listed Advent Children as coming out in September (I live in the US). With misinformation like that floating around, it makes it hard to believe anything about these release schedules.

    • From what I remember of the stories on IGN, Kingdom Hearts II is set for a release in Japan late this year/early next year (I think. Go check out IGN to be sure).

      And as for Advent Children, they've confirmed that it'll get a theatrical release (prolly Japan only) Sept 10, US DVD/UMD release Sept 13, and Japanese DVD/UMD release the day after (the 14th).

      • The time difference makes the 13th in the US the same day as the 14th in Japan. Silly people. Like Square would release something in the US first *shakes head*
        • by jclast (888957)
          It's an intro RPG, bu Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest was released here first [gamefaqs.com].
          • That's because FF:MQ was made by Square, not Squaresoft. Square was Squaresoft's American branch back in the Nintendo days. Mystic Quest was made because Squaresoft thought FFIV was too hard for American audiences. Funny, huh?
        • Actually, Square-Enix did release the sequel to Brave Fencer Musashi (US:Musashi Samurai Legend, Japan: Musashiden 2-Blade Master) in the US before it was released in Japan.
    • Advent Children's US release is going to be on the same day as Japan. This is actually not new information.
    • KH2 is still on schedule, worry not
    • September? Misinformation? Last I heard, the official word was that Japan's getting it in September and the North American release will be within a month, two months absolute tops.
  • I agree that remakes and sequels have been dominating the sector way too much as of late, but a remake of FF7 is just something that might truly be worth it. I've never heard so much talk and rumors of a remake, I think this is something alot of people really want. Perhaps Square was just waiting for better hardware.

    I also hope to god they "finish" the game this time (see the first post). It's been fairly well documented that she was supposed to come back.
    • reason for remake is the game seems hurried and unfinished toward the 2nd half. (it's the first FF title for PSX).

      and looks like Square Enix has put a lot of time/money to develop a FF7 franchise, maybe a remake wasn't too bad of an idea after all.

      but first thing first, they gotta sort out the FF11 mess they are in, and probably push FF12 out......

      • What FFXI mess?
        • the gamedevs are very slow to react to issues occured in the game, and they are really slow in putting in the contents that's promised in the last expansion. issues that should need addressing last year are still not resolved this year. GMs are equally slow to react problems occurs in the game, or simply ignoring it.

          the game has reach it's maturety, but the end game contents are still way too scarce.
  • by Gogo0 (877020)
    The gaming industry is becoming more like the Hollywood slashdot regularly craps over (remakes and remakes of remakes), but slashdot LIKES it for games.

    Okay.

    Really though, a FFVII remake will suck. It will have voices that "hardcore" FF fans will dislike, plot tweaks that everyone will whine about, and different visuals all around that people will complain arent true to the original game.
    You play FFVII on the PS1, and I'll play FFVI on the SNES.
    Remakes are stupid square-enix, give us a new, good FF.
    • It may not be the non-Final Fantasy franchise you're interested in, but the Front Mission games that make it to the U.S. were both of very high quality with more replayability than your average Final Fantasy. I've been through 3 three times and 4 twice.
    • Sequels are largely good in gaming because they're rarely worse than the original (unlike films), and the stories are secondary to games so you can't really spoil them. They're often just a bunch of new levels, and it's pretty obvious that 60 levels of Serious Sam is better than 30. RPGs with a real story are a potential exception, but I understand that the FF games aren't usually direct sequels to each other in story terms, so you can't really complain there.

      Game remakes suck, but they're still better than
      • you can.

        go buy a ff1 cart.

        download an emulator.

        download your legal rom of said game.

        play game on any computer made in the last 10 years.

        profit.

        thank goodness nintendo/square didn't use something like DRM to prevent you from doing this innovative and useful act...
        • I'm not sure that the emulator is necessarily legal without buying a NES (if it emulates some patented functionality, or if the EUCD (=DMCA) could somehow apply), or if emus are indeed legal full stop.

          There was a recent court case here (UK) where PS2 modchips were declared illegal, so stuff like emus is likely to end up the same way... it's only the lack of appropriate test cases at this point, if I understand the situation correctly.

          Yes, the law is stupid. But people who are take it seriously aren't likely
    • If Aeris shoots first before Sephiroth attempts to stab her, it will completely change her character!!!
  • Not as popular as FF, but it is a major RPG franchise in its own right.
  • It does make a lot of sense that they could be remaking VII. I mean they are making a sequel film, a PSP game and a mobile phone game.

    It seems odd to me that they would do all of this for a game that hasn't been available in shops (outside of bargain bins) for over 5 years now. I suspect a remake of VII could be the centerpiece to all this work...
  • "Square Enix has their yearly media event"

    Final this, Fantasy that... Where's the Enix?
    • Re:Question (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Enix is dead. Squaresoft has been ever since the release of FFVII, but they keep on trying to pretend they're still relevant anyway.

      Just be glad that they're not ruining any Enix titles so you can still hope that they'll sell them off to a competant developer.
      • Uh, Dragon Quest VIIII was the biggest game in Japan this year.

        Mori Mori is coming out for the DS. In the last year DQ has gotten more emphasis than Final Fantasy.

  • Hmmm... could it be that Square has fallen prey to the Western idea that 13 is an unlucky number? They stopped right at 12 and then started back up with 7 again. Anyways, I think it would be fun to see 7 remade with better graphics, there are all sorts of other things they should try out first. One, an FF in the same vein as FF4 and FF6, i.e. one that is good. They need to make more non-FF games as well. Hell, many of their best titles were way better than FF games. To name a few, Chrono Trigger (perf
  • With all that media attention Square-Enix is getting, they seem to be cautious in revealing anything Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core [crisiscore.com], there was only a rerun of the E3 demonstration at the event. What do you think of that Crisis Core game? A catalyst for PSP Sales? (after that price skimming)...

    I found a nice collection of (japanese) articles in a Square-Enix Party 2005 FF7: Advent Children Report [ff7acmovie.com], it says that there is also a FF7:AC Soundtrack that will be released in end of September. About FF7:AC, it is

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