Could Final Fantasy XI be heading to Sony’s new handheld?
In the latest issue of Famitsu, Producer Hiromichi Tanaka says that Square Enix is currently investigating a straight port of the game to the next generation portable. He adds that currently there is no solid plan at the moment.
With the device having wi-fi and 3G capable models, Final Fantasy XI on the device would definitely be an interesting addition to the Vita’s library. Could a port of this 9 year old game to the new platform help bring in new players? Or would it serve as a way for the more dedicated players to get their fix when not in front of their home console or PC?
Famitsu and 4Gamer have released a few images from Square Enix on their websites. The images are of things we can expect to see in the future, however, the articles don’t specify exactly when. Some of it could be for November or December. Some of it could be included in version updates later down the line. Either way, the images are fun to look at, right?
Check out the images here at Famitsu and then come back for the descriptions from Square Enix (the green text below the pictures). It doesn’t seem the sites were given any specific information outside of the PR text.
Gaming news website andriasang has a new article up with information from the latest Famitsu Weekly magazine. Producer Hiromichi Tanaka and Director Nobuaki Komoto gave the magazine a little bit of information about how development for the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIV is coming along.
“The PS3 version is currently 100% complete in terms of porting the game over from the PC, revealed Tanaka. It’s already running on the PS3, and the staff is performing optimizations to make it play smoother.”
For more information, read the whole article here.
(Special thanks to Ryumihyoh for the tip.)
News has been floating around on the forums about a trailer for Final Fantasy XIV being shown in 3D as part of Sony’s press conference at Tokyo Game Show this week. That news hasn’t appeared on the front page because there hasn’t been any way to confirm what people were saying, that FFXIV was going to be 3D for the PS3 version. It was not listed on the slide of games that are confirmed to support the technology such as the upcoming Gran Turismo 5. Producer Hiromichi Tanaka has also said the previous display of FFXIV in 3D was a tech demo done in cooperation with NVIDIA.
The evening the news hit, we watched twitter and 2ch for chat from Japanese players about Sony’s presentation. After all, it would be big news right? Nobody was talking about it.
Today, a number of Japanese gaming news sites like Famitsu and 4Gamer posted their articles about the Sony presser. They all say the same thing. Final Fantasy XIV was shown in 3D at the Sony press conference as a tech demonstration only. There were other games as well that were shown in 3D as a demonstration of the technology, like Metal Gear Solid Rising, but the press was told that the demos do not mean the games will actually be supporting 3D.
So there you have it folks. Hopefully nobody ran out to buy a 3D TV after they saw the announcement. This isn’t to say that FFXIV won’t support 3D in the future but for the meantime, don’t plan on it.
If you’d like to check out pictures from Sony’s press conference, including a few images of FFXIV, check out Engadget’s coverage here.
A look at this weeks Famitsu from FFXIV-Fan not only reveals the name of the theme that Nobuo Uematsu created for Final Fantasy XIV but also the person who will be singing it. Susan Calloway will be the singer for Final Fantasy XIV’s theme: “Answers” which Famitsu reports can be heard during certain parts of the opening cut scenes of the game.
Susan Calloway has made several appearances in the past couple of years at the Distant World concerts that have taken place around the globe. Calloway can also be heard on both of the CD’s released for the concert on tracks such as Distant Worlds, and Suteki Da Ne.
The past week has revealed a few nuggets of information, most of which has already been fully digested on the forums, but it’s worthwhile to recap what we’ve learned the past week or so since E3. We’ve seen a few french interviews stemming from the Japan Expo in France, plus one Famitsu article, and some official Square Enix tweets.
So without further ado:
Eorzeapedia wasn’t the only website attending this year’s E3 with an eye on the upcoming Final Fantasy XIV.
Several other media sites were there, and they also got some hands on time with the latest build of the game as well as a chance to sit down with FFXIV Producer Hiromichi Tanaka. Now that everyone has posted their information we’ve thrown it all together in an easy to read list. Below we have videos, interview summaries and links to hands on experiences.
If you haven’t already, make sure to also check out our exclusive interview.
Additionally, you can also see all of our E3 2010 posts here.
Like many media outlets, Famitsu had their interview with Final Fantasy XIV Producer Tanaka Hiromichi (left) and North American Producer/Senior Manager of NA Operations Kurosawa Yasu (right) today. Topics included the upcoming start of beta testing, possible 3D effects, and community reactions about the ongoing alpha build testing.
You can find a copy of the original interview in Japanese on Famitsu’s website or our translated version below the break.