Erren Van Duine

Final Fantasy VIII achievements show up in Steam database


By:  Erren Van Duine Nearly two years ago, Final Fantasy VIII (along with Final Fantasy VII) showed up in Steam’s registry database. The original find, reported on by RPG Site, contained dummy files for both titles – with FFVIII appearing to be a modified version of the original PC release. Since their discovery, the files were promptly removed and their existence fell into obscurity. Last year, however, Square Enix decided to resurrect the PC version of FFVII, although they chose to release the years []

Square Enix reveals Final Fantasy Versus XIII “Noctis” eau de toilette fragrance


By:  Erren Van Duine Today’s breaking news comes from Square Enix merchandise guru Hidemi Matsuzuka, who updated his Twitter feed with a single shot of what will become the next official FF Versus XIII goods. Accompanied by the single line of “Prince!” Hidemi “Mad Dog” produced a picture of a new version of fragrance with “Noctis” Eau de Toilette branding aside it. Similar to the Cloud, Sephiroth, and Lightning versions available in the past, this one will likely contain a strap themed around the []

Lightning Returns Q&A video taps questions from the community


By:  Erren Van Duine Last month media the world over got to catch a glimpse at Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII for the first time. While this month will largely focus on FFXIV, Square Enix UK has given Lightning fans another small taste of what’s to come. Much like our own encounter, the community team sat down with Producer Yoshinori Kitase and Director Motomu Toriyama – this time fielding answers from questions taken from the community. In the meantime, we’ll have our own []

Introducing Final Fantasy XIV’s new night cycle


By: Erren Van Duine Final Fantasy XIV’s first closed beta phase is only weeks away, and to whet your appetite, Square Enix has provided a look at the new game’s night life. In the alpha version, the day/night cycle had not yet been implemented, but it seems we may get a taste of it in the beta. Here’s your first look of the evening, complete with the different phases of Hydaelyn’s moon. Source: Nova Crystallis

Gathering and crafting in the world of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn


By:  Erren Van Duine The latest tour into FFXIV: A Realm Reborn takes a look at gathering and crafting. As you might expect, both tasks are fairly straight forward – players may gather obtainable items and crafting comes from a recipe book. By clicking on Synthesize, players must then use crafting points to perform class actions to complete their action before the item’s durability is compromised. Source: Nova Crystallis  

First public Lightning Returns:Final Fantasy XIII trailer reveal set for Jump Festa


By: Erren Van Duine While not exactly new information, Square Enix wants to remind you once again that Lightning Returns will see its trailer debut at Jump Festa later this month. In fact, the event is less than 10 days away now which means it won’t be long until the general public gets their first look at the game since its announcement back in September. At Square Enix’s Jump Festa booth, you can expect to see the latest footage. The event will []

Time has an influence on the game design in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII


By: Erren Van Duine Today’s topic is “time.” It’s easy to understand when you compare it to real life. You wake up in the morning and then commute to work or school. And then in the afternoon, people enjoy different lifestyles through lunch or playing sports. In the evening you can go out somewhere to have a drink, or go home to watch TV – it’s an every day cycle. A time cycle like this is also present in the title LRFFXIII. []

Day and night cycles to play an important role in the story of Lightning Returns


By: Erren Van Duine As promised, Square Enix’s marketing team has started updating the official Lightning Returns Facebook once again. Today’s update is a brief look back at the announcement event, as well as a hint at more content to come in the following weeks. “Hello! Let’s look back at the Final Fantasy exhibition. Revealed in September, this is some of the concept art that was shown there. This is the art that was introduced to us by Kamikokuryou! It’s the “City of Light, []

Square Enix promises more on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII soon


By: Erren Van Duine After taking a bit of a hiatus, it seems the Lightning Returns hype machine is ready to go once again. A messaged appeared today across both the official Twitter and Facebook pages for the game stating: “Hello everyone! The official LRFFXIII Facebook was on hiatus for a while but will resume as of today! From here on, producer Kitase and the advertisement team will publish a variety of information, please look forward to it! By the way, we []