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Monday, May 28th, 2007
Posted by CloudANDTidus at 12:11 PM EST

Fanfiction: Ain't Like I Planned conclusion

This week we have a single fanfiction update, but it's quite a significant one. The conclusion of Enkida's epic "Ain't Like I Planned" is now online and ready for reading.

For new visitors, Ain't Like I Planned is a tale set five years after Meteor staring Cid and his troubled relationships. Please note that this story is rated R and should only be read by mature readers.


Saturday, May 19th, 2007
Posted by Reeve at 08:01 AM EST

Interview With GM of Square Enix Merchandising

IGN has posted an interview with Hidemi Matsuzuka, the General Manager of Square Enix's Merchandising Division. In it, several upcoming and possible future products are discussed, including a Barret figure, an Aeris sculpture, a replica of Cloud's sword from Advent Children (with all seven parts), and a figure of a playable character from FFVII that "was an animal form", which of course means that it will either be Red XIII or Cait Sith.

The full interview may be read here.


Wednesday, May 16th, 2007
Posted by Reeve at 08:26 PM EST

Crisis Core Musical Preview, Before Crisis Rumored for PSP

Among the bits of swag available at Square Enix Party was a music CD sampler containing tracks from two unreleased games: Final Fantasy Dissidia and Crisis Core. PSP Fanboy has posted links to MP3s ripped from the disk; the two Crisis Core tracks are the game's main theme and "Last Order -Crisis Mix-". (source: Gaming Today)

Next up is a rumor: Before Crisis may be ported to the PSP. The source of this is the following passage from Next Generation's Square Enix Party report: originally released on Japanese mobile phones, this cute little action-RPG set in the popular FFVII world will finally find its true audience when it's released on PSP, and with luxurious networking abilities. I played it for a few minutes on a friend's phone and didn't understand what was going on, though maybe the mileage will vary on the PSP.

Of course, there has been no official announcement from Square Enix concerning this alleged port, but we will keep you all posted.


Posted by Reeve at 07:43 AM EST

New Crisis Core Scans

Jeux France has updated an article we reported on this past Saturday, confirming Crisis Core's Japanese release date of September 13th. In addition, they have updated this same article with four page scans from Famitsu, which include several new screenshots from the game (potential spoilers exist, of course).


Sunday, May 13th, 2007
Posted by Reeve at 08:33 AM EST

Crisis Core Hands-On, Fans' Messages to Square Enix

We have a couple of links today from Game|Life. First off is blogger Chris Kohler's impressions of Crisis Core, a playable demo of which was available at Square Enix Party. It's worth reading if you want to get some idea of how the graphics and gameplay will be like.

The second link I found amusing, and thought I'd share it with you all: it's some photos of a fan-comment board at Square Enix Party. Located at the back of the Party's Final Fantasy historical display, it's filled with Post-It notes with requests and messages from fans; some notes are in English, and several ask for an FFVII remake!

Game|Life currently has several stories up about Square Enix Party, from demo impressions to cosplay pics. If you didn't have a chance to go, they're well worth checking out!


Saturday, May 12th, 2007
Posted by Reeve at 11:02 AM EST

Crisis Core Limited Edition, Restore Your HP With Official FFVII Potion

Once again from Jeux France is news that not only will Crisis Core be due out on September 13th in Japan (see previous update), but that it will also be available as part of a limited-edition package celebrating FFVII's tenth anniversary; included in this set will be a special PSP and a single of Crisis Core's theme, "Why" by Ayaka. In addition, Square Enix plans on releasing a tie-in product similar to last year's Final Fantasy XII-themed "Potion" (which reportedly tastes horrible). The full article (in French) includes pics of an FFVII Potion prototype and can be read here.


Friday, May 11th, 2007
Posted by Reeve at 08:43 PM EST

New Crisis Core Info, Square Enix Party, More

Jeux France has posted a new scan from Shonen Jump which includes information about how summons will work in Crisis Core. Apparently, summon monsters such as Ifrit have to be fought and defeated; summoning them requires their reel to show up in the slots that are the core of the "Digital Mind Wave" battle system. The article (en français) and scan can be seen here.

Meanwhile, Square Enix Party 2007 is currently taking place in Japan. As previously reported on the Citadel, Before Crisis, Crisis Core, and Advent Children Complete are all present at the show; in addition, the former two games are playable on the show floor, as is Dirge of Cerberus: Lost Episode (source: NeoGAF Forums). One recently revealed new game is Final Fantasy Dissidia, a PSP title which appears to incorporate characters from several Final Fantasy games; no FFVII characters have been unveiled (yet?), but we'll be sure to keep an eye out for them! (UPDATE [05/12/07]: Sephiroth is said to be in Dissidia; meanwhile, Crisis Core's Japanese release date has been announced as being September 13th of this year. Thanks to CloudANDTidus for the tip!) If you'd like to discuss FF Dissidia or Square Enix Party in general, feel free to join our ongoing discussion in the Forums.

On to site business: please join us in welcoming longtime Citadel contributor Anguipes Seraph to the staff! Anguipes has taken on the role of Moderator of the Final Fantasy-related discussion forums.


Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
Posted by Reeve at 12:19 AM EST

This Month's Theme, E3 Rarities, More

Happy May Day! Today we unveil the fourth of our monthly themes, the lovely Tifa Lockheart, featuring a header banner by Citadel contributor Noacat. As usual, all of our previous themes can be found on the Tenth Anniversary page.

As for today's update, a collection of promotional materials from the past few years' worth of E3 Expos has been added to the Press Clippings section, Tifa joins the rest of the gang in the Character Compendium, and some FFVII findings in Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales has been added to the newly-organized Miscellaneous Cameos and References in Game Information (please be aware that minor spoilers exist).

Finally, submissions are still closed for the time being. Thanks for your continued patience as we sort through our current backlog.