Thursday, June 19th, 2008
Posted by CloudANDTidus at 12:47 PM EST
European Limited Edition Crisis Core art book scans
To coincide with the release in Europe and Australia tomorrow, the Crisis Core Images & Media page has been updated with a dozen scans from 'The Art of Crisis Core', a forty nine page art book that comes packaged with the Limited Edition version of the game. Scans include monster and background concept art, along with storyboards for the game's opening sequence.
Posted by Reeve at 11:55 AM EST
Crisis Core Releases in PAL Territories Tomorrow
Square Enix has sent out a press release as a reminder that Crisis Core hits European and Aussie stores tomorrow. If you're interested in the limited-edition version with the artbook, today's the last day to preorder!
The full press release follows after the cut.
Wednesday, June 18th, 2008
Posted by Reeve at 08:02 PM EST
Assorted News Bits: Dissidia, Golden Joystick Awards, New Products
Lots of little bits of news lately. First off is an update on Dissidia Final Fantasy, the PSP fighting game that features characters from several titles in the series, including FFVII's Sephiroth. PSP Fanboy reports that according to producer and character designer Tetsuya Nomura, the game is fifty percent complete. On a related note, via Kotaku comes the news that Dissidia, along with the upcoming PSP and DS Kingdom Hearts spinoffs, will be playable at Square Enix's DKΣ3713 event, happening in Japan in August. Also featured at this event will be a trailer for the Compilation of FFVII's own piece of vaporware, Advent Children Complete.
Next up: the nominees for the Golden Joystick Awards have been revealed, and Crisis Core is up for Handheld Game of the Year. Other noteable nominees in the Handheld category include The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Patapon, and The World Ends With You. Voting in all categories is open to anyone, so check it out!
The Square Enix Official Online Merchandise Store now has the second wave of Final Fantasy VII Play Arts available for purchase; this series consists of Yuffie, Sephiroth, Vincent, and a set with Red XIII and Cait Sith. Aside from more realistic proportions for the human characters (most notably, smaller eyes), and Cait's moogle not being included in the set he's in, the FFVII Play Arts are quite faithful to the original game's character designs.
Finally, for my fellow Final Fantasy music fans: DS Fanboy reports that a new album called Final Fantasy Remix will be released in Japan on August 6th and will feature familiar Nobuo Uematsu compositions remixed by Ante. Though a final track listing has yet to be confirmed, we'd be surprised if FFVII wasn't represented in some way.
Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
Posted by CloudANDTidus at 10:52 AM EST
Unused text in Final Fantasy VII
An interesting find, bloggers Robert Seddon & Glitterberri have spent the last five months translating unused text found inside Final Fantasy VII International. The site offers a detailed account of what could have been with commentary throughout, and is well worth a read by any hardcore Final Fantasy VII fan (remember to read the posts in reverse order). The same site also has a good piece on lost scenes found in the debug room which is worth a look.
The blogger tags his translation posts under the name 'Hot Blooded Detective Joe'. It's an apt name for their investigation, even if no new information is unearthed on this mysterious character.
Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
Posted by Reeve at 09:40 PM EST
Crisis Core PSP Bundle Confirmed for Europe
Last week, we reported on a special Crisis Core PSP package that will be released in Europe. Today, Sony confirmed its existence via a press release. This package will include the game and an FFVII 10th Anniversary PSP Slim that looks exactly like the limited-edition version released in Japan, and will retail for €189.99. As far as we know, the special Buster Sword strap that came with the Japanese CC PSP package won't be included; also, there isn't any information concerning how limited the European bundle is.
For the press release, as well as photos of the bundle's PSP Slim, check out this post at Gaming Bits.
Sunday, June 8th, 2008
Posted by CloudANDTidus at 08:47 PM EST
Fanfiction, name origins and errors & mistakes update
We have quite a few new additions to the Citadel today. First off in the fanfiction department, Snowpuppet has returned with the next batch of long awaited chapters for "Final Fantasy VII-Twisted". This update brings us up to Chapter 10 and includes a two parter for your reading pleasure. Also returning with another two chapters is Jacinth Nun's "The Queen of Midgar", which is getting closer to its epic conclusion.
Elsewhere on the site, Yazoo has been added to the Final Fantasy VII name origins thanks to a submission from Salzman, while Advent Children: Errors & Mistakes has received a new entry relating to the "invisible" driver (not) seen in one of the film’s flashbacks.
The Advent Children Merchandise & Collectables page and Crisis Core FAQ have also been modified to keep them up to date.
Friday, June 6th, 2008
Posted by Reeve at 10:26 AM EST
Another Crisis Core Collector's Edition to Hit Europe
Jeux France has obtained an image of a limited-edition Crisis Core PSP package for the European market; it is currently unknown how similar this package is to the Japanese one. A price has not yet been confirmed, though the site estimates that it shouldn't exceed €200. Further details will likely surface on the newly-relaunched official site in the future, but in the meantime, check out the picture and the article (in French) here.