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Thursday, July 30th, 2015
Posted by Reeve at 05:17 PM EST

"Dramatic Changes" to Battle System Planned for FFVII Remake

Today, GamesRadar reported on an interview with Tetsuya Nomura in Official PlayStation Magazine which included a few tidbits about the remake. For one thing, Nomura says to expect "dramatic changes" to the battle system, though it will still be "recognizable".

It's unclear as to whether this means the remake will have an action RPG-styled system, or will remain turn-based. However, it's worth noting that Nomura has had great success with the action RPG systems in the Kingdom Hearts games, and also that the main Final Fantasy series has been shying away from turn-based gameplay for years now.

Another excerpt from the interview mentioned Advent Children. Nomura and his team will be referring to the ten-year-old (!!!) movie for inspiration, but do not plan on recycling the movie's 3D models due to the tech used and their age.


Posted by Reeve at 01:44 PM EST

Final Fantasy Explorers Set for Western Release

The 3DS exclusive Final Fantasy Explorers, Square Enix's take on Monster Hunter, has been confirmed to be releasing in the Americas on January 26, 2016, according to an official press release. In addition, Eurogamer reports that it will come out in Europe only three days later, on January 29th. It was originally released in Japan on December 18, 2014 and earned a score of 32 out of 40 points from Famitsu.

Much like Monster Hunter, Final Fantasy Explorers has a heavy focus on co-op multiplayer. The story concerns the hunt for crystals, and gameplay features summons and what sounds like a robust job system. Why this game is being mentioned on the Citadel is because of the Trance ability, which allows players to turn into characters from other Final Fantasy games. Check out these screenshots of Cloud and Sephiroth's appearances (click on the thumbnails for larger versions).

To see the official announcement trailer, go here.


Sunday, July 19th, 2015
Posted by Reeve at 03:38 PM EST

The Forums Have Been Redesigned

The Citadel Forums' revamp, which started earlier this month, has been finished! Amongst the new features are three themes to choose from and several additional forum profile options. For full details on what has changed, go here, and please let us know what you think!