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Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
Posted by Reeve at 02:42 PM EST

Before Crisis Director Wants to Remake the Game for 3DS

In response to recent game announcements for the Nintendo 3DS, Hajime Tabata, the director of Before Crisis and Crisis Core, recently posted the following on the Twitter account for The 3rd Birthday: If I were to make something for 3DS, I suppose it would be a remake of Before Crisis Final Fantasy VII. I'd redo the scenario structure and game design for the 3DS. I think I'd like to make an action RPG BCFF7 where a large number of Turks players play simultaneously.

Readers should not take this as an official confirmation of a 3D Before Crisis remake. However, Tabata did note that Square Enix coworkers Tetsuya Nomura and Yoshinori Kitase would also like to make this game. Whether or not it actually comes to pass is anyone's guess, especially since Tabata is currently busy not only with The 3rd Birthday, but the long-awaited Final Fantasy Agito XIII as well.

Source: Andriasang - Square Enix's Hajime Tabata Wants Before Crisis Final Fantasy VII on 3DS


Monday, September 27th, 2010
Posted by Reeve at 12:38 PM EST

Dissidia Duodecim Developer Discussion

Japanese fansite Final Fantasy Reunion has transcribed a Dengeki Games interview with Dissidia Duodecim's creative producer Tetsuya Nomura and director Mitsunori Takahashi, which has been summarized (in English) at Andriasang. Here are some highlights.

It seems Dissidia Duodecim might be a prequel to the original Dissidia (interestingly, Nomura calls it a "sequel"), and there's some meaning behind the "Duodecim 012" designation: In terms of positioning in the series, the first Dissidia depicted the thirteenth battle between Chaos and Cosmos. The sequel depicts the twelfth battle.

As far as new characters go: Explained Takahashi, the staff is looking at characters who are popular amongst Final Fantasy fans and characters who will show some uniqueness during battle. Takahashi faces a dilemma in deciding on which characters to include, as between the staff and the fans there are a large number of requests, and they can't include everyone.

Newcomers Kain and Lightning are both on the Cosmos side of the fight. So who will serve as their Chaos counterparts? This may not be a valid question anymore. Nomura said that this time rather than Chaos and Cosmos pairs, they're selecting characters from the series as a whole. This is why it's possible for Cecil and Kain, two Cosmos characters from Final Fantasy IV, to appear in the game.

Both new and returning characters will have secondary costumes, as before, but a new "3P" option will also be available: Nomura said the 3P costumes will have "impact" in their looks. In some cases, you may not immediately recognize the characters.

Downloadable bonus content currently includes an Aya Brea (Parasite Eve) costume for Lightning, and Cloud in his Kingdom Hearts getup. In Japan at least, special codes to access these outfits will be included with first print copies of The 3rd Birthday and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix. These costumes are in addition to the primary, secondary, and 3P outfits that Lightning and Cloud have in the game.

The full article is well worth a read for Dissidia fans who want to know more about Duodecim. Check it out!


Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
Posted by Reeve at 03:36 PM EST

Dissidia Duodecim Trailer Now Online

The Tokyo Game Show "Open Theater" trailer for Dissidia Duodecim is now up at the official site. The trailer features both in-game footage and FMV, and includes both new and returning characters. This is the short version of a longer trailer that was shown in the "Closed Theater"; unfortunately, unlike the short version, the long one includes Tifa.

Source: Andriasang - Dissidia 012 Trailer Kicks Off Release of All Square Enix TGS Videos


Posted by Reeve at 10:31 AM EST

Dissidia Duodecim Coming to North America in 2011 (Updated)

Well, that was quick. Square Enix has announced that Dissidia's sequel will get a North American release "sometime next year". It's understandable that this early on, they don't have more concrete release info available for us, but we'll post such details as soon as we get them. A PAL region release has not been confirmed yet, but an announcement will likely be forthcoming in the months ahead. (ETA: Dissidia Duodecim has been confirmed for a 2011 European/PAL region release as well.)

- Joystiq - DISSIDIA 012[duodecim] FINAL FANTASY coming to North America, name intact
- Eurogamer - Dissidia sequel confirmed for Europe


Sunday, September 19th, 2010
Posted by Reeve at 12:09 PM EST

TGS 2010: Dissidia Duodecim Hands-On Previews

Here's a handful of first-hand impressions of Dissidia Duodecim from the big gaming sites. A playable demo of the game was available at Tokyo Game Show, which showcased some of the game's new characters and features. Among the latter that are mentioned is Strikers, a feature where a support character lends assistance, and "RPG Mode", in which direct control over the characters is lost and the player merely selects commands for a (presumably) easier experience.

If you would like to share any other previews, please post them in the comments or the Dissidia Duodecim thread in the Forums.

1UP: Dissidia Duodecim Doesn't Quite Feel Like a Full Sequel by Jeremy Parish

GameSpot: Dissidia 012 Duodecim: Final Fantasy Hands-On by Sophia Tong

IGN: TGS: Dissidia 2 At Last by Ryan Clements

Joystiq: DISSIDIA 012 [duodecim] FINAL FANTASY preview: a sensible sequel by Andrew Yoon


Friday, September 17th, 2010
Posted by Reeve at 01:08 PM EST

TGS 2010: Tifa to Appear in Dissidia Duodecim

One of the trailers at Square Enix's Closed Mega Theater at this year's Tokyo Game Show was for the PSP Dissidia sequel Dissidia Duodecim. In addition to the previously confirmed Kain and Lightning, one more new character was shown: FFVII's own Tifa Lockheart.

Dissidia Duodecim will be released in Japan in spring 2011. For some blurry photos of Tifa in the trailer, check out Siliconera.


Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
Posted by Reeve at 01:04 PM EST

TGS 2010: Cloud and Sephiroth Returning in Dissidia 012

Square Enix recently posted two charts for Tokyo Game Show visitors detailing the controls for several characters appearing in Dissidia Duodecim, aka Dissidia 012 (to see them, click on the "TGS2010" links at the official website). In addition to control schemes for newcomers Lightning and Kain, many characters from the original Dissidia are featured, indicating that they'll be returning in the sequel. Cloud and Sephiroth are among them, along with other Final Fantasy fan favorites, such as Tina (Terra), Tidus, and Cecil.

In-depth details about these control schemes and the gameplay itself can be found at Andriasang.


Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
Posted by Reeve at 12:37 PM EST

Dissidia Sequel Announced; Coming in 2011

Manga magazine Shonen Jump revealed that the sequel to Dissidia: Final Fantasy is currently in development. This sequel's title is Dissidia Duodecim Final Fantasy and, like its predecessor, is a PSP exclusive. A vague release window of "2011" was also given, presumably just for Japan.

As for the characters who will be making appearances this time around, the only ones confirmed so far are FFIV's Kain Highwind and FFXIII's Lightning. With the Tokyo Game Show just around the corner, we'll probably learn a lot more about this game in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned!

Source: Andriasang - Dissidia Final Fantasy Sequel Set for PSP