Video: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Opening Cutscene Revealed

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29w ago - Square Enix Associate Product Manager Mat Kishimoto has revealed the opening cutscene in a video showcasing Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on PS3 below.

To quote: The story and world of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has been shrouded in mystery. You already know you get to play as Lightning in order to save the world in only 13 days.

You already know you get to battle through this world with and against some of your favorite characters from this universe. And until now, we've only teased about Snow's inclusion.

So without further ado, we present to you the opening cinematic to Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, completely uncut in its full five minutes of glory.





While we can't divulge every secret to the story of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, we hope you enjoy the opening and witness Lightning and Snow like you've never seen them before. We also hope this cinematic gets you hyped for how truly awesome the end of Lightning's saga will be.

In case you didn't already know, pre-ordering Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII equips you with Cloud Strife's buster sword, Soldier first class outfit, and victory fanfare - all for the low price of... FREE!
 

Video: Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD for PS3, PS Vita Coming This Winter

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30w ago - Square Enix Product Manager Adrian Chen announced today alongside a new video trailer that Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD for PS3 and PS Vita is coming this Winter.

To quote: It gives me great pleasure to announce that Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is officially launching this winter.

The team has been hard at work making this beloved game even more beautiful than before, so we're thrilled with the progress so far. While you wait, check out our latest trailer, which we debuted at Tokyo Game Show this week.

Also don't forget that pre-ordering will score you a free upgrade to a Limited Edition art book package, which contains several pieces of original concept art from the early development phases of Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 more than ten years ago.

We've also gathered quotes and commentary from several of the original development team members, including a special message to you, the fans, from Producer Yoshinori Kitase!





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Video: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Behind the Scenes Part 1

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33w ago - Square-Enix Associate Director of Product Marketing Amritz Lay posted up a behind-the-scenes video today showcasing Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Part 1) below.

To quote: In 25 years, Square Enix and the Final Fantasy development team have never had a behind-the-scenes look at how the franchise is created. Until now.

We're excited to unveil a brand new series titled "Inside the Square," which takes an in-depth look at one of the greatest RPG franchises around.

Earlier this year, we ventured out to Tokyo with an Emmy award winning camera crew to spend time with Yoshinori Kitase, Motomu Toriyama, and the entire Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII development team.

We quickly realized that each member of this incredibly talented group has a lot to say. Furthermore, the Final Fantasy franchise has such a rich history and so many moving parts, we couldn't properly showcase how these games are made in one video – so you get to witness the first of a three part series.

Our goal with this series is to show everyone a different side of the development staff, and what it's like to work at one of the most prolific video game companies in the world - Square Enix.

We also wanted to give everyone...
 

The Past, Present, and Future of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

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34w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe French Community Manager Aurelie Reman shared an interview today covering the past, present, and future of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn below.

To quote: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn launches tomorrow on PS3. To celebrate the launch, PlayStation.Blog sat down with Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida to talk over A Realm Reborn's long gestation and epic ambitions.

PlayStation.Blog: Which element of A Realm Reborn is most going to surprise PlayStation players?

Naoki Yoshida: I think one of the big things will be the amazing graphics, which really push the limits of PS3's technical capabilities, as well as the fact that this is an MMORPG experience. Also, MMORPGs are most usually controlled using a keyboard and mouse, but our Cross Hot Bar system we've developed specifically for the DualShock allows for smooth and exciting play, so that's another area of interest for PS3 players.

PSB: What improvements have you made since the original PC release of Final Fantasy XIV?

Yoshida: I think that improvements can be roughly split into three areas: to regain the trust of the players, to fundamentally rebuild the game experience from the ground up, and - most...
 

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Early Access Starts This Weekend

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34w ago - Square Enix Senior Online Community Manager Matt Hilton announced today that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn early access officially starts this weekend!

To quote: Yep, that's right, it's finally here. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has been rebuilt from the ground up, and adventurers the world over will be able to begin their journey throughout Eorzea tomorrow with the start of Early Access, ahead of Tuesday's official launch.

It's a massively exciting time for the whole team, and we'd like to thank everybody that's been involved in the beta phases until now. We really appreciate the enormous feedback and support sent along the way.

And for those of you who haven't yet pre-ordered, it's not too late. Order now (or any time before August 27th) and you'll still be able to get in Early Access - a headstart on your new adventure into Eorzea.

Plus, you'll get your hands on some exclusive in-game items:

• Cait Sith Doll Minion: On sabbatical from Shinra Inc., Cait Sith will join your party as a non-combat pet.
• Mog Cap: Show your love of Final Fantasy and strut around the world of Eorzea in this Moogle themed hat. Kupo!

We'd also like to share some of the amazing artwork prepared...
 







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