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

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56w 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. [Register or Login to view links] 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...
 

Video: Remastered Music in Final Fantasy X HD on PlayStation 3

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56w ago - Square-Enix Community Manager Lee Williams shared a video today showcasing the remastered music in Final Fantasy X HD on PlayStation 3 below.

To quote: You might have gathered that it's Gamescom week, so there have been lots of goodies coming in recently - like a lovely little trailer comparing some of the gameplay from the original Final Fantasy X with footage from the new HD Remaster version.

It shows off a sequence of battles, focusing on the Overdrive attacks. Check out the difference between SD and HD!

But the new thing we're showing off here, is the arranged version of the battle music!

It's worth pointing out that more than 60 tracks from the original Final Fantasy X soundtrack have been rearranged or remastered in HD audio in the new edition.





Excited much? The game's currently slated for launch this year, and will be available for PS3 and PS Vita. We'll have more soon, so keep checking back!
 

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII - New Trailer, Gameplay Details

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61w ago - Square Enix Head of Community Phil Elliott shared a new trailer and gameplay details today for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII fans below.

To quote: Time for a juicy bunch of new details for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, this time focusing on the battle system, plus a new location and costume too.

First up, some screens from Yusnaan, the city of revelry, focusing in on one area in particular - The Slaughterhouse. As the name implies, it's not the most savory of destinations... it's home to nightly battles between mighty combatants in a brutal arena. I'm pretty sure you can figure out who's going to end up getting involved in all that, eh?

Also, time to lift the lid on a nice little sync-up with Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII by way of some more costume links - this one allowing you to don the garb of the famous Miqo'te character from the forthcoming PS3 and PS4 MMO, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. You'll be able to equip the Lominsan Cutlass and Escutcheon to give you some awesome rapid attacks and leave enemies dead in your wake.

And last, but by no means least, a bit more detail on the game's battle system. In some battles, you can destroy sections of a foe, and if you succeed in disabling a specific area then the enemy will not...
 

Video: Final Fantasy X/X-2: SD vs HD, Pre-Order for Art Book Edition

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62w ago - Square Enix Marketing Coordinator Luke Icenhower posted up a video comparison today on Final Fantasy X/X-2: SD vs HD alongside pre-order details for the Art Book Edition below!

To quote: Hey everybody! I know you're all excited about FINAL FANTASY X / X-2 HD Remaster, so it brings me great joy to announce that, in very limited quantities, those who [Register or Login to view links] the game on PlayStation 3 for $39.99 will receive a free upgrade to the Limited Edition art book package!

I'll go ahead and wait for you to stop jumping up and down or tweeting your friends.

Now on to the fun part! We're offering you several pieces of original concept art from the early development phases of FINAL FANTASY X and X-2 over ten years ago, lovingly bound in a beautiful 24-page art book package. I mean, just look at that thing! It's so gorgeous...





But that's not all! 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 himself!

In case you're not in the know, FINAL FANTASY X|X-2 HD Remaster will be available...
 

Video: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII The Divine Task Trailer

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63w ago - Square Enix Head of Community Phil Elliott has announced Lightning returns today and posted up a Final Fantasy XIII The Divine Task PS3 trailer on this Fourth of July holiday!

To quote: To celebrate this week's Japan Expo, taking place in Paris, we've released a new trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

It's called "The Divine Task", and reveals more about the story, action and characters you'll encounter in the game when it launches next year.

Make sure you check out:

•The reappearance of Hope... but not as you'd expect
•A new location, The Ark - the place from which Hope guides Lightning, but where time has stopped
•Fang! What is she doing in the Dead Dunes, with a bandit group?

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is set for launch on 14th February 2014, and don't forget that we revealed the special [Register or Login to view links] for Europe this week in the shape of Cloud Strife and Samurai content!





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