First Ten Minutes of Final Fantasy XIII In English Now Available to View Online

February 22, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Playstation, Xbox

If you’re not too bothered about having the first 10 minutes of Final Fantasy XIII in English spoiled for you then you’ll be pleased to know you can now watch it online.

I know that some people are still undecided on whether or not to buy the game, so the intro may grab their attention. For everyone else I’m not sure why you would want it spoiled, as the games out on March 9.

I won’t be watching it, but my obsession for blogging compels me to post about it anyway. Happy viewing!

Final Fantasy VII Remake Still “Pretty Unrealistic”

February 22, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Playstation

People have been going on about a Final Fantasy VII remake for ages, and it doesn’t help that Square Enix likes to tease us with PS3 tech demos. Unfortunately it still doesn’t look like we’ll be getting a remake anytime soon, with Final Fantasy XIII producer Yoshinori Kitase providing yet another blow to millions of fans worldwide.

Speaking to TechDigest Kitase explained that Square Enix isn’t totally against a remake; it’s just that the development time required for such a large project makes it “pretty unrealistic”.

“If it were possible that we had all the right facilities and the right environment to be able to make and prepare a Final Fantasy VII remake within a year, we’d very much like a go at it,” Kitase said, “But even Final Fantasy XIII has taken over three and a half years to create. If we were to recreate final Fantasy VII with the same level of graphical detail as you see in Final Fantasy XIII, we’d imagine that that would take as much as three or four times longer than the three and a half years it has taken to put this Final Fantasy together! So it’s looking pretty unrealistic to happen!”

Kitase makes a good point, plus developing the remake would mean less time spent on other projects. Do you want new games, or do you want a remake of one of most loved RPG’s of all time? I personally want new games and stories, because as much as I love FFVII I’ve played it, I know the story, and I’m not sure I want anything to ruin the original experience. It’s a game that made me fall in love with RPG’s, but it’s a great memory that should stay in the past whilst we look forward to an exciting future in gaming.

Square Enix Reports Large Profits; EA Announces Q3 Losses

February 9, 2010 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Nintendo, PC, Playstation, Xbox

Final Fantasy XIII is Square Enix's next blockbuster release, coming out in March

Square Enix recently reported rather sizeable profit increases on a year-on-year basis, with increases in the many billions of Yen.

They have stated that their operating income increased by 68% from the previous year, to 21.4 billion yen and that net sales for the period were up 30% to 135 billion yen. Square obviously have the release of Final Fantasy XIII in Japan to thank for a lot of that, as well as Arkham Asylum which sold very well. This is pretty good news given the current economical climate and all that stuff that I am not going to pretend to be knowledgable about. Still, good to hear that a company is doing well.

At the same time, EA has announced a loss in quarter 3 of its fiscal year, despite various big-name titles. Games such as Left 4 Dead 2, Dragon Age and even FIFA 10 were not enough to stop the company from seeing a decline in profits from the previous holiday period.

However, with Dante’s Inferno already out as well as the massive Mass Effect 2, I don’t think it will be anything major to worry about for EA. With ME2 topping all the sales charts, it’s already looking like a good start to 2010 for the publishing giants.