A recent trademark listing shows that Square Enix is busy developing a Prequel Trilogy for one of its beloved franchises. There aren’t any hints regarding which series it is that they’re planning to turn into a string of prequels, it could be Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Bravely Default, or one of their many existing franchises.
Square Enix has announced on the official Japanese Bravely Default Twitter account that the well-received JRPG has sold one million copies worldwide. Bravely Default sold 400k in Japan, and 600k in the west. It’s clearly good news for Square Enix and bodes well for the future of the franchise.
Square Enix has confirmed in Japanese publication Jump that Agnes Oblige will be making a triumphant return in Bravely Second. At the moment all we have is the scan, but we should hear some official information from Square Enix themselves sometime next week.
Square Enix has given us a glimpse of the Nintendo 3DS version of Dragon Quest X. The popular MMORPG originally launched on the Wii U, Wii, and PC. However, Square Enix announced that Dragon Quest X will be heading to the Nintendo 3DS using state of the art online streaming via the cloud. The recently uploaded video gives us a mix of in-game footage splattered with CGI. Let’s just hope it makes it way over to the west.
Dragon Quest X will receive a physical retail release for Japan but a cartridge is not included. The popular MMORPG was announced for the 3DS last week and will arrive on September 4. It was thought Dragon Quest X would be a download-only title, however if you opt for the physical edition you will receive extra goodies. Rather than a cartridge, owners of retail copies will be provided with an eShop download code which can be used for 60 days of online play. Additional items included in the release are:
- Lemon Slime Board Prism
- Five large experience point ancient documents – which entitle players to 1,000 instant experience points
- A casino coin ticket of up to 1,000 casino coins
- A lottery card ticket – players will be randomly allocated in-game items
While we’ve still heard no further news regarding a western release, other than consideration from Square Enix, the 3DS version is the first online streaming game for the handheld. Hopefully we’ll hear more in the future if the 3DS version is a success.
Final Fantasy Explorers director Atsushi Hashimoto and project manager Takahiro Abe recently spoke to Famitsu about the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game. Hashimoto describes the game as an action RPG Final Fantasy with multiplayer as a possibility, but he’s quick to note that the game is different from Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Here’s what they had to say about the game.
“To put it simply, it’s an action RPG Final Fantasy with multiplayer as a possibility,”
“When you think about a Final Fantasy series with multiplayer compatibility, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles comes to mind,”
“However, this game is a different from Crystal Chronicles, as it heavily focuses on multiplayer elements as a multiplayer online-type game that connects through local and internet connectivity.”
“Actually, no, the ability acquisition isn’t really connected to the jobs,”
“I thought that the idea of ‘I want to keep playing as a White Mage, but I must change to Black Mage in order to learn offensive magic’ was a little troublesome for this game.”
“Therefore, you can keep playing as a White Mage and learn Black Mage abilities. This might be a little different from conventional Final Fantasy games, but I felt that this would be a good idea when considering the trends of recent players.”
Square Enix has announced a firm launch date for its upcoming rhythmic adventure, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call. Due for release on September 16 in North America, the Final Fantasy-themed title will launch with two special versions of the 3DS game.
As the first of the two special versions, the Collector’s Edition features the grandest selection of extra goodies and includes a special 3DS collector’s pouch, 5-track Theatrhythm Remix CD, a 20-track “Best of Theatrhythm” CD and an exclusive set of five premium collectacards. The Limited Edition version is also up for grabs and features the 5-track Remix CD previously mentioned. The publisher has also stated that every player who pre-orders the game will automatically receive the limited edition.
If you’re looking to pre-order the special Collector’s Edition, you can do so through Square Enix’s online store, here. Only 5,000 copies of the Collector’s Edition are available to purchase and will retail for the recommended price of $69.99.
Dragon Quest series creator Yuji Horii has confirmed to Japanese publication V Jump that the next mainline Dragon Quest game won’t be a smartphone based title. With Square Enix bringing a plethora of titles to smartphones, it’s a relief to hear that their next project will be either for consoles or dedicated handhelds. We already know that the next big Dragon Quest title is currently in development.
“Horii-san mentioned that smartphone games are currently mainstream because they can be played when you have a bit of spare time, but he wants to develop something bigger. That’s why he wants to be “more aggressive” with the next Dragon Quest and he doesn’t intend to make it for smartphones.”
Square Enix is considering expansion of Dragon Quest X to overseas market, said it's profit guidance range is "reasonable"—
David Gibson (@gibbogame) May 12, 2014
Senior Research Analyst, David Gibson, has tweeted that Square Enix is considering bringing Dragon Quest X to overseas markets. This is not the first time that we’ve heard Square Enix suggest such a thing, but hopefully we will hear something concrete around E3 time. Would you like to play Dragon Quest X?
Dragon Quest series creator Yuji Horii announced at the Niconico Super Conference 3 in Chiba that Dragon Quest XI is in currently in development at Square Enix. An interesting thing to note is that when Horii announced the news at the conference, Dragon Quest X producer Yosuke Saito and chief planner Anzai Takashi look visibly surprised, like he wasn’t actually meant to make the announcement.