Square Enix had a press release today with screenshots for Final Fantasy X-2 HD as part of the Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster! Below are some of the pictures shown to give us a glimpse at the detail and progress Square Enix has put into this remaster.
The remaster undoubtedly looks like one of the greatest improvements from its original PS2 version than any HD collection I have seen so far! The amount of detail put into this clearly shows, and I am greatly impressed! You can even see the signature spiral in Rikku's eyes as an Al Bhed in the cutscenes!
All we need is a release date now, Square Enix! My guess is that we can expect this to release around the same time as Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX, which has been announced to release on September 10th of this year!
You can preorder Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster on Amazon for $39.99, which is the norm as far as HD collections typically run at. That's essentially $20 per game, which is the same price you would find them nowadays brand new and Greatest Hits, if you were to find them as such, and you will get to enjoy them shiny, smooth, and crisp in HD on your PS3 with trophies and additional content previously unreleased in North America with the International versions of the games!
So far no details or preorders are available for the Vita versions of both games, but I'm sure we'll receive that info soon enough!
What’s that? Has it been too long since you have had your dragon-riding, hack-and-slash frenzy fix? Was Nier simply not enough, and missing that touch of engulfing your enemies in flames? Well, you’ll never believe what’s been announced.
In a surprise revelation, Square Enix has announced that there will in fact be a Drakengard 3! What’s more, it is reportedly already 60% finished, and slated for a 2013 release in Japan! There is also an official Japanese website for the game with more details regarding the game’s story and its characters! (As a subtle nod towards the series, there is a piano arrangement of Drakengard’s theme, “Growing Wings”, that plays in the background of the site! Most likely this is arranged by Keiichi Okabe, the composer of Nier, as he will be the composer for Drakengard 3.)
Perhaps the greatest and most relieving news of all is that the original director and staff of Drakengard and Nier are back on board to make Drakengard 3! This came as a shocker for many, considering the team was disbanded shortly after Cavia was changed into AQ Interactive, followed with Yoko Taro resigning to go on a directing hiatus. The company then merged with Marvelous AQL and Liveware to become Marvelous AQL.
The game will center around two sisters, Zero (top) and One (bottom), who are both goddesses (whether that ties them into the likes of Furiae and Eris, the Watchers, or something new entirely is yet to be confirmed). From what has been explained of the storyline so far, the world once plunged into darkness and chaos (and we all know what that’s like), and the Goddesses descended to help mankind. This lead to the Goddesses being worshiped (as the name would imply), and it seems to be Zero’s goal to reign supreme over the “Utahime” (“divas” in Japanese). She even goes as far as to ally with a Dragon in order to do so, but whether or not a pact is made or not is still uncertain. Considering the fact that the Dragons and Watchers are in an endless feud with one another within the Drakengard lore, having a Goddess join forces with a Dragon could definitely put everything we once thought we knew upside down!
You play the game as Zero, who uses a special ability called “Utautai” (which means “vocalist” or “singer” in Japanese). This power is unleashed once Zero has become fully covered in blood (which just screams Caim with his own constant bloodlust in the previous two games). If you look closely at the artwork below, you will notice the glyphs seen throughout Drakengard and Nier whenever magic/song is used…
Zero herself is very carefree and apparently “promiscuous”, and I suppose we’ll see just where that leads to in the game itself! One, on the other hand, is very solemn and serious, providing a dynamic contrast to her older sister.
Perhaps one of the most interesting features of Zero (and certainly unique in the world of gaming) is that she has a flower growing out of her right eye. This flower resembles a Lunar Tear, which is a very special flower in the game Nier. Could this provide a correlation between Kaine and Zero? Or is this just another subtle nod between the games, much like Drakengard was directly mentioned in Nier? Something also worth noticing is that the logo for the title of the game features this same flower (Lunar Tear) blossoming, with the pact sigil for Caim and (the logo for the first game) sprouting from it. Interesting.
Here are some screenshots already released for the game! Hopefully a trailer will be shortly on the way!
I actually took it upon myself to start a sort of campaign and request that Emi Evans, the vocalist for the songs of Nier (which I’m sure many of you are well familiar with), perform the vocals for any music in Drakengard 3, notably a new rendition of “Growing Wings”. I contacted both the director of Drakengard 3, Yoko Taro, as well as Emi herself, and both show interest in having her included in the soundtrack! According to Taro-san, this goes beyond his control though, and any requests for this need to be taken to Square Enix themselves. So for any of you who would also like to see this talented singer have a chance to perform such an iconic song to the series (the song also had an appearance as both an instrumental version and vocal arrangement in Drakengard 2 as well), please follow the link below to my own personal request via Twitter, and feel free to also send a tweet yourself to Square Enix and to the official Twitter page for the game!
I know this magazine is out of reach for most unless you are in Japan, so I have also included the first manga for Drakengard 3 as an extra tidbit (I am currently translating the pages, and I will have them up soon as well). It was made to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Drakengard, and it features One with a new character named Nero. Warning: the manga does contain mature content, notably brief nudity, and graphic violence. Then again, this is Drakengard we are talking about, so no one should be surprised!
For those of you like myself who have been anxiously waiting for Square Enix to give us some insight on this HD remaster for what is considered staple to the Final Fantasy franchise, now is the time!
The announcement trailer is up on the Square Enix Members North American YouTube channel! Watch and enjoy! There's not a whole lot shown or demonstrated in the trailer, unfortunately, but it still simply adds to the excitement now generated with the announcement of Final Fantasy X-2 being included in the the PS3 version of the remaster!
“Listen to my story… This may be our last chance.”Rather, our second chance!
It has been over 11 years since Final Fantasy X was first released, and nearly 1 and a half years since Square Enix announced that they would be bringing the game back for the PS3/Vita to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the game. Since then we have been virtually in the dark until these past few weeks.
During the middle of February, Square Enix revealed what FFX would look like on the Vita in a surprise announcement that gave us a peak at what to expect (and almost a subtle nod to let us know that they hadn’t forgotten about it). Now, as if they’ve been building up an Overdrive to unleash upon us all, we have gotten a flurry of info to the title, along with news we all hoped for but didn’t entirely expect.
Robert Peeler, the Community Manager over at Square Enix North America, announced in a blog today that the game has been officially titled “Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster”, and as the name implies, we will not only have the beloved Final Fantasy X remastered in HD but we will also have Final Fantasy X-2 remastered as well! As if that wasn’t enough, they will both be the international versions, which up until now were inaccessible for those of us in the States (unless of course you modded your PS2 to play PAL region discs or your know your way about emulation and have a decent enough PC rig). This news was accompanied by a few screenshots that gave just a sample of what the game will look like in all its HD glory!
The news came with only a slight disappointment, which is that the Vita version of the remaster will have the two games sold separately rather than on one cartridge. Also, no news yet as to whether or not there will be a Cross Buy option, but considering the cames will not be sold together on the Vita this would seem somewhat unlikely.
The games are said to be released sometime this year, and preorders are already available through Amazon. In the mean time, you can view the official website and Facebook for the remaster, which are now live as well! As you can see from the website, there is an announcement trailer planned to be revealed that can be viewed on the website beginning March 25th! Stay tuned for more on that when it happens! Let’s Blitz!