During this years E3, Yoshinori Kitase was in attendance. Among many questions he was asked included a question from PS3Trophies.org regarding FF HD Collections… The answer isn’t really a surprise, but yet it is since you’d think the fans would have shown their support by now.
“We haven’t made up our mind about that yet,” said Kitase, “but if there was a strong voice coming through from the users asking for such porting, then obviously we would seriously consider it, but no actual plans yet.”
This would pretty much indicate that the best way to let Square-Enix know that the fans want HD collections is by the power of Social Media. I mean, who doesn’t want to see Tidus and Yuna’s infamous laughing scene in HD?! Or say, Yuna dancing in Real Emotion in HD… Okay, okay.
Ways to let Square-Enix know that the fan demand IS there for these collections:
In the last update to Wii’s Virutal Console, a Square-Enix (Squaresoft) classic joins the ranks of many other great games. These include Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy II (IV), numerous Mario and Zelda games, and many more! That’s right, Final Fantasy III (VI) has finally made it to Virtual Console for the expected price of 800 Wii Points.
You can pick up the classic now!
The Japan Expo in Paris has begun, and Square-Enix has already announced the composers for their upcoming game Final Fantasy XIII-2. Along with the composer announcement, Square-Enix also showed the public both demo’s that were available at E3 (Noel and Serah versus Atlas along with Lightning vs Bahamut). The composers for the game are as follows:
- Masashi Hamauzu (Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy XIII)
- Naoshi Mizuta (Final Fantasy XI, Parasite Eve II)
- Mitsuto Suzuki (The 3rd Birthday)
The Japan Expo will run until July 3rd, so stay tuned for hopefully more news from the event!
Yoshinori Kitase, producer of Final Fantasy Type-0, spoke with GamingUnion at E3. He showed concern for the current Western PSP market (unsurprising, it’s not going very well here in the west) and GamingUnion asked him about Type-0 seeing a North America and Europe release.
“As you may know very well, with the PSP market, the situation is very different in Japan than outside of Japan. We are having to be very very careful in how we decide what would be the best way to deliver the game to all the gamers. At the moment I can’t give you any confirmed decision, so please be patient for a little bit longer.”
Sadly this could mean the very likely scenario: Type-0 (Formerly Agito) may not make it to the west, and if it does, it may be delayed. This also means that it is likely the localization has not yet started (see prior sentence), or that it may come to a completely different console (Vita?). Square-Enix had previously shown interest in Sony’s PSP Remaster series, and it may be that Type-0 will get this treatment.
Only time will tell was happens with Type-0, and all we can do is hope that is does make its way west.
During a Final Fantasy XIII-2 interview, Toriyama brought up about Sony’s recently announced PSP Remaster series. While there are no concrete details yet, this could certainly lift fan’s spirits.
What this basically entails is PSP games being “remastered” for play on the PS3, but you can still transfer your saves over to your PSP to play there as well (If I remember the initial press release on the announcement correctly). For Square-Enix this would mean bringing games such as Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core and Dissidia: Final Fantasy (Duodecim) to the PS3 (Other games could include Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep).
Again, there are no concrete details at this time, and Toriyama stated that Square-Enix’s main focus is currently on Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Final Fantasy Type-0 at this time. If they do end up bringing some of their PSP games to the PSP Remaster series, you can be sure fans will be excited!