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"Somnus" Confirmed as Drammatica Track

February 26, 2008
Finalfantasykid

Though it was already suspected that "Somnus" (The song which plays during both Final Fantasy Versus XIII Trailers) it is now confirmed that it is indeed the track from the newly released CD "drammatica ~ The Very Best of Yoko Shimomura".

Square Enix has a webiste for the CD, which features the track list, along with some information about the album. There is also a preview button, though it is non-existent at this moment, however hopefully it will be online, and maybe include a preview of the versus track.


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Source: Source http://www.square-enix.co.jp/m

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Images of Crystal Tools

February 23, 2008
Finalfantasykid

4Gamer.net was lucky enough to attend Square Enix's Crystal Tools presentation, and they took some pictures of the slide show. Included are images of some of the enemies and some FMV creation using Crystal Tools. Also, there is a logo of Crystal Tools, and once again the two character facial images we have been seeing for some time now.

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Source: Source 4Gamer.net

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1UP Interview: The Tehcnology of Final Fantasy 13

February 23, 2008
Finalfantasykid

1UP has done an interview with Taku Murata in regards to the new "Crystal Tools". They discuss how the engine can be multiplatform, and provides more in depth information about Cystal Tools, and how it is being used for Final Fantasy XIII.

Click Read More to view the entire Interview.

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Source: Source 1up.com

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GDC: The Technology of Final Fantasy

February 22, 2008
Finalfantasykid

Square Enix had yet another presentation up their sleeves, this time showcasing their development status on their new flagship engine they denote as the "White Engine". However it has now been renamed "Crystal Tools," possible a more suitable name for the engine, and it has been confirmed as being multi-platform for the PS3, 360 and PC, as well as a slimmed down version for the Wii. Both Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Versus XIII are once again confirmed to be using this technology.

A trailer for Final Fantasy XIII was also shown. Click Read More to see the summary.

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Source: Source ps3.ign.com

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GDC: Square Enix's Press Conference

February 22, 2008
Finalfantasykid

Square Enix had their press conference and Q & A session today, and they seemed to mainly focus on Final Fantasy XIII.

The discussion began with the topic of the high quality graphics Square is always able to pull of in FMVs. Isamu Kamikokuryo was asked about how they cope with the uncanny valley problem and he responded by saying "In terms of the uncanny valley, that is something we have to fight against. We can't go there -- that's basically how we feel about it. For all the things we create, many of the section creators get together and we make adjustments so this uncanny valley phenomenon doesn't happen. We don't usually use that phrase, because all the staff has this in mind while we do our work."

Kamikokuryo also explains that for Final Fantasy XIII, they want to keep Tetsuya Nomura's Uniqueness (for character designs), but also have some more realism to the designs.

He compares the situation to Pixar animations, in that they don't necessarily look real, but that style adds to the theme. Kamikokuryo goes on to say that they are constantly struggling between realism, and stylization. He also says that "We're trying to create something at the edge of the uncanny valley. Indeed, we feel some tension there."

Next, a trailer for Final Fantasy XIII was shown, and before it began, Kamikokuryo attempted to describe the story a little without revealing too much. "characters have to fight against the world... the world of enemies."

Next was a slide show, showcasing the concept art for Final Fantasy XIII. Some of the images shown were of Cocoon, and of Pulse. Vehicles and Airships were also displayed, and this included the massive airships we have seen in the past, as well as an insect-like motor bike.

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Hopefully we will get to see the trailer, and these images soon.

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Source: Source Joystiq

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Versus Audio from Closed Mega Theatre at TGS

February 19, 2008
Finalfantasykid

One of our forum members (japanesey) has uploaded the Final Fantasy Versus XIII Theme from the Closed Mega Theatre at TGS 2007. While there is quite a bit of background noise, you can still hear some of the differences between the Cloud Trailer, and this one. A new violin part, and from what sounds like even more action, makes this trailer one to die for.

Final Fantasy Versus XIII Trailer Audio

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Wada Debates Releasing FFXIII in 2008

February 16, 2008
Finalfantasykid

Nikkei Torendinetto interviewed Yoichi Wada and managed to get him to discuss the release date of Final Fantasy XIII. While quite vague, he does say (according to the translation) that he is unsure whether to release Final Fantasy XIII the same year as Dragon Quest IX.

Since both games are high profile games, Wada does not know whether it would be good business to release two huge games in such a short time frame, so at this point he is undecided.

However the fact that he says that he is undecided about it, implies that it would be possible to release it this year, so maybe the game's development is further along than we have previously been told.

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Source: Source Nikkei

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New Music from Final Fantasy Versus XIII

February 16, 2008
Kyll

Forever-Fantasy.net reports that a new music track from Final Fantasy Versus XIII has surfaced on the web, from game composer Yoko Shimomura. Forever-Fantasy:

"(...) from the new Yoko Shimomura CD, Drammatica. The track is labeled as "Versus Theme", but we still have no information indicating it's the official theme of the game."

Soul, the webmaster of Forever-Fantasy sent me the track early, and I don't recognize it as any other Final Fantasy tune I've ever heard, so chances are this is actually a tune from Final Fantasy Versus XIII, here's hoping.

UPDATE: Welp, looks like it's a fake, false alarm, sorry guys and gals.

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Source: Source Forever-Fantasy.net

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New MMORPG in Development

February 10, 2008
Finalfantasykid

Square Enix has released a more detailed list of the games they will be displaying at GDC(Games Development Conference). According to the GDC website, the new MMORPG will be using the White Engine, the same engine which is being used for Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Could this mean that this game will be Final Fantasy Haeresis XIII?

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Source: Source Forever Fantasy

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FXN Final Fantasy XIII Podcast: KH Insider Edition

February 04, 2008
Kyll

We're back at it again! The FXN Final Fantasy XIII Podcast's 4th episode of the show tackles all the craziness about resent scans and news as well as features a very special guest, Lauren. All the way from the best Kingdom Hearts website online, KHInsider.com, Lauren grabs a shovel and digs right into all the discussion with Kyle David and Jamie as well as bringing a KH News Segment with her.


FXN Final Fantasy XIII Podcast Episode 4

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The FXN Final Fantasy XIII Podcast is also happy to reveal it's new official artwork, made by staffer and professional artist, Colin Tan Wei (Hardedge). You can catch all of Colin's quality artwork at his Portfolio website Unartifex.com. Click the image to see the artwork.





The podcast series is also available on iTunes. We encourage everyone to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (it's free and you don't need a credit card).

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The podcast also extensively interacts with our forums too, so join our forums and get involved in the show and the community! Click here to register for the FF-XIII.net forums. For more on our podcast series, visit the Podcast Page.

Podcast music "REAKTR.1" is by Tweek and Sephfire of Overclocked ReMix. The final song in the episode, "Seized with Fury" is by housethegrate of OverClocked ReMix.

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