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Feb 19, 2020 at 05:00.

Shadowbringers' Latest Expansion Ups The Stakes (And The Robot Teeth)

Shadowbringers' Latest Expansion Ups The Stakes (And The Robot Teeth)

Final Fantasy XIV’s current expansion Shadowbringers landed with a bang last July, and it’s been expanding since then with more battles and intrigue. Those additions have come in pieces: a string of raid monsters here, a cross-over collaboration with Nier Automata there. The early additions were enjoyable, but the story took time to move its pieces around. The latest story expansion ‘Echoes...

Feb 14, 2020 at 23:30. 5 comments

Final Fantasy XIV's Wedding Attire Will No Longer Be Tied To Character Gender

Final Fantasy XIV's Wedding Attire Will No Longer Be Tied To Character Gender

There’s a saying among some Final Fantasy XIV players: “glamour is the true endgame.” While there are plenty of high tier raids and continuing story quests, fashion is a key component of the game, and today brings some good news for players who put fashion first. In the lead-up to the next round of fresh content, patch notes have revealed a key change to Final Fantasy XIV’s wedding attire:...

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Feb 14, 2020 at 22:00. 22 comments

The Final Fantasy VII Remake Opening Is A Little Longer And A Lot Prettier

The Final Fantasy VII Remake Opening Is A Little Longer And A Lot Prettier

The opening movie for Final Fantasy VII starts with a field of stars, fades into Aeris, pulls back to reveal the city of Midgar, and then follows Cloud and Barret’s train to its destination. The Final Fantasy VII Remake opening does that too, only prettier and with a lot more Midgar.

As iconic as it is, the opening movie for the original FFVII wastes a whole lot of time with rumbling and...

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Feb 14, 2020 at 19:00. 2 comments

Final Fantasy VII Remake's Chocobo Chick Looks So Dragon Ball

Final Fantasy VII Remake's Chocobo Chick Looks So Dragon Ball

While it’s unclear what the hell happened to Carbuncle in Final Fantasy VII Remake, the Chocobo summons looks like it’s taking a page out of Dragon Ball. 

Chocobo has varied over the years, but there have been different twists on the design, but the Final Fantasy VII Remake design looks like it has a Super Saiyan ‘do:

The Chocobo chick summons really does have that Super Saiyan flair. 

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Feb 14, 2020 at 18:00. 1 comments

Square Enix Cafes Are Covered In Final Fantasy VII Remake

Square Enix Cafes Are Covered In Final Fantasy VII Remake
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Square Enix has rolled out a handful of cafes to serve food, sling drinks and showcase its games. There are no better places to cover with Final Fantasy VII Remake decor.

It’s not only the Square Enix Cafe in Tokyo and Osaka...

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Feb 14, 2020 at 00:35. 4 comments

What The Hell Has Final Fantasy VII Remake Done To Carbuncle

What The Hell Has Final Fantasy VII Remake Done To Carbuncle

Square Enix released a big batch of new Final Fantasy VII Remake screenshots today, including one of Carbuncle, who is usually one of the Final Fantasy series’ cutest summons. It now looks like an alien from a 1950s science fiction B-movie.

Is it a fox or a dog? Why is its head so big? Why is it smiling like it doesn’t have a giant gemstone lodged in its forehead? I get that Final Fantasy VII...

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Feb 12, 2020. 23 comments

What Your Least Favorite Final Fantasy Says About You

What Your Least Favorite Final Fantasy Says About You

The Final Fantasy franchise has been many things to many people in the decades since the series debuted in 1987: a card game, an energy drink, and no less than three unpopular motion pictures. But the nucleus of the entire multimedia universe has been the 15 core games in the series.

Everybody has a favorite Final Fantasy. Everyone also has a least favorite. So instead of doing the whole “VI...

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Feb 07, 2020. 9 comments

Final Fantasy XIV's Next Big Patch Will Let You Ride This Adorable Snek

Final Fantasy XIV's Next Big Patch Will Let You Ride This Adorable Snek

Final Fantasy XIV’s recent expansion “Shadowbringers’ delivered some of the game’s best stories and challenges. But expansions don’t really end right away, and the next patch is stuffed with content and drama. A new trailer and developer livestream outlines giant robot battles, creepy villains, and maybe the most adorable and important mount ever placed in an MMO.

Direct Naoki Yoshida and...

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Jan 31, 2020. 22 comments

Cloud Strife Looks Great In A Dress In Final Fantasy VII Remake

Cloud Strife Looks Great In A Dress In Final Fantasy VII Remake

In the original Final Fantasy VII, Cloud Strife dons a dress as part of a rescue mission. Way back in 2015, Square Enix’s Tetsuya Nomura said the character would once again wear a dress in the remake, and now the character finally shows off those threads.

The original Honey Bee Inn looked like it was based on soaplands, which are bathhouses for prostitution in Japan, and love hotels, which is...

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Jan 29, 2020. 24 comments

Why Everybody Loves Final Fantasy Tactics

Why Everybody Loves Final Fantasy Tactics

Boy, do people love Final Fantasy Tactics. They love it so much they’d marry it, if human-video-game marriage were legal. It’s a desert-island game for approximately 70% of the video gaming population; it’s been replayed more often than The White Album.

This piece was first published on January 7, 2013. We’re bumping it today for the game’s 22nd anniversary.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve...

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Jan 28, 2020. 17 comments

Kingdom Hearts III's New Secret Ending Is Breaking My Brain

Kingdom Hearts III's New Secret Ending Is Breaking My Brain

Kingdom Hearts III’s new DLC Re:Mind remixes the game’s finale into a series of altered events with additional boss fights and story beats. It also adds an additional chapter in which players can face off against highly difficult “data” versions of defeated villains. Diehard fans who push through these fights will find one final challenge and a hidden ending that calls the series’ very being...

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Jan 25, 2020. 19 comments

Kingdom Hearts III's New DLC Is My Kind Of Anime Nonsense, On Steroids

Kingdom Hearts III's New DLC Is My Kind Of Anime Nonsense, On Steroids

Kingdom Hearts has two modes: cheerful Disney reveries and the most extreme of anime bullshit. Both have their merits, but the latter is where the series shines its brightest and is most captivating. Kingdom Hearts III’s new DLC, Re:Mind, embraces this. There’s time travel and scheming villains, dramatic clashes between light and dark, difficult new boss battles, and a mind-bending ending...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jan 23, 2020. 7 comments

New Kingdom Hearts Game Is Coming To Mobile

New Kingdom Hearts Game Is Coming To Mobile

Square Enix tonight announced Project Xehanort, the working title for a new game coming this Spring for iOS, Android and Amazon.

In true bullshit Square Enix fashion, though, absolutely nothing was shown or described about the game, and the only online presence it has is a single screenshot and a competition for fans to try and guess the game’s name (like Kingdom Hearts Excelsior Abundance K3...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jan 15, 2020. 13 comments

Mobius Final Fantasy Ends Service On June 30

Mobius Final Fantasy Ends Service On June 30

Mobius Final Fantasy, one of the prettiest and most unique mobile FF spin-offs, will soon be no more. Today Square Enix announced the game will be going down for good at the end of March in Japan, with the global version continuing until June 30.

Mobius Final Fantasy is a free-to-play turn-based role-playing game for iOS, Android, and Steam. Players take on the role of the Warrior of Light,...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Jan 13, 2020. 20 comments

Wait, I Played Dragon Quest Builders 2 And Need To Change My GOTY List

Wait, I Played Dragon Quest Builders 2 And Need To Change My GOTY List

I made a mistake. Last month I wrote up my top ten games of 2019. I still stand by that list. I love those games and Control is still my favorite game of last year. But last week I started playing Dragon Quest Builders 2 and I need to change my list. I need to add DQB2.

Look, sometimes you get busy and put stuff off. I played a lot of games in 2019, but I also held off on other games for...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jan 10, 2020. 6 comments

Thor’s Avengers Game Comic Book Is A Fresh Take On A Classic Brawl

Thor’s Avengers Game Comic Book Is A Fresh Take On A Classic Brawl

Last month’s Marvel Avengers: Iron Man comic established the Avengers in Square Enix’ upcoming video game as a superhero team rife with internal tension. In Marvel Avengers: Thor #1, out this week, Thor’s trickster brother Loki amplifies that tension into all-out brawl between two of Earth’s mightiest heroes. It feels more like a classic reprint than a new comic, and I dig it.

Written by Jim...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Jan 08, 2020. 15 comments

A New Final Fantasy XV MMORPG For Mobile Is Coming

A New Final Fantasy XV MMORPG For Mobile Is Coming
Kotaku East East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

Square Enix is teaming up with South Korean developer JSC Games and Chinese game maker GAEA Mobile to develop a Final Fantasy XV massively multiplayer online role-playing game for mobile.

Tentatively titled, well, Final...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jan 03, 2020. 8 comments

Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo Leaks Online, Dataminers Unveil More Details

Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo Leaks Online, Dataminers Unveil More Details

Apparently the Final Fantasy VII Remake is going to release a demo soon, because some very credible leaks of a demo for the game have popped up online. After initial reports from tracking sites that a listing for a Final Fantasy VII Remake demo had been sneakily added to the Playstation Network, it appears that full copies of the demo itself have been ripped and made playable. This has...

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Dec 18, 2019. 3 comments

Life Is Strange 2 Is About Finding The Meaning Of 'Family'

Life Is Strange 2 Is About Finding The Meaning Of 'Family'

Life Is Strange 2 is a game about finding your family, as well as figuring out what “family” means. “It’s a question that I, myself, don’t have an answer to,” Dontnod lead writer Jean-Luc Cano told Kotaku over the phone. “But [the game] is showing that family is where you love to be.”

In Life Is Strange 2, Sean and Daniel Diaz have lost their father and are on the run from the law. In their...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Dec 12, 2019. 13 comments

The Avengers Game Has A Tie-In Comic About How The Team’s Troubles Started

The Avengers Game Has A Tie-In Comic About How The Team’s Troubles Started

Square Enix’s upcoming Avengers video game begins with a tragic mission that tears the superhero team apart. In issue one of Marvel’s Avengers: Iron Man, the first official tie-in comic book for the game, we learn that the team’s falling out starts long before the game begins.

Written by Jim Zub with art by Paco Diaz, Marvel’s Avengers: Iron Man is the first in a series of comics set in the...

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