Motomu Toriyama and Takayoshi Nakazato of the Final Fantasy X-2 International+Last Mission development team, who recently completed the title that launches in Japan and Europe next month, told Famitsu that the game's Last Mission section is equivalent to what a hypothetical X-3 would be. They also said not to expect a X-4. Whether the company will pull a Nullsoft and release Final Fantasy X-5 out of the blue is unknown.1
On January 20th, Square Enix announced that since it's North American release in the fall, FFX-2 has sold over 1 million copies. Worldwide, over 6.6 million copies have been sold, and this is before it's Europe release. Between the two, both FFX and FFX-2 have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. Together they account for 20% of the entire series' sales, making them the most successful titles in the franchise, in terms of sales.1
Sony has revealed the packaging of the PS2 version of Final Fantasy XI, which will finally see the light of North American day this coming March. The package includes the game itself as well as the 40-gig HDD hard drive and a 30-day trial of the online service. Final Fantasy XI will retail for an MSRP of $99.99.
Shinjii Hashimoto, vice president of Square Enix, has told Japanese magazine Dorimaga that the company will be revealing more games at this year's E3 than any company ever before. And that's a good thing: "It will surprise everyone." Hashimoto also went on to comment on the upcoming Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories for the GBA, saying that it will "push the handheld harder than it has ever been pushed before". Other games you can expect to see at the expo are Final Fantasy XII, Dragon Quest V, Ambrosia Odyssey, and Kingdom Hearts II, as well as the DVD movie Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.1
"Sony Computer Entertainment Europe head Chris Deering, speaking to trade paper MCV, recently pegged the [PSP's] expected price closer to the low end of expectations. Deering characterized the system's likely price as 'closer to 200 pounds than 300 pounds.' In American currency, that's towards the low end of a $300-450 range."1
As of November 13, 2003, Squenix abandoned their registry of the title 'Chrono Break' with the US Patent Office. However, still registered in Japan is the title 'Chrono Brake'. Also notable is the fact that Chrono series creator Masato Kato left Square Enix to pursue a freelance career, and recently worked on MonolithSoft's Baten Kaitos. Whether this means a cancellation of the game itself, it's US release, or merely a delay, it's all uncertain for the time being.1
Square Enix announced today that the userbase for its PlayOnline game service has surpassed 500,000 users, a mark attained thanks to brisk holiday sales for the PC version of Final Fantasy XI and the insistent demand of a make-believe cyber-place where geek boys and girls could meet under the protected veil of video game penetralia.1
A new franchise that will cast a shadow on Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy; more things that are not games; allusions of grandeur... the president of Square Enix speaks - Read on