A few mouths back it was 7′s turn but from now fans of Final Fantasy 8 will to be able to enjoy the PS1 classic through Steam. Price wise Final Fantasy 8 will set you back between $11.99 and £9.99 depending on where you are and along with the original game Steam buyers will find two new features available to them including something dubbed The Magic Booster which essentially makes the game a bit easier by increasing a number of spells by 100 and Chocobo World, a virtual pet mini game that was once exclusive to the PocketStation.
Bungie have confirmed that their first offering since Halo 3, the highly anticipated online FPS dubbed Destiny is now set for a worldwide release of September the 9th 2014 on the PS3, PS4, 360 and Xbox One. Bungie also confirmed that Destiny’s beta testing will begin next summer, first on the PS3 and 360.
Bravely Default may not be out until Friday (in the UK anyway, it’s February Stateside) but that hasn’t stop Square Enix officially revealing a sequel to the game is in the works. Besides the fact that the game is coming nothing else has been confirmed yet but with Bravely Default quickly establishing itself as one of Square Enix’s big name games it’s only a matter of time before all is surly revealed.
When Sega acquired Atlus back in September the world and his dog began speculating on what the takeover would mean to both companies. Many concluded that Sega’s close ties to Nintendo would mean more games for them and that said games, due to Sega’s resources would get localized a touch faster. In a recent interview with Famitsu Sega Sammy chief operating officer Naoya Tsurumi has revealed the deal could instead see Atlus reviving some of Sega’s dormant classics.
“I believe that the addition of genres is a crucial factor,” said Mr. Tsurumi. “Especially with regard to the fact that Sega have never excelled in RPG titles. With consideration towards Atlus’ strengths, Japanese RPGs would be a prime example of an added benefit, and while we have no intention of forcing this, we’d definitely love to have Atlus utilize any of Sega’s dormant IPs,”
So there you have it, should Mr. Tsurumi get his wish the likes of Shining Force or a non online version of Phantasy Star could soon be in the works, heck Atlus could even go really obscure and bring back the likes of Beyond Oasis, King Colossus or even Rent-A-Hero, anything really is possible.
Neither the original XBox nor the 360 managed to crack Japan but that doesn’t mean Microsoft are giving up the fight oh no, in fact Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer has revealed to Kotaku that a number of Japanese developers are currently hard at work on a whole shed load of unannounced XOne games.
“The creative teams in Japan have always been top notch. And yeah, you’re right that we’ve never been the top console in Japan, but the support that we’ve received, either from publishers like with Capcom and Dead Rising or developers is always great and that’s why we have signed some things in Japan that we haven’t announced that we’ll announce in 2014.”
There’s been a lot of noise surrounding Shenmue lately what with the likes of a new petition apparently picking up pace, a trademark being hoaxed and now news that series creator Yu Suzuki will be taking to next year’s Game Developers Conference stage to discuss all aspects of Shenmue’s creation including its original prototype as a Virtua Fighter RPG on the Saturn to its eventual release on the Dreamcast. Whatever Yu says at GDC 2014 it’s unlikely to be what fans really want to hear, namely that Shenmue 3 is on the way.
After years of waiting Atlus have at last finally confirmed officially that Persona 5 is indeed in the works and should be released late 2014 (in Japan) exclusively to the PS3. No word yet of any Western release but hopefully Sega’s resources will help speed that one up, until then though this brief teaser trailer will have to tide you over.
Alongside the Persona 5 announcement Atlus also showed off a trio of other Persona inspired titles starting with Persona Q Shadow of the Labyrinth a 3DS exclusive dungeon crawler which will see the casts of Persona 3 and 4 teaming up, next we have Persona 4 Dancing All Night a rhythmic action game heading to the PS Vita and last but not least there’s Persona 4 The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold a more refined version of Persona 4 Arena which will, oddly given that Arena was released on the 360 only be available on the PS3. All three titles are pencilled in to be released next year and trailers of each can been found by clicking on them.
The vast majority of news this week has, unsurprisingly, revolved around the PS4 and XOne and specifically how well each console is selling (both surpassing a million each apparently) however there have been other things happening, the most interesting of these on goings taking place over at Activision where the publishing giant quietly took down the official Crash Bandicoot website along with any and all other references to the Bandicoot dotted around their main site. Why is the big question, and while Activision certainly aren’t saying rumours are rife the disappearance of Crash is due to Sony purchasing the franchise. If true Playstation owners will not only see Crash Bandicoot games return exclusively to their consoles but the high possibility that the series could be rebooted by original creators Naughty Dog no less, quite a coup indeed.