- For those who missed the Dear Friends tour
Monday saw the announcement of the newest Final Fantasy concert tour, "Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY." The tour is in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of the original Final Fantasy title. Full Article
- Game Trailers now schooling gamers on Final Fantasy history
A little over a month ago, GameTrailers.com began its "Final Fantasy Retrospective", a survey of the Final Fantasy series, beginning with its humble origins some twenty years ago. Aside from being extremely well put-together and informative, it features references to some of our favorite embarrassing Square titles, from Alpha to 3-D Worldrunner. Now in its sixth installment featuring Final Fantasy VIII and Final Fantasy XI, it is a comprehensive look at one of Square Enix's flagship series and a definite must-watch for any fan or historian. Now that G4 has hit rock bottom, GameTrailers.com appears to be a source for thoughtful programming woefully unavailable elsewhere. Watch Now
- The Pioneers: Junya Nakano
Junya Nakano started out as a music composer for Konami's arcade titles and began composing for Square during the 16-bit era. Since then, he has contributed to such soundtracks as Final Fantasy X, Musashi Samurai Legend, and Project Sylpheed. Square Haven takes a look back at the music composer's career thus far, including samples from nine of his game soundtracks chosen by Totz of Square Enix Music Online. The Pioneers
- Piano Squall brings tempest of music
Various have tried, many have failed. But one, Michael Gluck, has made success out of video game music performance and recently released his album GAME--Game and Animé Music Emotions--to the delight of connoisseurs and convention goers everywhere. Square Haven recently talked to Gluck, who frequently takes on the guise of "Piano Squall", to talk with him about his musical career and his most recent accomplishment. His Story and a Review
- E3 2007 - Square Enix to bring online store stateside
In addition to its E3 lineup announcement, Square Enix has revealed its scheme to open a North American online store. Square Enix, as a self-described "premiere [maker] of high end-collectibles" plans to stock a multitude of "popular and hard-to-find items" including Master Arms, Play Arts, and Mechanical Arts spanning various series, from Final Fantasy to Kingdom Hearts. Clearly, Square Enix has seen that someone, somewhere is making money selling its products. The immediate consequence will likely find many third-party vendors competing for profits with Square Enix itself. The Online Store
- The Pioneers: Masashi Hamauzu
Masashi Hamauzu is a classically trained musician and vocalist. Inheriting the talents of his father, an opera singer, the composer lent his voice to the chorus of "One Winged Angel" in Final Fantasy VII, and years later was selected to compose music for the game's long-awaited sequel. Here, ten music samples highlight the composer's career thus far, from his interning position at Square on up to his preparations for Final Fantasy XIII. The Pioneers
- Localization Tactics: A Conversation with Alexander O. Smith
Alexander O. Smith is a localization specialist who translates Japanese media through his independent company, Kajiya Productions. His projects for Square include Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy XII. We touched base with Alex to learn more about his career in the game industry, and his most recent projects adapting Square Enix games for the English-language market. Square Haven Interview
- "Ultimate Hits" wallops Japan
Square Enix recently announced the creation of its own Japanese budget series, called "Ultimate Hits", which will feature the re-release of some the Playstation 2 best-sellers, including Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix, and a fantastic boxed set of the former two titles. Individually priced at 2,800 yen ($25.25 USD), the line will be available come September 8th. Famitsu
- PR: Lauren Peterman unveils news of Final Fantasy X movie; fan auditions accepted
Hot on the heels of Stephen Wilson's accurate insider insight into the inner workings of Square Enix, Miss Peterman follows up with this story detailing whispers heard whilst within the depths of Square Enix' corporate fortress. Find out more inside!
- Six Square titles to Greatest Hits
Square-Enix has announced the committal of six titles that will, by December, be available for Sony's Greatest Hits line of discount titles under $20. The games now included are Final Fantasy X, Kingdom Hearts, Xenogears, Vagrant Story, and Final Fantasys Anthology and Chronicles.
- Atari starts to kick ass in Europe
Atari, the European publisher of Squenix titles, has announced that it will be releasing Unlimited Saga: Collector's Edition because the game obviously got so slammed by critics that no one will want to buy it unless they release it with the specified Bonus Disc containing the Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm movie (retitled as "Final Fantasy X-2 Prologue"). Eternal Calm is a 14 minute long movie that was previously available on the Japanese version of FFX International. The contents of the disc have been remastered and are in English with five different languages available in subtitles. Gamefront
- Final Fantasy X inaugurated into Greatest Hits
Final Fantasy X can now be purchased for $19.99 as a part of the Greatest Hits line of PS2 games. The inclusion as a Greatest Hit has no doubt been made to coincide with the December release of the sequel, Final Fantasy X-2.
- World poised on brink of war groans as someone hints at FFX-3
"According to the UK online trade journal Indie Magazine, Square Co. Ltd, in the wake of its extradorinary sales of Final Fantasy X-2, is planning a sequel temporarily called Final Fantasy X-3, IGN learned today." Kitase and previous statements from Square suggest that there will be no FFX-3, however.
- Square makes money
Since Square actually expects to sell more games in Europe than in North America, that means we stupid Americans should stop bitching about every damn trivial thing you don't like about Final Fantasy Tactics Advance or Final Fantasy X-2, you myopic, self-absorbed idiots! (Point of view shift intended.) Full Article
- FFX Vocal Collection marks nadir of album concept originality
Presumed to be a compilation of "Otherworld," "Suteki da ne," and ten variations on the "Hymn of the Fayth" theme directly from the OST, Final Fantasy X Vocal Collection will be released December 4th in Japan. Like anyone really cares over here. Gameforms
- Final Fantasy Adventure Bible in the lap of the Gods
Square is planning a three-disc DVD collecting data, information, and media of Final Fantasy I through XI. The Adventure Bible will be released in Japan on July 25 for 13,000 yen (about $104 US). Gameforms
- Lucky Europeans to receive Final Fantasy X extras
Square Europe is preparing for a May 31 release of Final Fantasy X packed with the extra gameplay features present in Final Fantasy X International. Furthermore, the game will have a bonus disc entitled "Beyond Final Fantasy" featuring interviews and a preview of Kingdom Hearts. Square-Europe.com
- Final Fantasy X delayed in Japan
Reports from Famitsu US say that Square has inevitably delayed Final Fantasy X in Japan. Although July will now house it's release, Final Fantasy X is still expected to ship without any online aspects.
- Square: Financial loss for fiscal year expected
With the recent announcement of a Final Fantasy X delay, Square now expects a financial loss of ? 3.4 billion ($29.1 million) for the fiscal year of 2000. The delay completely offset prior projections of a ? 2.5 billion ($21.4 million) profit for the year.
- Square planning Final Fantasy X announcement
Square announces that it will soon announce something! Full Article
- Final Fantasy X complete
Er, or atleast the theme song is done. Read on! Full Article
- Square Millennium Delayed
- Square Millennium Conference Details
- Square Further Hints on Final Fantasy IX Unveiling