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Final Fantasy VII Now Available on PlayStation Network!
June 2nd by Tex
Final Fantasy VII, what many consider to be the most well-known game in the Final Fantasy series, is now available for download in North America for the PlayStation 3 and PSP from the PlayStation Network. Though it may not exactly be the "remake" most anticipate still, it is being hailed as a long-awaited download on the PlayStation Store. The price of the game download is $9.99 and the download will take up about 1.32 GB.
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete Released in America
The special "Directors Cut" of the original Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children has been officially been released in North America today, after being released two months ago in Japan. This new version includes over thirty minutes of extra scenes and is exclusively for the BluRay format. Though most extras, such as the special On the Way to a Smile Denzel OVA have been kept in the import, the demo of Final Fantasy XIII was not included.
E3 Dissidia Updates!
June 2nd by Drake Clawfang
Dissidia's website has been updated! The character roster is complete at last with all twenty character profiles. No sign of Gabranth or Shantotto, but they're "secret" still. The trailer shown at E3 (occurring right this week) is also available, and gives us a few brief snippets of English dialogue. There is also a section that explains gameplay, thus far only the two type of attacks, but there are four blank windows that will surely be filled it at a later date.
As mentioned, with Dissidia at E3 during the week, this is most certainly not the last update for the game you'll hear before the weekend, but it's a good start.
Final Fantasy XIV Online exclusively for PS3
June 2nd by SamSandy
Just in! Not only did they show a brand new trailer for Final Fantasy XIII at Sony's press conference at E3 2009, they also unveiled the rumored new Square-Enix MMORPG: Final Fantasy XIV.
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is Released in North America
Its June 1st, so that means that today is the day that the much-awaited sequel to Final Fantasy IV comes to North America on the WiiWare, breaking a nasty Square Enix streak of restricting Mobile Phone games to Japan (see: Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-, Kingdom Hearts coded, etc.) Players can now control Ceodore, the son of the original hero, Cecil, and the rest of the old Final Fantasy IV cast along with some new faces on a quest to save the world from the coming of the new Moon. Rydia's Tale can be downloaded for an additional 300 Wii Points.
Final Fantasy VII Re-Rated By the ESRB
The Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) has released another rating for the classic PlayStation 1 game, Final Fantasy VII for a release on the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3. This most likely points to a new release as a download on the PlayStation Network for North America, similar to how it was rereleased in Japan last month. The game is once again rated "Teen" for "Comic Mischief, Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language". Further details are not yet available.
Final Fantasy XI Coming to the PlayStation 3
Final Fantasy XI, Square Enix's long-running MMORPG has seen appearances on the old PlayStation 2, the Xbox 360, and the PC. Its newest port is to the PlayStation 3, the future home of Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Versus XIII. So far no release date has been announced, though in all probability it will wind up being the very first Square Enix property to appear on the system. 
Giant Final Fantasy XIII Posters Appear in Los Angeles
Giant Final Fantasy XIII posters of three of the playable characters so far revealed have appeared in Los Angeles (see them: here). These giant advertisements can be found at the corner of S. Figueroa Street and Olympic Boulevard in Downtown LA. The date of the game's release is stated directly on the posters to be "2010". All this in preparation for their appearance at this year's E3, where they claim to have "some big things planned for you". 
Chocolancer's Final Fantasy VII Walkthrough for the Famicom/NES is Completed!
Chocolancer has finally completed his second walkthrough! Remember that obscure Chinese pirate remake of Final Fantasy VII? Well, in a course of a month, he has created 9 pages of goodies on how to get past this game (and neat little animated .gifs!). Now that his little project is finished, he plans to continue with his walkthrough for Final Fantasy, though at the moment he is not quite motivated to continue...
Stay tuned for bonus pages of juicy conspiracies related to Aerith! You might be surprised at how much you've yet to know about the last Ancient...
He is also open to any additions he might need to add that he doesn't know yet, such as any differences between the Chinese and translated versions...
Dissidia Website Updated!
Dissidia's English website has been updated with character profiles for the representatives of the first six games of the series. The last four slots have been left blank except for shadows, though any Final Fantasy fan should be able to pick out who the heroes and villains are by their silhouette. Along with the character profile is a drop-down profile of the game they represent. (Savvy fans, however, should spot out a glaring mistake in the Final Fantasy VI profile.) Each character still has a video section in their profiles, but all are blank so there's no voice work to hear yet. Despite this, according to other sources professional voice actor, Grant George has been signed to play the Warrior of Light.
You can see the website here.
Paramina's Final Fantasy VIII Walkthrough is Complete!
May 17th by Paramina
Paramina has completed her first project for the wiki, a Final Fantasy VIII Walkthrough. It's 36 pages long, including a comprehensive sidequest guide and an extras page linking to further reading. With this under her belt, she's swiftly moving onto starting her next mammoth project, (hopefully) the wiki's first Final Fantasy XII Walkthrough.
Dissidia Final Fantasy package art
The marketing team has finalized the package for DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY, and the MEMBERS blogger gives us the first glimpse. You can click here for a look. On the right are the heroes that fight for Cosmos, the cover of choice for those who stand for justice and all that is good. Feeling a bit naughty? All you have to do is reverse your double-sided PSP package cover to proudly display the villains that serve Chaos.
As well, according to the game's official website, the game will be released August 25th. A bit of a stretch to the promised "summer" release, but the date is confirmed nonetheless.
Final Fantasy Tactics Comes to the PlayStation Network
Last month, Final Fantasy VII was released on the PlayStation Network. Now Final Fantasy Tactics, also a title for the original PlayStation has been released - but only for Japan so far. The price is ¥1000 (about $10). It is most likely the original version, not the The War of the Lions remake released in 2007 for the PlayStation Portable. Currently it is unknown if the title will be made available overseas. 
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete Official English Site Up
The official English Site for Advent Children Complete has been recently released, complimenting the Japanese site that has been up for some time now. So far the English site only gives a brief plot summary and character bios for six of the movie's most key cast members. Both websites happen to use the same music. See here.
May 9th by Drake Clawfang
There'll be more details tomorrow, but for today there's a tantalizing hint at what's to come for Dissidia's western release - new moves for characters, re-balanced strengths and weaknesses, and new cameos from characters not in the original release along with new cut scenes. You can read about it more here.
IGN Developer Interview
May 8th by Drake Clawfang
IGN has published an interview with Square-Enix developers Yoshinori Kitase and Takeshi Arakawa. Among other topics, the two discuss what they think defines the series, the possibilities of DS remakes for Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI, the desire to make a sequel to Final Fantasy IX, and the future of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. You can read the interview here.
Final Fantasy XIII Demo is Not Going Abroad
The much awaited Final Fantasy XIII demo, which was released along with Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete, is now officially Japan-only. Producer Yoshinori Kitase explains: "The type of demo version we released in Japan, we currently have no plan of doing that abroad, partly because we are going to carry on with the project alongside the Xbox version, so we really can't just make it available only for the PS3." For consolation, he hinted at the possibility of a download. But this can only be bad news both for the fans of the series, and the movie itself, whose sales are certain to suffer outside of Japan thanks to the absence of the demo.
New Trailers for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time
Four new trailers were created for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time, one each for the playable races Clavat, Yuke, Lilty, and Selkie. The short videos can be found here, here, here, and here, respectively.