Square Enix

Final Fantasy characters become giant plushies, take over Tokyo’s Shibuya Station 【Photos】

Some of the video game franchise’s greatest heroes appear in promotion for its latest title.

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Tokyo’s new Square Enix Cafe is open, and we just stuffed our faces at the video game eatery

The makers of Final Fantasy are also now the makers of awesome burgers and cake at this Akihabara restaurant and gift shop.

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Square Enix Cafe opening in Tokyo next month with revolving themes, delicious-looking sandwiches

The video game developer always makes aesthetics a priority in its software, and it looks like it’s doing the same for its new restaurant in Akihabara.

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Final Fantasy XV Guys Chill Out with Nissin Cup Noodles

Cup Noodle sidequest, in-game product placement shown

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Final Fantasy masks turn the Tokyo Game Show floor into a creepily handsome place to be 【Photos】

Final Fantasy XV still hasn’t been released, but its heroes were out and about all over the Tokyo Game Show.

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Tokyo is getting a sports bar-style restaurant where diners can watch video game contests

Square Enix set to open new cafe in downtown this autumn.

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Final Fantasy XV Trailer Reveals English Voice Cast

Ray Chase, Robbie Daymond, Adam Croasdell, Chris Parson, more star

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Square Enix Takes Us Behind the Scenes With Its ‘Epic Meal Time’ Collaboration

Food and cooking are “absolutely essential element” of the game.

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Final Fantasy XII is getting an HD remake for PlayStation 4 【Video】

This isn’t one of Ondore’s lies. Gamers are really getting the chance to go back to Ivalice, and it’s never looked better.

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Square Enix displays 46-foot Dragon Quest blackboard mural in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station

Not all blackboard doodles are created equal.

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Kingdom Hearts orchestral world tour announced, will perform video games’ music in six countries

Grab your tickets and your keyblades, because two Kingdom Hearts concert series are coming with a total of 15 performances in six countries.

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Crafty Dragon Quest Builders player creates Mario Kart-inspired custom race course

A creative Dragon Quest Builders player has managed to build a Mario Kart-inspired in-game race course so impressive, he received praise from the game’s producer himself.

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Grab your formalwear, gamers! Full-orchestra Kingdom Hearts/Final Fantasy concerts coming soon

Two-concert event to cover decades of video game musical history.

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Final Fantasy VII gets new combat engine, oh and it’s now a multi-part series, too 【Video】

Cloud and company are coming back…multiple times?!?

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Nintendo announces Final Fantasy’s Cloud will make Smash Bros. debut in next update【Video】

“I never thought this day would come,” says the Final Fantasy VII hero. Neither did we, Cloud. Neither did we.

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The Moogle is out of the bag! Final Fantasy staple will be part of FF XV

While the stories for Final Fantasy games generally have nothing to do with each other, there have been a few threads that tangentially tie the games together, such as magic, a character named Cid, and an airship. Another popular element is a set of characters that have been around since the third installment of the game, the humble Moogles.

So when the official Final Fantasy XV Twitter account polled its followers to see if they wanted the beloved Moogles in the franchise’s newest game, the obvious answer was a resounding, “Of course, kupo!”

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Final Fantasy fan art with a Western touch creates illustrations just right for any Disney fan

Just as languages around the world are each unique yet beautiful, art has also developed its own flavor depending on where you are from. When comparing Western and Asian animation, there is a distinct style difference when it comes to the shape of faces, size of facial features, and the overall aesthetic. Both styles are very appealing, but when push comes to shove, all of us probably have a preference between the two.

Art is also a conversation though, and it can be transposed between two different worlds, such as Western art with an Asian flair or vice versa. One artist’s rendition of Final Fantasy characters drawn with a Western touch is making us super-excited because they look like they are ready for their Disney close-ups.

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Don’t be fooled by the rocks they got, the Final Fantasy team needs more from around the block

It’s hard to say which game is more highly anticipated, Final Fantasy XV or Kingdom Hearts 3, but with both of them tentatively scheduled for a 2016 release date, we just might find out. Or not…because a recent tweet about the latest Final Fantasy game is causing us to believe that a 2016 release date could be a pipe dream. Although there has been no delay announced, if the date is pushed back it might be in part due to the rocky situation they are in: they need more rocks!

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Final Fantasy XV team’s “location hunt” video looks suspiciously like awesome adventure vacation

As the graphics in video games have become increasingly sophisticated, a new and unexpected expense has surfaced for design teams hoping to make their game’s environments as realistic as possible: the so-called “location hunt.”

While in the good ol’ days of pixel graphics, design teams could just look at some photographs or even paintings of real-world locations for inspiration, modern gaming’s open, 3-D worlds demand level and object design so advanced that it becomes a near-necessity for teams to travel to locales that closely resemble the digital worlds they’re hoping to create,  getting actual eyes on, say, that volcanic mountain they plan to have the player venture through, or checking out the minute curves and angles of some military hardware they plan on dropping into the game.

Ironically, though, while the “location hunt” is still considered work, outside of the unlucky design team that has to go inside of a volcano for that epic RPG boss fight or something, these excursions can actually end up looking suspiciously like a vacation. Just ask the Final Fantasy XV design team, who recently posted a YouTube video of their location hunt.

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Sega sneakers, kawaii T-shirts and plushies: all the cool stuff you can buy at Tokyo Game Show!

Earlier today, RocketNews24 attended the first day of Tokyo Game Show 2015, a video game and technology expo/convention held annually at Makuhari Messe in Chiba. Since the first two days are for press only, the venue was a little quieter, and we were able to browse the selection of video game merchandise for sale in a calm and serene manner. (Even though we really wanted to hug all of the plushies, rummage madly through all of the T-shirts, and fondle all of the beautiful figures on display!)

Check out what lucky shoppers can expect to buy during Tokyo Game Show 2015 with our exclusive guide!

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