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Square-Enix character designer reveals a cut Chocobo from Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy!, and gives hope for new Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles titles

FFCCII, please!

Square-Enix character designer Toshiyuki Itahana has worked on both Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! and Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles. In an interview with Twinfinite, we find out about the Chocobo design seen above, which didn't actually make the cut for the game.

I ended up designing a “summoner”, but the planner mentioned it would be difficult to incorporate into the system, so the design didn’t make it into the game. The design is pretty cute though, so I would love to see it make an appearance next time.

Following that, Itahana is asked about the potential for new entries in the Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series. The response is at least somewhat encouraging.

In general, for both remakes, we want to ensure that the games are properly developed, recreating the fun of the original game, while adding new elements. After everyone gets a chance to hopefully reaffirm the fact that these are enjoyable titles, then we could consider future titles. As such, I would love to hear everyone’s feedback and impression upon playing the Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon and FFCC remakes as it’ll serve as an extremely good reference for whatever next title we may undertake.

Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! - another hour of footage

Explore the challenges of the never-ending dungeons ("Insatiable Hunger"), befriend monsters with the new buddy system. You adhere to one simple rule, … every time you enter, the world around you changes shape, but it only moves whenever Chocobo moves!

Square-Enix shares 'Inside Final Fantasy IX' video feature

Inside FINAL FANTASY IX takes a look at some of the secrets and anecdotes from the development of the game, featuring interviews with, Shinji Hashimoto (Producer), Toshiyuki Itahana (Artist), Kazuhiko Aoki (Event Designer) & Nobuaki Komoto (Event Planner).

The first in an ongoing series of developer featurettes, “Inside FINAL FANTASY” takes viewers on a deep dive into the legacy of the series bringing together interviews with a variety of original creators, artists and developers.

Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! now available

Time for an adventure!

LOS ANGELES (Mar. 20, 2019) – SQUARE ENIX® today announced that Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon™ EVERY BUDDY!, the latest game in the popular Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon series, is now available digitally for the Nintendo Switch™ system and PlayStation®4.

In Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! players can explore mysterious dungeons and take on dangerous monsters while enjoying a deep and engaging story to save the townspeople’s memories. Within this unusual dungeon, the rules are simple: every time you enter, the world around you changes shape, and time only moves forward whenever Chocobo takes an action! Moving, attacking or using an item all advance time, so play tactically and think of a plan to overcome the enemies one step (or kick!) at a time.



Players can play Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! alone, using defeated monsters or allies to help aid them with the new buddy system, or let Chocobo use a variety of classic FINAL FANTASY® jobs with the new buddy system such as Knight, White Mage, Black Mage and more to use new abilities and overcome the challenge. Additionally, an extra player can join in the fun with simultaneous local multiplayer as one of the characters in the buddy system to help Chocobo on his adventure.

Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! is available now as a digital download for Nintendo Switch™ and Playstation®4. As an added bonus, all players who purchase the game will receive the Buddy Chocobo “Alpha” DLC item for use in-game.

The title is rated E10+ (Everyone 10+). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at http://www.esrb.org for more information about ratings. For more information, visit: https://sqex.link/Chocobo.

Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! - another round of gameplay

Explore the challenges of the never-ending dungeons ("Insatiable Hunger"), befriend monsters with the new buddy system. You adhere to one simple rule, … every time you enter, the world around you changes shape, but it only moves whenever Chocobo moves!

Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! - Japanese live-stream recording

Gather 'round, every buddy!

Was Square-Enix's English live-stream for Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! not enough for you? How about another 1.5 hours of footage from the Square-Enix Japanese launch stream? Check out the entire presentation above!

Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! - Square-Enix live-stream recording

Way down in Chocobo

Still trying to figure out if Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! is for you? Perhaps a Square-Enix gameplay session will be the thing to push you over the edge. Check out the recording above, which gives you nearly an hour of gameplay accompanied by two Square-Enix hosts!

Final Fantasy X|X-2 themed beverage hits Kung Fu Tea locations nationwide

Phoenix Down the hatch

SQUARE ENIX® is joining with Kung Fu Tea to celebrate the upcoming release of FINAL FANTASY® X/X-2 HD Remaster on the Nintendo Switch™ system and Xbox One by launching an exclusive drink inspired by the game.

From March 25 through April 20, Tidus & Yuna’s Grape Elixir (A.K.A. Kung Fu Tea’s Grape Cream) will be available at all 170+ Kung Fu Tea locations nationwide. Fans who purchase the drink will receive an exclusive sticker, featuring the artwork of famed illustrator Nomura Tetsuya, while supplies last. The Final Fantasy X|X-2-themed beverage is a blend of fresh black grapes and berry jam topped with Kung Fu Tea’s best-selling creamy Milk Cap.

Fans will also have the opportunity to enter into a daily sweepstakes and an add-on giveaway through Kung Fu Tea’s official social media channels for a chance to win a digital copy of FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster or a custom-designed Xbox One or Switch console.

“We’re extremely excited to partner up with Square Enix and believe that our Kung Fu Masters in the gaming community will truly enjoy Tidus & Yuna’s Grape Elixir,” says Mai Shi, Kung Fu Tea’s Marketing and PR Lead. “We hope that this drink will keep gamers refreshed throughout their unforgettable journey in the World of Spira and Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster.”

Finally, fans that attend this year’s PAX East in Boston from March 28-31 can visit the SQUARE ENIX booth #11017 to obtain a limited quantity promotional flyer that can be redeemed at Kung Fu Tea locations in Massachusetts for a discount on the themed beverage during this time.

For more information on the collaboration, sweepstakes and giveaway, visit: www.kungfutea.com/ffxx2.

Square-Enix announces PAX East 2019 lineup and events

Plenty for Switch owners to check out

LOS ANGELES (March 18, 2019) - Playable demos, developer panels, fan activities and giveaways are among the many offerings from SQUARE ENIX® at this year’s PAX East, taking place March 28-31 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Fans who visit the SQUARE ENIX booth, #11017, can obtain special prizes and play current and upcoming titles including Chocobo™’s Mystery Dungeon™ EVERY BUDDY!, DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS™ 2, FINAL FANTASY® X/X-2 HD Remaster, FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE™, FINAL FANTASY XIV Online, LIFE IS STRANGE® 2 and popular mobile titles DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY OPERA OMNIA™, KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross], and STAR OCEAN®: Anamnesis™.

Fans can also visit the SQUARE ENIX booth to obtain a limited quantity promotional card that can be redeemed at Kung Fu Tea locations in Boston for a discount on the “Tidus and Yuna’s Grape Elixir” themed beverage during the event weekend, March 28-31. More information on the collaboration is available at: www.kungfutea.com/ffxx2.

FINAL FANTASY XIV Online is a proud promotional partner of PAX East 2019, sponsoring the official PAX East Stream. Attendees can obtain FINAL FANTASY XIV Online lanyards throughout the convention center, and are also invited to take a picture with a replica aetheryte statue from the in-game city of Kugane.

Other fan activities at the SQUARE ENIX booth include:

Attempt the FINAL FANTASY XIV Seiryu Battle Challenge, where fans can challenge Seiryu to win an “I Beat Seiryu” t-shirt
Have a chance to win a slime plush by taking a photo at the themed DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 photo wall and posting it on Twitter or Instagram

Experience DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY OPERA OMNIA™ and KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross] on a large touch screen
Reunite with friends from FINAL FANTASY XI Online at the FINAL FANTASY XI ReFriender station. Register your FFXI character details and search for other players on the same World.

Receive a special themed Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! lunch box, if you are one of the first 25 attendees per day to show proof of game purchase

Have a chance to win a Mech edition and new Logitech headsets if you take a photograph with your LEFT ALIVE™ poster and post it on Twitter

Daily giveaways, while supplies last, include:

Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! buttons
DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY OPERA OMNIA, KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross], and STAR OCEAN: Anamnesis buttons
DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 double-sided poster
FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 and FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE double-sided poster
FINAL FANTASY XIV Online foam dark knight swords
LEFT ALIVE double-sided poster

Additionally, fans can visit booth #11031 to purchase the latest SQUARE ENIX merchandise, including BRING ARTS, PLAY ARTS KAI, plush toy, FINAL FANTASY Trading Card Game (“FFTCG”) and tabletop games. Attendees can also play some of our continuously expanding line of Square Enix tabletop games:

For the first time in North America, the FINAL FANTASY XIV GOLD SAUCER CACTPOT PARTY board game is available for purchase. Fans can step up to the table and learn how to play.

Learn to play the FINAL FANTASY Trading Card Game (“FFTCG”)! Players can stop by for lessons on how to play the ever-growing TCG and earn a powerful promo card.

Attendees can also jump into a game of CHOCOBO’S CRYSTAL HUNT or the upcoming TOMB RAIDER® LEGENDS THE BOARD GAME.

The full lineup of titles from Square Enix includes:

Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!
Platform: Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system
Developer: Square Enix
Available: March 20, 2019
The reworking of the 2007 game Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon is back and better than ever to be enjoyed by both first-timers and fans of the series. With unique new dungeons, a new buddy system to recruit monsters and other characters as allies, and a local co-op system to play with your friends, you will explore the challenges of randomly generated dungeons as Chocobo.

DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY OPERA OMNIA
Platform: Android, iOS
Developer: Square Enix, Koei Tecmo
Available: Now
DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY OPERA OMNIA continues the DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY adventure on mobile devices, where players can form parties from dozens of their favorite FINAL FANTASY heroes and villains and equip them with a variety of weapons from the series. The mobile game features an extensive story and strategic turn-based combat that the FINAL FANTASY series is known for.

DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2
Platform: PlayStation®4 system
Developer: Square Enix
Available: July 12
As the follow up title to the critically acclaimed 2016 game, DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS, DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2 packs in even more content and unlimited building combinations in an all-new original story with new characters, world and gameplay to satisfy longtime fans and newcomers alike. The game introduces online multiplayer for the first time, allowing up to four friends to play together and create something truly magnificent.

FINAL FANTASY Trading Card Game
Developer: Square Enix
Available: Now
The FINAL FANTASY Trading Card Game ("FFTCG") is the result of a close collaboration between Hobby Japan and Square Enix. Designed by former trading card game champion Tarou Kageyama, the game has received high praise for its blend of strategy, luck and fast-paced gameplay, making it very versatile and appealing to all kinds of audiences. The Opus VIII Booster Set releases on March 22.

FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster
Platform: Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Developer: Square Enix
Available: April 16
Two fan favorites have been completely remastered in FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster in stunning high definition for both new and longtime fans to enjoy. The game includes modern visuals, the ability to switch between the iconic original or re-arranged soundtracks, and dozens of hours of adventure and exciting gameplay content.

FINAL FANTASY XI Online
Platform: Windows
Developer: Square Enix
ESRB: Teen
Available: Now
FINAL FANTASY XI launched as the first massive online game in the award-winning FINAL FANTASY series, bringing limitless possibilities for adventure. With the world of Vana’diel standing on the brink of war, three powerful nations, united in their plight against the beastmen forces, look to their last hope – brave adventurers just like you. Set out on your own to discover the countless secrets of Vana’diel, or form a party with your friends to purge the beastmen forces and bring home sensational spoils!

FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE
Platform: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One
Developer: Square Enix
Available: April 30
FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE improves upon the classic FINAL FANTASY XII, now more beautiful and easier to play than ever. The high-definition remaster introduces several modern advancements, including reconstructed battle design and a revamped job system.

FINAL FANTASY XIV Online
Platform: PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Windows, STEAM®, Mac
Developer: Square Enix
ESRB: Teen
Available: Now
With more than 14 million players globally, FINAL FANTASY XIV Online continues to deliver on the promise of bringing the best of the FINAL FANTASY experience to the online realm. Players can begin the adventure, fight their way and live their story in FINAL FANTASY XIV Online. A free trial is available at http://www.ffxiv-freetrial.com. The third major expansion, Shadowbringers™ will release on July 2, 2019.

FINAL FANTASY XV: Episode Ardyn
Platform: Xbox One, Windows 10, PlayStation®4 system, Origin and STEAM
Developer: Square Enix
ESRB: Teen
Available: March 26
In FINAL FANTASY XV: EPISODE ARDYN, players can experience a brand new storyline from the perspective of Ardyn Lucis Caelum. Set 35 years before the events of FINAL FANTASY XV, follow the notorious villain through being freed from an extra-long life of imprisonment and entering the world of darkness, to seeking vengeance against the Lucian royal family.

KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross]
Platform: Android, iOS, Amazon
Developer: Square Enix
Available: Now
With over eight million players worldwide, KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross] lets players uncover story elements from the earliest parts of the series’ history, as well as from KINGDOM HEARTS III. Players can create their very own Keyblade wielder and adventure through Disney worlds with beautiful and stylized art while interacting with a rich cast of memorable Disney characters. The game also features both co-op and player vs player (PvP) modes for players to play with friends and compete on leaderboards to win rewards.

LEFT ALIVE
Platform: PlayStation®4 system, STEAM
Developer: Square Enix
Available: Now
LEFT ALIVE brings together veteran developers Toshifumi Nabeshima (director, Armored Core series), Yoji Shinkawa from KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS (character designer, METAL GEAR series), and Takayuki Yanase (mech designer, Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Xenoblade Chronicles X) to create a dark and gritty world. Set during a devastating invasion in war-torn Novo Slava, LEFT ALIVE tells a human story of survival, following three different protagonists, each with their own stories, and features a variety of action-packed play styles for players, blending strategic stealth maneuvers with frenetic gun battles and adrenaline-fueled encounters with powerfully armed troops, armored vehicles and towering mechs.

LIFE IS STRANGE 2
Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation®4 system, Windows PC
Developer: DONTNOD Entertainment
Available: Now
The award winning LIFE IS STRANGE series continues with an incredible new 5-episode story from original developers, DONTNOD Entertainment. Experience an all-new journey into the LIFE IS STRANGE universe, a diverse world of storytelling that will solidify the franchise as a source of immersive narrative adventures for years to come.

STAR OCEAN: ANAMNESIS
Platform: iOS, Android
Developer: tri-Ace
Available: Now
A brand new journey in the popular sci-fi STAR OCEAN series, STAR OCEAN: ANAMNESIS, the mobile action RPG, puts players in the captain’s chair as they lead a squad of heroes across the galaxy. With fast-paced real-time combat, gorgeous 3D graphics, and a brand new co-op multiplayer mode, players have the freedom to build endless strategic and iconic teams with returning all-star characters from the beloved series.

About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix group of companies. Square Enix, Inc. is affiliated with a global network of leading development studios such as Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal™. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 144 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 78 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 74 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

More information on Square Enix, Inc. can be found at https://square-enix-games.com.

Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! - Japanese commercial

A new installment of the ever-popular series is here! The classic FINAL FANTASY FABLES: Chocobo’s Dungeon is back with an enhanced gameplay system - to be enjoyed by both first-timers and fans of the series!