Here's how each monthly feature will go: I'll have the title of the song, along with the song itself for you to enjoy. Underneath, I will -- to the best of my ability -- describe the song for those of you who may not be able to listen to it, plus I'll add in any fun facts about the piece.
For the month of March, we are featuring Zanarkand in order to celebrate the North American release of Final Fantasy X|X-2 Remaster!
(¯`·-..· Zanarkand ·..-·´¯)
This composition made for Distant Worlds offers a richer and fuller experience of this iconic theme. The original version was a simple piano composition, but when reworked by Arnie Roth and Nobuo Uematsu, the edition of strings, winds, horns, and small embellishments of percussion breathes life into it. It dips and bobs between gentle melodies and dramatic crecendos, taking us on a musical journey that brings bittersweet memories of the ending back to the surface.
How do you feel about this song? Do you like it? Did it have an effect on you? Leave a comment with your opinion on the song!
--RECENT NEWS IN FINAL FANTASY--
Ready to raid some tombs with Lightning? A Lara Croft DLC garb was released alongside Lightning Returns, adding another garb to an already impressive wardrobe.
Following the Android release of FFVI, you can now play this epic game on iOS phones! It is available on the App Store for $15.99 (USD)
Final Fantasy XIV is set to be released for PS4 on April 14, 2014. It will be going through some beta phases until then (Phase One lasts from February 22 - March 3, Phase Two will last from April 4-7. After that, the game will go live on the 14th. Remember -- those of you who own it for PS3 will have the option of switching to the PS4 on that date free of charge (as long as you have played the PS3 version once -- i.e. if you have a save file). However, after this switch, players will no longer be able to play the PS3 version again without buying a new license. You will also be able to swtich freely between PS4 and PSVita, playing remotely. The PS4 version will have full keyboard and mouse support.
Final Fantasy XV is currently one of the top priorities of SquareEnix. Yoshinori Kitase has mentioned that Final Fantasy XV is "quite far into development now". Though XV is now its own game outside of the Fabulla Nova Crystallis saga, and though it is not the same world or universe as the XIII series, it will share the same mythology. That is their main (and possibly only) connection to one another.
Yoshinori Kitase has expressed interest in remaking Final Fantasy VII, but we may not see it in the near future. Due to budget constrains and lack of the game's original staff, it will be difficult to recreate it. As quoted from Eurogamer:
“I won't rule out the possibility, but it would take a lot to make it happen. But should I ever take it on, it would have to be the biggest project I've done. My life work. So I would have to be as highly motivated as that to end up with something I'm very happy with. It's a huge thing for me.”
SquareEnix has expressed interest in releasing future Final Fantasy games to PC, alongside Playstation 4 and XBox One consoles.
Get a little dose of Final Fantasy VII nostalgia in Final Fantasy XIV! The happiest place on Gaia will come to the online world soon: The Gold Saucer! No word yet on when it will be released, but developers assure that it is almost ready for launch.
Some of you may be familiar with "Piano Opera Final Fantasy IV/V/VI". On April 23, 2014, "Piano Opera Final Fantasy VII/VIII/IX" will be released. There will be 12 tracks total, including "Cosmo Canyon", "Liberi Fatali", and "Melodies of Life".
On an unfortunate note, it looks like Nintendo is ending their Wi-Fi Connection service on Wii and DS devices on May 20, 2014. That means no access to anything online: no online play, no leaderboards, no nothing. Players will not even be able to play these games on Wii U and 3DS using the backwards compatibility features. This does affect Final Fantasy III for DS, limiting the Mognet service. That's right, that means that getting the ultimate Onion Equipment in Final Fantasy III for DS will be impossible after that date. There does not appear to be any way to prevent this change.
There have been rumors swirling around recently regarding the English voice acting for Final Fantasy XV. While there are a handful of voice actors posting FFXV on their resumes, but the only confirmation heard from SquareEnix is that the English voice casting has not yet begun.
It has been announced that the prequel to Type-0, Final Fantasy Agito, is delaying its release until later this Spring. (Meanwhile, us Western fans still eagerly and somewhat impatiently await the English release of Type-0...)
As we always do, we'd like to introduce you to the newest members of our constantly growing group! Go give them a friendly "Hello!" and a big hug! We got a huge increase during February, and we can't begin to express how thrilled we are to see so many new members joining our growing Final Fantasy family!
Which song would you like us to feature next month? There are over 1,000 songs to choose from! If you have a suggestion, leave a comment. We'd love to know what you want to see next month!
Previous songs featured:
"Dancing Mad", "Yuna's Dance (The Sending)", "The Prelude", "Ami", "The Price Of Freedom", "Kiss Me Good-Bye", "The Great Warrior", "Serah's Theme", "Auron's Theme", "Fisherman's Horizon", "Suteki Da Ne", "Blinded By Light"