Final Fantasy XV MP Closed beta Expansion “Comrades” coming next week

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If you’ve been holding out for the Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer expansion fret no longer. Because it’s heading out to PS4 season pass owners next week via a closed beta. It’s been previously mentioned that you would be able to play with friends in many of the active time battle reports that Hajime Tabata holds, where in speaks on improvements on the FFXV early pre-release/release days. With that being said there are still further details that need to be announced but according to the Square Enix press release here’s a list of the changes coming below:

This closed online test is an exclusive preview that allows you to experience select elements of the upcoming multiplayer expansion. Take your custom avatar on multiplayer quests with up to three other players. Noctis and his friends will also be made playable at a later date.

TEST VERSION FULL VERSION
Requirements Requires purchase of Season Pass and a subscription to PlayStation®Plus membership. Requires FINAL FANTASY XV and purchase of either MULTIPLAYER EXPANSION: COMRADES or Season Pass. Also requires a subscription to PlayStation®Plus subscription.
Available Available August 3 to August 8, 2017 (projected) Availability TBD *Details Forthcoming
Playable Characters Create, control, and save up to eight avatars. Develop avatars using experience gained from defeating enemies and completing quests. Updates will allow you to also play as Noctis, Gladiolus, Prompto, and Ignis.
Avatars Customize avatars with elements limited to the test version. Unlock customization elements with item purchases at outposts and quest rewards. Updates will add even more elements.
Outposts Begin at test version base camp and play through a custom tutorial. Experience a city with much more than the test version base camp.*Details Forthcoming
Weapons Choose from katana, club, dagger, and shuriken weapons. Attack patterns vary from those of Noctis. Enjoy an expanded arsenal featuring polearm, crossbow, and shield weapons as well, which also feature different attack patterns. Weapons come with preset abilities and experience points, and can be leveled up by meeting certain conditions.*Details Forthcoming
Royal Sigils Invoke the powers of sovereigns for your avatar with this new feature. Equip one of four default royal sigils in the test version. Collect and equip royal sigils as you progress. The wide array of enhancements provided by the royal sigils will play a key role in cooperative multiplayer combat.*Details Forthcoming
Quests Choose from one of three quests, with up to three legs to each quest. All players will be matched online in the test version. Explore quests with storylines as well as singleplayer quests. Join up to three other players online with a subscription to PlayStation®Plus or an Xbox Live Gold membership, or fight alongside three AI companions.
Meals Retrieve one ingredient per person per quest, and have the camp cook prepare a meal afterward. Encounter more cooks and enjoy a wider range of meal-based boosts.
Meteorshards Receive meteorshards as quest rewards. Meteorshards cannot be used in the test version. Gather meteorshards during quests to expand the scope of available activities or to unlock new quests.*Details Forthcoming
Added Features Interact with other players using preset chat messages. Also supports voice chat. Enjoy these additional features:

  • Make Camps for Meetups with Friends
  • Expand/Customize Preset Chat Messages
  • Receive Quest Report Cards
  • Take New Photographs, and more!

*Details Forthcoming

What do you think of the MP closed beta implementation? Does this lure you back to the gave if you currently own it? Does this make you want to purchase the game due to a lack of  an MP on it’s initial release? What changes would you like to see implemented in the FFXV title now that it has multiplayer content being added?  This is a first for a standlone FFXV title to have an MP later added. The closed beta begins  August 3rd to August 8th.  Check out a few images below and let us know  what you think. For more news and all things PlayStation related make sure to check back with us here at what’s up PlayStation.

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom E3 2017 Trailer (UPDATE!!!)

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(Update…Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is now coming out January 19th, 2018 for the PS4 and PC)

Level-5 and Bandai Namco are back at it again in a brand new adventure with Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. Here is the E3 2017 trailer showing off show of the gameplay elements and the wonderful animations done by Studio Ghibli. Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom release November 10th, 2017 for the PlayStation 4 and PC.Ni-No-Kuni-2

 

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Kingdom Hearts 3- Orchestra Trailer E3 2017

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A newly released Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer has been released and it is looking good. The trailer takes place on Mount Olympus with Sora, Donald, and Goofy try to help Hercules as they fend off various of vicious looking types of heartless. There is still no word on when Kingdom Hearts 3 will release, but I know fans of this beloved series can’t wait to get their hands on it.Screen Shot 2017-06-11 at 8.00.22 AM

Will Sora and the team bring back Roxas? What are you thoughts on the trailer? Let us know in the comments below.

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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Coming Exclusively to PS4 Early 2018

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It is a great pleasure to announce to the PlayStation Nation that Dissidia Final Fantasy NT will be releasing exclusively for the PlayStation 4 early 2018. Dissidia Final Fantasy NT will  be developed by Koei Tecmo highly praised Team Ninja, bringing over 20 playable Final Fantasy characters, with a compelling story, and deep customization for your Final Fantasy character. DISSIDIA FF NT

 

In partnership with Team Ninja from KOEI TECMO GAMES, Square Enix presents DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® NT as a new and refreshing experience – a team-based brawler.

Combining seamless gameplay, FINAL FANTASY characters and breathtaking worlds from the past 30 years of the franchise, DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT welcomes all gamers to the online battle arena with its renowned bravery combat system.

DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT allows you to choose from over 20 legendary FINAL FANTASY characters and battle in a 3-versus-3 arena. Each match will allow the player to call forth familiar summons like Ifrit, Shiva and Odin to dominate the opposing side or to turn the tide of the battle. This is not your average fighter – this is your fantasy, your fight.

Enter the arena in early 2018.

http://www.dissidiafinalfantasynt.com

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Lost Sphear- Announcement Trailer

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The creators of I am Setsuna, Tokyo RPG Factory is back with another captivating RPG called Lost Sphear. Lost Sphear is set to release early 2018 with more information to come later within the year.

Lost Sphear1Here is a brief description on Lost Sphear:

LOST SPHEAR follows a young boy, Kanata, as he awakens from a devastating dream to find his hometown disappearing” could be “The adventure of LOST SPHEAR begins in a remote town where a young boy, Kanata, awakens from a devastating dream to find his hometown disappearing.

www.lostsphear.com

 

LOST SPHEAR follows a young boy, Kanata, as he awakens from a devastating dream to find his hometown disappearing” could be “The adventure of LOST SPHEAR begins in a remote town where a young boy, Kanata, awakens from a devastating dream to find his hometown disappearing
PRE-ORDER the physical edition today for PlayStation®4 and receive two exclusive music tracks on release day, available exclusively from the SQUARE ENIX Online Store!

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana Opening Movie Trailer

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Here is the opening cut scene of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, giving a brief synopsis of the journey players will experience as Adol, as he discover the secrets of this mystery island, while learning the back story of the blue-haired maiden Dana. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana will release on September 12th, 2017 for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

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Star Ocean: Til The End of Time HD Heads To The West on May 23rd

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As many fans of JRPG’s genre know. Star Ocean is one of a kind. Many have clamored and praised this particular title as one of the many gems of the PS2’s historic run. Next week PlayStation intends to remind you of such history as Star Ocean: Til the End of Time HD makes it return to PlayStation consoles. This particular title is one of the many that were abundant on the PlayStation 2. This is one of the many titles that many of the PlayStation/JRPG faithful have been looking forward toward since the word of mouth about this title being available only via the Japanese PSN. Luckily today we here at What’s Up PlayStation are provided the blessing of informing our readers today that this title heads to the west.

And with that being said the details to the classic title is as followed:

  The PS2-on-PlayStation 4 version of Star Ocean: Till the End of Time will launch in North America and Europe via the PlayStation Store on May 23 for $20.99, Square Enix announced.

The PlayStation 4 version of the game will support trophies, share functionality, and remote play*

So ladies and gents get your funds ready as Star Ocean preps to make it’s return to the PS4 via PS2 Classics next week. Me personally, I’m very eager. But what do you guys think? Are you excited for this title? Are you looking forward other classic “PS2 titles” to return via “PS2 Classics on PS4“. Comment below and let us know. For more news check back with us here at What’s Up PlayStation!

*Quote via Gematsu.com

Have You Seen Me: Glorious Final Fantasy Benchmark Footage

It’s almost here! Final Fantasy XIV’s newest expansion Stormblood is right around the corners and the fans can hardly wait. People have been waiting patiently to see more of the Red Mage and Samurai classes in action with the rest of the crew. In this latest trailer the benchmark footage will have fans urging for more from this expansion for the PlayStation 4 and PC, releasing on June 20th.

stormbloodstormblood2Along with the benchmark, we have received word that Final Fantasy 14 will be receive two play modes through a PS4 Pro enhanced patch. One of the modes will keep the same resolution and give you a smooth 60 frames per second. While the other gives you the option to increase the resolution while maintaining the same frame rate. This update should release along side the Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood expansion. So check out this benchmark and tell us what you think about the footage. Will you be joining us in Eorzea to continue what I would call one of the greatest stories ever told?

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Top 5 Upcoming JRPG’s in 2017 for the PS4

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On the PlayStation 4, we’ve already been given the opportunity to play wonderful 2017 JRPG titles, such as Kingdom Hearts 2.8 to Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 HD Remix, Tales of Berseria, and the two massive hits NieR: Automata and Persona 5.

Today I want to inform the PlayStation Nation about 5 upcoming JRPG’s which I personally recommend, for PlayStation fans that favor this genre and should be looking out for. Now I know there are a few games that could also list such as Valkyria Revolution, Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon, or Grand Blue Fantasy however, I have compiled a list of JRPG’s that I’m mostly anticipating and through my opinion, hopefully you can share or understand the excitement.

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1.Summon Night 6: Lost Borders- 6/23/17 (PS4, PS Vita)

At first glance Summon Night 6: Lost Borders just looks gorgeous. The art style of this JRPG really stands out to capture the attention of gamers, but enough about the looks lets talk about mechanics. Summon Night 6: Lost Borders offers a fully 3-D battle system which allows “Chain Attacks” that happen automatically when surrounding an enemy with two or more party members. In this situation, each party member can attack an enemy without risking a counterattack. With summoning being a hallmark of the franchise, party members can team up for a “Summon Burst” attack that can have a devastating magical strike to take down some of the toughest enemies. The game features dozen of endings, which can have sub-endings that can change depending on a players interaction with other characters. As a thank you to the fans of the series, Summon Night 6: Lost Borders will be fully localized with English voice overs. All key events will the be voiced. As a future new comer to this series, I can’t wait to play this JRPG.

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2.Tokyo Xanadu, Tokyo Xanadu EX+- 6/30/17 (PS Vita) Late 2017 (PS4, Steam)

Tokyo Xanadu has been out for a long time in Japan and North America will finally be able to get their hands of this stylish dungeon exploring action JRPG, with similar elements from the Persona series of JRPG’s. Tokyo Xanadu will release on the PlayStation Vita on June 30th with Aksys Games doing the English translation and Tokyo Xanadu EX+ for the PS4 and Steam port releasing later this year. Falcom announced the PS4 version (Tokyo Xanadu EX+) will improve on HD graphics and frame rate, with additional story content that will come in the form of extra side story and post-game content. There is still a lot of mystery when it comes to the game for me however, it was developed by Nihon Falcom and having a likeness to the Persona series. My interest for this game is peaking at a all time high.

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3.Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age- 7/11/17 (PS4)

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age made it to this list just because I didn’t complete this game during the PS2 era. It’s a long story with college friends and roommates. However, with this game making a comeback on the PS4 with great system features like suspend and resume, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, will be completed. One of my favorite things in FFXII is the Gambit system which is one of the most unique AI systems in a Final Fantasy game, due to how deep you can customize each AI action. With modern advancements, including reconstructed battle design and a revamped job system. Fans will be eager to dive back into the world of Ivalice. So who’s going for that platinum trophy?

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4.Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom- TBA 2017 (PS4)

Last generation, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch in my humble opinion is the best JRPG for the PS3. The story, characters, and battle system was top notch. We also can’t leave out the animated sequences which were crafted by Studio Ghibli, that left you with a high production level feeling as if you were watching an animated movie. I truly adored Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and can’t wait to see how the sequel Ni No Kuni: Revenant Kingdom pans out. There some noticeable changes with the upcoming sequel, like moving away from using and caring for you Familiars. In Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom players will be using the tiny spirit creatures called Higgledies to help you fight and explore within the world of Ni No Kuni. Ys VIII Wups

5.Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana- Fall 2017 (PS4, Windows)

I am super excited to play as Adol once again in a brand new adventure. After being shipwrecked and stranded on a cursed island, Adol begins to have dreams of a mysterious blue-haired maiden. Players must join Adol as he discover the secrets of this island, while learning the back story of the mysterious blue-haired maiden Dana through her unique gameplay sections.

So what do you think? Was any of these games on your radar of JRPG’s for 2107 you wanted to play? If not let me know in the comments your top 5 2017 JRPG’s.

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