Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer Expansion Comrades Delayed

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Final Fantasy XV has spoken of how it’s planned to keep the marquee title alive and well beyond it’s single player DLC in the past and we’ve reported on the previous Multiplayer expansion details. This week it has been revealed in a press release via Final Fantasy XV’s Twitter that the multiplayer expansion was set to release at the end of this month on October 31st but since has been set to release a bit later. Here’s what they had to say below:

“Due to final adjustments and to create the best possible experience, the online expansion Final Fantasy XV: Comrades will now be released in early November,” Square Enix

Editors Opinion: The Multiplayer was fun as well as surprisingly expansive as it showed some promising offerings. The action was fluid as well. My only personal hope is that the FFXV community that’s left truly gives this shot. It was a fresh and fun experience with friends but based on my experience within the time frame of the beta match making did require a bit of work and I feel based on my experience from the beta that this will be heavily reliant on player engagement. So if this this does not gain the correct response from gamers who may not be used to this change in content from a mainline FF title, it may or may not thrive. Of course this is just an early assumption. I hope it does well based on the efforts taken however as it is a very fun experience. But with the late implementation and desire of other games it could be a bit of a tricky road to entice gamers who have since completed the game’s mainline story.

This comes as no surprise just about as the beta build we’ve previously play was in need of a few fixes. This is not necessarily bad news as it’s better to have to a delayed game than a broken game as “some” gamers these days feel. But at any rate fans who have been excited for this expansion will have to hold off a bit longer. But what do you think? Are you looking forward to the Multiplayer expansion? Are you or aren’t you interested in the online implementation of a mainline Final Fantasy game later having online elements? We’d love to hear your thoughts so leave your comments below. For news like this and more make sure to check back with us and keep us bookmarked here at What’s Up PlayStation.

Square Enix Reveals Dissidia NT US Box Art and Battle Guides for Newcomers

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Square Enix has recently revealed a new expansive introduction guide for new  and old users of the Dissidia series. This serves as bridge for users to be prepared for upcoming battles for this generation of PlayStation Gamers in the Dissidia Universe. Not to mention that over via the Dissidia website they’ve made some more recent changes to the Box Art confirming it’s Exclusivity to PlayStation for this title.

Head over to the photo below and check out what Square Enix has available for your disposal. Once you visit the link, make sure to scroll down and select the character of interest via your mouse and prepare yourself for a fully expansive explanation of the character of your choosing.

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Editors Opinion: I must admit as a bit of a newcomer to the series myself I am bit taken by how much information there is available to intake for each character. But I am fully dedicated to putting in the time to learn these characters ( Especially, Cloud, Squall and Noctis ) I would also hope that more characters are in the pipeline from other Fantasy titles of the past but only time will tell.

What do you think of this information so far. Does this motivate you to learn more about the Dissidia Series? Are you interested at all now that this is a console first for the series? Comment below and let us know. For news like this and more make sure to check back with us here at What’s Up PlayStation.

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.

What’s Wrong With Gamers These Days: Final Fantasy 15 (Inspired Rant)

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I’m bothered by the state of affairs in the gaming community. I don’t understand this new wave of gaming, this easy way of gaming, and this “We get everything given to us on a silver platter” wave of gaming. Whatever happened to be an individual? Whatever happened to playing a game your way? Whatever happened to you being in the game on your own? Well today I’m going on a rant, hopefully this doesn’t offend anyone but I just have to know the answer to these questions.

With Final Fantasy 15 launching tomorrow November 29, 2016, it angers me to see that people are already giving people guides to play the game and level up fast, make a lot of money, and you know stuff that you should just figure out throughout the course the game. I know when we were younger back 10-15 years ago we would have the Game Pro magazines and Nintendo power, but you’d have to actually go to a store to get access to those , if you cared. With today’s social media capabilities, everything just gets spoiled before we even get it. I mean who honestly is looking for strategy guide or tips for Final Fantasy 15. Sure, there’s somebody who makes that stated you got a day make these videos given people tips and tricks in hint on everything specially with YouTube and generating views and revenue through views and all of that greatness, but who is sitting at their house looking for the upper hand in Final Fantasy 15 today before the game releases. It just upsets me to to know that there’s people who will flock to the hundreds of thousands to this video. I’ve seen that were giving tips on how to play Final Fantasy 15 and they won’t even attempt enjoy the game for themselves at first there already playing the game the way somebody else is playing. There was once a time where people would sit together and talk about what they did in the video game and how they got to a certain point and what they went through to beat that part and people would compare what they did that was different.

Nowadays it’s more like “Hey, go check this video out details you how to get past is one part that we have been having trouble with”. It seems as though people have run out of patience for the things that they want. People want to have a good game that looks great but if the game is too long, it loses their attention. People also want a game that’s perfect in every way, but if it’s a short experience they come away with the sense of emptiness. It seems like in effort to please people, you have to go through unconventional means to be the first to do something. Then there’s this group of people who will just watch the game streamed on twitch in because they saw it there, going to tell you that they have experience with the game and it’s not fun or is not good or the story was bad or there was a bad experience in the game based off of the stream and they’ve never even touch the game. It just pains me to see that in a day and age when we have more freedom than ever and some people are content to all do things the exact same way.

I’m going to go ahead and stop myself because I can talk forever. If you’ve ever seen the podcast you know how I can get, but I will leave you with this. I’m not saying it’s bad to make gaming videos and reviews or to give people the tips or anything that’s all fine and well. What my gripe really is is that people can’t let the games launch first. We need to hold some kind of higher penalty over people who have these games are leaving for showing game player and we given walk-through and who already breaking the game down outside of reviews of course, but something needs to happen that punishes people for punishing us. Today its Final Fantasy 15 tips and tricks and walk-through and play-through before the game is launched, next it’ll be horizon zero dawn, then it’ll be god of war 4. We’ve got to start playing these games ourselves and having our own experiences and stop living through the actions of other people. We have to stop allowing others to spoil our fun.

 

Check Out The New FINAL FANTASY XV – 101 Extended Trailer & Day One Patch Notes Details!!

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We’re only a week away from one of the most sought after JRPG’s of this gen and last. What was once known as PS3’s exclusive Final Fantasy 13 Versus by way of Square-Enix. Has now evolved into not only a multi-platform game but also a mainline Final Fantasy title now known as: Final Fantasy XV. But of course you don’t need us here at What’s Up PlayStation to remind you. This upcoming adventure has been all over the media from YouTube, Television and more and even has plans to conquer mobile gaming. In preparation for it’s release Square-Enix has released an extended trailer which details characters, gameplay mechanics and more found in the living breathing world of FINAL FANTASY XV. Check out the trailer and screenshots below:

Square-Enix also followed through on what was said to be a tease from this previous Friday with information regarding a day one patch. The day one patch is named “Crown Update” and will include the following. It’s also mentioned that the list below is defined as “some” of the additions coming with the update, so there might be more.

  • Improvements to the camera with new options to better assist and track the action in tight space and to improve visibility during battles
  • New event scenes and scenes from KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV™ and the “Omen” trailer have also been added to the game to make the story and timeline of events easier to follow for newcomers
  • The addition of an ability tree for the “Wait Mode” function which improves the strategic element of this feature
  • Players can obtain the “Beast Whistle” which can be used to call monsters to battle
  • A wider variety of recipes and fish with an addition of a gallery for completionist players who enjoy collecting items
  • Implementation of social media support, allowing the photos Prompto takes along your journey to be uploaded to Facebook and Twitter

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This game has so much that could possibly catch the interest of many. But with that being said what do you think. Does this intrigue you? Will you be purchasing this title. Final Fantasy releases this holiday November 29th on the PS4 and other respective platforms. And is said to support Features like HDR on both the standard PS4 and the PS4 Pro. Also on the PS4 Pro there will support for a Low 4K rendering mode and a High 4K rendering mode. For Final Fantasy XV news and all things PlayStation related make sure to check back with here at What’s Up PlayStation.

THE COUNCIL-PODCAST EPISODE 93 THE PLAYSTATION MOMENTUM CONTINUES

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Welcome to another episode of The Council-Podcast. We are a conversational podcast where we speak about the games we are playing throughout the week, on gaming new that happened during the week, and set topics where we save until later on during the show. Tonight’s cast consist of two special guest. The first guest is a prominent upcoming Youtuber- Puertorock 77. Joining him is a long time friend of mine and a Square Enix enthusiast- MrBiggz. So sit back, relax, but most importantly enjoy the podcast.

News:

  1. PS Plus vs Games With Gold- November 2016 games
  2. The Last Guardian, Watch Dogs 2, and Final Fantasy XV has gone Gold
  3. Old School Gaming
  4. Resident Evil 7, Thumper, and Battlezone getting PS4 Pro support/PS4 Pro Talk
  5. Street Fighter V sales are weak!
  6. MLB The Show 17/ Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 announcements/PS4 exclusive
  7. PSVR selling remarkable well/ Gamestop restocks for the Holiday
  8. PS Vue expands

Plugs

  1. Night of the Woods arrives January 10th, 2017
  2. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Download size revealed

Topic:

  1. Has the momentum ever left with PlayStation? and 2017 games for PS4

**WARNING EXPLICIT LANGUAGE WAS USED IN THIS PODCAST**

Final Fantasy XV Has Gone Gold & Will Feature Online Multiplayer Via DLC

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Square-Enix has been pretty popular today as they’ve persistently dropped information today from their Paris Games Week keynote. So with that being said, after 10 years of development and anticipation hell, Final Fantasy XV has officially gone gold. As it two disc were pictured on twitter below:
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It would be safe to assume that we can expect this title to finally grace our consoles this coming holiday (Nov, 29th). Alongside this news it has also been reported that the Season Pass DLC for Final Fantasy XV will include 3 episodes of new content. Which will include multiplayer of up 4 players online. As reported via the Square-Enix press release here are the full details below:

“The main focus of the Season Pass is three original episodes that take place during the events of FINAL FANTASY XV. Each episode allows players to take control of one of Noctis’ comrades in all-new adventures that offer unique play styles tailored to each character. Players can explore previously unseen areas filled with new monsters, and even obtain weapons that can later be used in the main game. Episode Gladiolus is the first new character adventure to arrive, and will be followed by Episode Ignis and Episode Prompto. Each episode will be available for purchase individually.

Following the release of the character episodes, Comrades—an expansion pack for FINAL FANTASY XV—will introduce a brand-new online co-op mode for up to four players which features intense battles allowing players to take full control of Noctis, Gladio, Prompto and Ignis as a group. Comrades will be available for separate purchase, and is also included in the Season Pass.

This additional content and character episodes are managed by Haruyoshi Sawatari (Producer, Business Division 2) and overseen by FINAL FANTASY XV Director Hajime Tabata with development led by core members of the FINAL FANTASY XV team.”

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What do you think about this PlayStation Nation? Does this news live up to your expectation? Do you feel this will be worth the wait? Comment below let us know! For more gaming news make sure to check back with us here at What’s Up PlayStation.

 

Where is the PS4 Pro Marketing?

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As November 10th quickly approaches myself and fans alike are wondering where is the acknowledgement of the PlayStation 4 Pro? Sony has been busy this year with the constant drop of games, which isn’t a bad thing by any mean. But as we are at almost a few weeks away from the PS4 Pro release, we’ve only received information of game delay announcements and hardware announcements (PS4 Slim & PSVR release dates, etc.). Aside from major 3rd party releases of games available for the standard PS4, there has been little to no marketing in regards to the PS4 Pro. There has been no announcement of bundles which is a contrast difference to the PSVR bundle that’s available right now. Even in recent events of Tokyo Game Show PlayStation has been vocal and even acknowledges the PS4 Slim. To add more questions on their direction towards it’s target audience, they’ve even revealed a PS4 Slim bundle for Final Fantasy XV  more so in comparison to the PS4 Pro.

Even fresh off the September reveal of the PS4 Pro. I recently visited Japan two weeks after the announcement of the PS4 Pro. There there was no signs or focus even a little bit for the PS4 Pro during the initial Tokyo Game Show keynote. While sightseeing on my vacation in Japan, I made sure to visit The Akihabara district. From what I and many were lead to understand this particular region of Tokyo to be the mecca of Video Game Enthusiast. So while scouring the streets of Electric, not seeing much marketing or a single mention of the PS4 Pro left me a bit confused. Especially with seeing the focus for the Final Fantasy XV PS4 bundle being recently revealed and seeing more focus for the current standing PS4’s and upcoming bundle.

Fast forward to the present. A week after the release of PSVR. I figured we’d surely hear something by now in regards to a Call of Duty PS4 Pro Bundle or something of the sorts considering that PlayStation itself has marketing rights with COD, Battlefront as well the recently announced Red Dead Redemption 2. One would think that Sony has something up it’s sleeve for bringing awareness to the mid gen console that’s only a few weeks away from release. Sadly nothing has been announced and PS4 Pro continues to receive small spurts of information in regards to which games will support it and how those games will be supported.

Some PlayStation fans feel that the PS4 Pro is unnecessary and since it’s reveal maybe Sony are reworking it’s messaging plan on how to get the console back in good terms with it’s gaming audience. Either way with the holiday approaching and the disappointment of recent game delays it would be nice to see Sony back from it’s stumbled approach into the fall season with a refined focus for PS4 Pro messaging as well bundle for PS4 Slim and Pro SKU’s. What do you think PlayStation Nation? Do you want to see more focus on the PS4 Pro? Are you interested in the PS4 Pro and plan to purchase it in the future or so? Comment below let us know.

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Final Final XV PlayStation 4 Slim Bundle Announced

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During Sony’s Tokyo Game Show press conference Square Enix took to the stage to announce the PlayStation 4 Slim Final Fantasy XV bundle. The bundle comes with a 1TB Final Fantasy XV Limited Edition PS4 Slim, Final Fantasy XV exclusive steel book, the new Dualshock 4 with a Final Fantasy XV graphic, the Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV movie, and the Royal Raiment Outfit, Masamune Weapon, and Leviathan Regalia Skin DLC. The bundle will cost you $449 USD/$549 CAD and will only be available at GameStop/EB games.

Europe won’t be left out when it comes to this bundle, you’ll receive two Final Fantasy XV PS4 Slim bundles:

Final Fantasy XV 1TB Limited Edition Bundle

  • Final Fantasy XV-themed 1TB PS4 Slim
  • FFXV-themed DualShock 4
  • Final Fantasy XV Deluxe Edition, which is a Steelbook that includes Final Fantasy XV on Blu-Ray disc, the full-length CGI animated movie Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV on Blu-Ray disc, and bonus in-game content. 

Final Fantasy XV Standard Edition Bundle

  • Standard 1TB PS4 Slim
  • Jet Black DualShock 4
  • Final Fantasy XV on Blu-Ray

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