Tales of Graces F Heading to North America

Namco Bandai has announced that a localization of the PS3 RPG Tales of Graces F is coming to North America.

The news was made known a few hours ago through the unveiling of a Tales of Graces F American website, as well as an official announcement on Facebook.

More information can be found on the Wikipedia Page for the game. In the meantime, I’m saving some money and hoping it gets released in my country as well.


Source: Destructoid

Wondering About Final Fantasy Type-0? It’s Actually Agito XIII

Just a quick note for those folks who were wondering about Final Fantasy Type-0, which I talked about for a short bit a few weeks ago.

Siliconera reports that Final Fantasy Type-0 isn’t actually a new game, but rather, Final Fantasy Agito XIII sporting a new name. According to the report, Type-0 is set to become a spinoff of the Final Fantasy universe and will not be a part of the Final Fantasy XIII continuity anymore, seeing as there’s actually Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2 to think about.

Final Fantasy Type-0 will be coming out in Japan this summer, and will span two UMD discs in length.

PS3 Version of Portal 2 Comes With a PC or Mac Version Too!

Breaking news folks.

Destructoid has just reported that the PS3 version of Valve’s upcoming game Portal 2 will allow players to not only play with PC and Mac gamers via Steam functionality (a first!), but also to play on the PC or Mac as well.

According to Valve, anyone who purchases Portal 2 for the PS3 will also get a free Steam play copy of Portal 2, which will work on the PC or Mac.

Feel free to check Destructoid for more details, and save up some cash for the PS3 version, why dontcha?

Carpe Fulgur Pushes 100,000 Recettear Sales, Teases Next Game

Some more good news for the import RPG market, courtesy of Carpe Fulgur. According to a recent announcement on the Carpe Fulgur website, Recettear has sold 100,000+ copies!

A blog post made by Andrew “Spacedrake” Dice also mentions that due to the large number of sales, Carpe Fulgur is secure for the coming year. Furthermore, Dice also noted that the sales of Recettear and news of their success has garnered the company some attention amongst developers in Japan that would like to work with the Carpe Fulgur seal of awesome in the future.

For those wondering what this means in the immediate sense though, the last few lines of Dice’s blog entry is a wonderful indicator of things to come:

One hundred thousand copies mean that Carpe Fulgur’s future looks bright, and that means that everyone can look forward to a number of great titles in 2011 and beyond.

Like, for example, our worldwide release of Chantelise.

Definitely something to look forward to.

For more info on Chantelise, HardcoreGaming101 has the goods.

Capitalism, ho!

What is Final Fantasy Type-0?

Over on Siliconera is an article about a trademark for something called Final Fantasy Type-0 (zero).

The speculation over at Siliconera is the FF Type-0 might be the prelude to some big announcement, seeing as this one has both the trademark registration and a logo, whereas Square Enix usually just registers stuff.

Anyway, I have no idea what this could be, but I’m hoping it’s not a mobile game or a prequel to the prequel of Final Fantasy VII or a sequel to XIII.

Feel free to leave your own ideas on what this could be in the comments. As for me, I’m hoping it’s a Typing of the Dead inspired RPG made by the Eidos side of Square Enix… just to make it all interesting.

Square Enix is Really Serious About Winning Customers

While more than two months have passed since the official launch of FINAL FANTASY XIV service, we deeply regret that the game has yet to achieve the level of enjoyability that FINAL FANTASY fans have come to expect from the franchise, and for this we offer our sincerest of apologies.

After thorough deliberation on how to meet those expectations, it was decided that the most viable step was to approach improvements under new leadership and with a restructured team.

To realize this vision, and in doing so, provide our customers with a better game experience, we have assembled our company’s top talent and resources. Taking over the role of producer and director is Naoki Yoshida, a passionate individual for whom customer satisfaction has always taken top priority. Not only is he one of our Group’s most accomplished and experienced members, Naoki Yoshida is also a charismatic leader possessing the skill to bring together and effectively helm a team which encompasses a wide range of responsibilities. We also welcome several new leaders handpicked from other projects to work with the existing talent on FINAL FANTASY XIV.

We realize time is of the essence and are fully determined to provide our customers with quality service. It is because of this that we ask our customers to be patient until we are able to confidently present them with a concrete plan outlining FINAL FANTASY XIV’s new direction. The free trial period will be extended until that time.

Damn, they are really serious about establishing good relations with their playerbase.

An essentially indefnite timeline for free trial extensions seems awesome, but also very worrying since heaven knows how much money is drained away by this.

Can you dig it?! Rift System Requirements Revealed

Over on the Official Forums for the upcoming MMO Rift, Cindy Bowens, Senior Community Manager for Rift, has released the required and recommended system specs for the game.

Below, the system specs themselves:

Minimum System Specification
Operating system: Windows XP, Vista or 7
Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz or better
Memory: 2 GB
Hard disk space: 8.0 GB available
Video: Nvidia GeForce FX 5900, ATI/AMD Radeon X300, Intel GMA X4500 or better.
Sound: DirectX 8.1 compliant card
DirectX®: 9.0c, June 2010 update
Broadband internet connection (DSL, cable modem or other high speed connection)

Recommended System Specification
Operating system: Windows XP, Vista or 7
Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz or better
Memory: 4 GB
Hard disk space: 8.0 GB available
Desktop Video: Nvidia GTS 250 or better
Notebook Video: Nvidia GTX 200M series or better
Sound: DirectX 8.1 compliant card
DirectX®: 9.0c, June 2010 update
Broadband internet connection (DSL, cable modem or other high speed connection)

Folks who have received invites for phase one of the beta should check this out and compare it with their current specs to see if the game will run well enough on their system. Cheers!

Linkpost: TK-Nation’s Mount and Blade Warband Giveaway

It’s funny. I bought Mount and Blade Warband on Steam yesterday, and today, some folks over at TK-Nation have a giveaway for the game available through their Facebook page. Horrible timing for me, but perfect timing for those folks who haven’t grabbed the game yet due to the Steam key thing I mentioned before.

This could very well be your last chance to grab the game for an absurdly low price (in this case, costing you absolutely nothing), so head on over to TK-Nation’s giveaway rules page for more information. Good luck!

Mount and Blade + Mount and Blade Warband Steam Sale Gives Wrong Key?

Just wanted to let the folks who are enjoying the Steam sale a heads up on the one deal I decided to take part of. Personal experience, along with some confirmation from the Steam and TaleWorlds Forums, has arrived at the conclusion that Steam may have screwed up the delivery of game keys for Mount & Blade and Mount & Blade Warband.

When activated, Mount & Blade Warband requests that you activate the game using a serial key that Steam should have on hand for your copy of the game. The key I got, however, is a 5×5 input key (25 digits), whereas the actual key required by the game is a 4×4 input key (16 digits). Your purchase, therefore, relegates you to demo status for the game until such time as when the folks at Steam can resolve the issue for all the gamers who purchased the game (or the bundle packs!).