Pixels & Ink Episode #270 – The Fractured Snowman

Pixels & Ink Episode #270 - The Fractured Snowman

This week, Brendan Frye, Phil, and Lisa are joined by Bryan Calhoun.

First, out team explores the ramifications of EA closing down Visceral Games, and lament the future of the new Star Wars adventure game from the studio, that will never be. They also weigh in on CD Projekt Red’s Twitter reaction to a slew of negative reviews on the job review site, Glassdoor.

Phil gives us his take on the immensely disappointing The Snowman, and Leatherface, and the intensely fascinating Cell Block 99.

Finally, the team talks about Battlefront IIGran Turismo SportRogue Trooper ReduxMonsters of the Deep, Secret of Mana Remake, and South Park: The Fractured but Hole.


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Want to read more about the topics we talked about today? Get the full scoop on CD Projekt Red’s response to negative reviews on Glassdoor, and the closing of Visceral Games! Check out Phil Brown’s reviews of The Snowman, Leatherface, and Cell Block 99, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole! You can also check out Adam Chapman’s review of Gran Turismo Sport

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Square Enix Actively Trying To Bring Final Fantasy XV To Nintendo Switch

Square Enix Actively Trying To Bring Final Fantasy XV To Nintendo Switch

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is Square Enix’s take on bringing the console experience of Final Fantasy XV  to mobile players. Some fans of the series are now speculating that the mobile edition of Final Fantasy XV is most likely the version of the game that will come to the Nintendo Switch. However, game director Hajime Tabata has come out and said that Square Enix has experimented with trying to get the full console version of Final Fantasy XV running on the Nintendo Switch.

In a statement to Eurogamer, Tabata said:

“Honestly, when we did the technical test to see if we could use the same native engine we used on other console versions on the Switch, we tried to run it there, the results weren’t satisfactory, It wasn’t what you’d want from a final game. It doesn’t mean that’s the end of that – we’re looking at the options, like the customisation of the engine.”

He went on to state that Square Enix will continue to investigate the possibility of getting Final Fantasy XV on Nintendo’s latest console. Square Enix is no stranger to the Nintendo Switch, with games like Dragon Quest Builders, Lost Sphere, Octopath Traveler all slated for release onto the Nintendo Switch.  Fans wanting a Final Fantasy experience on the Switch might just have to wait a little while longer.

Final Fantasy XV first released onto the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in late 2016.  The title went through a long and arduous development process which started all the way back in 2006 with a reveal trailer for the game.  Before it was a numbered entry into the series, the title was called Final Fantasy Versus XIII. The “Versus XIII” in the title alluded to the game taking place in the world of the then, yet to be released Final Fantasy XIII.


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Square Enix Unveils Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition

Square Enix Unveils Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition

Square Enix doesn’t seem to be shying away from the Final Fantasy XV property. The renowned Japanese company has just announced Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition.

The aptly named Pocket Edition of Final Fantasy XV aims to deliver the full Final Fantasy XV narrative in mobile form. Due to obvious hardware limitations and artistic liberties, the game will boast a unique and all new aesthetic.

Graphically, the upcoming mobile experience looks like a cross between the popular Final Fantasy Theatrhythm games on the 3DS and the Nintendo DS iterations of Final Fantasy III and IV.

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition seems to also feature some voiced dialogue—ripped straight out of the original console version. It is unclear whether the forthcoming mobile game will let players choose between different languages.

The announcement comes shortly after Nvidia announced Final Fantasy XV would be coming to Windows sometime in 2018.

A copy of the official press release for the just announced mobile title can be read below:

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 22, 2017) – Players will soon have even more ways to experience the FINAL FANTASY® XV Universe as SQUARE ENIX® today unveiled the FINAL FANTASY XV POCKET EDITION, FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION and a November 21 release date for MONSTER OF THE DEEP: FINAL FANTASY XV.

The FINAL FANTASY XV POCKET EDITION for iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices, to be released later this year, is an all-new adventure that retells the beloved story of FINAL FANTASY XV, giving fans and newcomers alike the freedom to journey through Eos whenever and from wherever they want. The mobile game features the main characters and story of the console version and newly-announced FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION, with an adorable art style and casual touch controls optimized for mobile devices. The main story is told across ten thrilling episodes, with all ten episodes available at launch and the first episode downloadable for free.