PS4 gets Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest crossover cover plate in Japan

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Sony is holding a contest from February 24 to April 26, with the opportunity to win a special PlayStation 4 cover plate that features art from both the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy series. The cover plate’s design features a Slime (a traditional monster from the Dragon Quest series), and a Moogle (a recurring race in the Final Fantasy series). The contest will be a lottery, and Sony will only make 100 copies of the cover plate.

Potential applicants will need to complete three steps to acquire a lottery ticket to win the cover plate.

Step 1 can be completed with any one of the following methods:

  • Purchase the “Dragon Quest Metal Slime Edition” PS4, enter the included special product code in the PS Store, and download the game.
  • Purchase the PS4 Dragon Quest Heroes game‘s limited first edition, and enter the special item code for the “Dragon Quest III Hero Costume” in the PS Store, and download the special item.
  • Purchase the digital download edition of Dragon Quest Heroes for the PS4.
  • Purchase the digital download car edition of Dragon Quest Heroes for the PS4.

Step 2 can be completed with either one of the following methods:

  • Purchase the “Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Suzaku Edition” PS4, and enter the included special product code for Final Fantasy XV – Episode Duscae in the PS Store, and download the game.
  • Purchase the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Ultimate Box for PS4, and enter the included special product code for Final Fantasy XV – Episode Duscae in the PS Store, and download the game.
  • Purchase the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD limited first edition for PS4, and enter the included special product code for Final Fantasy XV – Episode Duscae in the PS Store, and download the game.
  • Purchase the digital download edition of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD for PS4.

Step 3 can be completed with the following method:

  • Download the “PS4 Dragon Quest x Final Fantasy Double Purchase Campaign Lottery Ticket”, for free.

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The 100 potential winners will be drawn from the users who successfully complete these steps and acquire the lottery ticket. The contest will run from February 24 to April 26.

All applicants will also receive a special Playstation 4 Dynamic Menu theme, with background art featuring the same art from the cover plate.

Dragon Quest Heroes is a roleplaying game in the long-running Dragon Quest RPG franchise. The game will be developed in collaboration with KOEI Tecmo Games’ Omega Force team, which also developed theWarriors series of games. In addition to being the first action RPG in the Dragon Questseries, the game will also be the first title in the series in ten years to be released on a PlayStation system. Yūji Horii is serving as the general director of the game, and Koichi Sugiyama is composing the soundtrack.

The story takes place in the kingdom of Elsarze, where humans and monsters work hand in hand, and everything is peaceful. However, one day, the monsters turn violent, and begin attacking the humans. Captains of the imperial guards Akt and Mare stand up in order to bring back the original hearts of the monsters, and bring peace back to Elsarze once more.

Square Enix shipped the game in Japan on Thursday, February 26. Square Enix has not yet announced a North American release date.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is the high-definition PS4/Xbox One port of Square Enix‘s original Final Fantasy Type-0 on the Playstation Portable system.

Square Enix describes Final Fantasy Type-0 HD:

“Step into the fray as Class Zero, a group of fourteen students from an elite military academy whose country is attacked by an aggressive neighboring Empire. Using the powerful abilities and magic of all fourteen characters in fast-paced action RPG combat, players must face the brutality and injustices of war to uncover the secrets of its genesis.”

Square Enix will release the game in North America on March 17, in Japan on March 19, and in Europe on March 20.

Wall of bubble-wrap Blue Slimes appears in Shinjuku Station to promote new Dragon Quest game

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Nothing says Dragon Quest like its adorable mascot, the smiling, teardrop-shaped slime. With appearances in almost every Dragon Quest title, a slew of associated merchandise, and even its own video game, the series’s blue slime is instantly recognizable to many fans around the world.

And until March 1, not one, not two, but 100,000 of these blue critters will line one wall of Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station in the form of a massive bubble wrap sheet. Now it’s up to the passersby to pop each slime into oblivion and become the heroes they were born to be.

While some might well be wondering whether this is some sort of revolutionary public health initiative–nothing relieves stress like a sheet of bubble wrap, after all–the Shinjuku installation is actually part of a campaign to promote the newest Dragon Quest game, Dragon Quest Heroes: Yamiryuu to Sekaiju no Shiro (Dragon Quest Heroes: The Dark Dragon and the World Tree Castle) for Playstation 3 and 4.

Titled 100,000 Slime Challenge in Shinjuku, the campaign comes courtesy of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia (SCEJA), in advance of the game’s (unfortunately, Japan-only for now) release on February 26.

According to the Japanese promotional website, the upcoming game takes place in the kingdom of Erusaze, where monsters and humans coexist in peace. When the monsters undergo a sudden transformation and start attacking humans, two officers of the imperial guard, Act and Meer, must find a way to change the monsters back to the way they were.

▼ From the businessman…

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▼ To the little man…

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▼ Everyone’s a hero

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Particularly sharp-eyed commuters will notice a number of special characters, such as metal slime and rockbombs, hidden among the sea of blue. In addition to interacting with the wall itself, they can also enjoy the accompanying background music, which includes pieces such as “Dragon Quest Overture” and “Dragon Quest IX Battle Theme.”

On the last day of the campaign, if all the slimes have been popped, people will be able to go to the main website and access a unique wallpaper for phone and SNS–presumably one related to the new release.

▼ A sign keeps track of how many slimes are pushed down each day

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100,000 is certainly a daunting number. But when you consider the simple joy that people derive from popping bubble wrap, as well as the popularity of the franchise, we’re pretty sure the goal will be reached in no time.

Campaign Details

Schedule: February 23-March 1, 10:00-21:00
Location: Marunouchi Line Shinjuku Station, Metro Promenade
Access: Shinjuku East Entrance side, A9 underground exit, near ALTA store exit

Sony makes Korean gamers’ dreams come true by finally giving them Metal Gear and Dragon Quest

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Korean gamers and netizens are crying tears of joy now that Sony has announced it will be translating some of the most popular Playstation titles into Korean for the first time. This might come as a surprise for many considering the popularity of video games in Japan’s close neighbor, but for years fans of these series were deprived of the ultimate gaming experience in their native tongue. However, that will finally change this summer.

Described by many netizens as a “dream come true,” Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) announced recently on their official website and blog that two of the most popular series available on the PlayStation, Dragon Quest and Metal Gear Solid, will be localized into Hangul, slated for release in summer this year. This strategic move is accompanied by the release of the PlayStation 4, also localized, and was announced by SCE Korea CEO Shiro Kawauchi. Korean fans can definitely look forward to an epic summer of endless gaming.

This move by SCE Korea generated much buzz on social media, and netizens have expressed nothing but immense joy at this news:

“Currently, the most likable Japanese person in Korea is the CEO that announced the news.”

“I can’t believe this is happening in my lifetime!”

“Kawauchi actually shed tears and told the Korean users, ‘Thank you so much for waiting.’ What a great guy.”

“I am cancelling all my summer vacation plans to buy the PS4.”

Looks like Sony played their cards right this time. Not only are Korean fans super-hyped for the PS4, their CEO also shot to fame as one of the most popular Japanese people in a country where netizens are often hostile to the Japanese.