During Wednesday’s PlayStation 5 Showcase stream, Square Enix gave Final Fantasy fans a first peek at the next mainline entry in the role-playing game franchise: Final Fantasy 16.
Showing off Final Fantasy elements we know and love, like chocobos, Shiva, dragoons, and discussions of “mother crystals,” the gameplay appeared to be focused on controlling a single character, rather than a party of them.
While Square Enix did not announce a release date for the next-gen Final Fantasy, it’s been years since the most recent entry. Final Fantasy 15 was released in November 2016, so it makes sense that a tease for the next installment of the beloved JRPG franchise is finally rearing its head.
Square Enix hasn’t said much about the next entry in the core Final Fantasy franchise, but Final Fantasy 14 producer Naoki Yoshida recently downplayed rumors that he was in charge of Final Fantasy 16, calling speculation that he was the game’s director “fake news.” However, other members of the Final Fantasy 14 dev team may be working on the upcoming game. The career webpage for the Final Fantasy 14 team features mysterious concept art of what appears to be an unannounced game, linked with the team’s next project.
Members of the Final Fantasy 15 team formed a new studio within Square Enix called Luminous Productions and is working on Project Athia, which was announced in June.
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If you and seven friends have find yourselves in the enviable position of still having you economic recovery checks burning holes in your collective pockets, hoo boy has Aston Martin got the ludicrous luxury item for your to blow them on. Get a load of this limited edition racing chair, only 150 of which will ever be produced. Of course, figuring out whose living room it will reside in will be your next major challenge.
In an era where streaming services are fragmenting and offering increasingly niche content selections, ViacomCBS is taking the opposite tact. The two formerly rival platforms — with Viacom offering BET+, Showtime and Pluto TV while CBS has its popular All Access — joined forces in 2019 after $30 billion in corporate wrangling. Starting Tuesday All Access will reboot as Paramount+ with a slew of newly additional Viacom shows.
Seems like the longer you live the more expensive life gets, even if only incrementally. While we’ve apparently been spoiled by the current generation of games costing a measly $60 brand new, Sony announced this week that some titles for its upcoming console will get a next-gen $10 price bump. On top of likely needing a new 4K television to get the most out of the system’s juiced graphics card, upgrading to PS5 is quickly proving to be a pricey proposition.
Judge blocks US ban on WeChat app downloads
Beeler added that the government’s general national security concerns about China were “considerable,” but that evidence of specific issues with WeChat was “modest.” Like with TikTok, politicians have been worried that China might push Tencent-owned WeChat to spy on Americans.
The move stymies the Trump administration’s attempt to crack down on China-owned internet services, at least until the lawsuit comes to its conclusion.
It’s also a relief to both users and some US companies. WeChat is a mainstay app in China, and a ban would have made it harder for Chinese Americans to message overseas relatives. Also, firms like Apple and Disney have warned that they stand to lose if they can’t interact with WeChat. Apple’s iPhone sales in China depend heavily on access to WeChat, for example. If it’s not allowed to offer the app, its future in the country is in doubt. The injunction puts those fears on hold, however temporarily.
Trump approves TikTok deal with Oracle and Walmart ‘in concept’
The new company will also be required to have an IPO on a US stock exchange, and American ownership is expected to “grow over time.”
The Commerce Department simultaneously created a window for the potential deal by delaying the ban on TikTok’s app by a week, until the end of September 27th.
Some aspects of the deal caught ByteDance by surprise, Reuters noted — the Chinese firm said on September 20th that it first heard of the education plans at the same time the deal was announced. It said it was “committed” to education and would work toward the online classroom projects all the same.
As TechCrunch warned, though, this arrangement might not really address most of the key concerns. ByteDance reportedly holds the remaining 80 percent of TikTok Global, according to CNBC’s Alex Sherman. If the chief worry was that China’s government could pressure TikTok into spying on American users or spreading misinformation due to its majority Chinese ownership, that’s still a problem now. While US data is potentially more secure, this deal may be more about the appearance of action than a concerted effort to reduce Chinese government influence.
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