Final Fantasy: Record Keeper  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Final Fantasy: Record Keeper  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Record Keeper Finally Gets Social Sun, 07 Jun 2015 17:30:01 -0400 TheBlaksamuraiX

For mobile fans, Final Fantasy Record Keeper got a massive update early this morning, bringing with it a ton of new features. Record Keeper is free-to-play roleplaying game developed by DeNA and published by Square Enix. Players create parties of their favorite Final Fantasy characters, and battle through classic dungeons while taking on iconic monsters in glorious 8-bit.

Up until this point, the game has been a mostly single-player experience; however, with the new Roaming Warriors feature, players will be able to summon the fighters from other Record Keeper holders and use their soul breaks.

If you happen to like a certain player's character, then you can follow that player and use them again. This new feature is completely free to use, and if another player summons one of your characters, then you earn gil. The only drawback is that you can only use this feature twice per dungeon and twice a day.

Quests were also introduced to give players extra objectives when completing dungeons and leveling characters. Players can accept up to five at a time for extra rewards, like mythril and growth eggs. In addition to this, players can now look at boss information and optimize their party's equipment before entering dungeons.

The event dungeons also got a major over-haul as they expanded what ability orbs will be available each day. Record Keeper also introduced a new level cap of 65 that is achieved by acquiring a character's memory crystal. Once obtained, characters will be able to equip Record Materia for various effects in battle.

Other small changes include character balances, the ability to change your name, profile searches, and other quality of life changes. As the game continues to grow, DeNA has announced that it will be introducing new classic dungeons and characters in future updates.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper can be found here, and for more information on the game - including guides, character rankings, and a bestiary - can be found here.

Nintendo's Mobile Partner DeNA Already Hit With Layoffs Sun, 12 Apr 2015 09:19:00 -0400 amaadify

Recently, Japanese mobile entertainment giant DeNA announced an alliance with Nintendo to bring the gaming company's legendary IPs to the mobile market. Even more recently, the company announced that its latest title, Final Fantasy: Record Keeper had reached 1 million downloads since its launch on March 24th. With things looking up, it comes as a huge surprise that DeNA has laid off several employees at their development studio in Vancouver, Canada and possibly San Francisco as well.  

A spokesperson told GamesBeat: 

“DeNA Group is continually evaluating its game development operations to ensure that it’s structured in the best possible way to deliver high-quality mobile games to consumers worldwide. As a part of this process, we have decided to reshape the structure of our North American studio operations along with a reduction in workforce. We appreciate their contributions to DeNA and are grateful for the opportunity to have worked with them."

Ouch. Layoffs are never a good thing, and they are all too popular in the game industry; but the question we're all asking is: what does this mean for the partnership with Nintendo? 

According to DeNa: 

“The West will continue to be one of our core markets for our mobile gaming business, and this decision has no relation to our alliance with Nintendo or the popularity of Final Fantasy Record Keeper.

I doubt it. This reshaping of the "structure of their North American studio operations" and promising the continuing importance of the western market sounds a lot like DeNa is shifting resources to begin new operations. It is likely that they dismissed their partnership with Nintendo as the cause in order to avoid negative feelings toward the alliance. Business is business; and we wish the best to those who were laid off.