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Square Enix announced a demo for Lost Sphear at the Tokyo Game Show this week. It didn’t take long for it go live, as it’s now available on the Japanese Switch eShop.

The Lost Sphear demo takes up 793MB of space. Note that it is only in Japanese, though Square Enix will likely offer a localized version in a few months.

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It’s been a strange past few weeks in terms of Final Fantasy XV potentially coming to Switch. Director Hajime Tabata originally seemed to tease some sort of Switch version at Gamescom, but things have changed regularly since then.

Our latest update comes from an interview with Famitsu. Officially, there are no plans to release Final Fantasy XV for Switch. Square Enix is conducting technical examinations to learn what sorts of things they can create on the platform. They are trying to see if optimizing their own engine would be better or if using Unreal Engine makes more sense on Switch. Also, somewhat similarly to what we recently heard, they are sharing their status with Nintendo and Epic. That’s what Tabata told the overseas media, but it turned out to be reported as they are planning to port Final Fantasy XV to Switch.

Tabata isn’t ruling anything out for the future. For now though, he’s focused on Final Fantasy XV for PC, the game’s new DLC, and the PC version.

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During a live stream at the Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix demoed the first actual gameplay of Dragon Quest Builders on Switch. The footage included a look at the new addition of Great Sabrecub, who players can ride in the game. Watch the gameplay recordings below.

At the Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix held a special session for Lost Sphear. Footage of the game was shown, including gameplay specifically from the Switch version. Have a look at the recording below.

Square Enix is planning a demo for Lost Sphear ahead of its Japanese release on October 12. Announced at the Tokyo Game Show today, the trial version will begin distribution in Japan starting next week.

Players who try out the demo can carry save data over to the full game. As for its contents, fans can experience the early parts of the RPG.

Square Enix also intends to put out a two-disc original soundtrack for Lost Sphear. It’s due out in Japan on November 22 for 2,500 yen. Check out a trailer for the soundtrack below.

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Ever since Gamescom, we’ve heard about Final Fantasy XV potentially coming to Switch in some fashion. Director Hajime Tabata has now commented on the situation once again in an interview with Eurogamer.

Some have thought that Square Enix would look to bring the recently-announced Pocket Edition of Final Fantasy XV to Switch. However, the company has been instead trying to determine if the original game can be put on Nintendo’s console.

Tabata said:

A number of announcements were made during last week’s Nintendo Direct. Among these was a Switch port of Dragon Quest Builders, slated for Spring 2018.

We won’t need to wait much longer for additional news. During the Tokyo Game Show later this week, Square Enix will have additional information to share.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 is also coming to Switch. Square Enix announced the sequel a few weeks ago, though it’s without a final release window. It may debut towards the latter end of 2018.

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The Japanese-exclusive Dragon Quest X: All-In One Package will be a hefty download on Switch. An updated eShop listing for the game reveals the file size requirement.

As far as the base download goes, Dragon Quest X takes up 9.4GB. However, an extra 24GB of free space in order to play. Nintendo also warns that the required free space could increase in the future.

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Project Octopath Traveler reemerged during last week’s Nintendo Direct following its initial announcement in January. Amazingly, a demo of the game even hit the eShop.

Nintendo UK highlighted the demo’s availability in a news post on its official website today. Towards the end, Nintendo says that Project Octopath Traveler is launching in Spring 2018.

Could this be an error? Absolutely. We’ll just have to wait and see. We’ve only heard on the record that Project Octopath Traveler is planned for 2018, but if Nintendo UK is correct, it’ll be releasing closer to the start of 2018 rather than towards the end of the year.

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Yesterday, we reported that Laura Post is the voice of Primrose in Project Octopath Traveler. We also seem to have the actor for Olberic.

While he didn’t technically confirm his role explicitly, Patrick Seitz appears to be voicing the character. Seitwiz put out a tweet a couple of days ago showing the art for Olberic.


Seitz has been involved with tons of games over the years. Perhaps you’ll recognize him as Magnus from Kid Icarus: Uprising? Or maybe as Zeke from Fire Emblem Echoes? He also voiced Draug and Hector in Fire Emblem Heroes, among many others.

Thanks to Anthony for the tip.

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