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Final Fantasy VII

Last month Square Enix has filed trademarks for "Ever Crisis", "The First Soldier" and the Shinra Electric Power Company logo. The three trademarks recently made public.

All three trademarks are related to the Final Fantasy VII series:

  • "Ever Crisis" sounds like next entry in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII subseries with games like Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII and the film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
  • "The First Soldier" seems to be a reference to Sephiroth.
  • Shinra Electric Power Company is the megacorporation headquartered in the city of Midgar.

Or are these titles related with part two of Final Fantasy VII Remake which is currently in development?

Update 21-01-2021: Square Enix has also filed trademarks for "Ever Crisis" in Canada and Europe and the Shinra Electric Power Company logo in Europe.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

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A new secret cheat code has been discovered in NieR: Automata that allows you to skip the entire game to the last ending after beating the first boss. It appears to be the "last NieR: Automata secret" which NieR: Automata director Yoko Taro said that players have yet to discover back in March 2018 in Famitsu magazine.

The secret has been found by video game modder Lance McDonald by reverse engineering the engine of the game. After the cheat code has been entered Chapter Select, Debug Mode, the Debug Room, and the Trophy Shop, as well as a few other items will be unlocked.

After Lance McDonald tweeted about his discovery, Yoko Taro confirmed that after 3 years and 10 months the final secret of the game has been found. Lance McDonald released a video explaining how the secret can be activated. Please note that this video contains spoilers.

NieR: Automata is the sequel to NieR and has been released in 2017 on PlayStation 4 and PC. In 2018 the game was ported to Xbox One.

Hell and Heaven Net

Happy Holidays!I want to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2021!

2020 was a year where everything was different. The outbreak of COVID-19 worldwide caused a lot of suffering. We lost loved ones, others became (very) sick. To prevent the spread of the virus, we lost a lot of freedom by staying at home and working at home (causing video calls with questions like "can you hear me?"). Several companies developed a vaccine, but I have my doubts whether everyone will be vaccinated soon.

The COVID-19 outbreak also had an impact on the gaming sector. Several events (like E3 and gamescom) were cancelled or online only.

The most anticipated game this year was Final Fantasy VII Remake which has been released on 10 April 2020 after one month delay which was announced in January. This first part takes place in Midgar, were several new elements have been added to the storyline. The game received very good reception and selling over 3,5 million copies in the first 3 days. In August 5 million copies were sold.

SoraIn the same month another remake was released; the remake of the 1995 game Trials of Mana. In August we got a remastered version of Final Fantasy Chrystal Chronicles, called Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition. In November the first rhythm game in the Kingdom Hearts series was released: Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory and early this month Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition.

What will 2021 bring us? Square Enix has announced that in 2021 more information will be released of Final Fantasy XVI. Hopefully more information will also be revealed for Babylon's Fall and Project Athia. In February Bravely Default 2 will be released and in March Balan Wonderworld (not really a RPG).

What about Hell and Heaven in 2021? In 2021 Hell and Heaven Net will celebrate its 20th birthday, which is really old for a Final Fantasy / Square Enix fansite. If you have any ideas how to celebrate, please let me know.

Stay safe.

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On 1 December 2020 Square Enix has trademarked Chocobo GP and Chocobo Grand Prix. Chocobo GP was trademarked in Japanese and English, Chocobo Grand Prix only in Japanese.

Could this mean a sequel to Chocobo Racing is in development? Chocobo Racing was released in 1999 on PlayStation. At E3 2010 a sequel for Nintendo 3DS was announced called Chocobo Racing 3D, but was cancelled in 2013.

In the MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV Chocobo Racing is a mini-game in the Gold Saucer.

Choboco Racing advertisement

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During the pre-show of The Game Awards 2020 a new trailer of NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... has been revealed.

The trailer below shows almost one minute of battle gameplay footage of this updated game of NieR Replicant, which was never released outside of Japan.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... will be released on 22 April 2021 in Japan and in North America and Europe on 23 April 2021. The game will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam.

Square Enix

Square Enix has announced that SaGa Frontier is being remastered for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Steam, iOS, and Android and will launch in Summer 2021.

SaGa Frontier is a role playing game in the SaGa series where you follow the exploits of one of seven protagonists, each with his or her own storyline and goal in a science fiction/fantasy universe called "The Regions", a group of worlds with varying degrees of culture, unique races, technology, and magic. The game was released in 1997 on the PlayStation in Japan and one year later in North America. It was never released in Europe.

SaGa Frontier Remastered adds a new playable character, Fuse, and also new events and features.

Kingdom Hearts

The first rhythm action game in the Kingdom Hearts series, Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory, is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

In Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory, players will relive their favorite moments from the series as they journey alongside Sora, Donald and Goofy, along with other familiar Kingdom Hearts characters. As players travel through iconic Disney worlds, they will join forces with beloved Disney characters along the way. Players can master more than 140 musical tracks, including favorites like “Destiny Islands,” “Hand in Hand,” and “Working Together” from Yoko Shimomura, as well as classic songs from Disney’s cinematic universes.

Whether alone or with friends and family via local co-op and online multiplayer, players will bounce and bop to the beat of the exhilarating Kingdom Hearts soundtrack to defeat tough enemies and bosses. The game offers three different play styles so players of all ages and skill levels can enjoy their magical musical adventure in Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory. Players can casually explore all the worlds and tracks with One Button mode, or really showcase their prowess with the frenetic “Performer” mode for more fast-paced and skillful combo sets. Along the way, players will unlock and collect iconic story scenes from across the entire Kingdom Hearts saga, to be enjoyed in the game’s Museum. Competitive Online Battle modes mix up the formula even further, with special tricks to confound your opponents. Players of the Nintendo Switch version can also participate in a Free-for-All battle mode with up to seven other players via local play.

If you want to try the game, there's a demo of the game available for download.

Square Enix

Square Enix has released a new patch for the Steam, Android and iOS version of Final Fantasy IV. These version are ports of the Nintendo DS remake and have been released in 2012 on iOS, 2013 on Android and 2014 on Windows.

In the Steam version a brand new interface and full screen support up to 21:9 has been introduced. Here are the release notes:

  • Completely new interface
    • Gamepad compatibility has been optimized.
    • Small adjustments to keyboard, mouse, and touch panel operations have also been made.
  • Full-screen now available
    • Full-screen display now available until 21:9.
  • The follow language settings are available:
    • Chinese (Simplified)
    • Chinese (Traditional)
    • Korean
    • Thai
    • Japanese
  • Small bugs have been fixed.

The Android and iOS version also got an update to include the full opening movie, as well as big screen support.

Currently the Steam version is 50% off and the Android and iOS versions are 53% off.

Square Enix

Recently Square Enix has released a demo of Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC giving players, who want to try the game, 10 hours of content from the beginning of the game.

The demo showcases new features and quality of life improvements specific to the Definitive Edition, including the ability to speed up battles, Japanese and English audio, a symphonic soundtrack and a photo mode to capture the beautiful vistas as you roam the gorgeous landscape. This content merely scratches the surface of the new features that make up the full game which provides new character stories, an improved crafting system, and the option to play the entire game in 2D like a classic Dragon Quest game. Progress from the demo can be carried over to the full game when it releases on 4 December 2020. As an added bonus, players who complete the main scenario of the demo will receive three “Seed of Skill,” which grant players an extra skill point when consumed and can be used either in the demo or upon continuing their save progress in the full game.

Also a demo trailer was released which you can watch below.

Square Enix

Today Square Enix has launched the official website of the latest standalone title in the Final Fantasy series; Final Fantasy XVI. On the website new artwork and information about the world and the characters of the game can be found.

This update reveals information about the world, the Eikons and the different nations located on Valisthea, the name of the world of Final Fantasy XVI.

The land of Valisthea is studded with Mothercrystals—glittering mountains of crystal that tower over the realms around them, blessing them with aether. For generations, people have flocked to these beacons to take advantage of their blessing, using the aether to conjure magicks that let them live lives of comfort and plenty. Great powers have grown up around each Mothercrystal, and an uneasy peace has long reigned between them. Yet now the peace falters as the spread of the Blight threatens to destroy their dominions.

The Eikons are the most powerful and deadly creatures in Valisthea. Each resides within a Dominant—a single man or woman who is blessed with the ability to call upon their dread power. In some nations these Dominants are treated as royalty in admiration of this strength—in others they are bound in fear of it, and forced to serve as weapons of war. Those who are born as Dominants cannot escape their fate, however cruel it may be.

The website reveals six realms. However the name of two Eikons (probably) is left blank.

The Grand Duchy of Rosaria

Long ago, a group of small independent provinces in western Valisthea found strength in unity, and formed the Grand Duchy of Rosaria. After years of relative prosperity, the duchy now finds itself threatened by the spread of the Blight—a threat that, left unchecked, would doubtless usher the realm to ruin. Rosaria draws its aether from Drake's Breath, a Mothercrystal situated on a volcanic island off the coast. The Dominant of the Phoenix, Eikon of Fire, is enthroned as Archduke when they come of age.

The Holy Empire of Sanbreque

Sanbreque is the largest theocratic force in Valisthea. The Empire's holy capital Oriflamme is built around Drake's Head, the Mothercrystal that blesses the surrounding provinces with abundant aether. The people happily take advantage of this, living in comfort and security under the watchful gaze of the Holy Emperor, whom they worship as the living incarnation of the one true deity. The Dominant of serves as the empire's champion, taking to the field in times of war to rout its enemies.

The Kingdom of Waloed

Waloed claims the entirety of Ash, the eastern half of Valisthea, as its dominion. The kingdom's control of the continent has oft been tested by the orcs and other beastmen who make their home there, but the current ruler of the realm— Dominant of—has succeeded in quelling their rebellions. Using the power of the kingdom's Mothercrystal, Drake's Spine, this new king has built up a mighty army, with which he now seeks to test the borders of his neighbors.

The Dhalmekian Republic

The Dhalmekian Republic is made up of five states, from which the members of its ruling parliament are drawn. Its Mothercrystal, Drake's Fang, is half-hidden in the heart of a mountain range—the republic's control over it, and its aether, securing the obedience of the large part of southern Valisthea. The Dominant of Titan, Eikon of Earth, is installed as a special advisor to parliament and has a significant say in its decision-making.

The Iron Kingdom

A small group of islands off the coast of Storm, the western half of Valisthea's twin realms. Here the Crystalline Orthodox, an extreme faith that worships crystals, reigns supreme. The Iron Kingdom controls Drake's Breath, the Mothercrystal that sits at the heart of one of their islands—long a source of contention with neighboring Rosaria. Isolated and aloof from the mainland nations, the Ironblood speak their own language. Orthodox doctrine judges Dominants to be unholy abominations, and any unlucky enough to be born on the islands are executed.

The Crystalline Dominion

The Crystalline Dominion sits at the heart of Valisthea, built around the tallest of all the Mothercrystals, Drake's Tail. Many bloody battles were fought for control of this small plot of land due to its strategic importance, till the warring realms finally agreed to an armistice. As part of the peace treaty, the islands around Drake's Tail became an autonomous dominion led by a council of representatives from the surrounding nations—each realm enjoying equal claim to the Mothercrystal's blessing. No Dominant makes their home there.

Also information about three characters have been revealed.

Clive Rosfield

The firstborn son of the Archduke of Rosaria. Though all expected him to inherit the Phoenix's flames and awaken as its Dominant, destiny instead chose his younger brother Joshua to bear this burden. In search of a role of his own, Clive dedicated himself to mastering the blade. His practice pays off when, at just fifteen years of age, he wins the ducal tournament and is dubbed the First Shield of Rosaria—tasked to guard the Phoenix and blessed with the ability to wield a part of his fire. Alas, Clive's promising career is to end in tragedy at the hands of a mysterious dark Eikon, Ifrit, setting him on a dangerous road to revenge.

Joshua Rosfield

The second son of the Archduke of Rosaria and Clive's younger brother by five years. Joshua awoke as the Dominant of the Phoenix soon after his birth. Despite his noble upbringing, Joshua treats all his father's subjects with warmth and affection—none more so than Clive, whom he deeply admires. Joshua often laments that it was he, the frail and bookish younger son, who was granted command of the firebird's flames, and not his stronger, braver brother. While Clive will gladly throw himself into any danger, Joshua quails at the sight of a carrot on his dinner plate. But carrots become the least of his concern when he, too, is swept up into the tragic events that change Clive's life forever.

Jill Warrick

Born in the fallen Northern Territories, Jill was taken from her homeland at a tender age to become a ward of Rosaria, securing peace between the two warring nations. The Archduke insisted that she be raised alongside his sons, and now, at twelve years of age, she is as much a part of the Rosfield household as Clive and Joshua. Ever kind, gracious, and unassuming, Jill has become a trusted confidant to the brothers.

Clive Rosfield is the protagonist of the game and Joshua his younger brother and Dominant. Jill a childhood friend.



   

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