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Naoki Yoshida, producer of Final Fantasy XVI, has recently released an update on the current status of the development of Final Fantasy XVI, which was announced in September 2020 at the PlayStation 5 Showcase.

During that annoucement Naoki Yoshida said that in 2021 the next big information reveal will take place. We didn't get it. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the development of the game has been delayed by almost an half year and the next reveal is now planned for Spring 2022.

You can read the full update below.

Message from the producer Naoki Yoshida

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Happy Holidays!I want to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2022!

Like previous year, this year was also a strange year. The COVID-19 pandemic continued in 2021. Several new variants of the virus were discovered.

Also this year several events like E3 and Tokyo Game Show were online only.

In 2021 we've got a lot of remasters like the first 5 Final Fantasy games in the series got re-released under the Pixel Remaster title on Steam and mobile devices. We also got SaGa Frontier, NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... and Legend of Mana.

In June 2021 the PlayStation 5 version of Final Fantasy VII Remake was released titled Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade which adds Episode INTERmission, an expansion which features playable character Yuffie. This December the game was released on PC exclusively on the Epic Game Store. However, it was not received very well by the fans due to technical issues.

SoraOther Square Enix games that were released this year are Bravely Default 2, Balan Wonderworld and Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier.

What will 2022 bring us? It will be a better year than 2021 with more new games to be released like Babylon's Fall, Triangle Strategy, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin (Chaos) and Forspoken. Hopefully more information will be released of Final Fantasy XVI.

What about Hell and Heaven in 2022? In 2022 Drupal, the system Hell and Heaven Net is running on, will be upgraded. Maybe with a new style. If you want to support me, please let me know.

Stay safe.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

During The Game Awards 2021 Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade will be released on PC through the Epic Games Store on 16 December 2021 making it no longer an exclusive for the PlayStation 4 and 5.

With improved textures, lighting, background environments, a fully customizable “Photo Mode,” and more, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade for PC also features 4K support, HDR support, XInput and DirectInput compliant controller support, keyboard and mouse support, plus the highest spec PCs could see a performance of up to 120 frames per second.

A full list of contents for Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade on PC via the Epic Games Store can be found below:

  • FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE and FF7R EPISODE INTERmission DLC
  • The FF7R EPISODE INTERmission-exclusive weapon, Cacstar
  • Armor: Midgar Bangle, Shinra Bangle and Corneo Armlet
  • Accessories: Superstar Belt, Mako Crystal and Seraphic Earrings
  • Summon materia: Carbuncle, Chocobo Chick and Cactuar

You can add the game to your wishlist on the Epic Games Store. Below you can watch the announcement trailer.

Final Fantasy XIV

Square Enix has apologized to the community of Final Fantasy XIV for the current congestion situation due to the start of early access for the Endwalker expansion on 3 December and will compensate everyone with free game time.

On The Lodestone, Naoki Yoshida, producer and director of Final Fantasy XIV, said the following:

Currently, all Worlds across all regions have been hitting the login cap for extremely long periods of time, and the progression of login queues is being slowed dramatically. Across the FFXIV service as a whole, the number of simultaneous logins has reached the hardware limit, and as a result, logging in has required an extremely long time, especially during “peak hours” when we tend to see increased player activity. For this, I am truly sorry.

All players who own the full version of the game and have an active subscription will be granted 7 days of free game time during the official release of Endwalker on 7 December. This also includes players who are currently playing on the 30-day free play period included when registering the full version of the game and those with multiple accounts.

Additional free game time will be announced at a later date if the congestion situation still persists.

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker will be released on 7 December (today) after being delayed for two weeks and is the fourth expansion (after Heavensward, Stormblood and Shadowbringers).

Endwalker logo

Final Fantasy XIV

During the latest Letter from the Producer LIVE Final Fantasy XIV Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida has announced that the release of the fourth expansion pack Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker will be delayed by two weeks. The new release date will be 7 December 2021, with early access starting on 3 December 2021.

Noki Yoshida has provided the following statement regarding the reasons for the change:

“We sincerely apologize for postponing the release at the last minute on this occasion. FINAL FANTASY XIV: Endwalker is both the latest expansion pack for the game and the one that will conclude the Hydaelyn and Zodiark saga spanning 11 years since the launch of the original FFXIV.

“We will of course deliver a new adventure in FFXIV to follow on from Endwalker but, with the various struggles we experienced from the failure of the original FFXIV leading up to where we are now, I just couldn’t contain my desire to perfect Endwalker to the best of my ability. As a result, the time we spent on quality improvement exceeded our expectations and we ended up using our time allotted for debugging. On the other hand, as stability is crucial for an online game, I have taken the decision to postpone the release of the expansion pack for two weeks in order to resecure the time for debugging that would arise as we wrap up development.

“Once more, I’d like to convey my deepest apologies to all of our Warriors of Light and partners for the inconvenience this has caused. We will continue to do our utmost to bring you the best adventure in Endwalker and to expand the game experience through further updates that will follow, in order to restore your trust step by step.”

On the official website you can read an additonal message from Yoshida directly to the Final Fantasy XIV community.

Endwalker logo

The following new content is set to arrive with Endwalker:

  • Crafter and Gatherer Updates – New crafting and gathering actions will be added along with adjustments for existing actions. Additionally, Studium Deliveries, which are similar to Crystarium Deliveries, will be added for Disciples of the Hand and Land to experience, with extra quests available upon completing all of the new questlines. 
  • New Role Quests – Players can look forward to a new series of role quests for tank, healer, melee DPS, physical ranged DPS, and magical ranged DPS. Players who complete all five role questlines can look forward to extra quests in a future patch update.
  • New Raids – Yoshida offered a first look at the Pandæmonium raid during the broadcast. Normal and Savage difficulties will be available for players to challenge in the forthcoming 6.01 and 6.05 patch updates respectively. 
  • New Treasure Hunt Dungeon – A new treasure hunt dungeon, The Excitatron 6000, will arrive with Patch 6.05 and offer new chances at rare treasure and spoils. 
  • New Housing Area – The Ishgardian housing area, Empyreum, will be available to visit beginning at the launch of Endwalker, with plots becoming available for purchase with the release of Patch 6.1. 
  • Expansive System Updates – New Allagan tomestones, crafter and gatherer scrips, updates to the achievement UI, and more will also be added with the upcoming patch updates.

Also major updates are coming to PvP in Patch 6.1:

  • 5v5 Competition – “Crystal Conflict” will introduce 5v5 team gameplay and an updated matching system that will pair players of similar skill levels together. 
  • Exciting PvP Gameplay – Players will fight for control of a crystal in the middle of the arena as they work to keep control of it long enough for it to be pushed into the opposing team’s goal. Crystal Conflict will feature three playable match types depending on play preference: Casual Match, Ranked Match and Custom Match. 
  • Ranked Seasons – PvP seasons will be available through Crystal Conflict, offering rewards for those who participate and climb the rankings. Additionally, a new “Series Level” feature allows players to gain rewards such as mounts and equipment simply by participating in PvP matches and earning rewards by raising their Series EXP.

Below the patch schedule and you can watch the launch trailer:

  • 3 December 2021: Early Access
  • 7 December 2021: 6.0 Launch
  • 21 December 2021: Patch 6.01
  • 4 January 2022: Patch 6.05

Final Fantasy VII

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier will be released on 17 November 2021 on Android and Apple iOS devices for free with in-app purchases.

Set in Midgar 30 years before the events of Final Fantasy VII. Shinra is developing Project 0, the most elite fighting force ever known. After countless casaulties the first SOLDIERs have emerged.

The game is developed by Ateam Entertainment Inc. and is a battle royale game. Below you can watch the opening movie. You can pre-register the game on the official website.

Square Enix

During Sony's State of Play Square Enix has revealed a new game in the Star Ocean series: Star Ocean: The Divine Force. The game will be developed by tri-Ace and will be released in 2022 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X and PC.

Meet Raymond as he crashes onto an unfamiliar planet from his spaceship and is immediately attacked by some unfriendly local wildlife. Coming to his rescue is Laeticia, the crown princess of the Kingdom of Aucerius.

Together, those two protagonists will challenge the fate of the Kingdom and their choices will have repercussions all over the galaxies...

Below you can watch the debut trailer of the game showing story and gameplay elements.

Update: Square Enix has released more information about the game. The article has been updated.

Square Enix

Square Enix has announced that the pixel remaster version of Final Fantasy V will be released on 10 November 2021 on Steam, Android and iOS devices.

This version will feature the following improvements compared to the original version:

  • Universally updated 2D pixel graphics, including the iconic Final Fantasy character designs created by Kazuko Shibuya, the original artist and current collaborator.
  • Beautifully rearranged soundtrack in a faithful Final Fantasy style, overseen by original composer Nobuo Uematsu.
  • Improved gameplay, including modernized UI, auto-battle options, and more!
  • Dive into the world of the game with supplemental extras like the bestiary, illustration gallery, and music player.

Steam users can now pre-order the game with 20% off and during that time you'll receive three specially rearranged music tracks and two limited wallpapers. You can also get the bundle which contains all 6 games with the bonus items. Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI will be added when they're available.

Kingdom Hearts

In the lead up to the 20th anniversary of the Kingdom Hearts series in 2022 Square Enix has announced that 10 Kingdom Hearts titles will make their debut on the Nintendo Switch. They will be released as three standalone cloud releases: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX Cloud Version, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Cloud Version and Kingdom Hearts III + Re Mind (DLC) Cloud Version.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX Cloud Version

  • Kingdom Hearts FINAL MIX
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD Remastered cinematics)
  • Kingdom Hearts II FINAL MIX
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD Remastered cinematics)

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Cloud Version

  • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
  • Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep –A fragmentary passage–
  • Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (movie)

Kingdom Hearts III + Re Mind (DLC) Cloud Version

Kingdom Hearts coming to Nintendo Switch via Cloud

You can also purchase all games in an ‘all-in-one’ cloud version collection: Kingdom Hearts Integrum Masterpiece for Cloud.

Below you can watch the Kingdom Hearts 20th anniversary trailer.

Square Enix

Earlier this year during the Dragon Quest 35th anniversary livestream Square Enix has announced Dragon Quest X Offline, an offline version of Dragon Quest X Online. During the Tokyo Game Show 2021 special about Dragon Quest X Offline, Square Enix has announced the release date.

Dragon Quest X Offline will be released on 22 February 2022 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. Still there are no plans to release the game outside of Japan.

Below you can watch the release date announcement trailer.

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