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Star Ocean: The Second Story R, the remake of the 1998 classic RPG, is now available worldwide both physically and digitally on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.

Star Ocean: The Second Story R artwork

In Star Ocean: The Second Story, the story begins with Claude, a Federation officer, who finds himself transported to an undeveloped planet. While searching for a way home, an encounter with a girl named Rena draws them into a quest to save her people, just as an ancient prophecy foretold. Players will begin their adventure with either Claude or Rena, and depending on their choice, the perspectives and the allies' players recruit will change. Players will get to know party members through the unique ‘Private Actions System’, which will allow them to grow relationships and unlock a variety of different endings.

Star Ocean: The Second Story R is a 2.5 remake developed by Gemdrops featuring a rearranged soundtrack, new difficulty settings, numerous quality-of-life improvements and more.

If you never heard of this game, you can try the demo where you can play the first three hours of the game. You can import your save to the full game. Below you can watch the launch trailer.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

At Sony's September 2023 State of Play Square Enix has revealed a new trailer with new footage from Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. At the end of the trailer the release date has been revealed: 29 February 2024!

The trailer, which you watch below, contains footage from locations such as Junon, The Gold Saucer, Cosmo Canyon and the new characters like Cait Sith and Vincent you encounter.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is the second chapter in the re-imagining of Final Fantasy VII. After escaping from the dystopian city of Midgar, Cloud and his friends set out on a journey across the planet. New adventures await in a vibrant and vast world – sprint across grassy plains on a Chocobo and explore expansive environments.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will be released on 29 February 2024 exclusively on PlayStation 5. Most likely it will be a timed exclusive. Final Fantasy VII Remake was later released on PC.


Final Fantasy VII Rebirth artwork

Final Fantasy VII

A few days ago, on 7 September 2023, Square Enix has released Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis on mobile platforms. Over 1.7 million players have pre-registered for the game. A bonus awaits these players when they sign in.

Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis is a chapter-structured RPG experience that will cover key elements of the Final Fantasy VII timeline, including the events of the original game, plus new story elements penned by Final Fantasy VII Remake story and scenario writer Kazushige Nojima surrounding a young hero, Sephiroth.

Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis can now be downloaded in the Apple Store for iOS devices and the Google Play Store for Android devices.

The previous mobile game in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII series, Final Fantasy VII: The First Solider, was discontinued earlier this year. Will this game commit the same fate? It's not my cup of tea, since this is a gacha game.

Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis now available

Square Enix

During the Voices from Valisthea, a Final Fantasy XVI panel at PAX West 2023 Naoki Yoshida, the producer of Final Fantasy XVI, has announced in a video message that a new update is now available. Also he announced that the development team is working on two installments of paid downloadable content and the PC version.

The new update, version 1.001.000 (on the title screen version 1.10), contains the feature to change the outfit for Clive, Jill, Joshua, Torgal and Ambrosia and the feature to change the weapon skin.

Here are the patch notes:

Makes the following changes to Arcade Mode:

  • Adds a time limit to each stage.
    • This change is intended to correct an issue wherein certain abilities could be used to continually amass points over time, allowing for scores greater than envisioned.
    • You can continue to play as normal after the time limit is exceeded, but any further actions will not add to your score.
  • Reduces the scores awarded by the abilities Rime and Gouge.
    • Please note that in this and future updates, we plan to adjust the scoring system in order to reward the creative chaining of multiple abilities. We will continue to assess how scores in Arcade Mode are calculated in order to maintain its challenge.
  • Introduces a new leaderboard for players who have this update installed. Players who do not install the update can continue to view and record their high scores to the old leaderboard.
    • After installing this update, you will no longer be able to view or record high scores to the old leaderboard. However, scores recorded to the previous leaderboard will not be deleted. We plan to make previous leaderboards visible to all players in a future update.

Makes the following changes to the System menu:

  • Adds an Adaptive Triggers option to the Game Settings menu, which allows you to turn the wireless controller's trigger effect function on or off.
  • Adds a Target Cycle option to the Game Settings menu, which allows you to choose one of four different methods of changing targets while locked on to an enemy.
  • Adjusts the functionality of the Player Follow (Attack) option in the Camera Settings menu, in order to correct an issue wherein the camera position would reset after some attacks even when this option was turned off.
  • Adds a Controller Volume option to the Sound Settings menu, which allows you to adjust the volume of sound effects played through the wireless controller's speaker. - Adjusts the functionality of the Visual Alerts option in the Sound Settings menu, so that a preview of the alerts is displayed when the setting is turned on, and a confirmation dialog appears when the setting is changed.
  • Fixes some text issues.

Fixes the following issues:

  • An issue wherein enemies' actions did not trigger correctly in boss encounters under certain conditions.
  • An issue wherein the collision detection threshold could be crossed in boss encounters under certain conditions.
  • An issue wherein certain characters' actions did not trigger correctly.
  • An issue wherein notorious marks did not appear under certain conditions.
  • An issue wherein notorious marks appeared in different locations to that indicated on the hunt board.
  • An issue wherein holding down the touch pad button would display the local map when the Wireless Controller Layout option was set to Type F.
  •  An issue wherein certain weapons could not be crafted in Final Fantasy mode, as the materials required to craft them were not available in that mode.
  • A multi-language issue wherein certain entries in The Thousand Tomes could not be found using the Search by Name function.
  • An issue wherein game progress was not correctly carried over when transferring save data from the demo version to the full version.
  • Several minor text issues.

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Final Fantasy VII

Square Enix has announced that the mobile RPG Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis will be released on Android and Apple devices on 7 September 2023. Already over 1 million users have pre-registered for the game.

Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis is a chapter-structured RPG experience that will cover key elements of the Final Fantasy VII timeline, including the events of the original game, plus new story elements penned by Final Fantasy VII Remake story and scenario writer Kazushige Nojima surrounding a young hero, Sephiroth.

More information about how to pre-register can be found on the official website.

  Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis release date

Final Fantasy XIV

Square Enix has announced the fifth expansion pack for Final Fantasy XIV Online; Dawntrail. The expansion was revealed by Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida during his keynote at the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2023 in Las Vegas.

Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntraiil logo

Players can look forward to the following features that are included:

  • Journey to the New World, Tural, and its capital, Tuliyollal
  • Explore new areas, including the mountainous Urqopacha and the forest of Yak T’el
  • New Allied Tribes, including the diminutive Pelupelu who wear distinctive masks and inhabit Urqopacha
  • Level Cap increase from 90 to 100
  • Multiple New Jobs
  • Core Battle Content including FATEs, Hunts, Treasure Hunts and Sidequests
  • New Dungeons
  • New Threats, including Valigarmanda
  • Duty Support Update
  • New Gear and Recipes
  • Expansive New Lifestyle Content
  • New Variant Dungeons, Alliance Raid, 8-Player Raid and Ultimate Raid
  • PvP Update
  • Ongoing Content Updates, including a Blue Mage Update, Inconceivably Further Hildibrand Adventures, New Plans for Deep Dungeons and a Gold Saucer Update

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Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntraiil (version 7.0) is set to launch in Summer 2024. You can watch the announcement trailer here.

Dawntraiil will also feature the first graphical update for both character and world visuals of the game including improvements to screen-wide aesthetic appeal, higher resolution textures and shadows and improved material qualities.

Also during the keynote Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, joined the stage to confirm the long awaited release on Xbox Series X|S in Spring 2024 with a open beta during the Patch 6.5x series.

Square Enix

Recently Square Enix has released the first after launch patch for Final Fantasy XVI, version 1.03. This patch fixes some issues and adds some new functionality.

Below you can find the patch notes:

This update fixes some issues and adds some new functionality. We recommend that you install this update before playing the game.

This update:

  • Adds the following items to the System tab of the Main Menu:
    • Motion Blur Strength – Allows the player to adjust the strength of the motion blur effect when the character or camera is in motion. The default setting is the maximum of 5. This can be lowered to reduce the strength of the motion blur effect, or set to 0 to turn it off completely.
    • Player Follow (Movement)
    • Player Follow (Attack) – Turning these settings off prevents the camera from automatically following the player while moving and attacking respectively.
  • Changes the maximum setting of the Camera Sensitivity (Horizontal) and Camera Sensitivity (Vertical) items from 10 to 20.
  • Adds three new controller layouts: types D, E, and F.
  • Corrects an issue that affected the stability of some menus.
  • Corrects some text issues.
  • Adds the hashtag #FF16 when sharing screenshots or video clips on Twitter or YouTube.

Recenlty Square Enix also announced that Final Fantasy XVI has sold over 3 million copies.

Square Enix

Final Fantasy XVI, the latest standalone entry in the Final Fantasy series, is now available on PlayStation 5.

Final Fantasy XVI introduces players to an all-new story in the Final Fantasy universe, an epic dark fantasy that takes place in the realms of Valisthea – a land blessed in the light of the Mothercrystals, and where peace falters as the spread of the Blight threatens to destroy their dominions. The fate of the land is decided by the Eikons, mighty summoned beasts and their Dominants, men and women who have been blessed with the ability to call upon and wield them. This is the tale of Clive Rosfield, a warrior granted the title “First Shield of Rosaria” and sworn to protect his younger brother Joshua, the Dominant of the Phoenix, Eikon of Fire. Before long, Clive will be caught up in a great tragedy and swear revenge on the Dark Eikon known as Ifrit, a mysterious entity that brings calamity in its wake.

So what are you waiting for?! Go and get Final Fantasy XVI and enjoy! If you want a preview of the game, go and download the demo which let you play the prologue of the game.

Final Fantasy XVI artwork

Square Enix

During the latest Nintendo Direct Square Enix has announced that Star Ocean: The Second Story will be getting a remake titled Star Ocean: The Second Story R. This will be a 2.5D remake.

Star Ocean: The Second Story was originally released in 1998 on the PlayStation. In 2009 an enhanced remaster titled Star Ocean: Second Evolution was released on the PlayStation Portable. The story begins with Claude, a Federation officer, who finds himself transported to an undeveloped planet. While searching for a way home, an encounter with a girl named Rena draws them into a quest to save her people, just as an ancient prophecy foretold. Players will begin their adventure with either Claude or Rena, and depending on their choice, the perspectives and the allies' players recruit will change. Players will get to know party members through the unique ‘Private Actions System’, which will allow them to grow relationships and unlock a variety of different endings.

Star Ocean: The Second Story R logo

The remake will feature new difficulty modes, new battle mechanics, full Japanese and English voice overs, original and re-arranged music and fast-travel.

Star Ocean: The Second Story R will be released on 2 November 2023 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. You can now pre-order the game and the collector's edition. You can watch the trailer below.

Square Enix

During the Final Fantasy XVI Pre-Launch Celebration live event that was streamed yesterday Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XVI will actually be getting a day one patch.

The patch will be around 300 MB and will contain the following fixes and optimizations:

  • Fix a control flag issue which can make progress impossible under very specific circumstances;
  • Fix an issue wherein the game could close unexpectedly under very specific circumstances;
  • Optimize performance in several places;
  • Fix some minor text errors.

At first the development team said that they've worked hard to release the game without a day one patch for which they apologised during the live event.

Also during the live event producer Naoki Yoshida mentioned that the game was initially planned to ship on two discs, but about six months before the release the development team they managed to fit the game on one disc to reduce production costs.

Final Fantasy XVI will be released on 22 June 2023 exclusively on PlayStation 5. In Japan digital billboards will be on display starting tomorrow and also the below TV commercial will be aired.

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