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GungHo Online Entertainment America has released patch 1.01.00 for Grandia HD Remaster and Grandia II Remaster for Steam and Nintendo Switch. The games are now available in Japan.

Grandia HD Collection patch 1.01.00 now available

Here are the release notes:

Grandia HD Remaster

New Features

Full Japanese support has been added.

Bug Fixes

  • Fix to screen flash before entering battle.
  • Fixes to BGM and SFX on Pirate Island.
  • Fix to language setting application when GRANDIA is launched.
  • Fix to the train smoke appearing pixelated in the Parm Train Station.
  • Fix to Justin’s portrait being displayed instead of Liete on the menu screen.
  • Fix to text box graphic displaying items and moves in battle.
  • Fix to missing subtitles in Leen’s dialogue while in the J Base.
  • Fixes to translations in Japanese, French, and German.
  • Fix to Justin’s pixelated sprite in Underground Ruins.
  • Fix to purple bubble that appears when using Baobab Fruit, Ultra Potion, Golden Potion,
  • Paralyze Mushroom, or Yellow Medicine in battle.
  • Fix to NPC on screen after leaving the scene in Gumbo Village.
  • Fix to visual effect for Resurrect Potion.
  • Fixes to item and enemy sprites in Typhoon Tower and Mt. Typhoon.
  • Fixes to Mio's sprite appearing pixelated in the Garlyle Base.
  • Fix to language setting application when GRANDIA is launched.
  • Other bugs fixes have been made.

Grandia II HD Remaster

New Features

Full Japanese support has been added.

Bug Fixes

  • Fix tp an issue where the initiative bar disappeared after Poizn was cast.
  • Fix to an issue where the ground appeared to be missing in the Black Forest, Garmia Tower, Mirumu Village, Baked Plains, and in the Heart of Valmar.
  • Fix to an issue where players could not proceed when a scene between Millenia and Valmar caused a freeze.
  • Fix to spell text that had been cut off in the menu for localized texts.
  • Fix to scene not covering the entire screen in Ryudo's flashback in Cyrum Castle.
  • Fix to background not covering entire screen in scene for Ryudo’s flashback story.
  • Fix to the issue that caused the game to freeze when Valmar’s Claw in the Underground
    Plant.
  • Fix to frame rate issues in Raul Hills.
  • Fix to text showing up in English for localized text for the Walnut minigame.
  • Fix to text showing up in English for localized text when fleeing battle.
  • Fix to the scene of the 50/50 not covering the entire screen when traveling to Garland.
  • Fix where the transition from dialogue to the arm wrestling mini-game in Cyrum did not cover the entire screen.
  • Fix where an extra character was added during the battle rewards scene.
  • Fix to issue where item and special move names were not displaying properly in localized translations.
  • Fix to the world maps not completely covering the screen.
  • Fix where the character portraits were replacing the textures of objects and scenery.
  • Fix where the Initiative Bar disappeared after Elena used the special move White
    Apocalypse.
  • Fix to glitches in Tio’s character model throughout the game.
  • Fix to camera cutting into Ryudo’s model in Durham caves.
  • Fix where audio was not in sync with dialogue in the opening scene between Skye and
    Ryudo.
  • Fix to frame rate issues in St. Heim Papal State, the Witt Forest Path, and Liligue City.
  • Fix to white square appearing on the ground when the special move “Burn!” is cast.
  • Fix to trees blocking the characters' scenes in Garmia Tower and Mirumu Village.
  • Other bugs fixes have been made.
Final Fantasy VII Remake

Square Enix has released a statement regarding the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake and the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released on 10 April 2020 on PlayStation 4. However it is possible that physical copies of the game are not available on the release date in your country.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

With only a few weeks away of the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake Square Enix has revealed a new video series called Inside Final Fantasy VII Remake.

Bringing together interviews with the game’s creators, artists and developers, the series gives an exclusive look at some of the secrets behind the development of Final Fantasy VII Remake - from the game’s story, characters, combat and action to its stunning music and spectacular visual design. The first video features insight from renowned developers including:

  • Yoshinori Kitase (Producer)
  • Tetsuya Nomura (Director & Concept Design)
  • Kazushige Nojima (Story & Scenario)
  • Naoki Hamaguchi (Co-Director – Game Design / Programming)
  • Motomu Toriyama (Co-Director – Scenario Design)

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released on 10 April 2020.

Square Enix

Recently the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has made the decision to cancel this year's E3 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

After careful consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everyone in our industry – our fans, our employees, our exhibitors, and our longtime E3 partners – we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020, scheduled for June 9-11 in Los Angeles.

Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for our fans and supporters. But we know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today.

Our team will be reaching out directly to exhibitors and attendees with information about providing full refunds.

We are also exploring options with our members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020. Updates will be shared on E3Expo.com.

We thank everyone who shared their views on reimagining E3 this year. We look forward to bringing you E3 2021 as a reimagined event that brings fans, media, and the industry together in a showcase that celebrates the global video game industry.

Several companies have responded to E3 2020's cancellation and one of them is Square Enix:

Square Enix E3 2020 update

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Today, one day before the original release date, Square Enix has released the demo of Final Fantasy VII Remake worldwide for PlayStation 4 owners.

In this demo you can play the first chapter of Final Fantasy VII Remake, the bombing of Mako Reactor 1. The progress in demo can not be carried over to the full game.

You can download the demo from the PlayStation Store. Players who download the demo before 11 May 2020 will receive an exclusive PlayStation 4 theme when the full game launches.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be available on 10 April 2020 for PlayStation 4.

Kingdom Hearts

Square Enix and Disney today released Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue digitally on Xbox One.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX includes the following games:

  • 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)

You can buy this package from the Microsoft Store for $ 49.99 / € 49.99.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue includes the following games:

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

You can buy this package from the Microsoft Store for $ 59.99 / € 59.99.

Kingdom Hearts on Xbox One

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Square Enix has revealed the opening movie of Final Fantasy VII Remake.

The 5-minute long movie starts with scenes from the surrounding area and Midgar, the city where the original game starts. The second part of the movie is the new version of the opening movie of the original game showing Aerith and the AVALANCE members getting off the train, showing Biggs, Wedge, Jessie, Cloud and Barret.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released on 10 April 2020.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Square Enix has revealed a new trailer of Final Fantasy VII Remake featuring the theme song "Hollow" composed by Nobuo Uematsu, sung by Yosh (Survive Said the Prophet) and written by Kazushige Nojima.

In the trailer new footage is shown, like a young Cloud and Tifa in Nibelheim, Red XIII making his debut and Honeybee Inn with Cloud dressed like a girl.

There's also a behind-the-scenes video featuring interviews with Nobuo Uematsu and Yosh.

Square Enix has also announced that fans may experience the music of Final Fantasy VII Remake during the Orchestra World Tour in over 10 cities (like New York, London and Bangkok). Fans that are unable to attend, the soundtrack will be available early Summer 2020.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released on PlayStation 4 on 10 April 2020.

Kingdom Hearts III

Almost one year after the release of Kingdom Hearts III the first downloadable content is now available on PlayStation 4 called Re Mind.

Determined to rescue Kairi, Sora travels to the Keyblade Graveyard a short time before the final battle was to take place. Lacking a corporeal form, he traces the hearts of the seven guardians of light. Through experiencing their personal battles firsthand, Sora is about to discover truths that he has never before imagined.

The Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC includes:

  • The additional story: Re Mind
  • Limitcut episode and 13 boss battles
  • Secret episode and boss battle
  • Data greeting feature
  • Slideshow feature
  • Premium menu (Diverse difficulty settings and gameplay challenges)

Square Enix has also released two free patch versions for Kingdom Hearts III: version 1.07 and 1.09.

Version 1.09

  • Various issues have been fixed.

Version 1.07

  • You can turn in the Key Item “Proof of Promises” at the Moogle Shop to obtain the Keyblade “Oathkeeper.”
  • You can turn in the Key Item “Proof of Times Past” at the Moogle Shop to obtain the Keyblade “Oblivion.”
  • New forms have been added.
  • New abilities have been added.
  • Various menus have been updated.
  • Some cutscenes have been modified.
  • Various issues have been fixed.

The Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC package is now available in the PlayStation Store for $ 29.99 / £24.99 / € 29.99. Also there's a Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC package with the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres- video that was recorded in 30 November 2019 for $ 39.99 / £32.99 / € 39.99.

Xbox One owners have to wait till 25 February 2020.

Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC (Final Fantasy characters)

Square Enix

Square Enix has announced that they will end the service of Mobius Final Fantasy on 31 March 2020 in Japan and 30 June 2020 in the rest of the world.

Mobius Final Fantasy is a role playing game designed for mobile phones. It was released in June 2015 on iOS and Android in Japan. In August 2016 the app was available worldwide. A Steam version was released in November 2016 in Japan and February 2017 worldwide.

Here's the full announcement:

Greetings, Warriors of Light.

Thank you for playing and supporting MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY throughout the years.

After many difficult discussions, Square Enix ended service for the Japanese version of MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY in December 2019, after the Warrior of Despair story concluded.

Service for the global version of the game will continue until the Warrior of Despair story has concluded on June 30, 2020, at 6:00 pm PDT (UTC-7), at which time service for it, too, will end.

The schedule until end of service is as follows.

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[Future Schedule]

  • Jan. 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm PST (UTC-8)
    End-of-service notification (this notice)
  • Mar. 31, 2020 at 8:00 pm PDT (UTC-7)
    End of "Magicite" sales in the global version of the game
    * Any purchased "Magicite" can be used until the end of service.
    Jun. 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm PDT (UTC-7)
    End of service

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We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all our players who have supported us since service began back on August 3, 2016.  It is with heavy heart that we must now bring you this sad news.

We will continue to implement updates to in-game events, including the conclusion of the Warrior of Despair story, until the end of service, so it is our fondest hope that you will see our adventurers' fates out to the very last.

Thank you for fighting alongside the Warriors of Light and for being a part of the world of Mobius Final Fantasy. May you continue to bring the light of hope to those around you.

January 15, 2020

MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY Operations Team

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