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Today Square Enix has released Star Ocean: First Departure R for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

Star Ocean: First Departure R is a HD remaster of Star Ocean: First Departure released on the PlayStation Portable in 2008. The original version was released in 1996 on the Super Famicom, but never was released outside of Japan.

The HD remaster version contains the following features:

  • Full Voiceover – Players can choose between the original full voice cast from the PlayStation Portable version of the game in either Japanese or English, or the newly recorded version, featuring the Japanese voice cast from the original Super Famicom version, which was released in Japan only.
  • New Character Illustrations – Players can opt for the original character illustrations from Star Ocean First Departure, or brand-new versions drawn by the famous illustrator Katsumi Enami (Star Ocean The Last Hope)
  • Speed Mode – Players can traverse the world more swiftly.
  • Adjusted Game Balance – Adjusted battle difficulty enables players to experience more challenges in combat.

Square Enix has also released the launch trailer which you can watch below.

Final Fantasy VII

On the PlayStation Blog Square Enix has revealed new information of Final Fantasy VII Remake together with a load of screenshots.

You can read the full article on the PlayStation Blog.

Final Fantasy XV

Last Tuesday, 19 November 2019, Google has launched Google Stadia, which is a cloud gaming service. One of the 22 launch games is Final Fantasy XV, which was released almost 3 years ago on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The Google Stadia version of Final Fantasy XV contains:

  • Final Fantasy XV (same contents as ROYAL EDITION) main game
  • Final Fantasy XV Royal Pack DLC
  • Final Fantasy XV: Episode Gladiolus
  • Final Fantasy XV: Episode Prompto
  • Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ignis
  • Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn
  • Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer: Comrades *Matching will only be among Stadia users
  • Final Fantasy XV Booster Pack+
  • Final Fantasy XV Holiday Pack+ *”Carnival Passport” will not be included with “Final Fantasy XV Holiday Pack+”
  • Minigame collection “Crazy Challenge” (New feature for Stadia Version)

At launch only Google Stadia Pro is available. If you want to play Final Fantasy XV you have to buy it in the Google Stadia store. The free base service will be available somewhere next year.

Square Enix

After 24 years of the original release of Romancing SaGa 3 in Japan on the Super Famicom, the game is now available for the first time in the West digital on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Android and iOS.

Romancing Saga 3 gives players the freedom to forge their own path, choosing to play through eight different narratives led by eight protagonists, each with their own motives and unique personalities.

This HD Remaster features optimized graphics, a new dungeon called the ‘Phantom Maze’ to explore, a NEW GAME+ function and new storylines.

To celebrate the release, the game is now 20% off untill 4 December (1 December for the Nintendo Switch version).

Romancing SaGa 3 artwork

Final Fantasy VII

Square Enix has released a special feature commercial for Final Fantasy VII Remake in Japan that aired during Fuji TV’s FNS 27-Hour TV: Japanese Sports are Strong! The commercial is available in the original seven-minute version and an extended 13-minutes version.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released on 3 March 2020 on PlayStation 4.

You can watch the commercial below. No official English subtitles available though. We have to accept the automatic translated subtitles.

Original version (7 minutes)

Extended version (13 minutes)

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GungHo Online Entertainment America has announced that they will release a patch for the Nintendo Switch version of Grandia HD Collection on 12 November 2019 after feedback and comments of the fans.

Further information about what the patch will include will be provided at a later date. The Nintendo Switch version was released on 16 August 2019 and contains several graphical and sound issues.

This however also delays the release of Grandia HD Remaster and Grandia II HD Remaster on PC, which is now set on 15 October 2019.

Grandia HD Collection announcement

Final Fantasy VII

Square Enix has revealed new gameplay footage of Final Fantasy VII Remake during the Final Fantasy VII Remake Special Stage at the PlayStation at Tokyo Game Show 2019.

Here's a recap of the information shared during the live show:

It started off with Final Fantasy VII Remake producer Yoshinori Kitase taking to the stage to explain how combat works in the game. For a full explanation, we recommend checking out our E3 presentation from earlier this year here: https://youtu.be/RU3TVZ5vWZc

We got a glimpse at both "Easy" and "Normal" modes from the in-game option menus, and Kitase-san then showed us a new combat mode, named "Classic Mode".

In the original Final Fantasy VII, you would wait around until the ATB Gauge fills up, and then select a move to initiate your attack. With Classic Mode in Final Fantasy VII Remake the team have re-created the same style of play!

In standard modes, the ATB Gauge fills up by repeatedly attacking your enemy, but in Classic Mode this aspect of gameplay is handled automatically. The player does not need to do anything and the character fights automatically, charging up their ATB Gauge.

So anyone playing Final Fantasy VII Remake in Classic Mode does not have to worry about the action side of the combat system, and can instead focus on selecting commands, making it possible to play Final Fantasy VII Remake as if it were a classic menu-based RPG!

After showing off combat in Final Fantasy VII Remake, Kitase-san introduced one of the elements we first saw in the Final Fantasy VII Remake TGS Trailer a few days ago - the Squats mini-game, and our presenter did an amazing job of playing!

Finally, we got a closer look at one of the boss fights in the game. In this segment we saw Cloud, Tifa and Aerith take on Aps in the sewers of Midgar.

Aerith's standard attacks are long-ranged, and pressing the Triangle button uses her unique character ability "Tempest". Her Holy Circle ability creates an area in the battlefield, and any spell used within the area is cast repeatedly.

During this boss battle, Cloud had the Ifrit Summon Materia equipped. And because of this, Cloud's attacks caused his Summon Gauge to eventually fill up completely over time...

With a full Summon Gauge we saw Cloud summon Ifrit, who remained on the battlefield. Summons are typically controlled by the AI, but we saw Cloud spend his ATB charges to make Ifrit use his unique abilities, such as Flare Burst and Crimson Dive!

Ifrit remained on the battlefield fighting until Cloud's Summon Gauge depleted, at which point Ifrit unleashed his ultimate attack: Hellfire!

Each character can equip up to one Summon Materia each, and while playing Final Fantasy VII Remake it'll be up to the player to decide which Summon to equip, depending on the battlefield and enemy!

You can watch the footage below:

  • 8:38 - 25:40: No. 1 Reactor
  • 31:05 - 32:20: Squats mini-game
  • 34:40 - 39:54: Aps boss battle

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released on 3 March 2020 on PlayStation 4.

Final Fantasy VII

Square Enix has revealed the Tokyo Game Show 2019 trailer of Final Fantasy VII Remake. The trailer shows familiar faces, area's and gameplay scenes.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released on 3 March 2020 on PlayStation 4.

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Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition will be available for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android on 23 January 2020. A preview version will be available this week during the Tokyo Game Show.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles was originally released on the Nintendo GameCube back in 2003 and follows a young group, known as the Crystal Caravans, as they embark on an epic journey to search for myrrh, a precious and rare liquid needed to cleanse and maintain a crystal protecting their world from the deadly gas, miasma.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition will contain the following new features:

  • Updated Visuals and Audio – Experience the world of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles in stunning new ways, with upgraded graphics and audio updates enhancing the magical adventure like never before.
  • New Character Voiceovers – Playable heroes come to life with brand-new voiceovers as they cast spells and battle ferocious monsters.
  • New Online Multiplayer – Play online with up to three friends to overcome the dangerous monsters and dungeons that fill the world. No players are left behind, as the game supports cross-play functionality.
  • New Dungeons and Bosses – Challenging new dungeons and bosses have been added to the game, allowing for even more fun and exciting gameplay opportunities.
  • New Character Appearances and Items – Stand out with brand-new looks and artifacts to equip and use throughout your magical journey.

You can check out a new trailer of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition below.

Square Enix

Tokyo Game Show 2019 Square Enix has recently announced their line-up for the Tokyo Game Show 2019 that will take place next week (12 till 15 September) in Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.

  • Dragon Quest X: Ibara no Miko to Horobi no Kami Online (PlayStation 4, Switch, Wii U, 3DS, PC) – Mega Theater, Stage
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition (Switch) – Playable, Mega Theater, Stage
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (PlayStation 4) – Playable, Mega Theater
  • Final Fantasy XIV Online (PlayStation 4, PC, Mac) – Playable, Mega Theater, Stage
  • Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius (iOS, Android, PC) – Studio
  • Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition (PlayStation 4, Switch, iOS, Android) – Playable, Mega Theater, Stage
  • Imperial SaGa: Eclipse (PC Browser, Smartphone Browser) – Mega Theater, Stage
  • Marvel’s Avengers (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia) – Mega Theater, Stage
  • Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent (iOS, Android) – Mega Theater
  • Romancing SaGa 3 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PS Vita, PC, iOS, Android) – Mega Theater, Stage
  • Romancing SaGa Re: Universe (iOS, Android) – Stage
  • Star Ocean: First Departure R (PlayStation 4, Switch) – Mega Theater, Stage
  • Trials of Mana (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – Mega Theater, Stage
  • Tropico 6 (PlayStation 4) – Mega Theater, Studio
  • War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius (iOS, Android) – Mega Theater

Only 4 games that are playable. Comparing to previous years that's low.

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