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Final Fantasy IX

Cyber Group Studios, a developer, producer and distributor of animated television series and movies for children located in Paris, has signed a co-development and co-production deal with Square Enix to adapt Final Fantasy IX to an animated series for eight- to 13 years old. This according to a Kidscreen report. Cyber Group will also handle worldwide distribution, licensing and merchandise.

Pierre Sissmann, CEO of Cyber Group Studios, said that the company is putting the finishing touches on a project bible, and plans to begin pitching it to broadcasters in the coming months. The goal is to begin production by the end of 2021 or beginning of 2022.

Cyber Group Studios has partnered with Square Enix before. In 2009 Eidos Interactive (now part of Square Enix) released Mini Ninjas, an action-adventure game. In 2015 the animated series was aired on several networks that was produced by Cyber Group Studios.

Final Fantasy IX was originally released on the PlayStation in 2000 and goes back to the medieval style seen in earlier games in the Final Fantasy series. Now it can also be played on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Steam, Android and iOS devices.

Final Fantasy IX cast

Square Enix

Earlier today Square Enix streamed Square Enix Presents Summer Showcase. During the stream a new spinoff in the Final Fantasy series has been announced; Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. This action RPG is currently in developed in collaboration with Team Ninja, creators of Ninja Gaiden and Nioh.

You take the role of Jack who, along with allies Ash and Jed, sets off on a quest to defeat Chaos. Burning with resolve, and with memories of their struggle deep in their hearts, are they the foretold Warriors of Light?

Your journey will take you into a dark and challenging fantasy world, filled with iconic monsters from the Final Fantasy series. Fortunately, Jack isn’t exactly defenseless - he can use powerful spells and abilities from a range of jobs, including warrior, dragoon and black mage.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin screenshot

Square Enix has released a trail version on the PlayStation 5 that can now be downloaded; But don't wait too long. The trail version will be available until 24 June 14:59 GMT.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin will release in 2022 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC.

Square Enix

Earlier today Square Enix streamed Square Enix Presents Summer Showcase. During the stream the company announced that the first six games in the Final Fantasy series will be remastered for Steam and mobile platforms.

The series will be known as the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series and the six games will be released individually. Only a teaser was revealed showing some footage from the remastered games.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

The PlayStation 5 version of last year hit title Final Fantasy VII Remake titled Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is now available.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is an enchanced version of Final Fantasy VII Remake with the following features:

  • Access to FF7R Episode INTERmission, a PlayStation 5 console exclusive adventure that brings a new perspective to the acclaimed Final Fantasy VII Remake storyline
  • Immerse yourself in the city of Midgar like never before, with improved textures, lighting, and background environments. Players can switch between two game modes:
    • "Graphics Mode" prioritizes 4K high-resolution graphics
    • "Performance Mode" prioritizes smooth action at 60 frames per second
  • Capture and share your memorable moments from the game with a fully customizable “Photo Mode”
  • Enjoy immersive battles by using the DualSense wireless controller, with its haptic feedback integration, and enjoy dynamic bike racing with its adaptive triggers
  • New difficulty settings for ‘Classic Mode’ provide new ways to play
  • Jump into the action faster with optimized loading times

Yuffie in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade

Players who have purchased Final Fantasy VII Remake on PlayStation 4 can download the upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for free. However you need the PlayStation 5 base edition (with the disc drive). The update does not include FF7R Episode INTERmission which can be purchased separately via the PlayStation Store.

Recently Square Enix released a patch for the PlayStation 4 version where players can transfer their save file to the PlayStation 5 version.

Final Fantasy VII Remake transfer save

Square Enix

During the Dragon Quest 35th anniversary livestream Square Enix has announced the next mainline entry in the Dragon Quest series: Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate. The game will use the Unreal Engine 5 and is in early stage of development and will have a global simultaneous release.

Dragon Quest XII logo

According to Yuji Horii, game designer of Dragon Quest, the player needs to make several decisions to determine the way of life. Also changes will be made to the command battle.

Also three other Dragon Quest titles have been announced during the livestream.

Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake

A remake of Dragon Quest III, which was first released in 1988 on the Famicom, in the style of Octopath Traveler.

Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake screenshot

Dragon Quest Treasures

A completely new spinoff from the Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quest Treasures explores the childhood of the siblings Mia and Erik from Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. As Mia and Erik, players will embark on an RPG treasure hunting adventure in another world before the events of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age.

Dragon Quest Treasures screenshot

Dragon Quest Keshi Keshi (Final Name TBC)

Developed with NHN PlayArt, this title is a free-to-play mobile puzzle game for iOS and Android devices that will feature popular Dragon Quest series characters, monsters and items as erasers which are used to erase graffiti in the game.

Dragon Quest Keshi Keshi screenshot

Final Fantasy XIV

During the Letter from the Producer Live Part LXIV it has been announced that the PlayStation 5 version of Final Fantasy XIV will start official service on the same day as patch 5.55; 25 May 2021.

Letter from the Producer Live Part LXIV

The PlayStation 5 version features fast load times, 4K resolution support, high resolution UI, DualSense haptic feedback support, new thropies and 3D audio support. Currently this version is in open beta.

Patch 5.55 will feature part 2 of the Death Unto Dawn main scenario, Save the Queen updates, YoRHa: Dark Apocolypse epilogue quests and a reward for collecting all Triple Triad cards.

Between the release of patch 5.55 and the release of Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker several updates and events have been planned.

  • July 2021: Make it Rain campaign
  • June/July 2021: Patch 5.57
  • July/August 2021: Patch 5.58
  • August 2021: Moonfire Faire / The Rising
  • September 2021: Final Fantasy XV Collaboration Returns
Final Fantasy XIV

During the opening keynote of the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2021 Naoki Yoshida, producer and director, has announced that the fourth expansion, Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker, will be released on 23 November 2021 and is now available for pre-order. He also revealed new information about the content featured in the expansion. Due to the COVID-19 pandanmic, the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2021 is digital only and can be viewed by stream.

The following new content and features for Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker were announced during the opening keynote:

  • New Job: Reaper
  • New Playable Race: Male Viera
  • New City: Old Sharlayan
  • Travel to Expansive New Areas: Labyrinthos and Mare Lamentorum
  • New Tribes to Encounter: Loporrits
  • New Threats to Overcome: The Magus Sisters
  • New Alliance Raid Series: “Myths of the Realm”
  • A New Data Center: Oceania

Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker Collections Edition

Square Enix has also revealed information about the Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker Collections Edition which will be available for pre-order in the Square Enix Store. This edition will feature the digital download version of the game with the following items:

  • Endwalker Special Art Box – A unique glossy white-inlaid box that features an illustration of Hydaelyn and Zodiark by artist Yoshitaka Amano.
  • Expertly Crafted Paladin Figure – An impressive high-quality figure that showcases the Warrior of Light as a paladin using Passage of Arms to shield allies from harm. Including the base, the figure’s dimensions are approximately W 6.10" x D 8.46" x H 7.28" (W 15.5cm x D 21.5cm x H 18.5cm).
  • Art Collection & Frame Set – A collection of ten B5-sized (approx. 7.2" x 10.1" / 18.2cm x 25.7cm) art prints featuring key visuals from throughout the history of FINAL FANTASY XIV, from version 1.0 through Endwalker. The set also includes a frame so you can showcase your favorite image.
  • Azem PinA pin created to mimic the appearance of Azem's crystal. Designed to fit in the palm of your hand at approximately 1" x 1.2" (2.5cm x 3.0cm).
  • Loporrit Mini Plush – A mini plush version of a Loporrit. The plush is approximately 6.5" tall (16.5cm).

Also a digital edition is available for pre-order in the Square Enix Store, PlayStation Store and on Steam.

Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker will be available on 23 November 2021 for PC, Mac, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Players who pre-order the expansion can start playing the game on 19 November 2021 at 09:00 GMT. If you haven't watched the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2021, it can be viewed on YouTube and Twitch.

Final Fantasy VII

During the first official livestream Square Enix has announced that the battle royale mobile game Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier will have a closed beta test in Japan and North America this June.

 

Japan

  • Beta Period: 1 June 2021 - 8 June 2021;
  • Recruitment Period: 7 May 2021 - 28 May 2021 12:00 JST
  • Devices: iOS 13.0 (minimal 2 GB RAM) and Android 7.0 and up (minimal 3 GB RAM);
  • More information on the official website.

North America (United States of America and Canada)

  • Beta Period: 1 June 2021 - 7 June 2021 PDT;
  • Recruitment Period: 7 May 2021 - 27 May 2021 8:00 p.m. PDT;
  • Devices: Android 7.0 and up (minimal 3 GB RAM);
  • More information on the official website.

In Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier, players will embark on an intense battle royale experience where they must fight to be the last SOLDIER standing. To do so, players will use magic and special abilities along with ranged and melee weapons to triumph on the battlefield. Players can choose between various styles, such as Warrior, Sorcerer or Monk, each of whom boast unique special abilities. In addition to other SOLDIER candidates, players must also contend with ferocious monsters who inhabit the outskirts of the city. By defeating them, players can gain experience needed to level up and unlock new weapons. Classic Final Fantasy elements abound in the game, such as rideable chocobos, powerful espers, including Ifrit, to summon and materia, which enables players to cast devastating spells. Players can customize their characters’ outfits and accessories, obtain various weapon and vehicle skins, emotes and more to create their own unique SOLDIER.

 

Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier will be released in 2021 for free with in-app purchases for Android and iOS devices.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Square Enix has released a new trailer of the enhanced PlayStation 5 port of Final Fantasy VII Remake titled Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade. In the video titled "Final Trailer" new footage is shown of enhanced scenes, gameplay elements and new content from FF7R EPISODE INTERmission like the Fort Condor mini-game.

Below you can watch the new trailer and a synopsis from Square Enix.

In FF7R EPISODE INTERmission, players will fight as Yuffie, alongside Sonon, as they use fast and furious attacks to team up in all-new exciting battles against Shinra’s Director of Advanced Weaponry Division, Scarlet, and Nero, a member of the elite unit within Deepground known as the Tsviets. A new Summon Materia to call upon Ramuh, the fabled Lord of Levin also newly appears. And finally, the trailer showcases gameplay of Fort Condor, a new tactical mini-game playable in FF7R EPISODE INTERmission.

So next to Weiss also Nero will return from Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII).

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade will be available on 10 June 2021 for PlayStation 5. Owners of Final Fantasy VII Remake can upgrade their PlayStation 4 version to PlayStation 5 for free. FF7R EPISODE INTERmission will also be available as separate DLC for $ 19.99 / € 19.99 at launch day.

Square Enix

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139..., the updated version of the Japan exclusive game NieR Replicant, is now available worldwide for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam.

NieR Replicant was originally released on 22 April 2010 in Japan for PlayStation 3 together with NieR Gestalt. In the West NieR Gestalt was released as Nier. Both games have a different storyline but takes place in the same world. NieR Replicant never got a release in the West untill now.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...

This updated version includes brand-new story content, extra dungeons, costumes and more, including:

  • Extra Episode – Players can enjoy a new scenario and exhilarating boss battle by playing through the game, in an all new “Mermaid” episode featuring a wrecked ship and a little girl.
  • Extra Dungeons from “15 Nightmares” – Previously released as downloadable content for the original release in Japan and similar to “The World of Recycled Vessel” content in the West, fans will be able to undertake a series of challenging dungeons as the “15 Nightmares” protagonist in the world of recycled vessel. Playing through the dungeons will unlock a variety of weapons, as well as extra costumes, “Kabuki” and “Samurai.” You will also be able to change the appearance of enemy bullets to Emil’s face through the option menu after obtaining either of the costumes.
  • Soundtrack from NieR:Automata – Players will unlock an option to switch to select background music tracks from the critically acclaimed NieR:Automata after completing the first playthrough.
  • Guest Cast from NieR:Automata – The English and Japanese voice actors of 2B and 9S will be featured in the game.

The protagonist is a kind young man living in a remote village. In order to save his sister Yonah, who fell terminally ill to the Black Scrawl, he sets out with Grimoire Weiss, a strange talking tome, to search for the "Sealed verses."

Below you can watch the launch trailer.

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