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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.

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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.

Square Enix

During the Square Enix Presents Tokyo Game Show 2021 livestream Square Enix has revealed a new trailer for the battle royal game Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier. In the trailer the story of the game is explained and gameplay is shown of the different classes that are playable.

The game takes place 30 years before the events of Final Fantasy VII, before SOLDIER is active. Shinra is developing Project 0, the most elite fighting force ever known. After countless casaulties the first SOLDIERs have emerged.

Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier planned release

Earlier today the Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier TGS 2021 special livestream was streamed. During the livestream Square Enix has announced that they plan to release the game in November 2021 with pre-registration starting this month. Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier will be available for Android and Apple iOS devices for free with in-app purchases.

You can watch the Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier TGS 2021 trailer below.

Square Enix

During the Square Enix Presents Tokyo Game Show 2021 livestream Square Enix has announced that Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin will be released on 18 March 2022 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC via the Epic Games Store. This action RPG is currently in developed in collaboration with Team Ninja, creators of Ninja Gaiden and Nioh.

Join Jack and his allies as they throw open the gates to the Chaos Shrine and step into a world of dark fantasy and exhilarating battles to discover if they are truly the Warriors of Light the prophecy foretold.

During the livestream Square Enix also announced the release of Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin Trial Version 2, an expansion of the first trial that was released in June. Players can explore an additional stage of the game, the Refrin Wetlands, alongside a new ally, experience new playstyles in battle with the addition of multiple new jobs, and fight against an array of new enemies. This will also be the first opportunity for players to sample the game’s multiplayer function.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin screenshot Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin screenshot Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin screenshot

The trial version will be available untill 11 October 2021. Like with the first trial version, you can provide feedback to the development team by filling in the survey.

You can now pre-order the game at the official website. You can watch the release date announcement trailer on YouTube (since the video has an age restriction).

Square Enix

Square Enix has announced a brand new IP during Square Enix Presents Tokyo Game Show 2021 called Dungeon Encounters, a single-player dungeon explorarion RPG.

An otherworldly labyrinth has suddenly appeared on the outskirts of a quiet town. Make clever use of your abilities to chart the depths, overcome obstacles and defeat your foes in thrilling battles! During your expeditions, you'll discover rare and powerful items, meet lost adventurers who might just become new allies, and come face-to-face with deadly monsters. Do you have what it takes to overcome the numerous trials that await you and discover the dungeon's secrets?

The game is directed by Hiroyuki Ito, the creator of the Active Time Battle system in the Final Fantasy series. The producer is Hiroaki Kato (Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age). The characters are designed by Ryoma Ito and the soundtrack by Final Fantasy veteran Nobuo Uematsu.

Dungeon Encounters will be released digitally on 14 October 2021 on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Steam. The official website can be found here and below you can view the announcement trailer.

Square Enix

In the latest Nintendo Direct Square Enix and Nintendo has announced that Triangle Strategy, previously known as Project Triangle Strategy, will be released on 4 March 2022 worldwide.

In February this year a debut demo was released that has been downloaded approximately 1 million times. Over 25,000 survey responses were sent to the development team that are currently making several adjustment to the final version of the game. Like you can now change the difficulty level of the battles. On Nintendo's website you can read the full article including the list of adjustments that are currently in development.

Triangle Strategy is a HD-2D tactical role playing game where three nations battle for control of the dwindling resources of salt and iron.

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