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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.

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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.

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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.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Square Enix has released an extended trailer of the enhanced features in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, the PlayStation 5 version of Final Fantasy VII Remake.

In this trailer you can take a look at the features that will be present in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, like improved graphics, a photo-mode and faster load times. Also in a brand-new episode featuring you play as ninja Yuffie Kisaragi as she infiltrates the shadowy Shinra Corporation to steal a powerful materia and restore glory to her homeland.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade will be released on 10 June 2021 on PlayStation 5.

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Earlier today Square Enix has streamed Square Enix Presents Spring 2021. During the stream Square Enix has announced that Project Athia (working title) now has a final name: Forspoken.

Forspoken has been announced in June 2020 and is a narrative-driven adventure set in a beautiful yet cruel world. Play as Frey Holland, an ordinary young woman who must harness her magical abilities to survive in the fantastical yet dangerous land of Athia.

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Forspoken is currently in development by Luminous Productions and will be released sometime in 2022 on PlayStation 5 and PC. You can watch the trailer below.

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Microsoft has announced that Octopath Traveler will be coming to Xbox Game Pass on PC and console on 25 March 2021. This is the first time the game will be available on Xbox consoles.

Xbox Game Pass announcement

The following information about the game was revealed:

Octopath Traveler (Console and PC) – March 25
Eight travelers. Eight adventures. Eight roles to play. Embark on an epic journey across the vast and wondrous world of Orsterra and discover the captivating stories of each of the eight travelers. Use each character’s distinctive abilities in and out of battle and make decisions to shape your path.

Octopath Traveler is a RPG developed by Square Enix, in collaboration with Acquire, and was released in 2018 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. The game has been praised for the graphics and art style. In 2019 the game was released on PC and in 2020 on Google Stadia.

Square Enix has not confirmed this announcement. This might have something to do with the digital showcase series Square Enix has recently announced. The first episode will debut on 18 March 2021 at 10:00 a.m. PDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT / 5:00 pm GMT on their Twitch and YouTube channel.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

During Sony's State of Play, which was streamed yesterday, Square Enix has revealed that Final Fantasy VII Remake, which was released in April 2020 on PlayStation 4, will be getting a PlayStation 5 version called Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade logo

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is an upgraded version of Final Fantasy VII Remake which features the following graphical, gameplay and system enhancements:

  • 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

Players who have purchased Final Fantasy VII Remake on PlayStation 4 will be getting the PlayStation 5 version for free. However you need the PlayStation 5 base edition (with the disc drive).

Also a brand-new episode has been announced featuring Yuffie as the main character. In this new adventure, play as ninja Yuffie Kisaragi as she infiltrates the shadowy Shinra Corporation to steal a powerful materia and restore glory to her homeland.

The Yuffie episode will be included with Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade. It will also be available for purchase in the PlayStation Store for Final Fantasy VII Remake owners that upgraded to the PlayStation 5 version. It won't be available for the PlayStation 4.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade will be released on 10 June 2021 on PlayStation 5.

Final Fantasy VII

Alongside Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier Square Enix has announced another mobile game set in the world of Final Fantasy VII called Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis.

Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis logo

Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis is a single-player RPG that retells events from the original Final Fantasy VII along with the titles from the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Before Crisis, Crisis Core and Dirge of Cerberus.

The game will be available for free with in-app purchases in 2022 for Android and iOS devices.

Final Fantasy VII

Square Enix has announced a new mobile game set in the world of Final Fantasy VII called Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier. This is a battle royal game which will be released on Android and iOS devices.

Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier logo

The game is set in Midgar before the events of Final Fantasy VII. As a SOLDIER candidate, the player will make full use of their magic and abilities in a battle for their survival.

Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier will be available in 2021 for free with in-app purchases.

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Earlier this week during Nintendo Direct a remastered version has been announced of Legend of Mana that will be released on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Steam.

Stepping into the shoes of the protagonist, players will embark on a journey to find the mystical Mana Tree seen in a dream, only to discover that the world map is empty. Throughout their adventure, they will acquire special artifacts, which can be placed on the map to bring towns and dungeons to life via the Land Creation system. Players can progress through the story in different ways based on the choices they make, offering a more personal and unique gameplay experience.

Legend of Mana has been released in Japan in July 1999 on the PlayStation. In June 2000 the game was released in North America. It was never released in Europe.

The remastered version will feature improved visuals, a rearranged soundtrack, and the “Ring Ring Land'' mini-game which will be available to the West for the first time. It will be available digital only on 24 June 2021.

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