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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.

Square Enix

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.

Final Fantasy VII

On 7 September 1997, Final Fantasy VII was released in the United States. In order to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the release, Square Enix has released a new piece of artwork.

This time they've remake one of the most iconic pieces of artwork from the original game. It shows Cloud in front of the Shinra building in Midgar. The picture to the right is the original artwork so you can compare them.

Final Fantasy VII Remake artwork Final Fantasy VII artwork

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

Final Fantasy VIII

The wait is finally over. Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is now digitally available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam. Final Fantasy VIII was orginally released on the PlayStation back in 1999 and the PC version was released a year later. For a long time it was the Final Fantasy that didn't receive a remastered version.

The remastered version includes the following boosts to enhance the experience:

  • Battle Assist: The ability to always have maxed out HP and ATB, and trigger Limit Breaks at any time.
  • No Encounters: An enemy encounter option that allows players to enjoy the storyline uninterrupted. While enemy encounters are turned off, players can still enjoy the story event battles.
  • 3x Speed Boost: Play through the game with three times the speed.
  • The Steam version will also receive additional functions, including All Items (possess all items except for a few certain items), All Abilities, GF Max Level, Max Gil, Max Magic, All Limit Breaks, and All Cards (possess max number of Triple Triad Cards except for Rare Cards).

You can get the digital version of Final Fantasy VIII Remastered for $19.99 / £15.99 / €19.99.

Final Fantasy VIII

Square Enix has announced that they will release Final Fantasy VIII Remastered digitally on 3 September for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam.

The remastered version includes the following boosts to enhance the experience:

  • Battle Assist: The ability to always have maxed out HP and ATB, and trigger Limit Breaks at any time.
  • No Encounters: An enemy encounter option that allows players to enjoy the storyline uninterrupted. While enemy encounters are turned off, players can still enjoy the story event battles.
  • 3x Speed Boost: Play through the game with three times the speed.
  • The Steam version will also receive additional functions, including All Items (possess all items except for a few certain items), All Abilities, GF Max Level, Max Gil, Max Magic, All Limit Breaks, and All Cards (possess max number of Triple Triad Cards except for Rare Cards).

Final Fantasy VIII was originally released on PlayStation back in 1999 and on PC in 2000. The remastered version will cost  $19.99 / £15.99 / €19.99. When you pre-order the PlayStation 4 version you'll receive a commemorative PlayStation 4 theme, while pre-purchases on Steam will include exclusive wallpapers featuring Squall Leonhart and Rinoa Heartilly.

Square Enix

Square Enix has announced their line-up for gamescom 2019, that will take place in Cologne, Germany from 20 till 24 August. The following games will be present:

Final Fantasy VII Remake

For the first time in Europe a hands-on demo can be played of Final Fantasy VII Remake across 72 stations. Expect a long line.

Final Fantasy XIV Online

Featuring a number of stage shows across the week with the makers of the game including Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida and Main Scenario Writer and World Lore Creator Banri Oda. On Friday a big cosplay competition will be held and in the evening the Final Fantasy XIV Online Fan Gathering.

Trials of Mana

The remake of the classic RPG, that was recently released in the Collection of Mana on the Nintendo Switch. Experience an early section of the game and try out the characters.

Kingdom Hearts III

A playable demo of the game that has been released earlier this year.

Life is Strange 2: Episode 4 ‘Faith’

A new trailer will be released on 19 August ahead of the release on 22 August.

Final Fantasy XV at gamescom 2016

Square Enix

GungHo Online Entertainment has announced that Grandia HD Collection will be released on Nintendo Switch next week on 16 August. The PC version will be released at a later date.

Grandia HD Collection contains the first Grandia (Grandia HD Remaster) and Grandia II (Grandia II HD Remaster) with several new features listed below.

GRANDIA features
● Enhanced details to UI, sprites, and texture art
● Original cinematic videos receiving visual enhancements
● Widescreen support and customizable resolutions (only for PC)
● Steam cards and Achievements (only for PC)
● Audio: Japanese and English
● Language Support: Original English and Japanese plus French and German translation
● Gamepad and keyboard support with remappable controls (only for PC)

GRANDIA II features
● Enhanced details to UI, sprites, and texture art
● Original cinematic videos receiving visual enhancements
● Widescreen support and customizable resolutions (only for PC)
● Audio: Japanese and English
● Language Support: Original English and Japanese plus New French and German translation

Grandia has been developed by Game Arts (Thexder, Sylpheed, and Lunar) and released on the Sega Saturn back in 1997 in Japan only. In 1999 the game was ported to the PlayStation and was also released in North America by Sony and in Europe by Ubisoft (in 2000).  Grandia II was first released on the Dreamcast in 2000 and has been ported to the PlayStation 2 and PC in 2002. In 2015 the Grandia II Anniversary Edition was released on Steam and GOG. That version will be renamed to Grandia II HD Remaster.

Grandia HD Collection

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