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Kingdom Hearts III

Square Enix has announced in a press release that Kingdom Hearts III has shipped more than 5 million units globally, both physical and digital, across all platform since it's release on 29 January. This makes Kingdom Hearts III the fatest selling game in the history of the Kingdom Hearts series.

From the press release:

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 4, 2019) – SQUARE ENIX® proudly announces that KINGDOM HEARTS III, the latest mainline entry in the beloved action RPG series, has shipped more than five million units globally, both physically and digitally, across all platforms since its January 29 release, making it the fastest selling game in the history of the series.
 
The shipment and digital sales numbers for the long-awaited installment in the blockbuster franchise have been matched with critical adoration. Media across the world are lauding KINGDOM HEARTS III for its breathtaking visuals and widespread appeal to newcomers and series veterans alike, with Bleacher Report praising that the adventure is “accessible for even the most casual of gamers” and “a sheer thrill to take in,” and CNET raving that KINGDOM HEARTS III is “the best looking Kingdom Hearts game.”

You can read the full press release here.

Kingdom Hearts III ships 5 million units worldwide

Kingdom Hearts III

Kingdom Hearts III, the long awaited installment in the beloved action role-playing game series, is now available worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One! The game has been received very well, scoring an 88 for the PlayStation 4 and an 80 for the Xbox One version on Metacritic at the moment.

Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, had the following to say:

I am thrilled that Kingdom Hearts III is now officially out. There are many mysteries in the story, so players will want to take their time so that they don’t miss anything. The adventure lies within the journey, and not just the destination. This story marks one of the greatest experiences Sora will have with his friends, so I hope that the players enjoy it. To all of our fans around the world, thank you for eagerly awaiting this day.

In The Netherlands the game is already available in most stores since Saturday. If you don't have it yet, go and buy the game! My shipment didn't arrive today, so hopefully it's here tomorrow.

Final Fantasy X

Square Enix has recently announced on the official Final Fantasy website that Nintendo Switch and Xbox One owners can starting playing Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster on 16 April 2019 and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age on 30 April 2019.

In September 2018 Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2 and Final Fantasy XII will be released on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One in 2019. When Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy IX will be released has not been announced.

Final Fantasy X was released back in 2001 on the PlayStation 2 with its sequel Final Fantasy X-2 in 2003. Both games got a HD remaster (Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster) in 2013 on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. In 2015 a PlayStation 4 version was released and in 2016 the PC version.

Final Fantasy XII was released back in 2006, the last Final Fantasy on the PlayStation 2. In 2017 the game got a HD remaster called Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age on PlayStation 4. In February 2018 the PC version was released.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

Hell and Heaven Net

Happy Holidays!I want to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2019!

In 2018 Square Enix has not released many RPG's. In January we got Lost Sphear, the second game from Tokyo RPG Factory, and the console port of the arcade title Dissidia Final Fantasy called Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (I haven't played it much) which was received with mixed reviews. Also the sales were below expectations.

In February Square Enix released the remake of Secret of Mana. This version was received with mixed to bad reviews stating that the game seems to be rushed which results in numerous bugs from game freezes, crashes and other show-stopping bugs. Square Enix released a couple of patches to fix these problems.

In September Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age was released worldwide. Multiple reviewers called the game the best in the Dragon Quest series. By November 2018 over four million copies were sold worldwide.

Other RPG'a that Square Enix has released this year are: Octopath Traveler, World of Final Fantasy Maxima and The Last Remnant Remastered.

Final Fantasy XV got several updates this year and Square Enix released the Royal Edition containing all DLC from the season pass. Also the pocket edition was released. However in November 2018 Square Enix has announced that in 2019 only Episode Ardyn will be released and the 3 other episodes have been cancelled. Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy XV, has left the company.

What will 2019 bring us? In about one month Kingdom Hearts III will (finally) be released. Also Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles and Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! will be released.

Will Square Enix release more information about Final Fantasy VII Remake next year? Let's hope so.

What about Hell and Heaven Net in 2019? Well, maybe the community forums will make its return and the website will be updated.

Kingdom Hearts III

More than a month before the release of Kingdom Hearts III someone got his/her hands on a copy of the game and gameplay footage has been leaked on the internet. Gameplay video's appeared on YouTube, but have been removed. The community has been is doing its best to avoid spoilers.

Square Enix has confirmed the recent leaks and Tetsuya Nomura, the director of Kingdom Hearts III has released a statement:

We're aware that a small portion of KINGDOM HEARTS III has been circulating online before its official release. We are also aware as to how this has all happened. We're sorry to see this caused concern amongst our fans who are excited for the release.

The whole team has been working together since yesterday night (Japan time) to investigate what we can do to better this situation, but first we would like to ask that you do not share these videos.

The game's epilogue and secret movie, which are the biggest spoilers in this game, are planned to be released at a later date just in case, so they will not be shown before the game's release.

We want everyone to be able to equally experience the full game after its release, so we ask for your continued support on this matter.

We're also very grateful that our fans have been warning each other already about the spoilers. Thank you very much.

We're one month out from the release. Let's enjoy the game together when it releases on January 29th, 2019.

- Director Tetsuya Nomura

It's unsual for a game to be leaked this early.

Kingdom Hearts III

Today Tetsuya Nomura, the director of Kingdom Hearts III, has announced via social media that Kingdom Hearts III has gone gold! This means that the development has finished. Also the Together trailer, an extended version of the trailer that's been playing in American cinemas, has been revealed.

Today, I'm proud to unveil an extended version of the trailer that's been playing in American cinemas. And guess what? We've wrapped up development of the game.

If you haven't had the chance yet, now would be a good time to prep by playing 1.5 + 2.5 and 2.8. See you next month! - Tetsuya Nomura

Kingdom Hearts III will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 25 January 2019 in Japan and 29 January 2019 worldwide.

Final Fantasy XV

Square Enix recently held a broadcast called Special Program containing the future of Final Fantasy XV. In that broadcast Square Enix has announced that of the 4 DLC's, together titled The Dawn of the Future, 3 DLC's will be cancelled. Only Episode Ardyn will be released.

The reason for the cancellation of Episode Aranea, Episode Lunafreya and Episode Noctis is that Square Enix has decided to focus the development of Luminous Productions to large-scale, high-quality AAA game titles, which best leverages the Luminous strengths. This has resulted in an extraordinary loss of 3,733 million yen (~33 million dollars / ~26 million euro).

Also Square Enix has announced that Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy XV, has left the company. Here's the full departure letter:

Hello, this is Tabata.

It’s almost going to be two whole years since the release of Final Fantasy XV. I honestly believe the reason we were able to get this far is because of all you loyal fans. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Today, I have a personal announcement to make to all of you. I, Hajime Tabata, will be resigning from Luminous Productions and the Square Enix Group as of October 31, 2018.

I was able to gain so much experience with my time at Square Enix. Every title I was able to be a part of means a lot to me. However, Final Fantasy XV stood out from that group as it was a special project for me which I went all-in on.

Therefore, I decided to take this opportunity to officially announce my departure from Final Fantasy XV to all the fans who have supported the title across the globe.

In regards to my next endeavors and near future, I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after Final Fantasy XV. For that reason, I have decided to leave my current position and start my own business in order to achieve my goal.

As production of “Episode Ardyn” continues and Luminous Productions works on new projects, I felt that it was time for me to hand over the torch to the next generation group of talented and trustworthy colleagues and believe that they will create something amazing.

From this day on, I will cheer on and support Square Enix and Luminous Productions together with all of you fans.

I would like to thank everyone who continue to support Final Fantasy XV and those who have also supported myself personally.

—Hajime Tabata

It's sad to see Hajime Tabata leaving Square Enix. We wish him all the best.

Episode Ardyn is set before the events of Final Fantasy XV and will learn players more about Ardyn’s backstory in a story of death and restoration.Episode Ardyn will be released in March 2019.

Square Enix

World of Final Fantasy Maxima, the enchanced version of World of Final Fantasy released back in 2016, is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam.

World of Final Fantasy Maxima features an all-new Avatar Change system that allows players to add fan-favorite Final Fantasy champions — including Cloud, Yuna, Noctis and more — into their stacks to create more powerful and strategic battle options than ever before. The game also features new legendary characters and Mirages (monsters), side-quests, boss battles, mini-games, and a challenging new Nightmare difficulty mode.

If you want a physical version of World of Final Fantasy Maxima, it is only available for Xbox One. The digital version is available for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. On PlayStation 4 and Steam the new content is available as downloadable content (DLC).

Sony

Today Sony has announced that they will bring back the original PlayStation experience in a new miniaturised version: PlayStation Classic. This mini console is approximately 45% smaller than the original PlayStation.

The PlayStation Classic will come preloaded with 20 PlayStation titles in their original format: Jumping Flash, R4 Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, Wild Arms and Final Fantasy VII. The other 15 titles will be announced soon.

Each unit will come with two controllers and a HDMI cable and will be available for $ 99.99 /  £ 89.99 / € 99.99 on 3 December 1998, 24 years after the release of the original PlayStation in Japan.

Square Enix

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2 and Final Fantasy XII will be released on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in 2019. It is the first time these Final Fantasy titles will be available on Microsoft and Nintendo consoles.

Final Fantasy VII was released back in 1997 on the original PlayStation and was the first title not to be released on a Nintendo console. In 2015 the PlayStation 4 version was released which is a port from the PC version. Most likely the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch version will be based on that version.

Final Fantasy IX was released back in 2000, the last Final Fantasy on the original PlayStation. In 2017 the PlayStation 4 version was released which is a port from the PC version released in 2016. Most likely the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch version will be based on that version.

Final Fantasy X was released back in 2001 on the PlayStation 2 with its sequel Final Fantasy X-2 in 2003. Both games got a HD remaster (Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster) in 2013 on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. In 2015 a PlayStation 4 version was released and in 2016 the PC version.

Final Fantasy XII was released back in 2006, the last Final Fantasy on the PlayStation 2. In 2017 the game got a HD remaster called Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age on PlayStation 4. In February 2018 the PC version was released.

Final Fantasy VII, IX, X, X-2 and XII coming to Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

But where's Final Fantasy VIII?

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