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During PAX East 2023, that was held from 23 till 26 March 2023 in Boston (USA), there was a discussion panel titled Yes, You Can Pet the Torgal: A Final Fantasy XVI Discussion led by Producer Naoki Yoshida and Localization Director Michael-Christopher Koji Fox. During the discussion a new trailer was revealed introducing the world of Valisthea.

Square Enix has also uploaded the full discussion which featured 18 minutes of live gameplay.

Final Fantasy XVI will be released on PlayStation 5 on 22 June 2023.

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On the Japanese PlayStation Blog producer Naoki Yoshida has stated that the PC version of Final Fantasy XVI won't be ready six months after the release of the PlayStation 5 version. At this time he can not reveal a release date.

I've caused a bit of a stir with my remarks the other day, but I'd like to touch on the PC version. First of all, it is true that Final Fantasy XVI is a six-month limited time exclusive on the PS5 platform. However, it is a completely different story that the PC version will be released in half a year. I will make it clear, but the PC version will not come out in half a year.

This is because we spent a lot of time and money optimizing the PS5 platform to deliver the best gaming experience. Of course, I would like to release a PC version at some point so that everyone can play as many games as possible. However, even if we start optimizing the PC version after the PS5 version comes out, we won't be able to optimize it in half a year, so it won't come out in a short span of half a year. I would like to release it eventually, and I think I will, but I am not at the stage where I can say when.

First of all, I would be happy if you could play the PS5 version, which I made with the thought of being the best game in the world. If the PC version comes out in half a year, I can quit the company (laughs). Please don't say, "I won't buy the PS5 version because the PC version will be released in half a year."

Final Fantasy XVI will be released on PlayStation 5 on 22 June 2023.

Final Fantasy XVI artwork

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Square Enix has announced on socials that Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition, which was released last year, will receive an update that will be released later this month. The update will feature a wide range of changes, such as framerate improvements, changes to the growth system for Pip, and fixes for other bugs.

Chrono Cross was released back in 1999 on the original PlayStation and tells the story of Serge, who one day wanders into an alternate world. The game is set in the same world as Chrono Trigger and is linked.

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition is released digital only in most regions. However in Asia a physical version is available. If you want a physical version, you can order it at Playasia.

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition artwork

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Theatrhythm Final Bar Line, the 5th entry in the rhythm action series, is now available for purchase on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

Theatrhythm Final Bar Line logo

Theatrhythm Final Bar Line features 385 tracks from Final Fantasy games, three game modes, local and online multiplayer and over 100 Final Fantasy characters you can create a party with. If that is not enough you can purchase the Digital Deluxe Edition or Premium Digital Deluxe Edition to get access to more tracks.

If you never played a Theatrhythm game, there's a demo available that contains 30 tracks. Your progress can be transferred to the full game.

Below you can watch the launch trailer.

Final Fantasy VII

Today 26 years ago in 1997, Final Fantasy VII was released in Japan on the original PlayStation. Square Enix has announced on Twitter that in Japan "Final Fantasy VII Day" has been officially registered to commemorate the anniversary of the launch of the original game.

Yoshinori Kitase, director of the original game and producer of the Final Fantasy VII remake project, shared a special message:

The 31st of January 1997, the day that Final Fantasy VII came out, was not just a significant day for the Final Fantasy series, but also marked when so many big things started moving for those of us who worked on the game.

I remember being overwhelmed at the breakneck speed with which video game technology was evolving, but also dreaming big things for the future.

With the establishment of this official anniversary day, I will now always remember these things, and hold them dearly in my heart.

Yoshinori Kitase
Director, Final Fantasy VII
Producer, Final Fantasy VII Remake project

Yoshinori Kitase - Final Fantasy VII Day

Happy Final Fantasy VII Day everyone!

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Forspoken, the debut title from studio Luminous Productions, is now available on PlayStation 5 and PC via Steam. Epic Games Store and the Microsoft Store.

A message from Takeshi Aramaki, Head of Luminous Productions:

We’re so excited to celebrate the launch of Forspoken, and to have players finally experience Frey’s story. The development team and everyone involved have worked so hard to bring the vision of Forspoken to life and we cannot wait to see fans reaction. We hope that players relate to Frey as they dive into the mysterious land of Athia and go on this magical journey with her.

Forspoken puts players in the shoes of Frey Holland, an ordinary young woman who has been mysteriously transported to Athia, a fantastical land that is devastated by an unknown force known as the Break. Having somehow survived this strange phenomenon and armed with a magical sentient bracelet called ‘Cuff’, Frey now offers Athia a last beacon of hope and must harness her newfound magical abilities to save Athia and find her way home.

The game was announced back in June 2020 as Project Athia. Originally the game was supposed to be released on 24 May 2022, but it was delayed to 11 October 2022 and now to 24 January 2023.

Below you can watch the cinematic trailer.

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Today, 35 years ago on 18 December 1987, the first game in the Final Fantasy series was released on the Nintendo Famicom in Japan. What maybe was the last game for the, at that time, small developer Square before they went bankrupt, became one of the best selling game franchises.

Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series, took his inspiration from Dragon Quest (their big rival back then), The Legend of Zelda and Ultima to create a new fantasy RPG. Should it not have sold well, he would have quit the gaming industries and return to university.

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Earlier this week reports where coming in that the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series is coming to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch after it has been rated by the ESRB. Today, on the 35th anniversary of the Final Fantasy series, Square Enix has confirmed that the series will be released in Spring 2023.

If you want to digitally purchase these games, you have the option to purchase them individually or together as a bundle. If you want he Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series physical, there are two limited editions available: Standard Edition and the FF35th Anniversary Edition.

Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster FF35th Anniversary Edition

The FF35th Anniversary Edition will include the following:

  • FINAL FANTASY I-VI COLLECTION - physical collection of all games for either PS4 or Nintendo Switch-
  • Anniversary Edition GOODS BOX.
  • A bonus lenticular sleeve for the game package.
  • 2-disc vinyl record set featuring newly arranged game music with exclusive cover artwork by Kazuko Shibuya
  • A specially compiled artbook showcasing beautiful character pixel art.
  • Eight stylized pixel art character figures in window packaging.

Both physical editions are exclusive to the Square Enix Store and are now available for pre-order. However a couple of hours after the announcement the Standard Edition is already sold out.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion, the remastered version of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, is now available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and PC.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is an action RPG that was released in 2007 on the PlayStation Portable and is the prequel to Final Fantasy VII. The game is part of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII and follows the original story of SOLDIER 1st Class Zack Fair on his mission to find missing SOLDIER Genesis Rhapsodos, unraveling the stories of Cloud, Sephiroth, Aerith, Tifa and more.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion logo

The remaster features HD graphics, enhanced 3D-models, a fully voice-acted dialogue and a new arrangement for the soundtrack.

You can watch the launch trailer below.

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During The Game Awards 2022 Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XVI will be released on 22 June 2023 on PlayStation 5. Naoki Yoshida, producer of Final Fantasy XVI, appeared on stage to introduce the world premiere of the new trailer titled REVENGE.

Final Fantasy XVI introduces gamers to an all-new standalone story in the Final Fantasy universe, an epic dark fantasy world that takes place in the realm of Valisthea—a land blessed in the light of the Mothercrystals, and where peace falters as the spread of the Blight threatens to destroy their dominions. The fate of the land is decided by the Eikons, powerful and deadly creatures, and their Dominants, men and women who have been blessed with the ability to call upon and wield them. This is the tale of Clive Rosfield, a warrior granted the title “First Shield of Rosaria” and sworn to protect his younger brother Joshua, the Dominant of the Phoenix, Eikon of Fire. Before long, Clive will be caught up in a great tragedy and swear revenge on the Dark Eikon Ifrit, a mysterious entity that brings calamity in its wake.

Final Fantasy XVI artwork

The game will be available in 3 editions: Standard Edition, Deluxe Edition and Collector's Edition. Everyone that pre-orders Final Fantasy XVI will receive the Braveheart (Weapon) DLC and Cait Sith Charm (Gil Boost Accessory) DLC.

You can watch the trailer on YouTube.

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