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Square Enix has announced that SaGa Frontier is being remastered for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Steam, iOS, and Android and will launch in Summer 2021.

SaGa Frontier is a role playing game in the SaGa series where you follow the exploits of one of seven protagonists, each with his or her own storyline and goal in a science fiction/fantasy universe called "The Regions", a group of worlds with varying degrees of culture, unique races, technology, and magic. The game was released in 1997 on the PlayStation in Japan and one year later in North America. It was never released in Europe.

SaGa Frontier Remastered adds a new playable character, Fuse, and also new events and features.

Kingdom Hearts

The first rhythm action game in the Kingdom Hearts series, Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory, is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

In Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory, players will relive their favorite moments from the series as they journey alongside Sora, Donald and Goofy, along with other familiar Kingdom Hearts characters. As players travel through iconic Disney worlds, they will join forces with beloved Disney characters along the way. Players can master more than 140 musical tracks, including favorites like “Destiny Islands,” “Hand in Hand,” and “Working Together” from Yoko Shimomura, as well as classic songs from Disney’s cinematic universes.

Whether alone or with friends and family via local co-op and online multiplayer, players will bounce and bop to the beat of the exhilarating Kingdom Hearts soundtrack to defeat tough enemies and bosses. The game offers three different play styles so players of all ages and skill levels can enjoy their magical musical adventure in Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory. Players can casually explore all the worlds and tracks with One Button mode, or really showcase their prowess with the frenetic “Performer” mode for more fast-paced and skillful combo sets. Along the way, players will unlock and collect iconic story scenes from across the entire Kingdom Hearts saga, to be enjoyed in the game’s Museum. Competitive Online Battle modes mix up the formula even further, with special tricks to confound your opponents. Players of the Nintendo Switch version can also participate in a Free-for-All battle mode with up to seven other players via local play.

If you want to try the game, there's a demo of the game available for download.

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Square Enix has released a new patch for the Steam, Android and iOS version of Final Fantasy IV. These version are ports of the Nintendo DS remake and have been released in 2012 on iOS, 2013 on Android and 2014 on Windows.

In the Steam version a brand new interface and full screen support up to 21:9 has been introduced. Here are the release notes:

  • Completely new interface
    • Gamepad compatibility has been optimized.
    • Small adjustments to keyboard, mouse, and touch panel operations have also been made.
  • Full-screen now available
    • Full-screen display now available until 21:9.
  • The follow language settings are available:
    • Chinese (Simplified)
    • Chinese (Traditional)
    • Korean
    • Thai
    • Japanese
  • Small bugs have been fixed.

The Android and iOS version also got an update to include the full opening movie, as well as big screen support.

Currently the Steam version is 50% off and the Android and iOS versions are 53% off.

Square Enix

Recently Square Enix has released a demo of Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC giving players, who want to try the game, 10 hours of content from the beginning of the game.

The demo showcases new features and quality of life improvements specific to the Definitive Edition, including the ability to speed up battles, Japanese and English audio, a symphonic soundtrack and a photo mode to capture the beautiful vistas as you roam the gorgeous landscape. This content merely scratches the surface of the new features that make up the full game which provides new character stories, an improved crafting system, and the option to play the entire game in 2D like a classic Dragon Quest game. Progress from the demo can be carried over to the full game when it releases on 4 December 2020. As an added bonus, players who complete the main scenario of the demo will receive three “Seed of Skill,” which grant players an extra skill point when consumed and can be used either in the demo or upon continuing their save progress in the full game.

Also a demo trailer was released which you can watch below.

Square Enix

Today Square Enix has launched the official website of the latest standalone title in the Final Fantasy series; Final Fantasy XVI. On the website new artwork and information about the world and the characters of the game can be found.

This update reveals information about the world, the Eikons and the different nations located on Valisthea, the name of the world of Final Fantasy XVI.

The land of Valisthea is studded with Mothercrystals—glittering mountains of crystal that tower over the realms around them, blessing them with aether. For generations, people have flocked to these beacons to take advantage of their blessing, using the aether to conjure magicks that let them live lives of comfort and plenty. Great powers have grown up around each Mothercrystal, and an uneasy peace has long reigned between them. Yet now the peace falters as the spread of the Blight threatens to destroy their dominions.

The Eikons are the most powerful and deadly creatures in Valisthea. Each resides within a Dominant—a single man or woman who is blessed with the ability to call upon their dread power. In some nations these Dominants are treated as royalty in admiration of this strength—in others they are bound in fear of it, and forced to serve as weapons of war. Those who are born as Dominants cannot escape their fate, however cruel it may be.

The website reveals six realms. However the name of two Eikons (probably) is left blank.

The Grand Duchy of Rosaria

Long ago, a group of small independent provinces in western Valisthea found strength in unity, and formed the Grand Duchy of Rosaria. After years of relative prosperity, the duchy now finds itself threatened by the spread of the Blight—a threat that, left unchecked, would doubtless usher the realm to ruin. Rosaria draws its aether from Drake's Breath, a Mothercrystal situated on a volcanic island off the coast. The Dominant of the Phoenix, Eikon of Fire, is enthroned as Archduke when they come of age.

The Holy Empire of Sanbreque

Sanbreque is the largest theocratic force in Valisthea. The Empire's holy capital Oriflamme is built around Drake's Head, the Mothercrystal that blesses the surrounding provinces with abundant aether. The people happily take advantage of this, living in comfort and security under the watchful gaze of the Holy Emperor, whom they worship as the living incarnation of the one true deity. The Dominant of serves as the empire's champion, taking to the field in times of war to rout its enemies.

The Kingdom of Waloed

Waloed claims the entirety of Ash, the eastern half of Valisthea, as its dominion. The kingdom's control of the continent has oft been tested by the orcs and other beastmen who make their home there, but the current ruler of the realm— Dominant of—has succeeded in quelling their rebellions. Using the power of the kingdom's Mothercrystal, Drake's Spine, this new king has built up a mighty army, with which he now seeks to test the borders of his neighbors.

The Dhalmekian Republic

The Dhalmekian Republic is made up of five states, from which the members of its ruling parliament are drawn. Its Mothercrystal, Drake's Fang, is half-hidden in the heart of a mountain range—the republic's control over it, and its aether, securing the obedience of the large part of southern Valisthea. The Dominant of Titan, Eikon of Earth, is installed as a special advisor to parliament and has a significant say in its decision-making.

The Iron Kingdom

A small group of islands off the coast of Storm, the western half of Valisthea's twin realms. Here the Crystalline Orthodox, an extreme faith that worships crystals, reigns supreme. The Iron Kingdom controls Drake's Breath, the Mothercrystal that sits at the heart of one of their islands—long a source of contention with neighboring Rosaria. Isolated and aloof from the mainland nations, the Ironblood speak their own language. Orthodox doctrine judges Dominants to be unholy abominations, and any unlucky enough to be born on the islands are executed.

The Crystalline Dominion

The Crystalline Dominion sits at the heart of Valisthea, built around the tallest of all the Mothercrystals, Drake's Tail. Many bloody battles were fought for control of this small plot of land due to its strategic importance, till the warring realms finally agreed to an armistice. As part of the peace treaty, the islands around Drake's Tail became an autonomous dominion led by a council of representatives from the surrounding nations—each realm enjoying equal claim to the Mothercrystal's blessing. No Dominant makes their home there.

Also information about three characters have been revealed.

Clive Rosfield

The firstborn son of the Archduke of Rosaria. Though all expected him to inherit the Phoenix's flames and awaken as its Dominant, destiny instead chose his younger brother Joshua to bear this burden. In search of a role of his own, Clive dedicated himself to mastering the blade. His practice pays off when, at just fifteen years of age, he wins the ducal tournament and is dubbed the First Shield of Rosaria—tasked to guard the Phoenix and blessed with the ability to wield a part of his fire. Alas, Clive's promising career is to end in tragedy at the hands of a mysterious dark Eikon, Ifrit, setting him on a dangerous road to revenge.

Joshua Rosfield

The second son of the Archduke of Rosaria and Clive's younger brother by five years. Joshua awoke as the Dominant of the Phoenix soon after his birth. Despite his noble upbringing, Joshua treats all his father's subjects with warmth and affection—none more so than Clive, whom he deeply admires. Joshua often laments that it was he, the frail and bookish younger son, who was granted command of the firebird's flames, and not his stronger, braver brother. While Clive will gladly throw himself into any danger, Joshua quails at the sight of a carrot on his dinner plate. But carrots become the least of his concern when he, too, is swept up into the tragic events that change Clive's life forever.

Jill Warrick

Born in the fallen Northern Territories, Jill was taken from her homeland at a tender age to become a ward of Rosaria, securing peace between the two warring nations. The Archduke insisted that she be raised alongside his sons, and now, at twelve years of age, she is as much a part of the Rosfield household as Clive and Joshua. Ever kind, gracious, and unassuming, Jill has become a trusted confidant to the brothers.

Clive Rosfield is the protagonist of the game and Joshua his younger brother and Dominant. Jill a childhood friend.



   

Final Fantasy VII Remake

After more than 6 months after the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake on the PlayStation 4, Square Enix has released the first patch for the game.

The changelog of version 1.01 is very limited. It only contains the following: "Fixed various bugs."

After the release rumours were spreading if this patch is for preparation to be compatible with the PlayStation 5. We do not know.

Final Fantasy VII Remake was released on 10 April 2020 on the PlayStation 4. Part 2 is currently in development. However due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team is not working at 100% efficiency. It's unknown when it will be released.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII

Square Enix has announced that they will release a physical edition of Final Fantasy VII / Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Twin Pack for Nintendo Switch and Final Fantasy VIII Remastered on PlayStation 4 in Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand on 4 December 2020.

The games can now be pre-ordered at the Square Enix Store. Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Twin Pack is priced at € 39,99 and Final Fantasy VIII Remastered at € 19.99.

Final Fantasy VII has been released digitally on PlayStation 4 in December 2015, followed by Nintendo Switch in March 2019. Final Fantasy VIII Remastered has been released in September 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. The Final Fantasy VII / Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Twin Pack for Nintendo Switch was first released in Southeast Asia in 2019 and supports the English and Japanese language.

 Final Fantasy VII / Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Twin Pack for Switch and Final Fantasy VIII Remastered

Square Enix

During the special NieR series Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online stream the release date of NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... has been announced. In Japan the game will be released on 22 April 2021 and in North America and Europe on 23 April 2021. The game will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... invites players into a dark, apocalyptic world as they join a brother’s captivating quest to cure his sister of a deadly disease - a quest which will in turn make them question everything. The game will be developed in collaboration with Toylogic and brings back together an all-star team including acclaimed director Yoko Taro (Drakengard / NieR:Automata), composer Keiichi Okabe (Tekken / Drakengard / NieR:Automata), and producer Yosuke Saito (Dragon Quest X / NieR:Automata).

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. NieR Replicant has never been released in the West until now.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... White Snow Edition

Next to the standard edition a special edition called the White Snow Edition will be available which can be pre-ordered at the Square Enix Store which contains the following:

  • Grimoire Pin Set – Grimoire Weiss, Grimoire Noir, and Grimoire Rubrum pins which come presented in a specialized display case.
  • Script Set – A set of seven books encompassing the spoken script of the game. Packaged in a special hard case, featuring covers art by character designer, Akihiko Yoshida.
  • Special Soundtrack – A two-disc collection featuring newly-edited and arranged music for NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139..., presented in a premium Grimoire Weiss-inspired package.
  • Steelbook Case – A metal case featuring stunning artwork by illustrator Koda Kazuma.
  • Lunar Tear Collector’s Box.

Also a new trailer has been revealed which you can watch below.

Square Enix has also announced that NieR Re[in]carnation, the first mobile game in the NieR series, will make its way to North America and Europe.

Square Enix

At the start of the PlayStation 5 Showcase earlier this evening Square Enix has announced a new title in the Final Fantasy series: Final Fantasy XVI!

Final Fantasy XVI will be a standalone single player action RPG developed by Creative Business Unit III, which is led by Naoki Yoshida, and will be a PlayStation 5 console exclusive.

Final Fantasy XVI logo

Comment from Producer Naoki Yoshida
Final Fantasy XVI producer (that’s right, just producer) Naoki Yoshida here. How did you enjoy the trailer? The exclusive footage, comprised of both battles and cutscenes running in real-time, represents but a fraction of what our team has accomplished since the start of development on this, an all-new Final Fantasy game. In that span, the team’s size has grown from a handful of core members to a full-fledged unit that continues to polish and build upon what they have created so far, all to provide players an experience unmatched in terms of story and gameplay.

Our next big information reveal is scheduled for 2021, so in the meantime, I expect everyone to have fun speculating, as we have a lot in store—not only for Final Fantasy XVI, but for Final Fantasy XIV, too. Needless to say, I’ll be working hard on both!

Comment from Director Hiroshi Takai
When Final Fantasy I was released, I was just another player─a young student with big dreams. By the time Final Fantasy V was in the works, I had earned myself a seat at the developers’ table... albeit at the very end. From there, I moved “online” leaving my mark on both Final Fantasy XI and XIV.

And now...XVI.

From the establishment of an all new development environment, to learning the ins-and-outs of the PS5, the team and I have taken on countless challenges during our journey to bring you the sixteenth chapter in the storied Final Fantasy franchise. And though we’re pouring our hearts and souls into this project each and every day, it may still be some time before we can get it into your hands. However, I promise it will be worth the wait!

You can watch the awakening trailer below.

Update 17-09-2020: After the announcement Square Enix has reached out to several gaming websites (like Kotaku) that Final Fantasy XVI has only been announced for PlayStation 5 and they have no further information if the game will be released on an other platform.

Square Enix

Recently Square Enix has announced their line-up for the Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online, which will take place from 23 September 2020 to 27 September 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be online only.

Here's the list:

On Square Enix's website you can find the full schedule. Everything will streamed on YouTube, Twitch and Niconico. Also on 24 September at 22:00 JST (15:00 CEST / 09:00 EDT / 06:00 PDT) Square Enix will do their show on the Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online channel.

Square Enix Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online line-up

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