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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.

Square Enix

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.

Square Enix

During the Nintendo Direct episode of 17 February 2021 Nintendo and Square Enix has announced a new tactical 2D HD RPG game in the same setting as Octopath Traveler with the working title Project Triangle Strategy.

In the full trailer several aspects of the game is shown. The battles take place on an isometric tactical grid, which looks a lot like Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre. The story is about three nations battle for control of the dwindling resources of salt and iron. During the story you have to make several choices, which will take you on a different path.

Project Triangle Strategy

Project Triangle Strategy will be released on Nintendo Switch in 2022. For fans who can't play to play this game, the debut demo can be downloaded from the Nintendo eShop.

You can watch the trailer and introduction to the game below:

Kingdom Hearts

Square Enix has announced that the Kingdom Hearts series is coming to PC via the Epic Games Store. This was announced earlier today at the Epic Games Store Spring Showcase 2021.

A full list of Kingdom Hearts titles coming to the Epic Games Store is as follows:

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX

  • Kingdom Hearts FINAL MIX
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD Remastered cinematics)
  • Kingdom Hearts II FINAL MIX
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD Remastered cinematics)

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

  • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
  • Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep –A fragmentary passage–
  • Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (movie)

Kingdom Hearts III + Re Mind (DLC)
Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory

Kingdom Hearts series at the Epic Games Store

The games will be available on 30 March 2021 and can be pre-ordered at the Epic Games Store. You can watch the announcement trailer below.

Final Fantasy XIV

Square Enix has unvealed Endwalker, the fourth expansion for Final Fantasy XIV Online. This was unvealed during the first Final Fantasy XIV Announcement Showcase that was streamed yesterday. Due to the COVID-19 pandanmic, the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival can not take place. The showcase was hosed by Naoki Yoshida, producer and director of Final Fantasy XIV Online.

Endwalker features the climax of the Hydaelyn and Zodiark story, in which Warriors of Light will encounter an even greater calamity than ever before as they travel to the far reaches of Hydaelyn and even to the moon. In addition to bringing the long-running story arc that began with A Realm Reborn to its conclusion, Endwalker will mark a new beginning for the beloved MMO, setting the stage for new adventures that longtime fans and new players can enjoy together.

Endwalker logo

The following new content and features were announced during the showcase:

  • Journey to Thavnair, the imperial capital of Garlemald, and even the Moon!
  • New Jobs: Sage and more
  • Level Cap Increase from 80 to 90
  • Expansive new areas, including Garlemald, Thavnair, and the city of Radz-at-Han.
  • A New Tribe: the Arkasodara
  • New threats, including Anima.
  • New Dungeons
  • New High-Difficulty Raid: Pandæmonium
  • Secrets Revealed in a New Alliance Raid Series
  • New Small-scale PvP Mode
  • An Additional “Trust” System ally: Estinien Wyrmblood
  • A New Residential District: Ishgard
  • Updates to the Gold Saucer
  • Relaxing Fun in Island Sanctuary
  • New Gear and Crafting Recipes
  • Expanded Horizons via the Data Center Travel System

Endwalker is scheduled to the released this fall.

Also during the showcase the PlayStation 5 version of Final Fantasy XIV Online was announced, scheduled to launch into open beta on 13 April 2021. The PlayStation 5 version features a number of upgrades to the PlayStation 4 version like improved frame rates, faster load times and 4K resolution support. Players that have the PlayStation 4 version, may download the PlayStation 5 version free of charge at the start of the open beta period. The full version will be released at the end of the open beta period.

Square Enix

Square Enix has announced that Dragon Quest Tact is now available for free to download on Apple iOS and Android devices.

Dragon Quest Tact logo

Dragon Quest Tact is a spinoff of the Dragon Quest series and is a tactical turned-based gacha game where you join forces with familiar monsters from the Dragon Quest universe to save the world of Orchesterra. The main protaganist can capture monsters by defeating them in battle with their own monster.

Dragon Quest Tact screenshot 1  Dragon Quest Tact screenshot 2  Dragon Quest Tact screenshot 3  Dragon Quest Tact screenshot 4

The game has been downloaded more than 10 million times after the release in Japan on 16 July 2020. You can download the game from the Apple Store and Google Play.

Final Fantasy VII

Last month Square Enix has filed trademarks for "Ever Crisis", "The First Soldier" and the Shinra Electric Power Company logo. The three trademarks recently made public.

All three trademarks are related to the Final Fantasy VII series:

  • "Ever Crisis" sounds like next entry in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII subseries with games like Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII and the film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
  • "The First Soldier" seems to be a reference to Sephiroth.
  • Shinra Electric Power Company is the megacorporation headquartered in the city of Midgar.

Or are these titles related with part two of Final Fantasy VII Remake which is currently in development?

Update 21-01-2021: Square Enix has also filed trademarks for "Ever Crisis" in Canada and Europe and the Shinra Electric Power Company logo in Europe.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Square Enix

A new secret cheat code has been discovered in NieR: Automata that allows you to skip the entire game to the last ending after beating the first boss. It appears to be the "last NieR: Automata secret" which NieR: Automata director Yoko Taro said that players have yet to discover back in March 2018 in Famitsu magazine.

The secret has been found by video game modder Lance McDonald by reverse engineering the engine of the game. After the cheat code has been entered Chapter Select, Debug Mode, the Debug Room, and the Trophy Shop, as well as a few other items will be unlocked.

After Lance McDonald tweeted about his discovery, Yoko Taro confirmed that after 3 years and 10 months the final secret of the game has been found. Lance McDonald released a video explaining how the secret can be activated. Please note that this video contains spoilers.

NieR: Automata is the sequel to NieR and has been released in 2017 on PlayStation 4 and PC. In 2018 the game was ported to Xbox One.

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