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After being leaked last year from NVIDIA GeForce NOW and recently from the PlayStation Store, Square Enix has officially announced Tactics Ogre: Reborn, the remaster from the PlayStation Portable game Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together. It will be released on 11 November 2022 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.

Tactics Ogre: Reborn is set in The Valerian Isles, jewels of the Obero Sea. Following many years of conflict, there finally rose a man to put an end to this: Dorgalua Oberyth. Known as the "Dynast-King,” he brought peace and prosperity to Valeria for half a century. After his death, a civil war erupts and throws the isles of Valeria into a bloody struggle for power between three warring factions. In Tactics Ogre: Reborn, players follow the story of a young man, Denam Pavel, caught in the center of the bloodshed. Although he seeks a path of freedom and justice, players will soon discover that even the noblest of goals requires impossibly difficult decisions to be made.

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Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together was released in 1995 on the Super Famicom in Japan only. Later it was ported to the Sega Saturn and PlayStation. In 2010 it got a remake on the PlayStation Portable.

New updates and features include:

  • Beautifully remastered graphics that enhance yet maintain the original distinctive visual style
  • Fully voiced cutscenes in English & Japanese
  • Full orchestral re-recording of the game’s soundtrack
  • Assorted quality of life updates, such as:
    • Redesigned battle system
    • Adjusted level management system
    • Reworked AI
    • Simplified and improved UI

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You can watch the announcement trailer below.

Final Fantasy VII

During the Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary Celebration that was streamed last night Square Enix has announced the second chapter in the re-imagining of Final Fantasy VII titled Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. We now also know that the re-imagining will be a trilogy.

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Final Fantasy VII remake series Creative Director, Tetsuya Nomura said:

As revealed on the broadcast, there are currently four Final Fantasy VII projects being developed in parallel. Although each of the four titles plays a different role, they are all connected through the high-quality depictions of Final Fantasy VII’s world and characters. As someone who was involved with the development of each and every one of the original titles, I deeply understand the vision and thoughts behind each project, and I am actively involved in the development process for all four titles.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is being designed so that people can enjoy this game whether they know the original game or not. In fact, new players might even enjoy starting their Final Fantasy VII journey with Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. Cloud and his friends embark on a new journey in this game, and I believe that the scenes that they witness after leaving Midgar will give players a fresh, new experience. I can’t wait to share the intention behind naming the first title, “Remake,” and the second title, “Rebirth.” In time, I hope to reveal what the third title will be called, and where this journey will ultimately lead.

The development of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth has been progressing rapidly since we adopted a new development structure. A title of this scale in which everything is interconnected even before production began is truly rare. In fact, some development has already begun on the third title. I myself have started on the development and am working towards the completion of the series.

We will work to deliver this title to fans with the same amount of enthusiasm from now until we reach the finish line. In the meantime, please enjoy the other 25th anniversary projects that further expand the world of Final Fantasy VII.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Director Naoki Hamaguchi said:

I am overjoyed that we are able to announce Final Fantasy VII Rebirth and I feel a strong sense of duty to deliver the ultimate Final Fantasy VII experience to all the fans eagerly awaiting this game. The development has already entered full production and the team is highly motivated in putting everything together on the project and working to create a finished game. The Final Fantasy VII remake project will be a three-part trilogy, but Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is much more than just one installment in the series. We are developing it with all of the passion and dedication needed to create an original game and plan to deliver the ultimate gameplay and world building experience. Trust me, it will be worth the wait!

And finally Yoshinori Kitase, Final Fantasy VII Remake series Producer and Final Fantasy VII Director said:

We have officially announced that the second title Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will be released next winter, approximately three years after the original Final Fantasy VII Remake released in April 2020. Three years may feel like a long time for all the fans who are eagerly awaiting the next game, but we want to offer the best experience possible and reassure everyone that development is proceeding at an astonishingly fast pace for such a large-scale HD title. Making the middle part of a trilogy has its own challenges, but there are plenty of classic second installments in the world of film that are defined by stunning story twists and deeper explorations of their characters. Often these second installments become a favorite amongst the fans. In the same vein, we are aiming to make Final Fantasy VII Rebirth an even more gripping and memorable experience than Final Fantasy VII Remake, so please wait a little longer while we finish up.

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will be released on PlayStation 5 in the Winter of 2023/2024. You can watch the announcement trailer below.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

During the Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary Celebration that was streamed last night Square Enix revealed that Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII will be remasted under the title Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion.

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.

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

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam this Winter. Below you can watch the announcement trailer.

Final Fantasy VII

During the Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary Celebration that was streamed last night Square Enix revealed a new trailer of the mobile game Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis. Also they've announced that there are planning a closed beta test during 2022.

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.

Below you can watch the trailer.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

During the Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary Celebration that was streamed last night Square Enix has revealed that Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade will be available on Steam on 17 July 2022, which is today, making it no longer exclusive on Epic Games Store for PC gamers. The game is fully compatible with the Steam Deck.

A full list of contents for Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade on PC via the can be found below:

  • FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE and FF7R EPISODE INTERmission DLC
  • The FF7R EPISODE INTERmission-exclusive weapon, Cacstar
  • Armor: Midgar Bangle, Shinra Bangle and Corneo Armlet
  • Accessories: Superstar Belt, Mako Crystal and Seraphic Earrings
  • Summon materia: Carbuncle, Chocobo Chick and Cactuar

Players can purchase the game with 29% discount until June 23. Below you can see the trailer.

Final Fantasy VII

Recently Square Enix has announced that they will be streaming the Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday 16 June 2022 at 15:00 PDT /  23:00 BST. In the show the latest information relating to the 25th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII will be shown.

On Twitter, Tetsuya Nomura, director of Final Fantasy VII Remake, said the following:

“We will be streaming “FINAL FANTASY VII 25th Anniversary Celebration”. At only around 10 minutes long, it will be short and sweet, but we have packed in lots of information, so I hope everyone can look forward to the unveiling.”

Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary Celebration

Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2 anyone?

Final Fantasy VII was released in Japan on 31 January 1997 on the original PlayStation. In 2020 Final Fantasy VII Remake was released covering the first section of the original in the city of Midgar.

The stream can be viewed on YouTube.

Square Enix

In Sony's latest State of Play the last game shown was Final Fantasy XVI. They've released a new trailer called "Dominance" where gameplay footage is shown for first time and several new Eikons are introduced. At the end of the trailer the release date was revealed: Summer 2023.

Yoshida Naoki, the producer, and Hiroshi Takai, the director of Final Fantasy XVI, have written an article on the PlayStation Blog. The article goes, among other things, that the game is fully playable from start to finish and that the development team is optimizing the game and they still have a lot of challenges to tackle.

They also introduced some of the key development team members behind Final Fantasy XVI.

  • Producer: Naoki Yoshida
  • Main Director: Hiroshi Takai
  • Creative Director & Original Screenplay: Kazutoyo Maehiro
  • Localization Director: Michael-Christopher Koji Fox
  • Art Director: Hiroshi Minagawa
  • Combat Director: Ryota Suzuki
  • Character Design: Kazuya Takahashi
  • Composer: Masayoshi Soken

Final Fantasy VII

During the Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier Official Broadcast #2: Half Anniversary Special livestream creative director Tetsuya Nomura said that Square Enix will share Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary related news this June.

Nomura did not say what game it will be about. Most likely Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis, a mobile game set for release this year. Back in January, in the previous livestream, Final Fantasy VII Remake producer Yoshinori Kitase teased “And as for the Final Fantasy VII Remake news you’ve been waiting on, I think I’ll be able to share more this year… maybe…”. Let's hope next month more information will be released of Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is the first game that has reimagined the original Final Fantasy VII and is set in the place of Midgar. It was released back in 2020 on PlayStation 4. In 2021 an enhanced version was released on PlayStation 5 called Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade.

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Square Enix

Square Enix has announced that they've made an agreement with Embracer Group to sell 3 Western studios for $ 300 million USD: Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montréal, and Square Enix Montréal. Also a catalogue of IPs will be transferred like Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Thief and Legacy of Kain.

Crystal Dynamics is known for the Tomb Raider series which received a reboot in 2013. They are currently working on a new Tomb Raider game which is developed with the Unreal Engine 5. Eidos Montréal has developed games like Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Square Enix Montréal is mostly known for the Go series like Hitman Go and Tomb Raider Go.

Embracer Group was previously known as Nordic Games and THQ Nordic and has acquired several companies in the past like Koch Media, Deep Silver and Gearbox.

Embracer Group

Square Enix said the transaction enables "the launch of new businesses by moving forward with investments in fields including blockchain, AI, and the cloud".

Kingdom Hearts

During the Kingdom Hearts 20th anniversary celebration that took place earlier today Square Enix has announced two new games: Kingdom Hearts IV and Kingdom Hearts: Missing Link. Also an update has been announced for Kingdom Hearts Dark Road.

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Kingdom Hearts IV is the newest instalment in the Kingdom Hearts series and is in early development. In the announcement trailer Sora wakes up after a long sleep in Quadratum, a large, expansive city set in a gorgeous, realistic world. The city is under threat of a giant enemy and Sora goes into battle. In the trailer you also see Strelitzia, a mysterious new character.

Since the game is still in early development, no release date has been announced.

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Kingdom Hearts: Missing Link is a mobile game for iOS and Android devices which allows players to embark on adventures from the realm of Scala ad Caelum into the real world. Players will be able to engage in exhilarating battles against the Heartless and discover a new, original story. A closed beta test is planned for 2022.

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Square Enix has also released an update on Kingdom Hearts Dark Road. The final chapter of will be released in August 2022 as a free update of the Kingdom Hearts Union χ Dark Road app.

You can watch the trailer here. A recap video of the event will be released on a later date.

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