May 2006

Here you can find news items that were posted on Hell and Heaven Net in the past.

Final Fantasy XII

On the American gameshow G4 a Final Fantasy XII trailer has been shown with English voices. The trailer has been recorded with a digicam from TV, so don't expect big quality. It's more about the voices.

» Download English FF12 trailer

Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII

Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix™ interactive products in North America, recently announced the newest installment of the FINAL FANTASY® VII series, DIRGE of CERBERUS™ LOST EPISODE -FINAL FANTASY VII-, to be available for mobile phones.

DIRGE of CERBERUS LOST EPISODE -FINAL FANTASY VII- takes place three years after Meteorfall that transpired at the end of the original FINAL FANTASY VII. As Vincent Valentine, players struggle to save the world from the evil Deepground Soldiers, an elite squad of bloodthirsty soldiers set on destroying humanity. This title will take advantage of all mobile gaming has to offer, allowing players to explore a sprawling world in Battlefield mode, and battle the Deepground Soldiers in an action shooter mode. Familiar features from FINAL FANTASY VII, such as Materia and Limit Break attacks, can also be utilized by Vincent to smash his foes.

"We are pleased to be continuing the saga of FINAL FANTASY VII with DIRGE of CERBERUS LOST EPISODE," said Kosei Ito, Mobile Producer, Square Enix Co., Ltd. "The exciting mobile gaming platform is the perfect arena to add to the story of one of video gaming's most celebrated titles ever."

Deepground Elite (DGE) Mode offers online head-to-head action with other players. This mode allows players to take on the role of a Deepground soldier and battle other players in intense battles over the mobile network.

DIRGE of CERBERUS LOST EPISODE -FINAL FANTASY VII- will be available this Summer

Source: Square Enix

Final Fantasy VII

In the recent issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly the magazine made a comment in their PS3 section about the classic RPG Final Fantasy VII.

"Last year, Square Enix teased everyone with what was called the "FFVII PS3 demo," the article states. "Well, what do you know? This test case was really a sneak peek at a next-gen revival of the PS1 role-playing hit."

Everywhere on the net things were placed like "FF7 Remake Confirmed!", but when IGN asked Square Enix more about this they stated this:
"Since the FINAL FANTASY VII tech demo at E3 2005, there have been a lot of rumors about the presentation hinting at an actual remake. While the June 2006 issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly confirms the remake for release in 2007, Square Enix has never stated this.

We have however confirmed that development has begun for Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Versus XIII on PlayStation 3. These titles are part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis Project which also includes a mobile game titled FINAL FANTASY Agito XIII."

Now it's not that the game never will be made, it is just not the time for it yet.

Final Fantasy XIII

Square Enix has announced in a presentation that the Fabula Nova Crystallis - Final Fantasy XIII project will consist of 6 games next to Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy Agito XIII.

Rumors are that Final Fantasy Haeresis XIII will be the next game. The game hasn't been officially announced yet, but Square Enix trademarked the name in the US begin this month.

According to Yoichi Wada, the president of Square Enix, the Fabula Nova Crystallis project will take 10 years, just like the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII project.

» Project Chart


Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

New magazine scans has been appeared on the net from the upcoming PSP game Crisis Core. The scans are from Dengeki PS and Famitsu and are from high quality.

» Dengeki PS Scans: 1 2 3
» Famitsu: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7


I've added 44 screenshots from the Final Fantasy XIII E3 trailer to the screenshots page. Thanks goes out to .KrytikaL. for making them.

» Final Fantasy XIII E3 trailer screenshots

Kingdom Hearts II

Square Enix has announced that Kingdom Hearts II will be released in Europe this Autumn instead of Late 2006, what they say earlier. If an exact release date is known, I'll post it right away.

Final Fantasy XIII

A lot of new magazine scans have appeared on the net. They all come from the latest issue of Famitsu Magazine. On scan 3 and 8 the magazine compares the battle system with other FF games. On the Agito scan you see 12 new characters that will proberly be in the game that will be made by the same team as Before Crisis.

» Final Fantasy XIII scans #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
» Final Fantasy Agito XIII scans #: 1

Source: FF7 Reunion

Final Fantasy III

Square Enix has updated their Final Fantasy III website with the E3 trailer. Click on the link to watch it. It looks very promising.

» Final Fantasy III E3 Trailer

Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII

Today Square Enix has opened their official website to the game: Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus. Don't expect much, it's just a flash teaser that tells that the website is coming soon.

» Official North American Dirge of Cerberus website

Final Fantasy XIII

We already had some magazine scans, but they were in bad quality. Now I've found the same scan but in a higher resolution. The scan is from the latest issue of V-Jump magazine.

» Magazine Scan

I've uploaded the Final Fantasy XIII E3 trailer that was shown yesterday at Sony's E3 press conference. You can choose between a mov and wmv file. The wmv file is without website intro.

» Trailer: wmv mov

Square Enix has released the first screenshots of the PSP game Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII. The game will be a prequel to Final Fantasy VII and will tell the story of Zack, a private soldier of the Shinra Corporation. Also Sephiroth will be in the game and his background will be explained as well in the game.

There's no release date stated yet for this game.

» Screens: Logo 1 2


Yesterday Sony held his E3 press conference and announced that the PlayStation 3 will be available in Japan on November 11 and in America and Europe on November 17th.

The console will be available in two models. One with a 20 GB HDD, which will not have a WiFi IEEE 802.11 b/g connection, a memory slot for SD/Compact Flash/Memory Stick and HDMI-exit. This one will have a price card of $499 / €499. The other model will have a 60 GB HDD and will have all the things that are not in the 20 GB model. The advanced model will have a price card of $549 / €599.

The controller has been changed back to the old PS2 controller, but with improvements of course. First the controller is wireless, which is actually a must. Second the controller has motion-sensing capabilities, the controller can be turned in six degrees of movement. Due to this new feature they had to get rid of the Dual Shock feature.

» Images: Controller Spec-Sheet

Final Fantasy XIII

Earlier today Square Enix had given a pre-E3 conference and released much info about their upcoming games.

- Final Fantasy XII will be released in the USA in October 2006.
- Final Fantasy XIII has been announced for the PS3. The game was first made by the Final Fantasy X team for the PS2. But after the Final Fantasy VII tech demo on last years E3, they were so happy with the hardware and decided to make it for the PS3.
Final Fantasy Versus XIII will be made by the Kingdom Hearts team and will feature "extreme action elements." Final Fantasy XIII will also be made for the mobile phone.
- Final Fantasy V (GBA), Final Fantasy VI (GBA), Children of Mana (NDS) en Dawn of Mana (jap. 'Seiken Densetsu 4' ) (PS2) has been confirmed for release in the USA, but without a release date.
- Valkyrie Profile (PSP) will be released in the USA on July 18th, 2006.
- Valkyrie Profile 2 (PS2), Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime (NDS) and Final Fantasy III (NDS) will be released in the USA in September 2006.
- Two new games in the Crystal Chronicles series will be made. One for the NDS and the other for Nintendo Wii.
- Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors will be made for Nintendo Wii.

That's all right now. I'll update the site tomorrow with hopefully more Final Fantasy XIII screenshots and more news about this weird step Square made.

More info available at GameSpot.

» Final Fantasy XIII section

Square Enix

Square Enix has trademarked 2 names at the USPTO previous week. The first one is Ring of Fates and the other one is The Crystal Bearers, which might be the 2nd Crystal Chronicles game that will appear on the Nintendo Wii.

More info will hopefully follow after Square Enix E3 conference later this day.

Source: NeoGAF

Kingdom Hearts II

Square Enix has announced that Kingdom Hearts II has sold through more than one million units in North America in only four weeks.

"Kingdom Hearts II has sold through one million units in just one-third the time of that of the original, proving that fans were waiting to get their hands on the sequel," said Daishiro Okada, President & COO, Square Enix, Inc. "The winning combination of Disney and Square Enix has done it again and we couldn't be happier with the results."

The entire Kingdom Hearts series has shipped more than 8.5 million units worldwide.