June 2021

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

Square Enix

On 28 June 1991 Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden (outside of Japan known as Final Fantasy Adventure), the first game in the Mana series, was released on the Nintendo Game Boy. Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Mana series. During yesterday’s celebratory livestream from Japan Square Enix has revealed several new announcements.

A new entry in the Mana series is Echoes of Mana, a free-to-play action RPG developed by WFS coming to mobile devices worldwide in 2022. The game will feature new and existing characters from the Mana series. A teaser trailer can be watched below.

Last year, the 3D remake of Trials of Mana was released. Over 1 million units have been sold worldwide and now the game will also be available on Android and iOS devices on 15 July 2021.

Only mobile games? Well, there's another new entry in development at the moment. However Koichi Ishii said the game is still in early development and no information or footage could be shared.

Last week the remastered version of Legend of Mana has been released. During the livestream an anime series have been announced called Legend of Mana -The Teardrop Crystal-. It will be produced by Warner Bros. Japan LLC, Graphinica, Inc. and Yokohama Animation Lab and is planned to air worldwide.

Legend of Mana -The Teardrop Crystal- artwork

Final Fantasy IX

Cyber Group Studios, a developer, producer and distributor of animated television series and movies for children located in Paris, has signed a co-development and co-production deal with Square Enix to adapt Final Fantasy IX to an animated series for eight- to 13 years old. This according to a Kidscreen report. Cyber Group will also handle worldwide distribution, licensing and merchandise.

Pierre Sissmann, CEO of Cyber Group Studios, said that the company is putting the finishing touches on a project bible, and plans to begin pitching it to broadcasters in the coming months. The goal is to begin production by the end of 2021 or beginning of 2022.

Cyber Group Studios has partnered with Square Enix before. In 2009 Eidos Interactive (now part of Square Enix) released Mini Ninjas, an action-adventure game. In 2015 the animated series was aired on several networks that was produced by Cyber Group Studios.

Final Fantasy IX was originally released on the PlayStation in 2000 and goes back to the medieval style seen in earlier games in the Final Fantasy series. Now it can also be played on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Steam, Android and iOS devices.

Final Fantasy IX cast

Square Enix

Earlier today Square Enix streamed Square Enix Presents Summer Showcase. During the stream a new spinoff in the Final Fantasy series has been announced; Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. This action RPG is currently in developed in collaboration with Team Ninja, creators of Ninja Gaiden and Nioh.

You take the role of Jack who, along with allies Ash and Jed, sets off on a quest to defeat Chaos. Burning with resolve, and with memories of their struggle deep in their hearts, are they the foretold Warriors of Light?

Your journey will take you into a dark and challenging fantasy world, filled with iconic monsters from the Final Fantasy series. Fortunately, Jack isn’t exactly defenseless - he can use powerful spells and abilities from a range of jobs, including warrior, dragoon and black mage.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin screenshot

Square Enix has released a trail version on the PlayStation 5 that can now be downloaded; But don't wait too long. The trail version will be available until 24 June 14:59 GMT.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin will release in 2022 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC.

Square Enix

Earlier today Square Enix streamed Square Enix Presents Summer Showcase. During the stream the company announced that the first six games in the Final Fantasy series will be remastered for Steam and mobile platforms.

The series will be known as the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series and the six games will be released individually. Only a teaser was revealed showing some footage from the remastered games.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

The PlayStation 5 version of last year hit title Final Fantasy VII Remake titled Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is now available.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is an enchanced version of Final Fantasy VII Remake with the following features:

  • Access to FF7R Episode INTERmission, a PlayStation 5 console exclusive adventure that brings a new perspective to the acclaimed Final Fantasy VII Remake storyline
  • 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

Yuffie in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade

Players who have purchased Final Fantasy VII Remake on PlayStation 4 can download the upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for free. However you need the PlayStation 5 base edition (with the disc drive). The update does not include FF7R Episode INTERmission which can be purchased separately via the PlayStation Store.

Recently Square Enix released a patch for the PlayStation 4 version where players can transfer their save file to the PlayStation 5 version.

Final Fantasy VII Remake transfer save