December 2022

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

Square Enix

Today, 35 years ago on 18 December 1987, the first game in the Final Fantasy series was released on the Nintendo Famicom in Japan. What maybe was the last game for the, at that time, small developer Square before they went bankrupt, became one of the best selling game franchises.

Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series, took his inspiration from Dragon Quest (their big rival back then), The Legend of Zelda and Ultima to create a new fantasy RPG. Should it not have sold well, he would have quit the gaming industries and return to university.

Square Enix

Earlier this week reports where coming in that the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series is coming to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch after it has been rated by the ESRB. Today, on the 35th anniversary of the Final Fantasy series, Square Enix has confirmed that the series will be released in Spring 2023.

If you want to digitally purchase these games, you have the option to purchase them individually or together as a bundle. If you want he Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series physical, there are two limited editions available: Standard Edition and the FF35th Anniversary Edition.

Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster FF35th Anniversary Edition

The FF35th Anniversary Edition will include the following:

  • FINAL FANTASY I-VI COLLECTION - physical collection of all games for either PS4 or Nintendo Switch-
  • Anniversary Edition GOODS BOX.
  • A bonus lenticular sleeve for the game package.
  • 2-disc vinyl record set featuring newly arranged game music with exclusive cover artwork by Kazuko Shibuya
  • A specially compiled artbook showcasing beautiful character pixel art.
  • Eight stylized pixel art character figures in window packaging.

Both physical editions are exclusive to the Square Enix Store and are now available for pre-order. However a couple of hours after the announcement the Standard Edition is already sold out.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion, the remastered version of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, is now available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and PC.

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.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion logo

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

You can watch the launch trailer below.

Square Enix

During The Game Awards 2022 Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XVI will be released on 22 June 2023 on PlayStation 5. Naoki Yoshida, producer of Final Fantasy XVI, appeared on stage to introduce the world premiere of the new trailer titled REVENGE.

Final Fantasy XVI introduces gamers to an all-new standalone story in the Final Fantasy universe, an epic dark fantasy world that takes place in the realm of Valisthea—a land blessed in the light of the Mothercrystals, and where peace falters as the spread of the Blight threatens to destroy their dominions. The fate of the land is decided by the Eikons, powerful and deadly creatures, and their Dominants, men and women who have been blessed with the ability to call upon and wield them. This is the tale of Clive Rosfield, a warrior granted the title “First Shield of Rosaria” and sworn to protect his younger brother Joshua, the Dominant of the Phoenix, Eikon of Fire. Before long, Clive will be caught up in a great tragedy and swear revenge on the Dark Eikon Ifrit, a mysterious entity that brings calamity in its wake.

Final Fantasy XVI artwork

The game will be available in 3 editions: Standard Edition, Deluxe Edition and Collector's Edition. Everyone that pre-orders Final Fantasy XVI will receive the Braveheart (Weapon) DLC and Cait Sith Charm (Gil Boost Accessory) DLC.

You can watch the trailer on YouTube.