June 2023

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

Square Enix

Final Fantasy XVI, the latest standalone entry in the Final Fantasy series, is now available on PlayStation 5.

Final Fantasy XVI introduces players to an all-new story in the Final Fantasy universe, an epic dark fantasy that takes place in the realms 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, mighty summoned beasts 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 known as Ifrit, a mysterious entity that brings calamity in its wake.

So what are you waiting for?! Go and get Final Fantasy XVI and enjoy! If you want a preview of the game, go and download the demo which let you play the prologue of the game.

Final Fantasy XVI artwork

Square Enix

During the latest Nintendo Direct Square Enix has announced that Star Ocean: The Second Story will be getting a remake titled Star Ocean: The Second Story R. This will be a 2.5D remake.

Star Ocean: The Second Story was originally released in 1998 on the PlayStation. In 2009 an enhanced remaster titled Star Ocean: Second Evolution was released on the PlayStation Portable. The story begins with Claude, a Federation officer, who finds himself transported to an undeveloped planet. While searching for a way home, an encounter with a girl named Rena draws them into a quest to save her people, just as an ancient prophecy foretold. Players will begin their adventure with either Claude or Rena, and depending on their choice, the perspectives and the allies' players recruit will change. Players will get to know party members through the unique ‘Private Actions System’, which will allow them to grow relationships and unlock a variety of different endings.

Star Ocean: The Second Story R logo

The remake will feature new difficulty modes, new battle mechanics, full Japanese and English voice overs, original and re-arranged music and fast-travel.

Star Ocean: The Second Story R will be released on 2 November 2023 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. You can now pre-order the game and the collector's edition. You can watch the trailer below.

Square Enix

During the Final Fantasy XVI Pre-Launch Celebration live event that was streamed yesterday Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XVI will actually be getting a day one patch.

The patch will be around 300 MB and will contain the following fixes and optimizations:

  • Fix a control flag issue which can make progress impossible under very specific circumstances;
  • Fix an issue wherein the game could close unexpectedly under very specific circumstances;
  • Optimize performance in several places;
  • Fix some minor text errors.

At first the development team said that they've worked hard to release the game without a day one patch for which they apologised during the live event.

Also during the live event producer Naoki Yoshida mentioned that the game was initially planned to ship on two discs, but about six months before the release the development team they managed to fit the game on one disc to reduce production costs.

Final Fantasy XVI will be released on 22 June 2023 exclusively on PlayStation 5. In Japan digital billboards will be on display starting tomorrow and also the below TV commercial will be aired.

Square Enix

During the Final Fantasy XVI Pre-Launch Celebration event Naoki Yoshida, the producer of Final Fantasy XVI, has announced that the Final Fantasy XVI demo will be available on Monday 12 June. That's today! The demo can now be downloaded from the PlayStation Store.

The demo will give fans interested in starting the adventure early access to the opening prologue, with saved progress carrying over to the full game after its release. In the demo, take control of Clive Rosfield at the start of his epic tale and learn about his ambitions and goals, as he endures a tragic event sending him on a dark and dangerous path of revenge. Completing the prologue allows players to experience a special battle demo which has numerous abilities unlocked, giving them the opportunity to jump into exhilarating battles and test out a wide array of devastating attacks and combos.

You can download the demo from the PlayStation Store. Final Fantasy XVI will be released on 22 June 2023 exclusively on PlayStation 5.

Final Fantasy XVI demo

Final Fantasy VII

After Square Enix has been teasing us on social media with developer details from Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, during the Summer Game Fest liveshow a new trailer was revealed showing us a glimpse of what the open world will look like.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is the second entry in the Final Fantasy VII remake project and picks up the story after Cloud, Barret, Tifa, Aerith and Red XIII escape from Midgar. The game will be released early 2024 on two discs exclusively on PlayStation 5.

Square Enix

Today the month of June has started and there are only 3 weeks left until the release of Final Fantasy XVI. As promised earlier, a demo will be available prior to the launch.

It seems that users on Reddit has noticed that the demo has appeared on the PlayStation Store, when you are using the mobile app. I can not reproduce it here, but it is possible that you need to have pre-ordered the game  to make it appear.

Most likely the demo will be available during or after the Final Fantasy XVI pre-launch event that will take place in Los Angeles on 11 June 2023 that will be live streamed.

Final Fantasy XVI artwork