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Final Fantasy VII

Yoshinori Kitase, producer of Final Fantasy VII Remake has posted an article on the official website with an overview of the Final Fantasy VII Remake project:

Final Fantasy VII Remake is a reimagining of the iconic original game that goes much deeper into the world and characters of Final Fantasy VII than ever before.

Our goal with this project is to rebuild Final Fantasy VII for a new era. We’re not making a straight 1:1 copy or a simple remaster of the original game.

It’s a huge volume of work and data to re-imagine this world. Each game in the project will have a volume of content comparable to a standalone Final Fantasy. The disc version of the first game is actually a 2 Blu-Ray Disc set. This approach allows us to Remake the original without having to scale back on everything players loved.

While the development team finish the first game in the project, we are continuing to plan and outline the overall volume of content for the second.

Due to the work already done on the first game we anticipate development of the second game to be more efficient. We have our own internal schedule and plan, but for now we’d like to focus our information on the first game in the project.

The key creative values of the core Final Fantasy series are innovation, pushing boundaries and surprising players, this project shares these same values and the development team view it as the next mainline Final Fantasy release.

For the original core members of the development team, simply recreating the original game with improved graphics wasn’t enough to get us invested and excited about remaking VII. To return, we want to go beyond the original, telling a deeper story and providing a modern gaming experience. We really want to go above and beyond what is expected of a Remake.

As well as some of the core members of the original development team, we also have a dedicated in-house team of international gaming talent. Many of our new team members were young fans who played the original VII when it was first released. It’s very exciting and exhilarating to work with this talented team on such an ambitious project.

The first game in the project takes place in the eclectic city of Midgar, we chose to focus on Midgar as it best represents the world of VII as a location more than any other. Midgar is full of imagination with myriad influences and surprises around every corner.

While many people may think that Midgar is very dark at first glance, we have a design aesthetic where the city has strong elements of colour and variety. The lighting and colouring we are using throughout Midgar accentuate what is unique about Final Fantasy VII’s world. We decided not to use a photo-realistic approach with the design, but instead something more stylised, honouring the artistic designs and choices of the original.

A lot has changed since the release of the original Final Fantasy VII. Back then we didn’t have access to things like voice acting, performance and motion capture, or close-up cameras outside of cut-scenes. For Final Fantasy VII Remake there’s a greater emphasis on character storytelling through the use of these techniques as well as some other new tech. This allows us to make these characters more expressive than ever, enhancing the levels of immersion and enjoyment through performance.

In Remake we are giving voice to the original Final Fantasy VII for the first time. By bringing in a new generation of actors, we hope to provide the best experience for original fans and new players.

For the gameplay, we are aiming to create a new take on classic concepts with an accessible evolution of the ATB system giving you greater action with tactical control.

The system we’ve created retains the strategic decisions of controlling multiple party members, allowing you to select from a wide range of abilities and spells. You can control your favourite character while issuing orders to others, or leave them to AI. And choose when to switch to a different party member to make best use of their unique abilities in battle. This allows all players to choose and enjoy your favourite way of playing.

Finally, yes we still have Materia. You can use it to tailor your play style and abilities.

We’ll go into greater detail on lots more gameplay elements as we get closer to the release next year. For now, I hope you are all excited by what we revealed at E3 and we look forward to sharing more news and updates with you across the year ahead.

Yoshinori Kitase

Square Enix

Square Enix has announced on the E3 2019 that a remake of Trials of Mana (Seiken Densetsu 3 in Japan) in currently in development and will be released early 2020 for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Steam.

Trials of Mana, in Japan known as Seiken Densetsu 3, was released in Japan in 1995 for the Super Famicom and tells the story of six heroes as they battle against the monsters of destruction that threaten a world where Mana has been weakened. Players can customize their own party of three, selected from six unique characters, to experience different stories.

Square Enix also announced that the Seiken Densetsu Collection, that was released in 2017 for the Nintendo Switch in Japan, is now available as Collection of Mana in the West via digital download and will get a limited physical version on 27 August. Collection of Mana features the first three games of the Mana series: Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana and for the first-time available in the West Trials of Mana. The three game compilation now includes a convenient quick save feature, and allows players to adventure with friends through a local multiplayer mode in both Secret of Mana (up to 3 players) and Trials of Mana (up to 2 players).

The Collection of Mana will cost $39.99 / £34.99 / €39.99 (both download and physical edition).

Final Fantasy VII

Yesterday another concert was held in Los Angeles, Final Fantasy VII A Symphonic Reunion, the first concert dedicated to Final Fantasy VII. After the concert a surprise trailer was shown of Final Fantasy VII Remake with the release date of 3 March 2020.

The trailer, which you can watch below, contains new gameplay footage and scenes takes place in Midgar. At the end a scene with Cloud and Aeris is shown were Aeris screms for help from Cloud and a dark fog appears around them.

Square Enix also released new key art the game showiing Sephiroth, set against a burning Midgar skyline.

Final Fantasy VII Remake key art

More information Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released during Square Enix Live today at 18:00 PT / 02:00 BST.

Kingdom Hearts III

During the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-  concert in Los Angeles Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, appeared on stage to talk about the DLC for Kingdom Hearts III. This Winter Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind will be available that let players fight battles as Aqua, Roxas and Riku.

In the trailer, that you can watch below, gameplay footage is shown and also conversations between members of Organisation XIII. More information will be released during Square Enix Live today at 18:00 PT / 02:00 BST.

Square Enix

During Square Enix's E3 2015 press conference they've announced that Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness will be released in North America and Europe. Also a new trailer was revealed showing gameplay footage of the game.

Square Enix is also trying to make it more game-like than movie-like by replacing some static cutscenes with dynamic ones. The above video was captured at 30 fps, but Square Enix said that the finished game will be running at 60 fps.

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness will hit North America and Europe somewhere in 2016 and Japan in Winter 2015.

Kingdom Hearts III

During Square Enix's E3 2015 press conference a new trailer was revealed from Kingdom Hearts III. The trailer reveals the lush world of the animated movie Tangled and features new gameplay footage here new elements are shown.

Final Fantasy VII

After years of rumours that were hyping up during E3 this year they are true. During Sony's E3 2015 press conference the remake of Final Fantasy VII has been announced with a trailer. The remake will first be released on PlayStation 4. It's unknown if it will be released on other platforms.

Square Enix

The past weekend Square Enix has released a hype video teasing their line-up for E3 2015 taking place this week. Games that will be present on E3 are Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, Just Cause 3, Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below (why such a long title?) and Life is Strange.

There are also some surprises coming up, so the rumour hype can start again! It was earlier announced that Final Fantasy XV will not be present on E3, but on gamescom.

Square Enix's first E3 press conference will take place on Tuesday 16 June at 10:00 PT / 13:00 ET / 18:00 BST / 19:00 CEST.

Final Fantasy XV

Square Enix is developing an update to the Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae demo that was released in March together with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. This has been announced during a special Active Time Report, where the feedback of the survey that Square Enix opened for everyone who has played the demo was discussed.

 FINAL FANTASY XV Active Time Report – Prelim Feedback Special

The update, which is called Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae 2.0, is aimed to be released mid-to-late May and will feature the following updates:

  • AXB (Active Cross Battle) enhancements (possibly including more combo attacks and a dodge roll);
  • Camera and targeting system enhancements;
  • Additional combat actions/balancing and bug fixes;
  • Increased range of actions for each weapon;
  • MP recovery and usage tweaks;
  • Titan bug fix.

Square Enix has also announced that Final Fantasy XV will not have a major presence at E3, but the next major reveal will be at gamescom in August 2015.

More news can be found in the Active Time Report which can be viewed below. Another Active Time Report will be held around the end of May when all survey results have been collected and possibly when the Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae 2.0 is released.

Played Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae, but not entered the survey? You can still take part in it till the end of May be going to this website.

Final Fantasy XV

During a recent interview by Famitsu, Shinji Hashimoto, producer at Square Enix, said that they will release no new information of Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III, which are currently in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, at next week's E3 2014.

When Famitsu asked if there will be information of Final Fantasy XV, Hashimoto replied with the following:

Well, first I’d like to say that development for FFXV is going well. Internally, we try to ascertain the best timing for revealing new information about FFXV to the fans. So when we were going over our promotion plans, we judged that this year’s E3 would not be the best time to exhibit information about FFXV. Instead we are currently planning to exhibit new information at events after E3 2014. I am extremely grateful to all the fans who excitedly anticipate FFXV, and I’m looking forward to share new information when the timing is right. I would appreciate if fans hold out until then.

About Kingdom Hearts III, Hashimoto said the following:

We are are working diligently on KH3, but I think releasing new information will still take some time. We included a small part regarding the story of KH3 In the new trailer KH 2.5 prepared for E3 2014, so please check that out.

Anyone surprised? It's dissapointing, but was kinda expected.

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