Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII

Square Enix has announced a new mobile game set in the world of Final Fantasy VII called Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier. This is a battle royal game which will be released on Android and iOS devices.

Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier logo

The game is set in Midgar before the events of Final Fantasy VII. As a SOLDIER candidate, the player will make full use of their magic and abilities in a battle for their survival.

Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier will be available in 2021 for free with in-app purchases.

Final Fantasy VII

Last month Square Enix has filed trademarks for "Ever Crisis", "The First Soldier" and the Shinra Electric Power Company logo. The three trademarks recently made public.

All three trademarks are related to the Final Fantasy VII series:

  • "Ever Crisis" sounds like next entry in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII subseries with games like Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII and the film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
  • "The First Soldier" seems to be a reference to Sephiroth.
  • Shinra Electric Power Company is the megacorporation headquartered in the city of Midgar.

Or are these titles related with part two of Final Fantasy VII Remake which is currently in development?

Update 21-01-2021: Square Enix has also filed trademarks for "Ever Crisis" in Canada and Europe and the Shinra Electric Power Company logo in Europe.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII

Square Enix has announced that they will release a physical edition of Final Fantasy VII / Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Twin Pack for Nintendo Switch and Final Fantasy VIII Remastered on PlayStation 4 in Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand on 4 December 2020.

The games can now be pre-ordered at the Square Enix Store. Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Twin Pack is priced at € 39,99 and Final Fantasy VIII Remastered at € 19.99.

Final Fantasy VII has been released digitally on PlayStation 4 in December 2015, followed by Nintendo Switch in March 2019. Final Fantasy VIII Remastered has been released in September 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. The Final Fantasy VII / Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Twin Pack for Nintendo Switch was first released in Southeast Asia in 2019 and supports the English and Japanese language.

 Final Fantasy VII / Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Twin Pack for Switch and Final Fantasy VIII Remastered

Final Fantasy VII

On Friday Square Enix has announced on Twitter that they have released patch 1.01 for the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One version of Final Fantasy VII which fixes a very old audio bug.

The audio bug caused the background music to restart after each battle. This bug was introduced in the iOS version that was developed by D4 Enterprise and released on 19 August 2015. The PlayStation 4 version, that was developed by DotEmu and released on 5 December 2015, also contained this bug. Both versions have never been patched, which makes this decision strange. Square Enix should patch these versions too to reduce the differences between versions.

All ports of Final Fantasy IX also containes the same bug.

Another bug that was patched is the black screen before and after a FMV cutscene.

Final Fantasy VII can be played on PlayStation, PC, iOS devices, Android devices, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.

Final Fantasy VII logo

Final Fantasy VII

A remake of Final Fantasy VII is currently in development. In the meantime Square Enix has ported the original game to several systems. Now the game is available for Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.

Check out the press release from Square Enix and the launch trailer below.

In FINAL FANTASY VII, the world has fallen under the dominion of the Shinra Electric Power Company, a sinister corporation that has monopolized the planet's life force as Mako energy. Players will follow the story of the powerful ex-SOLDIER turned mercenary, Cloud, in an attempt to save the world from destruction, alongside the anti-Shinra resistance group Avalanche. Using innovative character customization options to create fun and interesting combinations of their favorite party members, players can fight to save the planet and discover the truth about Cloud’s mysterious past.
 
FINAL FANTASY VII on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One includes the following enhancements:

  • 3x speed mode
  • An enemy encounter option that allows players to enjoy the storyline uninterrupted. While enemy encounters are turned off, players can still enjoy the story event battles.
  • A Max Stats command that enables players to become all-powerful in the blink of an eye.

Sony

Today Sony has announced that they will bring back the original PlayStation experience in a new miniaturised version: PlayStation Classic. This mini console is approximately 45% smaller than the original PlayStation.

The PlayStation Classic will come preloaded with 20 PlayStation titles in their original format: Jumping Flash, R4 Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, Wild Arms and Final Fantasy VII. The other 15 titles will be announced soon.

Each unit will come with two controllers and a HDMI cable and will be available for $ 99.99 /  £ 89.99 / € 99.99 on 3 December 1998, 24 years after the release of the original PlayStation in Japan.

Square Enix

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2 and Final Fantasy XII will be released on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in 2019. It is the first time these Final Fantasy titles will be available on Microsoft and Nintendo consoles.

Final Fantasy VII was released back in 1997 on the original PlayStation and was the first title not to be released on a Nintendo console. In 2015 the PlayStation 4 version was released which is a port from the PC version. Most likely the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch version will be based on that version.

Final Fantasy IX was released back in 2000, the last Final Fantasy on the original PlayStation. In 2017 the PlayStation 4 version was released which is a port from the PC version released in 2016. Most likely the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch version will be based on that version.

Final Fantasy X was released back in 2001 on the PlayStation 2 with its sequel Final Fantasy X-2 in 2003. Both games got a HD remaster (Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster) in 2013 on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. In 2015 a PlayStation 4 version was released and in 2016 the PC version.

Final Fantasy XII was released back in 2006, the last Final Fantasy on the PlayStation 2. In 2017 the game got a HD remaster called Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age on PlayStation 4. In February 2018 the PC version was released.

Final Fantasy VII, IX, X, X-2 and XII coming to Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

But where's Final Fantasy VIII?

Final Fantasy VII

Merchoid, a video game merchandise webshop, has announced that Final Fantasy VII will get a Monopoly version. It will be released on 14 April 2017, 20 years after the release of the original game on PlayStation.

Jessica Adams, community manager at Merchoid, said the following:

It's every family's favourite board game in a Final Fantasy 7 theme, so it will feature Cloud, Aeris, Sephiroth and all your favourite characters and locations. Whether your plans are to buy housing for the people or build a Mako reactor plant, you'll soon discover the real nature of Sephiroth's evil is the extortionate amount of rent he charges.

Final Fantasy VII Monopoly

You can preorder the board game at Merchoid for $49.99 /  €51.99 / £34.99. However, the link now returns a 404 - Not Found. Is it a fake?

Final Fantasy VII

During the PlayStation Experience keynote Shinji Hashimoto, producer at Square Enix, announced that the 2012 pc port of Final Fantasy VII will be released on PlayStation 4 this Spring. Well, this was kind of a disappointment ... We already can buy the game on PSN (PS3, PSP, PS Vita), SE Store and Steam. Kotaku has called this 'proberly the worst troll in recent video game history'.

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It's been 20 years since the launch of the original PlayStation, which was released in Japan on 3 December 1994. Sony has questioned around 10,000 gamers in Japan what their favorite game is in PlayStation history and which game should receive a remake.

What is your favorite PlayStation game?

  1. Dragon Quest V: Tenkuu no Hanayome
  2. Final Fantasy VII
  3. Dragon Quest IV: Michibikareshi Monotachi
  4. Final Fantasy X
  5. Resident Evil
  6. Dragon Quest VIII: Sora to Umi to Daichi to Norowareshi Himegimi
  7. Final Fantasy
  8. Dragon Quest VII: Eden no Senshi-tachi
  9. Puyo Puyo!
  10. Tetris
  11. Final Fantasy IX
  12. Kingdom Hearts
  13. Final Fantasy VIII
  14. World Soccer Winning Eleven 8 LiveWare Evolution
  15. Gran Turismo
  16. Kingdom Hearts II
  17. Derby Stallion
  18. Sangoku Musou
  19. Resident Evil 2
  20. Minna no Golf

Japan is the home of the RPG's, that's for sure. Dragon Quest V is their favorite with Final Fantasy VII closely second. What I do notice is where is Final Fantasy VI? And why Tetris? Strange folk.

Final Fantasy VII PS3 techdemo Which PlayStation game should receive a remake?

  1. Final Fantasy VII
  2. Dragon Quest VIII: Sora to Umi to Daichi to Norowareshi Himegimi
  3. Resident Evil
  4. Final Fantasy
  5. Gran Turismo 6
  6. Dragon Quest V: Tenkuu no Hanayome
  7. Resident Evil 6
  8. Kingdom Hearts II
  9. Dragon Quest IV: Michibikareshi Monotachi
  10. Arc the Lad
  11. Final Fantasy IX
  12. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd
  13. Final Fantasy X
  14. Kingdom Hearts
  15. Xenogears
  16. World Soccer Winning Eleven 8 LiveWare Evolution
  17. Final Fantasy VIII
  18. Dragon Quest VII: Eden no Senshi-tachi
  19. Final Fantasy VII International
  20. Gran Turismo

It's no suprise that Final Fantasy VII is at the top of most wanted remakes. What I notice is why are games like Final Fantasy X, Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II listed? They recently received a HD upgrade on PlayStation 3.

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