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During the Nintendo Direct episode of 17 February 2021 Nintendo and Square Enix has announced a new tactical 2D HD RPG game in the same setting as Octopath Traveler with the working title Project Triangle Strategy.

In the full trailer several aspects of the game is shown. The battles take place on an isometric tactical grid, which looks a lot like Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre. The story is about three nations battle for control of the dwindling resources of salt and iron. During the story you have to make several choices, which will take you on a different path.

Project Triangle Strategy

Project Triangle Strategy will be released on Nintendo Switch in 2022. For fans who can't play to play this game, the debut demo can be downloaded from the Nintendo eShop.

You can watch the trailer and introduction to the game below:

Square Enix

Square Enix has announced that SaGa Frontier is being remastered for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Steam, iOS, and Android and will launch in Summer 2021.

SaGa Frontier is a role playing game in the SaGa series where you follow the exploits of one of seven protagonists, each with his or her own storyline and goal in a science fiction/fantasy universe called "The Regions", a group of worlds with varying degrees of culture, unique races, technology, and magic. The game was released in 1997 on the PlayStation in Japan and one year later in North America. It was never released in Europe.

SaGa Frontier Remastered adds a new playable character, Fuse, and also new events and features.

Kingdom Hearts

The first rhythm action game in the Kingdom Hearts series, Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory, is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

In Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory, players will relive their favorite moments from the series as they journey alongside Sora, Donald and Goofy, along with other familiar Kingdom Hearts characters. As players travel through iconic Disney worlds, they will join forces with beloved Disney characters along the way. Players can master more than 140 musical tracks, including favorites like “Destiny Islands,” “Hand in Hand,” and “Working Together” from Yoko Shimomura, as well as classic songs from Disney’s cinematic universes.

Whether alone or with friends and family via local co-op and online multiplayer, players will bounce and bop to the beat of the exhilarating Kingdom Hearts soundtrack to defeat tough enemies and bosses. The game offers three different play styles so players of all ages and skill levels can enjoy their magical musical adventure in Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory. Players can casually explore all the worlds and tracks with One Button mode, or really showcase their prowess with the frenetic “Performer” mode for more fast-paced and skillful combo sets. Along the way, players will unlock and collect iconic story scenes from across the entire Kingdom Hearts saga, to be enjoyed in the game’s Museum. Competitive Online Battle modes mix up the formula even further, with special tricks to confound your opponents. Players of the Nintendo Switch version can also participate in a Free-for-All battle mode with up to seven other players via local play.

If you want to try the game, there's a demo of the game available for download.

Square Enix

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the SaGa series, Square Enix has announced Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend for the Nintendo Switch. This is a collection of the first three games in the SaGa series, The Final Fantasy Legend, Final Fantasy Legend II and Final Fantasy Legend III.

The first game in the SaGa series, Makai Toushi SaGa, was released in Japan on 15 December 1989 on the Nintendo Game Boy. In 1990 the game was released in North America as The Final Fantasy Legend. Square had rebranded the game to include the name Final Fantasy for populairity. SaGa 2 was released in 1990 and SaGa 3 in 1991.


Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend key art

Here's a part of Square Enix's press release:

Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend is a great introduction to this quintessential series RPG fans won’t want to miss as they journey through fantasy worlds, fight monsters, explore towns, battle dungeons, and more while enjoying brand new features that improve the experience including:

  • Character speed boost
  • Adjustable screen magnification
  • Retro display mode to replicate that glorious Game Boy experience
  • New commemorative music and illustrations

Additional features include: a special anniversary song, 8 different in-game wallpapers and the choice to play with either Japanese or English text.

Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend will be available for Nintendo Switch on 15 December 2020. You can watch the announcement trailer below.

Square Enix

Square Enix has released Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition today on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and iOS and Android devices. For the physical media collectors (like me), sadly outside of Japan this game is digital only.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles was originally released on the Nintendo GameCube back in 2003 and follows a young group, known as the Crystal Caravans, as they embark on an epic journey to search for myrrh, a precious and rare liquid needed to cleanse and maintain a crystal protecting their world from the deadly gas, miasma.

In the original game up to 4 players could join a local gameplay session which required connecting a Game Boy Advance with the GameCube. In the Remastered Edition online multiplayer is available with cross platform support. Please note that on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch you need a paid subscription to their online services.

It is possibly to play a trail version of the game called Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition Lite. In this free version you can play the first three dungeons, take part in online cross-play in these dungeons or join a player who has purchased the full game to play up to 13 dungeons.

You can watch the release trailer below.

Kingdom Hearts

Square Enix has announced a new game in the Kingdom Hearts franchise: Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory. It will be released worldwide this year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory is a rhythm game featuring 140 songs, 4 gameplay modes including online battles.

There's also an official website (in Japanese).

Square Enix

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition will be available on 27 August 2020 on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and on iOS and Android devices.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles was originally released on the Nintendo GameCube back in 2003 and follows a young group, known as the Crystal Caravans, as they embark on an epic journey to search for myrrh, a precious and rare liquid needed to cleanse and maintain a crystal protecting their world from the deadly gas, miasma.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition will contain the following new features:

  • Updated Visuals and Audio – Experience the world of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles in stunning new ways, with upgraded graphics and audio updates enhancing the magical adventure like never before.
  • New Character Voiceovers – Playable heroes come to life with brand-new voiceovers as they cast spells and battle ferocious monsters.
  • New Online Multiplayer – Play online with up to three friends to overcome the dangerous monsters and dungeons that fill the world. No players are left behind, as the game supports cross-play functionality.
  • New Dungeons and Bosses – Challenging new dungeons and bosses have been added to the game, allowing for even more fun and exciting gameplay opportunities.
  • New Character Appearances and Items – Stand out with brand-new looks and artifacts to equip and use throughout your magical journey.

You can check out the release date announce trailer of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition below.

Grandia

GungHo Online Entertainment America has released patch 1.01.00 for Grandia HD Remaster and Grandia II Remaster for Steam and Nintendo Switch. The games are now available in Japan.

Grandia HD Collection patch 1.01.00 now available

Here are the release notes:

Grandia HD Remaster

New Features

Full Japanese support has been added.

Bug Fixes

  • Fix to screen flash before entering battle.
  • Fixes to BGM and SFX on Pirate Island.
  • Fix to language setting application when GRANDIA is launched.
  • Fix to the train smoke appearing pixelated in the Parm Train Station.
  • Fix to Justin’s portrait being displayed instead of Liete on the menu screen.
  • Fix to text box graphic displaying items and moves in battle.
  • Fix to missing subtitles in Leen’s dialogue while in the J Base.
  • Fixes to translations in Japanese, French, and German.
  • Fix to Justin’s pixelated sprite in Underground Ruins.
  • Fix to purple bubble that appears when using Baobab Fruit, Ultra Potion, Golden Potion,
  • Paralyze Mushroom, or Yellow Medicine in battle.
  • Fix to NPC on screen after leaving the scene in Gumbo Village.
  • Fix to visual effect for Resurrect Potion.
  • Fixes to item and enemy sprites in Typhoon Tower and Mt. Typhoon.
  • Fixes to Mio's sprite appearing pixelated in the Garlyle Base.
  • Fix to language setting application when GRANDIA is launched.
  • Other bugs fixes have been made.

Grandia II HD Remaster

New Features

Full Japanese support has been added.

Bug Fixes

  • Fix tp an issue where the initiative bar disappeared after Poizn was cast.
  • Fix to an issue where the ground appeared to be missing in the Black Forest, Garmia Tower, Mirumu Village, Baked Plains, and in the Heart of Valmar.
  • Fix to an issue where players could not proceed when a scene between Millenia and Valmar caused a freeze.
  • Fix to spell text that had been cut off in the menu for localized texts.
  • Fix to scene not covering the entire screen in Ryudo's flashback in Cyrum Castle.
  • Fix to background not covering entire screen in scene for Ryudo’s flashback story.
  • Fix to the issue that caused the game to freeze when Valmar’s Claw in the Underground
    Plant.
  • Fix to frame rate issues in Raul Hills.
  • Fix to text showing up in English for localized text for the Walnut minigame.
  • Fix to text showing up in English for localized text when fleeing battle.
  • Fix to the scene of the 50/50 not covering the entire screen when traveling to Garland.
  • Fix where the transition from dialogue to the arm wrestling mini-game in Cyrum did not cover the entire screen.
  • Fix where an extra character was added during the battle rewards scene.
  • Fix to issue where item and special move names were not displaying properly in localized translations.
  • Fix to the world maps not completely covering the screen.
  • Fix where the character portraits were replacing the textures of objects and scenery.
  • Fix where the Initiative Bar disappeared after Elena used the special move White
    Apocalypse.
  • Fix to glitches in Tio’s character model throughout the game.
  • Fix to camera cutting into Ryudo’s model in Durham caves.
  • Fix where audio was not in sync with dialogue in the opening scene between Skye and
    Ryudo.
  • Fix to frame rate issues in St. Heim Papal State, the Witt Forest Path, and Liligue City.
  • Fix to white square appearing on the ground when the special move “Burn!” is cast.
  • Fix to trees blocking the characters' scenes in Garmia Tower and Mirumu Village.
  • Other bugs fixes have been made.

Update 25-03-2020: GungHo Online Entertainment America has released patch 1.01.01 for Grandia HD Remaster which fixes a lock-up where using Japanese language with English audio which caused the game to freeze after using magic/move.

Square Enix

During The Game Awards 2019 Square Enix has revealed that a sequel to Bravely Default is currently in development and will be coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch in 2020.

Bravely Default is an RPG for the Nintendo 3DS developed by Silicon Studio and released in 2012 in Japan. The development was first started as sequel to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light. An expanded edition was released in 2013 in Japan and Europe and 2014 in North America. In 2015 a sequel was released in Japan on the Nintendo 3DS called Bravely Second: End Layer and came overseas in 2016.

Bravely Default II will be produced by Team Asano and developed by Claytechworks. The soundtrack will be composed by Revo.

Square Enix

Today Square Enix has released Star Ocean: First Departure R for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

Star Ocean: First Departure R is a HD remaster of Star Ocean: First Departure released on the PlayStation Portable in 2008. The original version was released in 1996 on the Super Famicom, but never was released outside of Japan.

The HD remaster version contains the following features:

  • Full Voiceover – Players can choose between the original full voice cast from the PlayStation Portable version of the game in either Japanese or English, or the newly recorded version, featuring the Japanese voice cast from the original Super Famicom version, which was released in Japan only.
  • New Character Illustrations – Players can opt for the original character illustrations from Star Ocean First Departure, or brand-new versions drawn by the famous illustrator Katsumi Enami (Star Ocean The Last Hope)
  • Speed Mode – Players can traverse the world more swiftly.
  • Adjusted Game Balance – Adjusted battle difficulty enables players to experience more challenges in combat.

Square Enix has also released the launch trailer which you can watch below.

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