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Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

During the latest Nintendo Direct Square Enix has announced the release date of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion that will be 13 December 2022. The remaster features HD graphics, enhanced 3D-models, a fully voice-acted dialogue and a new arrangement for the soundtrack.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion logo

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 will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam. Square Enix has published an article on their website about the game, the characters and battle system. Below you can watch the release date trailer.

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During the latest Nintendo Direct Square Enix has announced Octopath Traveler II, the next entry in the Octopath Traveler series. The game will be released on 24 February 2023 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC via Steam.

Octopath Traveler II artwork

The first Octopath Traveler was released in 2018 on the Nintendo Switch. This RPG features a turn-based battle system and HD-2D visuals, a striking blend of retro 2D characters in a beautiful 3D world. The player starts the game by choosing one of the eight adventurers as the protagonist. Later the game was released on PC, Stadia and Xbox One and sold over 3 million copies.

Just like the first game, the trailer features eight new travelers: Hikari (Warrior), Agnea (Dancer), Partitio (Merchant), Osvald (Scholar), Throné (Thief), Temenos (Cleric), Ochette (Hunter), and Castti (Apothecary). A new gameplay feature is the day and night cycle, which will change the townscapes and Path Actions available to each character.

You can watch the announcement trailer below.

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After being leaked last year from NVIDIA GeForce NOW and recently from the PlayStation Store, Square Enix has officially announced Tactics Ogre: Reborn, the remaster from the PlayStation Portable game Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together. It will be released on 11 November 2022 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.

Tactics Ogre: Reborn is set in The Valerian Isles, jewels of the Obero Sea. Following many years of conflict, there finally rose a man to put an end to this: Dorgalua Oberyth. Known as the "Dynast-King,” he brought peace and prosperity to Valeria for half a century. After his death, a civil war erupts and throws the isles of Valeria into a bloody struggle for power between three warring factions. In Tactics Ogre: Reborn, players follow the story of a young man, Denam Pavel, caught in the center of the bloodshed. Although he seeks a path of freedom and justice, players will soon discover that even the noblest of goals requires impossibly difficult decisions to be made.

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Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together was released in 1995 on the Super Famicom in Japan only. Later it was ported to the Sega Saturn and PlayStation. In 2010 it got a remake on the PlayStation Portable.

New updates and features include:

  • Beautifully remastered graphics that enhance yet maintain the original distinctive visual style
  • Fully voiced cutscenes in English & Japanese
  • Full orchestral re-recording of the game’s soundtrack
  • Assorted quality of life updates, such as:
    • Redesigned battle system
    • Adjusted level management system
    • Reworked AI
    • Simplified and improved UI

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You can watch the announcement trailer below.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

During the Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary Celebration that was streamed last night Square Enix revealed that Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII will be remasted under the title Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion.

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.

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

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam this Winter. Below you can watch the announcement trailer.

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The remaster of Chrono Cross, Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition, is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition includes the following features:

  • 3D models converted to HD*
  • Brand new artwork and character redesign by Nobuteru Yuuki*
  • Refined background music by Yasunori Mitsuda
  • Switch enemy encounters on or off
  • Background filter feature*
  • Battle enhancement features
  • Auto-battle function
  • French, Italian, German and Spanish localization now added
  • Switch between imitation pixel font and HD font*
  • The inclusion of Radical Dreamers, never before released in the West. 
  • Players can choose between playing with original or updated graphics*

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition artwork

Chrono Cross was released back in 1999 on the original PlayStation and tells the story of Serge, who one day wanders into an alternate world. The game is set in the same world as Chrono Trigger and is linked.

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition is released digital only in most regions. However in Asia a physical version will be released. If you want a physical version (like me), you can order it at Playasia.

You can watch the launch trailer here.

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During Sony's latest State of Play Square Enix has revealed a brand-new strategy RPG titled The DioField Chronicle. The game is developed by Platinum Games and will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and PC/Steam in 2022.

Welcome to the world of DioField, a new strategy RPG that will take you on a journey of honour and political intrigue. In this fresh and gritty story, you will discover a unique blend of fantasy, medieval and modern-day influences, and an innovative combat system: Real-Time Tactical Battle. Surrounded by richly detailed environments in diorama-style visuals, you must think quickly and act strategically to lead your team to victory.

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During the latest Nintendo Direct Square Enix has announced that the first two Front Mission games will be getting a remake, both on Nintendo Switch, developed by Forever Entertainment. Front Mission 1st: Remake will be available this Summer and Front Mission 2 will follow later.

Front Mission was released on Super Nintendo in 1995 in Japan. It was later ported to WonderSwan Color, PlayStation and Nintendo DS. Only the Nintendo DS version was released outside of Japan.

Front Mission 1st: Remake art

In the year 2090, the world's conflicts are fought using giant war machines called Wanzers. Huffman Island, the only place where the Oceania Cooperative Union (O.C.U.) and the Unified Continental States (U.C.S.) share a land border is a hotbed of conflict.

An O.C.U. reconnaissance platoon led by Captain Royd Clive is assigned to investigate a U.C.S. munitions plant. They are ambushed by U.C.S. Wanzers, triggering a series of events that plunges the whole island into war. Royd's fiancée, Lieutenant Karen Meure, goes missing in action.

Discharged from the military, Royd sets out to investigate what happened to Karen. His quest leads him closer and closer to the conspiracy behind the incident and the powers that orchestrated it.

Below the clip from the latest Nintendo Direct showing the trailer and gameplay footage of Front Mission 1st: Remake.

Square Enix

During the latest Nintendo Direct Square Enix has announced that a remastered version of Chrono Cross will be released and will be called Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition. The game will be digitally released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam on 7 April 2022.

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition artwork

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition will feature the following new features:

  • 3D models converted to HD*
  • Brand new artwork and character redesign by Nobuteru Yuuki*
  • Refined background music by Yasunori Mitsuda
  • Switch enemy encounters on or off
  • Background filter feature*
  • Battle enhancement features
  • Auto-battle function
  • French, Italian, German and Spanish localization now added
  • Switch between imitation pixel font and HD font*
  • The inclusion of Radical Dreamers, never before released in the West. 
  • Players can choose between playing with original or updated graphics*
*The 3D models, illustrations, font and background filter cannot be toggled separately. They will all be switched together.

Chrono Cross was released back in 1999 on the original PlayStation and tells the story of Serge, who one day wanders into an alternate world. The game was however never released in Europe.

Below you can watch the trailer of the game.

Update: added information from the press release.

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Earlier this year during the Dragon Quest 35th anniversary livestream Square Enix has announced Dragon Quest X Offline, an offline version of Dragon Quest X Online. During the Tokyo Game Show 2021 special about Dragon Quest X Offline, Square Enix has announced the release date.

Dragon Quest X Offline will be released on 22 February 2022 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. Still there are no plans to release the game outside of Japan.

Below you can watch the release date announcement trailer.

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Square Enix has announced a brand new IP during Square Enix Presents Tokyo Game Show 2021 called Dungeon Encounters, a single-player dungeon explorarion RPG.

An otherworldly labyrinth has suddenly appeared on the outskirts of a quiet town. Make clever use of your abilities to chart the depths, overcome obstacles and defeat your foes in thrilling battles! During your expeditions, you'll discover rare and powerful items, meet lost adventurers who might just become new allies, and come face-to-face with deadly monsters. Do you have what it takes to overcome the numerous trials that await you and discover the dungeon's secrets?

The game is directed by Hiroyuki Ito, the creator of the Active Time Battle system in the Final Fantasy series. The producer is Hiroaki Kato (Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age). The characters are designed by Ryoma Ito and the soundtrack by Final Fantasy veteran Nobuo Uematsu.

Dungeon Encounters will be released digitally on 14 October 2021 on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Steam. The official website can be found here and below you can view the announcement trailer.

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