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Square Enix

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.

Square Enix

During the Square Enix Presents Tokyo Game Show 2021 livestream Square Enix has announced that Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin will be released on 18 March 2022 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC via the Epic Games Store. This action RPG is currently in developed in collaboration with Team Ninja, creators of Ninja Gaiden and Nioh.

Join Jack and his allies as they throw open the gates to the Chaos Shrine and step into a world of dark fantasy and exhilarating battles to discover if they are truly the Warriors of Light the prophecy foretold.

During the livestream Square Enix also announced the release of Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin Trial Version 2, an expansion of the first trial that was released in June. Players can explore an additional stage of the game, the Refrin Wetlands, alongside a new ally, experience new playstyles in battle with the addition of multiple new jobs, and fight against an array of new enemies. This will also be the first opportunity for players to sample the game’s multiplayer function.

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The trial version will be available untill 11 October 2021. Like with the first trial version, you can provide feedback to the development team by filling in the survey.

You can now pre-order the game at the official website. You can watch the release date announcement trailer on YouTube (since the video has an age restriction).

Square Enix

During the PlayStation Showcase 2021 a new trailer has been revealed of Forspoken. Also it has been announced that the game will be releeased in Spring 2022.

In the introduction trailer Frey Holland is mysteriously taken from New York and trapped in the ancient land of Athia with a magical sentient bracelet on her arm. Her new, cynical companion "Cuff" helps Frey navigate the vast landscapes of Athia. Searching for a way home, Frey must battle monstrous creatures, take on the mighty Tantas, and unravel secrets that awaken many more from within.

Forspoken is an action RPG developed by Luminous Productions and will be released on PlayStation 5 and PC.

Final Fantasy III

The first three games in the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series (Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy II and Final Fantasy III) are now available on PC via Steam and mobile devices. The other 3 classic titles, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI, will follow at a later date this year.

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These versions contains the following upgrades:

  • Universally updated 2D pixel graphics redrawn for modern hardware, featuring iconic Final Fantasy character pixel designs created by the original artist and current collaborator, Kazuko Shibuya
  • Beautifully rearranged soundtracks, overseen by the original composer, Nobuo Uematsu
  • Improved gameplay, including modernized UI, auto-battle options, and more
  • Quality-of-life improvements including supplemental extras like the bestiary, illustration gallery, music player and the ability to save at any time

If you purchase Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy II or Final Fantasy III by 11 August 2021 you'll receive a small music bonus, a couple of wallpapers and a 20% discount per title. You can also purchase a bundle which features all 6 games at a higher discount on Steam.

With this release the old versions of Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI have been de-listed from Steam. On mobile platform Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy II, Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI have been de-listed. Players who purchased the games can still download and play them. However the versions will not be updated anymore.

Square Enix

Earlier today Square Enix streamed Square Enix Presents Summer Showcase. During the stream a new spinoff in the Final Fantasy series has been announced; Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. This action RPG is currently in developed in collaboration with Team Ninja, creators of Ninja Gaiden and Nioh.

You take the role of Jack who, along with allies Ash and Jed, sets off on a quest to defeat Chaos. Burning with resolve, and with memories of their struggle deep in their hearts, are they the foretold Warriors of Light?

Your journey will take you into a dark and challenging fantasy world, filled with iconic monsters from the Final Fantasy series. Fortunately, Jack isn’t exactly defenseless - he can use powerful spells and abilities from a range of jobs, including warrior, dragoon and black mage.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin screenshot

Square Enix has released a trail version on the PlayStation 5 that can now be downloaded; But don't wait too long. The trail version will be available until 24 June 14:59 GMT.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin will release in 2022 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC.

Square Enix

Earlier today Square Enix has streamed Square Enix Presents Spring 2021. During the stream Square Enix has announced that Project Athia (working title) now has a final name: Forspoken.

Forspoken has been announced in June 2020 and is a narrative-driven adventure set in a beautiful yet cruel world. Play as Frey Holland, an ordinary young woman who must harness her magical abilities to survive in the fantastical yet dangerous land of Athia.

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Forspoken is currently in development by Luminous Productions and will be released sometime in 2022 on PlayStation 5 and PC. You can watch the trailer below.

Final Fantasy XIV

Square Enix has unvealed Endwalker, the fourth expansion for Final Fantasy XIV Online. This was unvealed during the first Final Fantasy XIV Announcement Showcase that was streamed yesterday. Due to the COVID-19 pandanmic, the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival can not take place. The showcase was hosed by Naoki Yoshida, producer and director of Final Fantasy XIV Online.

Endwalker features the climax of the Hydaelyn and Zodiark story, in which Warriors of Light will encounter an even greater calamity than ever before as they travel to the far reaches of Hydaelyn and even to the moon. In addition to bringing the long-running story arc that began with A Realm Reborn to its conclusion, Endwalker will mark a new beginning for the beloved MMO, setting the stage for new adventures that longtime fans and new players can enjoy together.

Endwalker logo

The following new content and features were announced during the showcase:

  • Journey to Thavnair, the imperial capital of Garlemald, and even the Moon!
  • New Jobs: Sage and more
  • Level Cap Increase from 80 to 90
  • Expansive new areas, including Garlemald, Thavnair, and the city of Radz-at-Han.
  • A New Tribe: the Arkasodara
  • New threats, including Anima.
  • New Dungeons
  • New High-Difficulty Raid: Pandæmonium
  • Secrets Revealed in a New Alliance Raid Series
  • New Small-scale PvP Mode
  • An Additional “Trust” System ally: Estinien Wyrmblood
  • A New Residential District: Ishgard
  • Updates to the Gold Saucer
  • Relaxing Fun in Island Sanctuary
  • New Gear and Crafting Recipes
  • Expanded Horizons via the Data Center Travel System

Endwalker is scheduled to the released this fall.

Also during the showcase the PlayStation 5 version of Final Fantasy XIV Online was announced, scheduled to launch into open beta on 13 April 2021. The PlayStation 5 version features a number of upgrades to the PlayStation 4 version like improved frame rates, faster load times and 4K resolution support. Players that have the PlayStation 4 version, may download the PlayStation 5 version free of charge at the start of the open beta period. The full version will be released at the end of the open beta period.

Square Enix

Recently Square Enix has released a demo of Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC giving players, who want to try the game, 10 hours of content from the beginning of the game.

The demo showcases new features and quality of life improvements specific to the Definitive Edition, including the ability to speed up battles, Japanese and English audio, a symphonic soundtrack and a photo mode to capture the beautiful vistas as you roam the gorgeous landscape. This content merely scratches the surface of the new features that make up the full game which provides new character stories, an improved crafting system, and the option to play the entire game in 2D like a classic Dragon Quest game. Progress from the demo can be carried over to the full game when it releases on 4 December 2020. As an added bonus, players who complete the main scenario of the demo will receive three “Seed of Skill,” which grant players an extra skill point when consumed and can be used either in the demo or upon continuing their save progress in the full game.

Also a demo trailer was released which you can watch below.

Square Enix

Square Enix has recently announced that the Nintendo Switch version of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, called Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition, will make its way to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on 4 December 2020. This will be the first game from the Dragon Quest series that will be available on Xbox. The game will be available on Xbox Game Pass at launch.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age follows the perilous journey of a hunted Hero who must uncover the mystery of his fate with the aid of a charismatic cast of supporting characters. They embark on a quest taking them across continents and over vast oceans as they learn of an ominous threat facing the world.

This version includes the following upgrades and enhancements:

  • New character side stories – Get to know your fascinating cast of companions more than ever with individual side stories and adventures
  • Retro 2D mode - In addition to stunning 3D, you can also choose to play in 2D with retro inspired graphics of classic 16-bit RPGs
  • 16-bit World of Tickington – Journey to past Dragon Quest worlds full of additional side-quests reimagined in the retro style
  • Japanese audio – Choice to play the entire game with all-new Japanese voice-over or the original English
  • Fully Orchestrated Soundtrack – Ability to switch between the symphonic soundtrack or the original synthesized soundtrack as you travel the world of Erdrea
  • Photo mode - Immortalize your adventure with the perfect image. Rearrange characters, set different poses, change angles etc. are just some of the features available in Photo Mode

You can watch the Xbox announcement trailer with Yuji Horii, creator of the Dragon Quest series, below.

Square Enix

During the PlayStation 5 The Future of Gaming Square Enix has revealed a new game from Luminous Productions called Project Athia (working title). This game will be released on PlayStation 5 and PC.

Not much details have been revealed of the game except for an awesome looking trailer and a couple of screenshots .

Project Athia screenshot
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