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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.

Final Fantasy XIV

During the opening keynote of the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2021 Naoki Yoshida, producer and director, has announced that the fourth expansion, Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker, will be released on 23 November 2021 and is now available for pre-order. He also revealed new information about the content featured in the expansion. Due to the COVID-19 pandanmic, the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2021 is digital only and can be viewed by stream.

The following new content and features for Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker were announced during the opening keynote:

  • New Job: Reaper
  • New Playable Race: Male Viera
  • New City: Old Sharlayan
  • Travel to Expansive New Areas: Labyrinthos and Mare Lamentorum
  • New Tribes to Encounter: Loporrits
  • New Threats to Overcome: The Magus Sisters
  • New Alliance Raid Series: “Myths of the Realm”
  • A New Data Center: Oceania

Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker Collections Edition

Square Enix has also revealed information about the Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker Collections Edition which will be available for pre-order in the Square Enix Store. This edition will feature the digital download version of the game with the following items:

  • Endwalker Special Art Box – A unique glossy white-inlaid box that features an illustration of Hydaelyn and Zodiark by artist Yoshitaka Amano.
  • Expertly Crafted Paladin Figure – An impressive high-quality figure that showcases the Warrior of Light as a paladin using Passage of Arms to shield allies from harm. Including the base, the figure’s dimensions are approximately W 6.10" x D 8.46" x H 7.28" (W 15.5cm x D 21.5cm x H 18.5cm).
  • Art Collection & Frame Set – A collection of ten B5-sized (approx. 7.2" x 10.1" / 18.2cm x 25.7cm) art prints featuring key visuals from throughout the history of FINAL FANTASY XIV, from version 1.0 through Endwalker. The set also includes a frame so you can showcase your favorite image.
  • Azem PinA pin created to mimic the appearance of Azem's crystal. Designed to fit in the palm of your hand at approximately 1" x 1.2" (2.5cm x 3.0cm).
  • Loporrit Mini Plush – A mini plush version of a Loporrit. The plush is approximately 6.5" tall (16.5cm).

Also a digital edition is available for pre-order in the Square Enix Store, PlayStation Store and on Steam.

Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker will be available on 23 November 2021 for PC, Mac, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Players who pre-order the expansion can start playing the game on 19 November 2021 at 09:00 GMT. If you haven't watched the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2021, it can be viewed on YouTube and Twitch.

Square Enix

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139..., the updated version of the Japan exclusive game NieR Replicant, is now available worldwide for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam.

NieR Replicant was originally released on 22 April 2010 in Japan for PlayStation 3 together with NieR Gestalt. In the West NieR Gestalt was released as Nier. Both games have a different storyline but takes place in the same world. NieR Replicant never got a release in the West untill now.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...

This updated version includes brand-new story content, extra dungeons, costumes and more, including:

  • Extra Episode – Players can enjoy a new scenario and exhilarating boss battle by playing through the game, in an all new “Mermaid” episode featuring a wrecked ship and a little girl.
  • Extra Dungeons from “15 Nightmares” – Previously released as downloadable content for the original release in Japan and similar to “The World of Recycled Vessel” content in the West, fans will be able to undertake a series of challenging dungeons as the “15 Nightmares” protagonist in the world of recycled vessel. Playing through the dungeons will unlock a variety of weapons, as well as extra costumes, “Kabuki” and “Samurai.” You will also be able to change the appearance of enemy bullets to Emil’s face through the option menu after obtaining either of the costumes.
  • Soundtrack from NieR:Automata – Players will unlock an option to switch to select background music tracks from the critically acclaimed NieR:Automata after completing the first playthrough.
  • Guest Cast from NieR:Automata – The English and Japanese voice actors of 2B and 9S will be featured in the game.

The protagonist is a kind young man living in a remote village. In order to save his sister Yonah, who fell terminally ill to the Black Scrawl, he sets out with Grimoire Weiss, a strange talking tome, to search for the "Sealed verses."

Below you can watch the launch trailer.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

During Sony's State of Play, which was streamed yesterday, Square Enix has revealed that Final Fantasy VII Remake, which was released in April 2020 on PlayStation 4, will be getting a PlayStation 5 version called Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade logo

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is an upgraded version of Final Fantasy VII Remake which features the following graphical, gameplay and system enhancements:

  • Immerse yourself in the city of Midgar like never before, with improved textures, lighting, and background environments. Players can switch between two game modes:
    • "Graphics Mode" prioritizes 4K high-resolution graphics
    • "Performance Mode" prioritizes smooth action at 60 frames per second
  • Capture and share your memorable moments from the game with a fully customizable “Photo Mode”
  • Enjoy immersive battles by using the DualSense wireless controller, with its haptic feedback integration, and enjoy dynamic bike racing with its adaptive triggers.
  • New difficulty settings for ‘Classic Mode’ provide new ways to play
  • Jump into the action faster with optimized loading times

Players who have purchased Final Fantasy VII Remake on PlayStation 4 will be getting the PlayStation 5 version for free. However you need the PlayStation 5 base edition (with the disc drive).

Also a brand-new episode has been announced featuring Yuffie as the main character. In this new adventure, play as ninja Yuffie Kisaragi as she infiltrates the shadowy Shinra Corporation to steal a powerful materia and restore glory to her homeland.

The Yuffie episode will be included with Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade. It will also be available for purchase in the PlayStation Store for Final Fantasy VII Remake owners that upgraded to the PlayStation 5 version. It won't be available for the PlayStation 4.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade will be released on 10 June 2021 on PlayStation 5.

Square Enix

Earlier this week during Nintendo Direct a remastered version has been announced of Legend of Mana that will be released on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Steam.

Stepping into the shoes of the protagonist, players will embark on a journey to find the mystical Mana Tree seen in a dream, only to discover that the world map is empty. Throughout their adventure, they will acquire special artifacts, which can be placed on the map to bring towns and dungeons to life via the Land Creation system. Players can progress through the story in different ways based on the choices they make, offering a more personal and unique gameplay experience.

Legend of Mana has been released in Japan in July 1999 on the PlayStation. In June 2000 the game was released in North America. It was never released in Europe.

The remastered version will feature improved visuals, a rearranged soundtrack, and the “Ring Ring Land'' mini-game which will be available to the West for the first time. It will be available digital only on 24 June 2021.

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

During the pre-show of The Game Awards 2020 a new trailer of NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... has been revealed.

The trailer below shows almost one minute of battle gameplay footage of this updated game of NieR Replicant, which was never released outside of Japan.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... will be released on 22 April 2021 in Japan and in North America and Europe on 23 April 2021. The game will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam.

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

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.

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