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Final Fantasy VII Remake

Square Enix has released an extended trailer of the enhanced features in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, the PlayStation 5 version of Final Fantasy VII Remake.

In this trailer you can take a look at the features that will be present in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, like improved graphics, a photo-mode and faster load times. Also in a brand-new episode featuring you play as ninja Yuffie Kisaragi as she infiltrates the shadowy Shinra Corporation to steal a powerful materia and restore glory to her homeland.

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

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 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.

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

Today Square Enix has launched the official website of the latest standalone title in the Final Fantasy series; Final Fantasy XVI. On the website new artwork and information about the world and the characters of the game can be found.

This update reveals information about the world, the Eikons and the different nations located on Valisthea, the name of the world of Final Fantasy XVI.

The land of Valisthea is studded with Mothercrystals—glittering mountains of crystal that tower over the realms around them, blessing them with aether. For generations, people have flocked to these beacons to take advantage of their blessing, using the aether to conjure magicks that let them live lives of comfort and plenty. Great powers have grown up around each Mothercrystal, and an uneasy peace has long reigned between them. Yet now the peace falters as the spread of the Blight threatens to destroy their dominions.

The Eikons are the most powerful and deadly creatures in Valisthea. Each resides within a Dominant—a single man or woman who is blessed with the ability to call upon their dread power. In some nations these Dominants are treated as royalty in admiration of this strength—in others they are bound in fear of it, and forced to serve as weapons of war. Those who are born as Dominants cannot escape their fate, however cruel it may be.

The website reveals six realms. However the name of two Eikons (probably) is left blank.

The Grand Duchy of Rosaria

Long ago, a group of small independent provinces in western Valisthea found strength in unity, and formed the Grand Duchy of Rosaria. After years of relative prosperity, the duchy now finds itself threatened by the spread of the Blight—a threat that, left unchecked, would doubtless usher the realm to ruin. Rosaria draws its aether from Drake's Breath, a Mothercrystal situated on a volcanic island off the coast. The Dominant of the Phoenix, Eikon of Fire, is enthroned as Archduke when they come of age.

The Holy Empire of Sanbreque

Sanbreque is the largest theocratic force in Valisthea. The Empire's holy capital Oriflamme is built around Drake's Head, the Mothercrystal that blesses the surrounding provinces with abundant aether. The people happily take advantage of this, living in comfort and security under the watchful gaze of the Holy Emperor, whom they worship as the living incarnation of the one true deity. The Dominant of serves as the empire's champion, taking to the field in times of war to rout its enemies.

The Kingdom of Waloed

Waloed claims the entirety of Ash, the eastern half of Valisthea, as its dominion. The kingdom's control of the continent has oft been tested by the orcs and other beastmen who make their home there, but the current ruler of the realm— Dominant of—has succeeded in quelling their rebellions. Using the power of the kingdom's Mothercrystal, Drake's Spine, this new king has built up a mighty army, with which he now seeks to test the borders of his neighbors.

The Dhalmekian Republic

The Dhalmekian Republic is made up of five states, from which the members of its ruling parliament are drawn. Its Mothercrystal, Drake's Fang, is half-hidden in the heart of a mountain range—the republic's control over it, and its aether, securing the obedience of the large part of southern Valisthea. The Dominant of Titan, Eikon of Earth, is installed as a special advisor to parliament and has a significant say in its decision-making.

The Iron Kingdom

A small group of islands off the coast of Storm, the western half of Valisthea's twin realms. Here the Crystalline Orthodox, an extreme faith that worships crystals, reigns supreme. The Iron Kingdom controls Drake's Breath, the Mothercrystal that sits at the heart of one of their islands—long a source of contention with neighboring Rosaria. Isolated and aloof from the mainland nations, the Ironblood speak their own language. Orthodox doctrine judges Dominants to be unholy abominations, and any unlucky enough to be born on the islands are executed.

The Crystalline Dominion

The Crystalline Dominion sits at the heart of Valisthea, built around the tallest of all the Mothercrystals, Drake's Tail. Many bloody battles were fought for control of this small plot of land due to its strategic importance, till the warring realms finally agreed to an armistice. As part of the peace treaty, the islands around Drake's Tail became an autonomous dominion led by a council of representatives from the surrounding nations—each realm enjoying equal claim to the Mothercrystal's blessing. No Dominant makes their home there.

Also information about three characters have been revealed.

Clive Rosfield

The firstborn son of the Archduke of Rosaria. Though all expected him to inherit the Phoenix's flames and awaken as its Dominant, destiny instead chose his younger brother Joshua to bear this burden. In search of a role of his own, Clive dedicated himself to mastering the blade. His practice pays off when, at just fifteen years of age, he wins the ducal tournament and is dubbed the First Shield of Rosaria—tasked to guard the Phoenix and blessed with the ability to wield a part of his fire. Alas, Clive's promising career is to end in tragedy at the hands of a mysterious dark Eikon, Ifrit, setting him on a dangerous road to revenge.

Joshua Rosfield

The second son of the Archduke of Rosaria and Clive's younger brother by five years. Joshua awoke as the Dominant of the Phoenix soon after his birth. Despite his noble upbringing, Joshua treats all his father's subjects with warmth and affection—none more so than Clive, whom he deeply admires. Joshua often laments that it was he, the frail and bookish younger son, who was granted command of the firebird's flames, and not his stronger, braver brother. While Clive will gladly throw himself into any danger, Joshua quails at the sight of a carrot on his dinner plate. But carrots become the least of his concern when he, too, is swept up into the tragic events that change Clive's life forever.

Jill Warrick

Born in the fallen Northern Territories, Jill was taken from her homeland at a tender age to become a ward of Rosaria, securing peace between the two warring nations. The Archduke insisted that she be raised alongside his sons, and now, at twelve years of age, she is as much a part of the Rosfield household as Clive and Joshua. Ever kind, gracious, and unassuming, Jill has become a trusted confidant to the brothers.

Clive Rosfield is the protagonist of the game and Joshua his younger brother and Dominant. Jill a childhood friend.



   

Square Enix

At the start of the PlayStation 5 Showcase earlier this evening Square Enix has announced a new title in the Final Fantasy series: Final Fantasy XVI!

Final Fantasy XVI will be a standalone single player action RPG developed by Creative Business Unit III, which is led by Naoki Yoshida, and will be a PlayStation 5 console exclusive.

Final Fantasy XVI logo

Comment from Producer Naoki Yoshida
Final Fantasy XVI producer (that’s right, just producer) Naoki Yoshida here. How did you enjoy the trailer? The exclusive footage, comprised of both battles and cutscenes running in real-time, represents but a fraction of what our team has accomplished since the start of development on this, an all-new Final Fantasy game. In that span, the team’s size has grown from a handful of core members to a full-fledged unit that continues to polish and build upon what they have created so far, all to provide players an experience unmatched in terms of story and gameplay.

Our next big information reveal is scheduled for 2021, so in the meantime, I expect everyone to have fun speculating, as we have a lot in store—not only for Final Fantasy XVI, but for Final Fantasy XIV, too. Needless to say, I’ll be working hard on both!

Comment from Director Hiroshi Takai
When Final Fantasy I was released, I was just another player─a young student with big dreams. By the time Final Fantasy V was in the works, I had earned myself a seat at the developers’ table... albeit at the very end. From there, I moved “online” leaving my mark on both Final Fantasy XI and XIV.

And now...XVI.

From the establishment of an all new development environment, to learning the ins-and-outs of the PS5, the team and I have taken on countless challenges during our journey to bring you the sixteenth chapter in the storied Final Fantasy franchise. And though we’re pouring our hearts and souls into this project each and every day, it may still be some time before we can get it into your hands. However, I promise it will be worth the wait!

You can watch the awakening trailer below.

Update 17-09-2020: After the announcement Square Enix has reached out to several gaming websites (like Kotaku) that Final Fantasy XVI has only been announced for PlayStation 5 and they have no further information if the game will be released on an other platform.

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
Project Athia screenshot Project Athia screenshot

Sony

Sony has announced that the PlayStation 5 reveal event will be taking place this Thursday 11 June at 13:00 PT / 16:00 EST / 21:00 BST / 22:00 CEST. During this event more details about the PlayStation 5 and some games will be revealed.

The PlayStation 5 Future of Gaming event was first planned for 4 June, but was postphoned in support of the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests.

The event has been pre-taped and will be broadcasted at 1080p and 30 frames per second and will run "for a bit more than an hour". Hopefully new games from Square Enix will also be present during the event.

The PlayStation 5 will be available this holiday season.

PlayStation 5 Future of Gaming event

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