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Final Fantasy IX

On this day 20 years ago, on 7 July 2000, Final Fantasy IX was released on the original PlayStation in Japan. The game returned to the roots of the Final Fantasy series with it's medieval fantasy setting (unlike Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII) and references to past Final Fantasy games.

Square Enix celebrates this with an interview with creators involved in the original development of the game: Kazuhiko Aoki (Event Design), Toshiyuki Itahana (Character Design) and Hiroyuki Ito (Director). They have split the interview into three parts and part 1 is an interview with Kazuhiko Aoki. You can read it on the official website.

In 2019 Square Enix released the Inside Final Fantasy series on YouTube . In these series a dive-in into the making of several Final Fantasy games will be shown together with interviews with the developers of the game. If you haven't watched the one about Final Fantasy IX, you can see it 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).

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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

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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.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

This month Final Fantasy VII Remake was finally released. Earlier this week Square Enix has announced on Twitter that shipments and digital sales has exceeded over 3.5 million worldwide in three days after the release on 10 April.

We're proud to announce we shipped and digitally sold over 3.5M copies of Final Fantasy VII Remake in 3 days!

All of us would like to raise our Buster Swords to say THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us during launch, we hope you’re all enjoying the game!

Final Fantasy VII Remake sales exceeds 3.5 million

However this is not the fatest selling Final Fantasy game. When Final Fantasy XV was released back in 2016 the game has shipped 5 million copies of the game within 24 hours. Final Fantasy XV was no PlayStation exclusive. It was also released in Xbox One at launch day.

Final Fantasy VII Remake has received very good reviews scoring an 88 on Metacritic at this moment.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

After the announcement back on E3 2015, a long silence and the switch of development team, the wait is finally over! Final Fantasy VII Remake is now available for PlayStation 4.

Completely rebuilt using the best of modern gaming technology, Final Fantasy VII Remake is a reimagining of the iconic original game that re-defined the RPG genre. Along with unforgettable characters and a story revered as one of the most powerful within video games, the game also features a hybrid battle system that merges real-time action with strategic, command-based combat. The first game in the project is set in the eclectic and sprawling city of Midgar and presents a fully standalone gaming experience that goes deeper into the iconic characters and world than ever before.

Please note that due to the coronavirus outbreak you might not received the game today. Please be patient and stay safe!

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Square Enix has released the final trailer before the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake. Please note that this trailer contains a lot of spoilers due to new footage of the game.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released on 10 April 2020 on PlayStation 4. However, due to the coronavirus outbreak it may happen that you won't receive the game on release day. Europe and Australia however got the game early. Plesse note that you are not allowed to stream the game untill the release day.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Yoshinori Kitase (Producer) and Tetsuya Nomura (Director) of the Final Fantasy VII Remake development team has released an imported message regarding the release of the game and the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

The Final Fantasy VII Remake team have worked extremely hard to make this game and we are incredibly proud of what you are about to play. Our biggest motivator during the development was that so many of you were willing us on, and we felt your enthusiasm and passion every step of the way.

We had some hard decisions to make during the final few weeks before launch due to disruption to distribution channels caused by the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These unique circumstances have made it very difficult to align timing of our global shipping. Our highest priority is that all of you, including those who live in countries currently facing the biggest disruption, can play the game at launch, so we made the decision to ship the game far earlier than usual to Europe and Australia.

As a result, there is a greater chance that some of you in these regions will now get a copy of the game prior to the worldwide release date of April 10. For other western regions, including the Americas, copies will be shipped this week and we feel optimistic that most of you will receive the game for launch day. However, due to the challenging situation we cannot provide delivery dates for each country and each retailer.

We really want all of you looking forward to Final Fantasy VII Remake to play the game on April 10 and experience everything we have been working on, together.

To everyone we would like to ask one big favour.

If you get the game early, please think of others and don’t spoil it for them. We know there are potential spoilers that have been out there for over two decades as the original Final Fantasy VII was released in 1997. But Final Fantasy VII Remake is a new game that still has many surprises for everyone. All our fans and players deserve to experience the game for themselves, and we ask for the support of our dedicated community around the world to ensure that.

On behalf of the entire development team, and everyone around the world that has worked on getting Final Fantasy VII Remake to you all, thanks again for your support, and most importantly, please stay safe.

So, please if you got the game early, don't spoil anything. And stay safe and follow the restrictions of your country.

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Square Enix has announced that NieR Replicant will be getting a new version called NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... that will be released on 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...

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... invites players into a dark, apocalyptic world as they join a brother’s captivating quest to cure his sister of a deadly disease - a quest which will in turn make them question everything. The game will be developed in collaboration with Toylogic and brings back together an all-star team including acclaimed director Yoko Taro (Drakengard / NieR:Automata), composer Keiichi Okabe (Tekken / Drakengard / NieR:Automata), and producer Yosuke Saito (Dragon Quest X / NieR:Automata).

The game has no release date, but Square Enix hopes to release it during the 10th anniversary of the series.

During the 10th anniversary broadcast show a new NieR game was also announced for Android and iOS called NieR Re[in]carnation which is developed by Applibot. It will be produced by Yosuke Saito, directed by Yoko Taro, character design by Akihiko Yoshida and concept art by Kazuma Koda. It is unknown if this mobile game will be released in the West.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Yesterday Square Enix has released a statement update regarding the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake and the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

As we prepare for the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake on April 10, we wanted to keep you updated on how the proactive measures being taken to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus are likely to affect the distribution and retail landscape in western regions at launch.

As you will be aware, many countries are limiting entry or closing their national and state borders and restricting the distribution and delivery of non-essential items. Understandably these restrictions are being implemented so that essential items can reach their destination as fast as possible.

This does not mean that box copies of Final Fantasy VII Remake will not be dispatched, it just means that we cannot control the date the game may arrive.

In many countries and states, retail stores are closing to help with social distancing measures. If you placed a pre-order with one of these retailers, we advise you to check their websites for the latest information about the status of pre-orders, as well as pick-up and/or delivery information. Please ensure your mailing address and contact details are up to date, as some retailers have begun contacting customers with delivery updates.

Finally, we are currently making arrangements to ensure that pre-orders from the Square Enix reach you by April 10.

We are working hard to ensure as many of you as possible can play the game on April 10 and will update further when we have more information.

Thank you for your continued support and most importantly, stay safe.

Stay safe and follow the restrictions of your country.

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