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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.

Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster logo

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.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

The PlayStation 5 version of last year hit title Final Fantasy VII Remake titled Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is now available.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is an enchanced version of Final Fantasy VII Remake with the following features:

  • Access to FF7R Episode INTERmission, a PlayStation 5 console exclusive adventure that brings a new perspective to the acclaimed Final Fantasy VII Remake storyline
  • 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

Yuffie in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade

Players who have purchased Final Fantasy VII Remake on PlayStation 4 can download the upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for free. However you need the PlayStation 5 base edition (with the disc drive). The update does not include FF7R Episode INTERmission which can be purchased separately via the PlayStation Store.

Recently Square Enix released a patch for the PlayStation 4 version where players can transfer their save file to the PlayStation 5 version.

Final Fantasy VII Remake transfer save

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During the Dragon Quest 35th anniversary livestream Square Enix has announced the next mainline entry in the Dragon Quest series: Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate. The game will use the Unreal Engine 5 and is in early stage of development and will have a global simultaneous release.

Dragon Quest XII logo

According to Yuji Horii, game designer of Dragon Quest, the player needs to make several decisions to determine the way of life. Also changes will be made to the command battle.

Also three other Dragon Quest titles have been announced during the livestream.

Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake

A remake of Dragon Quest III, which was first released in 1988 on the Famicom, in the style of Octopath Traveler.

Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake screenshot

Dragon Quest Treasures

A completely new spinoff from the Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quest Treasures explores the childhood of the siblings Mia and Erik from Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. As Mia and Erik, players will embark on an RPG treasure hunting adventure in another world before the events of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age.

Dragon Quest Treasures screenshot

Dragon Quest Keshi Keshi (Final Name TBC)

Developed with NHN PlayArt, this title is a free-to-play mobile puzzle game for iOS and Android devices that will feature popular Dragon Quest series characters, monsters and items as erasers which are used to erase graffiti in the game.

Dragon Quest Keshi Keshi screenshot

Final Fantasy XIV

During the Letter from the Producer Live Part LXIV it has been announced that the PlayStation 5 version of Final Fantasy XIV will start official service on the same day as patch 5.55; 25 May 2021.

Letter from the Producer Live Part LXIV

The PlayStation 5 version features fast load times, 4K resolution support, high resolution UI, DualSense haptic feedback support, new thropies and 3D audio support. Currently this version is in open beta.

Patch 5.55 will feature part 2 of the Death Unto Dawn main scenario, Save the Queen updates, YoRHa: Dark Apocolypse epilogue quests and a reward for collecting all Triple Triad cards.

Between the release of patch 5.55 and the release of Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker several updates and events have been planned.

  • July 2021: Make it Rain campaign
  • June/July 2021: Patch 5.57
  • July/August 2021: Patch 5.58
  • August 2021: Moonfire Faire / The Rising
  • September 2021: Final Fantasy XV Collaboration Returns
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.

Final Fantasy VII

During the first official livestream Square Enix has announced that the battle royale mobile game Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier will have a closed beta test in Japan and North America this June.

 

Japan

  • Beta Period: 1 June 2021 - 8 June 2021;
  • Recruitment Period: 7 May 2021 - 28 May 2021 12:00 JST
  • Devices: iOS 13.0 (minimal 2 GB RAM) and Android 7.0 and up (minimal 3 GB RAM);
  • More information on the official website.

North America (United States of America and Canada)

  • Beta Period: 1 June 2021 - 7 June 2021 PDT;
  • Recruitment Period: 7 May 2021 - 27 May 2021 8:00 p.m. PDT;
  • Devices: Android 7.0 and up (minimal 3 GB RAM);
  • More information on the official website.

In Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier, players will embark on an intense battle royale experience where they must fight to be the last SOLDIER standing. To do so, players will use magic and special abilities along with ranged and melee weapons to triumph on the battlefield. Players can choose between various styles, such as Warrior, Sorcerer or Monk, each of whom boast unique special abilities. In addition to other SOLDIER candidates, players must also contend with ferocious monsters who inhabit the outskirts of the city. By defeating them, players can gain experience needed to level up and unlock new weapons. Classic Final Fantasy elements abound in the game, such as rideable chocobos, powerful espers, including Ifrit, to summon and materia, which enables players to cast devastating spells. Players can customize their characters’ outfits and accessories, obtain various weapon and vehicle skins, emotes and more to create their own unique SOLDIER.

 

Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier will be released in 2021 for free with in-app purchases for Android and iOS devices.

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.

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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 VII

Alongside Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier Square Enix has announced another mobile game set in the world of Final Fantasy VII called Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis.

Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis logo

Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis is a single-player RPG that retells events from the original Final Fantasy VII along with the titles from the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Before Crisis, Crisis Core and Dirge of Cerberus.

The game will be available for free with in-app purchases in 2022 for Android and iOS devices.

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