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Square Enix has announced that they've made an agreement with Embracer Group to sell 3 Western studios for $ 300 million USD: Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montréal, and Square Enix Montréal. Also a catalogue of IPs will be transferred like Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Thief and Legacy of Kain.

Crystal Dynamics is known for the Tomb Raider series which received a reboot in 2013. They are currently working on a new Tomb Raider game which is developed with the Unreal Engine 5. Eidos Montréal has developed games like Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Square Enix Montréal is mostly known for the Go series like Hitman Go and Tomb Raider Go.

Embracer Group was previously known as Nordic Games and THQ Nordic and has acquired several companies in the past like Koch Media, Deep Silver and Gearbox.

Embracer Group

Square Enix said the transaction enables "the launch of new businesses by moving forward with investments in fields including blockchain, AI, and the cloud".

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During the Kingdom Hearts 20th anniversary celebration that took place earlier today Square Enix has announced two new games: Kingdom Hearts IV and Kingdom Hearts: Missing Link. Also an update has been announced for Kingdom Hearts Dark Road.

Kingdom Hearts IV logo

Kingdom Hearts IV is the newest instalment in the Kingdom Hearts series and is in early development. In the announcement trailer Sora wakes up after a long sleep in Quadratum, a large, expansive city set in a gorgeous, realistic world. The city is under threat of a giant enemy and Sora goes into battle. In the trailer you also see Strelitzia, a mysterious new character.

Since the game is still in early development, no release date has been announced.

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Kingdom Hearts: Missing Link is a mobile game for iOS and Android devices which allows players to embark on adventures from the realm of Scala ad Caelum into the real world. Players will be able to engage in exhilarating battles against the Heartless and discover a new, original story. A closed beta test is planned for 2022.

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Square Enix has also released an update on Kingdom Hearts Dark Road. The final chapter of will be released in August 2022 as a free update of the Kingdom Hearts Union χ Dark Road app.

You can watch the trailer here. A recap video of the event will be released on a later date.

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The remaster of Chrono Cross, Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition, is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition includes the following features:

  • 3D models converted to HD*
  • Brand new artwork and character redesign by Nobuteru Yuuki*
  • Refined background music by Yasunori Mitsuda
  • Switch enemy encounters on or off
  • Background filter feature*
  • Battle enhancement features
  • Auto-battle function
  • French, Italian, German and Spanish localization now added
  • Switch between imitation pixel font and HD font*
  • The inclusion of Radical Dreamers, never before released in the West. 
  • Players can choose between playing with original or updated graphics*

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition artwork

Chrono Cross was released back in 1999 on the original PlayStation and tells the story of Serge, who one day wanders into an alternate world. The game is set in the same world as Chrono Trigger and is linked.

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition is released digital only in most regions. However in Asia a physical version will be released. If you want a physical version (like me), you can order it at Playasia.

You can watch the launch trailer here.

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During Sony's latest State of Play Square Enix has revealed another new game. This time a new instalment in the Valkyrie series titled Valkyrie Elysium. This action RPG will be released in 2022 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Steam.

The world is on the brink of destruction. You play as a Valkyrie who is entrusted with the fate of this world by the All-Father - the highest among gods and the ruler of all creation. Descending to the land below, you must battle powerful foes, and uncover the secrets behind the impending ruin.

Like previous games in the Valkyrie series, this game features fast-paced combat with a brand new real-time action combat system that rewards both fast reactions and strategic thinking. You can also recruit the Einherjar - warriors who’ll join the hero and fight at her side when summoned. Motoi Sakuraba, the series composer, has returned to contribute tracks for the soundtrack.

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During Sony's latest State of Play Square Enix has revealed a brand-new strategy RPG titled The DioField Chronicle. The game is developed by Platinum Games and will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and PC/Steam in 2022.

Welcome to the world of DioField, a new strategy RPG that will take you on a journey of honour and political intrigue. In this fresh and gritty story, you will discover a unique blend of fantasy, medieval and modern-day influences, and an innovative combat system: Real-Time Tactical Battle. Surrounded by richly detailed environments in diorama-style visuals, you must think quickly and act strategically to lead your team to victory.

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Luminous Productions, the developers of Forspoken, and Square Enix have announced that the game has been delayed the open-world action RPG which was previously planned to be released on 24 May 2022. The new release date will be 11 October 2022.

We have made the decision to move the release date of Forspoken to October 11, 2022. Our vision for this exciting new IP is to deliver a game world and hero that gamers across the globe will want to experience for years to come, so getting it right is extremely important to use. To that end, during the next few months we will focus all of our efforts on polishing the game and can’t wait for you to experience Frey’s journey this fall.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support. We look forward to sharing more about Forspoken with you soon.

—Luminous Productions

Forspoken will be released on PlayStation 5 and PC on 11 October 2022.

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During the latest Nintendo Direct Square Enix has announced that the first two Front Mission games will be getting a remake, both on Nintendo Switch, developed by Forever Entertainment. Front Mission 1st: Remake will be available this Summer and Front Mission 2 will follow later.

Front Mission was released on Super Nintendo in 1995 in Japan. It was later ported to WonderSwan Color, PlayStation and Nintendo DS. Only the Nintendo DS version was released outside of Japan.

Front Mission 1st: Remake art

In the year 2090, the world's conflicts are fought using giant war machines called Wanzers. Huffman Island, the only place where the Oceania Cooperative Union (O.C.U.) and the Unified Continental States (U.C.S.) share a land border is a hotbed of conflict.

An O.C.U. reconnaissance platoon led by Captain Royd Clive is assigned to investigate a U.C.S. munitions plant. They are ambushed by U.C.S. Wanzers, triggering a series of events that plunges the whole island into war. Royd's fiancée, Lieutenant Karen Meure, goes missing in action.

Discharged from the military, Royd sets out to investigate what happened to Karen. His quest leads him closer and closer to the conspiracy behind the incident and the powers that orchestrated it.

Below the clip from the latest Nintendo Direct showing the trailer and gameplay footage of Front Mission 1st: Remake.

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During the latest Nintendo Direct Square Enix has announced that a remastered version of Chrono Cross will be released and will be called Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition. The game will be digitally released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam on 7 April 2022.

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition artwork

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition will feature the following new features:

  • 3D models converted to HD*
  • Brand new artwork and character redesign by Nobuteru Yuuki*
  • Refined background music by Yasunori Mitsuda
  • Switch enemy encounters on or off
  • Background filter feature*
  • Battle enhancement features
  • Auto-battle function
  • French, Italian, German and Spanish localization now added
  • Switch between imitation pixel font and HD font*
  • The inclusion of Radical Dreamers, never before released in the West. 
  • Players can choose between playing with original or updated graphics*
*The 3D models, illustrations, font and background filter cannot be toggled separately. They will all be switched together.

Chrono Cross was released back in 1999 on the original PlayStation and tells the story of Serge, who one day wanders into an alternate world. The game was however never released in Europe.

Below you can watch the trailer of the game.

Update: added information from the press release.

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Square Enix has announced that the pixel remaster version of Final Fantasy VI will be released on 23 February 2022 on Steam, Android and iOS devices.

This version will feature the following improvements compared to the original version:

  • Universally updated 2D pixel graphics, including the iconic Final Fantasy pixel character designs created by Kazuko Shibuya, the original artist and current collaborator.
  • A beautifully rearranged soundtrack in a faithful FINAL FANTASY style, overseen by the original composer Nobuo Uematsu.
  • Improved gameplay, including modernized UI, auto-battle options and more!
  • Supplemental extras like the bestiary, illustration gallery and music player.

Steam users can now pre-order the game with 20% off and during that time you'll receive five specially rearranged music tracks and four limited wallpapers. You can also get the bundle which contains all 6 games with the bonus items.

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Naoki Yoshida, producer of Final Fantasy XVI, has recently released an update on the current status of the development of Final Fantasy XVI, which was announced in September 2020 at the PlayStation 5 Showcase.

During that annoucement Naoki Yoshida said that in 2021 the next big information reveal will take place. We didn't get it. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the development of the game has been delayed by almost an half year and the next reveal is now planned for Spring 2022.

You can read the full update below.

Message from the producer Naoki Yoshida

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