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During Sony's PlayStation Showcase 2023, Square Enix has revealed the launch trailer of Final Fantasy XVI titled Salvation.

The trailer sets the stage for what players can expect when they step into Valisthea next month, where we see the harsh circumstances faced by the Bearers, those born with the ability to cast magicks at will, and we see the truth that lies behind the Mothercrystals, long supposed to have bestowed blessings upon humanity. The new trailer also offers a glimpse of the first steps of Clive Rosfield, the protagonist of the game, as he and his allies fight to take back control of their fate.

Screenshot from Final Fantasy XVI launch trailer

You can viiew the trailer on YouTube, since it has an age restriction.

Final Fantasy XVI is the next standalone game in the Final Fantasy series and will be released on 22 June 2023 exclusively on PlayStation 5.

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Square Enix has announced that the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series, that is now only available on Steam and mobile platforms, will be launched digitally for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on 19 April 2023. The Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series are the first six games from the Final Fantasy series, that were originally released on Nintendo and Super Nintendo, in a remastered version.

Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster logo

The PlaySattion 4 and Nintendo Switch version will contain some unique features like the option to switch between the rearranged and original-based soundtrack for the game, switch between the original font and the pixel-based font, switching off random encounters and adjusting experience gained multipliers between 0 and 4.

You can purchase the games individually or as a complete series in a bundle.

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Square Enix has recently announced that Live A Live, that was released on Nintendo Switch last year, will also be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC via Steam on 27 April 2023.

Live A Live artwork

Live A Live is a RPG in which the player explore eight different stories with eight different characters, each set within different time periods spanning from a pre-historic era to the Wild West, and more. It was originally released in 1994 on the Super Famicom in Japan. In 2022 a remake in HD-2D (the same graphical style from Octopath Traveler) was releaeed worldwide on Nintendo Switch.

A playable demo is available to download from the PlayStation Store and Steam. Players will be able to play the opening sections of three of the eight stories in the game: The Wild West, Twilight of Edo Japan, and The Distant Future. The saved progress can be carried over to the full version.

Below you can watch the announcement trailer.

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During PAX East 2023, that was held from 23 till 26 March 2023 in Boston (USA), there was a discussion panel titled Yes, You Can Pet the Torgal: A Final Fantasy XVI Discussion led by Producer Naoki Yoshida and Localization Director Michael-Christopher Koji Fox. During the discussion a new trailer was revealed introducing the world of Valisthea.

The World of Valisthea Trailer
Update: The trailer is set to private. This link starts the trailer during the discussion panel.

Square Enix has also uploaded the full discussion which featured 18 minutes of live gameplay.

Final Fantasy XVI will be released on PlayStation 5 on 22 June 2023.

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Square Enix has announced on socials that Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition, which was released last year, will receive an update that will be released later this month. The update will feature a wide range of changes, such as framerate improvements, changes to the growth system for Pip, and fixes for other bugs.

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 is available. If you want a physical version, you can order it at Playasia.

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition artwork

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Theatrhythm Final Bar Line, the 5th entry in the rhythm action series, is now available for purchase on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

Theatrhythm Final Bar Line logo

Theatrhythm Final Bar Line features 385 tracks from Final Fantasy games, three game modes, local and online multiplayer and over 100 Final Fantasy characters you can create a party with. If that is not enough you can purchase the Digital Deluxe Edition or Premium Digital Deluxe Edition to get access to more tracks.

If you never played a Theatrhythm game, there's a demo available that contains 30 tracks. Your progress can be transferred to the full game.

Below you can watch the launch trailer.

Final Fantasy VII

Today 26 years ago in 1997, Final Fantasy VII was released in Japan on the original PlayStation. Square Enix has announced on Twitter that in Japan "Final Fantasy VII Day" has been officially registered to commemorate the anniversary of the launch of the original game.

Yoshinori Kitase, director of the original game and producer of the Final Fantasy VII remake project, shared a special message:

The 31st of January 1997, the day that Final Fantasy VII came out, was not just a significant day for the Final Fantasy series, but also marked when so many big things started moving for those of us who worked on the game.

I remember being overwhelmed at the breakneck speed with which video game technology was evolving, but also dreaming big things for the future.

With the establishment of this official anniversary day, I will now always remember these things, and hold them dearly in my heart.

Yoshinori Kitase
Director, Final Fantasy VII
Producer, Final Fantasy VII Remake project

Yoshinori Kitase - Final Fantasy VII Day

Happy Final Fantasy VII Day everyone!

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Today, 35 years ago on 18 December 1987, the first game in the Final Fantasy series was released on the Nintendo Famicom in Japan. What maybe was the last game for the, at that time, small developer Square before they went bankrupt, became one of the best selling game franchises.

Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series, took his inspiration from Dragon Quest (their big rival back then), The Legend of Zelda and Ultima to create a new fantasy RPG. Should it not have sold well, he would have quit the gaming industries and return to university.

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Earlier this week reports where coming in that the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series is coming to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch after it has been rated by the ESRB. Today, on the 35th anniversary of the Final Fantasy series, Square Enix has confirmed that the series will be released in Spring 2023.

If you want to digitally purchase these games, you have the option to purchase them individually or together as a bundle. If you want he Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series physical, there are two limited editions available: Standard Edition and the FF35th Anniversary Edition.

Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster FF35th Anniversary Edition

The FF35th Anniversary Edition will include the following:

  • FINAL FANTASY I-VI COLLECTION - physical collection of all games for either PS4 or Nintendo Switch-
  • Anniversary Edition GOODS BOX.
  • A bonus lenticular sleeve for the game package.
  • 2-disc vinyl record set featuring newly arranged game music with exclusive cover artwork by Kazuko Shibuya
  • A specially compiled artbook showcasing beautiful character pixel art.
  • Eight stylized pixel art character figures in window packaging.

Both physical editions are exclusive to the Square Enix Store and are now available for pre-order. However a couple of hours after the announcement the Standard Edition is already sold out.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion, the remastered version of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, is now available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and PC.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII is an action RPG that was released in 2007 on the PlayStation Portable and is the prequel to Final Fantasy VII. The game is part of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII and follows the original story of SOLDIER 1st Class Zack Fair on his mission to find missing SOLDIER Genesis Rhapsodos, unraveling the stories of Cloud, Sephiroth, Aerith, Tifa and more.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion logo

The remaster features HD graphics, enhanced 3D-models, a fully voice-acted dialogue and a new arrangement for the soundtrack.

You can watch the launch trailer below.


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