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Last month Square Enix has filed trademarks for "Ever Crisis", "The First Soldier" and the Shinra Electric Power Company logo. The three trademarks recently made public.

All three trademarks are related to the Final Fantasy VII series:

  • "Ever Crisis" sounds like next entry in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII subseries with games like Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII and the film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
  • "The First Soldier" seems to be a reference to Sephiroth.
  • Shinra Electric Power Company is the megacorporation headquartered in the city of Midgar.

Or are these titles related with part two of Final Fantasy VII Remake which is currently in development?

Update 21-01-2021: Square Enix has also filed trademarks for "Ever Crisis" in Canada and Europe and the Shinra Electric Power Company logo in Europe.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

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On 1 December 2020 Square Enix has trademarked Chocobo GP and Chocobo Grand Prix. Chocobo GP was trademarked in Japanese and English, Chocobo Grand Prix only in Japanese.

Could this mean a sequel to Chocobo Racing is in development? Chocobo Racing was released in 1999 on PlayStation. At E3 2010 a sequel for Nintendo 3DS was announced called Chocobo Racing 3D, but was cancelled in 2013.

In the MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV Chocobo Racing is a mini-game in the Gold Saucer.

Choboco Racing advertisement

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During the pre-show of The Game Awards 2020 a new trailer of NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... has been revealed.

The trailer below shows almost one minute of battle gameplay footage of this updated game of NieR Replicant, which was never released outside of Japan.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... will be released on 22 April 2021 in Japan and in North America and Europe on 23 April 2021. The game will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam.

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Square Enix has announced that SaGa Frontier is being remastered for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Steam, iOS, and Android and will launch in Summer 2021.

SaGa Frontier is a role playing game in the SaGa series where you follow the exploits of one of seven protagonists, each with his or her own storyline and goal in a science fiction/fantasy universe called "The Regions", a group of worlds with varying degrees of culture, unique races, technology, and magic. The game was released in 1997 on the PlayStation in Japan and one year later in North America. It was never released in Europe.

SaGa Frontier Remastered adds a new playable character, Fuse, and also new events and features.

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Square Enix has released a new patch for the Steam, Android and iOS version of Final Fantasy IV. These version are ports of the Nintendo DS remake and have been released in 2012 on iOS, 2013 on Android and 2014 on Windows.

In the Steam version a brand new interface and full screen support up to 21:9 has been introduced. Here are the release notes:

  • Completely new interface
    • Gamepad compatibility has been optimized.
    • Small adjustments to keyboard, mouse, and touch panel operations have also been made.
  • Full-screen now available
    • Full-screen display now available until 21:9.
  • The follow language settings are available:
    • Chinese (Simplified)
    • Chinese (Traditional)
    • Korean
    • Thai
    • Japanese
  • Small bugs have been fixed.

The Android and iOS version also got an update to include the full opening movie, as well as big screen support.

Currently the Steam version is 50% off and the Android and iOS versions are 53% off.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

After more than 6 months after the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake on the PlayStation 4, Square Enix has released the first patch for the game.

The changelog of version 1.01 is very limited. It only contains the following: "Fixed various bugs."

After the release rumours were spreading if this patch is for preparation to be compatible with the PlayStation 5. We do not know.

Final Fantasy VII Remake was released on 10 April 2020 on the PlayStation 4. Part 2 is currently in development. However due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team is not working at 100% efficiency. It's unknown when it will be released.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

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During the special NieR series Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online stream the release date of NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... has been announced. In Japan the game will be released on 22 April 2021 and in North America and Europe on 23 April 2021. The game will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam.

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).

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. NieR Replicant has never been released in the West until now.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... White Snow Edition

Next to the standard edition a special edition called the White Snow Edition will be available which can be pre-ordered at the Square Enix Store which contains the following:

  • Grimoire Pin Set – Grimoire Weiss, Grimoire Noir, and Grimoire Rubrum pins which come presented in a specialized display case.
  • Script Set – A set of seven books encompassing the spoken script of the game. Packaged in a special hard case, featuring covers art by character designer, Akihiko Yoshida.
  • Special Soundtrack – A two-disc collection featuring newly-edited and arranged music for NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139..., presented in a premium Grimoire Weiss-inspired package.
  • Steelbook Case – A metal case featuring stunning artwork by illustrator Koda Kazuma.
  • Lunar Tear Collector’s Box.

Also a new trailer has been revealed which you can watch below.

Square Enix has also announced that NieR Re[in]carnation, the first mobile game in the NieR series, will make its way to North America and Europe.

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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.

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Recently Square Enix has announced their line-up for the Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online, which will take place from 23 September 2020 to 27 September 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be online only.

Here's the list:

On Square Enix's website you can find the full schedule. Everything will streamed on YouTube, Twitch and Niconico. Also on 24 September at 22:00 JST (15:00 CEST / 09:00 EDT / 06:00 PDT) Square Enix will do their show on the Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online channel.

Square Enix Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online line-up

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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the SaGa series, Square Enix has announced Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend for the Nintendo Switch. This is a collection of the first three games in the SaGa series, The Final Fantasy Legend, Final Fantasy Legend II and Final Fantasy Legend III.

The first game in the SaGa series, Makai Toushi SaGa, was released in Japan on 15 December 1989 on the Nintendo Game Boy. In 1990 the game was released in North America as The Final Fantasy Legend. Square had rebranded the game to include the name Final Fantasy for populairity. SaGa 2 was released in 1990 and SaGa 3 in 1991.


Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend key art

Here's a part of Square Enix's press release:

Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend is a great introduction to this quintessential series RPG fans won’t want to miss as they journey through fantasy worlds, fight monsters, explore towns, battle dungeons, and more while enjoying brand new features that improve the experience including:

  • Character speed boost
  • Adjustable screen magnification
  • Retro display mode to replicate that glorious Game Boy experience
  • New commemorative music and illustrations

Additional features include: a special anniversary song, 8 different in-game wallpapers and the choice to play with either Japanese or English text.

Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend will be available for Nintendo Switch on 15 December 2020. You can watch the announcement trailer below.

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