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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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During The Game Awards 2022 Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XVI will be released on 22 June 2023 on PlayStation 5. Naoki Yoshida, producer of Final Fantasy XVI, appeared on stage to introduce the world premiere of the new trailer titled REVENGE.

Final Fantasy XVI introduces gamers to an all-new standalone story in the Final Fantasy universe, an epic dark fantasy world that takes place in the realm of Valisthea—a land blessed in the light of the Mothercrystals, and where peace falters as the spread of the Blight threatens to destroy their dominions. The fate of the land is decided by the Eikons, powerful and deadly creatures, and their Dominants, men and women who have been blessed with the ability to call upon and wield them. This is the tale of Clive Rosfield, a warrior granted the title “First Shield of Rosaria” and sworn to protect his younger brother Joshua, the Dominant of the Phoenix, Eikon of Fire. Before long, Clive will be caught up in a great tragedy and swear revenge on the Dark Eikon Ifrit, a mysterious entity that brings calamity in its wake.

Final Fantasy XVI artwork

The game will be available in 3 editions: Standard Edition, Deluxe Edition and Collector's Edition. Everyone that pre-orders Final Fantasy XVI will receive the Braveheart (Weapon) DLC and Cait Sith Charm (Gil Boost Accessory) DLC.

You can watch the trailer on YouTube.

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Tactics Ogre: Reborn, the remasted version of the PlayStation Portable game Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, is now available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.

Tactics Ogre: Reborn is set in The Valerian Isles, jewels of the Obero Sea. Following many years of conflict, there finally rose a man to put an end to this: Dorgalua Oberyth. Known as the "Dynast-King,” he brought peace and prosperity to Valeria for half a century. After his death, a civil war erupts and throws the isles of Valeria into a bloody struggle for power between three warring factions. In Tactics Ogre: Reborn, players follow the story of a young man, Denam Pavel, caught in the center of the bloodshed. Although he seeks a path of freedom and justice, players will soon discover that even the noblest of goals requires impossibly difficult decisions to be made.

Tactics Ogre: Reborn artwork

Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together was released in 1995 on the Super Famicom in Japan only. Later it was ported to the Sega Saturn and PlayStation. In 2010 it got a remake on the PlayStation Portable.

New updates and features include:

  • Beautifully remastered graphics that enhance yet maintain the original distinctive visual style
  • Fully voiced cutscenes in English & Japanese
  • Full orchestral re-recording of the game’s soundtrack
  • Assorted quality of life updates, such as:
    • Redesigned battle system
    • Adjusted level management system
    • Reworked AI
    • Simplified and improved UI

Below you can watch the launch trailer.

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Recently Square Enix has dropped a new trailer of Final Fantasy XVI, named "Ambition", which gives players a more in-depth look at Final Fantasy XVI’s backstory, including the realm of Valisthea and its rich cast of characters they will encounter in the game, including Dominants – single men and women who are blessed with the ability to call upon a dread power, which is unlike anything ever seen in the series.

Today Sony has released a trailer showing the upcoming games for PlayStation 5. Final Fantasy XVI is also shown in the trailer accompanied with the text "Final Fantasy XVI anticipated Summer 2023. PS5 exclusive for six months". It is unknown on which console the game will be released after the exclusivity ends.

Final Fantasy XVI will be released on PlayStation 5 in Summer 2023. You can watch the "Ambition" trailer on YouTube (since it contains an age restriction).

Final Fantasy XVI logo

Final Fantasy VII

Square Enix has announced that the free-to-play battle royale game Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier will end service on 11 January 2023 at 07:00 UTC.

Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier is a mobile battle royale game set in Midgar before the events of Final Fantasy VII. As a SOLDIER candidate, the player will make full use of their magic and abilities in a battle for their survival. The game was announced back in February 2021 and launched worldwide on 17 November 2021. By the time the service ends, the game is 1 year and almost 2 months in service.

Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier

The free-to-play game contains in-app purchases, like you can buy Shinra Credits. With the announcement, it is no longer possible to buy Shinra Credits. Existing Shinra Credits can be used until the service ends..

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NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Edition, the Nintendo Switch version of the acclaimed RPG developed by PlatinumGames, is now available physical and digital. Since the release of the game in 2017 on PlayStation 4 and PC, NieR: Automata has sold over 6.5 million units. In 2018 the game was ported to Xbox One.

NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Edition features the award-winning base game and the content from the 3C3C1D119440927 DLC, which includes three challenging colosseums and additional costumes. The 6C2P4A118680823 DLC is also available to download for free and is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version of the game. It features six new costumes, four new accessories that can change appearances of your playable characters and two pod skins based on characters from the popular mobile title NieR Re[in]carnation. Additionally, the physical edition of the game features artwork by Character Designer Akihiko Yoshida on the front cover and includes a unique reversible box art featuring A2, designed by Concept Artist Koda Kazuma.

Below you can watch the launch trailer.

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Square Enix has announced that Triangle Strategy, a turn-based strategy RPG that was released in March on Nintendo Switch, will be released on PC via Steam on 13 October 2022.

Project Triangle Strategy

Triangle Strategy is a HD-2D tactical role playing game, from the team of developers who brought the Bravely series and Octopath Traveler, where three nations battle for control of the dwindling resources of salt and iron.

Pre-orders for the game are now open on Steam. You can choose between the base game, a deluxe editon which comes with a digital mini-artbook and a bundle that comes with the game Various Daylife, which was recently released (also on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch).

Below you can watch the announcement trailer.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

During the latest Nintendo Direct Square Enix has announced the release date of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion that will be 13 December 2022. The remaster features HD graphics, enhanced 3D-models, a fully voice-acted dialogue and a new arrangement for the soundtrack.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion logo

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 will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam. Square Enix has published an article on their website about the game, the characters and battle system. Below you can watch the release date trailer.

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