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Square Enix has announced on the E3 2019 that a remake of Trials of Mana (Seiken Densetsu 3 in Japan) in currently in development and will be released early 2020 for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Steam.

Trials of Mana, in Japan known as Seiken Densetsu 3, was released in Japan in 1995 for the Super Famicom and tells the story of six heroes as they battle against the monsters of destruction that threaten a world where Mana has been weakened. Players can customize their own party of three, selected from six unique characters, to experience different stories.

Square Enix also announced that the Seiken Densetsu Collection, that was released in 2017 for the Nintendo Switch in Japan, is now available as Collection of Mana in the West via digital download and will get a limited physical version on 27 August. Collection of Mana features the first three games of the Mana series: Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana and for the first-time available in the West Trials of Mana. The three game compilation now includes a convenient quick save feature, and allows players to adventure with friends through a local multiplayer mode in both Secret of Mana (up to 3 players) and Trials of Mana (up to 2 players).

The Collection of Mana will cost $39.99 / £34.99 / €39.99 (both download and physical edition).

Final Fantasy VIII

During the Square Enix Live E3 2019 press conference Final Fantasy VIII Remastered has finally been announced and will be released in 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam marking its 20th Anniversary.

The only information that was revealed is that Final Fantasy VIII Remastered will contain newly rendered visuals. Final Fantasy VIII was originally released on PlayStation back in 1999 and on PC in 2000.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Last night Square Enix held their E3 2019 presentation where they promised to reveal more information about Final Fantasy VII Remake. Well, we got information, gameplay footage and an extended trailer.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is a re-imagining of the original game from 1997 and is the first game in the project taking place in the eclectic city of Midgar covered over two blu-ray disks. In the press release Square Enix also revealed the voice cast of the game.

  • Cloud, voiced by Cody Christian (All American, Teen Wolf)
  • Barret, voiced by John Eric Bentley (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Independence Day: Resurgence)
  • Aerith, voiced by Briana White (Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Occupants)
  • Tifa, voiced by Britt Baron (GLOW)
  • Jessie, voiced by Erica Lindbeck (Spider-Man, Persona 5, ThunderCats Roar)
  • Biggs, voiced by Gideon Emery (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Teen Wolf)
  • Wedge, voiced by Matt Jones (Breaking Bad)
  • Sephiroth, voiced by Tyler Hoechlin

After the information the battle system was explained. Final Fantasy VII Remake features a real-time battle system combined with strategic command-based combat. With the Square button the player can hack-a-slash their way through enemies. But there's a ATB gauge, which fills up when standard attacks are executed correctly. When the ATB bar is full the player enters Tactical Mode where they can perform abilities, cast spells or use items. Players can switch between characters and bound abilities and spells to shortcuts. When enemies are hit a Focus gauge fills up. When the gauge is full, the enemy is staggered and you'll deal bonus damage (like in Final Fantasy XIII).

After the introduction to the battle system footage was shown of Cloud and Barret fighting against Scorpion Sentinel (Guard Scorpion in the original).

At the Square Enix's E3 booth the demo of Final Fantasy VII Remake can be played. They didn't say which part of the game can be played.

At the end of the Final Fantasy VII Remake presentation the extended trailer was revealed to the public, which you can watch below. Various scenes are shown, like the motorbike chase and the detailed city of Midgar. Tifa's character design has finally been revealed in this trailer showing her with Marlene. At the end we also got a glimpse of Sephiroth in a flashback of Cloud.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be available in three versions; Standard, Deluxe and 1st Class Edition.

The Deluxe Edition contains a hardback art book featuring stunning concept art, a Mini-Soundtrack CD, Summon Materia DLC allowing players to summon Cactuar in game, and a Sephiroth SteelBook Case. The Digital Deluxe Edition contains a digital art book, a digital Mini-Soundtrack, and Summon Materia DLC allowing players to summon Carbuncle and Cactuar in game.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Deluxe Edition Final Fantasy VII Remake Digital Deluxe Edition

The 1st Class Edition includes all Deluxe Edition content, the Carbuncle Summon Materia DLC, as well as a Play Arts Kai Cloud Strife and Hardy Daytona box set (bundled separately). This edition can only be ordered at the Square Enix Store for $329.99 / € 299.99 ! (yeah, that's a lot of money).

Final Fantasy VII Remake 1st Class Edition

Click here to watch Square Enix Live E3 2019 presentation. Also check out the official website at ffvii-remake.com.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Yesterday another concert was held in Los Angeles, Final Fantasy VII A Symphonic Reunion, the first concert dedicated to Final Fantasy VII. After the concert a surprise trailer was shown of Final Fantasy VII Remake with the release date of 3 March 2020.

The trailer, which you can watch below, contains new gameplay footage and scenes takes place in Midgar. At the end a scene with Cloud and Aeris is shown were Aeris screms for help from Cloud and a dark fog appears around them.

Square Enix also released new key art the game showiing Sephiroth, set against a burning Midgar skyline.

Final Fantasy VII Remake key art

More information Final Fantasy VII Remake will be released during Square Enix Live today at 18:00 PT / 02:00 BST.

Kingdom Hearts III

During the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-  concert in Los Angeles Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, appeared on stage to talk about the DLC for Kingdom Hearts III. This Winter Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind will be available that let players fight battles as Aqua, Roxas and Riku.

In the trailer, that you can watch below, gameplay footage is shown and also conversations between members of Organisation XIII. More information will be released during Square Enix Live today at 18:00 PT / 02:00 BST.

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Without no prior announcement, Square Enix has dropped almost all soundtracks of the Final Fantasy mainline games, spinoffs and movies on Spotify and Apple Music. You can now listen for free to some of the best video game music from artists like Nobuo Uematsu, Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masashi Hamauzu and Yoko Shimomura.

This was noticed yesterday by Twitter user RickyWinsKO. The best way to access the soundtracks is to search for Final Fantasy Original Soundtrack and go to albums. Some tracks are still listed in Japanese though.

Final Fantasy on Spotify

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Square Enix has announced on Twitter that Star Ocean: First Departure R, the first entry in the Star Ocean series, will be released on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

Star Ocean is an action RPG developed by tri-Ace and released in 1996 for the Super Nintendo only in Japan. In 2007 and 2008 Star Ocean: First Departure, an enhanced remake of the original version with additional features, was released on PlayStation Portable.

A release date and price has not been announced.

Star Ocean: First Departure R announcement

Final Fantasy VII

On Friday Square Enix has announced on Twitter that they have released patch 1.01 for the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One version of Final Fantasy VII which fixes a very old audio bug.

The audio bug caused the background music to restart after each battle. This bug was introduced in the iOS version that was developed by D4 Enterprise and released on 19 August 2015. The PlayStation 4 version, that was developed by DotEmu and released on 5 December 2015, also contained this bug. Both versions have never been patched, which makes this decision strange. Square Enix should patch these versions too to reduce the differences between versions.

All ports of Final Fantasy IX also containes the same bug.

Another bug that was patched is the black screen before and after a FMV cutscene.

Final Fantasy VII can be played on PlayStation, PC, iOS devices, Android devices, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.

Final Fantasy VII logo

Final Fantasy VII Remake

During last night's State of Play presentation from Sony a new trailer of Final Fantasy VII Remake has been revealed. It is the first trailer in over three years.

In this one minute during trailer new gameplay footage was shown of the early stages in the game in Midgar where we are introduced to AVALANCHE. We also see the scene were Aerith gives Cloud a flower. At the end a glimpse of Sephiroth is shown.

At the end of the trailer the text "More to come in June" is shown. Most likely Square Enix will reveal more footage of the game during the E3 2019, which starts on 11 June.

Kingdom Hearts III

Earlier this week Tetsuya Nomura, director of Kingdom Hearts III, has announced that the long-awaited Critical Mode will be arriving soon in a free update.

As of yesterday Critical Mode is available in update 1.04 along side several other updates to the game. Also update 1.05 was released bringing the option to carry Keyblades over when selecting New Game.

Version 1.04

  • A new game mode (Critical Mode) with new abilities has been added.
  • Some enemy mechanics have been adjusted.
  • Treasures obtained in the Frozen Slider minigame now appear in the Summary screen and can also be viewed in the Gummiphone.
  • A check mark now appears next to items in the Workshop menu that have already been synthesized.
  • New Game Help text and other various messages have been added.
  • Various issues have been fixed.
  • New save data will be created upon installing this version.

Version 1.05

  • Keyblades and other elements from clear data can now be carried over when selecting New Game to replay the game.
  • A maximum of 200 photos can now be saved.
  • Various issues have been fixed.

Kingdom Hearts III Critical Mode

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