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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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Square Enix has announced that Octopath Traveler, available exclusively for Nintendo Switch since July 2018, will be released on PC via Steam on 7 June.

In Octopath Traveler, players will set forth on an epic adventure through the enchanting yet perilous continent of Orsterra, stretching across vast landscapes from lush forests, to desert outposts and snow-swept cathedrals. Featuring eight distinct characters each with their own tales to enjoy, ranging from journeys of self-discovery to quests for revenge, each traveler will start their journey in a different land so players can steer their own journey depending on whom they choose.

This announcement was made on Twitter and Square Enix also has released a trailer. You can check out the official Steam page here.

Final Fantasy XV

The Final Fantasy XV journey has been concluded with the release of Episode Ardyn. For the first time, players take control of Noctis's greatest foe Ardyn Lucis Caelum with a brand new storyline taking place 35 years before the events of Final Fantasy XV and learn what drove the scorned savior to seek revenge against the line of Lucis.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn features:

  • Several new options and gameplay mechanics to explore, including the ability to control Ardyn himself
  • Exhilarating, action-packed battles where players can utilize powerful new attack moves and skills unique to Ardyn, including the “Rising Phantom” and “Dark Tornado”
  • The ability to warp to high platforms or across nearby buildings by way of “Phantasmal Leap”
  • Though a foe of Noctis, the summonable Ifrit is now an ally of Ardyn and may dispatch enemies with powerful fire magic
  • A photography mode allowing players to capture the captivating city of Insomnia
  • A “Hat Shop” offering a plethora of hats for players to purchase, which also appear in cutscenes
  • Rewards upon completion of the episode, including the new “Ardyn’s Ensemble” outfit and “Mutant Rakshasa Blade” for Noctis

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn is now available for $ 9.99 / € 9.99 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. You can dive deeper into Ardyn’s mysterious, forbidden past in Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn - Prologue, a short anime movie that offers a deeper understanding of the game’s world view and story.

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Recently Square Enix announced that Dissidia Final Fantasy NT will be getting a free version called Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Free Edition and that this version together with the full version will be released on Steam. Now they're available on PlayStation 4 and Steam.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Free Edition is a limited version which contains no story mode. You can battle online (against other players of the free and full version) and offline with 4 characters, who change weekly. If you want to keep a character unlocked, you can buy a character starter pack. Please note that if you want to play online on the PlayStation 4, you need an active PlayStation Plus membership.

If you want to play the story and gain access to 28 characters, you need to buy the Standard Edition. The Deluxe Edition contains 6 additional characters, costumes and weapons.

Kingdom Hearts III

Square Enix has announced in a press release that Kingdom Hearts III has shipped more than 5 million units globally, both physical and digital, across all platform since it's release on 29 January. This makes Kingdom Hearts III the fatest selling game in the history of the Kingdom Hearts series.

From the press release:

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 4, 2019) – SQUARE ENIX® proudly announces that KINGDOM HEARTS III, the latest mainline entry in the beloved action RPG series, has shipped more than five million units globally, both physically and digitally, across all platforms since its January 29 release, making it the fastest selling game in the history of the series.
 
The shipment and digital sales numbers for the long-awaited installment in the blockbuster franchise have been matched with critical adoration. Media across the world are lauding KINGDOM HEARTS III for its breathtaking visuals and widespread appeal to newcomers and series veterans alike, with Bleacher Report praising that the adventure is “accessible for even the most casual of gamers” and “a sheer thrill to take in,” and CNET raving that KINGDOM HEARTS III is “the best looking Kingdom Hearts game.”

You can read the full press release here.

Kingdom Hearts III ships 5 million units worldwide

Kingdom Hearts III

Kingdom Hearts III, the long awaited installment in the beloved action role-playing game series, is now available worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One! The game has been received very well, scoring an 88 for the PlayStation 4 and an 80 for the Xbox One version on Metacritic at the moment.

Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series, had the following to say:

I am thrilled that Kingdom Hearts III is now officially out. There are many mysteries in the story, so players will want to take their time so that they don’t miss anything. The adventure lies within the journey, and not just the destination. This story marks one of the greatest experiences Sora will have with his friends, so I hope that the players enjoy it. To all of our fans around the world, thank you for eagerly awaiting this day.

In The Netherlands the game is already available in most stores since Saturday. If you don't have it yet, go and buy the game! My shipment didn't arrive today, so hopefully it's here tomorrow.

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