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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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Square Enix has recently announced that the Nintendo Switch version of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, called Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition, will make its way to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on 4 December 2020. This will be the first game from the Dragon Quest series that will be available on Xbox. The game will be available on Xbox Game Pass at launch.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age follows the perilous journey of a hunted Hero who must uncover the mystery of his fate with the aid of a charismatic cast of supporting characters. They embark on a quest taking them across continents and over vast oceans as they learn of an ominous threat facing the world.

This version includes the following upgrades and enhancements:

  • New character side stories – Get to know your fascinating cast of companions more than ever with individual side stories and adventures
  • Retro 2D mode - In addition to stunning 3D, you can also choose to play in 2D with retro inspired graphics of classic 16-bit RPGs
  • 16-bit World of Tickington – Journey to past Dragon Quest worlds full of additional side-quests reimagined in the retro style
  • Japanese audio – Choice to play the entire game with all-new Japanese voice-over or the original English
  • Fully Orchestrated Soundtrack – Ability to switch between the symphonic soundtrack or the original synthesized soundtrack as you travel the world of Erdrea
  • Photo mode - Immortalize your adventure with the perfect image. Rearrange characters, set different poses, change angles etc. are just some of the features available in Photo Mode

You can watch the Xbox announcement trailer with Yuji Horii, creator of the Dragon Quest series, below.

Kingdom Hearts

Square Enix has announced a new game in the Kingdom Hearts franchise: Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory. It will be released worldwide this year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory is a rhythm game featuring 140 songs, 4 gameplay modes including online battles.

There's also an official website (in Japanese).

Square Enix

Square Enix has announced that NieR Replicant will be getting a new version called NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... that will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam.

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. Both games have a different storyline but takes place in the same world. NieR Replicant never got a release in the West untill now.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139...

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).

The game has no release date, but Square Enix hopes to release it during the 10th anniversary of the series.

During the 10th anniversary broadcast show a new NieR game was also announced for Android and iOS called NieR Re[in]carnation which is developed by Applibot. It will be produced by Yosuke Saito, directed by Yoko Taro, character design by Akihiko Yoshida and concept art by Kazuma Koda. It is unknown if this mobile game will be released in the West.

Kingdom Hearts III

Almost one year after the release of Kingdom Hearts III the first downloadable content is now available on PlayStation 4 called Re Mind.

Determined to rescue Kairi, Sora travels to the Keyblade Graveyard a short time before the final battle was to take place. Lacking a corporeal form, he traces the hearts of the seven guardians of light. Through experiencing their personal battles firsthand, Sora is about to discover truths that he has never before imagined.

The Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC includes:

  • The additional story: Re Mind
  • Limitcut episode and 13 boss battles
  • Secret episode and boss battle
  • Data greeting feature
  • Slideshow feature
  • Premium menu (Diverse difficulty settings and gameplay challenges)

Square Enix has also released two free patch versions for Kingdom Hearts III: version 1.07 and 1.09.

Version 1.09

  • Various issues have been fixed.

Version 1.07

  • You can turn in the Key Item “Proof of Promises” at the Moogle Shop to obtain the Keyblade “Oathkeeper.”
  • You can turn in the Key Item “Proof of Times Past” at the Moogle Shop to obtain the Keyblade “Oblivion.”
  • New forms have been added.
  • New abilities have been added.
  • Various menus have been updated.
  • Some cutscenes have been modified.
  • Various issues have been fixed.

The Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC package is now available in the PlayStation Store for $ 29.99 / £24.99 / € 29.99. Also there's a Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC package with the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres- video that was recorded in 30 November 2019 for $ 39.99 / £32.99 / € 39.99.

Xbox One owners have to wait till 25 February 2020.

Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC (Final Fantasy characters)

Kingdom Hearts III

During the latest PlayStation State of Play Square Enix has revealed a new trailer of Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind that was leaked earlier. The DLC will be available on 23 January 2020 for PlayStation 4 and 25 February 2020 for Xbox One.

Two versions of Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind will be available:

Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC:

  • The additional story: Re Mind
  • Limitcut episode and 13 boss battles
  • Secret episode and boss battle
  • Data greeting feature
  • Slideshow feature
  • Premium menu (Diverse difficulty settings and gameplay challenges)

Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind + Concert Video:

  • Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres- concert video recorded on 30 November 2019
  • All of the Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC context

Also version 1.07, which will be available in January 2020 as a free patch update, will include a main story update, new abilities and a new form for Sora along with the addition of Keyblades, “Oathkeeper” and “Oblivion”. Players will also be able to utilize expanded sharing features from January.

You can watch the trailer below.

Final Fantasy characters are coming back.

Square Enix

After 24 years of the original release of Romancing SaGa 3 in Japan on the Super Famicom, the game is now available for the first time in the West digital on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Android and iOS.

Romancing Saga 3 gives players the freedom to forge their own path, choosing to play through eight different narratives led by eight protagonists, each with their own motives and unique personalities.

This HD Remaster features optimized graphics, a new dungeon called the ‘Phantom Maze’ to explore, a NEW GAME+ function and new storylines.

To celebrate the release, the game is now 20% off untill 4 December (1 December for the Nintendo Switch version).

Romancing SaGa 3 artwork

Final Fantasy VIII

The wait is finally over. Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is now digitally available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam. Final Fantasy VIII was orginally released on the PlayStation back in 1999 and the PC version was released a year later. For a long time it was the Final Fantasy that didn't receive a remastered version.

The remastered version includes the following boosts to enhance the experience:

  • Battle Assist: The ability to always have maxed out HP and ATB, and trigger Limit Breaks at any time.
  • No Encounters: An enemy encounter option that allows players to enjoy the storyline uninterrupted. While enemy encounters are turned off, players can still enjoy the story event battles.
  • 3x Speed Boost: Play through the game with three times the speed.
  • The Steam version will also receive additional functions, including All Items (possess all items except for a few certain items), All Abilities, GF Max Level, Max Gil, Max Magic, All Limit Breaks, and All Cards (possess max number of Triple Triad Cards except for Rare Cards).

You can get the digital version of Final Fantasy VIII Remastered for $19.99 / £15.99 / €19.99.

Final Fantasy VIII

Square Enix has announced that they will release Final Fantasy VIII Remastered digitally on 3 September for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam.

The remastered version includes the following boosts to enhance the experience:

  • Battle Assist: The ability to always have maxed out HP and ATB, and trigger Limit Breaks at any time.
  • No Encounters: An enemy encounter option that allows players to enjoy the storyline uninterrupted. While enemy encounters are turned off, players can still enjoy the story event battles.
  • 3x Speed Boost: Play through the game with three times the speed.
  • The Steam version will also receive additional functions, including All Items (possess all items except for a few certain items), All Abilities, GF Max Level, Max Gil, Max Magic, All Limit Breaks, and All Cards (possess max number of Triple Triad Cards except for Rare Cards).

Final Fantasy VIII was originally released on PlayStation back in 1999 and on PC in 2000. The remastered version will cost  $19.99 / £15.99 / €19.99. When you pre-order the PlayStation 4 version you'll receive a commemorative PlayStation 4 theme, while pre-purchases on Steam will include exclusive wallpapers featuring Squall Leonhart and Rinoa Heartilly.

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.

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