Opening Movie of Final Fantasy VII Remake Revealed

Square Enix is everyone’s (Vincent) Valentine today as they suddenly dropped the full opening cinematic for Final Fantasy VII Remake.

Please note that this may be considered spoiler territory for some of you out here who want to remain pure.

The footage showcases the gorgeous visuals of the eclectic city of Midgar, backed by newly orchestrated, breath-taking music. In FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE, players will be drawn into a world where Shinra Electric Power Company, a shadowy corporation, controls the planet’s very life force. Cloud Strife, a former member of Shinra’s elite SOLDIER unit now turned mercenary, lends his aid to an anti-Shinra organization calling themselves Avalanche.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be available on the PlayStation 4 April 10th, 2020.

Final Fantasy VII Remake screenshots debut side-quests, summons and more

We’re only a couple months out before the launch of the highly anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake and Square Enix has revealed a lot more information about the game with new screenshots and information regarding some of the core aspects of the game.

Red XIII

The long awaited Red XIII was reintroduced to us not long ago with the most recent trailer. He’s been captured by Shinra for use a a test subject being held up in Hojo’s lab.

Hojo

The mad scientist of Shinra’s Science Division. He creates various biological weapons other abominations and has no concept of morality when it comes to his research.

Hojo is responsible for Shinra’s SOLDIERS, the elite squadron of military might with enhanced strength.

Tifa Battle Basics

One of the main characters, Tifa has her own unique fighting style along with everyone else. Her standard attacks with Square unleash a fury of martial arts prowess against her opponents.

Her special ability on Triangle can be strengthened in three stages by buffing her attack.

Whirling Uppercut

Launching the enemy high in the air with an upper cut

Omnistrike

A powerful shoulder slam into the enemy

Rise and Fall

Tifa Battle Abilities

Like with all other characters, when your ATB bar is filled, she can use special abilities.

True Strike: Tifa attacks the enemy with a swift strike
Heel Drop: A powerful diving kick straight into the enemy

Materia

It wouldn’t be Final Fantasy VII without materia. There are various kinds of materia you can slot into your weapons which are grouped into different types. You can also see slotted materia equipped in your weapons while you move around the game.

Healing Materia

Healing Materia lets you use spells like Cure and Cura to recover health.

Aerith using the Regen spell to recover health slowly over time.

Independent Materia

Deathly Dodge Materia will turn any attack after evasion into a powerful wide ranged attack. Any character can use it, not just Cloud.

Weapons

Equipped weapons are reflected in and out of battle to let you see which weapon you have equipped. Below is an image of Cloud using the iconic joke weapon Nail Bat to attack his foes.

Mercenary Quests

As Cloud is known as being a mercenary, people around Midgar will ask him for his help in the form of quests. These range from fighting monsters or finding lost cats.

Quest to defeat feathered lizards known as Drakes.
Rewards obtained from completing a quest.

Battle Report

This young boy is Chadley, a 15 year-old research trainee who works under Professor Hojo. He can be found in the Sector 7 slums where he researches new types of Materia. By helping him out, he will develop and sell Materia for the team.

Battle Report quests will request you to complete tasks such as using Access Materia a certain number of times, or defeating enemies in a specific way. Completing these assignments will allow Chadley to develop more materia to purchase.

Summons

Summons are a staple of Final Fantasy and are a powerful type of Materia in the world of Final Fantasy VII. Equipping one allows you to summon forth a powerful ally into battle.

Chocobo Chick is a cute but powerful summon with big hair who can assault your foes with powerful attacks. It’s available when you pre-order any edition of the game.

Carbuncle is a mystical creature with a ruby attached to its head. It gives power to your allies with its shining gem. This summon is included with pre-orders of the Digital Deluxe Edition from the PlayStation Store.

Cactaur known all around the world by Final Fantasy fans makes his debut with his signature needles attacks. You can get him when you pre-order the Deluxe Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition or the 1st Class Edition of the game.

Environments

Final Fantasy VII Remake reimagines iconic Midgar locations that you’re familiar with, but also expands on it by introducing new areas that weren’t in the original game.

A Mako Reactor which sucks up Mako from the core of the planet. The Shinra Electric Power company turns this energy into power to fuel the massive city as well as use it in scientific research and Materia production.

The Corkscrew Tunnel connects the streets of the slums beneath the rotten pizza. The tunnel coils upwards through the center of Midgar. This transit system is where the trains of Midgar run.

Final Fantasy VII Remake comes out April 10th for PlayStation 4.

Marvel’s Avengers Delayed to September 4th

Crystal Dynamics team has released an announcement regarding the release date for Marvel’s Avengers.

To our fans,

At Crystal Dynamics our ambition has always been to deliver the ultimate Avengers gaming experience. In order to achieve that goal, we have made the difficult decision to move the release date of Marvel’s Avengers to September 4, 2020.

As fans ourselves, it’s an honor and a privilege to work with these legendary characters and we know what these Super Heroes mean to us and True Believers around the world. When we set out to bring you our vision for Marvel’s Avengers, we committed to delivering an original story-driven campaign, engaging co-op, and compelling content for years to come. To that end, we will spend this additional development time focusing on fine tuning and polishing the game to the high standards our fans expect and deserve.

The worldwide teams working on Marvel’s Avengers sincerely appreciate the support you’ve shown us. We thrive on your enthusiasm and feedback and we can’t wait to show you more. We apologize for the delay. We’re confident it will be worth the wait.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Delayed to April 10th

Square Enix just posted an announcement from the development team regarding the release date for Final Fantasy VII Remake being delayed.

Below is the message from the development team.

We know that so many of you are looking forward to the release of FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE and have been waiting patiently to experience what we have been working on. In order to ensure we deliver a game that is in-line with our vision, and the quality that our fans who have been waiting for deserve, we have decided to move the release date to April 10, 2020.

We are making this tough decision in order to give ourselves a few extra weeks to apply final polish to the game and to deliver you with the best possible experience. I, on behalf of the whole team, want to apologize to everyone, as I know this means waiting for the game just a little bit longer.

Thank you for your patience and continued support

—Yoshinori Kitase, Producer of FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE.

Marvel’s Avengers E3 Q&A – Day 2


The Marvel’s Avengers team just finished up another Q&A session for Day 2 of E3. There will be one more Q&A session for tomorrow, the last day of E3.

What is this game?
It’s a single player narrative driven cinematic game, but it’s also a hybrid. Events take place which split the Avengers apart. The story takes you to different places playing different characters. You can choose how you want to play these missions with which character as you unlock them. You can play alone or with your friends. There’s a lot of choice in how you can play the game.

Why aren’t these the MCU characters?
We wanted to create an original Avengers story. Their uniforms, their choices are all around our story. We cast everyone differently, pulled information from the comic books, worked with Marvel to get the best choices for this story.

How many more heroes will be added post launch?
We plan to release additional heroes and regions at regular intervals at no additional cost. We’re excited to add characters from the Avengers’ roster spanning over 80 years of history. This story allows for quite a diverse cast of heroes.

Can you talk about the diversity of regions?
The Avengers are a global team. We want to add areas that can span across the globe and fit well with the different ways characters can traverse across these areas.

Can you control them freely or are you limited in movement?
In certain story situations where you will be restricted in a linear fashion, but outside of that you’ll have free movement across these areas.

Does gear affect the stats of your character?
There’s cosmetics that don’t affect the gameplay, but there’s also a gear and progression systems that do affect the gameplay. We wanted to separate these two to allow you to look the way you want and play the way you want. Also, no pay to win.

Are missions based on specific heroes?
The narrative dictates which hero you play as.

We saw Iron Man in space. Is this an explorable area?
We can’t speak about this right now. He is in space, it is awesome, but that’s about all we can say.

Will there be free roam?
You can roam freely in these level regions.

Will there be vehicles?
The characters have their own traversal methods to get around that are unique to each character. Although, it would be pretty cool to see Hulk driving a car.

Marvel’s Avengers: A-Day will come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia. PlayStation 4 owners will get access to beta as well as other unannounced perks

Marvel’s Avengers E3 Q&A

The Marvel’s Avengers Twitter just published a short Q&A session for Day 1 of their E3 coverage. In this short broadcast, they asked Rose Lead Producer and Phil Lead Designer on Marvel’s Avengers eight questions selected from the fans on Twitter.

Can one play the game totally single player offline and not online?
Yes. However, it’s strongly encouraged that you play with friends as it’s a lot more fun. You can do pretty much everything offline though.

How does multiplayer work?
There’s a robust campaign where you play different heroes throughout the story. There will also be a base of operations where you can go and play multiplayer missions or the standard campaign. You’ll be able to go to many different places throughout the world.

Will there be a skill tree or leveling up?
Each character gets their own skill tree. Players will be able to create unique heroes based on what skills they choose over someone else. For example, you can focus on melee or ranged for Captain America, unlock different skills or the type of gear set that your hero has as well as your outfit.

Can you explain more about customization?
You can customize costumes, skills, gear etc. Some costumes might have a helmet or not. Marvel is working directly with the development team to allow for a wide range of costumes from over 10 years of comics.

Is this a story driven or games as a service?
This will be a story driven game, but there will be updates to the game over time at no additional cost. You’ll be able to play this game and when new content comes out like a new hero or a new area and you won’t have to pay any additional cost.

Will there be replayability?
You can run through a mission with one character and come back later with a different character for a completely different experience.

Is the beta just for the PS4?
No, the beta is for everyone. The PS4 gets an early beta, but everyone will be able to play the beta.

Can we expect improvement to the graphics?
The game is currently in an alpha state, so expect to see graphical improvements before the game launches.

Is this game open world?
The game is way too big to be an open world game. That’s why we have different areas split up that you can access from the hub and we feel that it benefits the game a lot better for it. We have opportunity to create diverse areas instead of just one big open world. There will also be more areas added into the game over the lifecycle of the game, again for no additional cost.

Marvel’s Avengers: A-Day will come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia. PlayStation 4 owners will get access to beta as well as other unannounced perks