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Square Enix announces lineup and events for PAX East 2020

Square Enix will be attending PAX East this year, which will be taking place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from February 27 to March 1. Alongside taking part in special events, attendees will be able to play the demo of Final Fantasy VII Remake and try out Final Fantasy XIV at booths #12011 and #15010.

Below is the full list of details and events that Square Enix will host at the event:

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (Booth #12011)
  • Playable gameplay demo
  • Signing session: Voice actors Britt Baron (Tifa), John Eric Bentley (Barret), Briana White (Aerith), Erica Lindbeck (Jessie) and Gideon Emery (Biggs) will be signing autographs on the following dates and times:
    • Saturday, February 29: 11:00am to 12:00pm. Then again at 2:30pm to 4:00pm
    • Sunday, March 1 at 11:00am to 12:00pm and at 3:00pm to 4:30pm (EST)
    • A limited number of tickets for the signing session will be available at 10:30am (EST) each morning in the signing session area of Booth #12011
  • Photo opportunity: Fans can have their photo taken with Cloud’s Hardy Daytona motorcycle.
  • Giveaways: Double-sided posters featuring new artwork of the cast of Final Fantasy VII Remake (Cloud, Aerith, Tifa, Barret and Red XIII) will be available at the booth.

  • Final Fantasy XIV (Booth #15010)
    • Ruby Weapon Battle challenge: Take on the fearsome Ruby Weapon! Those who are victorious against the newly added 8-man trial will receive an “I beat Ruby Weapon” t-shirt.
    • Photo opportunity: Attendees can have their photos taken in front of an expansive themed backdrop while posing with weapon props from Shadowbringers.
    • Poster giveaway: Fans who visit the Final Fantasy XIV booth can receive a double-sided poster featuring artwork of the jobs from Final Fantasy XIV, drawn by Lead Character Concept Artist Yusuke Mogi, while supplies last.
    • Postcard giveaway: Fans can receive a free postcard for the upcoming mobile game War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. The card features artwork of Y’shtola in her Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers attire. Additionally, attendees who have registered for the game can receive a double-sided art card, both will be available at the FFXIV booth while supplies last.

Additionally, due to the concern over the health and safety of the dev team and the fans, the “The Artwork of Final Fantasy XIV: A Look Behind the Screen” on-stage presentation has been canceled and instead replaced with a special livestream event that will be hosted from Japan on the official Final Fantasy XIV Twitch channel on February 29 at 8:00pm (EST). The stream will be in both English and Japanese, and will feature Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida and Lead Character Concept Artist Yusuke Mogi as they go behind-the-scenes into the artwork of Final Fantasy XIV.

  • Outriders
    • A New Flavor of Sci-Fi: Creating the Universe of Outriders developer panel
    • When: Saturday, February 29 from 12:30 to 1:30pm (EST) at the Albatross Theatre
    • “Join Lead Writer Joshua Rubin and key members of the Outriders team as they discuss the process of creating a dark and brutal Sci-Fi universe from scratch. Featuring exclusive new content and information about Outriders, the highly anticipated upcoming RPG Shooter from Square Enix External Studios and People Can Fly.”

Attendees can also visit the Square Enix Booth #12011 to browse and purchase Square Enix merchandise such as Bring Arts, Play Arts Kai, plush toys and more. Some of the merchandise include:

  • T-shirts featuring Final Fantasy XI: Mithkabob, Final Fantasy XIV: The Sundering Hydaelyn Kick, and Final Fantasy VII Remake: Cloud
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers character acrylic stands, which will be sold at the booth ahead of their official release on the Square Enix store.
  • Final Fantasy Trading Card Game. Attendees can purchase cards and learn to play the game, earn promotional cards and receive tips on how best to utilize the newly Cloud VS Sephiroth 2-player deck.

Featured game lineup

  • Final Fantasy VII: Remake
  • Final Fantasy XIV Online
  • Outriders

Pre-registration for War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is now open worldwide

War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, a tactical RPG for mobile devices that was released in Japan last year, has now begun accepting pre-registrations worldwide. Similar to the Japanese release, players interested in the turn-based game can now pre-register on the official War of the Visions website, granting users the chance to unlock special in-game rewards via registration goals that will be waiting for them when the game launches this spring on iOS and Android devices.

War of the Visions is set in the Final Fantasy Brave Exvius universe, and focuses on Ardra, a continent on the brink of war as individual nations struggle for dominance. The story follows the lives of twin princes Mont and Sterne from the kingdom of Leonis, which possesses the power of visions, and of Machérie, a Steel Maiden of Hourne.

Taking a page from classical turn-based tactical RPGs from Square Enix, War of Visions features a variety of battlefields that will prompt players into strategizing their attacks against enemy forces and summoning powerful Espers to help them fight. The game also features artwork created by Final Fantasy series artist Isamu Kamikokuryo, who had done art for previous titles such as Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XV. Noriyasu Agematsu, composer for Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, will also be providing original music for the game.

By reaching a certain amount of registered users, all players will earn potential in-game rewards, including Final Fantasy XIV’s Y’shtola in her Shadowbringers garb. The full list of rewards include:

  • 50,000 Users Registered: 250 Visiore, Gil Snapper (L) x20
  • 100,000 Users Registered: 250 Visiore, NRG Restore (L) x5
  • 150,000 Users Registered: 250 Visiore, Weapon — Excalibur (UR)
  • 200,000 Users Registered: 250 Visiore, Vision Card — Aquatic Songstress, Siren (UR)
  • 250,000 Users Registered: 250 Visiore, Unit — Y’shtola (MR)
  • 300,000 Users Registered: 1,000 Visiore

War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius will be a free-to-download game with in-app purchases on iOS and Android devices. Text bubbles will be supported in English, French, German, Spanish, Korean and Traditional Chinese, while voiceovers will be supported in English and Japanese.

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On-going support for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT to discontinue in March

Earlier today during an update livestream event, the development team behind Dissidia Final Fantasy NT revealed that support for both Dissidia Final Fantasy NT and Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade are officially coming to an end. The last major update for the Arcade version will occur on February 20, and for NT, the last update will be on March 5, 2020. Meaning that, following these specific dates, the games will no longer receive regular content updates.

According to the translations provided by RPGsite, producer Ichiro Hazama reassured players that while continued support would cease, online service would still continue to run across all platforms, allowing for continued online play for a time. However, it was clarified that online services will “eventually end,” but players will be informed of that when “the time is near.”

As for the future of Dissidia, the development team made clear that, at this time, there are currently no plans for a sequel.

“We don’t want to make false anticipations, so we want to make it clear that right now there are no plans for a [Dissidia Final Fantasy] 2 at all,” director Takeo Kujiraoka explained.

The last major updates to the game will not only see some character balancing and monster summons, but also the addition of two new outfits for both The Emperor and Cloud of Darkness, which can be seen below. Additionally, it was mentioned that if some balance-breaking issues were discovered in the final update, the development team promised to work on a minor update to re-balance the game.

The Emperor (3rd Outfit & 5th Weapon DLC)

Cloud of Darkness (3rd Outfit & 5th Weapon DLC)

Sources: RPGsite

Entire Kingdom Hearts collection now available on Xbox One devices

The entire Kingdom Hearts series is now available on Xbox One family of devices. Xbox One users can now purchase Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and experience the full adventure that leads up to Kingdom Hearts III.

Here is the full list of games available in both titles:

  • Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX:
    • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
    • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
    • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD remastered cinematics)
    • Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
    • Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix
    • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD remastered cinematics)
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue:
    • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
    • Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth By Sleep  – A fragmentary passage –
    • Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (Movie)

Addtionally, Xbox Game Pass members that haven’t gotten the chance to experience Kingdom Hearts III can now download it as part of their monthly subscription starting February 25, 2020. It should also be noted that Game Pass members will have to purchase Kingdom Hearts III ReMind separately in order to access it once the DLC goes live on the same day.

Marvel’s Avengers Deluxe and Collector’s Editions revealed – pre-order details announced

The collector’s edition for Square Enix’s upcoming action-adventure game, Marvel’s Avengers, has been revealed alongside box art, pre-order bonuses and more. Players interested can now pre-order Marvel’s Avengers Standard Edition, Deluxe Edition or Earth’s Mightiest Edition, and those who do pre-order any version of the game are guaranteed access to the Beta(at participating retailers), a Marvel Legacy Outfit Pack and an exclusive nameplate.

The Deluxe Edition will include an exclusive Obsidian Outfit pack which contains six hero outfits, six exclusive Obsidian nameplates, and 72-hour early access to the game before it’s official release.

Earth’s Mightiest Edition will feature a full 12” PVC statue of Captain America designed by Gentle Giant, an exclusive SteelBook case, Hulk Bobblehead, Mjolnir keychain, a Black Widow belt buckle, Iron Man’s Prototype Armor blueprints, Kamala Khan’s Honorary Avenger Pin, an Avengers group photo and will include the Deluxe Edition of the game and comes bundled with the 72-hour early access as well.

Those who preorder the game at participating retailers will also receive either a limited-edition pin set, patch set, digital comic book or SteelBook designed by Marvel artist Mark Brooks.

Additionally, players who pre-order their copy, either standard or Deluxe, off the PlayStation Store will receive special bonuses which include a Ms. Marvel “Talk to the Hand” emote and a “Marvel’s Avengers: Hex Pattern Logo” Dynamic theme. The exclusive PlayStation Store Digital Edition will include the emote, the Dynamic theme, a Ms. Marvel nameplate and 1,000 credits which can be spent on Super hero customization within the game. The Digital Edition will also include the 72-hour early access.

It should also be noted that PlayStation 4 players, upon pre-ordering any edition for PlayStation, will have access to the beta before any other platform.

Marvel’s Avengers is scheduled to release on September 4, 2020, on PlayStation 4, Xbox, Stadia and PC.

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New Outriders trailer revealed and Gameplay Livestream event announced

Square Enix has released a brand-new trailer for their upcoming co-op RPG shooter game Outriders; a collaborative title from People Can Fly (Gears of War: Judgement, Bulletstorm) and Square Enix External Studios (Sleeping Dogs, Just Cause). Although previously announced to have a Summer 2020 release date, the trailer reveals that the date for Outriders has been pushed back to the Holiday Season of 2020.

Outriders is an RPG shooter title set in an original, dark sci-fi universe. As mankind bleeds out in the trenches of Enoch, you’ll create your own Outrider and set out on a journey across a hostile planet. You’ll leave behind the slums and shanty towns of the First City and travel through forests and cross mountains and deserts; all in pursuit of a mysterious signal. Outriders combines intense gunplay with unique and violent powers, and will provide the player with an arsenal of weapons and gear-sets.

“It’s incredibly exciting to finally reveal what we have been working on for the last four years,” said Bartek Kmita, Game Director at People Can Fly. “Outriders is our first game since leaving Epic Games, and has grown from an idea of the game we always wanted to make, to the most ambitious project People Can Fly has ever undertaken.”

Additionally, Square Enix has announced a world premiere livestream event that will focus on the gameplay elements of Outriders. The event will feature Game Director Bartek Kmita, Lead Writer Joshua Rubin and stream host Malik Forte. The stream is scheduled to go live Thursday, February 13th at 12:00pm PST on the official Square Enix Twitch Channel.

Outriders is scheduled to be released on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, the Xbox One family, and PC during the Holiday Season of 2020.