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Visions of Mana details Elemental traversal, combat, and class system
In the Mana series, eight powerful Elemental spirits represent the powers of nature, allowing players to use powerful abilities, or in Visions of Mana, powerful Moves bestowed with an elemental affinity. But that's not all. By harnessing their power, the game's five playable protagonists can switch their class and gain new abilities by unlocking nodes on an Elemental Plot. Furthermore, each Elemental has a special ability that allows Val and company to traverse across the world, which Square Enix describes as largely open with minimal transitions. Courtesy of the Square Enix blog, we get a deeper look at elemental travel and combat. Visions of Mana releases August 29th for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Windows, and Steam. Combat in Visions of Mana Battles in Visions of Mana are fast-paced and exciting. You’ll take enemies on in real-time, using combos and skills to take them out quickly and with style. While you’ll start the game with basic attacks, it won’t be long before you’re able to equip and use all kinds of extra skills, from elemental abilities to Moves - powerful manoeuvres that cost MP to execute. If you’re a fan of the Mana system, you’ll be familiar with the Ring Menu. It’s back in
Final Fantasy XIV Live Letter 82 Summary – Dawntrail Launch Trailer, New Content Previewed
In the 82nd Letter from the Producer Live broadcast conducted by the Final Fantasy XIV team, director/producer Naoki Yoshida and global community producer Toshio Murouchi provided a final preview of the upcoming Dawntrail expansion set to release on July 2nd, 2024 for Windows PC, Steam, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and Mac. Early access will begin on June 28th for players who pre-order the game. Diving right in, the team debut the expansion's launch trailer, which provides an overview of the next chapter in the main scenario. Dawntrail Launch Trailer Moving on, the team went over the places you'll visit in Dawntrail. Tural, a continent far across the sea to the west of Eorzea, is the setting for the next adventure. Tuliyollal is the first city you'll encounter when you arrive in Tural. It's a culturally and racially diverse city where its denizens coexist despite their differences. At night, the cityscape is illuminated by many lanterns hanging over the streets. Urqopacha is a mountainous region with high peaks in the distance. The topography of this zone is extreme and some of the textures may have appeared stretched in earlier builds, but the graphics update implementation has improved this. As you travel through this
Life is Strange Double Exposure reveals extended gameplay and special editions
Square Enix and Life is Strange Double Exposure developers Deck Nine put on live broadcast to talk about the newest entry in the series. A sequel to the original Life is Strange, Double Exposure follows an older Max Caulfield as she navigates college life and relationships with her new friends. One of her friends, Safi, is tragically murdered, and it's up to Max to use her supernatural powers to navigate two divergent worlds to solve the mystery. We also learn that the game acknowledges both endings of the original Life is Strange, and that this story will continue on from either of them - it's a new start for Max as she moves on from the events of the first game, and the team wanted to acclimate players who are starting here. In the extended gameplay segment, we see Max and her friends stargazing on a cold winter night before tragedy strikes. Extended Gameplay Reveal Livestream Pre-orders are now available for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Steam. The game will feature a standard physical edition release, along with three digital options that include various outfit packs based on the version select. They are: Edition FeaturesDigitalUltimateDigitalDeluxeDigitalStandardFull GameYesYesYesSpooky Outfit PackYesYesNoDecades Outfit PackYesYesNoFinal Fantasy VII Outfit PackYesNoNoFan Favorite
Visions of Mana details its main playable and supporting cast
We learned that Visions of Mana will be launching August 29th, 2024 in a new trailer that debuted this morning. In said trailer, we learn the game will have five playable characters and several supporting characters. You can swap characters in and out of a team of three at a given time, while support characters will battle alongside you. Today, we learn more about them courtesy of the Square Enix blog. Val, the protagonist, is a Soul Guard, tasked with protecting the Alm of Fire, Hinna, on her pilgrimage to the Tree of Mana. Along the way they join up with Careena, an oracle that totes along the sacred beast cub Ramcoh. Morley struggles with the weight of a troubled past and Palamena is learning to accept her role as the new leader of her nation. Julei is a sproutling that's looking over his sleeping brethren, and Aesh is supporting character who weilds elemental magic. Visions of Mana will release on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, and PC via Steam and the Windows Store. Soul Guard Val Voice: Stephen Fu(playable character) "The main protagonist, Val, is a curious young boy with a positive and upbeat attitude to life. As the newly
Visions of Mana releases August 29, new trailer revealed
Visions of Mana's release date has been revealed in brand new trailer shared by Square Enix. It will launch on August 29, 2024 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC via Steam and Windows Store. The newest title in the long-running action RPG series, Visions of Mana features a large and colorful world that is semi-open with near-seamless transitions. Hinna is chosen by the goddess to sacrifice her soul at the Mana Tree, which blesses the land with mana for continued prosperity. Val, her guardian, is tasked with seeing her there safely, along with other playable party members. They include Val, Careena, Morley, Palamena, and Julei -- along with guest characters Hinna, Ramcoh, and Aesh. Characters can use the power of Elementals in combat and traversal, and to change classes. The ring menu returns and will pause combat so you can select items to use to restore your party's health and magic. Check out the trailer below! Visions of Mana - Launch Date Trailer
Final Fantasy XI June 2024 update refreshes Ambuscade, various system updates
Final Fantasy XI's June 2024 update is available today and refreshes Ambuscade objectives along with a few system-related updates. Chapter 1 of Ambuscade will have players face off against Sahagin, and Chapter 2 will feature Hecteyes. Both encounters will have additional companions, and the team suggest that you may need to change up your strategy accordingly and reference previous iterations of the battle. Items will have a new icon that shows whether or not you can deliver it to another character on the same service account. The icon appears as an "EX" and can also be sent to characters that purely function as item storage, and the team hopes this will ease some of the burden of managing your collection. Up until today, using the text command '/names off' would turn off the display of names for your character, monsters, and NPCs, but a new option will let you hide the names of other player character. The team thinks this will be useful for situations where you are streaming, but note that this won't affect names that appear in the party list. Cornelia's alter ego will return for a limited time in conjunction with Vana'Bout Round 2's target goal. The event is a
Life is Strange Double Exposure announced for October 29 release on PS5, Xbox X|S, and PC
Today at Microsoft's Xbox Game Showcase, publisher Square Enix and developer Deck Nine Games revealed the newest title in the Life is Strange series, adventure games with narrative choices and supernatural elements originally developed by Dontnod Entertainment. Life is Strange Double Exposure appears to be a sequel to the original Life is Strange game, featuring returning protagonist Max Caulfield. The resident photographer is attending the prestigious Caledon University when tragedy strikes and her new friend Safi is murdered. It's been years since Max has used her supernatural powers to rewind time, and in doing so, she instead opens the way to a parallel timeline where her friend is still alive, but in imminent danger. In these divergent worlds, Max must find the killer before they strike again. Double Exposure will launch on October 29th, 2024 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam or Windows Store. A Nintendo Switch version will be coming with "details to be announced later" — so a further release date may be a planned for the handheld console. Three editions of the game will be offered: the Standard Edition, Deluxe Edition, and Ultimate Edition. For those who pre-order, you will gain "Advanced Access" to Chapters 1
Octopath Traveler series now available on PlayStation and Xbox platforms, free boss update released
Today, Square Enix has announced that Octopath Traveler is now available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5. The sequel, Octopath Traveler II, is now available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, which means that both games in the franchise are now available across all major platforms including Nintendo Switch, Steam, and Windows PC. Both games have also been added to Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, and are also available as a bundle. Those subscribed to PlayStation Plus will have until June 20, 2024 to buy Octopath Traveler at a 34% discount. Alongside today's platform news, Team Asano has released a free update for all versions of Octopath Traveler II that allows players to unlock three special boss encounters after beating the final boss of the story. These encounters include a challenge from the cast of the first game, Octopath Traveler. The Octopath Traveler series is a turn-based RPG series developed with HD-2D graphics, and since its inception in 2018, has sold over four million units worldwide. Champions of the Continent is a free to play entry in the series exclusive to iOS and Android devices. Bundle Trailer (Square Enix) Octopath Traveler II - Demo Gameplay Announcement Artwork (Yasushi Hasegawa)
Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis announces The First Soldier Episode II scenario, playable Vincent, and Monster Hunter collab
In a new broadcast airing today, Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis announced a new scenario for the free to play smartphone RPG that chronicles the events of the Final Fantasy VII universe. In The First Soldier - Episode II, we will continue to follow a younger Sephiroth and how he comes to acquire his Masamune weapon - and pictured alongside him is a young Angeal, featured prominently in Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII. Chapter 3 of the Crisis Core scenario will release in June, and then Vincent Valentine will be the newest playable character that will release in Chapter 7 of the Final Fantasy VII scenario in July. Chapter 4 of the Crisis Core scenario will follow in August. A summer event will release beachwear outfits for Yuffie Kisaragi and Lucia Lin as well as guild battles and guild missions. Also announced was a Monster Hunter collaboration event beginning May 31st. Picured are Rathalos, Glavenus, Kirin, Zinogre, and Hinoe as well as Monster Hunter-themed weapons and outfits.
Dragon Quest teases HD-2D game update
It's been over three years since the announcement of a Dragon Quest III HD-2D remake from Square Enix, and while it seemed the company would let the 38th anniversary of the franchise go silent, a new posting to the Dragon Quest official twitter account offers a celebratory tease with the message "The legend of Erdrick draws near." in a short video that includes Square Enix's HD-2D branding. Of particular note is that Erdrick connects the first three Dragon Quest titles - otherwise known as the "Erdrick Trilogy", which has led some to speculate that the first two titles may accompany DQ III. Even series creator Yuji Horii teased the possibility with the game's initial announcement back in 2021. While Dragon Quest XII may be a ways off, it seems fans of the series may have a throwback title to look forward to soon. Dragon Quest III HD-2D is announced for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Windows PC, and Steam. Official Wallpapers