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Romancing SaGa 2 Revenge of the Seven details the revamped battle system
In Romancing SaGa 2: Revenge of the Seven, a 3D remake of the original 1993 RPG, battles commence when you encounter enemies in the field. Like the original, combat is a turn-based affair, but includes some updates similar to recent entries in the franchise - most notably the timeline feature. Player-controlled units and enemies will proceed one after another based on their position in a horizontal timeline at the top of the battle screen. SaGa staples like enemy weaknesses return here, but this time they're displayed underneath an enemy's health gauge. Glimmers, a semi-random event in battle where you learn a new technique by using an existing technique, also return here - but you'll be able to see in the action menu which selections are capable of producing them. Exploiting said weaknesses will charge an overdrive bar that appears below your party's portraits in battle. Once it's full you can use it to power up your existing actions and launch a United Attack. Romancing SaGa 2: Revenge of the Seven launches on October 24, 2024 for PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch. Below, Square Enix shares new info and screenshots courtesy of the Square Enix blog. Battle When you run into an
Visions of Mana details its land, sea, and sky mounts
Visions of Mana will feature large zones and a world map to explore, and so it's a natural fit that mounts will help you to your destination, especially some familiar characters from the series' past. Pikul, large pangolin-dogs, were developed by the staff alongside Koichi Ishii, creator of the Mana series. Inspired by Egyptian mythological figure Anubis, they'll bear you and your party of five playable characters across the landscape. Vuscav will swim you across the oceans, and Flammie across the skies. However, helpful critters aren't the only way to move around the environment -- the Elementals also have a role to play. Eight powerful spirits filled with mana power, your party can use them to unleash powerful elemental Moves in battle, and even change their class based on different spirits. They'll also assist by creating wind gusts to boost your jumps, floating bubbles to carry you upward, and rockets of fire to shoot across the sky. Here's a look at how you'll travel by land, sea, and sky courtesy of the Square Enix blog: Visions of Mana releases on August 29, 2024 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Windows and Steam. Pre-orders are now available and include gifts for the digital
Romancing SaGa 2 Revenge of the Seven details the Inheritance system, character classes
During today's Nintendo Direct presentation, Square Enix announced Romancing SaGa 2 Revenge of the Seven, a 3D remake of the 1993 Super Nintendo title, will be coming to PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch. The game is developed by Xeen, known for their work on the Trials of Mana 3D remake back in 2020. In the reveal trailer, we see the premise of the game's story: seven heroes who once protected the world have returned after they've been missing for a millennium - but they're no longer allied with the Avalonian Empire. It's up to you, the Emperor of Avalon, to defeat them alongside your faithful - even if it takes generations to do so. Romancing SaGa 2 is known for the Inheritance system - magic that allows successive rules of Avalon to gain their predecessor's abilities. Many characters can be recruited belonging to different classes that specialize with different weapon types. Square Enix shares a look at these systems: Inheritance Through the Inheritance system, you can select the next Emperor and pass down the powers of the previous generation to them. Inheritance automatically occurs when the current emperor is reduced to zero LP, when the party is wiped out, when time
Fantasian Neo Dimension announced for console and PC
Square Enix is bringing Hironobu Sakaguchi's Fantasian to console and PC this Winter, as was announced during today's Nintendo Direct. This enhanced version of Fantasian, titled Fantasian Neo Dimension, which originally released for Apple Arcade in 2021, includes new features such as English and Japanese voice overs, and an additional difficulty option. In Fantasian Neo Dimension, players take on the role of Leo as he journeys to recover his memories and solve the mystery of a strange mechanical infection destroying the world. The game also features a modern take on turn-based battles, with a number of unique mechanics and strategic combat to shake up the usual formula. You'll explore a multi-dimensional universe against the backdrop of over 150 hand-crafted dioramas when Fantasian Neo Dimension launches for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PC this Winter 2024. Screenshots
Romancing SaGa 2: Revenge of the Seven announced, launches October 24
Square Enix is bringing back the likes of Romancing SaGa 2, with the announcement of Romancing SaGa 2: Revenge of the Seven revealed during today's Nintendo Direct. The game will launch this year on October 24, and is set to arrive on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC. Romancing SaGa 2: Revenge of the Seven tells the tale of a multi-generational journey to protect and expand one's empire. After your homeland is attacked by one of the legendary Seven Heroes, the story branches off into one of vengeance and redemption where the player must fight to protect all they hold dear. Players will choose how the story develops, including who inherits the imperial throne with each successive generation. Romancing SaGa 2: Revenge of the Seven will feature the original and rearranged compositions from composer Kenji Ito, Japanese and English audio, the timeline system - which is a unique twist on strategic battles, new game mechanics, and more. Screenshots
Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake launches November 14; I & II HD-2D Remake announced for 2025
The long-awaited release of Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake is ramping up with an all-new trailer, screenshots, and a release date slated for later this year. During today's Nintendo Direct, Square Enix revealed the Switch, PS5, Xbox Series, and PC-bound game will launch on November 14 across all platforms. Rebuilt for the modern era, Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake features updated graphics, new and modernized features, and a refined narrative. Pre-orders have now opened for the standard physical, digital edition, as well as a spendy Collector's Edition. Those who pre-purchase will receive a Trouble-Free Travel Kit in-game, which includes a collection of in-game items. Additionally, in an effort to round out the first three games in the series, Square Enix is bringing Dragon Quest I and II to the HD-2D remake style with the release of Dragon Quest I & II HD-2D Remake, due out in 2025. No further details have been revealed yet, but we can assume the same platforms will apply as they did with DQIII. Dragon Quest III HD-2D Screenshots Artwork
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