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Dragon Quest Monsters The Dark Prince details its story and supporting cast
In the latest round of Dragon Quest Monsters The Dark Prince information, Square Enix highlights more about the game's story and reveals its supporting cast of characters. The game stars an antagonist of the original Dragon Quest IV, Psaro, the Dark Prince, who is cursed by his father and is attempting to aid his ailing mother. There are also many allies that Psaro meets on his journey, including the elf Rose and the magic researcher Toilen Trubble. The game will have you assemble a party of monsters which can be encountered and capture in field areas. Psaro can then level them up to make them stronger and decide what skills and traits to learn. Monster parties also vary in members due to the size of their combatants. We get more of what to expect from the story and characters from Square Enix below: Dragon Quest Monsters The Dark Prince will release on December 1 exclusively for Nintendo Switch. Today, SQUARE ENIX revealed new details regarding the overarching story and key characters featured in the upcoming role-playing game DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince. Additionally, fans of the closely connected DRAGON QUEST IV: The Chapters of the Chosen story will also see the return of
Octopath Traveler II coming to Xbox and Windows in early 2024
Square Enix has announced that Octopath Traveler II will be coming to Xbox and Windows PC platforms early next year. The RPG is the second in a series of games that feature a HD-2D presentation, meaning HD visuals in a 3D play space with 2D sprites. It features a new setting so playing the first game isn't necessary, and you choose one of eight protagonists as the main character (though you can recruit the rest) and play through the casts' stories in chapter-based chunks. Combat is a turn-based affair that allows you to build up turns for greater damage and utilize a variety of unique jobs to exploit enemy weaknesses. The game is available now on PlayStaion 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. You can read our review of the game here.
SaGa Emerald Beyond Tokyo Game Show 2023 trailer
Square Enix has released the Tokyo Game Show 2023 trailer for SaGa Emerald Beyond, the newest title in the SaGa franchise announced for release in 2024. Taking cues from SaGa Scarlet Grace which released on the PlayStation Vita back in 2016 and the subsequent HD remaster SaGa Scarlet Grace Ambitions in 2018, Emerald Beyond features a similar battle system and overworld map. After you select one of six protagonists, the story that unfolds can change in myriad ways based on your decisions, moreso that in any previous SaGa title, according to Square Enix. Turn-based "timeline battles" also return, which have you strategically selecting actions that manipulate characters' positions on a timeline that governs when characters act. Series creator Akitoshi Kawazu returns as game designer and storyteller, Kenji Ito also returns as composer, and character design is handled by Satoshi Kuramochi (SaGa Scarlet Grace, World of Final Fantasy Maxima, Medical 91). Check out the trailer below, as well as the first story, character, and combat details.
Final Fantasy XIV details Patch 6.5 Growing Light Part 1, out in early October
The final major patch following the Endwalker expansion is set to arrive in early October. Split into two major parts, Growing Light - Part 1 will continue the main scenario in a penultimate push towards the Dawntrail expansion releasing next summer. October's update will also conclude the Myths of the Realm alliance raid series with the third duty: Thaleia. This series explores the mysteries of Eorzea's pantheon of gods and their true nature. A new expert dungeon and trial dovetail with the main scenario's Final Fantasy IV kick: inspired after the final dungeon and boss of the game. Additionally, an update to the Duty Support system will make all main scenario dungeons compatible with NPC AI, and the free trial will be expanded to include the second expansion Stormblood and all its post release content - allowing trial players to level up to 70 and participate in content such as the Return to Ivalice raid and the foray into Forbidden Land Eureka. Furthermore, Square Enix has announced that the next Letter from the Producer Live broadcast will take place at Tokyo Game Show on September 23rd. This live letter will be the second of a two-part preview into Patch 6.5. Later in October,
Star Ocean The Second Story R gets a free demo today, gameplay overview trailer
Star Ocean The Second Story R is set to release November 2 for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch. Today, it gets a free demo that you can download and carry over any progress to the retail version. A remake of the second game in the Star Ocean series that originally released on the PlayStation, this version features all new visuals that blend 2D sprites and 3D environments. The game will include flavor text to give players a more realistic sense of journeying with a party, and that text can also be viewed in the party menu. In the fields, symbols will appear that represent enemy encounters. Maneuvering around them can help you avoid battles or chaining them together can be useful for training. Unique spots are sprinkled throughout the map and can help you discover items and experience points. Powerful enemies called "raid enemies" can also appear - and while they're very difficult they will drop powerful items. Fishing has been added to the game at various waterfronts. Fish you catch can be recorded in a fish encyclopedia and can be exchanged for rare items. Battles now have a 'Just Counter' system, where performing a backstep at the
Dragon Quest Monsters The Dark Prince gets a free demo available today
Set to launch December 1st on Nintendo Switch, Dragon Quest Monsters The Dark Prince will get a free demo available to download and play today. The latest entry in the monster-raising and battling RPG, the spinoff takes place in the universe of Dragon Quest IV, featuring a younger version of the antagonist Psaro. Cursed with the inability to harm monsters, he is forced to have them do his bidding as he travels through the realms of Nadiria. Monsters and bosses from the entire Dragon Quest series can be encountered here, along with new entries as well. Battles are turn-based and your party composition can change based on the size of your monsters. Of course the monsters you collect can be raised and strengthened in myriad ways, and even synthesized into new versions. Progress in the demo will carry over to the retail product. Announcement Trailer
SaGa Emerald Beyond announced for 2024 release, first details
SaGa Emerald Beyond was announced at today's Nintendo Direct for a 2024 release. In addition to Nintendo Switch, the game will also be coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Steam, iOS, and Android. The newest title in the series brings aboard director Akitoshi Kawazu, the father of the SaGa series, producer Masanori Ichikawa, composer Kenji Ito, and character designer Satoshi Kuramochi. A single player RPG that aims to "bring together the very best elements of the series", Emerald Beyond brings forward the the popular timeline-themed turn-based battle system from SaGa Scarlet Grace Ambitions. Six new protagonists all have their own scenarios you can choose between, their stories bringing them world-hopping to different realms connected by the "emerald waves." There are seventeen worlds, in fact, all connected to "The Beyond." Following these emerald waves, the protagonists jump between these unique worlds, where your decisions will change the narrative experience. Check out the latest information below as well as the debut trailer. From Square Enix: Trailer (Nintendo Direct) SaGa Emerald Beyond Overview What Lies at the End of the Emerald Waves? Do the emerald waves present potential paths? Or are they showing an unavoidable fate? And thus begin the sagas of our new protagonists… Heaven, hell, the celestial realm, the underworld,
Foamstars open beta will run from September 29 through October 1
Foamstars has announced that it will conduct an open beta phase between September 29th and October 1st on PlayStation 5. The beta phase will include 8 characters and 2 modes to try out. The first is called "Smash the Star" where knocking out seven enemy players, the best player on the opposing team will be designated the "Star Player." If you knock out the Star Player, you win, so protecting your team's Star Player will also be important. The second is "Happy Bath Survival" where two players are in the arena and two other players are outside the arena. The battle continues until one team's two combatants are knocked out. Players out of the arena can support allies and obstruct the other team and it is conducted in three rounds. The team that gets two wins are the victors. The game is a four-on-four online shooter where players will use foam in combat in unexpected ways. You can surf on foam to gain speed, build terrain made from foam, and even create cover or vantage points with it. "Foaming up" other players will also be the key to defeating your enemies and winning a match. Eight characters have been revealed as playable
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth special editions and save data perks revealed
Following the reveal of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth's release date of February 29th, 2024 at today's State of Play presentation , Square Enix has opened pre-orders for the special editions of the game. Additionally, those who have save data from the PlayStation 5 version of Final Fantasy VII Remake and Final Fantasy VII Remake — Episode INTERmission will get summon materia in Rebirth. Check out the details below: FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE PS5 SAVE DATA PERKS ”FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE” (PS4 / PS5) Summon Materia: Leviathan FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE EPISODE INTERmission Summon Materia: Ramuh DELUXE EDITION Contents: FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH Art Book Mini Soundtrack SteelBook Case COLLECTOR'S EDITION (SQUARE ENIX STORE Exclusive) Contents: FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH DELUXE EDITION FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH STATIC ARTS - SEPHIROTH Approx. 48cm / 19inch statue depicting the iconic antagonist Sephiroth in highly detailed sculpting. The wing can be detached. Moogle Trio Summoning Materia (DLC) A summoning materia that can call "Moogle Trio" in the game. Magic Pot Summoning Materia (DLC) A summoning materia that can call "Magic Pot" in the game. Accessory: Reclaimant Choker (DLC) A choker with an effect of restoring HP when an enemy is defeated. Armor: Orchid Bracelet (DLC) A bracelet that gives courage to traverse an expanding world. Armor: Midgar Bangle Mk. II (DLC) A bracelet worn by travelers leaving Midgar.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will release February 29th, 2024 on PlayStation 5
At PlayStation's 'State of Play' broadcast today, a new Final Fantasy VII Rebirth trailer was shown off featuring new scenes and locations from the follow-up to 2020's Final Fantasy VII Remake. The game is the second installment in a three-part series that plans to expand the world of the original PlayStation RPG. Currently, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is announced for PlayStation 5, but a PC version has not been formally revealed at this time. We've also learned the launch date is set for Feburary 29th, 2023. Update #1: Staff from the game added shared their thoughts in new statements posted to social media, which you can read below. Update #2: New screenshots, character art, and key art have been added below. Trailer Yoshinori Kitase,Producer "Final Fantasy VII Rebirth has been set for release on February 29th, 2024. This second installment of the Final Fantasy VII remake project will feature elements from the previous game, as well as greatly enhanced features such as the vast world map to explore and synergy abilities with party members. The story will unfold more dramatically than ever before, with a rapid pace of major twists and turns. We know fans are dying to see one scene in particular... Final Fantasy VII Rebirth can