Latest Stories
Life is Strange Remastered and Before the Storm release September 27 on Switch
Life is Strange Remastered and Life is Strange Before the Storm Remastered will release on Nintendo Switch this September 27th, as part of The Arcadia Bay Collection. Square Enix External Studios and Deck Nine games have brought the entirety of DONTNOD's games to the handheld and have remastered the visuals and optimized the performance for Switch across characters and environments. Life is Strange Remastered also includes improved character animation using full facial mocap. Earlier this year, the remasters released on PlayStation 4 & 5, Xbox One & Series X, Stadia, and PC, but the Switch version was delayed as developer Deck Nine needed more time to finish. Life is Strange follows Max Caulfield as she attends school in Arcadia Bay, Oregon. When her childhood friend Chloe Price is attacked, the incident awakens supernatural powers within Max, allowing her to manipulate time to prevent it from happening. The decisions that Max makes over the course of five chapters affect how the story unfolds. Before the Storm is a prequel that centers around Chloe and her relationship with her friend Rachel Amber. Gallery — Life is Strange Remastered (Switch) Gallery — Life is Strange: Before the Storm Remastered (Switch)
This Week in Events — Week 33, 2022
Collected below are the latest events from Square Enix’s repertoire of service games, including limited time campaigns and content updates. Check out what’s new this week! Babylon's Fall 5/31 — 11/29: Season 2 - The Light of Aaru7/19 — 8/16: Sun Festival Chocobo GP Odin and Ultros join the race in Season 3 of #ChocoboGP! Season 3 is out now for you to play Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia Sherlotta's BT & FR arrive! Her BT effect raises party BRV gains, grants party BRV at start of every turn, & grants ally BRV when dealing BRV hits! Crystal Dice's HP DMG Bonus increases when she grants ally BRV on turn or when party uses transformed BRV/HP Attack! Exdeath's BT returns realizable, with his and Yda's reworks! Exdeath's abilities now retain BRV until the last HP attack, and his BT+ effect (with LB2) deals more HP poison damage and lowers enemies' ATK! The time has come to venture further into Dimensions' End: Transcendence with the arrival of the new Tier 10! ⚔️ Take the challenge further with the Dare to Defy V quest now available! In addition, Exdeath, Aphmau, and Yda have received their level 90 awakening! The latest tier of Dimensions' End: Transcendence brings two new Event
A look at The DioField Chronicle demo
This past week, Square Enix released a demo version of its upcoming simulation RPG The DioField Chronicle on Steam, PlayStation Store, Xbox Games Store, and the Nintendo eShop. Elapsing over the game's first several hours, the demo includes around eight combat missions. Your progress can be saved and carried over into the full retail game. The game is built by a team of “skilled and experienced” developers including character designs by Taiki (Lord of Vermilion III, IV), concept art by Isamu Kamikokuryo (Final Fantasy X, XII, XIII, XV) and composed by Ramin Djawadi and Brandon Campbell of Game of Thrones fame. Diving in, DioField takes place in the embattled DioField Island, rife with factional conflicts between nobles, and a greater invasion looming from an Empire situated on the continent vying to power it's magic technology with the island's abundant Jade. The setting isn't entirely dissimilar from a World War II analogue, but with all the fantastical trappings of Final Fantasy Tactics. Think swords and sorcery, magic summoned beasts, enemies rising from the dead, and so on. You assume the role of Andrias, a young man skilled in subterfuge and weilds daggers in combat. Alongside him is Fredret, a mounted unit that has higher mobility
Final Fantasy XIV Live Letter 72 Summary; Patch 6.2 launches August 23
In the 72nd Letter from the Producer Live broadcast, Final Fantasy XIV director/producer Naoki Yoshida and global community manager Toshio Murouchi revealed new information on Patch 6.2 as well as other content and system changes expected in the new patch. We’ve summarized the major information below — check it out! Patch 6.2 Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5vqrKfADW4 What's New in Patch 6.2 A recap of 6.2 content: the main scenario will continue, and side quests will feature the continuation of Tataru's Grand Endeavor and Somehow Further Hildibrand Adventures (Patch 6.25).The new weapon enhancement quests will be part of "Somehow Further Hildibrand Adventures" and will begin in Patch 6.25.The Omicrons will be added as the latest Tribal quest in Patch 6.25; their quests are intended for Disciples of the Land (gathering) classes.A new instanced dungeon 'The Fell Court of Troia' will be added as part of the main scenario. A new un-named trial as well as it's Extreme-difficulty counterpart will also be added.'Pandæmonium: Abyssos' has been added as a new normal raid (8-players). The Savage difficulty version will be released one week after 6.2 launches (August 30). The team wants to see how the staggered release and tomestone acquisition affects things this time as a test run. The team is looking for feedback
Star Ocean The Divine Force introduces party members Elena and Albaird
Star Ocean The Divine Force, the newest entry in the series, will feature dual protagonists Raymond and Laeticia. Choosing Raymond will follow a scenario that's more science fiction oriented while Laeticia will be more fantasy - and their perspectives will color the main narrative. Joining them are Albaird, an obstinate knight who serves Laeticia, Elena, Raymond's cool-under-fire first officer, Nina, an "Iatrimancer" trying to cure a deadly disease, and Midas, a brilliant "semiomancer" that lives as a hermit. In new video digests, Square Enix highlights a few scenes featuring Elena and Albaird. Elena "Elena is First Mate of the merchant vessel Ydas.She manages the operation of just about the entirety of the ship, and her vast knowledge and cool demeanor have earned her the complete trust of Raymond and the crew.Elena is constantly surprised by Raymond's proclivity for recklessness, but all the same she holds a high opinion of his leadership qualities."VA: Erica LindbeckCV: Atsumi Tanezaki https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDEN4BjdEiU Albaird Bergholm "A childhood friend of Laeticia's, Albaird now serves her as a knight of the Kingdom of Aucerius. He excels at semiomancy and the wielding of chakrams. His strong sense of loyalty to Laeticia means he is never far from her side. Albaird's left arm is covered down to
Final Fantasy XI August Update delays Sortie, SHINING BLESS returns to Ambuscade
Producer Akihiko Matsui and director Yoji Fujito walk us through Final Fantasy XI's August 2022 version update details, including a delay for the new Sortie feature, the next part of The Voracious Resurgence scenario, and the Ambuscade update. This month's Ambuscade update Volume One features Ramuh, while Volume Two features Morbols. Enemy summoners in the Ramuh encounter are now susceptible to heavy and bind effects, which will make it easier to go on the offensive. However, they now take reduced damage from various damage types, including non-elemental damage. You may need to switch up your strategy from before. The Morbols idol group SHINING BLESS encounter returning from 2018 is largely unchanged, but a Golden Bomb will appear if you fulfill certain requirements — it's even possible to run into multiple Golden Bombs if you plan correctly. This is a good opportunity to earn hallmarks. Exemplar Points will no longer be gained or lost in Ambuscade. The team envisions Ambuscade as a "place for returnees and players who just hit level 99 to take their first step into end-game content by way of getting better equipment and learning about max level combat systems in a trial-and-error way." Therefore, the team wanted to reduce the
The DioField Chronicle demo out today, progress carries into full game
A demo version of Square Enix's upcoming strategy RPG The DioField Chronicle is available today on the PlayStation Store Xbox Games Store, Nintendo eShop, and Steam. Said demo features the entirety of Chapter 1 and will allow you to carry your progress over to the full game, which will release on September 22nd. DioField Island finds itself caught between warring nations, as it is rich in a material that is used to create magic. The player joins the Blue Fox Mercenaries who fight to protect their homeland from conquering forces in a "gritty and immersive" storyline. The game uses a "Real Time Tactical Battle" system and a top-down perspective, allowing you to maneuver units with unique abilities across a diorama-like battlefield. The game is built by a team of "skilled and experienced" developers including character designs by Taiki (Lord of Vermilion III, IV), concept art by Isamu Kamikokuryo (Final Fantasy X, XII, XIII, XV) and beautifully orchestrated music by world-renowned composers Ramin Djawadi and Brandon Campbell (Gears of War 5). For those inclined, the game is available now to pre-order, and there's a Collector's Edition Set available only at the Square Enix store that includes a themed board game and four pins featuring the
Dragon Quest Treasures shares the basics of treasure hunting in Draconia and pre-order bonuses
In Dragon Quest Treasures a new treasure hunting RPG spun off from Dragon Quest XI, siblings Erik and Mia find themselves whisked away to the continent of Draconia where they must collect seven Dragonstones and find some time to do a little looting along the way. Today, in a new blog post, we learn a bit more about the core gameplay loop you'll encounter in Treasures. From their base, Erik and Mia can plan which islands to raid and what treasures they may go after. Once settled, you'll ride a train to that location along with the monsters you've befriended to begin the hunt. Out in the field, there are ascending levels of treasure rarity, with silver chests bestowing bric-a-brac, gold chests holding vaunted treasure, and even more valuable rewards than that. The monsters you bring along will also help, growing more agitated as you approach the treasure's location. You'll even have an ability to see through their eyes to canvas a larger area. Only when you bring your loot back to your base is it evaluated for its worth, so you'll want to bring it back in the best condition you can. A record is stored of the items you collect as
This Week in Events — Week 32, 2022
Collected below are the latest events from Square Enix’s repertoire of service games, including limited time campaigns and content updates. Check out what’s new this week! Babylon's Fall 5/31 — 11/29: Season 2 - The Light of Aaru7/19 — 8/16: Sun Festival Chocobo GP Odin and Ultros join the race in Season 3 of #ChocoboGP! Season 3 is out now for you to play Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia The arrival of Terra's FR weapon brings an all-new costume to #DissidiaFFOO! This costume is based on an alternate outfit from Yoshitaka Amano's concept artwork of Terra in FINAL FANTASY VI! Don't miss out on this brand new outfit available for a limited time! Zack's extra costumes are now available for a limited time! Featuring Zack's SOLDIER 2nd Class outfit from FINAL FANTASY VII and his Costa del Sol vacation outfit from CRISIS CORE -FINAL FANTASY VII-! These limited-time outfits are available until August 19th UTC! ✨ Fujin's FR arrives with her and Caius's reworks! Hyō is Fujin's FR attack with Shadow that delays enemies and inflicts knock back, and the HP DMG Bonus increases from on-turn wind damage or when Fujin inflicts knock back! Face off against challenging foes with the Blue Pulse Heretic Quests in #DissidiaFFOO!
Final chapter of Kingdom Hearts Dark Road launches August 26
The conclusion to Kingdom Hearts Dark Road approaches with the release of the final chapter, set to release on August 26 as a free update to the Kingdom Hearts Union χ Dark Road app. This additional bit of story to the main scenario will focus on Xehanort's tale, beginning when he was a boy becoming a young man and then eventually to when he becomes a master. Kingdom Hearts Dark Road was originally released for iOS, Android, and Amazon-powered devices. Available from the updated title screen of Kingdom Hearts Union χ app, Dark Road followed a young Xehanort along a path that will see him become the “Dark Seeker”. Despite previous conclusion of the service over a year ago, this new update sets out to make Dark Road playable once again. The current version of the app allows you to customize your avatar character, view story scenes through Theater Mode and play some mini-games. Square Enix also released a recap video for their recent Kingdom Hearts 20th anniversary event, which can be viewed below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5isiZBQdufw