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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 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.
Moonfire Faire seasonal event returns to Final Fantasy XIV on August 10
The Moonfire Faire limited-time seasonal event returns to Final Fantasy XIV from August 10th through August 28th. The beachside summer festivities will see players return to Costa del Sol for an exclusive quest for which they can earn a 'Summer Sunset' attire well-suited for the blistering heat. Items available in previous iterations of the event can also be purchased from the Online Store at a discount. Take a look at the event details below, and, while you're here, there's also a Moogle Treasure Trove event set to run through the launch of Patch 6.2 later this month. We'll also learn more about the new patch during a new Live Letter broadcast on Friday, April 12. "As the realm swelters in the summer heat, the decorations lining city streets and fireworks blooming in the night sky make for much more pleasant reminders of the season. Now is the time to escape to Costa del Sol, where tranquil waters and the Moonfire Faire await!" Quest A Matter of Course Location: Speak to Mayaru Moyaru @ Limsa Lominsa, Upper Decks Requires: Level 30, travel to Limsa Lominsa/La Noscea region. "Mayaru Moyaru is perched in his usual spot in the Aftcastle, quivering with excitement to tell you all about this
Tactics Ogre hardcover art book releasing May 2023
Square Enix will be publishing an English release of The Art of Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, available on May 16, 2023. The book contains artwork from the original game, which is seeing a modern refresh with the release of Tactics Ogre: Reborn on November 11. The book comes in a hardcover, featuring over 200 full-color pages including character art, rough sketches, tarot card designs, background art, pixel art, illustrations and more. Everything is set to be printed on heavy art stock, including a frosted PVC jacket with gold foil-stamping and dyed endpapers. This translated edition will also include artist commentary and interviews with designers Akihiko Yoshida and Tsubasa Masao. Pre-orders for the art book are now available at Square Enix's online store and other major booksellers. Previews
Tactics Ogre: Reborn announced for multiple platforms; launches November 11
After various leaks and rumors, Square Enix has officially revealed the re-imagined release of strategy RPG classic Tactics Ogre. Titled Tactics Ogre: Reborn, the game will be available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam on November 11. This new version of the game draws up high-definition visuals, updated battle systems and audio improvements that include fully voiced cutscenes in English and Japanese, recreated sound effects and re-recorded live background music by Hitoshi Sakamoto. Additionally, fans can expect an adjusted level management system, reworked AI and a revamped user interface. Square Enix has also opened pre-orders for Tactics Ogre: Reborn. There's a digital standard version available across all platforms, with a physical release on PS4, PS5 and Nintendo Switch. A Digital Premium Edition is also available on PS4, PS5 and Steam. The standard edition includes the base game and those who pre-order it will receive a mini digital soundtrack featuring three of the newly recorded tracks. The Digital Premium Edition features said game and the full Tactics Ogre: Reborn original soundtrack. Anyone who pre-orders Tactics Ogre: Reborn Digital Premium Edition will receive a Tactics Ogre (1995) Digital Mini Soundtrack download code, which includes a selection of ten chiptune
Dragon Quest Treasures highlights story, characters, and gameplay
Dragon Quest Treasures is the latest series spinoff with a new flair: mashing together treasure hunting and monster collecting that features Dragon Quest XI's siblings Erik and Mia into a starring role. Delving into their youthful travails, Treasures will transport the pair to the floating isles of Draconia. Along with mystical Dragon's Daggers and their spirits to guide them, Erik and Mia will not only battle monsters, but rival gangs vying for the spoils. Monsters will have special abilities to help you travel through the isles, and will even bestow Visions that will help you locate treasure chests. Once you've pilfered your plunder, you'll need to get it back to your base safely to claim the reward. Below, Square Enix shared an update detailing these key systems including the story, characters, and gameplay loop. Dragon Quest Treasures will release on December 9, 2022 for Nintendo Switch. Story Erik and his sister Mia live on a Viking longship, dreaming of the day they can explore the world in search of grand treasure.One night they encounter a pair of otherworldly creatures, Porcus and Purrsula, and are whisked away to a mysterious place known as Draconia - a legendary land full of monsters and treasures just waiting to