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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth demo updated with Junon section
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is a mere week away, with launch scheduled for February 29, 2024. Today though, you can play a little bit more of the game in an update to the free demo that was released earlier this month. In the first portion of the demo, Cloud recalls the events of his past, taking place at the start of the Rebirth story. Here he is joined by the SOLIDER hero Sephiroth and local guide Tifa Lockhart for an investigation into the mako reactor near Cloud's hometown: Nibelheim. In this portion available today, players can explore the Junon region. Once home to an independent republic, it lost a war with Shinra and has since been occupied. Above a modest fishing village, a massive military city has been constructed, home to an enormous cannon created in the company's fervor for world domination. This segment will allow you to play with Cloud, Barret, Tifa, Aerith, and Red XIII in your party. The demo has also been streamlined and tweaked from what you'll see in the final product. After emerging from the Mythril Mine, the party is following enigmatic black-robed figures as they pursue Sephiroth around the world. Here they're able to use a type
Final Fantasy XIV 6.57 beckons you to return to the Waking Sands
Final Fantasy XIV has a small scale update available today that adjusts a variety of the game's features and offers even more Aetheryte Tickets for Vesper Bay. You may well know the location as the secret base of operations for the Scions of the Seventh Dawn, primarily featured in the A Realm Reborn scenario, as well as the frequent requests by the Scions' antecedent Minfilia to "return to the Waking Sands." What was then an inconvenience became an enduring joke within the game's community. As time went on, the team eventually added special tickets that, when used as an item, could teleport the player closer to its destination. Recently, the game's director and producer Naoki Yoshida was asked by Megumi Han to add even more tickets during a talk show at the most recent Fan Festival in Japan. Han, who voices Jill Warrick in the Japanese version of Final Fantasy XVI, had picked up the game and was playing through these chapters. Today, it seems, that request was granted. Patch 6.57 also includes a number of updates to restrictions on duties and currency acquisition. Firstly, the weekly entrance restriction on the Savage mode difficulty of the Pandaemonium Anabaseios raid has been removed, and
Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis next story update “Memories of the Planet” arrives February 8
Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis will be adding a new story chapter in an update landing February 8th, 2024. This will be the sixth chapter of the Final Fantasy VII the First Soldier scenario, based on the now-closed smartphone title of the same name. It following the fifth chapter in which SOLDIER P-0 operatives Glenn, Matt and Lucia are tasked to work under a young Sephiroth for an operation in Rhadore. Here we learn more about the future antagonist's exploits as the Shinra company seeks to establish a site and build a mako reactor in this location, and encountering anti-Shinra resistance groups. In this update a new dungeon Grastia Path will be added, with Normal, Hard, and Very Hard modes. The La'paina Coast dungeon will also get a Very Hard mode. A crossover with Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will also kick off on February 15, 2024. This will feature Cloud and Sephiroth as they conduct their investigation of the mako reactor on Mt. Nibel. In an update last month, a new chapter for the Final Fantasy VII scenario was added, following Cloud and company's travels outside of Midgar and recruiting the ninja Yuffie. Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis is now available on iOS, Android, and PC via Steam. Final Fantasy VII The First
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth details supporting cast, new areas, folios, and mini-games
The latest salvo of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth information comes on the heels of today's 'State of Play' presentation broadcasted by PlayStation. Here, we got two expansive new trailers that show more of the game's story, world, and activities - including a massive 11-minute overview. Square Enix has also supplied more information about the supporting cast you'll encounter, "folios" which allow you to upgrade your party members combat options, new synergy abilities, the different travel options you'll have, and a swath of mini games you'll be able to take part in. Of course, if you're itching to try out the game for yourself, a new demo is now available on PlayStation 5. Final Fantasy VII Rebirth launches February 29, 2024. From Square Enix: Characters Cissnei Voice Actor: Kayli Mills “It's nothing. For a second, I thought you were someone else.“ Leader of the Gongaga Youth Coalition. She initially visited Gongaga after the reactor exploded as part of the relief effort, then ended up calling the village her home. Her past is shrouded in mystery, but her knack for both combat and leadership suggests she is no amateur. She employs those fighting skills while fending off fiends that have gone wild due to mako exposure. Zangan Voice Actor: Jamieson Price "You could learn
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth’s State of Play gets Final Trailer and gameplay deep dive; demo out now
With Final Fantasy VII Rebirth just weeks away, Square Enix is pulling out all the stops with one last State of Play before the PlayStation 5 sequel to 2020's Final Fantasy VII Remake takes center stage. The broadcast runs about 20 minutes in length and features a wide range of content that could be considered spoilers, so if you'd rather go in blind, this is your warning to turn back now. Otherwise, the video breaks out with a new, Final trailer, detailing more of Cloud's journey in Rebirth than we've seen up until now. For FFVII fans, there's many familiar scenes on display, and some that have us scratching our heads as to just what they could be about. It's clear the gloves are off with regards to hiding much of this game past the opening hours. Final Trailer (English) Final Trailer (Japanese) The rest of the broadcast time was dedicated to a large overview of what Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is going to offer. Aside from its status as a sequel, we're given a look at the various regions across the world map such as the Grasslands, Corel Region, Junon, Gongaga, and more. We also get further looks at many of the minigames
Final Fantasy XIV’s open beta for Xbox begins February 21, full version requires Xbox Game Pass subscription
In a post to Final Fantasy XIV's official website 'The Lodestone' today, Square Enix announced that the open beta test for Xbox Series X|S will kick off at 12:00am Pacific on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. In a surprise reveal at the North American fan festival held in July of last year, Xbox CEO Phil Spencer took the stage alongside the game's director and producer Naoki Yoshida to reveal the game would be coming to Xbox platforms. However, if you've already been playing Final Fantasy XIV, you'll be excluded from the open beta test - it's intended for wholly new players only. The developers ask that you wait until the official launch of the game to participate, which they plan to debut immediately after the conclusion of the open beta test, pending any maintenance to correct any issues revealed during said test. Square Enix goes on to say that players will need to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass at either the Core or Ultimate tier to play after launch. PlayStation players do not need to subscribe to PlayStation Plus to play Final Fantasy XIV, meaning that Xbox players will need to maintain both subscriptions to be able to play the game. For those Xbox
Valentione’s Day seasonal event returns to Final Fantasy XIV on February 7, 2024
The Valentione's Day limited-time seasonal event returns to Final Fantasy XIV from February 7th, 2024 through February 21st, 2024. Subtitled "Straight from the Shape of the Heart", a short scenario quest will be available in game with a variety of seasonal rewards. Limited time items from previous years' 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, check out where to unlock new content in Patch 6.55, which released on January 16th, 2024. This patch is the final content update before the Dawntrail expansion scheduled for this summer, and includes the finale of the post-Endwalker main scenario quests and the conclusion of various sidequests including Tataru's Grand Endeavor, Somehow Further Hildibrand Adventures, and more. The game is also hosting a new iteration of the Moogle Treasure Trove event, where by challenging various objectives, you'll earn a currency to trade to a moogle for special items for a limited time. The free login campaign is also back starting today and continuing through February 21st, 2024. "'Tis the season of ardor and affection, and as per custom, you'll find cities and residential areas the realm over bedecked
SaGa Emerald Beyond introduces protagonists Bonnie and Formina
In the latest update for SaGa Emerald Beyond we get a look at two of the six protagonists you'll be able to select from in the game: Bonnie Blair and Formina Franklyn. The crimefighting duo are also accompanied by mysterious cats and can recruit various other characters into their party as they travel through the game's 17 different worlds. We also get a further look at some of the races you can recruit and the weapons you can use in battle, and a brief synopsis of some of the different locations you'll explore. SaGa Emerald Beyond launches on PS4, PS5, Switch, iOS, and Android on April 25, 2024. Square Enix shares the following: SaGa Emerald Beyond — Bonnie & Formina Trailer Protagonists Bonnie Blair & Formina Franklyn Two new recruits on the police force, investigating an assassination attempt. Former marine Bonnie Blair and renowned sharpshooter Formina Franklyn are two police officers working together to find the truth behind the assassination attempt on the President of Capitol City, a world studded with skyscrapers. With the claim of a key person of interest in the case that the president is a traitor and a mysterious triangle piece as their only clues, they set off on a journey through other worlds to
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth ‘State of Play’ presentation set for February 6, 2024
PlayStation will host a Final Fantasy VII Rebirth-themed State of Play presentation on Tuesday, Feburary 6, 2024. With just a few short weeks before the game launches on February 29th, we'll be seeing an extended look with "new gameplay details and exciting news." The announcement came from Shawne Benson, director of PlayStation's portfolio and third party relations in the final seconds of today's State of Play presentation. Earlier this month, we learned more about the world beyond Midgar's walls, including the locations you'll visit and the new characters you'll recruit into your party: Cait Sith and Yuffie. Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will launch exclusively for PlayStation 5 on February 29, 2024. Final Fantasy VII Rebirth • Exploring Kalm & the Grasslands
Tokyo RPG Factory disbanded, absorbed back into Square Enix
Tokyo RPG Factory, a subsidiary of Square Enix, has been disbanded and reabsorbed into the company, according to a report by This comes nearly 10 years after its establishment in 2014. The studio was responsible for a trilogy of RPGs starting with 2016's I Am Setsuna, a top-down turn-based RPG in the vein of Chrono Trigger set in a world locked in an endless winter. 2017's Lost Sphear continued this format but with a few twists, such as the ability to move and position characters and suit up into mechanized units for powerful attacks. 2019's Oninaki was an action RPG looter, where the main character can shift between the realm of the living and dead with a button press. I Am Setsuna (2016) Lost Sphear (2017) Oninaki (2019)