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- The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in development. We didn’t get more than a teaser trailer, but it showed Link and Zelda exploring a dungeon together, so let your mind wander as far as what that might mean.
- Banjo-Kazooie and Dragon Quest’s Hero are the next two Smash Ultimate DLC fighters. Banjo and Kazooie are indeed coming to Smash this fall. Before that, this summer, will be The Hero, a single character that can represent the heroes from several different Dragon Quest games.
- Animal Crossing: New Horizon for Switch has been delayed to March 20, 2020. Nintendo said it would reveal more information about Animal Crossing on its Treehouse Live livestreams, which run today through Thursday.
- The Switch remake of Link’s Awakening will have a sort of custom-dungeon mode, and drops on September 20.
- The crossover of Crypt of the NecroDancer and Legend of Zelda, titled Cadence of Hyrule, in which you fight through Hyrule to the beat of guitar-shreddin’ Zelda soundtrack remixes, will be out on June 13.
- Luigi’s Mansion 3 has couch co-op and an online mode. A second player will be able to join in the fun when Luigi’s Mansion hits Switch in 2019. They can play as “Gooigi,” a Luigi made of goo. Gooigi can walk on spikes and through obstacles, but will melt in water. You’ll also play as both Luigi and Gooigi in single-player, swapping between them to solve puzzles. The “ScareScraper” online coop mode lets you seek out Toads and take out ghosts with 8 players.
- Daemon X Machina will be available on September 13, 2019.
- No More Heroes 3 is in development, and will arrive in 2020.
- The Pokéball Plus controller can be used with Pokémon Sword And Shield. It can’t be used as a controller in the game, but it'll let you take your Pokémon out into the world. “If you spend quality time with a favorite Pokémon, then something might happen,” said Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi.
- Collection of Mana, a Switch retro collection that includes the first three games in the Mana series: Final Fantasy Adventure for the Game Boy, Secret of Mana for the SNES, and the third game, now titled Trials of Mana for its English-language debut.
- A 3D remake of Trials of Mana, in the vein of last year’s Secret of Mana remake, is heading to Switch in “early 2020.”
- Dragon Quest XI S: Definitive Edition will hit Switch on September 27. It’s been “fall” for a while now, but now we have a date.
- Witcher 3 is coming to Switch. It’s called the “Complete Edition” and will arrive this year.
- Resident Evils 5 and 6 are coming to Switch. They’ll both be out this fall.
- Contra: Rogue Corps is coming to Switch on September 24. It’ll have local and online multiplayer for four players. Also, the Contra anniversary collection is available today.
- The remake of Panzer Dragoon is coming to Switch this winter.
- The Netflix Dark Crystal series is getting a tie-in tactics RPG. Called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, it’s got Claymation-style graphics. Coming this year.
- Empire Of Sin is a new game from John Romero. It’ll be out Spring 2020.
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- Crystal Dynamics’ long-awaited Avengers game arrives May 15, 2020. Play as five characters: Cap, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Iron Man. Square Enix said it will release content for the game over “multiple years.” It will have four-player online co-op, and every new character and map added to the game will be free. No “random lootboxes or pay-to-win scenarios.” Xbox, PlayStation 4, PC, Stadia.
- Final Fantasy VII Remake is still episodic. Square Enix expects the game to ship on two Blu-ray discs, when all is said and done. The first disc, the one it’ll ship on March 3, will include the Midgar portion, which has been expanded. It talked quite a bit about how the battle system will work. A demo will be playable at Square Enix’s booth at E3 starting tomorrow.
- Final Fantasy VIII is getting remastered. It’ll be out on PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and PC this year.
- Romancing Saga 3 is finally leaving Japan. The Classic Super NES role-playing game is getting a cool-looking remake with original pixel art and such. It’s coming to PS4, Vita, Switch, PC, Xbox One, iOS, and Android (trailer).
- Saga: Scarlet Grace is also finally leaving Japan. The latest release in Square’s SaGa RPG series came out in Japan on Vita years ago, but is heading to the West on Switch, PS4, Steam, iOS, and Android. It’ll have the subtitle “Ambitions” here.
- Outriders is a new shooter from People Can Fly. It’s coming Summer 2020. It’s a 1 to 3 player cooperative shooter. Square Enix calls it “a journey across a dark and desperate sci-fi world in search of the source of a mysterious signal.” It’ll talk more about the game this winter. Xbox One, PS4, PC (trailer).
- Oninaki will be available on August 22, 2019. It’s the latest from Tokyo RPG Factory, makers of I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear.
- War Of The Visions is a new followup to the mobile game Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. It’s “now in development.”
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition will be out this winter. It’s also coming to mobile phones, in addition to Switch and PlayStation 4.
- The Last Remnant Remastered is available today on Switch. It was released for PlayStation 4 at the end of last year (trailer).
- Square Enix Collective will publish Circuit Superstars in 2020. It’s a top-down automobile racing game. Developed by Vancouver-based Original Fire Games. Formerly known as “Apex Racing League.”
- Kingdom Hearts III is getting DLC called “Re:Mind.” This winter. Yes, this was announced a couple days ago, but just in case you missed it.
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Final Fantasy VII Remake Being Developed as a PS4 & PS5 Title with Future Entries Released on a Quicker Basis
We don't know how many games the Final Fantasy VII Remake will be split across, but the title's producer has said that those future entries will have a quicker development time than the experience that kicks things off in March 2020.
At E3 2019, producer Yoshinori Kitase took to Twitter to say: "While the development team finish the first game in the project, we are continuing to plan and outline the overall volume of content for the second. Due to the work already done on the first game we anticipate development of the second game to be more efficient. We have our own internal schedule and plan, but for now we’d like to focus our information on the first game in the project."
It's definitely good news for fans, who have been waiting for this initial game since its announcement all the way back at E3 2015. It appears that the work done on Midgard will be used as a sort of basis for what comes afterwards, as character models and the battle system will already be complete.
Is Final Fantasy VII Remake going to end up on the PS5 as well as the PS4? We certainly wouldn't bet against it. In fact, we'd probably put money on it getting a PS5 version when the console launches, supposedly in late 2020. But Square Enix isn't quite ready to unveil its plans for next-gen just yet, as you'd expect.
It is, however, willing to say that Final Fantasy VII Remake is being developed as a cross-gen title. Speaking to Game Informer, Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda said: "I believe that our teams have made it so that the game will support both the next generation and the current generation of consoles. I believe it is being developed so that it is going to be playable on both."
In other words, the developer is future proofing. We already know that Final Fantasy VII Remake is going to be split into multiple games, and by the time the second chapter comes out, the PS4 will be a last-gen machine. There's obviously no way that Square Enix is just going to ignore the PS5 once it's here, so it makes total sense for the company to craft a game that can stretch into the next generation.
Let's hope it's good enough to buy twice, eh? Are you pleased with this news? Predict how many years we'll be waiting until this whole thing is complete in the comments below.
As is tradition, Nintendo finished out the four-day marathon of E3 livestreams with its Direct presentation Tuesday morning. The big news? A full sequel to Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We also got updates on Luigi’s Mansion, Animal Crossing, and a bunch of smaller announcements, plus two exciting new Smash characters.
A sizzle reel showed off even more games getting ported to Switch: The Spyro the Dragon trilogy (September 3), Ni no Kuni (September 20), Minecraft Dungeons (Spring 2020), The Sinking City (fall 2019), Alien: Isolation (2019), New Super Lucky’s Tale (Fall 2019).
Other games that had already been announced but that had release date updates during the Direct: Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo Olympics (November 2019), Dead By Daylight (September 24), Dauntless (late 2019).
The first details on how Final Fantasy VII Remake will actually, you know, play, plus the first look at Avengers, were the highlights of Square Enix’s E3 briefing on Monday night. Lots of smaller announcements, including the long-awaited Western releases of some classic Japanese RPGs, followed. Here’s all the new news.
While Marvel and Square Enix first announced their deal back in 2017, it’s taken until now to get our first look at Avengers, which is being developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal.
Interestingly, while the game will be sticking very close to the visual style laid down in the movie series, the likenesses and voice actors of each character have nothing to do with their big-screen counterparts (though they did get Troy Baker and Nolan North in to play Cap and Tony Stark respectively).
Final Fantasy VIII is getting remastered, Square Enix announced today at E3. It’ll be out this year for PS4/Xbox/PC/Switch.
Last year, when Square announced Switch and Xbox ports for many of its other Final Fantasy games including FFVII, FFIX, FFX, FFXII, Squall and crew were the odd title out. Now, it’s clear why FFVIII got short shrift—the remaster was coming.
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