The name Octopath Traveller may sound silly, but the title is very reflective of the adventure players will have. The first game from 2019 saw eight unique protagonists with their own individual stories to tell, and the freshly announced sequel, Octopath Traveller II, will seek to do much of the same. Here, players will have the chance to get to know eight more brand new protagonists when the game launches 24 February 2023 for PC (Steam), Switch, PS4 and PS5.
The beloved rhythm spinoff series for Final Fantasy soundtrack aficionados and fans returns on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4! Among the surprise new Nintendo Direct announcements is Theatrhythm - Final Bar Line for the Switch, which releases on the 16th February next year. Like its earlier 3DS entries, this new Theatrhythm will once again be the chance to jam along to tracks throughout the series
The shiny remaster of a PSP classic, Crisis Core - Final Fantasy VII Reunion launches 13 December 2022 for all major platforms (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC via Steam). Please form an orderly queue if you too are pursuing the fabled Gift of the Goddess.
Your journey to the hostile land of Athia will have to wait a little longer, traveller. After a discussion with "key partners", Square Enix and Luminous Productions have made the decision to delay Forspoken for a second time from its previous 11 October 2022 release date to a 24 January 2023 slot in the calendar. The game is scheduled for release on PlayStation 5 and PC via Steam, Epic and Microsoft Store.
The blade-wielding Valkyrie will come find your soul on 29 September when Valkyrie Elysium, the next entry in the venerable Valkyrie Profile series, launches for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Souls on Steam itching for the glory of Valhalla will have to wait until 11 November. Furthermore, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth will also be available, either as a standalone purchase, or as part of the Digital Deluxe Edition.
Star Ocean: The Divine Force will warp into view on 27 October worldwide, as announced by developer Tri-Ace and publisher Square Enix. Announced back in October of last year, this spacefaring fantasy action RPG is the sixth mainline entry in the Star Ocean series and will dock on PC (via Steam), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and the Xbox Series X & S consoles.
Arable agriculture is serious business! Square Enix has a new IP to bring to the table, and this time it's a combination of an action RPG and a farming & life simulation game. The end result looks like something with the DNA of a Rune Factory game, but with the visual presentation and panache of a Square Enix title. This game will be ripe for harvesting on Switch and PC on 4 November.
The best character from Dragon Quest XI is back with their very own spinoff game for the Nintendo Switch this December! And iiiiiiit's...hang on, this is not Sylvando. Nor is it Veronica. This appears to be a game featuring Erik and his sister Mia as the protagonists instead. Oh well, not the best treasure you can find, but Switch owners will be able to excavate this game from storefronts on 9 December.
The time has come for Game of Thrones to collide with Devil May Cry and a classic Godzilla-style Kaiju showdown. For the first time since September 2020, a brand new trailer for Final Fantasy XVI was shown at Sony's latest State of Play digital event, with the news that the game will come only to PlayStation 5 in the summer of 2023.
For those not in the know, the Japanese clothing company Uniqlo has been collaborating with Square Enix on a Final Fantasy 35th anniversary clothing line. The latest issue of the in-store UT magazine includes a short interview excerpt by Final Fantasy XVI producer, Naoki Yoshida. There, he states that development of the game is currently in "the final stretch".
If you look up a list of the worst released games of the year 2021, chances are the name Balan Wonderworld will make a substantial number of appearances. The troubled action platformer game published by Square Enix and developed by Arzest has, after all, achieved dismal Metacritic scores across multiple platforms and ecosystems. This is in spite of the close involvement of Sonic the Hedgehog creator, Yuji Naka, who had helmed the project and made himself the public face of the game prior to its release.
In an unexpected turn of events, a teaser reveal for Kingdom Hearts IV was shown off at a Japan-only 20th anniversary event for the Kingdom Hearts series. Following the conclusion of the Xehanort Dark Seeker saga with Kingdom Hearts III, this new numbered sequel will signal the start of a new chapter known as the 'Lost Master Arc'. Fan favourites Sora, Donald and Goofy will return, along with Strelitzia, a major character in Kingdom Hearts Union χ.
The Valkyrie franchise is being resurrected like a fallen warrior Einherjar. Following the now-defunct Valkyrie Anatomia on mobile platforms, Valkyrie Elysium ushers in the series's return to home consoles and to Steam with a brand new (presumably rebooted) entry made by Soleil Ltd. The game was announced at Sony's March 2022 State of Play digital event and due for release sometime in 2022 for PlayStation consoles and PC via Steam.
You thought it was Final Fantasy Tactics but it was me, DioField!
Is Triangle Strategy on the Switch not enough Square Enix strategy RPG for you this year? Do you yearn for more medieval carnage on the battlefield? Then your bloodlust shall be more than sated with the announcement of The DioField Chronicle, a strategy RPG that unlike its contemporaries brings a real-time battle system to the table.
Silly name aside, Live A Live is a bit of a forgotten classic from the SNES era. Though a member of Square's old stable of classic RPGs, this 1994 game has never seen any official release or localisation outside of Japan until now. Announced in the February 2022 Nintendo Direct, this forgotten game is being dusted down and given a fresh coat of HD-2D paint as a visually upgraded remake for the Switch. It is set to release on 22 July of this year.
Square Enix is currently determined to remaster and re-release practically every single one of its classic titles in its portfolio. The next one on the list is the oft-rumoured remaster of Chrono Cross, now titled Chrono Cross The Radical Dreamers Edition. It's out on 7 April this year for PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC via Steam.
As revealed in the February 2022 Nintendo Direct, a remake of the original Front Mission title is in the works by TA Publishing, a subsidiary of Forever Entertainment for Nintendo Switch, tentatively scheduled for sometime this year. A remake of a sequel game, Front Mission 2, is also in development with no release window at this present time.
We've a couple of months to go before we're graced with the undoubtedly timeless masterpiece that is Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin. So to whet our appetite, the final trailer for the game is already out and...wait, why is a Frank Sinatra song in this trailer? Did they just show off a whole arc for the Dark Elf king Astos in a single trailer? And why is everyone concerned about Jack possibly being forgotten when he is already one of the most memorable protagonists in the franchise?
You've seen the memes. You've bashed your head against some fairly tough enemies in both demos. You've seen Jack cut off a party member's speech to march out of a castle while listening to Limp Bizkit through his Apple Earpods. But what, you no doubt must be asking right now, is the story of Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin all about? Who are the inhabitants of this bleak world whom we fight for?