The good news? A brand new Bravely Default game has just been announced. The not so good news? It won’t be coming to Switch.
Square Enix has today unveiled Bravely Default Brilliant Lights, a new entry in the series currently in development for Android and iOS devices. A trailer has been released to give us our first tease of things to come – it’s in Japanese, but you can give it a watch up above.
According to Siliconera, Brilliant Lights will feature turn-based combat and a gacha system, the former of which is shown off throughout the trailer. Characters from past games in the series will make an appearance, and original Bravely Default writer Keiichi Ajiro has been confirmed to be involved with the project.
Incidentally, accompanying Brilliant Lights’ reveal is the news that the Bravely series has now shipped more than three million units worldwide, factoring in both physical and digital sales.
Earlier today Square Enix held a 30th anniversary live stream for the Mana series. During the broadcast, fans found out a new game is in the works.
As much as the producer Masaru Oyamada wanted to share a “cool” video announcement, nothing is ready to be shown just yet. The most he was willing to reveal is that this game is being prepared for a “console” release and the series’ creator (who also happens to be the current CEO of Grezzo) has already seen it.
Fans were also reminded that the 30th anniversary of the Mana series has only just kicked off and reassured a more official announcement was on the way. Keep in mind though, it might be a while before this new entry is actually released. Here’s the full translation, courtesy of RPG Site:
It would have been good if we could make a cool video announcement with a bang, but the 30th anniversary has just begun. To be honest, we are developing it. We are working on it, but please wait a little longer for the announcement. In fact, Mr. Ishii [Mana series creator, current CEO of Grezzo] took a look at it the other day. That’s how far we’ve come, so I hope you’ll look forward to it. We still have a long way to go in development…. We’re preparing to release it on consoles, and we’d be glad if you can wait for it.
The latest Mana release – Legend of Mana – arrived on consoles earlier this week. In our own Switch review, we said it was the best way to play the 21-year-old title. What would you like to see next from the Mana series? Have you tried out Legend of Mana on the Switch? Comment below.
Next month sees the release of NEO: The World Ends With You on the Nintendo Switch. We’re excited and we know many others are, but if you’re not familiar with this series or the original game – which became a bit of a cult hit during the DS generation, you might want to try out the demo.
Yes, Square Enix has revealed players will be able to try before they buy, with a demo release on 25th July – a few days before the full release. This information was revealed at the end of the final trailer – which provides a five minute overview of what to expect.
“On June 25, you can play the free demo and start your adventure in NEO: The World Ends with You! Be ready when the full game drops on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on July 27, 2021!”
In the demo, you’ll get to meet Rindo and Fret as they fight to change their fate. Along the way, you’ll collect and developer powerful psychic pins and be one of the first to experience frenetic combat against the mysterious Noise.
In addition to this, your progress in the demo will transfer across to the full game. Note you’ll need to be playing on the demo and full game on the same platform. Will you be giving this demo a go? Leave a comment down below.
E3 week is now well and truly underway, and the latest big publisher to throw their over-sized and expensive hat into the ring is Square Enix; its Summer Showcase kicks off at 12:15 Pacific / 15:15 Eastern / 20:15 UK / 21:15 CEST.
The showcase is going to show some non-Switch stuff like The Avengers among other titles, but the publisher has a number of Switch projects on the way that we hope to see again, such as Project Triangle Strategy, while we’d love some cheeky additional footage of something like Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake; the latter isn’t confirmed for Switch but it seems like a no-brainer.
Translated by industry insider Nibel on Twitter, Nomura reportedly said that development of the sequel is going smoothly.
This is good news for fans awaiting the release date, because it sounds like it could launch sooner rather than later.
Perhaps even more exciting is the news that the sequel will have a much different atmosphere than Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 1.
The next part will begin right after the events of Intergrade, as Cloud and the rest of the gang find themselves running in the wilderness.
The original Final Fantasy 7 really opens up after the opening section in Midgar, as players are introduced to the world map.
It’s also a much brighter and vibrant game once you’re away from the dark and dingy Midgar slums.
In other Final Fantasy 7 news, Square Enix and Sony both confirmed that Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade will be a PS5 console exclusive for at least six months.
Speaking of the Intergrade expansion, the new trailer contains some revealing scenes from the new DLC.
In addition to showcasing some of Yuffie’s skills and abilities, fans were given a look at the Fort Condor minigame.
Likewise, we were also given a look at some of the new battle sequences, not to mention storyline teasers for Yuffie’s episode.
Final Fantasy VII Remake expands upon and reimagines the spectacular world of the original PlayStation game,” reads the official description.
“It covers up through the escape from Midgar and is the first game in the Final Fantasy VII Remake project. Intergrade is a bundle that includes both Remake and FF7R EPISODE INTERmission (the new story content featuring Yuffie).
“In her episode, play as the spirited ninja after she arrives in Midgar. There, she and another Wutaian operative are to rendezvous with Avalanche HQ, infiltrate the Shinra Building, and steal the conglomerate’s most powerful materia.”
Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade has a June 10 release date for PlayStation 5.
Fans who pre-order the game ahead of launch can unlock the Cacstar weapon, which Yuffie can wield in her episode.
E3 might have skipped last year, but in 2021 it’s making a comeback as an all-virtual event. In the latest update, several high-profile publishers and developers have been officially locked in. This includes tech, hardware, and streaming companies, too.
So, who are they? There’s Square Enix, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Sega, XSEED Games / Marvelous USA, Gearbox Entertainment, Freedom Games, Devious Eye Entertainment, Turtle Beach, Verizon and Binge.com.
These companies will join the likes of Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games, Koch Media and Activision. One publisher who has pulled out though in recent weeks is Konami – explaining how it’s simply not ready to present at this year’s show.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2 is currently in development at Square Enix, with Yoshinori Kitase confirming at E3 2019 that work on the next chapter of the JRPG revival had already begun. Since then Kitase-san and director Tetsuya Nomura have dropped a few teases, including a shock plot twist as well as much quicker development times. But fans are still yet to get the first glimpse of Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2, with no screenshots or trailers for the highly anticipated JRPG being revealed yet.
However, fans will be hoping that this could all change very soon in a few months time.
That’s because Square Enix has confirmed that they will have a presence at E3 2021.
The iconic gaming expo is returning this year (following a hiatus in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic) as a digital event.
And in a recent interview with Nikkei Cross Trend, Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda has confirmed that the Japanese gaming giant are planning to announce upcoming projects at E3.
Matsuda-san didn’t go into detail about what could be announced, but that won’t stop fans speculating in the run-up to E3 2021.
Square Enix has trademarked a number of long-lost franchises that could be in line for a return, such as Front Mission recently and Parasite Eve a few years back.
While a Reddit leak from last year, which initially was dismissed but later turned out to be at least partially accurate, claimed besides Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2 the Shinjuku-based gaming icon also has a new Tomb Raider game in the works along with a Dragon Quest 3 Remake and more.
This leak also claimed that Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2 will have a release date in 2023 on the PS5, Xbox and Windows.
The reveal of Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2 is arguably the one Square Enix fans are most holding out for, and hopefully we’ll have some announcement on the project at E3 this year.
E3 2021 is taking place between Sunday June 13 and Tuesday June 15. The Square Enix event will happen at some point during then.
Interestingly, the PS5 version of Final Fantasy 7 Remake – FF7R Intergrade – is releasing before E3 on June 10.
So with that release out of the way, Square Enix may want to turn fans’ attention towards what is next at E3 2021.
Speaking previously about Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2, the game’s director Tetsuya Nomura said fans shouldn’t have as long a wait for Part 2 as they did for the first instalment.
Nomura-san said: “If we divide the story into large parts, it’ll take longer to make. If we divide it into more detailed smaller sections, then developing it will be faster.
Square Enix has announced it will be shutting down its free-to-play card game Dragon Quest Rivals Ace on 5th July. This will apply to all platforms, including the Nintendo Switch. As of this week, players will no longer be able to purchase Gems in-game.
“Thank you for using “Dragon Quest Rivals Ace” . The service of “Dragon Quest Rivals Ace” will be terminated on July 5, 2021 (Monday) at 13:00″
This digital card game arrived on the scene in 2017 – surpassing 12 million downloads in the first few months – and was eventually ported across to the Switch in 2019. It remains a Japan-only release on the eShop.
In 2020, it received an update and underwent a name change – going from Dragon Quest Rivals to Dragon Quest Rivals Ace.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake was one of the best games of last year, and for many people will be their game of 2020. After first being teased towards the beginning of the noughties, Final Fantasy 7 Remake at long last arrived as PS4 exclusive in April 2020. And the lengthy wait for the return to Midgar turned out to be well worth with it as Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a spectacular game that not only brings the original PS1 classic into the modern age but at the same time treats the source material with great reverence – and throws in a few surprises for good measure too.
The new version of Final Fantasy 7 is being released in parts, so fans are having to wait for the next instalment to see how the story of Cloud, Tifa, Aertih and co gets continued.
As of yet we haven’t seen a single screenshot from Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2, with details extremely thin on the ground.
We do know that work on Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2 had started at least around the time of E3 2019.
And that Square Enix are working to ensure there won’t be as lengthy a wait as fans endured for the first instalment.
As we wait for an official reveal of Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2 Yoshinori Kitase – who served as producer for FF7R and also directed the iconic original among other JRPG classics – may have dropped a big story tease.
Over the weekend a Japanese PlayStation live stream was held where fans got a closer look at Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade.
This is an updated version of FF7R heading to the PS5 which will include the Yuffie DLC that was announced during the February State of Play.
And Kitase-san could have dropped a big tease about Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2.
We’ll have to go into story spoilers for the first part so please don’t read ahead if you haven’t finished Final Fantasy 7 Remake, or haven’t and don’t want the story spoiled.
**SPOILER WARNING FOR MAJOR FINAL FANTASY 7 REMAKE PLOT DETAIL**
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Okay. Kitase-san may have let slip that Jessie, who appeared to die in a heart-wrenching scene in FF7R, may actually still be alive.
As reported by Inverse, during the PlayStation stream over the weekend Kitase-san was asked about the more prominent role Jessie played in Remake.
At one point in the discussion the stream’s host said they assumed Jessie was still alive, to which Kitase-san started to nervously laugh.
The host said: “Jessie is alive, right? She must be alive.”
Kitase-san started nervously laughing at this and then the host asked: “What, did the internet connection suddenly go bad or something?”
And then the veteran Square Enix games maker replied: “Sorry I can’t say anything about that”.
It may be nothing, but Kitase-san’s reaction could be a sign that Jessie’s story isn’t finished and she will be making a comeback in Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2.