Train2Game News Square Enix Announced Mangas Based On Popular Games

SQUARE ENIX® today announced five newly licensed titles to be published by the company’s Square Enix Manga & Books imprints in 2023.

The upcoming publications include a book, novel, world guide, and manga for FINAL FANTASY®, NieR Replicant™ ver.1.22474487139…, My Clueless First Friend, and Daemons of the Shadow Realm.
 

Chocobo and the Airship: A Final Fantasy Picture Book (English translated edition)
Journey with Cid and Chocobo on their quest to save their town after it’s been overrun by monsters. Written by Chocobo’s Dungeon 2 director Kazuhiko Aoki and illustrated by Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon character designer Toshiyuki Itahana, this heartwarming tale is perfect for FINAL FANTASY fans of all ages.

Chocobo and the Airship: A Final Fantasy Picture Book (English translated edition) is scheduled for release on March 21, 2023. It is available for pre-order from the SQUARE ENIX Store and other major booksellers starting today. (For more information: https://sqex.to/l8w7T)

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… Project Gestalt Recollections – File 01 (English translated edition)
Recount the story of critically acclaimed NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… in the first volume of a two-book set. The novel is written by Jun Eishima with support from NieR series director YOKO TARO, featuring illustrations by artist and character designer Toshiyuki Itahana, as well as story content from the Grimoire NieR world guide.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… Project Gestalt Recollections – File 01 (English translated edition) is scheduled for release on April 11, 2023. It is available for pre-order from the SQUARE ENIX Store and other major booksellers starting today. (For more information: https://sqex.to/R5aw1)

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… Project Gestalt Recollections – File 02 (English translated edition) is scheduled for release in late 2023.

Grimoire NieR: Revised Edition (English translated edition)
This ultimate guide to the critically acclaimed NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… comes packed with art, strategy guides, information and lore. It features hundreds of full-color pages offering illustrations and information about the game, as well as bonus short stories, extras specific to this volume and an interview with the game’s lead developers.

Grimoire NieR: Revised Edition (English translated edition) is scheduled for release on April 25, 2023. It is available for pre-order from the SQUARE ENIX Store and other major booksellers starting today. (For more information: https://sqex.to/LJ66u)

My Clueless First Friend Vol. 1
This heartwarming slice-of-life comedy series follows the unusual budding friendship between gloomy Nishimura and cheerful Takada as they experience a fun and memorable summer together.

My Clueless First Friend Vol. 1 is scheduled for release on March 7, 2023. It is available for pre-order from select retailers later today. (For more information: https://sqex.to/0WXAM)

Daemons of the Shadow Realm Vol. 1
A new action-packed series from Hiromu Arakawa, the creator of the smash hit Fullmetal Alchemist! In a world where certain humans command mighty supernatural duos called Daemons, follow young Yuru as he is unexpectedly whisked away from his village and becomes aware of his supernatural birthright. Yuru soon unravels a conspiracy tying him and his twin Asa to a prophecy that threatens the world.

Daemons of the Shadow Realm Vol. 1 is scheduled for release on April 25, 2023. It is available for pre-order from select retailers later today. (For more information: https://sqex.to/HsSLd)

For the latest information from Square Enix Manga & Books, visit: square-enix-books.com.

*Book cover art not final and subject to change.

Train2Game News Final Fantasy VII Manga & Books

SQUARE ENIX® announced two new books being published by the company’s Square Enix Manga & Books imprints, FINAL FANTASY® VII REMAKE: World Preview and FINAL FANTASY VII Poster Collection, which will celebrate the iconic characters, massive world and beautiful visuals of one of the most anticipated video games of the year, FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE. The titles will be releasing this Fall through all major book sales channels as well as from the SQUARE ENIX Store for $24.99 each.
 
FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE: World Preview, releasing on September 8th, is a lavishly illustrated, full-color introduction to the world of the beloved game. The hardcover volume offers both new players and long-time fans essential information on characters, gameplay and more, in addition to exclusive commentary from Director Tetsuya Nomura and Producer Yoshinori Kitase.
 
FINAL FANTASY VII Poster Collection, shipping on November 17th, is a collection of 22 full-color, premium-quality removable posters celebrating the game’s rich legacy, with images depicted from the world of FINAL FANTASY VII, including FINAL FANTASY VII: ADVENT CHILDREN®, DIRGE OF CERBERUS®, CRISIS CORE®, FINAL FANTASY VII and FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE
 
FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE is rated T (Teen) and will be available first on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system on April 10, 2020. The FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Demo is available to download now for the PlayStation®4 system at: http://sqex.link/FF7RDemo. For more information, visit: www.ffvii-remake.com

Train2Game News Bleach joins Jump Force

Today, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe can reveal three new playable characters from classic manga series Bleach and one new stage for the upcoming title JUMP FORCE.

Bleach follows the exploits of fiery teenager Ichigo Kurosaki who inherits the powers of a Shinigami (soul reaper), which sees him take on the duty of defending humans from evil spirits and travel to ghostly realms to protect them. Joining the roster of JUMP FORCE, which sees the greatest heroes and villains from the 50-year history of Shueisha’s influential Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump manga do battle, are three iconic names from Bleach:

  • Ichigo Kurosaki – Once a simple high school student with the ability to see ghosts, Ichigo became one of the strongest ever Shinigami (soul reapers) after his encounter with a Hollow (a spectral being) that tried to kill him.
  • Rukia Kuchiki – Rukia is a soul reaper from a noble family who specialises in Kido (the magic of the soul reapers). Her ice-type blade is considered to be amongst the most beautiful swords of the Souls Society.
  • Sōsuke Aizen – A captain of the Gotei 13, Aizen is a mysterious man. While calm on the surface, behind this serene appearance is perhaps one of the most skilled members of the Soul Society.

Also revealed today is the new Hong Kong stage, one of Jump Force’s many real-world locations. Set at street-level, manga characters will be illuminated by neon lanterns and the dazzling lights of a rain-soaked city as they battle in the shadow of Blackbeard’s mysteriously crashed ship.

JUMP FORCE features the world’s most popular and classic manga/anime franchises including DRAGON BALL Z, ONE PIECE, NARUTO and many more. Players will be able to create their three-character manga/anime dream tag team and take them into battle in hyper-stylish arena brawls set against backdrops of famous landmarks around the world including New York City’s Times Square and the Matterhorn in the Alps. Utilising Unreal Engine 4, JUMP FORCE brings these titans of Japanese pop culture to life for the first time ever in stunning realistic detail.

For more information from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe please visit:

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Train2Game News Attack on Titan game announced

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Prepare to launch an Attack on the Titans with the announcement of a game based on the popular manga and anime.

Koei Tecmo Games is pleased to announce today a collaboration with Kodansha to develop and publish an exciting new action title, based on highly acclaimed worldwide anime hit series ‘Attack on Titan’!

Hisashi Koinuma, President of Koei Tecmo Games and head of the “Attack on Titan” game project comments:

“I am very happy to reveal we have started developing a new action game based on the phenomenally successful “Attack on Titan”! Having evolved from a manga/anime series to an internationally recognised brand, we were enchanted by the opportunity to create our own take on humanity’s last stand against these overwhelmingly powerful beings, the Titans.

Although there is still a long wait until this game is released in 2016, our studios are already pouring all of their passion and excitement into it and we hope to reveal more information soon!

In the meantime, prepare for battle! The Titans are coming.”

The yet-to-be-named game is being developed by Omega Force and is currently planned for release in 2016 in the west.

More information on the title will be made public in the coming weeks.