Train2Game News Life Is Strange Remastered

SQUARE ENIX® today announced the new release date for Life is Strange™: REMASTERED COLLECTION – February 1, 2022

  Once again harness the power of Max’s rewind ability or Chloe’s quick-witted attitude in the Life is Strange Remastered Collection. Features include:

  • Remastered character and environment visuals
  • New engine and lighting upgrades
  • Brand new, fully motion captured facial animation in Life is Strange
  • Before the Storm includes Deluxe content (outfits, ‘Farewell’ episode, Zombie Crypt outfit)

The Life is Strange Remastered Collection contains both Life is Strange Remastered and Life is Strange: Before the Storm Remastered, and will be available to purchase on Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4, XBOX ONE®, and PC Steam on 02/01/2022.

  The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are compatible with and can be purchased on PlayStation®5 and XBOX SERIES X|S®.

  Read more on the Life is Strange: blog: http://lifeisstrange-blog.tumblr.com/
Pre-order Life is Strange Remastered Collection: https://lifeisstrange.square-enix-games.com

Train2Game News Square Enix Tokyo Game Show 2021

SQUARE ENIX® today announced that a special Square Enix Presents Tokyo Game Show edition will air on October 1 at 3:00AM PDT.

The official stream with English subtitles can be found at https://youtu.be/d-pJiL_wm1M.

The program will focus on both new and previously released information on upcoming Square Enix titles.

In addition to the Square Enix Presents Tokyo Game Show edition, several game-specific stream programs will air throughout the weekend, including the following that will offer English subtitles or dubbing: 

  • Forspoken™ – Friday October 1 at 6:00AM PDT
  • STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN™ – Saturday, October 2 at 5:00AM PDT
  • FINAL FANTASY® VII THE FIRST SOLDIER – Sunday, October 3 at 1:30AM PDT

Check the official website for more details on these and other streaming programs throughout Tokyo Game Show 2021: https://www.jp.square-enix.com/tgs21/eu_na/

Also during Tokyo Game Show, new merchandise and event limited music products will be revealed for pre-order on the North American and European SQUARE ENIX STORE.

Check the official TGS website for more details: https://www.jp.square-enix.com/tgs21/eu_na/merchandise/

Train2Game News Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster

SQUARE ENIX Ltd. today announced FINAL FANTASY I, II and III are coming to Steam® and mobile platforms on July 28.

The pixel remaster series brings all the magic of the originals combined with quality-of-life upgrades while staying faithful to the retro design of these masterpieces. Fans can look forward to enjoying a host of updates including:
 

  • Redrawn 2D pixel character and background graphics, featuring iconic FINAL FANTASY character pixel designs created by Kazuko Shibuya, the original artist and current collaborator.
  • Beautifully rearranged soundtracks, overseen by original composer Nobuo Uematsu.
  • Improved gameplay, including controller and touch controls, modernized UI, auto-battle options, and more.
  • Dive into the world of the game with supplemental extras like the bestiary, illustration gallery, music player, and the ability to save at any time

Looking back at the long history of the beloved series, the “Father of FINAL FANTASY” Hironobu Sakaguchi states,

“When working on the originals, I didn’t think that the FINAL FANTASY series would be remastered almost 35 years later. The video game industry had only just been established. So, with nobody else leading the way, we had to keep moving forward at the front line. I remember how we went through a lot of trial and error at that time. I’m very happy and grateful that Final Fantasy has continued for such a long period of time.”

FINAL FANTASY Brand Manager and FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Producer Yoshinori Kitase adds,

“Every time a new Final Fantasy title is released, I think there are those who want to return to the origin of the series. This project began because we wanted to create a convenient way for fans and new players to enjoy these original classics, with consistent graphics and a unified user interface.”

Further, in regard to the renowned soundtrack of the FINAL FANTASY series, series composer Nobuo Uematsu also confirmed,

“We are rearranging all the music tracks this time. One of the first ideas I had was to make sure to stay faithful to the originals, but of course I couldn’t just leave it in the original 3-tone sound, so they have been built up into full-scale tracks. I have made sure that the original atmosphere has been retained and each can be listened to as separate music pieces, so that fans can enjoy.”

  Those who pre-purchase the titles on Steam® will receive two exclusive wallpapers, three music tracks, and 20% discount per each respective title. All six titles are also available for pre-purchase as the FINAL FANTASY I-VI Bundle for a further discount. More information on the bundle is available on Steam at: https://store.steampowered.com/bundle/21478.

  *Games in bundle to be available upon respected release timings

View the FINAL FANTASY PIXEL REMASTER | Promotional Trailer at: https://youtu.be/XdLsIQEGj-E

Train2Game News Final Fantasy XIV Teaming Up With Twitch

SQUARE ENIX® is today launching a new programme with interactive livestreaming service, Twitch, to distribute a number of FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online in-game items.
 
From today until 24th August, FINAL FANTASY XIV Online players can get their hands on both the Heavenscracker in-game item and the Fat Black Chocobo in-game mount by making use of Twitch’s gift subscription service when select streamers are broadcasting their adventures in Eorzea.
 

The Fat Black Chocobo In-Game Mount

 
Viewers that gift one subscription in participating channels will receive 100 of the in-game Deluxe Heavenscracker items, while gifting four total subscriptions will grant them the Fat Black Chocobo Whistle, used to summon the in-game mount of the same name. Gifted subscriptions can be distributed in one channel or multiple channels, and the items can be received only once per Twitch account.
 
Participating streamers must be broadcasting FINAL FANTASY XIV Online at the time the gifted subscription is given. If the gifted subscription is given outside of a FINAL FANTASY XIV Online broadcast, it will not count towards the program.
 
Further details on the programme along with the full list of participating streamers can be found here: https://sqex.to/r6qAf
 
More details on Twitch’s gift subscription options, including pricing, can be found here: https://help.twitch.tv/s/article/gift-subscriptions?language=en_US
 

The Deluxe Heavenscracker In-Game Item

 The recently announced fourth expansion pack of the FINAL FANTASY XIV Online saga, Endwalker, is scheduled to release 23rd November, 2021 for PC, Mac, the PlayStation®5 system, and the PlayStation®4 system. Endwalker is the culmination of the Hydaelyn and Zodiark story, in which Warriors of Light will encounter an even greater calamity than ever before, and will bring an abundance of new content, including multiple new jobs, an increased level cap, vast new areas, adjustments to the battle system, as well as a variety of new battle, crafter and gatherer content.
 
FINAL FANTASY XIV: Endwalker’s full trailer can be found here: https://youtu.be/I4uwkvxsUac
 

Visit the official FINAL FANTASY XIV: Endwalker site here: https://eu.finalfantasyxiv.com/endwalker/

Train2Game News Legend of Mana Remastered Edition

Square Enix Ltd., today announced that Legend of Mana™, the remastered edition of the fourth instalment in the Mana series is now available to play on modern consoles Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 console and STEAM®.

In Legend of Mana, players will embark on a journey to find the mystical Mana Tree seen in a dream, only to discover that the world map is empty. Throughout their adventure, they will acquire special artifacts, which can be placed on the map to bring towns and dungeons to life via the unique Land Creation system. Players can also capture eggs and hatch pet monsters to help with battles, and progress through the story in different ways based on the choices they make, offering a more personal and unique gameplay experience.

  Legend of Mana features remastered visuals and a rearrangement of selected songs from the beautiful soundtrack, including ‘Hometown of Domina’. Players will also be able alternate between the new and original soundtrack. The game also introduces the “Ring Ring Land” mini-game which will be available to the West for the first time. During their travels, players will encounter a colourful cast of characters, square off against fearsome monsters in real-time combat and explore the vast world of Fa’Diel, all while experiencing Legend of Mana’s timeless story.

  Legend of Mana is now available digitally for £24.99 on the Nintendo Switch™ system, the PlayStation®4 console and PC (STEAM®). Players who purchase Legend of Mana before July 23 will receive an early purchase reward, including ten avatars and a custom Legend of Mana theme on the PlayStation®4 console or Legend of Mana Wallpaper on PC (STEAM®).

For more information visit: https://square-enix-games.com/en_GB/games/legend-mana

Train2Game News Guardians of the Galaxy Game Announced

During the SQUARE ENIX® PRESENTS digital-showcase event, Eidos-Montréal and SQUARE ENIX today unveiled Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, a bold third-person narrative action-adventure game which combines original storytelling with electrifying single-player gameplay.

Developed by Eidos-Montréal in collaboration with Marvel Entertainment, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will release simultaneously on the PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles, and on PC, and streaming via GeForce NOW on October 26, 2021.
 

Watch the Official Reveal Trailer, Deep Dive and Gameplay First Look

Fire up Star-Lord’s jet boots for a wild ride across the cosmos in this fresh take on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. With the unpredictable Guardians at your side, blast your way from one explosive situation to another, with both original and well-known Marvel characters caught in a struggle for the fate of the universe. You got this. Probably.

  “The Eidos-Montréal team is honored to have the opportunity to work on such an iconic franchise alongside our trusted collaborators at Marvel Entertainment,” said David Anfossi, Head of Studio at Eidos-Montréal. “Our teams are known for revisiting IPs and bringing their own twists and craft to the stories and the art surrounding them. As you will experience, it’s no different for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

  Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is created by the seasoned Eidos-Montréal team, working closely with Marvel Entertainment to provide an original and authentic experience inspired by over 50 years of Guardians of the Galaxy lore. Influenced by the comics, this unique spin on the Guardians of the Galaxy will take players on a riotous journey across the stars as Peter Quill and the Guardians unintentionally become the galaxy’s first and last line of defense.

  “A distinct mix of sci-fi, family drama, and rock n’ roll attitude with an edgy aesthetic is the foundation for our Guardians franchise”, said Jay Ong, EVP and Head of Marvel Games. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Eidos-Montréal knowing they are the team that can deliver on this core promise. The team’s laser-focused vision for our beloved band of misfits shines in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. We are excited for our fans to play it this October.

  Master Star-Lord’s dynamic combat style to obliterate foes with his Element Blasters and call on the unique abilities of each Guardian to defeat a wild variety of interplanetary enemies. Also, as self-proclaimed leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy, players will engage in select player-choice driven dialogue and interactions between Quill and the Guardians that further strengthens the bonds within this dysfunctional family.  

  Finally, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy wouldn’t be complete without a killer soundtrack to rock out to while soaring through space in the Milano. The game is jam-packed with classic 1980s hits and kicking original tracks.

  Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will be available on PlayStation®5 console, PlayStation®4 console, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles, and PC digital, and streaming via GeForce NOW on October 26, 2021. Pre-orders are available now for the Standard and the Deluxe Editions. For full details on pre-order items and more information on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, please visit the official website and follow us on social networks.

Train2Game News Romancing SaGa Re;univerSe Anniversary

SQUARE ENIX® invites players to celebrate the first anniversary of the fan-favorite mobile adventure RPG Romancing SaGa™ Re;univerSe™ with exciting new content and special in-game promotions throughout the month of June.

Players can look forward to several celebratory rewards, special limited-time content, new permanent content additions and bonuses galore.

  Players can enjoy the first round of celebratory anniversary content starting today:

  • Romancing Festival 1st Anniversary Banners – Now through July 6, players can attempt to summon six limited-time SS Styles of popular SaGa Series characters from two banners. Available styles include SS [Vanquish the Sinistrals!] Matriarch, who has been newly reworked for the Global version, SS [Lieutenant in Alloces’s Army] Paulus, SS [Seeker of Genbu Arts] Vassault, SS [Don’t Hold Back] Jo, SS [Free as a Bird] Monika and SS [Genbu Arts Customs] Undine.

 
SS [Vanquish the Sinistrals!] Matriarch and SS [Don’t Hold Back] Jo
 

  • 1st Anniversary Login Bonus & Missions – Players will be treated to a bevy of generous rewards, including a total of 24,500 free Jewels, simply by logging in daily and by completing daily missions.
  • Platinum Summon – Three new SS Styles have been added to the Platinum Summon banner permanently: SS [The Road to Tribal Chief] Aisha, SS [Beyond the Horizon] Hawke and SS [Bear the Light of Hope] Albert.
  • 1st Anniversary Spear Trial – Players can challenge this new Spear Trial to earn event-limited items and Jewels, now through June 14.
  • New Game Feature: The Final Island – This brand-new game feature brings players new challenging content to conquer. In The Final Island, players will build a party from a limited selection of characters, then face off against several rounds of battle. Players will be scored according to how quickly they defeat each round of enemies and earn various exciting rewards based on their performance.
  • Spiral Corridor – Players can now battle their way up to level 80 of the Spiral Corridor. This unique dungeon challenges players to defeat increasingly powerful enemies to earn Spiral Summon Tickets which can be used to gain exclusive Styles.
  • New Expedition Area: Naj Desert – The Naj Desert has been added permanently as a new expedition area. Players can send parties to this new area to gain experience and upgrade their stats.

Set 300 years after Romancing SaGa 3, Romancing SaGa Re;univerSe is a timeless RPG experience that features an original story with familiar returning characters for both SaGa franchise fans and newcomers to discover. Surpassing 25 million downloads worldwide and created by veteran developers, including legendary creative Akitoshi Kawazu (FINAL FANTASY®, Romancing SaGa, SaGa Frontier), the game features fast-paced and strategic combat the SaGa series is known for and offers players a free-to-play friendly experience with a balanced roster of characters and generous login bonuses and quest rewards.

  Romancing SaGa Re;univerSe is available now as a free download with in-app purchases through the App Store® and Google Play™.

  Romancing SaGa Re;univerSe launched on the heels of a new resurgence for the classic SaGa series, with Romancing SaGa 3 and SaGa SCARLET GRACE: AMBITIONS™ releasing in the West for the first time in 2019. 

SaGa Frontier Remastered, an HD remaster of the classic RPG originally released in the West in 1998, is now available digitally on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Nintendo Switch™ system, PC (Steam®) and iOS and Android mobile.

For more information, visit: https://sagafranchise.com.

Train2Game News 35th Anniversary of Dragon Quest

In honour of the 35th anniversary of the beloved DRAGON QUEST® series, SQUARE ENIX Ltd. announced four new titles during a celebratory livestream event.

Western fans can look forward to the newly announced DRAGON QUEST XII™, DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake™, and DRAGON QUEST TREASURES™.

Additionally, for the first time ever in DRAGON QUEST history, these three titles, which are all currently in the early stages of development, will have global simultaneous releases. For the mobile gamers, the livestream introduced a new mobile puzzle game titled DRAGON QUEST KESHI KESHI™ (Final Name TBC).

Fans can view the archived “DRAGON QUEST 35th Anniversary Special Livestream” program at: https://dragonquest.square-enix-games.com/dq35

  DRAGON QUEST XII
Following the massive hit of the critically acclaimed DRAGON QUEST XI®: Echoes of an Elusive Age™ and DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition, together the titles surpassed over 6.5 million copies worldwide, DRAGON QUEST XII is the newly announced mainline entry in the series.

DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake
In this latest visual iteration of DRAGON QUEST III, long-time fans and newcomers will be invited to experience this HD-2D version of DRAGON QUEST III that provides a unique three-dimensional feel by adding 3D effects to pixel-based backgrounds. DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake is planned for release on console.

  DRAGON QUEST TREASURES
A completely new spinoff from the DRAGON QUEST series, DRAGON QUEST TREASURES explores the childhood of the siblings Mia and Erik from DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. As Mia and Erik, players will embark on an RPG treasure hunting adventure in another world before the events of DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age.

  DRAGON QUEST KESHI KESHI (Final Name TBC)
Developed with NHN PlayArt, this title is a free-to-play mobile puzzle game for iOS and Android devices that will feature popular DRAGON QUEST series characters, monsters and items as erasers which are used to erase graffiti in the game.

  DRAGON QUEST series creator and game designer Yuji Horii shared his gratitude to fans for their continued support of the franchise over the past 35 years: “I’d like to thank the fans who have always loved the DRAGON QUEST series and who have continued to support it throughout the years, along with the new players who are just beginning their journey in the world of DRAGON QUEST. I hope we can continue to celebrate the series for another 35 years to come!”

To celebrate these announcements and the 35th anniversary, players of the popular mobile tactical RPG DRAGON QUEST TACT will be treated to various in-game events and exciting rewards:

  • DQ Day Celebratory Quest: Players will receive 1,000 Gems by completing this limited-time quest, available until June 6.
  • DQ Day Celebratory Special SP Scout Red and Blue: Players who login now until June 6 will receive 3,500 Gems. Players who login now until June 10 will also receive SP Scout Tickets, enabling them to scout beloved DRAGON QUEST monsters, such as Dragonlord (True Form), Zoma and more, from two limited-time banners.

SQUARE ENIX also announced a special sale across various platforms now through June 9th for select DRAGON QUEST titles. Highlights include:

  • PlayStation® Store- DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS, DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2, DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition and more on sale
  • Microsoft Store – DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition on sale – 35% off
  • STEAM® Store – DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2, DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition and more on sale
  • Nintendo eShop – DRAGON QUEST, DRAGON QUEST II and DRAGON QUEST III for Nintendo Switch now available for 35% off
  • Square Enix Store – DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2, DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition and more on sale
  • Stadia – DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition now on sale – 35% off
  • Epic Games Store – DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition for PC now on sale – 35% off
  • Humble Bundle – DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2, DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition and more on sale
  • Green Man Gaming – DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2, DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition and more on sale
     

More information regarding platforms and release windows for DRAGON QUEST XII, DRAGON QUEST III HD-2D Remake, and DRAGON QUEST TREASURES will be announced at a later time.

Train2Game News NieR Re[in]carnation Pre-Registration Open Now

SQUARE ENIX® and Applibot, Inc. today announced that pre-registration for the North American, European and Korean version of NieR Re[in]carnation, the first mobile title in the NieR series, is now live in select regions*.

Bringing together an all-star team including creative director YOKO TARO, composer Keiichi Okabe from MONACA and producer Yosuke Saito, the Action Command RPG NieR Re[in]carnation tells the story of a girl who awakens in a mysterious place known as The Cage. Guided by a creature who calls herself Mama, the girl sets off on a journey through The Cage to reclaim what she has lost and to atone for her sins.

A new promotional video for the title can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/m7WPrDc7i4w

Players can pre-register* through the AppStore and Google Play now.

Those who pre-register through the Google Play Store may be randomly selected to participate in an upcoming closed beta test.

Further details will be disclosed later on the official NieR Re[in]carnation social pages. Additional pre-registration information can be found here: https://nierreincarnation.com/preregistration/.

Additionally, by reaching 300,000 pre-registrants, all players will receive 3,000 gems upon the game’s release, allowing them to complete one 10x Summon for free.

Fans of the NieR series can also jump into NieR Replicant™ ver.1.22474487139…, the re-telling of NieR Replicant for modern consoles, which is now available on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, and PC (Steam®). NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… is rated M (Mature). Complete details on all editions of the game are available at: http://www.niergame.com.

  NieR Re[in]carnation will be available as a free download with in-app purchases on iOS and Android devices. Text will be supported in English and Korean. For more information, please visit: https://nierreincarnation.com.

Train2Game News Life Is Strange True Colors

SQUARE ENIX Ltd. today announced Life is Strange: True Colors™ during the company’s showcase livestream, SQUARE ENIX PRESENTS.

This newest entry in the franchise has been created by Deck Nine Games, the developers behind Life is Strange: Before the Storm, in collaboration with Square Enix External Studios. Presented by musical artist and social media star, mxmtoon, Life is Strange: True Colors took centre stage during the digital show, where its new protagonist, her dynamic supernatural power and a thrilling mystery was introduced. The company also announced the Life is Strange Remastered Collection, a new edition of the critically acclaimed Life is Strange and Life is Strange: Before the Storm game featuring all new enhanced graphics and animations.

Watch the Life is Strange: True Colors trailer here: 
https://youtu.be/vliFdPEadKQ

For the first time in the franchise, there will be no more waiting for the next episode – players will be able to experience Life is Strange: True Colors in one single release.

Brought to life through full performance capture tech by rising talent Erika Mori, players will navigate Haven Springs as Alex Chen who has long suppressed her ‘curse’: the psychic power of Empathy, a supernatural ability which allows her to experience, absorb and manipulate the strong emotions of others – which she sees as blazing, colored auras. When her brother dies in a so-called accident, Alex must at last embrace her volatile power to find the truth – and uncover the dark secrets buried by a small town. Alex Chen’s journey and power is yours to control, and her future is in your hands.

Players’ time exploring Haven Springs will be underpinned by the exclusive soundtrack, with new tracks by mxmtoon and Novo Amor, and licensed songs including Radiohead, Phoebe Bridgers, Gabrielle Aplin, and much more.

Jeff Litchford, Vice President at Deck Nine Games stated, “It has been such an honor to return to the vibrant, emotive, and impactful world of Life is Strange. We are delighted to share this new story with you: a story of empathy, human connection, and the struggle to find a place to call home. All of the advancements in storytelling, development technology, and premium voice acting that we have made since Life is Strange: Before the Storm will allow players to be more immersed in the compelling world of Life is Strange: True Colors than ever before.”

Also announced during the show, the Life is Strange Remastered Collection. This collection will contain remastered editions of Life is Strange and Life is Strange: Before the Storm, featuring improved visuals and animations. The collection will be available as part of the Ultimate Edition of Life is Strange: True Colors and as astand-alone edition later this year.

Watch the entire Square Enix Presents stream here:
https://youtu.be/XK-E3CY6vWk

Life is Strange: True Colors will be available physically and digitally in three editions; the Standard Edition, the Deluxe Edition and the Ultimate Edition. Full details on each Edition can be found at lifeisstrange.com. Customers who pre-order Life is Strange: True Colors now will receive 4 additional in-game outfits for Alex.

Life is Strange: True Colors is slated for release on PlayStation 5®, PlayStation 4®, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC Steam, Windows Store, and Google Stadia on September 10, 2021.

Read more on the Life is Strange website: https://lifeisstrange.square-enix-games.com