Final Fantasy VII Remake Release Date Finally Announced

Square Enix has released a new trailer tonight for the Final Fantasy VII Remake which reveals the release date as well.

Square released the trailer as part of their Final Fantasy concert and has a lot of new footage. Along with the footage, the trailer reveals the game will release March 3, 2020. Square Enix already confirmed the game is still releasing in episodes so this is presumably the first one.

The highly anticipated remake was originally announced in 2015 but we’ve only heard anything about this year. For more on the game and all things Square Enix check out their E3 press conference tomorrow at 6 p.m. PST. In other JRPG-that-took-a-long-time news, check out new info on Kingdom Hearts III’s new DLC.

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Microsoft E3 2019

What will Microsoft be bringing for E3? Halo Infinite? A new console? Some new exclusives? Being one of the only major game studios to make E3 this year they have a lot  of pressure to bring it. So will they?

The presentation opens with a game trailer. Looks to be Obsidian’s Outer Worlds and the long awaited release date. October 25, 2019. Lots of dialogue and fun outer space shenanigans.

Ninja Theory (Hellblade: Sesua’s Sacrifice), recently purchased by Microsoft, revealing Bleeding Edge. I am getting a sort of Sunset Overdrive/punk feel for the game. Technical Alpha for the game starts June 27.

Next up, looks like a new Ori and the Blind Forest game. Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Feb 11 2020.

From the creators of Minecraft (the less controversial creators anyway) Minecraft Dungeons which will be coming in Spring 2020 along with 4 player local and online coop.

Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, taking the stage. Phil has always been a man who talks about gamers and since he took over Xbox a few years ago, he has shifted the direction of the company to make Xbox more welcome to gamers of any kind. 60 games will be shown during the presentation, along with some detail on the the Cloud and Project Scarlett, Xbox’s new console.

EA’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer follows. Uncharted meets lightsabers. I am so down.

Trailer for a horror game. Remnants of Alan Wake? Definitely getting an Alan Wake vibe with this one, the flashlight, the monsters. But no. It’s the Blair Witch. Coming August 30.

Cyberpunk 2077 with a pretty groovy cinematic trailer showing us a scene that is gory and ends with a nice surprise. Keanu Reeves is in this game. And Keanu Reeves is on the stage to give us the release date for the game. April 16, 2020.

Spiritfarer A cutesy building and adventure game. One that will be available via Game Pass on Day One.

Battletoads! Comes with a very cartoony style that I dig and of course 3 player couch coop. No word on release date yet.

The Legend of Wright. I am not sure what this game is, it could be absolutely brilliant or absolutely awful. My interest is piqued and it certainly looks like the most original game I have seen in some time.

Sarah Bond, head of Xbox Partnerships. All ID games show up on Game Pass on Day One. Arkham Knight, Metro Exodus, Hollow Knight, and The Borderlands: Handsome Collection come to the Game Pass today. She also touched on a few of the games that will be available for the PC Game Pass. Over 100 games at launch, including Imperator Rome, Football Manager 2019, and the Master Chief Collection, starting with Halo Reach. The beta for Game Pass starts today.

Next she brought up Game Pass Ultimate. Console Game Pass, PC Game Pass, and Xbox Live for 14.99 a month. And if you sign up today. it is ONE DOLLAR. And that will upgrade your membership for however much time you have left on your Live service. (Side note: Several new games were released on Game Pass today: Thimbleweed Park, Guacamelee 2, Shenmue 1 & 2, Bridge Constructor Portal, and much more.)

World premier trailer. Powered by Satellite data and Azure AI Microsoft Flight Simulator is back. This title was huge on PC and now it is getting a modern revamp and will be available on PC and console.

Not a surprising announcement but Age of Empires II Definitive, fully remastered in 4k with new quest lines. Fall.  PC

Wacky trailer up next. As Colorado and Colorado Springs are mentioned almost 130,000 times, I can only assume the state had a hand in the game. It’s a trailer for Wasteland 3. A series… I have yet to play.

Matt Booty, head of Xbox Games Studio. Talking about the studios Microsoft purchased. He introduces Tim Schafer the head of Double Fine Productions (Brutal Legend, Broken Age, PsychoNauts) Tim Schaefer introduces us to PsychoNauts 2.

World Premier: Star Wars. Lego The Skywalker Saga All nine films one game. It does not look like they are retreadeding the old games and that this is all new, but I could be mistaken.

Dragonball Project Z RPG.

World Premier. 12 Minutes. This game looks fantastically interesting. A man is caught in a time loop. Interesting premise. Hopefully find out more soon.

Way to the Woods. You play a deer with a younger deer and wander through subways and stuff. It looks cute.

Gears of War 5 trailer with the best eyebrow lift I have seen in gaming. The game arrives on September 10th, but you can play four days early by preordering or being a member of Game Pass. There is a stress test on July 17th for multiplayer. And if you preorder or play during the first week you will get a Terminator: Dark Fate character pack.

New Elite Controller Series 2. More elite-er and probably more expensive than I could afford, but it does look very bad ass.

Dying Light 2. Spring 2020

World Premier. Lego Speed Champions expansion for Forza Horizon 4. I just got “Everything is Awesome” out of my head… annnnnnd now it’s back.

Pop Funko and Gear have joined up for a mobile game. No, I’m serious.

State of Decay 2 Heartland. New expansion to the game available today to owners of the game or Game Pass subscribers. Appears to have some branching story paths.

World Premier. Japan’s biggest MMO coming to Xbox with cross play. Phantasy Star Online 2.

Crossfire X, a PC legend, according to Microsoft will be coming to Xbox in 2020.

World Premier. Tales of Arise trailer and 2020 release date.

Followed by a Borderlands 3 trailer.

World Premier. Miyazaki and Martin. Two names that have me curious as hell about this game. Elden Ring.

And finally, Phil Spencer is onstage to talk about the next console. It will be 4 times more powerful than the Xbox One X, with a focus on smaller loading times and will come with a Solid State Drive. It launches in Holiday of 2020 and it launches with Halo Infinite.

So that was Microsoft E3 2019, what did you all think? Anything you are jonesing for? For this writer I am looking forward to Outer Worlds, 12 Minutes, Elden Ring and Cyberpunk 2077. It is a good time to be a gamer.

The Xbox One Version Of RPG Maker MV Has Been Cancelled!

Today, Gematsu.com reported that publisher Kadokawa Games announced on their RPG Maker MV Japanese website that the Xbox One version of the game “has been cancelled due to ‘various circumstances.'” The letter doesn’t go into detail about what these ‘circumstances’ were, but from what I could translate on the website, the publisher apologized to Xbox One fans who were looking forward to the game’s release on that console.

To see the message for yourself, click here.

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Image courtesy of the NIS America YouTube channel.

According to Gematsu.com, the title was released on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch “as RPG Maker MV Trinity in Japan in November 2018.” They also state that the title’s Xbox One version was supposed “to launch alongside the PlayStation 4 and Switch versions, but was delayed to ‘early 2019.'”

Gematsu.com confirms that the title “will now only be released for PlayStation 4 and Switch”–sometime this year in North America and Europe. For those who are unfamiliar with RPG Maker MV, here’s a quick run-down about the game via the title’s NISA Europe Store web-page listing.

“About the Software:”

“An epic journey begins… with YOU! Become a master game developer with RPG Maker MV. With an assortment of tools at your fingertips, create elaborate, exciting, and memorable video games straight from your console! Then, share your adventures online with other players, who can enjoy your epic chronicles! The possibilities are endless with the latest and greatest RPG Maker software. With hundreds of assets and an infinite number of ways to create your game, turn your dream tale into the next greatest video game!”

“Key Features:”

“Your Next Adventure Begins Here – A high fantasy tale of knights and dragons? A modern story of high school romance? A chronicle of gods and demons? If you can dream it, you can make it!”

“Game Development Made Easy – Say goodbye to complicated coding! This software provides ease of navigating and development with straightforward world and character creation, over-world customization, and more!”

“Make, Upload, Play! – Enjoy games made by fellow gamers with the RPG Maker MV Player, free for download and play, even without the RPG Maker MV game!”

“An Endless Fountain of Customization – With hundreds of graphical assets and an infinite number of possibilities to create your very own world and story, the sky’s the limit!”

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Image courtesy of store.nisaeurope.com.

It’s unfortunate that the game will not be coming to the Xbox One. I expect many fans were disappointed when they read this news online today. However, when one door closes another one opens. I guess Xbox One owners will just have to wait until a developer creates a game like RPG Maker MV for the system in the future.

On that note, we’ll make sure to keep you informed about RPG Maker MV’s western releases as more news is shared from Kadokawa Games or NIS America.

What do you think about this news? Were you looking forward to RPG Maker MV’s release for the Xbox One? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter, and follow us for more RPG Maker MV news, and everything gaming too.

Final Fantasy XV DLC will launch in March, with The Dawn of the Future novel following it in April

The newest Final Fantasy XV DLC Episode Ardyn will come out on March, 26.

In addition to that, Square Enix has released a short animated prologue to the DLC set before the beginning of FF XV. It is called Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue. This animation will provide some explanation about why Ardyn was so hell-bent on revenge in the game.

What’s even better, Square Enix has announced that The Dawn of the Future novel will come out on April, 25 in Japan. Many Final Fantasy fans were heartbroken when the company decided to cancel The Dawn of the Future DLC. In fact, they even petitioned for the company to not do that. As such, Square Enix decided to do that in their own way – hence, this novel.

Of course, fans will need to wait for the translation, but it sure beats the full cancellation of it. So, hold on your seats and wait for more Final Fantasy goodness.

Tune in for more of gaming news here on SSG!

You can watch Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue here:


Final Fantasy 10, 10-2, & 12 Will Release For Xbox One and Nintendo Switch Systems In April!

Today, the Final Fantasy Twitter account stated that Final Fantasy X, X-2, and XII THE ZODIAC AGE are scheduled to release on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch systems in April.

The Twitter account states that Final Fantasy X and X-2’s HD Remaster is scheduled to release on April 16th, 2019 for both systems while Final Fantasy XII THE ZODIAC AGE is scheduled to release on April 30th, 2019 for both consoles.

The Final Fantasy Twitter account also shared new artwork created by character designer, Akihiko Yoshida to celebrate the news for Final Fantasy XII THE ZODIAC AGE.

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Photo courtesy of the Final Fantasy Twitter account.

These games, alongside other Final Fantasy titles, were initially revealed in Nintendo’s September 13th, 2018 Nintendo Direct. Here’s a list of the Final Fantasy titles they announced during this direct.

New HD Remasters:

  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Final Fantasy X
  • Final Fantasy X-2

Standard Titles:

  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition
  • Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD
  • World of Final Fantasy Maxima
  • Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!
  • Final Fantasy XII THE ZODIAC AGE

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Photo courtesy of the Final Fantasy Twitter account.

Though the other titles were announced for the Nintendo Switch, IGN reports that “Microsoft also confirmed that these titles would be arriving on the Xbox One following the news.”

This was announced during the reveal for these titles coming to Nintendo Switch as a blog on Xbox’s website, written by Xbox Wire Editor in Chief, Will Tuttle, shares information about the specific titles that are available now or will come to the Xbox One this year. To learn more about the pre-existing and future Final Fantasy titles coming to or on Xbox One, click here.

If you’re a JRPG or a Final Fantasy fan, this news should astound you as the Final Fantasy titles are known for being one’s gateway to the RPG video game genre. As someone who hasn’t played a Final Fantasy title before, I’ll definitely give it a shot when these release in April.

We haven’t received word of when the other announced Final Fantasy titles will receive specific release dates yet, but keep it locked on SilverSoulGaming.com, as we’ll certainly update you when the news drops!

What do you think about this news? Which game will you be picking up in April? Why do you love Final Fantasy or are you interested in giving it a try for those unfamiliar to the series? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter, and follow us for more Final Fantasy news, and everything gaming too.

5 Lesser Chosen Games To Lose Yourself In.

Most of the time, life can be a very stressful and daunting place. Jobs throw everything they have at you and bills upon bills claim your pay, basically life is a disease that feeds off your sadness and video games are the vaccination. Any distraction is welcomed with your widest open arms just so you can escape away into a different world and be free for a while.

Now the most common choices that are usually plucked off the shelf with eager fingers are the ones you would think, Fallout 4, Skyrim and this years Red Dead Redemption 2, are just a few examples but you know the type I’m talking about. Big, bold open-worlders that you spend the first 30 minutes making your character look like yourself only to equip a helmet in the next five minutes.

But for those of you who have either exhausted all their usual choices or just downright have no interest in the them whatsoever, I have a few other options for you. These games are down the path less trodden, they are the equivalent of finding a real life Easter egg, they don’t last as long as other chocolate but the are packed full of equal amounts of delight, if not more. Here are five lesser chosen games for you to sink your pearly whites into.

Fantasy Life

Fantasy life is a truly relaxing game and you can easily lose track of a few hours once you get started. The premise is simple: pick a life and live it, that’s basically it and you can choose from Alchemist, Angler, Blacksmith, Carpenter, Cook, Hunter, Magician, Mercenary, Miner, Paladin, Tailor and Woodcutter.

Whatever “Life Class” you choose will have a list of challenges for you to whittle through, from collecting a certain number of the same material to crafting a perfect level item. Each life will have you out in the world gathering materials and slicing through monsters, then coming back home to hone your crafting skills.

There are tiers to each life, from Fledgling to God, each time you surpass a challenge you will get closer to the next tier, when you hit the next tier you will be rewarded with a bonus to your performance in your chosen life, once you reach God tier you are done and you can start all over again in another life, bliss.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley deserves all of the fame and praise it has received. Eric Barone, more commonly known as ConcernedApe, is the only developer of Stardew Valley and he is one hard working guy. He wrote all the programming, wrote all the dialogue and all of the story, drew all of the art and created all of the sound and music, all of that in just four years, that is some seriously impressive stuff.

Eric said that Stardew Valley started out as a Harvest Moon clone to teach him how to code but it eventually turned into the masterpiece we have today. You are tasked with the rebuilding of your newly acquired farm and eventually the rest of the village. At first your farm is anything but a farm, it is more akin to an abandoned and overgrown quarry. Rocks ranging from the size of a basketball to a small elephant, the once luscious greens that sprawled across the land have been ostracized by the litter-like formation of large logs, rugged rocks and troublesome thickets.

Day-by-day and weed-by-weed your farm starts to take it’s shape and you start to feel more and more responsible for it, only trouble is that in all the time you’ve spent breaking rocks and chopping trees, you’ve missed four birthdays, three fairs and you still haven’t introduced yourself to half of the village, but the crops are not going to water themselves now are they?

 

The Viridian land of Pelican Town has much more to offer alongside farming, you can spend your days doing an number of different activities if you choose to, You can fish in any deep blue body of water your piscine-hungry eyes lock-on to, you can take your pickaxe by your two rugged hands and smash you way through the levels of the mine to the north of town or you can get a pen and paper handy and start checking off the lists of required items to help rebuild the town.

With all of this to do and too much more to go into, the amount of time Stardew Valley will give you is well-worth your hard earned cash.

Pokémon Pearl/Diamond

Pokémon Pearl is my favourite Pokémon game of all time, it is the one that instantly springs to mind whenever someone mentions Pokémon, not only does it provide you with all of the awe, thrill and excitement that comes with being a Pokémon trainer but it also gave us the Explorer Kit

The Explorer Kit was truly a thing of beauty for my younger eyes, at the simple touch of a button, (My Explore Kit was obviously assigned to Y), you turned into a human drill and burrowed down through the ground and landed in the undergrounds of Sinnoh. This place is amazing as it is filled with treasures, namely Spheres and Prisms, hidden within the walls. A simple tap on the bottom screen would send a pulse throughout the caverns and revealing to you where the treasure spots are, but be careful as it could be a trap.

Alongside the promise of riches, the traps would lay in wait for their next victim but a simple action would soon sort it out and you’d be back spelunking in no time. As well as the Explorer Kit providing hours of entertainment, there is also the fantastic Pokémon Contests. In these contests you had to pick a Pokémon depending on the theme and make it perform for an audience, firstly by dressing it up, then dancing to a rhythm but making sure to follow the previous steps and lastly by performing action moves.

These contests were always a bundle of fun and I’d often spend more time here than proceeding on with the game, Pokémon Pearl and Diamond are a solid option if you want to relax and smile for a few hours.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker is the type of game you don’t pick up unless you have checked your schedule and you realise that you don’t actually have 70+ hours free but screw it, you’ll make the time. Joker takes you by the face, kisses you ever so lightly then sprints away from you, stopping every now and then to beckon you and we can’t help but follow.

DQM:J is a brilliant game with the usual compelling story you come to expect from Dragon Quest, mixed with the hearty amount of grind that all JRPGs love to dish out. You gain a monster and have to train the monster and eventually you will get a team of monsters that you will also have to train, now before you say anything about Pokémon, let me say a few things.

DQM:J is different from Pokémon in many ways, the overall premise is pretty much the same, (Get a team, train them up, take out the boss) but if we were to head down that path we could say it about most JRPGs, then we would be here all night, so let’s not. In joker you have to impress the monster you want in order for it to join your team, you do this by showing a great display of power, the stronger your monster = the more impressed they will be.

The main thing about Joker that kept me re-tweaking my team every ten minutes was the synthesising system. You can take two monster that are compatible with each other and synthesize them into a completely different one, all depending on the factors that are in play E.G their class. If you do it right you’ll end up with a more powerful monster than your current one, on it’s first level. You level that one up and keep repeating the process until you have a formidable team. It does take time but it is completely worth the wait.

Roaming around the world, fighting different monsters and taking on the smaller side bosses will keep you entertained for a very long time.

Euro Truck Simulator 2

Forget Need for Speed and forget Dirt, Colin McRae can step aside and make room for the only driving game anyone needs, Euro Truck Simulator 2. This game just oozes relaxing vibes as you cruise your way to your destination with the radio blaring sweet melodies that vibrate throughout your head and down your legs, making your feet tap uncontrollably.

If you want to feel totally relaxed then look no further because this is probably as relaxed as you can be without breaking some sort of law, seriously, this game is almost soothing enough to send you to sleep. You start your new company and start to make you way up the ladder by taking small cargo jobs. If you do them well and without causing any damage to either your truck or other vehicles, then you will receive your promised pay and you start saving your money to build your company from the ground up.

You can buy different trucks and customize them differently from the others, take to the road and feel the wind hit your face. You can choose to listen to the radio or turn it off and drive in silence. If you do choose the radio then you can even upload your own music to listen to as the road disappears behind you as your truck smoothly passes between the surrounding scenery.

If you just want to chill for a while and let the troubles of the day melt away, you need to kick off your shoes and slip on your favourite slippers and start your engines.

 

Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers coming Summer 2019

Square Enix revealed the newest expansion for Final Fantasy XIV at the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival in Las Vegas. It will be called Shadowbringers and will be released in the summer of 2019.

In this expansion, players will see how the Warrior of Light becomes the Warrior of Darkness in order to combat a new threat. Not only that, but they will be able to take on the Garlean Empire.

Moreover, this expansion will feature multiple new jobs. While Naoki Yoshida hadn’t said anything solid, he implied that one of them is a Gunblade job. After all, Thancred carried something very similar to a Gunblade.

While nothing was implicitly stated about 5.0, Blue Mage job was confirmed for 4.5. Yosuke Matsuda, CEO of Square Enix himself, came out in a Blue Mage outfit to announce that.

Some of what Shadowbringer will bring was shown in the reveal stream. There would be new raids and instances, beast tribes, raising of a level cap (new max is 80), and new job actions. Regarding the latter, not only this expansion will add new job actions, but it will reorganize existing ones!

In addition to that, some new features will be announced as well. Among those is a new “Trust” system, that looks similar to one from FFXI, end-game activities for crafters and gatherers, allowing to restore Ishgard, and, possibly, Ishgard housing.

And, or so it seems, there will be a new playable race. Though nothing has been announced, it was overtly hinted during the stream. As Yoshida was wearing the Bugs Bunny T-shirt, they kept zoning in on it, providing clues for theorizing fans.

You can see the teaser trailer below. Stay tuned for more gaming news!