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Crisis Core: FFVII Reunion now has a release date

Plus more Square Enix games coming

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Crisis Core: FFVII Reunion

Square Enix announced that the release date for Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is on December 13. It’ll be available on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

It will be available in Hero (physical), Digital Deluxe, and Standard editions, with the Steam version for PC dropping the day after.

The much-anticipated remaster of the prequel to Final Fantasy VII first released in 2007 for PlayStation Portable will feature a complete HD graphics overhaul, remastered soundtrack, a reimagined UI, and an updated combat system.

More upcoming titles and newly-released games were also announced at Nintendo Direct. Here’s a quick rundown:

Octopath Traveler II to launch in February 2023

The second installment in the action RPG series Octopath Traveler has been confirmed for a February 24, 2023 release date on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and 5, and PC via Steam.

There will be a brand-new story alongside new characters – each with their own narratives – as players will now start an adventure in the new land of Solistiaand and encounter eight new travelers: Hikari (Warrior), Agnea (Dancer), Partitio (Merchant), Osvald (Scholar), Throné (Thief), Temenos (Cleric), Ochette (Hunter), and Castti (Apothecary).

New and returning gameplay features and elements will include:

  • Break and Boost Battle system: Players should exploit enemy weaknesses to “break” them, inflict more damage, and “boost” travelers’ abilities
  • Path Actions: Players can interact with NPCs throughout the world
  • Day and Night cycle: Townscapes and Path Actions for each character will depend on the time of the day
  • Latent Power: A new battle element wherein characters can unleash a powerful ability once the gauge fills up
  • Crossed Paths: Additional stories will unfold between protagonists as their journey progresses

Theatrhythm returns with Final Bar Line

After a six-year wait, the fan-favorite rhythm action series is back with Theatrhythm: Final Bar Line launching on February 16, 2023 on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 – both in digital and physical versions.

There will be 385 carefully selected music tracks from across the whole Final Fantasy series, and the game will also feature songs from more recent Square Enix titles.

Harvestella demo now available for download

Meanwhile, a free downloadable demo for the upcoming simulation RPG Harvestella is now available on Nintendo Switch.

This will allow players to begin their adventure before carrying over their saved progress to the full game. It releases on November 4 this year.

Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song Remastered coming this December

The fourth entry in the SaGa series, Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song Remastered is coming to PlayStation 4 and 5, Nintendo Switch, Steam, and iOS and Android devices on December 1, 2022.

The latest iteration of the adventure RPG will get an HD graphical remaster. This is on top of additional new features and QOL updates. Pre-order will be announced at a later date.

Various Daylife to be available in more consoles

Lastly, single player RPG Various Daylife has finally been made available for the first time on Nintendo Switch, Steam, and PlayStation 4.

Released in 2019, the game revolves around the story of a protagonist travelling with a group in a new land. The protagonist joins an exploration team in the process.

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Google is closing down Stadia

Ending mid-January 2023

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The concept of cloud gaming is pretty simple. With a decent internet connection, players can have access to the best games today without the need for expensive hardware. However, for all the promise that the technology held, cloud gaming’s journey has been rough. Today, one of the technology’s biggest names is closing up shop. Starting early next year, Google is shuttering Stadia.

According to a blog post from the Stadia team’s vice president Phil Harrison, the device never really took off in the way the company was expecting. As such, the entire team is shutting down and moving on to other ventures inside the company. However, Google still hopes to use the technology (and the lessons associated with the failed venture) to other branches.

Now, for consumers, the Stadia store is now closed. Anyone who purchased hardware or games through the Play and Stadia Stores will receive refunds during the shutdown period. (However, Stadia Pro subscribers will not get refunds. On the upside, they won’t get charged for additional months.)

The service will shut down on January 18, 2023. In the meantime, Stadia users can still access their library until that date.

The writing has been on the wall for a while now. Previously, the company also shut down the team’s in-game development, limiting what the service offered.

If you’re enjoying cloud gaming as a technology, Google isn’t the only player around. Amazon and Xbox both have their own services dedicated to cloud gamers.

SEE ALSO: Google will alert you if your info pops up in a search

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Razer, Qualcomm tease gaming handheld device

Officially debuting next month

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The Steam Deck really set off a new wave of hype for handheld gaming consoles. Chipping away at the Switch’s dominance, the next generation of mobile gaming wants to wrest gamers away from the clutches of smartphones and Nintendo. Today, another player is joining in (or returning to the fight). Razer and Qualcomm are teaming up for their own handheld gaming device.

Well, it’s not an official reveal yet. During MWC Las Vegas, Verizon teased the upcoming partnership and revealed a few details about the device. Much like the new Logitech G Cloud, the Razer Edge 5G, as it’s called, will run on Android and will play the usual cloud gaming services.

Since the partnership involves Qualcomm, expect a good processor inside, too. Plus, with Verizon’s partnership, the device will come with 5G connectivity, as the name also implies.

The Logitech G Cloud also came with a Snapdragon chipset. However, it has a smaller model, the Snapdragon 720G, skipping out on Qualcomm’s handheld gaming platform. Presumably, Razer’s device will come with the G3x Gen 1. When the platform launched, Qualcomm did tease a product with Razer. It’s the device’s first appearance since last year.

Unfortunately, the teaser video does not reveal much outside of what we already know from previous teases. Thankfully, it won’t be long before the official reveal. Razer is expected to unveil the product during RazerCon on October 15.

SEE ALSO: RazerCon 2022 set on October 15

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Steam announces when next sales are

Autumn, Winter, Spring

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Christmas is right around the corner. If you want to get a head start on buying something for yourself, it’s important to know when the biggest sales are. Now, gamers have a date on when they can bust out their wallets. Valve has officially announced when the autumn, winter, and spring Steam sales are happening.

The next sale — the traditional Autumn Sale — will happen between November 22 through 29. It’s quite a big gap for a head start, but it should give gamers a healthy library to play when the Christmas vacation starts.

On the other hand, if rush shopping is more you, the Winter Sale will happen between December 22 through January 5. It’s a Christmas treat.

If you’re familiar with Steam’s usual calendar of sales, you might not have heard of a Spring Sale before. Traditionally, the platform holds the Lunar New Year Sale in lieu of a seasonal theme. This time, Steam is keeping things consistent. The newly dubbed Spring Sale will happen between March 16 through 23. It’s also a later date than the previous Lunar New Year Sale.

Steam sales are usually a treat for gamers who play on a PC. Though the platform frowns on gigantic 95 percent off discounts now, platform-wide sales events can still house delectable bargains. Now, whether or not you’ll have time to play all of them is another story altogether.

SEE ALSO: Steam: No more 95% off sales

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