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All About Final Fantasy 7!

The revival of Final Fantasy VII was a result of a game publisher listening to the audience. It may have taken a while, but the timing of the release was absolutely perfect. As avid gamers ourselves, we too can't help but wonder if a remake of Parasite Eve could be next in line (Blu brought this up). It is evident that there is an opening in the industry for another survival horror game, and the combination of nostalgia and curiosity could be enough to attract players to hit the buy button if they saw the stylish Aya Brea back on the scene in an all-new way.

For those who may be confused about the Final Fantasy VII releases, let me provide you with a comprehensive rundown from past to present.

The journey began with the release of Final Fantasy VII in 1997, which was the installment that started it all. Then, the prequel, Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII, a mobile game that focuses on the covert operatives known as the Turks, was released in 2004.

In 2005, fans were treated to the visually stunning animated film, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, which represents a sequel to the original game centered around Cloud Strife and his allies. That same year, an anime OVA called Last Order: Final Fantasy VII was released, providing additional backstory to the events of the original game.

Surprisingly, there was also a snowboarding mini-game called Final Fantasy VII Snowboarding, which was released on mobile. Then, in 2006, an action RPG sequel to Advent Children called Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII was released, following the character Vincent Valentine. Although it had a lot of potential, this game did not receive the justice it deserved and deserves a complete remake. This would be one heck of an Action-RPG/undercover third-person shooter if the FF7 team developed this game with the help of Avalanch Studios (the team behind the Just Cause franchise).

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII was released in 2007, continuing the party on the PSP for those who owned one. This game explores the story of Zack Fair, a minor character from the original game. In 2009, an extended version of the CGI film was released called Final Fantasy VII Advent Children Complete. I found out about this while writing this article.

Finally, in 2020, the much-awaited Final Fantasy VII Remake was released, bringing back the magic of Final Fantasy VII for fans and a new generation of players to experience. To eliminate confusion, Intergrade, the visually enhanced version released on the PS5, was released in 2021 and features numerous gameplay additions. This version also showcases Final Fantasy VII Reunion Episode INTERmission, featuring Yuffie as the main character.

2022 broughts us the HD remastered version of the PSP game Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- Reunion, showcasing Zack Fair's legacy connecting to Cloud.

In 2023, Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis expanded the lore of the original game, allowing players to experience key elements of the timeline and follow Sephiroth's journey as a young hero. It is a chapter-structured RPG that has been optimized for mobile devices and features effective RPG elements like the iconic Active Time Battle System and customizable party lineup.

Additionally, players can dive into engrossing battles with powerful bosses that can be taken on in up to three-player co-op. Ever Crisis adds new story elements penned by Final Fantasy VII Remake story and scenario writer Kazushige Nojima.

And finally, we await Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, which is scheduled for release on Feb. 29, 2024. This standalone title reimagines the original game into three parts, starting with the party's journey to the Forgotten Capital after they escape the city of Midgar to pursue Sephiroth. Exciting new elements are sure to be introduced as the story unfolds, ultimately leading players on a journey that will decide the fate of the planet.

The Final Fantasy VII series is vast, and fans have a lot to look forward to. If you're a fan of the game, make sure to check out all the available titles and game on!


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Featuring Google’s Latest AR and Geospatial Technology

Los Angeles (July 18, 2023) – Today, Square Enix® and TAITO, in collaboration with Google, launched Space Invaders: World Defense which incorporates the Streetscape Geometry* API, a new feature of Google’s ARCore Geospatial API and the latest augmented reality (AR) technology on Google Play™ and the App Store®. Recognized by Guinness World Records in 2020 as the Longest running video game series and celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, SPACE INVADERS is now available as a completely new AR game.
About Space Invaders: World Defense
45 years after its initial launch, SPACE INVADERS have struck again! Now is the time to fight together with players from across the world to protect Earth. Experience an immersive AR shooter that blends the classic game with a new dimension as you soar through an augmented reality world and take on the Invaders emerging from the shadows and around every corner.
Players will earn points by exploring their neighborhoods and defeating the Invaders they encounter. Players can unlock special power-ups, participate in area-specific rankings, and share gameplay images and AR selfies on their social channels.

Space Invaders: World Defense is powered by Google’s ARCore Geospatial API which instantly designs an engaging model onscreen that blends AR and 3D from the nearby environment, including buildings, bridges, and other architectural elements around the player. It also adapts to the layer’s real-world location, time, and local weather for immersive gameplay.

*Streetscape Geometry: It is possible to acquire 3D model data of buildings within a 100m radius of the user's current location. This function allows AR objects to be hidden and visible (i.e. occlusion expression), to reflect on buildings in real space, and to attach AR objects to specific buildings, enabling the development of highly immersive AR content that blends into real space.

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