News: Final Fantasy VII Has a Release Date!

Final Fantasy VII Has a Release Date

As of writing there are still several hours to go until the Square Enix conference, which we had supposed would be the logical venue to divulge the release date for the Final Fantasy VII remake. It turns out that Square Enix simply could not wait, and decided to blow their wad during the Final Fantasy VII concert they attended the night before. Attendees were met with another gorgeous trailer for the game, which announced a March 3rd 2020 release for the game at its end. Following the concert Tetsuya Nomura took to social media to announce the announcement of the release date, and promise many more details to follow during the Square Enix conference:

How is everyone doing? We announced the release date for FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE at the LA concert today.

We will be making further announcements tomorrow, but for now, please have a look at the short version trailer we revealed today. – Tetsuya Nomura

Final Fantasy VII Remake - Barret Wallace Screenshot FEATURED
Final Fantasy VII Remake – Barret Wallace Screenshot FEATURED

So, the game is to release in the new year, proving false some of the rumours which claimed that it would be releasing before Christmas. Square Enix are pretty much following the template of Kingdom Hearts III, though that game released a couple of months earlier in January rather than March. Regardless, both game were squeezed into the quarter just before the end of the financial year.

Anyway, there we have it. Nine months until we are able to pass judgement on what Square Enix has done to Final Fantasy VII. There are still hours to go until the Square Enix conference, ant there will undoubtedly be many more details mentioned about the game, so expect more Final Fantasy VII information and speculation in next week’s podcast and news post.

Google Stadia Is a Nonstarter at Launch

Google Stadia, the games platform brought to you by the people who would like to be able to control what you say on the internet. The games platform brought to you by the company that is currently being investigated by the US Justice Department, which will hopefully result in the company being broken up over antitrust concerns. Does anyone want to bet that Google Stadia will still be operational five years from now? How about ten years from now?

... Like Final Fantasy XV!
Google Stadia will feature cutting edge software…

Have a 4K television? Have surround sound speakers? Then you will have to pay $10 a month for ‘Stadia Pro’, else have your game presented in glorious 2.0 stereo and “up to” 1080p resolution! Bits and bytes are valuable commodities, so you have to pay for that scarcity! Apparently spending $10 a month is still insufficient to buy users 7.1 support though, but to be fair one is not 100% certain that the current consoles support 7.1 either, so maybe this is not that much of a compromise after all.

Regardless of whether or not you pay $10 a month fro Stadia Pro, you will still need to buy full priced games to play on the service. Some people had thought that Stadia might have been like Netflix for vidya, with people paying a monthly fee for access to everything, but no, you still have to pay full price to cloudbased games from the company being investigated by the US Justice Department. That sounds like a sound investment!

XSEED Has a Problem With Crediting their Employees

This week a game localisation editor by the name of Brittany Avery discovered that XSEED had deleted her name from the credits of Trails of Cold Steel, despite the fact that she served as the product coordinator, marketing assistant, voice over director, ERSB handler, and member of the QA team for the PS3, Vita, and PC versions of the game. She was bummed at seeing her prior work history erased like this, and all the more so because she figured that her name would also be erased from This month’s release of Trails of Cold Steel II along with the forthcoming physical release of London Detective Mysteria.

A person's work is a person's work, regardless of whether they leave a company when it is done.
People who worked on the excellent Trails of Cold Steel are having their names erased from the history books.

oh lol… the ps4 ending credits for cold steel 1 were updated so my name isn’t in them…so i’m guessing it’s the same for cold steel 2 as well.

i’ll be really bummed if the same thing happens with mysteria’s physical version just because it launched after i left

between this and the new title announced today i feel like the world is content to keep playing terrible jokes on me. i’m so tired.

A number of the roles that Avery performed for the prior releases of the game are probably not all that applicable to a new release of the game, since it presumably has to marketed, quality tested, and submitted to the ESRB all over again. One of her roles that should still hold up is VA director though. People who played through the original PS3 and Vita versions of the game might assume that her role as VA director might not hold up due to the PS4 version having many more lines of recorded dialogue, but this additional voiced dialogue was an addition to the PC version of the game, for which Brittany Avery was credited.

Regardless, it has since been discovered that Avery was far from the only person scrubbed from the game. Kris Knigge, Danielle Rust, Nick Colucci, and Jessica Chavez were also unceremoniously erased from Trails of Cold Steel. Chavez in particular translated the game’s in-game books and newspapers, of which there exists tome upon tome, which is no marginal undertaking. In response to this situation XSEED has come out and said that it is their official policy to not credit people for the things they have done if the employee no longer works at the company:

We appreciate the hard work of everyone who contributes to our releases, but it is and always has been company policy that only current members of our staff are credited. We have never credited staff for their individual roles, or if they have left the company.

People should always be credited for the things they have done. The credits are supposed to be a factual record of the people that took part in the making of a certain thing, and should always be as accurate as possible. If a company is going to just manipulate the credits in order to punish people for leaving the company, or for other punitive reasons, then what do the credits even mean? In such a situation the credits would be little more than a game of popularity.

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  1. 20 March is my son’s birthday. This is a CALCULATED ATTACK upon me by Square Enix!

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