The Geek Dojo Weekly

Hi, I’m Jeff and welcome to the The Geek Dojo Weekly for the week of March 4th 2021! This is a weekly video games newsletter featuring my top 5 stories of the week. 

Fall Guys gets bought out? Yuffie is in Final Fantasy VII Remake? Will we get the greatest Pokemon game of all time, next year? We’ll have to wait to find out. Let’s get into the news!

Epic Games Acquires Tonic Games Group

Via: Epic Games

The studio behind 2020’s smash hit, Fall Guys, is being acquired by Epic games. Epic jumped out ahead to assure nothing about Fall Guys will change by stating, “For Fall Guys fans, your gameplay isn’t changing and Epic will continue to invest in making the game a great experience for players across platforms. Your favorite colorful beans will still stumble through the chaos on PC, PlayStation, and soon Nintendo Switch and Xbox. Check out this blog post for answers to all your Fall Guys questions.”

Both parties seem to be very excited about this move as they share the same goals. Tonic Games CEO Dave Bailey feels like they have found a new home and they share a mission to “build and support games that have a positive impact, empower others and stand the test of time and we couldn’t be more excited to be joining forces with their team.” Epic’s CEO Tim Sweeny also hones in on those same goals, “It’s no secret that Epic is invested in building the metaverse and Tonic Games shares this goal. As Epic works to build this virtual future, we need great creative talent who know how to build powerful games, content and experiences.” 

It will be interesting to see where Epic will go from here and if Fall Guys eventually goes free to play. Other than being the creators of the Unreal Engine, Fortnite battle royale has been Epic’s real stepping stone into the gaming space. With that they have been able to build by acquiring Psyonix, the team behind Rocket League, and now Tonic Games Group. Rocket League eventually went free to play under the Epic umbrella, so it could be safe to assume Fall Guys will do the same. Either way, this is a huge get for Epic and the sky is the limit for Tonic Games Group.

Pokemon Presents Delivered the Goods

Via: IGN

Last week we got a brand new Pokemon Presents presentation and they showed off some really cool games. First we were greeted with a new gameplay trailer for New Pokemon Snap showing off the world, new characters to the Pokemon universe, and some of the Pokemon you will run into on your adventure. New Pokemon snap is slated for an April 30th, 2021 release.

Next we were greeted with the Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes, titled: Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. This remake will not be handled by Game Freak themselves, instead Pokemon BD/SP will be handled by ILCA Inc. Their previous work includes Pokemon Home and they have also done support for many other games like NieR: Automata, Dragon Quest XI, and Yakuza 0 to name a few. This great news to see Game Freak out sourcing content. They are still a relatively small studio, so they can’t juggle too many projects at once. Also, good on ILCA for securing a lead big project like this. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are scheduled for a late 2021 release.

Lastly, we got to see what Game Freak has been working on and it is a treat. Pokemon Legends Arceus is a brand new open world action RPG Pokemon game! It takes place in the very early days of the Sinnoh region. The trailer shows off a little bit of early gameplay with your character running around the world, catching Pokemon, and a few battles. There is even a dodge roll mechanic! This was easily the most exciting part of the presentation and I cannot wait to see more. Pokemon Legends Arceus is expected to arrive early 2022.

Square Enix Announces Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade and a Couple of New Mobile Games

Via: Square Enix

Our wishes have been granted! Final Fantasy VII Remake will get PS5 updates with it’s next iteration, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade. The PS5 version will bring visual improvements, photo mode, as well as new story content featuring Yuffie. Owners of the PS4 version will be able to upgrade for free, but the Yuffie episode will be sold separately. Final Fantasy VII Remake is also now available in March’s PS Plus offering. That version is not eligible for the PS5 upgrade. Intergrade launches June 10th 2021.

Square Enix also announced a couple of new mobile games. Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis and Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier

Square Enix to have Multiple Remakes in the Works with Forever Entertainment

Via: Destructoid

Square Enix has recruited Forever Entertainment to publish multiple remakes on the studio’s classic IPs. Forever Entertainment has published the recent Panzer Dragoon remake and will also be publishing Panzer Dragoon 2. At this time, there is no information on what IP Forever Entertainment will be working on. Square has an incredible catalog of games. Fingers crossed it’s Final Fantasy VI or Chrono Trigger.

Monster Hunter Rise will be Ported to PC in 2022

Via: Fanbyte

And to round out The Geek Dojo Weekly this week, turns our Monster Hunter Rise will not be exclusive to just the Switch as the game will appear on the PC in 2022 as well. The game is still in development, according to the producer Ryozo Tsujimoto and director Yasunori Ichinose.

Noteworthy:

Guilty Gear Strive is delayed until June: Twitter

PlayStation announces 6 new PSVR titles: The Verge

Mistwalker reveals a new mobile JRPG: Polygon

God of War Ragnarok will release “When it’s done.”: Push Square

Dragon Age 4 will not have multiplayer: Engadget

Sony working on PS5 storage solutions this summer: Game Informer

Sony Japan Studio is winding down: VGC

Elden Ring leaked trailer rocks the internet: Game Informer

Notable Releases:

Tuesday, March 2nd:

Maquette – PS5, PS4, PC

Harvest Moon: One World – PS4, Switch

Yakuza: Like A Dragon – PS5

Thursday, March 4th:

Mortal Shell – PS5, Xbox Series X/S

Sea of Solitude – Switch

Gnosia – Switch

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Did you miss us? The guys return for a new episode that's chocked full of content covering the last TWO weeks (since they took a week off). Topics this week include… The Blizzcon Review, but only for Overwatch 2 and the Diablo series (4:40), the irony of the Metallica DMCA issue during the livestream (22:25), the 7.5 Billion dollar Vault that Microsoft is investing into (26:24), Mortal Kombat MOVIE HYPE (38:28), the full rundown on Street Fighter V's Winter update – which goes live today (50:27), the amazing Guilty Gear Strive beta (60:00), and the polarizing Nintendo Direct (71:04). The Respec Section rounds it off with a few user-submitted questions surrounding Back 4 Blood and more (83:52). Catch this content! — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theskilltree/message
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Project Setsuna is Coming to the West This Summer

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The first game from Square Enix’s Tokyo RPG Factory, I Am Setsuna, will be hitting PS4 and Steam this Summer. Hopefully a PS Vita port will be announced as well for the English version.

The game has been out since February for Japan and it is inspired by older RPGs such as Chrono Trigger. I Am Setsuna actually uses the same active time battle system as found in early Final Fantasy games and Chrono Trigger so it’s bound to be a great game.

When Project Setsuna was announced at last year, Tokyo RPG Factory stated they wanted to create games that are heavely influenced by classic RPGs. Check out the trailer below.

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Final Fantasy IX Coming to PC and Smart Phones

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Square Enix announced today that one of the best Final Fantasies is coming to PC and smart phones sometime in 2016.

Square promises new features like, “high-definition graphics, newly added achievements, auto-save, high speed mode, and several game boosting features,” similar to the other ports of FFVII and FFVIII.

There is no word on a western release, but it’s safe to assume that it will make it to the U.S. just like the Final Fantasy ports before it. Check out the trailer below for a look at the high res textures.

Source: Kotaku

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Here Are the 12 Mighty Eidolons of Final Fantasy Explorers

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Final Fantasy Explorers will feature a total of 12 eidolons to fight and summon throughout the game. All of the beloved classic eidolons are included, such as Shiva and Ifirit, but there are also 2 new fresh faces. Those 2 are Dryad and Amaterasu. You can check out the image below for a little bit more information on the 12 featured eidolons.

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Final Fantasy Explorers comes out January 26th, 2016.

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Ermahgerd the Final Fantasy VII Remake is Looking Fantastic

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Great job Square. You’re on to something here.

The new game play trailer was released today at the Sony PlayStation Experience and it looks gorgeous. The battle system is in real time, comparable to the FFXV system. Check out the video below as much as you would like.

The Final Fantasy VII PC port to PS4 is also available today. There is no word on when the FFVII remake will come out just yet.

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Ermahgerd, Cloud is Coming to Smash Bros WiiU/3DS

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I can’t believe it! Well, I actually can because I just watched the trailer, but it’s still just to good to be true!

You read the title right! Yes, that Cloud. The Buster Sword wielding bad ass from Squarsoft’s (yea, Squaresoft) hit game, Final Fantasy 7, is coming to Super Smash Brothers WiiU/3DS. Take a look at the trailer below.

There is no word on when he will be arriving just yet, but it’s so exciting!

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Final Fantasy Explorers Comes to the West Early Next Year

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Square-Enix’s answer to Monster Hunter comes to North America January 26th 2016, exclusively to the 3DS. The game is a brand new Final Fantasy experience with customizable characters and jobs. You can also summon, recruit and level up monsters. There is also cooperative play both local and online.

The Final Fantasy Explorers has already been out for quite sometime in Japan so it’s nice to finally see it come to western shores. It’s looks to be a lot of fun. Check out the trailer below.

Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae 2.0 Out Today

final-fantasy-xv-episode-duscae_20150318235946The update to the demo was released around 11AM EDT today and it fixes a number of issues. Since the demo has come out, Square listened to what players had to say about it and decided to fix whatever issues we had. They even threw in some new features and added a boss fight.

Coming straight from the Nova Crystallis website, here is a look at the updates:

  • Added cooperation attacks that come from ally suggestions.
  • Guarding just before being hit by an enemy attack will no longer consume MP.
  • Evasive maneuver has been changed into a dodge roll, no longer consumes MP, and can be shifted into from various actions.
  • Moving the left stick during a consecutive attack will change the attack movement.
  • You can now charge great sword attacks by holding down the button.
  • The Shift (Warp) command has been changed into a long Circle button hold. If you hold Circle for a short period, you’ll perform a mid-range shift.
  • The areas you can warp to have been greatly increased.
  • Attack power, MP consumption, and more have been adjusted.
  • Camera turning speed and acceleration has been improved. The lock-on tracking has been improved, and target-switching has been simplified.
  • Camera can now be moved down during combat.
  • Party AI has been improved.
  • “Individual action quests” that are suggested by party members has been added.
  • The Catoblepas by the lake can now be fought.

It’s definitely interesting to see a demo get patched, but it shows that SquareEnix really cares about this game and wants to make it as perfect as they can. The patch is free for everyone that downloaded the demo via their voucher.

There is also a new Final Fantasy Type-0 patch that fixes motion blur and the super fast camera. I’ll definitely be getting back into that one.

Final Fantasy will be skipping E3 this year, but we will hear more about it at Gamescon in August.

Source: novachystalis.com