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Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade’s Co-directors Talk Yuffie in New Interview

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Moogle suits, missions, and materia, oh my!


Final Fantasy 7 Remake IntergradeIt’s kind of wild that we’re getting a Final Fantasy 7 game staring Yuffie. After all, she’s an optional character in the original release that most players probably missed on their first playthroughs. You have to find her, fight her, and then answer a set of specific questions properly to get her to join you. Mess up at any point and you’ll miss her. Worse still, she might run off with some of your Gil.

If you were lucky enough to get Yuffie, though, you know she’s a delight. And in Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade, she’s the protagonist, not just another party member. Not a bad showing for a character most players probably never even got. In a recent interview published on Square Enix’s website, Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade co-directors Naoki Hamaguchi and Motomu Toriyama sat down to talk about Yuffie, her moogle suit, the episode, and more.

Here’s the full interview:

What do you think makes Yuffie such a popular character?

Toriyama: “In the original Final Fantasy VII, Yuffie was the type of person who would appear wherever and whenever she pleased… and you’d never know whether or not she was going to join you.

“Even if she does join you, you could never let your guard down, because you didn’t know when she’d steal your materia!

“That makes her quite different from your other allies in the fight against Shinra and Sephiroth. She’s always after materia, honest about her desires, and never afraid to show that.

“It’s that combination of traits that leads to unpredictable and unexpected twists, and I think one of the reasons she’s become such a popular character.”

How does the Yuffie we meet in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade “EPISODE INTERmission” differ from the original game?

Toriyama: “It’s very much the same Yuffie we all know and love that appears in Midgar.

“She’s still elusive, and still does things at her own pace, but she’s also fired up by her desire to exact revenge for her homeland of Wutai—and to execute her mission as a ninja.”

Hamaguchi: “When I think about Yuffie, the first things that come to mind are: ‘a materialistic materia hunter, who’s not comfortable or proficient with vehicles.’

“Materia is Yuffie’s motivation, and I was mindful to bring that aspect of her personality to the forefront in every part of the new episode, from the story to even the mini games.”

Oh no—does that mean she’s going to steal our stuff in the new episode too?

Toriyama: “(Laughs.) Yes, in the original Final Fantasy VII, she caused quite the hassle because she stole her allies’ materia!

“Don’t worry—in the new episode Yuffie’s the protagonist, so rest assured you don’t have to worry about your valuable materia getting taken away.”

Hamaguchi: “Actually, we’ll be introducing some new materia that wasn’t included in Final Fantasy VII Remake. That’s pretty exciting!”

Yuffie does sport a new look though with her moogle outfit. Why is she dressed like that in the new episode?

Toriyama: “Actually, the moogle hood draws its reference from the time it was used in Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, and Yuffie wears it whenever she is on a covert mission.

“She might think she’s perfectly disguised, but it actually makes her stand out even more in a metropolis like Midgar.

“I feel that’s just very ‘her’, and probably why I like it so much!”

So what can we expect from Yuffie in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade “EPISODE INTERmission”?

Hamaguchi: “The new episode takes place at the same time that Cloud and company are continuing their fight in Midgar. The story follows Yuffie on her mission as a ninja operative—tasked with stealing valuable materia from Shinra.

“Our goal was to present players with a story that leads up to Yuffie’s later encounter with Cloud and his group. In addition, the new episode was an opportunity to dig deeper into the lore of Final Fantasy VII.

“I would definitely encourage people who’ve played Final Fantasy VII Remake to experience it when they’ve completed the game—I think they’ll really enjoy it.”

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade releases for PS5 on June 10th. You can read our review of Final Fantasy 7 Remake here, and watch a trailer for Intergrade below, courtesy of Square Enix.


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Source: https://gamingbolt.com/final-fantasy-7-remake-intergrades-co-directors-talk-yuffie-in-new-interview

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Dying Light 2 Will Have “A Lot More” Open World Events Than the First Game

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Techland drops new details on the upcoming open world title.


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In spite of its troubled development and multiple delays, Dying Light 2 developer Techland has been sharing updates and details on the upcoming game much more frequently of late. Recently, they started uploading AMA videos to answer questions from fans, and in another video they’ve released a few more details about the game.

Specifically, when asked about the game’s open world and how it will compare to the first Dying Light, associate producer Julia Szynkaruk said that Dying Light 2’s open world is going to have a lot more to do, not just in terms of events and encounters, but also in terms of areas to explore.

“Yes, there will be a lot more open world events in Dying Light 2,” Szynkaruk said (transcribed by MP1st). “Not only will we have a living world with encounters all over, but also you will be able to explore new locations, such as GRE Quaratines or Dark Places.”

Meanwhile, lead game designer Tymon Smektala also said that though Dying Light 2 is going to be a choice-based games, as far as aligning with the factions in the game goes, you will not have the option to not align with anyone whatsoever.

“You have to understand that our world is extremely brutal, extremely primal, full of threats and conflicts,” he said. “So, if you have no allies, you basically die very quickly — and we don’t want you to die very quickly, and we also want you to make a decision,  we also want you to make a statement. So a lone wolf option is not available, you will have to decide if you want to play with those guys or the other ones.”

Dying Light 2 currently has no firm release date. It’s in development for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC. On next-gen consoles, the game will support 4K, 60 FPS, and ray-tracing across multiple graphics modes. Read more on that through here. Meanwhile, Techland is also working to ensure that the game is properly optimized on PS4 and Xbox One.


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Source: https://gamingbolt.com/dying-light-2-will-have-a-lot-more-open-world-events-than-the-first-game

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PlayStation Studios Steam Page Hints at More Upcoming PC Releases

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Sony has previously suggested it will be bringing more games to PC down the road.


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A year ago, it seemed impossible that first party PlayStation games would ever be playable on any platform, but of late, Sony’s started bringing over some of its marquee games over to PC. It started with Horizon Zero Dawn, and soon, Days Gone is releasing for PC. PlayStation Studios now has a dedicated page on Steam, appropriately enough, and the page suggests that more games might be coming in the near future.

The PlayStation Studios creators page lists 41 games under its Steam publications so far, which includes games as well as DLCs. Interestingly enough though, only 24 of those are currently viewable on Steam- Horizon Zero Dawn, Predator: Hunting Grounds, Helldivers, and all of their respective DLCs. Of course, Days Gone is coming up as well, and it’s going to have DLCs of its own added to Steam, though that still wouldn’t explain the sizeable gap between the total games listed and the ones that are currently viewable.

Of course, while announced Days Gone for PC, PlayStation Studios boss Jim Ryan did say that “a whole slate” of first party PlayStation games will also be released for the platform in the future, so this doesn’t come as a surprise. It is interesting, however, that they might be ready sooner than you would have thought.


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Source: https://gamingbolt.com/playstation-studios-steam-page-hints-at-more-upcoming-pc-releases

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Biomutant Gameplay Trailers Showcase PS4 and Xbox One Performance

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Experiment 101 has also shared details on console frame rates and resolutions.


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With Experiment 101’s Biomutant out this month, the developer and THQ Nordic have released some new gameplay trailers highlighting the performance on Xbox One and PS4. Check them out below. Frame rates and resolutions that can be expected across each platform, including PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, have also been revealed.

On PC, the action RPG will run at 4K/60 FPS but there won’t be a cap on the frame rate. For Xbox One and PS4, you can expect a dynamic 1080p resolution and 30 FPS performance. PS4 Pro and Xbox One X players can look forward to 60 FPS performance but again, at a dynamic 1080p resolution.

While the title will be playable on Xbox Series X/S and PS5 through backwards compatibility, it will likely default to the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro frame rates and resolutions respectively. Experiment 101 hasn’t revealed plans for a current-gen update so we’ll need to wait for more details in the coming months. In the meantime, Biomutant is out for Xbox One, PS4 and PC on May 25th.


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Source: https://gamingbolt.com/biomutant-gameplay-trailers-showcase-ps4-and-xbox-one-performance

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Arkane’s New Fantasy IP is Reportedly Called “Omen”; Vampire-Related and Coming Next Year – Rumour

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The game is apparently going to be announced at E3.


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Earlier this year, job listings suggested that Arkane Studios’ Austin team, who developed Prey and Dishonored, were working on a new fantasy IP. Now, some new details on whatever this new game is have potentially emerged- and the game’s apparently closer to launch than you’d expect.

The rumour originated on ResetEra and has since been shared on Twitter by @_XboxNews. Arkane Austin’s new IP is apparently called Omen (or that’s its working title, at least) and has vampires. The game apparently has Spring 2022 target launch window, and will allegedly be revealed at E3 next month, perhaps with a CGI trailer.

Of course, this is an unconfirmed, unverified report, so take this with a grain of salt, but if it does turn out to be accurate, it’ll be interesting to see what a studio as talented as Arkane does with this premise. We’ll keep you updated on all new details, of course, so stay tuned.


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Source: https://gamingbolt.com/arkanes-new-fantasy-ip-is-reportedly-called-omen-vampire-related-and-coming-next-year-rumour

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