Square Enix Triple Punch Revealed
09.15.04 - 3:40 PM

First information on Square Enix's two newest PlayStation 2 titles as well as the newest PC-based addition to the company's online platform PlayOnline has been released in Japan today. Akitoshi Kawazu's newest project is a PlayStation 2 remake of the Super Famicom hit Romancing SaGa. Titled Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song, the game will feature 3D map and battle visuals. Tomomi Kobayashi will return as illustrator. Players can choose between eight protagonists, all of which are generated as 3/4-sized models. Director and producer Akitoshi Kawazu's development team views the game as a compilation and hence will implement systems which are representative for the entire SaGa series, such as the free scenario system. In a character named Dark and a minstrel, two new characters have been added as well. The original Romancing SaGa for Super Famicom was released in January 1992 and has sold 980,000 copies in Japan.

Romancing SaGa: Minstrel SaGa will be available in Japan in spring 2005.

As the company previously hinted, a new Final Fantasy VII-related title featuring Final Fantasy VII's Vincent Valentine has been in development for some time. The PlayStation 2 RPG Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII will take place one year after the events of the upcoming DVD movie Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. After peace has returned to the world, a group calling itself the Dirge of Cerberus appears and attacks a city. Square Enix promises the game's story will solve the final mysteries of Final Fantasy VII's world. The first magazine scan can be seen below, courtesy of SquareNet.

Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII will be available in Japan sometime next year.

In addition to the two new PlayStation 2 titles, the company also revealed a new PC-based PlayOnline title. Fantasy Earth: The Ring of Dominion is an online RPG. The game has yet to receive an official release date, though the company has opened an official website for it.

Dirge of Cerberus: FFVII

Chris Winkler