Final Fantasy VII Coming To Switch "Soon"

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Nintendo has indicated that we may not have long to wait before beloved RPG Final Fantasy VII is available on the Switch. In a new, rather short commercial, the game is shown on the handheld hybrid console, with the video's description reading: "Final Fantasy VII coming soon!"

Final Fantasy developer and publisher Square Enix originally revealed its intention to bring the game to the Switch in September 2018, when it was announced for the platform alongside Final Fantasy IX, the X and X-2 remaster, and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age. However, they only gave a vague "2019" release window. While "coming soon" doesn't exactly give us a specific release date, at least we know we won't be waiting until the end of the year for it.

Square Enix previously confirmed that these versions of the Final Fantasy games will be based on recent ports either to other consoles or PC--obviously, this is not the in-development Final Fantasy VII remake. Final Fantasy VII was released for PC in 2013, with the game also available on the PlayStation Store digitally. Along with the Switch release, these games will also be making the jump to Xbox One, which is a first for a number of them.

Anthem Open Demo: Dates, Start Time, And What's Included

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This weekend, Anthem has its second and final demo before the game officially launches. Below, we've outlined every bit of information you need to know about the open demo, including how you can participate and what you'll be able to do.

Anthem is an upcoming multiplayer-focused, third-person shooter RPG developed by BioWare. You take control of a Freelancer, one of the disgraced heroes who protect the inhabitants of Fort Tarsis, who ventures out into the world to fulfill contracts, explore uncharted territory, and handle threats for others. You do this with the help of Javelins, powerful exo-suits that grant their pilots superpowered strength, reflexes, and abilities and come equipped with flight jets and deadly weapons.

Xbox One Adds 2 More Backwards Compatible Games

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Two more Xbox 360 games are joining Xbox One's growing backwards compatible library. Major Nelson has announced that Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants will both be playable on Microsoft's current-generation console beginning today, January 31.

Both of this week's BC games originally released in 2012. Lego Batman 2 is a humorous open-world adventure that sees the Caped Crusader team up with other DC heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman to save Gotham from the combined threat of Joker and Lex Luthor. Port Royale 3, meanwhile, is a simulation game that cast players in the role of a sea captain.

As usual, if you have a physical copy of either game, you can pop the disc into your Xbox One, which will initiate a download allowing you to play them on the console. On the other hand, if you've previously purchased either game digitally, you'll find them automatically waiting in the Ready to Download section of the console's My Games and Apps tab.

Play Multiplayer Games On Xbox One For Free This Weekend

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Microsoft has announced that this coming weekend will be a Free Play Days For All event on Xbox One. So whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership, you'll be able to play with your friends online in whichever game you want.

The Free Play Days For All event begins on January 31 and continues until February 3. Microsoft's advertising for the event leans heavily on Fortnite, but you'll be able to play any game you own. Whether that means you jump into another battle royale game, such as PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, or into something else, like Titanfall 2 or Dark Souls III, is up to you.

If you do jump into Fortnite, you'll be able to cross-play with friends on other systems, including Switch and PS4. The game is currently experiencing a DJ Marshmello-themed mini event, with an in-game challenge to track down Showtime posters. Two more challenges are expected to open up on February 1, just in time for the Free Play Days For All event.

Toy Story 4 Sneak Peek Coming After The Super Bowl

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The Super Bowl is going to be chock full of ads and movie trailers, but if you stay tuned after the game you'll get an extra treat. Disney Pixar has teased in a short clip that a sneak peek of Toy Story 4 will follow the big game.

The clip features the new characters Ducky and Bunny, who debuted in their own teaser in November. That could signal that the sneak peek will revolve around them, though we'd expect to see at least an appearance from more well-known characters like Woody and Buzz.

Just recently, a separate teaser announced the return of Bo Peep, Woody's love interest who went missing in the third movie. We've also met a new character named Forky, who is exactly what he sounds like: a plastic fork with a make-shift face. Pixar has said that this movie is about the gang discovering how big the world is for a toy.

Toy Story 4 Sneak Peek Coming After Super Bowl

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The Super Bowl is going to be chock full of ads and movie trailers, but if you stay tuned after the game you'll get an extra treat. Disney Pixar has teased in a short clip that a sneak peek of Toy Story 4 will follow the big game.

The clip features the new characters Ducky and Bunny, who debuted in their own teaser in November. That could signal that the sneak peek will revolve around them, though we'd expect to see at least an appearance from more well-known characters like Woody and Buzz.

Just recently, a separate teaser announced the return of Bo Peep, Woody's love interest who went missing in the third movie. We've also met a new character named Forky, who is exactly what he sounds like: a plastic fork with a make-shift face. Pixar has said that this movie is about the gang discovering how big the world is for a toy.

Smash Bros. Ultimate Is Off To An Incredible Start, Already Hits Huge Milestone

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has proven to be a big critical and commercial success for Nintendo since it arrived on Switch last month. Despite launching toward the end of the year, the title was Amazon's best-selling video game of 2018 as well as the fifth best-selling game in the US (not accounting for digital sales), and now it's hit another huge sales milestone.

In its latest earnings report, Nintendo revealed that the mascot fighter has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, making it the company's third best-selling Switch game to date. According to Nintendo's updated list of best-selling Switch software, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate moved a combined 12.08 million physical and digital copies as of December 31, 2018--a figure that's all the more impressive considering the game had only been available for roughly three weeks by that point.

Ultimate launched for Switch on December 7 and quickly set new sales records for the series. The title has already sold more than twice as many copies as its predecessor, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. At this rate, it's also on track to overtake the series' best-selling entry, Super Smash Bros. Brawl for Wii, which sits at 13.29 million units--assuming it hasn't already done so, as Nintendo has yet to share Ultimate's January sales figures.

PS4 Update 6.50 Beta Now Live, Invites Going Out; Here's What We Know

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Members of the PlayStation 4 system software beta program can try out the next iteration of the console's firmware now. Invites have gone out for PS4's 6.50 beta, letting players kick the tires and test the stability of an update that is mostly focused on, what else, stability.

The invite notes that firmware 6.50 "does not include any new major consumer-facing features" but requests the community's help "fine-tuning the performance and stability improvements the update brings." Interested testers can download the beta through a special link, and then provide feedback on a beta forum.

This is similar to the 6.00 update, which despite being a whole number was focused squarely on stability improvements. Sony is being more upfront about that fact this time around though, after functionality in the 6.00 beta was kept a secret known only to testers. That left the eventual roll-out somewhat of a disappointment when it didn't do much at all.

PS4 Update 6.50 Beta Invites Going Out, Here's What We Know

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Members of the PlayStation 4 system software beta program can try out the next iteration of the console's firmware now. Invites have gone out for the 6.5 beta, letting players kick the tires and test the stability of an update that is mostly focused on, what else, stability.

The invite notes that firmware 6.50 "does not include any new major consumer-facing features" but requests the community's help "fine-tuning the performance and stability improvements the update brings." Interested testers can download the beta through a special link, and then provide feedback on a beta forum.

This is similar to the 6.0 update, which despite being a whole number was focused squarely on stability improvements. Sony is being more upfront about that fact this time around though, after functionality in the 6.0 beta was kept a secret known only to testers. That left the eventual roll-out somewhat of a disappointment when it didn't do much at all.