Hello everyone, this is Masaaki Shimizu, Publisher of Square Enix Manga & Books.
First of all, please allow me to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in launching our English-language publishing program. To our authors, licensors, staff, booksellers, and all our fans and readers: thank you very much! We’re tremendously grateful for all your efforts and support thus far. Now and in the future, our focus remains on contributing to the wellbeing of our staff while bringing our readers books of the highest quality.
Over the recent weeks we’ve had many discussions with our partners and licensors as we’ve continued to assess the ongoing impact of coronavirus on all our areas of operations, from production to shipping to retail sales. After careful consideration, we have decided to reschedule the on-sale dates of some selected series in response to these unprecedented conditions.
You can find the revised release dates for the below series debuts on our website (www.square-enix-books.com) under the “Release Calendar” section.
The on-sale dates for rest of our series debuts will remain unaffected, and we’ll continue to work hard to get our books into the hands of readers in as timely a manner as possible.
Thanks again for your ongoing support and understanding.
Please stay safe and well!
First and foremost, our hearts and thoughts go out to all of you who have been affected in any way by this unprecedented crisis.
Due to the effects of governmental shelter-in-place, business closures, and workforce reductions during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are experiencing significant disruptions all across the book and comics industries. These disruptions have affected the entire supply chain, from printer shutdowns to decreased shipping capacities to the unfortunate closure of so many bookstores, comic shops, and other retailers.
These current logistical barriers have resulted in us taking the difficult decision to postpone the scheduled releases of our May and June titles to later months, in the hopes of getting our books to you as soon as circumstances allow. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through these challenging times together.
The revised release dates are currently projected as follow:
(Titles are in alphabetical order)
As conditions are still evolving rapidly, we will continue to evaluate the situation on a day-to-day basis. We may need to make further changes to our manga and book release schedule depending on what the future brings over the coming weeks and months. Our priority is to minimize any risks and contribute to the wellbeing of our staff, partners, and, most of all, our fans and readers.
Square Enix Manga & Books
LOS ANGELES (March 23, 2020) – SQUARE ENIX® announced two new books being published by the company’s Square Enix Manga & Books imprints, FINAL FANTASY® VII REMAKE: World Preview and FINAL FANTASY VII Poster Collection, which will celebrate the iconic characters, massive world and beautiful visuals of one of the most anticipated video games of the year, FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE. The titles will be releasing this Fall through all major book sales channels as well as from the SQUARE ENIX Store for $24.99 each.
FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE: World Preview, releasing on September 8th, is a lavishly illustrated, full-color introduction to the world of the beloved game. The hardcover volume offers both new players and long-time fans essential information on characters, gameplay and more, in addition to exclusive commentary from Director Tetsuya Nomura and Producer Yoshinori Kitase. (For more information: https://sqex.link/ia2)
FINAL FANTASY VII Poster Collection, shipping on November 17th, is a collection of 22 full-color, premium-quality removable posters celebrating the game’s rich legacy, with images depicted from the world of FINAL FANTASY VII, including FINAL FANTASY VII: ADVENT CHILDREN®, DIRGE OF CERBERUS®, CRISIS CORE®, FINAL FANTASY VII and FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE. (For more information: https://sqex.link/kyl)
FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE is rated T (Teen) and will be available first on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system on April 10, 2020. The FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Demo is available to download now for the PlayStation®4 system at: http://sqex.link/FF7RDemo. For more information, visit: www.ffvii-remake.com
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 18, 2019) – At Anime NYC, SQUARE ENIX® revealed six new titles in its English-language manga, novels and art book line-up for 2020. The titles, releasing Fall 2020, will be published by the company’s new Square Enix Manga & Books imprints and include a brand new novel, NieR:Automata™ YoRHa Boys, along with a selection of manga, including The Apothecary Diaries, Ragna Crimson, The Great Jahy will not be Defeated!, Beauty and the Feast and By the Grace of the Gods.
NieR:Automata YoRHa Boys, written by Jun Eishima and supervised by NieR:Automata Director YOKO TARO, takes place before the beginning of the award-winning post-apocalyptic action role-playing game and focuses on the story of YoRHa Experimental Unit M, a squadron composed of YoRHa male type models established for the purpose of collecting a full range of behavioural data. The novel also includes artwork by famed FINAL FANTASY® illustrator, Toshiyuki Itahana.
Additionally, the following previously announced titles received official release dates: