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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

E3 2019: Square Enix Press Conference recap



News by Lindsay M.

It's been a bit of a bleak E3 to date, with several press conferences yet only a handful of games to be excited about. I'm sure I'm not the only one looking to Square Enix to breath some life back into the conference. So without further ado, let's see if they do.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Only FFVII can make a crowd cheer that loud, which means it is where we start today's Square Enix adventure. Following a trailer, fans are thanked for their patience over the years of waiting for this remake to happen. Two Blu-ray discs worth of gameplay 'content.'


The developers promise a hybrid gameplay system that combines real-time action with command-based combat. In tactical mode, time slows to a crawl and players can make decisions strategically. You can choose which way to play, real-time or tactical mode.

Oh gosh it just keeps going with the FFVII. Fifteen solid minutes at this point, although lots of that has been gameplay footage which is appreciated. Again, patient fans are thanked. Finally, there's a longer version of yesterday's concert trailer available.

The FFVII Remake will be available on March 3, 2020.


Life Is Strange 2

Oh this is Life Is Strange 2. How lovely to see it getting represented on stage at E3 even though it's between episodes. It's such a touching title, and everyone should play if they get the chance.

You can read my review of the first episode, and my thoughts on the second and third episodes, as we wait with baited breath for the fourth.


Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles

Huh, Crystal Chronicles you say? Why not. It's got online multiplayer and is coming to smartphones. Smartphones! Yes!



Octopath Traveler

It's now available for PC (and Switch)!


The Last Remnant Remastered

What would you sacrifice for power? Available today for the Nintendo Switch. I love a surprise drop!



Dragon Quest Builders 2

It's bigger, it's better, it's Dragon Quest Builders 2! Escape the clutches of evil, make friends, and defeat hateful enemies. All while discovering your skill as a master builder. Each island contains new crafting skills, and there's more to create than ever before. You heard me, CONTENT! The only limit is your imagination. A playable demo is available June 27.



Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

Adventure in classic or contemporary style with full orchestral backing; it's actually quite something!

This version of Dragon Quest XI is available this fall on the Nintendo Switch.


Square Enix Collective

Time for some Square Enix Collective love! It's published loads of great titles since its launch in 2016, and I can't wait to see what comes next. And up next...
  • ... It's a racing game, the developers aiming for a revival of the genre. Circuit Superstars will be released in 2020. 

  • ... It's a shooty game. Battalion 19/44. There are modes. It's available now on Steam. Yawn. Moving on.
  • ... It's a music game! No, it's just all the Final Fantasy music that went up on Spotify and Apple Music. But you knew that already, didn't you clever reader?
  • ... It's a dusty world where coats ward off darkness. Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind. But you knew about that already too, right?


Final Fantasy XIV Online: Shadowbringers

Shadowbringers is FFXIV's third expansion pack, releasing on July 2. It's more than a single expansion pack, bringing CONTENT that equals a normal stand-alone title. At least it will keep us busy until March 3, right?


Dying Light 2

Dying Light 2 is pretty... common. FPS, zombies, and the like.


Romancing Saga comes West

Two celebrated RPGs finally come West! Romancing Saga 3 and SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions.



War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius

Oh my god shut up about Final Fantasy already. Brave Exvius has birthed a new title, War of the Visions. They will be the "pillars" in the growing world of Lapus. A continent in conflict, later referenced as the War of the Visions. The monarch is the one with visions. Oh, why am I bothering to write this? Nobody cares unless it's Avengers and it's not (yet).


Outriders

There are people with armour and big guns on an alien planet. We've got a creativity award-winner on our hands here, don't we? It will be released next (Northern) summer.

Goodness me, they're going to drag this out with the studio head of People Can Fly on stage and people whooping at inappropriate times. And another trailer.


Oninaki

Reincarnation is the foundation of their way of life, and we turn our grief to joy as we send off the dead. The sounds of those who held back tears in life, though, need salvation in death. The Watchers sever these bonds, navigating the emotions of the living and the dead.

Oninaki will be released on August 22 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.


Final Fantasy VIII Remastered

At long last, another remaster! This time it's Final Fantasy VIII getting the red carpet treatment. And it's coming this year!



Marvel Avengers

It is time. Avengers.... assemble! Then... dissemble when something bad happens to San Francisco. That's not the end of the story though, it's just the beginning. The Avengers are outlawed, but five years later a horrific heart threatens the world and only the Avengers can stop them. You will play as Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Iron Man.

This is Crystal Dynamic's interpretation of the Avengers, not what you've seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That's a super important distinction. The game has an original story about self-acceptance and embracing our individual powers.

New CONTENT (come on, is there not a better worl will be released for the game following launch. Every new superhero and every new region will not cost anything to game owners; that means no random loot boxes or pay-to-win scenarios.

Marvel Avengers will release worldwide for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stavia, and PC on May 15, 2020. PS players gets early beta access and unique benefits to be revealed at a later time.

- Lindsay M.
News Editor


E3 2019: Square Enix Press Conference recap
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