While they may not have had as many E3 conferences as Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, Square Enix have proven time and again that the quality of their presentations is one of the highest in the industry. This years E3 Conference held on Monday, June 10th was no exception, providing a healthy balance of celebration of their previous work and several teasers to their upcoming future projects. In a similar manner to the State of Play and Nintendo Direct presentations, the conference was split into several pieces with an interlude between them centred around a series of paintings in a gallery. Here’s our round-up of Square’s latest games from one of the biggest conferences in the world for gaming.
Final Fantasy VII Remastered
The show opened with a brand-new trailer for Final Fantasy VII Remake, showcasing several of the side characters with their first English vocal track as well as the reveal of Tifa Lockhart in her Remake ensemble. The scope of the first volume of the game was confirmed to be on two discs, with there being the same amount of gameplay as a modern Final Fantasy for each part.
One of the biggest changes was that the battle system has now evolved into a tactical alternative, with only one button required to perform most actions during the most intense sequences.
Life Is Strange 2 & Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered
After FFVII’s release date was confirmed to be March 3rd 2020, we were then given a retrospective of the first three chapters of Life is Strange 2. While the game hasn’t been as critically acclaimed as it’s predecessor, there is a certain charm about the journey of Sean and Daniel Diaz that many players are itching to complete when the next episodes release later this year.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered was next out of the gate, showing some all new gameplay footage, along with an announcement of a mobile port alongside the console releases.
Octopath Traveler & The Last Remnant Remastered
A revisit to the world of Octopath Traveler was featured in a trailer celebrating it’s recent PC release, showcasing the vibrant world and the eight playable heroes alongside a set of challenges that players can try to accomplish.
To round off the retro revivals for the moment, the remastered port of The Last Remnant, which was highly celebrated on Xbox 360, was announced to be releasing that very day for the Nintendo Switch.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 & Dragon Quest XI S
The world of Dragon Quest was next on the itinerary, with a highly enthusiastic showcase of Dragon Quest Builders 2 for the Nintendo Switch, PC and PS4. Alongside this, the definitive edition of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age was given a release window of Autumn 2019, showcasing the orchestrated soundtrack missing from the original release, as well as the 16-bit styled classic mode as an alternative to the beautiful 4K 3D graphics.
Circuit Superstars, Battalion 1944: Eatern Front And Kingdom Hearts II Re:MIND
The next games to be revealed were a top down racing title named Circuit Superstars, and some more DLC for Battalion 1944: Eastern Front. After this, it was time for the Kingdom Hearts universe to make its grand appearance. The long awaited Re:Mind DLC for Kingdom Hearts III was teased, with it’s release date set to be later this year.
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormbringer, Romancing Saga 3 & Saga Scarlet Grace Ambitions
The Stormbringer DLC for Final Fantasy XIV drew the crowd’s attention, with several revisits to older concepts as well as all new gameplay systems enhancing the highly popular MMORPG. After an all new trailer to tease the eventual release of Dying Light 2, we were treated to the news that two previously untranslated RPGs, Romacing Saga 3 and Saga Scarlet Grace Ambitions are making their way to the west.
War Of The Visions, Oninaki & Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
Mobile gamers were given a reason to celebrate, as War of the Visions, a whole new title in the same universe as the highly popular mobile RPG Final Fantasy Brave Exvius was reported to be in development.
The next game to be showcased was a new shooter named Outriders, which has been in development for some time by the makers of Bulletstorm. The release date for Oninaki, an isometric RPG from the makers of I Am Setsuna was announced for August 22nd 2019, as well as the phenomenal news that Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is finally in development, with a projected 2019 release window currently on the cards.
The final game to be showcased this year is possibly the biggest announcement of them all. The Marvel Avengers game which was teased earlier this year was given several sneak peek trailers and interspliced gameplay footage, as well as the news that new content will be added to the game for several years after its release on May 15th 2020.
The superhero action title will feature a single player campaign, as well as four player co-op action and all new heroes from the Marvel universe being added to the roster free of charge, alongside the already confirmed cast. Several high calibre voice actors were confirmed to voice the main heroes, with Travis Willingham taking on the role of Thor, Laura Bailey voicing Black Widow, Troy Baker voicing The Hulk and Nolan North playing Tony ‘Iron Man’ Stark.
With that, the conference came to a triumphant close. It would be fair to say that Square Enix have given us a lot to look forward to, as well as a host of trips down memory line into the bargain. Do you have a favourite moment in the show, and what game are you going to be purchasing on release? Let us know what you think in the comments below and stay tuned to VGU for more recap articles on the biggest conferences to hit the stage at E3 2019.