Show of the Conference?
Square Enix came in to this year with a lot of doubters riding them. Last year’s conference was a flop and didn’t provide much of anything for fans to enjoy. This year is a different story though, Square Enix played all the hits. From Remakes, to Remasters, to original new games, this conference seemingly had it all, and on top, we saw extended gameplay of most of the games, which is a rarity in this E3. It was refreshing to see a company show so much gameplay of such heavily anticipated games.
A lot of the focus in the presentation was set around Final Fantasy and many of the classic games in the series. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles is being made for mobile devices including the Switch and PS4, which is especially exciting. A new spinoff game of Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, titled, War of the Visions promised more info later this year. Final Fantasy XIIII: A Realm Reborn is getting a major expansion in the Shadow Bringers expansion which releases July 2, 2019. For some fans the biggest piece of news came towards the very end, when Final Fantasy VIII, which had been noticeably missing from various virtual marketplaces, was announced to have a remastered version coming this year, which rounds out all of the disc Final Fantasy games available on modern platforms for the first time ever.
The Switch got a little bit of love today, as multiple games were shown off for the system. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of An Illusive Age Definitive Edition was shown off again although surprisingly no hard details were given. Dragon Quest Builder 2 was also shown off, with an in depth look into the story and what the gameplay will look like. And, last but not least, The Last Remnant Remastered has been ported to the Switch and is available right now.
Speaking of out now, Battalion 1994 looks to be Square Enix’s entry into the esports scene. It is sold as a classic shooter like Call Of Duty III: Modern Warfare, and a mix of other games, it is out now if you are interested in it. Multiple remasters that weren’t Final Fantasy involved were announced, including Romancing Saga 3 and Saga Scarlet Gate, two unexpected surprises from the company but welcome additions either way.
Square Enix has other big name games show up at the conference not named Final Fantasy or Avengers. Dying Light 2 got another trailer with a release window of Spring 2020. Outriders was announced and it looks like it takes a lot of inspiration from Mad Max aesthetically. That game is scheduled to come out in Summer 2020. And Oninaki, possibly the most colorful game shown at this year’s show so far. This dungeon crawling game comes out August 22 this year.
Final Fantasy VII kicked off the show with an extremely in depth look at the game, going over battle systems, characters, and how the game is going to be released. While it has been said that the game will come out as an episodic game, it was announced that the game will release on 2 Bluetooth discs worth of data. The trailer showed off all of the important things about the remake, Tifa, Sephiroth, and most importantly, even though it was announced the night before. The first episode will release March 3 2020. We were also given our first look at the new Avengers game and what its story would be. The story sounds oddly reminiscent of the lore of Overwatch, but there are still strong signs of encouragement. The game looks to be a game as a service much like Assassins Creed Odyssey. With the promise of free characters and episodes post launch with no random lootboxes or pay to win mechanics, this game looks very encouraging when it comes to gameplay.
Square Enix came out of this conference with multiple showstopper game announcements. Final Fantasy VII could be game of the show, and the rest of the catalog looks to stand up well for what they are as well. This was possibly the most satisfying conference this year, it certainly had the most gameplay which is noteworthy on its own.
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