Square-Enix E3 Live Response
Square-Enix has the last publisher specific presser before the E3 show gets fully underway. While we had a lot of Square-Enix at both Microsoft and Sony, expect more on Hitman and Final Fantasy as well as a showcase of Just Cause 3.
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Update 14: Wow, this was a really uninformative press conference. I’m glad I could be the one that watched this for you so you didn’t waste your time. This press conference gets an F. The games will probably be pretty great, but that did not give us 90 minutes of excitement or entertainment.
Update 13: Looks like a Deus Ex game. A really polished first-person action-RPG. Set for release early next year. There is a Final Fantasy Portal App coming soon. It will have…things? I dunno, they didn’t tell us. Just that it is coming. They are announcing a new RPG product from a new studio. The studio is called Tokyo RPG Factory. They show some concept art of a snow covered world. A forest, and a village, and a weird cave made up of optics and clock faces. You can see them at Tokyo RPG Factory.
Update 12: I’m not going to lie. This press event is boring me a bit. Very little information being shared. Oh good, time for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. It was seen in a few videos yesterday, but not talked about. It is using a new game engine. It takes place 2 years after the last game. Augmented humans are being segregated and persecuted. Again, a lot of telling, not a lot of showing. New powers, choices change the story, etc. Here we go, first in game trailer.
Update 11: Reel for Hitman Sniper, Triade Wars, and Final Fantasy XV. Another video for…a new Star Ocean? Yup. Star Ocean Integrity and Faithlessness. Sheesh, little heavy handed with that subtitle. Confirmed for NA release on PS4. Here comes a game play trailer. Looks like a Star Ocean JRPG. Six member parties. Coming 2016.
Update 10: Io Interactive takes the stage. Hitman time. Release on December 8th. They will release new content after release. Example: Have a target that is available for 48 hours and you get one chance to finish it.
Update 9: World of Final Fantasy trailer from last night again. Now the director of the game is coming to speak. He is talking about the challenges that they had. Again talking about the game without telling us anything about it. You can form a tower with the players and monsters that change the effects of the attacks. That is a bit of news, but he doesn’t go any further into it. Coming 2016.
Update 8: Kingdom Hearts III time. First a message from Walt Disney Animation people about the game. Oh, they are proud, and there is a lot of collaboration. Apparently we are getting into the new properties like Tangled for this installment. Time for a game play video. It looks like Kingdom Hearts. Very bright and clean. Yup, there was the tower from Tangled. No characters really revealed outside of Donald Duck, Goofy, and Sora.
Update 7: The PC version of VII that is currently out will still be coming to PS4 this year, as well as iOS. Lokks like Kingdom Hearts is coming to smartphones. Hercules, Alice in Wonderland, the Seven Dwarfs in a turn-based action rpg for your phone. Kingdom Hearts Unchained Key for iOS and Android will come to North America. It will provide a link to Kingdom Hearts III.
Update 6: A teaser reel of upcoming releases. like the Final Fantasy Online expansion, Life is Strange, and Dragon Warrior Heroes. Now they are showing the same Final Fantasy VII remake movie that was shown at last night’s Sony event. More info to come this winter. Does Square Enix know they are supposed to actually covey information at a press event?
Update 5: More mobile. Expanding on the GO concept they’ve already released with Hitman GO there is now Lara Croft GO. It looks pretty. Turn based adventure. Again, not a lot of information.
Update 4: More Rise of the Tomb Raider. So far only announced for PC and Xbox One, but perhaps a timed console exclusive (probably at least a year). Today we get a behind the scenes look at how Laura Croft was created for this series. No new info here, though.
Update 3: Announcement of a new game from Platinum Games. Pretty art, heavy hitters from the RPG and fighting/action game fields as senior staff. Ah, it is a new Nier game. This will be a 2016/17 release, but looks intriguing. The first game received middling reviews in the West. However, Platinum Games has a strong track record.
Update 2: December 1st release date for Just Cause 3. Awesome. If you haven’t played any of the games in this series, it is the most ridiculous action game ever. Open world, go anywhere in it. Blow up lots of stuff. Grapple a helicopter to a boat and see what happens. Ride a motorcycle off a cliff, parachute down, guns blazing, then grapple into a convertible. Just Cause 3 gives players multiple grapple lines, and has a fully destructible environment. On top of the parachute you also get a wing suit this time. Over 80 vehicles, tons of weapons. This game looks to be a ton of fun.
Update 1: Slight technical difficulties at the beginning on my end. I seem to have missed the intro but now it is Just Cause 3 time.