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E3 2019 | Square Enix Tuesday June 11th 2:00AM BST


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Usually I wouldn't bother with E3 threads myself, but there are one or two things I'm curious to check out at Square Enix’s show. With the latest Final Fantasy 7 Remake trailer released in May and showing in-engine gameplay (read: "there was occasionally a UI element in the corner"), there are probably a number of gamers hoping to find out more details about this long-awaited release. A new trailer for the game was already released on Monday 10th, showing various battle and story scenes and revealing a worldwide release date for March 3rd 2020. The battle system still looks somewhat simple and mashy, but I'm curious about whether or not they're deliberately holding off from revealing all of the battle system's tricks until later... or if we've already seen the combat at its most complex...

 

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Outside of that, we know for sure that there's going to be an update on the Avengers videogame project - in late May the official Twitter account for the new game stated that "the worldwide reveal of Marvel’s Avengers" would be at Square Enix's E3 event, so that's something to look forward to. Considering the diversity of Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal’s recent games it’s hard to know what the Avengers project may turn out to be, but one quote from Marvel claims "Marvel’s Avengers is being designed for gamers worldwide and will be packed with all the characters, environments, and iconic moments that have thrilled longtime fans of the franchise. Featuring a completely original story, it will introduce a universe gamers can play in for years to come". As someone who enjoys the Marvel films (and whose nephew is nuts about them) I'm definitely curious to see what they have planned.

 

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We also know for sure that Dying Light 2 will make an appearance - Techland is calling this a "narrative sandbox" in a modern dark age with decisions that players make being remembered by the game and its characters, and where player choices can affect entire regions of the game's world. Honestly, it's not a series I've followed that much so I don't have a lot to say, but reactive worlds are always interesting, and hopefully the emergent bits of Dying Light 2 will result in a game that has more to offer than.... uh, can we call them zombies? Are they zombies? Do they have another name? I'm not good with this franchise guys.

 

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Square Enix will also be revealing a new project named Outriders (thanks @Revival!) - this is the first time they've made any sort of announcement about the project, although apparently a trademark was registered in May of last year, and some cryptic "mission log" tweets have been tweeted by the Outriders twitter account over the past month or so. Not long after I posted this thread, the same account made a much less cryptic tweet, with the words "See it first: >>> 06.10.19 <<<" and hashtags for #SquareEnixE3 and #E32019. (06.10 is June 10th, but remember that because of timezones we'll be seeing the conference on the 11th. :) )

 

Unconfirmed games? Well, there's Babylon's Fall. Since its reveal in the previous E3 there's been next to no news on the Platinum-Square joint, which is pretty embarrassing for the poor sap who excitedly created a thread about it. There's a trailer with lots of nice art and snippets of lore, then a few seconds of an armoured guy attacking a bigger armoured guy... but very little else since. The trailer did originally end with a "2019" date, so I feel like they have to show something - even if it's just the same trailer with a different date at the end - to reassure people that it isn't disappearing. Anyway, the fact remains that the last time Square and Platinum joined forces we ended up with the brilliant Nier Automata, so I'm hoping for something good...

 

Square Enix is also publishing a new action game by Tokyo RPG Factory that's due to release this Summer. Named Oninaki, it "tells the story of one Watcher on a journey to protect Life, after Death" - at least according to the game's Steam page. From the trailer, it looks like a very pretty 3D RPG with chibi-looking characters, real-time combat and colourful backdrops. Another soundbite from Square Enix blurb mentions that "Players will uncover the mysteries of life, death and what’s beyond as protagonist, Kagachi moving between the Living World and the realm of the dead known as the Beyond." Who knows whether this will make an appearance or not...

 

In terms of existing franchises, there's going to be an FFXIV presence at the show where people can check out Shadowbringers, and there's assuredly going to be more Kingdom Hearts 3 content where they reveal future DLC plans for that game. We also know that a few Dragon Quest games are on the way - DQXI for Switch, DQ Builders 2, and the Pokemon Go-style DQ Walk. And finally, if you'll excuse a bit of baseless speculation from me - I'm curious to see if they have anything else in store for Nier. Last year we had the reveal of Nier Automata: Become As Gods Edition, which wrapped up the game and its DLC into one package that was available for more platforms, but I'd be keen to know if there are any plans for more Automata, or even a new Nier Gestalt/Replicant thing!

 

https://square-enix-games.com/en_US/news/e3-2019

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On 03/06/2019 at 15:25, Qazimod said:

there's assuredly going to be more Kingdom Hearts 3 content where they reveal future DLC plans for that game

 

The Japan channel already published a trailer yesterday:

 

 

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Cross-post from the FFVIIR thread; expect this to be in Tuesday's briefing...

 

9 hours ago, Alex W. said:

March 2020. There's going to be some pretty significant narrative changes, I think.

 

 

 

Also, there may be a thing on Brave Exvius, as a trailer for a mobile game appeared recently: 

 

 

 

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Don’t think we’ll have the same crowd for this as we would Sony but we’re gonna hear about the same number of megaton games (I hope!) so let’s go!

 

Starting with FF7 so that’s a win.

 

Aeris is so pretty. :wub:

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