Square Enix’s E3 press conference just ended, and did they deliver the goods? Most would say so. What did we get a bigger look at, and what was just announced?
The one game everybody was waiting for a bigger peek at: Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Our long national drought of Tifa has finally ended as she makes her first appearance in a trailer. Many recognizable scenes from the first few hours of the game were shown, now larger than life in 4K. This game (at least the first part of it) is due out March 3, 2020.
We’ve known for some time that Square’s Crystal Dynamics is working on an Avengers game, and we also knew we were supposed to see it for the first time tonight….which is why waiting over an hour to see it was interminable. But after many mini-trailers for mobile games and music streaming had their say, we finally got to watch Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and others perform superheroics. Also, the world is ruined and it may be their fault. We even got a release date: May 15, 2020.
Right now you can download and play every PS1 and PS2 Final Fantasy with the exception of one: FF8. No one knows exactly why it was left out of the initial run, nor what’s taken so long to deliver it, but like Tifa, who cares as long as it’s friggin’ here at last. The brooding adventures of Squall will arrive on PS4, Nintendo Switch, XBox One and PC later this year.
Square’s long-running MMO Final Fantasy XIV is expanding this year with Shadowbringers! This was our first real look at the content and storyline that’s on the way. It begins in July.
Tokyo RPG Factory is a subsidiary of Square that was responsible for I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear. Now they’re switching from turn-based to action with the fast-paced slasher Oninaki. You play as a Watcher — someone assigned to guide lost souls to where they belong, while battling demons that get in their way.
Square is localizing two SaGa games, one new and one old. This series doesn’t come to America very often. I wish they would port MORE of the older titles…and I REALLY wish for an English Secret Of Mana Collection…
THIS doesn’t look much like a Square game, and it stood out in a sea of crazy-haired, exotically-dressed fantasy dudes. Outriders is from a Western studio Square just happens to be affiliated with. The game comes out Summer 2020.