Square Enix's E3 Showcase 2018 Details
We went into E3 expecting a lot from Square Enix, and the publisher did not disappoint. From long-awaited (to put it mildly) fan favorites to new installments in classic series, Square Enix knew exactly who it was speaking to at this morning's showcase, in the soothing dulcet tones of no less than Keith David himself.
If you happened to miss the livestream, here's an overview of today's Square Enix reveals.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
The third entry in the rebooted Tomb Raider series begun under Rhianna Pratchett, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is slated for a September 14th release. It's being billed as a "darker" Lara Croft story, with a lot of the same grisly action setpieces we've come to expect out of the rebooted games. Today, we got an all-new story trailer, featuring the unceremonious offing of Jonah (sorry). Check it out below:
Following this, we got a nice long look at gameplay, including stealth ambushes that allow you to turn enemies against each other, takedowns from above, questionably explosive cans of gasoline, and honestly just an astonishing amount of murder for this early in the morning.
"Of course, we have tombs," director Dan Bisson added, just in case we were worried.
We'll have more Shadow of the Tomb Raider impressions for you later this week, so stay tuned!
Final Fantasy XIV: Under the Moonlight
I'm not entirely sure what goes on in Final Fantasy XIV. From my friends I gather there are fashion shows, weddings, and recently there was a samurai land introduced? Anyway, there's a new expansion headed for the game later this year, containing a lot of swords and flowing long jackets.
Final Fantasy XIV x Monster Hunter World
It's unclear if this crossover will be a timed event in FFXIV or some sort of standalone game. My money would be on the former. It's due Summer 2018.
Kingdom Hearts 3
Thank goodness, Tetsuya Nomura finally managed to count to 3. After a comical number of side games, remasters, and inbetweenquels, Kingdom Hearts 3 finally has a release date: January 29th, 2019.
Following on a drip feed of reveals and gameplay trailers in the last few months, we saw a new characters and settings trailer at yesterday's Microsoft presser, and slightly revised version at today's Square Enix showcase, including some new shots of Rikku, Axel, and the Twilight Town residents and a brief look at a friggin Ratatouille world.
Can Kingdom Hearts 3 possibly live up to five years of fan expectations? Our guess is no, but Kingdom Hearts fans are Olympic-level experts at salvaging this frankly nonsensical, long-running series and turning it into something beautiful, so be prepared for some awesome cosplay at the very least.
Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age
It's often said that while Final Fantasy is the Square Enix series of choice abroad, Dragon Quest is the publisher favorite among Japanese fans. However, Squeenix seems to be recommitting itself to bringing Dragon Quest West in a more timely fashion now, with the 11th mainline entry due out this September.
Today saw a new English-dubbed story trailer showcasing the cast:
The Quiet Man
This third-person brawler featuring a deaf protagonist is due out this August. We don't know much more at this time.
This welcomed little surprise developed by Nier Automata studio Platinum Games gives off a nice Dark Souls/Tactics Ogre vibe. It's due out in 2019.
Life is Strange: The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
We first heard about this (totally free!) Life is Strange spinoff at yesterday's Microsoft press conference. Very few new details emerged today, but we did get a reminder of the release date, June 26th.
First revealed in January 2017, this Nintendo Switch exclusive JRPG is due out next friggin month, if you can believe that. Drawing heavily from Square Enix classic titles and character art reminiscent of Hiroshi Minagawa (Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy Tactics), Octopath is sure to scratch that ultraspecific nostalgia itch, while also doing some innovative things with gameplay.
Just Cause 4
Also showcased at yesterday's Microsoft presser, today's reveal offered an information-heavy trailer describing the new setting and story, as well as new vehicles, new functionality for Rico's trademark grappling hook, and large-scale environment events like storms and tornadoes.
Just Cause 4 is due out this December 4th.
Also showcased today was a repeat of yesterday's confirmation that Nier Automata would be headed to Xbox One, as well as a short announcement for an upcoming Dragon Quest XI event in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius.
What we didn't see is almost more notable: no footage or even a mention of the upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake, no actual gameplay details for Captain Spirit, and no Dragon Quest Builders 2. That said, we still have three more days of E3 ahead of us, so Square Enix has plenty of opportunities to wow us with some extra reveals.
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