Let’s get the third day of E3 started with the sweet voice of Keith David and a few new games from Square Enix. No stage presentations here as it appears to be a pre-recorded digital showcase.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
After a quick introduction from Matsuda from Square Enix, we have some gameplay from the new Tomb Raider game. This new trailer showed off some pretty cool stealth and combat mechanics that have been refined from previous games. The developers are boasting new traversal techniques, bigger hub worlds and more tombs than ever before.
Available 14th September 2018 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood Update
With a mix of cinematics and gameplay, FFXIV is getting a major update dubbed “Under the Moonlight”. It looks like there is also going to be a Monster Hunter World and Final Fantasy XIV Crossover so look forward to it in Summer 2018 if you like to mix and match your worlds.
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
A new reveal trailer and an explanation from the developers DONTNOD that this isn’t Life is Strange season 2 but does exist in the same world.
Available 26th June 2018, 100% Free on PS4, Xbox One and PC
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
Dragon Quest XI is a completely standalone experience that features entirely new characters, a beautifully detailed world, finely tuned turn-based combat, and an immersive story that will appeal to long-time fans and franchise newcomers alike.
Available 4th September 2018 on PS4 and PC
More information – www.DQ11.com
We have a new IP with a teaser trailer from Platinum Games which depicts a timeline of events leading up to the game.
Available 2019 on PS4 and PC
Nier: Automata – Become as Gods Edition
With the same trailer as the Microsoft conference, Nier: Automata is coming to Xbox with all previously released DLC and enhanced graphics for Xbox One X.
Available 26th June on Xbox One
Announced roughly nine months ago, we are getting a little more gameplay from the upcoming Nintendo Switch title.
13th July 2018 for Nintendo Switch
Watch the trailer – https://www.twitch.tv/videos/272057911?t=27m17s
Just Cause 4
A trailer filled with explosions and dubstep is just what you want from a new Just Cause game. New world called Solice is like nothing before and Rico Rodriguez is back again to bring the explosive action. Customisable grapple with more tethers and boosters. Newly redesigned vehicles, micro-jets, Tornado’s and so much more. Developed in the new, open world Apex Engine.
Available 4th of December 2018 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
The Quiet Man
A mix of cinematics and live action tease the announcement of another new IP. Silence. Rings. Loudest. More to details are to come in August.
Coming soon to PS4 and PC.
Watch the trailer – https://www.twitch.tv/videos/272057911?t=31m45s
More information – https://thequietman.square-enix-games.com/
Kingdom Hearts 3
Same trailer as the Microsoft showcase as well but it’s always nice to see that amazing art style once again. On their quest to defeat the darkness, Sora, Donald, and Goofy run into familiar friends and foes as they adventure through Disney and Pixar worlds, including Frozen, Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., and Tangled!
Available 29th January 2019 on PS4 and Xbox One.
Conclusion and Thoughts
It was certainly a short presentation from Square Enix, totaling in at 30 minutes so these thoughts are also quite short. This could’ve possibly been a test run to be amped up in the coming years but I’m excited to see more about the two new IP’s that were announced. Seriously though, no Final Fantasy 7 update? I guess we will be waiting with baited breath for the Sony Conference to pull out all the stops.
I’m excited to play a new Tomb Raider game and explore all the new locations in the search of treasure. Just Cause 4 looks like everything has been cranked up once again so that should be a few hours of mindless fun after a long work day.
Next up is Ubisoft’s conference at 6am AEST today over at https://www.twitch.tv/ubisoft