E3 2019: Square Enix Conference – The Best, The Worst, and the Cringy Moments
Square Enix may have been leaking a ton of content in the lead up to E3 but that did not prevent them from striking the crowd with awe during their conference this year. Their presentation was fun and colorful, with every game being introduced to the crowd through a visual effect in which the camera takes us into a painting. This represents not only the museum of amazing content that Square Enix has on display but also that they treat every project as more than an investment, it’s a work of art. Square Enix shows a lot of different, extremely exciting games in the works, ranging from entries into the esteemed Final Fantasy franchise, to the big reveal for the highly-anticipated Avengers game. So without further ado, let us begin this year’s recount of the best, the worst and the most cringe-worthy moments of Square Enix’s E3 conference!
The following is a collection of the best moments from the Square Enix presentation.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Square Enix kicked off their show with producer Yoshinori Kitase taking the stage to discuss the remake of Final Fantasy VII. Fans of the original may remember that Kitase actually directed the game back in 1997, making him a great ambassador for the remake. Kitase shared the game will take up two discs, which is similar to how the original PS1 game took up three discs. The reason is that the first chapter, set in the city of Midgar, has evolved and become a new game.
Senior Manager of Product Marketing, Neal Pabon, came on stage next and you could tell right away he was going to be very relatable. I mean, he was wearing a leather jacket on stage. Cool dude. Pabon showed the crowd the remakes used a hybrid combat system, using real-time hacking and slashing with a slowed-time tactical mode. This was also displayed through an epic battle between Cloud and Barrett against the Scorpion Sentinel.
The trailer also delivered on showing the first glimpse of Tifa in the remake. After Pabon teased Kitase for not showing anyone what she will look like, it became very apparent the Final Fantasy VII remake was going to close with her. It did not disappoint. Tifa can be seen in the extended trailer that brought a resounding, and impressive close to the first segment of the Square Enix conference.
People Can Fly is the Polish studio behind this dark and gritty trailer. People Can Fly is the studio behind Bulletstorm and Gears of War: Judgement, although this is their first game since separating from Epic Games Store in 2015. Outriders is a shooter set in a “dark and desperate sci-fi universe” and looks kind of like what you’d expect Mass Effect would look like if it had been taken a much darker direction.
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
The flagship for Square Enix’s online game was introduced by producer Naoki Yoshia. Shadowbringer will release on July 2 and promises to be more than merely an expansion pack. Shadowbringer appears to be more of a standalone game that will introduce two new jobs and two new races.
The trailer shows the Warrior of Light discussing the fact they haven’t seen the Dark Knight in quite a while. Notably, the trailer ends with a bombshell from Solus zos Galvus who shares that crystal entities Zodiark and Hydaelyn, are primals.
Final Fantasy VIII
Last year Square Enix announced that Switch and Xbox ports for many of their prolific Final Fantasy games. Curiously, Final Fantasy VIII was left off the list and people were unsure as to the reason behind doing so. It now appears the reason is that the game is getting remastered! The game will is releasing this year for PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch!
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius: War of the Visions
This year the follow up to the extremely successful Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is launching, although no exact timetable has yet been given. The game will be available on ios and android. The trailer shows off the sleek design that helps to envelop users in a world seemingly distraught with a political nightmare. It comes as no surprise that Square Enix is developing a sequel since Brave Exvius had over 39 million downloads. This game could be a lot of fun.
Dying Light 2
Audiences were treated to a very quick glance at the new gameplay trailer for the first-person survival-horror game Dying Light 2 during the Square Enix conference. Survive in a decaying, miserable city by using Aiden Caldwell’s agility skills and your intelligence. Remember, whatever you do, don’t get caught. The game is slated for an early release in 2020 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Dungeon Quest Builders 2
Dungeon Quest Builders 2 looks like Minecraft if Minecraft was done a little better with more focus for adults. The game seems to offer a wide range of customization as well as an immersive story that should keep both the creative and adventurous realms of your brain engaged. Also, the main character is clearly straight out of Dragon Ball Z, which makes me so happy.
The hype surrounding this game has been immense. Throughout the entirety of the Twitch streaming of the Square Enix E3 conference, various users constantly badgered the comments section begging for information on the Avenger’s game. As soon as Square Enix opened with Final Fantasy VII, it became incredibly obvious they would close with new on the Avengers, which the did.
Developed by Crystal Dynamix, the team behind the beloved new Tomb Raider games, Avenger’s is a game that importantly is based on the comic books and not the films. This means that our mighty heroes do not resemble their on-screen counterparts, especially black widow who seems to appear more like Colbie Smolders, the actress behind Nick Fury’s trusted companion, Maria Hill.
The new trailer shows our heroes – Thor, Iron-Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Black Widow (notably, no Hawkeye) – trying to save San Francisco. The game will have four players online co-op and promises no “random loot boxes or pay-to-win scenarios”. This is in accordance with many new laws arising that accuse loot boxes and pay-to-win systems as constituting a form of gambling. Considering the game is definitely being marketed towards children, this could place the game in legal jeopardy following the bipartisan support of an anti-loot box bill.
Square Enix has also said it will release content for the game over multiple years and that every new character and map added will be free. This does suggest there is hope that Hawkeye will retake is rightful mantle as part of the Avengers.
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