The Square Enix Live conference began with a musical countdown to the big reveals of the day.
The night opened with one of the most anticipated launches of the conference: Final Fantasy VII Remake. The game’s producer, Yoshinori Kitase, came on stage to say a few words about the remake of the classic game. After twenty-two years, the famous characters have returned with stunning new visuals for fans old and new. There is an anticipated two Blu-ray discs worth of content. The combat system integrates real-time action with tactical combat. Once an ATB bar is full, the tactical mode engages and slows down time, switching the battle to the tactical mode fans of the original are familiar with. Players can rotate through party members with a single button press, allowing for flexible combat. Abilities can be bound to shortcuts for fast-paced battle action.
Continuing the Final Fantasy VII hype, viewers were treated to a battle sequence with Cloud and Barret taking down a formidable mech enemy, who prior players may remember as the first boss of the game. It was a great showing of how the open action and tactics can work together in combat. The director of Final Fantasy VII Remake, Tetsuya Nomura, joined the stage and extended his gratitude to those fans who have long-supported Final Fantasy VII. The presentation wrapped with an extended trailer for the upcoming title, including battles with Tifa and Aerith and an appearance from the iconic villain Sephiroth. Final Fantasy VII Remake will be available March 3, 2020. Along with the regular edition, there will be a deluxe edition and a First Class Edition, which includes a Play Arts Kai Cloud Strife and Hardy Daytona box set, among other wonderfully collectible content. Check it out below!
Next, we got an emotional look at Life is Strange 2, a game about a boy named Daniel with intense powers beyond his understanding. If you haven’t picked it up, the intense storyline and cliffhanger episodes will keep you going back. Episode 3 is out now.
The newest look at the remastered Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles gave us an online multiplayer and a mobile port. While there’s no specific release date, keep an eye out for it this winter. The remaster is set to launch on PlayStation 4, Switch, iOS, and Android. Set out in your caravan and gather crystals to save the world from Miasma!
Eight travelers, eight adventures, and eight roles to play. The retro JRPG Octopath Traveler is now available on Steam, as Square Enix was happy to remind everyone. Adventure through the world of Orsterra and get to know the eight characters and master a turn-based battle system.
The trailer for The Last Remnant Remastered poses an important question: what would you sacrifice for power? In a surprising twist, the game is available tonight on the Nintendo Switch. The original The Last Remnant came out in 2008 and was an unexpected title to remaster.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 got a quick appearance. Building, cooking, and all forms of creating have been banned. Unravel riddles, explore a diverse world, and discover your building potential. Master new skills on each of the game’s islands and build massive structures to your heart’s content. You can also work with villagers to grow and harvest crops. There will be online multiplayer for up to four players. But be careful: the land is full of monsters who need to be dispatched. Can you defeat evil and save the world? Your quest begins on July 11.
Nintendo Switch is getting a visit from the fully-orchestrated and updated Dragon Quest XI. Play in contemporary or classic mode and enjoy this classic for yourself.
There’s a new race game mixing top-down racing with an arcade look speeding our way. The Square Enix Collective will publish Circuit Superstars, giving a classic look to the world of motorsports. Circuit Superstars can be added to your Steam wishlists now and will be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch in 2020.
Battalion 1944 captures the spirit of classic first-person shooters and is finally seeing a release from early access. It offers a variety of game modes include Wartide, Capture the Flag, Domination, and more. Fight your way to the top of online leaderboards and unlock visual customization rewards. Battalion 1944 Eastern Front is available now on Steam, with new maps and weapons as well as improved game mods. And, of course, the Russians have joined the battle.
Square Enix music is now available on streaming devices. Final Fantasy soundtracks are available on Spotify, Amazon, and more. Have a listen to your favorite Final Fantasy tunes on the go!
When the black cloaks of Organization XIII took to the screen, audiences cheered. Kingdom Hearts was back. The Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind DLC is coming this winter. What exactly the DLC brings is largely a mystery, but the trailer has the player battling as Roxas alongside his Org. XIII pals, as well as Sora, Aqua, and Riku. We’ll have to see what more is in store…
Naoki Yoshida, the producer and director of Final Fantasy XIV, took to the stage to introduce Shadowbringers, a new expansion to Final Fantasy XIV. The expansion promises to be so expansive that it is akin to a standalone RPG title. It brings in two new jobs, the gunbreaker and dancer, and two new playable races, the Viera and Hrothgar. Shadowbringers will launch on July 2.
Audiences were then treated to a quick new gameplay trailer for first-person survival-horror Dying Light 2. Whatever you do, don’t get caught. Survive in the decaying city and use your agile skills to do so. It’s slated for release in early 2020 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Romancing SaGa 3 is coming to the West. With branching storylines, your choices matter. Every playthrough will be as different as your choices. Players can then experience SaGa Scarlet Grace Ambitions alongside it, with more unique RPG adventures. Updates on release details are still to come.
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius had had over 39 million downloads. War of the Visions is a new title in the world of FFBE. Experience the conflict between the kingdoms of Leonis, Fennes, Wezette, Crystal Sanctum, and Hourne. The fate of the nation rests in the winner of the conflicts. Enjoy the tactical role-playing game on iOS and Android.
Fantastical landscapes gave way to gritty, battle-hardened heroes. From the creators of Bulletstorm and Gears of War: Judgement comes Outriders. Sebastian Wojciechowski, the studio head of People Can Fly, came on stage and formally introduced Outriders to fans. A compilation video of behind-the-scenes footage at People Can Fly describes Outriders as a dark, modern shooter with traditional values. It boasts a strong story that can be experienced with friends or solo. Players create their own outriders and journey across the planet to find the source of a mysterious signal. More information on Outriders will be released later this year.
Tokyo RPG Factory’s Oninaki, available August 22 of this year, tells the story of a Watcher who must help the dead cross over. Protect life after death in this new action-RPG adventure.
In a surprising announcement that thrilled the audience, Final Fantasy VIII is next in line for a remaster. It’s coming in 2019 for Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Be immersed in the adventures of Squall Leonhart and the resistance once again!
The show ended on a heroically high note. The Avengers are returning in Marvel’s Avengers. Reeling from the public viewing them as murderers, the Avengers must assemble again to save the world from the threat that demonized them in the first place. It encompasses single player and 4-player online co-op storytelling about losing what matters most and fighting to get it back. It’s a completely original Marvel story. Starring Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Iron Man, the new game dives into self-exploration of the characters. Crystal Dynamics also promised that every new hero and every new location will be free of cost. There will be no loot boxes and no pay-to-win scenarios. Avengers will release worldwide on May 15, 2020, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC. PlayStation 4 players will have early beta access and unique benefits yet to be revealed.
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