SQUARE ENIX E3 Press Conference
*This one is coming a bit late as I wasn’t able to watch Tuesday’s conference’s live*
-Quick predictions or hopefuls before it begins: Hitman, Dues Ex Mankind Divided, and Just Cause 3 are top of my list.
-Conference starts with a fast montage for Just Cause 3, showing lots of carnage, explosion, grappling and gun fights. This is a smaller and personal press conference for Square Enix.
-Phil Rogers takes the stage. Square’s first solo press conference in a long time at E3. Company is proud of the massive work and achievements in FFXIV Online. The company is more open to helping their teams and listening to fan feedback. Always interested in improving their company.
-Company is proud of its uniqueness and variety of their brands.
Just Cause 3
–Avalanche Studios very proud of their huge open world games. Wanting to redefine the open world games. Sand-box gameplay driving development. Announces the new wing suit. Wing suit stabilizes the parachute. Upgraded grapple hook and multiple grapple lines.
-400 sq miles. Launch Dec 1st, 2015, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
-Just Cause 3 gameplay: starts with our main man, Rico, driving a car out of a huge cargo plane. Trailer showcases lots of level, factory and bridge destruction. Showcases the new wing suit mobility. The new Mediterranean island location is greater than 400 sq feet from skybox to seabed.
-Multiple grapple tethers. Manual retract function to slingshot soldiers and vehicles. Tear objects apart or create wrecking balls. Two handed weapons can be used while parachuting. Unlimited C4. 80 land, sea, and air vehicles.
-New project early in development. Platinum Games. Yosuke Saito.
-Teaser is meant to show the art. NieR is the title of the game. More info in the Fall, 2015, on the Ps4.
-Producer and Game Director take the stage to discuss the game further. 5 years since the previous installment. Platinum Games very willing and welcome to take on the challenge and provide their own take, and showcase what they’re known best for, action.
-Subtitle of the game still a secret.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
-Quick trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider is shown, similar to what we had already seen during the Xbox Conference. “Discover the legend within.”
-Brian Horton comes to the stage, game director at Crystal Dynamic. Discusses the gameplay world premiere. Wanted to make Lara Croft as human and believable as possible. Wanted to make the most believable as possible. Behind the scenes creation video is shown discussing the making of Lara Croft. Details are the most important part: pores, eyelashes, scars. Micro details on the clothes. Lara can get dirty and bloody during fights. Will gather snow on the clothing.
-Beautiful, hostile world. Large world environments. Tombs are back.
Lara Croft GO
–Square Enix Montreal to discuss mobile games. Hitman GO and Hitman Sniper. Trailer for new game. Purest one-touch form. Mobile Tomb Raider game in the same gameplay format as Hitman GO. Lara Croft GO. Cell shaded and colourful. Turn-based experience, with an amazing soundtrack, and challenging gameplay.
-Sizzle reel for new game and expansions, Life is Strange, Dragon Quest, Final fantasy XIV Online.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Kingdom Hearts III and
World of Final Fantasy
–Kingdom Hearts series: Shinji Hashimoto comes to the stage, no translator. Woops. Trailer for Final Fantasy 7 Remake starts to play. “Play it first on the PS4”. Years of anticipation, Square is remaking the game, more information in the future.
-Original FF VII coming to PC and iOS later this year.
–Kingdom Hearts series: new trailer. Kingdom Hearts Unchained Key – Android and iOS. First Kingdom Hearts for mobile. Connects to KH 3 world.
-Next up, Kingdom Hearts III. “Instead of talking about it, lets watch some footage.”
-Brand new world. World premiere for Kingdom Hearts III. Gorgeous colour world, fast combat, lots of vertical platforming, and mountainously large enemies. Game is not turn-based, but still includes the team dynamic. Thank you for the continued patience and dedication, it’s greatly appreciated.
-One more project to announce: World of Final Fantasy. Initially announced yesterday during the Sony Conference. Trailer is shown. PS4 and PS Vita 2016. Hoping to bring in a wider audience to the genre as the bigger FF games seem to be less welcoming to new fans. Chibii characters.
-Everything in this game lays the foundation for the series. A live, and ever-expanding world of assassinations. New hits and new locations. Game will adjust gameplay and events based on player feedback. Digital release to start.
-New systems allow developers to do things that are bold and entirely new to the series. “Imagine a target appearing for a 48 hour window. One chance. Outcomes are final. Hit is gone forever. How he dies, is how he dies.” Very organic.
-Core of the game is still the campaign, organic gameplay in exciting locations. Locations are mode detailed and every NPC has a name and every room matters. Where you go, when you strike, and when you kill is up to you. Use brute force or orchestrate a stealth masterpiece. Numerous ways to take out targets.
-Community contracts return. Trailer. “Keys to the game are: freedom of approach, where you how you infiltrate, who you become. Some disguises are key, but some enemies are more observant. Improvisation is key. Experimentation is important. Mastery of levels is rewarded.”
-December 8. 2015 or 2016?
-Another sizzle reel: Hitman, Triad Wars, Final Fantasy XV
–Square Enix x tri-Ace New Project: StarOcean – Integrity and Faithlessness. Previously announced in Japan, and now coming to Europe and North America on the PS4 in 2016. New Gameplay trailer. Evolved form of a classic Japanese RPG
Dues Ex Mankind Divided
-No compromise of quality. Same team as Human Revolution, with a new engine.
-Takes place in 2029, 2 years after Human Revolution. World has changed. Augmented people are outcasts. Many branded as terrorists. Adam Jensen has left Sarif Industries. Is now an anti-terrorist agent, but also secretly a double agent.
-New enhancements to Adam Jensen. Pistol and detachable blades as projectiles.
-Choices and consequence are at the heart of the series. Choices made will change the game, how it’s played, and determine the end of the story. Want to be one of the best action RPGs out there.
-World Wide Exclusive Gameplay Preview. Quick story trailer. Gun modifications still present. First-person and 3rd person gameplay. Early 2016. PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
–Final Fantasy Portal App, this summer.
-One more announcement… New RPG project, newly establish studio: Tokyo RPG Factory. Dedication to Japanese RPGs. Colourful concept art shown. All new console RPG. Completely new IP. Project SETSUNA. Global release in 2016.
–Square Enix is very proud to be such a diverse creative company, always wanting to amaze and excite gamers. Very proud of their teams and partners.
-Quick sizzle reel showing the games we saw during the press conference, and they bring the content creators back to the stage for a final goodbye.