E3 2015 – Square Enix Press Conference

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.

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-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.

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-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.


NieR

-New project early in development. Platinum Games. Yosuke Saito.

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-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.”

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-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.

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-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.”

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-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.


Hitman

-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.

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-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.

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-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.


-iRogan

E3 2015 – Ubisoft Press Conference – LIVE

UBISOFT E3 2015 Press Conference: #UBI3

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-Just a few minutes away from the Ubisoft press conference. Quick hopefuls: Tom Clancy’s The Division, Assassins Creed Syndicate, Rainbow Six: Siege.


-3:00PM – Time for Ubisoft.

South Park

phpacmi7t-The epic RPG returns. An all new South Park game. Announcement trailer. Not a fantasy RPG, but a super hero game, South Park, The Fractured, but Whole.

-Aisha Tyler of course, introduces Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Continues the story of Stick of Truth. Kids are playing super heroes now.


-Aisha Tyler reassures us that Ubisoft does listen to their fans. And realize that 2014 and 2015 was not the best year with bugs and launch issues. Keep sending feedback.


For Honor

-Yves  Guillemot, CEO is on stage. Ubisoft has been a company that does takes risk. Announce a new IP and a new genre: Pre-rendered trailer showing knights and vikings. Sword fighting in epic battles. Castles and Knights. Lots of bloody sword fighting. Seems to be transitioning between generations. For Honor.

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-Knights, Viking and Samurai. Creative Director Jason Vannenburg, introduced a new type of gameplay called the Art of Battle. Feel the game, feel the combat. Bring your friends.

-8 players come to the stage to show a live multiplayer demo, 2 teams of 4. Large battlefield, hundred or so enemies, knights vs samurai. Brutal sword fighting and execution kills. You can sense the weight of the weapons used. 4 v 4 multiplayer demo on the showroom floor.


The Crew Expansion and Trials Fusion Expansion

-Aisha is back to discuss two more games. The Crew up first, new expansion pack. Quick in-game footage trailer. Monster Trucks!! Drift races. Drag races. Motorcycles and dune buggies. November 17th, complete graphic overhaul with new vehicles and modes. The Crew – Wild Ride.

Trials Fusion Awesome Level Max expansion. A WTF trailer??? A cat riding a fire breathing unicorn? Whisker physics, anyone?


Tom Clancy’s The Division

-Ryan Barnard, game designer for The Division. Showing the dark zone. Can work alongside other agents, or fight against them. This is no man’s land. Trust no one.

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-Snow wasteland in New York. Small squads starts to sneak up on a group and get flanked. Unsure how they’ll react but they decide to help. Seeder mine tool is shown, and small gun turret. Heading off to the park, the other players have joined up. “Cleaners” are shown. Flamethrower enemy type, but the group has loot so they don’t want to risk the interaction. Can call in for extraction. Need to defend for 90 seconds.

-Squad turns their back on the new strangers to steal their loot before extraction. 3rd member of the main squad decides to leave the group and take out everyone. Reinforces the do-no-trust-anyone in the dark zone functionality. Dick mood, sir.

-Game looks amazing. Hands on playable on the show floor. Beta’s on Xbox One , PS4 and PC next year. Releases March 8th, 2016 on all platforms.


ANNO 2205

anno-A Blue Byte Production, We’re leaving earth to the moon. New IP. Trailer shows a big facility and colony on the Moon. Zooms out and shows the entire moon has a population. ANNO 2205.

-Game starts on Earth, where you need to raise your city, and develop resources. Sort of like a Civ game then? A race to space?


Just Dance 2016

-The biggest music video game franchise of all time. Now you can use the smart phone as a controller. Also will work with the camera for consoles. Live dance demo with Jason Derulo – Want to Want Me. Typical Ubisoft. This October on all last-gen and this-gen platforms. Something special for WiiU, PS4, and Xbox One – streaming service, Just Dance Unlimited. Dance on Demand Subscription for all new fresh content.


Rainbow Six: Siege

-New CG story trailer. Biological threat. Shows biochemists. Rainbow Six: Siege. Close quarters combat. Everything is destructible. Once you die, you stay dead. Angela Basset is introduced. Plays the role of Six, leader of the counter-terrorism unit. They discuss what it’s like to do voice acting for the video game.

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-“More to Siege than multiplayer“. Terrohunt is back. Playable solo or with friends. Features the most difficult AI to date. Live Demo. Shows the breaching and drone tools. In co-op, communication is key. Destruction is incredible – blast little holes for viewpoints. Team makes it into the room to defend. Things get real intense.

-Beta starts September 24th, 2015. On All platforms, PVP and Terrohunt available in the beta.


Trackmania Turbo

-Coming from PC to consoles with all its tracks. Trailer shows the F1 car dropped onto the track from a helicopter and shows the wacky and wild race tracks. 4 player split-screen support. Time based races in the solo campaign. Fast crazy tracks with loops and banked turns and jumps, and obstacles. Game is fast. 200 tracks across different areas, modes and difficulties.

-Random track generator. Terraforming. Track creation, and details. Jump in and play within seconds on the new track. millions of auto-generated options. Rollercoaster style tracks.


Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

ass-creed-syndicate-Trailer shows the new world based in London. Trailer shows the gangs and street life. Horse & chariot gameplay returns. Guns will be more prominent this time. Fast brutal combat a mainstay. Trailer shows bar brawls. Showcasing Jacob Frye as the main protagonist. Doesn’t show his twin sister.

“Join the Rooks”

-Game takes place in 1868, right in the middle of the Industrial Revolution. First modern Assassin’s Creed game. Two Assassins and their gangs trying to remove the crooks from the streets and bring the streets back to the people.


Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

-Yves  Guillemot comes back on stage for one last presentation to end the show. Group in Paris working in secrecy for the next announcement:

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-New Trailer: “Death is a Saint”. Skeleton and skulls. Trailer shows money and blood, and a Golden Gun. Pre-alpha game footage. New update on last year’s extreme sports game by the looks of it?

-First mission shows a group on the mountain tracking cocaine sales, sniper takes out the leader and the trailer jumps to dune buggy off-road chase. Next mission shows a stealth option, another lab. Lab is blown up, and the heroes race off. Next mission is an ambush option. Full assault with drones and assault rifles.

“How do you fight an enemy that doesn’t fear death?”

-Massive Open World. Trailer shows all the different terrain and modes of transport. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. Like The Crew, but essentially a better version of Mercenaries. Awesome!


Aisha Tyler and Ubisoft sign off on their conference. Play On!

Last up is Sony’s press conference at 6pm.

-iRogan