E3 2019’s final live press conference was Square Enix. The company had some big games to show off to us, including Marvel’s Avengers and Final Fantasy VII Remake, but we also got the surprise reveal of Final Fantasy VIII, among other things. Here are all the news and announcements.
Marvel’s Avengers was revealed at long last during the broadcast, and although we didn’t see a ton of gameplay, we did find out its release date (May 2020), beta (coming to PS4 first), cast, and more. It allows for four-player online multiplayer co-op and initially features Thor, Black Widow, Iron Man, Hulk, and Captain America. However, more characters will be introduced in the future for free.
What could have been one of the biggest announcements of the event, Final Fantasy VII Remake’s release date, was actually revealed on Sunday night, as the game will be coming in March 2020. That coincided with the release of a new FFVII trailer, but the PS4 remake was featured more extensively at the start of Monday night’s conference with a gameplay demo and combat breakdown featuring Cloud and Barret. We also got word on a pair of special editions that will be available, including the $330 1st Class Edition. Fans of the series will also be excited to hear a remastered Final Fantasy VIII was also announced and is set to release in 2019.
Square Enix had teased a brand-new game called Outriders, and that was revealed as the new game from People Can Fly. We also saw Dying Light 2, Dragon Quest XI, which is coming to Nintendo Switch, Dragon Quest Builders 2 (getting a demo on PS4 later this month), and more.
The Avengers presentation started with a cinematic featuring Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Black Widow. This is intercut with what appears to be very brief glimpses of gameplay (or cinematic footage meant to look like it). You’ll play as those five characters, who are played by Nolan North (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Troy Baker (Bruce Banner), Jeff Schine (Captain America), Travis Willingham (Thor), and Laura Bailey (Black Widow). Also, a beta is coming to PS4 first, with pre-orders getting you guaranteed access. You’ll be able to play online with groups of up to four, customize a “growing roster of heroes,” and more. There won’t be anything pay-to-win and no loot loot boxes, and new characters will be added for free. The game is coming to PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia, with the PS4 version getting some kind of “unique benefits” that weren’t detailed. A release date was also confirmed: May 15, 2020. All of that said: the internet has not been kind.
The conference started out featuring the PS4 remake of Final Fantasy VII. Yoshinori Kitase, the producer on the game, took the stage following a brief trailer to talk about what’s new. He revealed the game is expected to span two Blu-ray discs. The initial portion of the game expands on the story of Midgar. From here, we got to see some gameplay and combat featuring Cloud and Barret–there were quite a few trailers. All of this was followed by a look at some special editions, including the Deluxe edition and 1st Class Edition. Pre-orders are live.
Not content with Final Fantasy 7 and 14 getting so much attention, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered was announced. It doesn’t appear to be anywhere near the same level of visual improvement as 7, but it’s releasing this year for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC (on Steam).
A new trailer was shown for Dying Light 2, the upcoming parkour-happy zombie game. The most notable bit of news concerned its release date, which has now been narrowed to Spring 2020.
People Can Fly, the studio behind Bullestorm and Gears of War Judgment, revealed the previously leaked game Outriders. It’s a new IP and is an action/shooter with co-op support. It releases for PS4, Xbox One, and PC in Summer 2020. More details are coming this winter.
A remastered version of RPG The Last Remnant is coming to Nintendo Switch. Not just that, but it releases on the Eshop tonight.
Square Enix highlighted many of the new features in Dragon Quest Builders 2. A trailer showed new crafting skills, a companion you have in combat, and more. It releases for PS4 on July 12, and a demo is coming to PSN on June 27.
Another DQ game on the way is the expanded version of Dragon Quest XI for Nintendo Switch, Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition S. A trailer was shown, and the game releases this fall.
Also on display was the Remastered edition of Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles. It’s coming to PS4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android and features online multiplayer.
The new game from Tokyo RPG Factory, Oninaki, was given a fresh look and a release date. It launches on August 22, 2019.
Square Enix took some time to promote the games releasing under its Square Enix Collective initiative. This included a new racing game called Circuit Superstars and continued support for competitive shooter Battalion 1944.
A bunch of combat gameplay was shown from new game Kingdom Hearts Re:Mind. It releases this winter.
The next expansion for MMO Final Fantasy XIV was showcased, with many of the new features being touted. It releases on July 2.