For the first time in years, Square Enix is back at E3 with their very own press conference, with quite a good lineup of stuff for fans of it's titles. Let's get into it.
The Western Titles
Square Enix isn't just the home of the best JRPG's - with a nice array of franchises with top quality games, Square Enix is doing a good job of creating some of the best titles from around the world.
Rise of The Tomb Raider
Being the star of Microsoft's show (well one of, anyway) Square Enix didn't get to share much of the excitement around its flagship title - but we did get a bit of a behind the scenes look on how the team behind Lara make her look like a real human being.
We were also told what it is exactly Lara is after - The Prophet's tomb.
Just Cause 3
The previously announced next installment in the Just Cause series was given the spotlight for a while during the conference, and boy did it show off what it had to offer.
While a story does exist in the game - Your character is returning to his homeland to free the people from a crazy militant dictator who wants to literally take over the world - the series is much more about the crazy open world stuff you can get up to.
In this new installment, you have a few new tools up your sleeve. Quite literally, actually - the main newest addition is a wing suit, to help you glide around the place like a crazy dive bombing duck. This, combined with the upgraded parachute and new multi tether grapling hook adds in the ability to do some truly crazy stuff.
Just Cause 3 will be out December 1st 2015. Oh, I forgot to mention: you have unlimited grenades and C4. Yeah, explosions.
The next installment in the Hitman franchise is a bit different to your average sequel. Hitman is simply the title of the game, and by the way the devs behind the game are talking, it's going to be much more of a social experience than games usually tend to be.
While the game will have you taking out "high priority targets in exotic locations" as previously mentioned, this Hitman will change and grow over time, adding new targets and challenges all the time. The community can create contracts for targets for everyone to try and take out, of which these can have certain rules, such as only 48 real world hours to take this target down, or you only get a single chance at taking down the target and that's it.
It sounds like a different and interesting experience, almost part MMO without the other players actually in your world. Seems like an ambitious project - hopefully it pays off. The game will be available from December 8 2015.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
During this conference, we learned a ton more about the events that transpire in the upcoming Deus Ex sequel. The year is 2029, 2 years after the events of Human Revolution. The mechanically augmented people are shunned from society, branded as terrorists, and are forced to live in heavily patrolled ghettos alongside other augments. Jensen, the main character, has joined up with Interpol - but is working as a double agent, on the hunt to find the Illuminati. In actual fact, Jensen has teamed up with a group of hacker activists to try and take down this organization before the world all goes to hell.
Deus Ex is known for its substantial choice and consequence gameplay, and this will continue to be reflected in this title. The game will change depending on how you work your way through it. Jensen also has interesting new augments, such as mini knives that can be used as projectiles.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be released early 2016 for PC, Xbox One and PS4.
These are the titles that you've come to know and love - and no one does it better than Square Enix.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake
As announced at the Sony conference, Final fantasy 7 will be getting a full remake. The only info we were given from Square Enix about this remake during their conference was "we have more to come this Winter," meaning we'll find out more around Christmas - still a ways off then.
Kingdom Hearts 3
10 years ago this year was when Kingdom Hearts 2 came out - suffice it to say that fans for this franchise have been waiting a long time for this full proper sequel.
Square Enix showed off a gameplay trailer for KH3, which looked stunning. They also hinted at the world of Tangled being added to the lineup of Disney characters to be included in this new installment. Still no release date as of yet, but it will come out on Xbox One and PS4.
World of Final Fantasy
In what will be a completely new game for the series, set in a completely new world - World of Final Fantasy brings everything people love about FF into one place.
The creator of this game had 3 goals. 1: create a game any age or any gender could get into, 2: create an entirely new experience and 3: use game systems that are easy to understand but have a large amount of depth to them. This game aims to bring lovers of the FF franchise back in as well new younger gamers who don't have the nostalgia factor to bring them into this world.
The game features timed turn based combat, as well as the collecting of monsters you defeat to help fight for you (ala pokemon). While it still seems hard to understand what the game actually is after watching the trailer, players can feel confident in that the creator of this game was a big part of Final Fantasy's VI, VII and VIII.The game is aiming for a 2016 release.
Star Ocean Integrity and Faithlessness
Set to be a PS4 exclusive, the newest game in the Star Ocean franchise is attempting to head in a bit of a different direction than it's predecessors while still maintaining what people love about the previous games.
The current build, which you see a little bit of during a gameplay trailer, runs at 30fps - the aim is to get it to 60fps at shipping. The game will have less cutscenes and be much more fluid - the word "seamless" got said a lot.
Star Ocean Integrity and Faithlessness is aiming for an end of 2015 release in Japan and a 2016 release for the rest of the world.
A sequel is in the works for fan favourite Nier, but we don't have much at all to go on - even the subtitle of the game is still under wraps. Judging from the small trailer that was shown, it will feature a female with a sword.
Square Enix will have more for us in a few months time, but for now, all we can say is the game will be on PS4 when it does make it out.
Square Enix Mobile
Lara Croft Go
Following in the footsteps of the original Hitman Go, Lara Croft Go brings the turn based mobile game to the world of the tomb raider. Coming soon to mobile devices.
Final Fantasy VII
The current PC version of Final Fantasy 7 will be ported to the PS4 by the end of the year, but in the meantime the same port is heading to iOS within the next few months - keep your eye peeled if you're keen to get your classic FF7 fix.
Final Fantasy Portal App
A new app from Square Enix will be coming to mobile soon in the form of a full on encyclopedia for all things Final Fantasy. This app will contain information of everything in every FF universe to help both veterans remember info from years passed and newcomers figure out what exactly a chocobo is. Considering how massive the franchise is and how long it has been running, this app is a great idea.
Kingdom Hearts Unchained Key
A tie in mobile game for Kingdom Hearts 3 and is coming to phones everywhere soon. The game has it's own story that will link to that of the main game.
Other stuff you'll want to know
Square Enix's One Last Thing moment was the announcement of a brand new studio working on a brand new game in a brand new franchise, which is always exciting to hear.
We know nothing more about the game other than the project codename, Setsuna, and that it is a brand new JRPG in a whole new world. The new studio behind the title is aptly named Tokyo RPG Factory, so it's probably safe to say the devs behind this title know what they're doing.
You can expect this brand new title to make a global release in 2016.
Square Enix Collective
Square Enix has an initiative called the Square Enix Collective where fans can essentially go to vote on what the company should produce next. Devs put ideas on the site and fans vote for whether or not those ideas should be made a reality.
Square Enix mentioned this initiative during their conference, stating that a few games are now in the works from this movement, such as Goetia, Moon Hunters, Black the Fall and Tokyo Dark.
This is Square Enix's attempt to get some good indie games up off the ground and give them a chance to shine - here's hoping it works out for everyone.
The website for Collective can be found here.
Square Enix is back baby
Square Enix has made its comeback to E3 conference status and has done so with a solid lineup of hit titles, fan favourites and interesting ideas. It's good to see them still able to be a great player in the space.
We're not quite there yet - still a few more articles to come! As always, stay tuned ;)