Like Bethesda, Square Enix isn’t typically one to have an E3 press conference. Since I enjoy several Square Enix games, I looked forward to seeing what they had in store… although I couldn’t help but wonder why they didn’t save the announcement of the Final Fantasy VII remake for their own show.
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Square Enix’s E3 2015 Press Conference
I consider myself a Square Enix fan, mainly because they make a lot of great RPGs, and I love RPGs. (This is why my game backlog is so long, you know. I can’t just play short games, no, I play the 60+ hour games.)
Not everything Square Enix makes is an RPG, such as the first game they started with, Just Cause 3. A lot of people are looking forward to them. I am not one of them.
But that’s not to say none of Square Enix’s non-RPG games appeal to me…
When I saw the name PlatinumGames, my heart stopped for a moment. I’ve been interested in Platinum ever since I fell in love with the Bayonetta series. I almost forgot they were set to announce a new game at E3. I never dreamed it would be a partnership with Square Enix.
And it’s a new Nier game? That I really didn’t expect. While I’ve never played the original action adventure game Nier, I’ve heard enough good things about it to make me interested in trying it. With PlatinumGames developing the new one for the PS4, it feels like a better idea than ever.
Rise of the Tomb Raider was next, along with a new mobile title called Lara Croft Go. I’m still undecided on the main Tomb Raider series, but since Lara Croft Go is a puzzle game, maybe I’ll gift it a try.
A montage showed clips from a few more games, including Dragon Quest Heroes, and then it was on to Final Fantasy VII! I’d hoped to see some gameplay of the remake, but it sounds like the announcement itself is all they’re ready for at this time. (There goes my only theory about why they didn’t save it for their own conference.) More details will come, while fans pray they don’t mess it up. Meanwhile, the PC port coming to the PS4 will also come to mobile devices.
The next game was a surprise… both in terms of its reveal and in how much it interested me.
I’m not a Kingdom Hearts fan yet. I started the first game this past Sunday, and that’s my only real experience with the franchise. When I realized they were showing some sort of mobile Kingdom Hearts game, I didn’t think much of it. Yet the more I watched, the more fun it looked.
Kingdom Hearts Unchained x (that’s pronounced “Kingdom Hearts Unchained Key,” for reasons I assume I would understand if I knew more about the series) is a mobile port of the browser RPG previously released in Japan. It ties in to the story of Kingdom Hearts III, and… I think I want it…
It’ll be free-to-play with in-app purchases, so we’ll see how that goes.
And then they moved on to the Kingdom Hearts game everyone really wanted to see, Kingdom Hearts III. Like I said, I’m just getting into the series, but it sure looked beautiful! Best of all, it was a gameplay trailer.
Square Enix showed the adorable World of Final Fantasy game, although like the Final Fantasy VII remake, it was just the same trailer shown at Sony’s conference. The new Hitman game also made an appearance, and after another brief montage that gave us the only glimpse of Final Fantasy XV of the press conference, it was time for another exciting RPG.
Like Kingdom Hearts, I’m excited for the new Star Ocean game even though I haven’t played any of the others in the series yet. Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness looks just as good as it did when it was first announced, and its localization has now been officially confirmed!
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided looks like a cool game even though I’ve never played the series (man, I’ve been saying that a lot…), mobile devices will receive a special app devoted to Final Fantasy news, which I may or may not get, and then… a new IP! A new RPG IP!
Square Enix has formed a new studio called Tokyo RPG Factory, and it’s working on a brand new IP currently known only as Project Setsuna. Other than some concept art, nothing else was revealed… but it’s new, it’s an RPG, and it’s by Square Enix. Consider me interested.
Well, after the disappointment that was Nintendo’s E3 2015 show, Square Enix’s press conference was surprisingly good! I saw a lot that I’m interested in, including a few surprises, and it left me impressed.
We still have one E3 press conference left to go, the mysterious “PC gaming” show, so come back later to see my thoughts. For now, let me know what you thought about Square Enix at E3 2015.---
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