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Square Enix’s E3 2019 Press Conference
I love a lot of Square Enix games, so their press conference is one I always look forward to. They already showed the Kingdom Hearts III DLC trailer and a new Final Fantasy VII Remake trailer at concerts ahead of time, so would their press conference beat that?
Oh yes. It did.
They started out with the Final Fantasy VII Remake, but it wasn’t just a simple rehash of the trailer. Instead, they gave us new footage and a closer look at the combat system – which uses “Tactical Mode” once your ATB bars have filled to slow time and choose actions from your menu. It’s basically a hybrid action/turn-based system, which is much more than I expected. It looks fantastic, and I’m really happy with what we saw.
The only thing I’m uncertain about is the implication that the first game (which releases on March 3) is solely Midgar. I didn’t really start to enjoy Final Fantasy VII until I left Midgar, so I was really hoping they wouldn’t do that.
Anyway, then they showed stuff from Life Is Strange 2, followed by Crystal Chronicles Remastered, which has a winter release date and added mobile version to the already-announced Switch and PS4 versions. Speaking of the Switch, The Last Remnant is out for the Switch… right now!
We also got a new trailer for Dragon Quest Builders 2, which looks like it’ll be fun and has a demo coming on June 27, as well as Dragon Quest XI S (still not sure what I’ll do, since I have the PS4 version already).
After a montage of games from the Square Enix Collective, they announced a new racing game called Circuit Superstars. Then they showed a trailer for Batallion 1944, followed by the announcement that Square Enix music is now available through music streaming services.
For me, it had slowed a little by this point, but they’d already shown a lot of great stuff. They followed the music announcement with a repeat of the Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC trailer from the other day. I already discussed it over at my KH Theories site, but I’ll share it again here.
Then they went to Final Fantasy XIV to show the new expansion, Shadowbringers. Normally I wouldn’t be too interested in MMORPG news, but I’ve gotten back into Final Fantasy XIV and am enjoying it.
Anyway, the trailer was pretty cool, and I’m excited to (one day, eventually) catch up to that in the story.
They showed some of Dying Light 2, then announced that Romancing SaGa 3 and SaGa: Scarlet Grace Ambitions are both being localized. (Not only that, but even the Vita version of Romancing SaGa 3 is coming west!) I’ve never played any of the SaGa games, but maybe I’ll try one eventually.
War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is also being localized. I played a little bit of Brave Exvius, but I’m just not enough of a mobile gamer, I guess.
They announced a shooter called Outriders, showed another trailer for Oninaki (which I’m tentatively interested in), and then revealed…. Final Fantasy VIII Remastered! Yes, after being overlooked and skipped, Final Fantasy VIII is being remastered for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.
Finally, they closed the show with Marvel’s Avengers. I’m not a huge Avengers fan, but I know people were really looking forward to seeing this.
I was really hoping to see something from Babylon’s Fall, but even so, I can’t complain. This was by far the best press conference of E3 2019 so far in my opinion. Tomorrow, we’ll see if Nintendo’s show can compare…
What did you think of Square Enix’s E3 2019 press conference?---
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