Table of Contents
Summer Game Fest 2021
IGN Expo Livestream
Guerrilla Collective Day 2
Wholesome Direct 2021
Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase
Square Enix Presents
PC Gaming Show
Future Games Show
Limited Run Games
Square Enix Presents
I was looking forward to Square Enix’s presentation quite a bit, especially since it was confirmed that we’d be seeing Babylon’s Fall and there were all those intriguing Final Fantasy rumors floating around.
Well, they started with Guardians of the Galaxy. And… it went on for a long time. A very long time. So much time was devoted to Guardians of the Galaxy that I started to wonder if it was ever going to end.
But it finally did, with the announcement of the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series, the rumored re-release of the first 6 Final Fantasy games… for PC and mobile devices only. That decision confuses me. I would have expected Switch or PS4 at the very least to be an obvious choice for them, but apparently not.
It also got only a tiny slice of time in the presentation, followed by another tiny slice of time devoted to the upcoming Legend of Mana remaster.
Then they talked about updates to their Avengers game, and then went through a quick series of trailers for mobile games: the upcoming Hitman mobile game, Nier Reincarnation, Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier, and the latest content coming to Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius.
After that came the moment I was waiting for – Babylon’s Fall! And… my feelings are mixed. On one hand, it looks pretty interesting and the combat seems like it has potential. On the other hand, while you can play solo, it seems to have co-op as a focus. Worse, it’s a live service game. That’s not exactly what I was hoping for.
Life is Strange was the next focus, with them first talking about the upcoming Remastered Collection and then focusing more on the new game, True Colors.
I thought that might be where they would end things, but that other report was fulfilled – Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin was officially announced! This is an action RPG spin-off being developed by Team Ninja, and I’m pretty intrigued. A demo is available now, but only for the PS5 despite the game itself being multiplatform.
And that was it for Square Enix’s show!
It wasn’t as exciting as I’d hoped, but Final Fantasy Origin is intriguing enough to balance my mixed feelings on Babylon’s Fall. Anyway, today’s E3 festivities are far from over, as we still have two showcases left today! Stay tuned!---
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