It's that time of year again, E3 is coming. Sadly, Square Enix will not be holding a press conference slot during the festivities this year, but that doesn't mean their games won't make an appearance. Likely, we'll see these various Square Enix titles shown off at the Microsoft and Sony conferences, as always.
With that in mind, here are four projects that deserve some acknowledgement from Square Enix this year.
The Marvel's Avengers Project
In late January, the trailer posted above was released by #Marvel. The trailer came with the announcement that Marvel opened a deal with #SquareEnix to make multiple games under the tentative title of "The Avengers Project." Since then, there has been next to no information regarding this project. At the very least, I would love for #E3 to give us some idea of how many games we're getting, what kind of games we're getting, and a tentative release date for the first installment.
It's clear that this project has considerable weight behind it since Eidos Montreal, the studio that has made the recent Deus Ex games, is tied to the project. With that in mind, my thoughts are that these games will likely be third-person adventures, though my hope is that this sparks a revival of the Marvel Ultimate Alliance games.
While the originals were made by Activision, I feel that Eidos Montreal can do a lot with what they've done with Deus Ex. In terms of a release date, I imagine the first piece will be released around November of 2018, though this depends on other projects Eidos Montreal may be working on right now.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Final Fantasy is a staple franchise for Square Enix. The most recent installment to the franchise is Final Fantasy XV, but a remake of Final Fantasy VII was announced at E3 2015. Final Fantasy VII is considered by most fans to be the best of the franchise and the most beloved which is what makes the idea of a remake so exciting. That being said, the focus of Square Enix at the time was likely development of Final Fantasy XV, so news on the progress of the game has been scarce.
According to GameSpot, Square Enix has moved all of production to in-house. As of now, the release date is sometime between next year and the end of the millennium. Fingers crossed, fans will get an idea of where Square Enix is in production at E3 this year.
A Rise of the Tomb Raider Sequel
In 2013, Square Enix launched a reboot of Tomb Raider which has since become an extremely popular franchise. These games follow the early adventures of Lara Croft with Rise of the Tomb Raider continuing her growth as an adventurer and archaeologist. Little is known about the sequel other than the presumption that the game is, in fact, being developed.
Back in November of last year, rumors circulated that the sequel was in develop under the name Shadow of the Tomb Raider. When these rumors began to circulate, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics neither confirmed nor denied the rumors.
A Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Sequel
I've been a Deus Ex fan since I first discovered the franchise with the 2011 game Deus Ex: Human Revolution from Eidos Montreal. Mankind Divided came later than expected with a delay by six months; however, the game still managed to build upon its predecessor and deliver a vast open world experience. Not only do players experience an action-packed RPG, they experience a powerful social and political commentary woven directly into the world around them.
That being said, I feel that the story ended with loose ends remaining unlike the story of Human Revolution. This works in the sense that the game opens the door to a direct sequel and rather than feeling like a forced story, it keeps the social commentary of "the world didn't magically get less prejudiced." It allows the world that Mankind Divided created to be further explored and dig deeper into the ways in which solutions to these issues can be found.
Whether this game is actively in development or not, I am interested to see what comes next in the franchise. As noted earlier, the Avengers Project may take the focus over at Eidos Montreal, so only time will tell what lies ahead for Deus Ex.
Kingdom Hearts III
There isn't a single game I want to hear about more than Kingdom Hearts III. This is one of the few games we've been waiting on for years and years. I was more than a little disappointed with Square Enix's two minutes of Kingdom Hearts III last year as a means of saying "look, it exists, now please stop bothering us!" It's kind of funny, but this is almost a rehashing of an article I did just before E3 2016 which can be found here. I'm a long time fan of the franchise given I started with it in my childhood and came to truly appreciate it in high school.
Given this is the end of a saga for Kingdom Hearts, it's important to do justice to the franchise and it's important that the final product satisfies the fans as intended. That being said, I don't feel that being told next to nothing about the game really helps. We need something beyond vague trailers and two minutes of gameplay to give people something to be interested in without making false promises. So, here's hoping we get a little more this year to look forward to.
What Games Do YOU Want To See At E3 2017?
So that's a rundown of what I'd like to see from Square Enix this year. How much of it will come to fruition? A lot less of it given the lack of a conference, but that doesn't mean we won't see anything from Square Enix. Even if only one of these games gets talked about this year, I'll be excited for the next project that Square Enix has in store!