From June 14-16, every passionate gamer will be frantically gathering as much information as possible from the E3 expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Ubisoft, Sony, Microsoft, Take-Two Interactive and so many others will try and dazzle us with the games they have in store for this year, and the years to come. We'll have tons of virtual reality talk, new IPs, highly anticipated sequels and hopefully a few shocking surprises.
But there's one leading developer/publisher that I know we're all dying to hear from, and we're sure they won't disappoint.
Square Enix @ E3
The Square Enix Presents live show will host discussion about the latest Square Enix announcements, including the latest news, in-depth looks at Square Enix’s lineup, developer interviews, and exclusive live game demos. Square Enix teases “exciting guests from our Square Enix family,” some old and some new, but all with “really entertaining content to share."
Along with this statement earlier today, Square confirmed the list of some of the games that will be playable on the floor at E3:
- Hitman - We'll have a new playable episode of Hitman to enjoy on the floor at E3, but how will it compare to the awesome Sapienza?
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Take control of Adam Jensen in this highly anticipated action-RPG sequel to Deus Ex: Human Revolutions.
- Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness - Fans will be able to play the fifth installment of this epic sci-fi RPG and revel in its beauty.
- Just Cause 3 - "Our newest Just Cause 3 DLC entitled the “Land Mech Assault” pack will be playable." Can't wait to check it out!
- I Am Setsuna - An homage to the classic RPGs of old, I Am Setsuna looks and plays like a modern Chrono Trigger, and we couldn't be more excited.
- The Turing Test - "This is a first person puzzler from the developers of Pneuma: Breath of Life that explores the phenomena of consciousness and challenges the meaning of human intuition."
- Black The Fall - This is set to be an atmospheric game, set-up in a communist dystopian era. Color me intrigued.
What We Want
Kingdom Hearts Galore
We're sure that Square will mention the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, however, are we likely to receive more news on the highly anticipated sequel, Kingdom Hearts 3? They definitely know that's all we want. But let's hope some new Disney worlds accompany some brand new gameplay trailers. Maybe Frozen will be finally be unveiled, or perhaps Zootopia has made its way into the game! What do you think?
Final Fantasy Also Galore
Final Fantasy 15 hasn't been included on the list of playable demos on the E3 floor, yet, but then I suppose we do actually have two of them at home. But with its September 30 release already set, we're hoping to see a substantial on stage demo, new gameplay mechanics and tons of new content to get our pulses rising. Then there's the Final Fantasy 7 Remake — which will hopefully have ton of gameplay time on stage — and whatever other Final Fantasy re-releases they have planned. Bring it on, Square.
All Dat Deus Ex
As a huge fan of this franchise, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is one of my most anticipated games of the year. With an on floor demo present we'll finally get an idea of how the game really looks on consoles and PC. Additionally, we hope that Square unveils a nice new trailer and some juicy narrative insights and gameplay mechanics. Can't wait, Adam.
It's unlikely that Square Enix are developing their own VR headset, but what we do want to see is how the developer is planning to create games that can make the most of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Playstation VR to name a few. Can you imagine what Square, a company renowned for high quality graphics, could do with a VR headset strapped to your face?! I'm drooling already.
Square have given us some of the most well respected and innovative gaming properties in history. From Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger and Tomb Raider, to Monster Hunter, Dragon Quest and Kingdom Hearts, they've created some dazzling worlds. But a new one to fall in love with is always welcome.
Hidden Sequels & Remakes
Sony may have unveiled them, but Square Enix are developing and publishing some of the most exciting announcements from last year's E3 conference, namely the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, which seemed to have actually driven people insane. We sincerely hope they have something else to dazzle us with. But what Square Enix games really need sequels or remakes?
Personally, I'd love another Sleeping Dogs, that game doesn't get enough love. Perhaps another series of Life Is Strange too, or a really good Thief game to rival Dishonored 2's impeccable stealth gameplay. I Am Setsuna has silenced my cries for a remake of Chrono Trigger, but I'm okay with that. This little JRPG looks beautiful!
Localize Dem Games, Square
Japan enjoys a lot of games that never make it across the waters to our fair shores. There are so many games from the Dragon Quest franchise that never made the trip and tons of little indie adventures that we may never be able to enjoy. Can we have some on the side of all of your big announcements? Please?