Are you ready for E3 2019? The event is one of the biggest in the video game industry calendar, and many of the biggest names in gaming have already confirmed that they’ll be attending. With plenty of amazing new games to look out for, as well as a few surprises, we’ve been taking a detailed look at what we’re expecting to be on the announcement list at this year’s E3 event.
Next up on our list is Square Enix. They’ll be holding a livestream on June 10 to showcase what they describe as an “exciting line-up” of titles. So what could those titles be?
One of the biggest projects on the Square Enix table right now is the remake for the much loved fantasy JRPG Final Fantasy VII (that’s the one with Cloud Strife and Sephiroth, for the uninitiated).
After its initial announcement way, way back at E3 2015 and another brief reappearance at the PlayStation Experience in the same year, there’s been almost complete radio silence until the sudden appearance of a shiny new trailer in May this year.
A May press release from the Square Enix Japanese website then confirmed that the game will be divided into multiple parts owing to its sheer scale, and there are quite a few changes from the 1997 original: the story will be tweaked and updated, locations such as the city of Midgar that were formerly inaccessible will become explorable, and the battle system is getting a complete overhaul to an action-based system more akin to that of Final Fantasy XV. But there’s still plenty we don’t know about the game, and the trailer promised us more information to come in June, so we’ll certainly be keeping our eyes open for Sephiroth sightings at E3.
Meanwhile, one game that really stood out to us from last year’s E3 lineup was Babylon’s Fall. Its thoroughly mysterious trailer ran through a timeline of momentous historical events in a fantasy world filled with airships, vengeful gods, soul plagues and magic, and culminated in a slow-motion battle between two gargantuan knights. It left us with an even more gargantuan mountain of questions, and since Babylon’s Fall is due for release this year, we’re really hoping that at least some of them might be answered at E3.
Disney and Square Enix crossover Kingdom Hearts III came out back in January, but there’s still more to come from the fantasy adventure epic in the form of DLC, which was reportedly announced by series director Tetsuya Nomura at the end of a recent Kingdom Hearts concert in Japan. E3 could be the perfect moment to go into more detail with a bigger-scale announcement, so we’re busy wishing on every star we can see that Kingdom Hearts will be present at this year’s event as well.
Another DLC to look out for is the Los Demonios DLC for Just Cause 4, which is due out on 26 June.
In other news, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is getting a Definitive Edition for Nintendo Switch in July, so there’s a good chance that will be mentioned at E3.
Meanwhile, the release dates for the remaining Life is Strange 2 episodes have already been announced, and with the next due out on 22 August, we’re crossing our fingers for a trailer to give us a glimpse of the next part of Sean and Daniel’s emotional story.
The Square Enix presentation will be taking place on June 10 at 6:00 PM (PT). But of course, Square Enix aren’t the only ones who’ll be making big announcements at this year’s E3 event. You can check out the full E3 timetable here, or keep checking back to find out what we’re hoping to see from Bethesda, EA PLAY, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Ubisoft.
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While you wait for the biggest announcements from Square Enix at E3, prepare for your epic return to the world of Gaia in Final Fantasy VII, available for pre-order now!