A lengthy live stream that you may have easily flown under your E3 radar was Square Enix’s huge 4-hour long stream that covered already announced titles such as Deus Ex: Mankind Evolved and Final Fantasy XV as well as revealing gameplay for smaller titles such as Deus Ex Go and a new addition to Japans wildly popular RPG series Dragon Quest. Here’s what was shown and announced.
Final Fantasy Franchise
Final Fantasy didn’t steal the entire spotlight for Square Enix’s stream, but it sure damn took up a lot of it. Square Enix made a note of showing off already seen trailers including the FFXV trailer feat Afro Jack and the Final Fantasy XV gameplay trailer but followed these by showing three newer trailers for the upcoming film Final Fantasy: Kingsglaive and franchise games Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and World of Final Fantasy. Kingsglaive can be seen on the big screen this August, The Zodiac age will hit the ps4 in 2017 and World of Final Fantasy will receive a worldwide launch for the PS4 and PS Vita on the 25th of October 2016.
A new Final Fantasy title was also revealed on stream called Final Fantasy XV: A Kings Tale. The game will take place 30 years before FFXV and is inspired by old school retro beat em ups. A Kings Tale follows a young King Regis battling against unknown enemies to save his kingdom. The game will launch September 30th alongside the launch of XV and is a pre order exclusive with select retailers.
Deus EX: Mankind Evolved
Deus Ex was the next big focal point for Square Enix, which had Executive Game Director Jean-Francois Dugas and Executive Art Director Jonathan Jacques Belletete reveal new gameplay for the upcoming title. The gameplay revealed more on the brooding protagonist Adam Jensen as he continues to try and uncover the shadowy figures behind the events of the first game. This time Adam is no longer working for a corporation but instead an elite Interpol group tasked with the mission of restoring peace to a broken world.
The mission shown saw Adam Jensen land in a Dubai Hotel filled with Hostile enemies awaiting a smuggling deal to go down. It was also revealed how your choices and consequences work in the game, as a sandstorm ravages the level it was noted by a Jean-Francois Dugas that “The sandstorm may never happen, it depends on your choices.” Dues Ex: Mankind evolve launches on PS4, PC and Xbox One on the 28th of August 2016.
Deus Ex GO
Continuing on with our Augmented hero, Deus Ex GO gameplay was revealed for the first time. Like other GO titles from Square Enix this game will take the core principals and gameplay elements from the original game and turn them into a simplified board game like experience. This of course includes hacking, cloaking and general arm chisel awesomeness all in beautifully stylised visuals. The GO series has been a huge success for Square Enix and the new arrival to the franchise will drop later in 2016.
Dragon Quest Builders
Potentially the coolest game shown on Square Enix’s stream was Dragon Quest Builders, which takes a new spin on the wildly popular JRPG. The game was described as a ‘Block make RPG’ which could be best described as a matrimony between a traditional Japanese RPG like Dragon Quest and Minecraft. The games release date was revealed at the end of the segment and will come out October 11th in North America and October 14th in Europe to both the PlayStation 4 and the PS VITA.
Agents of Mayhem
Deep Silver unveiled gameplay and explained more about their class based third person shooter set in the crazy world of Saints Row. Each Agent plays differently with different abilities like a MOBA, currently 4 Agents have been shown but more will be announced at a later date. The game can be best described as Crackdown meets Saints Row and definitely shows its humorous and wacky origins Volition studios is now known for. The game is slated for release in 2017 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Square Enix were smart in not having a conference this year as they simply lacked things to reveal. This isn’t a horrible situation for the publisher as they obviously have two huge games in Final Fantasy and Deus Ex, but they need more if they are to keep up with their competitors like EA and Ubisoft. Hopefully they have a stronger year next E3 and deliver plenty for us to sink our teeth into.