“For the New and the Old”

Finishing off my coverage of this year’s press conferences, Square Enix’s show meant a lot of different things to a lot of different people. The publisher revealed a variety of games, blending titles recognizable with those of which aren’t so common. Here’s a roundup of what grabbed my attention from Square Enix.

  • Just Cause 3

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In classic Just Cause fashion, Avalanche Studios’ upcoming title got a new gameplay trailer filled with countless explosions. The game will feature a 400 square-mile map, with plenty to explore and destroy from the get-go. I enjoyed its predecessor for what it was worth, but knowing Just Cause 3 is able to fully realize Avalanche Studios’ destruction-heavy vision has me excited. It was also confirmed during the show that the next iteration of the open-world action game, will hit shelves this December 1st on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

You can see the new explosive Just Cause 3 gameplay trailer below:

  • Rise of the Tomb Raider

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Rise of the Tomb Raider, though an Xbox timed exclusive and published by Microsoft Studio, is a property of Square Enix. Brian Horton of the development team over at Crystal Dynamics took to the stage to show a cinematic trailer for the upcoming sequel in the rebooted Tomb Raider series. The trailer reveals some behind-the-scenes details about the game, but unfortunately doesn’t highlight much new gameplay. What really stole the show for me in the Tomb Raider realm was the announcement of Tomb Raider Go. The game will feature turn-based gameplay, similar to Hitman Go, and will release on phones and tablets soon.

You can see Rise of the Tomb Raider running for the first time in trailer below:

  • Kingdom Hearts 3

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Initially announced during E3 2013, Kingdom Hearts 3, made its return with a sleek new gameplay trailer this year. Kingdom Hearts 3 will be the newest numbered entry to the series since 2005 and will surely bring much joy to longtime fans. Though interested, I have no ties to the Kingdom Hearts series, but it undoubtably means a lot to its audience.

You can see Kingdom Hearts 3 in-action in the trailer below: 

  • Hitman

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IO Interactive revealed its new Hitman project on Sony’s stage Monday night with excellent reveal trailer, but first Square’s housed the first gameplay trailer. The game’s leading its pitch with the announcement it will be receiving free, new content after release. Some of this content will be presented in the form of contracts and will only appear once, within a certain time window. Players will only have one chance to attempt these assassination contracts, because when they’re gone, they’re gone forever. It’s an interesting direction for the series to go, one I’m excited to watch come to fruition. IO Interactive plans to go through with this model until the end of 2016. The game is confirmed to have a digital release on December 8, 2015, with no word on a hard copy release date.

You can see official Hitman reveal trailer below:

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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Square Enix Montreal made their way onto Square’s stage to show off the first gameplay trailer of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The trailer offered a bit more insight into the story of Mankind Divided, which is set in 2029, in a bleak and technologically advanced dystopian future. We were given a look at some of the weapons and enemies we’ll be seeing in the game, as well as some of the protagonist’s new abilities. Later on in the week I was able to see a fairly in-depth slice of the game running, where stealth took center stage, offering a really neat approached to combat. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is set to release in early 2016 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

You can see the official Deus Ex: Mankind Divided E3 trailer below:

  • Project Setsuna

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The chief executive of Square Enix, Yosuke Matsuda, finished off their press conference with a sneak peek into a all-new RPG for consoles. Under the working title of “Project Setsuna” the game is coming from the newly announced studio, Tokyo RPG Factory. The release date is scheduled for somewhere in 2016, but at this point there’s no telling what Project Setsuna really is. Here’s to hoping it’s one day as big as Final Fantasy, the good ones of course.


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