E3 2015: Square Enix Conference – all the announcements & videos

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We tend to forget how much of an industry titan Square Enix is, but this developer and publisher is responsible for some truly huge 3rd-party titles. We expected their E3 Conference to bring all the news about Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts III, Just Cause 3, Tomb Raider, Life is Strange, Deus Ex, and more. Did they deliver? Hit the jump and find out.

The conference kicked off explosively with Just Cause 3. Roland Lesterlind of Avalanche Studios took to the stage to show more of the game. The world of Medici will be roughly 400 square miles, and can be explored by land, sea, air, and wingsuit. Rico Rodiguez must overthrow the tyrannical regime of Di Ravello, one explosion at a time, before Ravello can take over the world. Other new changes include being able to carry unlimited C4, tether multiple objects with the grappling hook, and vastly improved parachute combat. Basically, it’s a sandbox full of toys to blow up. Just Cause 3 will explode onto PC, PS4, and Xbox One on December 1st 2015.

Next up came the announcement of NieR: New Project, exclusive to PS4. The project is still in its infancy, and so little information was available that even the subtitle hasn’t been announced. The game is in development at Platinum Games, and is already promising to bring the crazy action that Platinum is known for.

The conference moved on to Rise of the Tomb Raider, although it’s just the same trailer that was played at Microsoft’s E3 briefing. A behind the scenes featurette then played, showing off how Lara Croft was designed for the new game. Aside from insanely detailed skin and clothing textures, there was nothing to see here.  Rise of the Tomb Raider is due this December, exclusive to Xbox One.

The conference then turned to mobile gaming, as Square Enix Montreal announced Lara Croft: Go, a one-touch mobile title. Gameplay will be turn-based, and players will guide Lara Croft through ruins. This seems to be in a similar vein to Hitman: Go, a turn based stealth game for mobiles.

Continuing the trend of replaying trailers, Final Fantasy 7: Remake hit the screens with the same footage that premiered at PlayStation’s E3 Experience. To manage expectations, nothing else has been announced yet, although more information has been promised later this year.

Kingdom Hearts then took the screens, welcomed by a trailer for a new KH game. Kingdom Hearts: Unchained received a tepid reception, and will hit Android and iOS. The story will apparently weave into that of KH 3.

The conference finally turned to Kingdom Hearts III, showing off some gameplay. The trailer showed off the massively increased scale of the game, briefly demonstrating the large levels, and bigger mobs of enemies. Other gameplay changes include new summons, super-moves, and what seems to be a morphing Keyblade. A world based on Disney’s Tangled was also confirmed and briefly seen in the gameplay trailer.

Talk turned to the newly announced World of Final Fantasy. One of the design tenants of the game seems to be accessibility, and they touted the all-new visuals and gameplay that the game would bring. Sadly, almost nothing was actually revealed about the game, save for a 2016 release window for PS4 and PS Vita.

IO Interactive then began talking about the new Hitman game. Agent 47 is back, and assassination missions all over the world were promised. The game sounds ambitious, and each mission brings multiple solutions. An interesting piece of new is that the game might be released episodically, with new sandbox levels released in intervals. The first level will launch on December 6th, for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness was then announced, for PS4. The world exclusive gameplay trailer showed off some party-based exploration and combat. There’s no storyline news yet, but a Star Ocean sequel has been long awaited. The release date is a vague 2016.

Eidos Montreal arrived on stage to shed some light on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Taking place two years after Human Revolution, the game will again follow Adam Jensen as he works for a new branch of Interpol to hunt down global terrorists. The world of Mankind Divided has gone to heck, with mechanically advanced people living in slums. It’s described as a “Mechanical Apartheid”. Eidos promised that they’re trying to make the greatest action RPG ever, and the new trailer showed off the same slick action-stealth that we loved about the previous game. It’s launching sometime in 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

The conference ended with an announcement of a new RPG project, being worked on by the newly created Tokyo RPG Factory. The game is an all-new RPG IP, currently called Project SETSUNA. Planned for global release in 2016, there was nothing else to go on.