Square Enix’s E3 2018 showcase was the second-shortest in the entire week, clocking in at just 30 minutes. It wasn’t held on a physical stage, but rather was presented in the same sort of way we’ve come to expect from a Nintendo Direct stream. There weren’t many developer interviews, most of it was trailer, and much of it wasn’t new. It was a decent show at least, so follow me after the jump for the highlights.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider lets you terrify your enemies
We already know about Shadow of the Tomb Raider from past events and reveals, but Crystal Dynamics went into more detail tonight about Lara’s stealth capabilities as well as her uncanny slickness in murdering countless numbers of bad guys. In this gameplay trailer, we see Lara sneaking her way through a camp setup by Trinity henchmen, employing different tactics to eliminate them one by one. Shadow of the Tomb Raider launches for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms on 14 September 2018.
Monster Hunter: World x Final Fantasy XIV
Capcom continues to allow the developers behind Monster Hunter: World to literally go crazy with their own fandoms, and this latest one is a mash-up between Capcom and Square Enix. You can play as Final Fantasy characters inside Monster Hunter: World, which is rather cool and at the same time a little weird. The Final Fantasy characters will get their own abilities and moves, and the crossover will be released later this year.
Dragonquest XI looks pretty awesome
I’ve never been a fan or player of the Dragonquest games, mostly because they weren’t really available to play during my younger years. Now in its eleventh iteration, Dragonquest XI is a re-release with localisation for American and European markets, and will debut in the US and Europe on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC platforms on 4 September 2018. A Nintendo Switch version is also planned, and may arrive later in 2018.
Also, does ripping off Dragonball Z count if the same artist who worked on Z also does the artwork for your game?
Babylon’s Fall, from the makers of Nier: Automata
Square Enix and PlatinumGames have teamed up again on a new adventure, this time set in medievil times with knights in armour and enormous swords and something about ancient prophecies. PlatinumGames have a history as a studio with a strong background in swordplay in their games, so this should be a treat. Babylon’s Fall will launch sometime in 2019 for Windows PC and PlayStation 4 platforms.
Octopath Traveler, exclusive to the Nintendo Switch
Square Enix’s background is in JRPGs, so it makes sense that Octopath Traveler is a traditional JRPG mimicking the style of play popularised by Final Fantasy. Octopath Traveler is a turn-based RPG developed in partnership with Acquire, and allows players to take control of one of eight characters at any time to benefit from their unique abiities or battle tactics. The game’s aesthetic is a 2.5D side-scrolling game that uses Acquire’s prowess in pixel art to give the game its unique look. It will debut exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on 13 July 2018. I should note that Octopath Traveler is produced by Masashi Takahashi and Tomoya Asano, the latter which is responsible for producing Bravely Default, one of the Nintendo 3DS’ best-selling JRPGs to date.
Rico Rodriguez is basically Spider-man, isn’t he?
Here’s an extended look at Just Cause 4. Rico’s abilities to dodge death and defy the laws of physics make Just Cause such a wonderfully nonsensical experience, and Just Cause 4 has many newer ways to make this Mexican Spider-man look even more invincible.
The Quiet Man says very little about its protagonist
Being deaf myself, I rather like the idea of a superhero who can’t hear anything, but I’m not sure if this is a superhero-style game. I don’t know anything about the protagonist or the world he finds himself in (other than he beats up some guys in the hood who dress like drug dealers). Heck, we can’t even ask him because he’s a mute. Square Enix promises to reveal more in August.
I’d really, really like to know what’s in that paper bag. It’s bothering me.
What we skipped
Square’s showcase was rather short, but also included a bunch of trailers for games that we’ve seen in the Xbox E3 showcase. You can check that out here, or click on the links below to watch the trailers individually.