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Square Enix Takes Just Thirty Minutes for E3


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Square Enix just wrapped their E3 presentation, a very quick half hour that I suspect will be a disappointment for most everyone. If you're looking for the quick hits, you can probably get by just by knowing that they didn't reveal much of anything that wasn't already known, and those things were not groundbreaking. If you were hoping for Final Fantasy VII, or something else brand new in the Final Fantasy universe, you're out of luck there. If you're like me, and were hoping for an announcement of the next game in the Deus Ex series, nothing there either.

We did get some new gameplay of the next Tomb Raider, coming out in September, as well as the intro movie. The gameplay looks like they've integrated in a little more nuance to the stealth aspects of the game, with parts of the takedowns looking a bit like Deus Ex to me. Lara's got a new "stalker" mode for stealth knife kills, too. It looks like they've improved the enemy group AI some to help them work more in teams and be more observant, too.

For Final Fantasy XIV, they showed a trailer for the next patch, 4.4. Titled "Under the Moonlight," it looks very Ivalice-y, which is probably a great thing. There's also the upcoming crossover event with Monster Hunter World, in which Final Fantasy costumes and monsters will become available in MHW.

Life Is Strange dev studio DONTNOD debuted a mini-episode in the Life Is Strange universe, called "The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit," featuring a tween boy playing as his favorite superhero. It's a game that takes place in the world of LIS, and the devs teased connections to Life Is Strange Season 2, but no direct lead-in to that story. It will be a free download for everyone on June 26.

Dragon Quest XI is getting a worldwide release on September 4 of this year, and there was a new trailer comprised of mostly cutscenes. There were some small gameplay bits, it appeared, with the protagonist equipping one and sometimes two pretty large swords. Also on September 4, Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius on mobile will have a second Dragon Quest crossover event to commemorate the release.

Next up was a game called Babylon's Fall, announced today from PlatinumGames, the developers of Nier: Automata. No details were announced other than platforms (PlayStation 4 and Steam) and a 2019 release date. One could guess from the trailer that the game will involve some sort of action-based sword-and-sorcery combat, but the teaser was short and fairly dark, and not incredibly heavy on detail. Speaking of Nier, if you missed the announcement with Microsoft yesterday, Automata is set to be released for Xbox One on June 26, two weeks from tomorrow. The XBO version will include all released DLC with the purchase package.

Just Cause 4, leaked just before E3, had some new video and an introduction from the developers explaining the new location and the addition of new features like extreme weather and further upgrades to the now-standard open world experience provided by Just Cause games. It will be out December 4 of this year.

The last new reveal of the half-hour show was The Quiet Man, for PlayStation 4 and PC. It's meant to come out in August, and again based on a very short teaser looks like it could be a third-person brawler. The teaser implies that the lead character might be deaf, which could be interesting if there's a good way to integrate that plot point into the gameplay.

Two very small things, barely worth noting because they were such known quantities by now; Octopath Traveler was again shown in trailer form, with no new information given, and Kingdom Hearts III was represented by the same trailer I posted earlier today.

Here's the full video if you're interested after all of that:

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Glenn Magus HarveyComment 1: 2018-06-11 18:22
Glenn Magus Harvey Speaking of Squenix news, a friend alerted me to the upcoming release of The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, and pointed out the following oddity: it is expected to be free, but to contain Denuvo DRM anti-tamper anyway.

Anyone have any idea why they'd do that?
Rangers51Comment 2: 2018-06-11 20:12
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Quote (Glenn Magus Harvey @ 11th June 2018 12:22)
Speaking of Squenix news, a friend alerted me to the upcoming release of The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, and pointed out the following oddity: it is expected to be free, but to contain Denuvo DRM anti-tamper anyway.

Anyone have any idea why they'd do that?

My guess would be that their build systems have it implemented as a part of their code building plans and it's not worth the effort to pull it out. It's pretty clear from the goal of the game and seeing it in action in the video above that they've just used the tools they already have in place to make Life Is Strange games to create this mini-episode.

Another thought I was reminded of thanks to a Facebook comment over on the CoN page - when the first establishing shot of NYC appeared for The Quiet Man, I briefly thought that they were about to break news on a new Parasite Eve game and I was let down. sad.gif

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