Square Enix E3 2015 Conference Overview

Square Enix had their annual conference during E3 earlier today. With Final Fantasy XV coming out soon, there was a lot of ground to cover this year:

    • Avalanche Studios production
    • Tropical, Mediterranean-styled environment
    • “Longer and stronger support than in past [after game’s release]”
    • Grapple hooks, parachutes, wingsuits to explore open-world, sandbox-styled map more than previous games
    • Set to launch on December 1st, 2015 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC
    • Free reign of destruction is the goal for players of the game
    • Vehicles complexly designed and incorporated into gameplay
    • Mods can be incorporated to give players endless destruction capabilities
    • Developed by PlatinumGames Inc. (previously developed by Cavia)
    • Taro Yoko, wearing a moon-man costume, announced that the game is currently in development and that there would be “more information [autumn of] 2015”
    • Details on the creation of Lara Croft discussed during conference
    • Aims made to Lara Croft to make her more relatable, realistic, and human
    • Snowy mountainside, decrepit, jungle ruins, and dark caves shown as the environment to the game
    • Coming soon to phones and tablets, with an unknown release date
    • Turn-based, puzzle experience
    • First smartphone game in the Kingdom Hearts series
    • Familiar Kingdom Hearts characters appear through summonings
    • Available in Japan in 2015, and North America at an unknown date
    • linked to Kingdom Hearts III
    • Currently in development and will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at an unknown date
    • New gameplay footage shows Sora, Donald and Goofy battling in 2 new worlds (Mount Olympus, and Rapunzel’s Tower)
    • Trains, guns, pirate ships, teacups, chariots, and more summoning and Keyblade-transforming attacks featured during gameplay
    • Younger versions of Master Xehanort and Master Eraqus shown narrating while playing chess and discussing the Light and Darkness
    • Shown in Sony E3 conference yesterday
    • PC Version to be released this Winter; iOS version to be released by end of this Summer
    • Digital release of the game set for December 8th, 2015
    • Multiplayer content will be released at regular intervals, making it an evolving game throughout time and encouraging community involvement
    • Exciting new locations around the world (Paris, Marakesh, Italy)
    • Who, how, and when you kill is completely up to the player, making the game a customized experience
    • Players are infamous Agent 47, the world’s premier assassin, who aims to take down Viktor Novakoff (sp?), one of the world’s most feared men
    • To be released in North America and Europe on the PS4 in 2016, and in Japan in Winter 2015
    • Beaches, cities, and chapels are some of the mystical environments shown in trailer
    • “Good, old school Japanese RPG” with real-time battle system and more focus on gameplay rather than story-driven
    • Takes place in 2029, two years after Deus Ex: Human Revolution, with main character Adam Jensen, during a “robot apartheid”
    • Actions that the player takes affect the outcome of the game
    • Release set for early 2016 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC
  • Final Fantasy Portal App
    • Keep up-to-date on all Final Fantasy information, characters, games, etc. on your smartphone or tablet
  • New RPG project “Project Setsuna
    • Tokyo RPG factory working on project
    • Snowy village, broken-down robotics concept art shown
    • Under development with planned release in 2016

My Opinion:
Square Enix’s conference was overall underwhelming. However, if you were to poll those who streamed it you’d probably get a 50/50 split on fans who were bored with it and fans who loved it. I was really disappointed that they didn’t reveal more Kingdom Hearts III news, but I can’t say I’m surprised since they only recently began it’s development. Rise of the Tomb Raider is always exciting to hear about, but they didn’t go too much into it during the conference. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and the “Project Setsuna” RPG project both sound interesting though! The overall presentation from Square Enix was also lackluster compared to other ones like Microsoft and Bethesda. Oh well, I’ll be looking forward to hearing more over the next months!

Audrey Lips is one of MONG’s Associate Writers and is a recent college graduate with 100+ hours of Netflix experience. You can follow her TMI posts on Twitter.

2 thoughts on “Square Enix E3 2015 Conference Overview”

  1. I agree with you. It was a bit underwhelming. The Kingdom Hearts 3 video was definitely the highlight though. I didn’t care for Unchained though. I’m sick of the spin offs. I just want the game!


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