E3 2019: All Of Square Enix's Games From Its Press Conference
By Matt Espineli on
Square Enix returned for E3 2019 to showcase some of the biggest games in its current lineup. Chief among them was the highly-anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake, as well as Crystal Dynamic's and Square Enix Montreal's Avengers game. There were appearances from other games like Outriders and Dying Light 2.
While these are the biggest games Square Enix had to show, it also took time to update us on its other projects, like Dragon Quest Builders 2, Oninaki, and more. For a look at what was shown at Square Enix's E3 2019 press conference, scroll through the images below. Otherwise, check out our news roundup for a rundown on the biggest news to come out of the presentation. You can also watch all the biggest trailers in our Square Enix trailer roundup, which is coming soon.
E3 2019 continues through the rest of this week, so expect plenty more announcements in the days ahead. If you want to tune in on the other big press conferences, then check out our full E3 press conference schedule to find out who is presenting next and when. And for the latest news, previews, trailers, and gameplay, be sure to jump into our E3 2019 hub.
Which games from Square Enix's press conference got you jumping up and down the most? Let us know in the comments.
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition
Square Enix's critically acclaimed Dragon Quest XI is heading to Nintendo Switch sometime this year. As the "definitive" version of the game, the port is mostly the same as its PS4 and PC counterparts but includes some bonus extras, such as the option Japanese voice audio, an orchestrated version of the soundtrack, and the ability to switch to a 16-bit interface modeled after the visuals from the SNES era of Dragon Quest. Though, fans should recognize that last feature from the 3DS port of the game that never made it to the West. If you've yet to play DQXI, the upcoming Switch port might be the best way to experience it.
Platforms: Switch | Release Date: Fall 2019
Dragon Quest Builders 2
Dragon Quest Builders was an unusual game that turned out rather well, and back in 2016, we praised its mix of Dragon Quest charm and Minecraft-like construction, awarding the game an 8/10. The sequel is on the way to the US and Europe after releasing in Japan late last year, and there's a strong chance it will make an appearance during Square-Enix's press conference at E3 2019.
The biggest additions to the sequel include multiplayer support (both local and online), the ability to fly and swim underwater, and, perhaps thankfully, neither your armor nor weapons will wear out after repeated use. Smaller changes abound, but how they will impact the game will only become clear once we've had a chance to play for ourselves. Hopefully, that chance comes in a couple months' time.
Platforms: PS4, Switch | Release Date: July 12, 2019
Dying Light 2
In the sequel to the first-person apocalyptic survival shooter Dead Island, players will have plenty more chances to practice their sweet parkour while killing zombies. However, this time around, player choices will have real effects on the world and push the story down different paths.
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC | Release Date: Spring 2020
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Aside from Resident Evil 2, Final Fantasy 7 remake is probably the most highly anticipated remake in a long time. However, it's going to look and play a whole lot different from the 1997 original. The game will follow a more modern design, featuring a third-person camera and real-time combat. Updated character designs ride a line between realistic and stylized art. Though, the most interesting detail about the remake is that it's going to be released as multiple games. Another interesting detail is that the game will span two bluray's worth of content.
Platforms: PS4 | Release Date: March 3, 2020
Final Fantasy VIII
Square Enix is finally remastering Final Fantasy VIII. For a while, it seemed unclear whether or not we'd get a remaster given how for a while the company only seemed to release and re-release Final Fantasy VII, IX, X, X-2, and XII to PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch. But it looks like fans of this love story have finally got their wish!
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch | Release Date: TBA 2019
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
Square Enix showcased a lengthy trailer for Final Fantasy XIV's third expansion, which is titled Shadowbringers. It expands the level cap to 80, adds new dungeons and raids, new zones, two new jobs, and two new playable races: the Ciera and the Hrothgar.
Platforms: PS4, PC | Release Date: July 2, 2019
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered will feature updated visuals, new content, and voice acting. While the remaster supports local multiplayer up to four players, it allows you and your friends to play online too.
Platforms: PS4, Switch | Release Date: Winter 2019
Kingdom Hearts Re:Mind
Kingdom Hearts Re:Mind is the upcoming DLC for Kingdom Hearts III. The trailer for it was brief, but it promises to expand upon some of the climactic story details of the original release.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: Winter 2019
The Last Remnant: Remastered
The remaster of cult classic RPG The Last Remnant was announced and released on Nintendo Switch tonight! If you were a fan of the Xbox 360 original, then you'd best hop onto the eShop.
Platforms: Switch | Release Date: June 10, 2019
Marvel's Avengers is a highly-anticipated game based on Earth's mightiest heroes from Tomb Raider studio Crystal Dynamics and Deus Ex: Human Revolution studio's Eidos Montreal. You get to play as Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk, and Thor. Ant-Man also appears, but it hasn't been confirmed whether you can play as him.
From early footage, it seems Marvel's Avengers is played from a third-person perspective. According to Crystal Dynamics, the game will introduce a universe you can play in for years to come.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia | Release Date: May 15, 2020
Oninaki is the latest game from Tokyo RPG Factory, a Square Enix studio committed to creating classic-style RPGs. Unlike the studio's previous work--which utilized the active time battle system made famous by both Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger--Oninaki is an action-RPG.
Its combat revolves around saving and collecting lost souls, which each grants you unique attacks and abilities in turn. As protagonist Kagachi, you explore the realms of life and death to accomplish this philanthropic goal. All the while, you're exposed to an even more profound mystery within the realms you explore.
Platforms: PS4, PC, Switch | Release Date: Summer 2019
Developed by Bulletstorm studio People Can Fly, Outriders is a dark cooperative shooter. According to the game's creative director, Outriders is set in a brutal and unforgiving world. While we got to see a brief glimpse of the game, there's still so much we don't know about it.
Platforms: TBA | Release Date: Summer 2020
A trailer for the PC port of Octopath Traveler was shown during Square Enix's press conference. Originally a Switch exclusive, the well-received RPG is available now!
Platforms: PC | Release Date: June 10, 2019
Saga Games: Romancing Saga 3, Scarlet Grace Ambitions
Square Enix is giving some love to the cult favorite Saga RPG series. We're getting a remaster of Romancing Saga 3, as well as a port of 2016's Scarlet Grace Ambitions--which previously released only in Japan.
Platforms: PS4, PC, Switch | Release Date: TBA
Square Enix Collective
There was a brief showcase of the games from Square Enix's Collective label, which is the company's special publishing label for indie games. The following games were shown:
- The Turning Test
- Children of Zordiacs
- Oh My Godheads
- Battalion 1944
- Deadbeat Heroes
- Fear Effect Sedna
- Battalion 1944: Eastern Front
War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is a spin-off of Square Enix's mobile game, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. Based on early gameplay, it draws inspiration from the cult favorite Final Fantasy Tactics.
Platforms: iOS, Android | Release Date: TBA