It has been a busy few days for all things Square Enix with the news of Outriders going into Xbox Game Pass on release day as well as the New Console Generation upgrade and Hawkeye DLC launching for MARVEL’s Avengers today as well. But this is the first showcase of what Square Enix has to come in 2021 an beyond and for me, my eyes are on the next Life is Strange game reveal most of all. So let us checkout the news and trailers from the show including my own final thoughts on the showcase:
Outriders: Story and Power Classes 101 Trailers:
Outriders will release April 1, 2021 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (Steam, Epic & NVIDIA GeForce NOW) and Stadia. Learn everything you need to know about Outriders in this in-depth 101 trailer. Enoch was meant to be a fresh start… yet now you’re stuck on a hostile planet that considers you prey. Mankind might be on the backfoot but it’s up to you to push forward. You do not run. You do not hide. You are an Outrider. Outriders is a 1-3 player co-op RPG shooter set in an original, dark and desperate sci-fi universe. As mankind bleeds out in the trenches of Enoch, you’ll create your own Outrider and embark on a journey across the hostile planet.
Tomb Raider 20th Anniversary News: Tomb Raider ‘Definitive Survivor Trilogy’
Tomb Raider: Definitive Survivor Trilogy is the complete edition of the award-winning Tomb Raider origin games. This collection contains all the definitive edition content from each prequel title—Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. The new Anime and next Tomb Raider feature film were also mentioned.
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MARVEL Avengers: Next Gen Console Update Launch Trailer
The long wait for those with Next Gen consoles PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S is over with Marvel’s Avengers Operation: Future Imperfect and Next-Gen Versions launching today and available NOW!
Black Panther and the War for Wakanda are coming to Marvel’s Avengers along with Klaw, the Wakandan Jungle Biome, new enemies, and much more later in 2021. Bow before the king
Scarlet Nexus Kazane Trailer:
Connect with Scarlet Nexus when it launches June 25th, 2021, finally fans have a release date!
Balan Wonderland: New Trailer
Wonderworld is waiting for a hero… or two. Leo and Emma are lead into Wonderworld by the mysterious Balan to help bring balance to the hearts of 12 others, as well as themselves. Face your fears with the power of over 80 different costumes and join them on a journey to discover true happiness on March 26, 2021. This was originally one of my most anticipated games of 2021 until I played the PS5 demo and it completely lost me, personally….one for the bargain bucket sales end of the year possibly now.
Life is Strange: True Colours – Official Reveal Trailer
A bold new era of the award-winning Life is Strange begins, with an all-new playable lead character and a thrilling mystery to solve! Alex Chen has long suppressed her ‘curse’: the supernatural ability to experience, absorb and manipulate the strong emotions of others, which she sees as blazing, colored auras. When her brother dies in a so-called accident, Alex must embrace her volatile power to find the truth – and uncover the dark secrets buried by a small town. Releasing on September 10, 2021 for Platforms PC, Xbox One|S, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Stadia.
Life is Strange: Remastered Collection
Return to Arcadia Bay and experience two award-winning Life is Strange games like never before! Remastered visuals and animation breathe new life into the great cast of characters and gripping stories. The Life is Strange Remastered Collection includes ‘Life is Strange Remastered’ and ‘Life is Strange: Before the Storm Remastered’.
New Game Reveal: Forspoken
Introducing Forspoken, the new narrative-driven adventure set in a beautiful yet cruel world. Play as Frey Holland, an ordinary young woman who must harness her magical abilities to survive in the fantastical yet dangerous land of Athia. Developed by Luminous Productions for the PlayStation 5 and PC, Forspoken will take players on a magical and perilous journey.
This played out pretty much as I had expected and whilst I know that many were hoping and expecting some sort of Final Fantasy VII Remake news for Xbox, there was far too much to focus on this show for that to really outshine what was planned. Opening with Outriders made sense and whilst the demo left me very disappointed, the fact it is coming to Xbox Game Pass means I can play the full game with no additional charge so I get to give it a fair chance, but it was interesting that this showcase made no additional mention of that for the game. MARVEL Avengers Next Gen upgrade, the long delayed and sought after upgrade for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S along with the new Hawkeye DLC featuring time travel and one of my own favourite characters in MARVEL, Maestro Hulk and as the showcase played my own Series S started a 72GB “upgrade” install so I am looking forward to diving into this new content later. The reveal of the first main expansion starring Black Panther is a welcome one although as I type this in the moments after the showcase has ended, if it will be one fans will have to pay for which is likely but also “later in 2021” because the wait for new content is why many players have walked away from this game since launch.
Nice to see Tomb Raider’s 25th Anniversary mentioned, the release of another collection was expected but the mentioning of the new Anime series and next big feature film shows there is some progress in celebrating the Anniversary. But of course, away from mobile games and short teases, it was the reveal of Life is Strange: True Colours that had my attention today and in a move away from the traditional Episodic release format of the previous games, will now be a full game experience when it releases this September, a much welcome change. I failed to connect with both “Before the Storm” and LiS 2 but I have already made a connection to the new power of “emotion” and the new main character Alex which has me excited for this game.
This Square Enix Presents ended with the news of a next one to happen this summer, perhaps this will be the moment to announced Final Fantasy VII Remake for Xbox as the one year PlayStation exclusivity will have ended but there is still much in Square Enix schedule we still need to look at such as Final Fantasy XVI but it is clear, Square Enix has more to show!