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E3 2021: Square Enix Presents – All the News and Trailers

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Well I certainly would not want to follow that incredible Xbox and Bethesda Showcase just 30 minutes ago but now we have the Square Enix Digital showcase for E3 and as a PS5 gamer, I certainly have my eyes on this one for some Final Fantasy news, MARVEL’s Avengers Blank Panther expansion news and other updates and possible reveals of what to expect over the next year from this publisher. Below you will find all the news and trailers as they happened in the showcase followed by my own thoughts on them:

MARVEL’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Official Reveal Trailers

Fire up Star-Lord’s jet boots for a wild ride across the cosmos in this third-person action-adventure game, a fresh take on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. With the unpredictable Guardians at your side, blast your way from one explosive situation to another, with original and iconic Marvel characters caught in a struggle for the fate of the universe. You got this. Probably.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is coming October 26, 2021 on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S and PC.

Final Fantasy: Pixel Remasters

The games that inspired a generation come to life once more, in the ultimate 2D pixel remaster. Coming soon to Steam and Mobile!

Legend of Mana:

Watch the Legend of Mana opening movie! Now Remastered for the first time, featuring a colorful cast of characters, exciting real-time combat, and the option to alternate between the original or new rearranged music. Legend of Mana is available 24th June 2021

MARVEL’s Avengers: Black Panther – War for Wakanda Trailer

Black Panther must defend Wakanda from Klaw, who seeks to steal Vibranium for his own desires. Watch the cinematic trailer for Marvel’s Avengers Expansion: Black Panther – War for Wakanda. Available in August 2021!

Mobile Games: Trailers

Hitman Sniper: The Shadows introduces a wholly original story set in the Hitman Universe. The game focuses on events following the disappearance of Agent 47 and follows the story of The Shadows, a group of highly skilled snipers – Soji, Kiya, Kolzak, Knight, and Stone – within the hidden world of assassination, where a new criminal network threatens global stability. Diana Burnwood and the International Contract Agency (ICA) activate Initiative 426, aka The Shadows, to eliminate this threat. Hitman Sniper: The Shadows is a free-to-play game set to be released in 2021 on iOS and Android. More exciting updates will be revealed later this year.

Pre-registration is now available for NieR Re[in]carnation, an action command-based RPG for mobile.

With over 45 Million downloads worldwide, FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS celebrates its 5th Anniversary with a special countdown campaign starting on June 17, 2021!

Can you become history’s first SOLDIER? FINAL FANTASY VII THE FIRST SOLIDER coming to iOS and Android Worldwide in 2021

Babylon’s Fall: Trailer

BABYLON’S FALL from Square Enix is developed in partnership with renowned action specialists, PlatinumGames Inc., (NieR:Automata). Featuring fluid co-op-combat, powerful weapons and a unique, striking art style, the epic world of BABYLON’S FALL is coming to the PlayStation5 (PS5) console, PlayStation 4 and STEAM. The game can be played in co-op online multiplayer for parties up to four and will feature a range of post launch game modes at no additional cost.

Life is Strange: Remastered Collection Trailer

The Life is Strange Remastered Collection includes ‘Life is Strange Remastered’ and ‘Life is Strange: Before the Storm Remastered’. Both award-winning games have been remastered with updated visuals across characters & environments.

Life is Strange: True Colours Trailer

In March, the latest entry in the Life is Strange series was revealed: Life is Strange: True Colors, a small-town supernatural mystery. Brought to life through full performance capture by rising talent Erika Mori, players will navigate Haven Springs as Alex Chen, a young woman who has long suppressed her ‘curse’: the psychic power of Empathy, a supernatural ability that allows her to experience, absorb and influence the strong emotions of others – which she sees as blazing, colored auras. When her brother dies, in a suspicious accident, Alex must at last embrace her volatile power to find the truth, and uncover the dark secrets buried by a small town. Alex Chen’s journey, power and future are all fully under the player’s control. The psychic power of Empathy affects every interaction and relationship Alex has in the game and is fully under the player’s control. Use it to reveal the secrets of Haven Springs, the hidden facets of Alex’s past, and the future of her journey to find a place to call home. Release Date: September 10, 2021

Strange of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin – Announcement Trailer

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE veterans Tetsuya Nomura and Kazushige Nojima join forces with Team NINJA from KOEI TECMO GAMES to deliver a bold new vision for FINAL FANTASY. Get your first look at STRANGER OF PARADISE FINAL FANTASY ORIGIN. Coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC in 2022. With the memory of their struggle buried deep in their hearts… Jack and his allies, Ash and Jed, burn with resolve to defeat Chaos as they throw open the gates to the Chaos Shrine. Yet doubts remain—are they truly the Warriors of Light the prophecy foretold?  Step into a world of dark fantasy and revel in the exhilarating, action-packed battles! Trial version available on PlayStation 5 until June 24th, 2021.

and that is a wrap…..

My Thoughts…

Well short and sweet and to the point really, a focus on the big MARVEL license they have so of course we got to see the plans for the MARVEL’s Avengers newest expansion in Black Panther: War for Wakanda and I have to be honest, it does look good enough to make me want to return to the game to play it and a very sensible choice to keep it as a free for everyone who owns the game because at this point following the most recent content updates, not sure I would put my hand in my pocket to pay for it. The surprise opening of the rumoured MARVEL’s Guardians of the Galaxy was a clever way to open the showcase and they did double down on the trailers with a reveal, gameplay and developer breakdown set of trailers. Pleased to say they are certainly more inspired to give a comic book GoTG experience than trying to make it like the MCU versions though some of the gameplay look like it was lifted from the Tell Tales GoTG game and Avengers.

A Focus to Mobile games was expected but not really very exciting unless you are into Mobile games before a nice look at Life is Strange and I will say that though I have no desire to revisit the first game again, True Colours certainly has my attention with its main character and choice of powers. Babylon’s fall looks interesting but not as much as what was not shown in this showcase though the promise of another Square Enix Presents in the future that will look at Final Fantasy XVI and Forspoken, but it was enough, nothing huge but just…enough.

Sean McCarthy
Freelance writer but also a Gamer, Gooner, Jedi, Whovian, Spartan, Son of Batman, Assassin and Legend. Can be found playing on PS4 and Xbox One Twitter @CockneyCharmer

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