In the Limelight

Plenty of details about Final Fantasies of all sorts dominated Square Enix’s 2019 E3 press conference, held on June 10, 2019. The show dedicated a ton of time to the extremely-hyped Final Fantasy VII Remake, which is what the company decided to open with this year.

A large amount of time was dedicated to FFVII Remake, with an in-depth explanation of the updated battle system, a preview of the first of many boss fights, and the audience’s first look at Tifa’s new look for the game. The title is still episodic, as was previously announced, and the first installment is set to arrive on March 3, 2020. This portion will cover the Midgar portion of the story, which has been expanded to the point where it takes up two entire Blu-Ray discs. It’s available for pre-order now.

Elsewhere on the Final Fantasy front included details about some remasters, such as for the previously-announced Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, out this winter, which is coming to mobile phones in addition to the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. Newly announced was a remaster of Final Fantasy VIII, which will arrive on Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC later in 2019.

Also on the remaster front included two games in the SaGa franchise: Romancing SaGa 3, the classic Super Nintendo RPG that never made its way out of Japan, and SaGa: Scarlet Grace, which released on the Vita in Japan several years ago and is also finally making its way West. Both will release on consoles and mobile devices. The Last Remnant also sees its own remaster hit the Switch – which is available right now.

The company also announced Outriders, a brand new shooter from the development team behind Gears of War: Judgment. Square Enix calls the title “a journey across a dark and desperate sci-fi world in search of the source of a mysterious signal.” The title is set for a summer 2020 release on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, and more information is expected later this year.

The biggest new title though, was Marvel’s Avengers, which is the result of a collaboration between Crystal Dynamics, Square Enix, and Eidos. Five characters will be playable from the start – Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Black Widow – and more are planned to be added later down the line at no additional charge. The presenters touted the fact that there will be no lootboxes or play-to-win scenarios present in Avengers. The title will also feature four-player online cooperative play when it arrives for Xbox One, PS4 and PC on May 15, 2020.

The entire press briefing, which also contains details about new mobile games, Final Fantasy XIV, and upcoming DLC content for Kingdom Hearts III, can be seen below.