Square Enix games were heavily mentioned at both Nintendo’s and Sony’s E3 2015 press conference, so the obvious question here was what was the Japanese publisher going to save for itself? Here’s what they saved:
Just Cause 3 launching December 1st
Just Cause 3 will release on December 1st, according to Square Enix.
The open world game will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows.
Lara Croft Go
Lara Croft Go, a cel-shaded mobile take on Lara Croft’s adventures, is the latest game in the Japanese publisher’s Go franchise.
The game is coming to mobile devices, and will be a “turn-based experience, set in a long-forgotten world,” according to Square Enix.
Kingdom Hearts Unchained Key coming to Android, iOS in North America
Kingdom Hearts Unchained Key is coming to North American Android and iOS devices, according to Square Enix.
The story links to Kingdom Hearts 3, and features visuals use a flat, 2D style.
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness coming to western PS4s in 2016
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, the fifth game in the Star Ocean franchise, will come to North America and Europe on PlayStation 4 in 2016, according to the Tokyo-based publisher.
The game is scheduled to launch this winter for Japanese PlayStation 3 and PS4s. Developer Tri-Ace is aiming for a frame rate of 60 frames per second, and Integrity and Faithlessness is a “good old-school Japanese RPG,” according to Shuichi Kobayashi.
Project Setsuna spurs new studio
The game will deliver rich stories and memorable characters, according to the publisher.
New features, gameplay; nuanced storyline shown off in new XCOM 2 video
Firaxis Games brought a demo of XCOM 2, and released a new gameplay video to the public. The 10-minute clip shows off the franchise’s new setting, which is 20 years after humanity has capitulated to a superior alien force.
The single mission takes place in an urban setting, where members of the heavily-armed Advent force are deployed to protect a press conference being held to commemorate Unification Day, the anniversary of the day two decades ago when humanity fell. The target for XCOM forces, who are now playing the role of guerilla-style fighters, is a statue. It’s also a sabotage mission, which is new to the series.
The Advent’s messaging speaks of enhancing humanity through the gifts given by their new alien masters, and while the assembled crowd is cheering on the festivities, a sense of unease permeates the affair. At one point, an Advent soldier smashed a fleeing civilian with their rifle’s butt, knocking them to the ground.
Much of the story is delivered in cutscenes that flow into the in-game animations. XCOM forces are being called radicals, and several were previously arrested for attacking gene-therapy center. One of the members of the team tucks into cover only to come face-to-face with his own wanted poster.
New features in the video include melee weapons, flying drone familiars, and a new stealth system that allows XCOM units to sneak into ambush positions without drawing agro.
The video ends with an XCOM soldier lifting a wounded comrade onto their soldier, popping a flare in the place of their choosing, and extracting on a Skyranger while under fire.