Square Enix’s E3 2018 showcase has wrapped and the results are pretty disappointing. The entire showcase only lasted for about 30 minutes, and it mostly featured stuff that we were already expecting (such as Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Kingdom Hearts 3). Still, there were a couple of surprises, so if you missed the showcase, here are all of the big announcements from it.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Square Enix unsurprisingly opened its show with Shadow of the Tomb Raider. In addition to showing us the opening seconds of the game, it also gave us our first look at gameplay. That gameplay demo was heavily focused on stealth, so if sneaking around and offing enemies before they ever see you is your style, then there could very well be a lot to love in Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
If you’ve played any of the other games in this origin trilogy, then you should know what to expect by now. Square Enix didn’t take as deep a dive into Shadow of the Tomb Raider as we were expecting, but it’s always possible that it’s saving more for Sony’s big show later tonight.
Final Fantasy XIV x Monster Hunter: World
Monster Hunter: World has been no stranger to crossovers with other franchises, and today we learned that Final Fantasy XIV will be the subject of the next one. The mash-up was announced in a new trailer that’s pretty light on details, but it looks like Final Fantasy XIV Online players will be able to look forward to teaming up with Palicoes and fighting beasts from Monster Hunter: World. This crossover will launch this summer, and we’ll likely find out more about it as we close in on release.
One of the new games Square Enix revealed was Babylon’s Fall. This is the latest game from Platinum Games, a studio many gamers have developed a fondness for over the years, so this will definitely be one to watch. Unfortunately, details are pretty much non-existent at this point, but we’ll see it launch sometime in 2019 for PlayStation 4 and PC.
The Quiet Man
Another new game from Square Enix, this very brief look at The Quiet Man left us very confused. The YouTube description for the trailer sheds more light on the title, though, saying that it’s a “story driven cinematic action experience seamlessly blending high-production live action, realistic CG and pulse-pounding action gameplay.” It also tells us that the game can be completed in one sitting, so The Quiet Man is definitely an intriguing game. We’ll find out more in August, but for now, see what you can make of its teaser trailer.
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
Even though The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit was officially revealed during Microsoft’s E3 press conference yesterday, today its developers told us more on how the game fits into the larger Life is Strange universe. According to the video you see above, Captain Spirit isn’t Life is Strange 2, though it will feature links to the story and some of the characters who will appear in season 2. It sounds like it’s worth checking out for Life is Strange fans, and the good news is that it’ll be 100% free when it launches on June 26.
Just Cause 4
As we expected, we got a deeper look at Just Cause 4 during Square Enix’s E3 press conference. The overview you see above explains what’s new for players and Rico Rodriguez in Just Cause 4, detailing some of the new tools he’ll have at his disposal and the new weather systems that will wreak havoc on the in-game world. Like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, it’s possible that we’ll see more from Just Cause 4 tonight at Sony’s press conference.
Kingdom Hearts 3
Those who were hoping for more on Kingdom Hearts 3 were likely the most disappointed bunch after Square Enix’s press conference. The trailer we were given was pretty much the same as the one we saw yesterday during Microsoft’s show, only cut differently with a little bit of new footage spliced in. That new footage does confirm that we’ll be visiting the world of Ratatouille, but that’s about it.
Aside from brief mentions of Octopath Traveler, Nier: Automata‘s incoming Xbox One port, and Dragon Quest 11, what you see above is all we got from Square Enix’s E3 press conference. There wasn’t any mention of Final Fantasy VII‘s missing remake, and the biggest announcements of the show were actually made before it even took place. There’s no doubt a lot to look forward to for fans of Square Enix, but pretty much any way you slice it, this press conference was underwhelming. Head down to the comments section to let us know what you think, and be sure to keep it here at SlashGear for more coverage from E3.