Square Enix had a lot more than just Final Fantasy this year.

I had an idea of what to expect from Square Enix’s E3 2019 press conference. The publisher confirmed ahead of time that its Avengers game would be present for the showcase. Final Fantasy VII Remake news was also expected after Square Enix talked about the game during the latest PlayStation State of Play. The company even confirmed a March 3rd, 2020 release date for the FF7 Remake during a special concert before the conference kicked off. Despite those heavy-hitters being known beforehand, Square Enix still had plenty to talk about.

Final Fantasy VII Remake hits every nostalgic note

Midgar

 

We knew Final Fantasy VII Remake had to make an appearance. The game looks just as spectacular as earlier trailers have implied, leaving little to the imagination as we await its March 3rd, 2020 debut on PlayStation 4. It’s important to keep in mind that Square is planning an episodic take on the original this time around, confirming that Midgar will be the focus for this first entry. The gameplay for Final Fantasy VII Remake is fluid and action-heavy, but the ability to take on the roles of teammates adds another layer of strategy.

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remaster: the return of a GameCube gem

GameCube

 

This remaster may have flown under the radar if you weren’t familiar with the Nintendo GameCube. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles is an action role-playing game bursting at the seams with charm, and the remaster of the game won’t change that. During Square Enix’s E3 2019 press conference, the publisher narrowed down a release window to “this winter.” Not being content to rest there, Square also confirmed that Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered will be arriving on iOS and Android, alongside the previously announced Switch and PS4.

The Last Remnant Remastered

Shadowdrop

 

Shadowdrops are a great part about E3 2019 and Square Enix delivered just that with The Last Remnant Remastered. That’s right, you can head to the Nintendo eShop right now to download the game. I’d appreciate it if you tried to finish the article before you did that, but the enthusiasm is welcomed. The Last Remnant originally released for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 back in 2008, so it’s finally getting its time with Nintendo fans.

Outriders rode into E3 2019

People Can Fly

 

People Can Fly (Bulletstorm, Gears of War Judgment) is back with a brand-new shooter known as Outriders. The game was lightly detailed during Square Enix’s press conference, but the few bits of info we did receive are intriguing. Namely, Outriders will feature a campaign that can be enjoyed in solo sessions or multiplayer. Given the pedigree of People Can Fly, you’ll want to keep an eye on this one. Outsiders will drop in Summer 2020 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is a thing

20th Anniversary

 

Square Enix went heavy on Final Fantasy announcements during E3 2019. Still, the reveal of Final Fantasy VIII Remastered was a pleasant surprise, given the divisive nature of the PS1 game. This year marks the game’s 20th anniversary, so a remaster featuring updated graphics is a fun bit of nostalgia. Final Fantasy VIII Remastered will arrive later this year for Steam, Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Marvel’s Avengers finally assembled

Captain America

 

Square Enix saved the biggest reveal for the end of the night, bringing out Marvel’s Avengers. The developers on-stage detailed a world where Earth’s mightiest heroes have been outlawed in the wake of an accident known as A-Day. You’ll be able to play as Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America or Black Widow during the campaign, taking on infamous Marvel villains along the way.

Of course, it wouldn’t be an Avengers game if they couldn’t assemble. Square Enix confirmed that you will be able to do just that through the game’s co-op multiplayer modes. Up to four players can play Marvel’s Avengers together online, which adds a nice team mechanic. Surprisingly, it was also confirmed that superheroes and regions will be delivered to the title at no additional cost. Best of all? There will be no loot boxes or pay to win scenarios added to the game.

It was also confirmed that a partnership with PlayStation and Square Enix has been made for the game. The PS4 version of Marvel’s Avengers grants you early beta access and unique benefits that’ll be announced later on. We were also given a sneak peek at Hank Pym (aka the original Ant-Man) shrinking a massive robot with a laser gun. I’d imagine that’s just another day in the office for him. Get ready, because Marvel’s Avengers releases worldwide for PS4, Xbox One, Stadia and PC on May 15th, 2020.

Riley's Take

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In my opinion, Square Enix walked away from its press conference as the company to beat at E3 2019. Final Fantasy VII Remake looks like everything I’ve ever wanted from a retelling of the PlayStation 1 classic. Other announcements also helped round out the showing by providing smaller things to look forward to. The pedigree behind People Can Fly is a good enough reason to anticipate more details on Outriders, although it’s a shame that no gameplay was shown for the title.

Marvel’s Avengers is the game that won me over. The game looks action-packed and handled with such care by the studios working on it. You can see the experience of Eidos Montreal and Crystal Dynamics at play in the fluidity of the movements. Perhaps the trend of shoddy licensed games will be bucked with Marvel’s Avengers.