Square Enix Live impresses with Final Fantasy VII Remake, Marvel’s Avengers, and more

Last Updated July 13th, 2021

Square Enix made a strong showing during its E3 2019 press event. The studio naturally played to its strengths by focusing predominantly on RPG titles, but it also threw in a few surprises to keep audience members on their toes. Read on for our full recap of the many games Square Enix showed during its press event, games like the Final Fantasy VII remake, Life is Strange 2, Outriders, and Marvel’s Avengers.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

A large portion of the press event opener was dedicated to Square’s highly anticipated Final Fantasy VII remake. The remake’s development team confirmed it will encompass two full blu-ray discs of content (so, a lot) before shifting gears and showing off a visual explanation of how the remake’s ATB bars system will function in combat. Players will basically build up a pair of ATB bars by landing standard attacks, and they can then use fully-charged ATB bars to unleash magic or utilize a time-slowing tactical mode.

Next, an extended gameplay demo showcased the remake’s opening robot scorpion fight in which players can control both Cloud Strife and Barrett. According to Square, players will be able to seamlessly switch between characters with a single button press during combat. They’ll also be able to stagger certain enemies by consistently landing standard attacks to build up a focus gauge.

After the gameplay demo, Square showed an extended version of the story trailer it unveiled a few days ago. The extended trailer marked the debut of fan-favorite character Tifa Lockhart who will once again utilize her signature martial arts-based combat moves. The trailer also teased the game’s main antagonist, Sephiroth, as he taunts Cloud from afar. Lastly, Square announced a number of special editions for the Final Fantasy VII remake including a Deluxe Edition and Square Enix Store exclusive 1st Class Edition.

The Final Fantasy VII remake will launch on March 3, 2020.

Life is Strange 2 Accolades Trailer

After all the Final Fantasy VII remake hype, Square slowed things down a bit with an emotional accolades trailer for Life is Strange 2. The trailer didn’t announce any new content or tease upcoming developments, it just listed a few accolades quotes and showed the emotional reactions it garnered from famous streamers who played it.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered

A new trailer for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered showed off some gameplay and confirmed a winter 2019 release window. Also, the remastered game will be coming to mobile phones along with the Nintendo Switch and PS4.

Octopath Traveler

A short trailer for Square’s classic-style RPG Octopath Traveler was also shown. Since it didn’t reveal any new content, it seems the trailer’s only purpose was to remind fans that Octopath Traveler is available right now for RPG fans looking for a new game to try.

The Last Remnant Remastered

Next, Square dropped yet another remaster announcement, this time for the tactical RPG The Last Remnant. Technically, The Last Remnant Remastered has been available for PS4 since last year, but now it’s also available on Nintendo Switch for fans who want to take it on the go.

Dragon Quest Builders 2

Square officially announced a proper sequel to the creation/exploration RPG Dragon Quest Builders. According to the narrated trailer Square premiered, Dragon Quest Builders 2 will feature larger creation environments, a helpful AI partner named Malroth, and four-player co-op. Dragon Quest Builders 2 will launch on July 12, and before that players will get to sample a small portion of the full game courtesy of a demo which will launch on June 27.

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of An Elusive Age

For fans of the main Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quest XI is being remastered as well with the only slightly confusing title of Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of An Elusive Age. The remastered version is coming to Nintendo Switch and it will feature both a standard and “classic” 16-bit graphics style.

Circuit Superstars

Indie developer Original Fire Games announced that its charming top-down racing game Circuit Superstars is being published by Square Enix Collective. The game will launch in 2020.

Battalion 1944

An in-depth trailer for the WWII-themed online competitive shooter Battalion 1944 showed off some gameplay and reminded viewers that the game is available now on PC via Steam. Square Enix Collective is also publishing Battalion 1944.

Square Enix Music Collection Comes To Various Music Streaming Platforms

Again, this isn’t exactly news, but Square shared a cheeky trailer which reiterates how fans can now listen to several different Final Fantasy soundtracks on streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Re: Mind DLC

Square Enix took a moment to remind viewers that Kingdom Hearts 3 is getting a DLC add-on called Re: Mind this winter. The new DLC will allow players to control Riku, Aqua, and Roxas as they battle old foes alike.

Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers Expansion

A decent portion of the press event was also dedicated to Final Fantasy XIV’s upcoming Shadowbringers expansion. The expansion, which launches on July 2, will introduce new story content as well as gameplay additions like new jobs and playable races. During the press event, Square debuted Shadowbringers’ official launch trailer which you can watch above.

Dying Light 2 Trailer

A brief trailer for Techland’s Dying Light 2 confirmed a spring 2020 release window for the upcoming zombie parkour sequel.

Romancing SaGa 3/SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions

Romancing SaGa 3 and SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions are two lesser-known RPG’s which have only been available in Japan…until now. Square announced that both games are coming to the west in the near future. Both games will be available for Xbox One, PS4, PS Vita, Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, mobile devices, and PC via Steam.   

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius: War of the Visions

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is getting a follow-up game called War of the Visions. The new game is part of Square’s efforts to expand the Brave Exvius world and is currently in active development.

Outriders

People Can Fly, the studio behind Bulletstorm and Gears of War: Judgment, changed up the tone a bit by unveiling its newest project, Outriders. According to a behind-the-scenes video that People Can Fly shared during the press event, Outriders is a dark sci-fi shooter that can be played either solo or via online co-op. Players will get to create their own characters, wield a litany of firearms, and face a large roster of scary-looking alien foes.

Outriders will launch in summer, 2020 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Oninaki

Tokyo RPG Factory, the studio behind beloved JRPG’s like I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear, debuted a new trailer for its upcoming title Oninaki. The new game will launch in just a few months on August 22.

Final Fantasy VIII Remaster

Not wanting to leave Final Fantasy VIII fans empty-handed after all the Final Fantasy VII remake buzz, Square also announced it is remastering Final Fantasy VIII. The remastered version will launch for Xbox One, PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch later this year.

Marvel’s Avengers

Square closed out its E3 2019 press event with what is perhaps one of the most highly anticipated games in its stable: Marvel’s Avengers. The publisher finally gave the long-in-development game a proper unveiling with some help from developer Crystal Dynamics.

Marvel’s Avengers will allow players to experience an entirely original story that’s not based on any of the Marvel films. Playing either solo or cooperatively with friends, players can control five iconic Avengers characters: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and Bruce Banner/The Hulk. Each character will naturally have their own signature abilities, powers, and playstyles.

Beyond the scope of the base game, Crystal Dynamics also revealed its post-launch plans for Marvel’s Avengers. New playable heroes will be released over time as entirely free DLC additions (a teaser Square showed during the press event confirmed that the first such DLC hero will be the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym). In fact, Crystal Dynamics made a point of mentioning that Marvel’s Avengers won’t have any loot boxes or other pay-to-win scenarios. However, it does sound like certain content additions will come to PS4 first as part of a timed exclusivity deal.

Marvel’s Avengers will launch for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia on May 15, 2020.