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Square Enix E3 2018 Showcase: A strange and underwhelming show

Square Enix just held its first showcase in three years at E3 2018. It was a surprisingly underwhelming show, coming in at 30 minutes or so with a small yet exciting slate of games being shown off during the presentation. Sadly, we saw nothing of Final Fantasy 7 Remake or The Avengers Project

Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about the Square Enix E3 2018 Showcase including the all the news and announcements you need to know.

Square Enix E3 2018 Showcase Summary – How was it?

In a word – strange. It feels like the announcements Square Enix had yet to unveil during this showcase could have been part of other conferences instead of dedicating resources to its own. The trailers for Kingdom Hearts 3 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider included footage we’d already seen, and the lack of new details left us feeling dissapointed.

That being said, the reveal of Platinum Games’ Babylon’s Fall looked incredibly cool, and could be the cryptic action title the studio has been teasing in recent months. We were also treated to extended looks of Just Cause 4 and Dragon Quest 11 before things drew to an unceremonious close. Here’s hoping Sony and Ubisoft will pick up the slack before E3 2018 draws to a close.

Square Enix E3 2018 Showcase – Where can I watch it?  

Square Enix E3 2018 Showcase liveblog – All the news as it happened

1800: The Showcase has begun and the president of Square Enix is here to introduce a variety of new titles to explored throughout today’s stream. First up is Eidos Montreal’s Shadow of The Tomb Raider with a brand new trailer and gameplay presentation. Lara is caught up in a range of perilous escapades once again in this third instalment. During this adventure she will race to stop a Mayan apocalypse, although she’ll once again be outgunned and outnumbered.

1806: The gameplay demo follows Lara as she creeps through a jungle stabbing mercenaries to her heart’s content. She could be hunting for treasure, but whatever floats her boat I suppose. Either way, it looks like another great entry for the series.

1808: Hugely popular MMORPG  Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn has received a new trailer exploring a substantial patch, adding new missions and narrative nuggets for hardcore fans. Known as Under the Moonlight, it will be with you soon as a free update!

1810: Final Fantasy 14 and Monster Hunter World have teamed up for an official crossover event set to debut in Summer 2018. It looks ridiculous, and we really hope there’s a massive raid to be explored in all this.

1810: DONTNOD Entertainment’s The Awesome Adventure of Captain Spirit is a new entry in the Life is Strange universe, and will be available for free across PS4, Xbox One and PC on June 26. It’s not Life is Strange Season 2, but instead the first steps into its expanded universe.

1814: Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of An Elusive Age is here with a new trailer. The upcoming JRPG is the first to hit consoles in over a decade, and Square Enix isn’t slouching when it comes to showing off its lush visuals and retro gameplay.

1818: A new IP has been announced in the form of Babylon’s Fall by Platinum Games. Coming to PS4 and PC in 2019, it appears to be an epic fantasy action experience packed with dark, gritty fantasy combat and plenty of detailed lore. Check out the trailer below:

1821: Next up is a more detailed glimpse at Avalanche Studio’s Just Cause 4. The sandbox action title will offer the same level of chaotic ambition players expect alongside a new weather system which can have a huge influence on movement, gunplay and other elements. Enemies now present a more intelligent threat to Rico with some wielding heavy weapons as others turn invisible. It sounds like absolute nonsense, and we love it. You can play it on December 4, 2018.

1825: The Quiet Man is a new brawler from Square Enix coming to PS4 and PC, and you appear to play as a deaf protagonist who uses heighten senses to his advantage. It looks very unusual, and gives off the impression of a PS2 game. Now we’ve got another look at Kingdom Hearts 3. And yes, it still looks wonderful.

1830: And that’s wrap! Square Enix put on a far shorter showcase than we expected. However, we still saw a range of interesting titles set to launch in the coming months. 


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