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Square Enix Set to Stream First E3 Press Conference in Three Years

Video game publisher Square Enix just announced it’s airing a “special video presentation” at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. The “Square Enix E3 Showcase 2018” takes place June 11 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET.

So, what games can users expect to see during the broadcast? Square hasn’t revealed that yet, but it’s a safe bet gamers will learn more about Lara Croft’s next adventure, “Shadow of the Tomb Raider,” which comes out in September (check out Variety’s hands on preview). Users will likely see some “Kingdom Hearts III,” which also currently has a 2018 release window. Then there’s “Left Alive,” a third-person survival game from “Armored Core” and “Metal Gear” developers also due this year.

Other notable upcoming Square projects that could make an appearance include “Dragon Quest XI,” an unnamed “Avengers” project, and the long-anticipated “Final Fantasy VII” remake.

Plus, Square will surely have some surprises. Maybe there will be a “Final Fantasy XVI” reveal? A new “Deus Ex?” Maybe even a “Nier” tease?

Based on the announcement’s wording, it sounds like Square is doing a Nintendo Direct-style broadcast instead of a live press conference. Its last E3 presser was in 2015. Since then, it’s held more informal livestreams filled with developer interviews and let’s plays called “Square Enix Presents.”

E3 is one of the video game industry’s largest annual gatherings. Every year, thousands of developers, journalists, gamers, and more descend on the Los Angeles Convention Center to catch a glimpse at upcoming titles and products. This year’s event takes place June 12 through June 14.

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