E3 2018 marked Square Enix’s return to holding a press conference at the event, as its last showcase was at E3 2015. The publisher streamed the announcements directly to viewers in lieu of a stage show, which was a good call considering just how little new information there was to share relative to the press conferences of Microsoft, EA and Bethesda.
But, there were a few reveals that made Square Enix’s showcase worth checking out.
“Shadow of the Tomb Raider” Gameplay Reveal
Lara Croft was shown stealthily taking out enemies by crossbow in new gameplay footage from studio Eidos Montreal.
Game Director Daniel Chayer-Bisson says that Lara will “have to confront a brutal jungle environment” in the upcoming adventure title, and we get our first in-depth look at the lush setting in the demo.
Lara is shown taking out an enemy in the midst of rope swinging, which shows off just how sneaky she’ll have to be to survive. She will navigate through the jungle and, of course, tombs with new moves like grappling, wall running and 360 degree swimming, according to Chayer-Bisson.
“Babylon’s Fall” teaser trailer
PlatinumGames upcoming title “Babylon’s Fall” was announced with a brief teaser trailer during the conference.
The teaser sets the tone of the game with massive warriors wielding magical swords and one of them leaking what appears to be magical goo after taking a nasty hit.
We’re not quite sure what to expect, but since it’s from the makers of “Nier: Automata,” we’re definitely going to keep up with any developments.
Teaser for new game “The Quiet Man”
A live action trailer seamlessly morphs into an a CG fight sequence in the teaser for “The Quiet Man.”
Little is known about the upcoming title, but it appears that the story will follow a protagonist who appears to be hearing-impaired.
“‘The Quiet Man’ takes players beyond sound and words to deliver an immersive, story-driven, cinematic action experience, which players can complete in one sitting, seamlessly blending high-production live action, realistic CG, and pulse-pounding action gameplay,” Square Enix stated in a news release.
“The Quiet Man” is from “Prey” developers Human Head Studios, and we can expect to hear more in August, according to the teaser trailer.
New Trailer for “Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age”
A new trailer for “Dragon Quest XI” showcases the hero’s journey in the upcoming RPG and shows off the gorgeous animations in the game.
“Dragon Quest XI” is releasing in September, and Square Enix also revealed the special editions of the game available for pre-order now.
Trailers, trailers, and more trailers
Unfortunately for Square Enix, the slew of trailers thrown in felt underwhelming since most of them have already been seen before— many of them were shown at Microsoft’s conference on Sunday. But for those who didn’t get a chance to see “The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit,” “Kingdom Hearts III,” “Octopath Traveler”, the Xbox One edition of “Nier: Automata” the press conference might have been a little more exciting.
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