Year upon year Square Enix has had solidly excitable showcases at both E3 and Gamescom, and I was hoping that this year would be no different. While each game might not be for everyone, you should still get your wallets ready, Square managed to deliver a few surprises at E3 2021.
Gardeners Guardians of the Galaxy
Starting off with an absolute banger (including the soundtrack) Square Enix introduced a game no one was expecting, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. It’ll be a single-player adventure where you take on the role as Star Lord, the leader of the Guardians, as you and your crew do… literally whatever you want.
There was no desire to recreate the film or the comic books in game form, and it shows, as each character comes with a badass redesign to capture their unique personalities. Each member of the crew’s decisions will have direct impact on the game’s story as you travel through the universe to take down the new Big BadTM.
Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster
The first of the Final Fantasy announcements for the night was taken by the Pixel Remaster bundle. The 6 original tales of series will be remade and released on Steam, iSO and Android.
Legend of Mana Remaster
Accompanying the Pixels is the remaster of an equally beloved game, Legend of Mana. The new opening movie of the game already breathes life into a game over 20 years old.
This one is a two-for special, if you’re a fan of this game. Firstly, Marvel’s Avengers will see the addition of the Cosmic Cube update which will add a brand new villain, the Scientist Supreme, new missions, a new area, and a patrol mode.
Lastly, but definitely not least, Avengers is getting its first expansion; War for Wakanda. It is exactly what it sounds like, and it will be heading to you at no extra cost in August.
Hitman Sniper: The Shadows
Yes, it’s a Hitman spin-off game. It follows a group of snipers that need to bring down a new criminal threat after Agent 47 up and disappeared. On vacation, hopefully.
Again, not a game I was expecting but I’m actually not surprised. NieR Reincarnated will be the first mobile game the series has ever seen, and is currently open for pre-registration. It’s labeled as an “action command-based RPG”, whatever that means?
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
There’s a collaboration event happening in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius and that’s actually all I know about it. They really didn’t explain much except that the Warrior of Light is once again available, and then just gave this trailer.
Oh, and happy 5 year anniversary to the 45 million people who play this game! There’s a special campaign starting on the 17th of June just for you.
Final Fantasy VII – The First Soldier
Code name: Project 0. I think. That’s what they showed us for a split-second on screen before we dive into the run-and-gun, frenzied battlefield of The First Soldier. It’s coming to iOS and Android later this year, but other than “JRPG Call Of Duty” we don’t have much else to go on.
In partnership with the studio behind Nier: Automata comes a game that makes me confused about what style it was going for. It combines the combat style of Nier: Automata with JRPG medieval fantasy visuals and the feel of an MMO.
It has co-op combat, a never-ending-goal-like story where you collect materials from the enemies you slay to customise your gear through the key on your back. I could literally not make this up. But take a look if you’ll like it.
Life is Strange
The critically acclaimed Life is Strange turns 6 this year, and that made Square Enix decide to give it a new coat of paint. The Life is Strange Remastered Collection will combine the original series with Before the Storm into a visually updated bundle.
Where Life is Strange: True Colors gets the spotlight shone on Erika’s empath powers and how she’ll be able to not only make decisions using it but also create novas that let her view the world through her target’s eyes.
Stranger of Paradise
If you thought the Final Fantasy news was over, you obviously don’t know Square Enix. Coming in as the last carriage on this E3 2021 train, Stranger than Paradise focuses on bringing more Chaos.
This game comes from Team Ninja, who you might know from Nioh and Dead or Alive. So I don’t know if this explains the very dude-bro-esque voice lines the main man, Jack, spews as he takes down enemies. You know, in-between the hundred forceful “I will kill Chaos” declarations.
That’s it! That’s all they had for us at E3 2021. Which I’m not sure how to feel about since I’m usually so blown away by Square. I mean, we don’t call them “Squeenix” for nothing.
All-in-all, though, it is an assortment of visually impressive titles. I just hope they play as good as they look.