Square Enix conference is scheduled for today, June 10 at 6pm PT/9pm ET (June 11 at 2am UK/11am AET), and if you like Marvel’s Avengers, you’re going to really like what Square is bringing to E3. Months of speculation led to the official announcement Square Enix’s Avengers game is coming to E3, and the biggest movie of the year is likely going to be one of the biggest games of E3.
After three years away from the E3 spotlight, Square Enix returned in 2018 with a pre-recorded, Direct-style showcase. The half-hour presentation featured 10 games in total, though it made only two new announcements: Babylon’s Fall, a new adventure from the famed action studio PlatinumGames, and Human Head’s The Quiet Man, which went on to earn the unfortunate title of Metacritic’s worst-reviewed game of 2018.
The Square Enix E3 Showcase provided closer looks at several already-announced titles as well, including Kingdom Hearts 3, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Just Cause 4, which had just debuted on Microsoft’s stage the day before. However, nothing seemed to elicit the type of excitement we’ve come to expect from an E3 presentation, leaving many to wonder just what the point was of hosting a big E3 press conference.
Now, filling the prime Monday night slot left vacant by Sony, the Square E3 2019 press conference looks like it should be a triumphant return. And so long as it doesn’t hold back, it has the lineup to deliver.
Square Enix E3 Conference Details
Square Enix’s E3 press conference will be held on Monday, June 10, at 6:00 PM PT / 9:00 PM ET / 2:00 AM BST (6/11) / 11:00 AM AEST (6/11). For details on the other conferences, check out the official E3 schedule.
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Square Enix Pre-E3 Announcements
Ahead of this year’s show, Square Enix unveiled the first new details about its Avengers project since the game was announced in 2017. The publisher revealed the game is officially called Marvel’s Avengers, while confirming more will be shown during its E3 press conference.
Additional gameplay details were then mistakingly published as part of a listing for an Avengers-focused E3 Coliseum show, which will be held on June 11. According to the description, Marvel’s Avengers will be an action-adventure that “combines cinematic storytelling with continuous single-player and co-operative gameplay.” Players can join teams of up to four, and heroes will seemingly be customizable.
Square also re-revealed Final Fantasy VII Remake a month out from E3. The new trailer gave us a fresh look at character models, combat, and story details. However, the pre-E3 trailer doesn’t rule out a press conference appearance for the long-awaited remake; Square promised more information would be revealed in June, presumably at E3.
Outriders, seemingly a new Square IP, was also revealed before the show. The brief teaser showed a person waking up in a cryostasis chamber and promised more will be shown at E3. Square filed a trademark for Outriders just over a year ago — a year after it announced a partnership with Bulletstorm developer People Can Fly. It’s unclear if the two are related, but some have theorized Outriders is the product of that partnership. We’ll know for certain after Square’s E3 press conference.
Square Enix E3 Predictions
The most intriguing card in Square’s hand is its top-secret Avengers game, which we’ve heard little about since its announcement in 2017. The publisher broke its silence recently, sharing the project, officially called Marvel’s Avengers, will be at this year’s show. Hype for the franchise is near an all-time high following the massive success of Endgame, making E3 the perfect time for Square to finally pull back the curtain on its superhero-sized project.
Again, there’s also Final Fantasy 7. The long-awaited Final Fantasy VII remake hasn’t appeared at an E3 since it was announced all the way back in 2015. After recently re-surfacing during Sony’s State of Play livestream, Final Fantasy 7 looks set to finally return to the show after four years away.
With a one-two punch of Avengers and Final Fantasy VII, Square could not only shift the perception of its own show, but bring an increased level of enthusiasm to the entirety of E3 2019.
Other potential highlights include the aforementioned Babylon’s Fall, which has been quiet since its reveal last year, and Square’s aforementioned unannounced AAA shooter from Bulletstorm developer People Can Fly, which may be called Outriders. The mystery shooter was announced two years ago, and it seems overdue for an official unveiling.
Additionally, we know Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers will be at the show in some capacity, according to an official tweet, as well as Dying Light 2. The highly anticipated sequel is being published by Square in the Americas, according to developer Techland on Twitter, with the promise of “more news” at the Square Enix E3 press conference.
Square may have underwhelmed fans with its show at last year’s E3, but a strong lineup of games in development, led by Crystal Dynamics’ Avengers project, creates the potential for a memorable recovery. Whether it lives up to that potential, however, will largely rest on just how much of that lineup it’s willing to show.
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