E3 2021: Square Enix Presents Summer Showcase Overview
Showing off a bunch of titles, the Square Enix Presents Summer Showcase was at E3 and was absolutely chock-full of trailers.
Things began with Matt Mercer showing us the world premiere of Eidos-Montreal’s Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, letting us see some gameplay of the single-player title. It’s clearly inspired by the movies, despite the developer saying that it’s a new take on the characters. The same team, wearing the same outfits, with a classic rock soundtrack - all from the movies. It’s coming out on Xbox, PlayStation and PC on 26th of October 2021.
We were then treated to some extended gameplay footage that was a cutscene about a mission from the game. There was some exploration, and some combat, showing how the team respond to Star-Lord’s orders. There are also super attacks which use Star-Lord’s Walkman full of classic rock.
Next was a tease for six Final Fantasy remasters. That’s remasters of the first six titles in their pixelated glory, coming to Steam, iOS and Android.
There was also a quick tease of Legend of Mana (2021) coming 24th of June to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PC.
Marvel's Avengers came next with an update trailer showing June’s update, which brings a Cosmic Cube. It also promised more Wasteland adventures coming later in the Summer, including new patrol modes. Finally, there was some footage of the War for Wakanda expansion, which sees the Black Panther up against Klaw, and will bring new enemy types.
Then we got some mobile game teasers, including HITMAN Sniper: The Shadows, NieR Re[in]carnation, Final Fantasy crossing over with WAR OF THE VISIONS FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS, and Final Fantasy Brave Exvius’ 5th anniversary on the 5th of July. It ended with a quick tease of what appeared to be a battle royale title: Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier, coming in 2021.
Babylon's Fall came next, showing us some epic backdrops and a deep voice, before we saw some gameplay of the co-op hack-and-slash action..We then heard from the developers, who talked about how this live service title was built on what they did with NieR: Automata, and changed things to fit a four-player game. It’s coming in 2022 to Xbox One, Xbox X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC.
Then we had Life is Strange Remastered Collection, which didn’t look very different to the originals, just lit differently. It’s the first game and the prequel together in one package. It’s coming 30th of September, though they didn’t list the platforms.
Next, Life is Strange: True Colors was introduced by mxmtoon. Then Zak Garriss talked about the game while the trailer played. The main character can detect people’s emotions in the form of an aura, and it allows them to experience others' emotions. It’s called empathy but looks more like telepathy. Touching people with particularly strong emotions will change the world around Alex, giving them greater insight to help them - if you want. It’s coming out on 10th of September 2021.
Finally, there was a brand new announcement - Stranger Of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. An action roleplaying game coming in 2022 to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and PC, with a demo out now on PlayStation 5.
Matt Mercer ended things with a sizzle reel of things both out now, and announced in the rest of the showcase.