Square Enix E3 conference recap: Avengers, Final Fantasy VII Remake and a whole lot of trailers

Learn why the Final Fantasy 7 remake is made for newcomers and veterans alike--and get a look at some fresh gameplay!
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Square Enix announced Final Fantasy VII Remake’s release date before its E3 2019 press conference on Monday night — but the company still had plenty up its sleeve for gaming’s biggest convention.

The mic drop game was Avengers, unveiled after about two weeks of social media teases, which you’ll be able to play next May. There was also plenty of Final Fantasy love — for both VII Remake and XIV — and a whole suite of trailers.

If you need to play catch-up we have conveniently put every single trailer so far in this handy post. Next up and lucky last for press conferences is Nintendo Direct, and then CNET will hit the show floor and the real fun begins.

Developed by Crystal Dynamics, the team behind the beloved new Tomb Raidergames, Avengers is the new comic book-based video game to get hype about. (Even if these don’t look like The Avengers you know and love.)

Square Enix has been teasing the reveal of the game since late May. We saw Thor, Iron-Man, The Hulk and Captain America and Black Widow try to save New York — again — in the trailer shown at the end of Square Enix’s press conference.

Shaun Escayg, from Crystal Dynamics, and Marvel Games’ Bill Roseman took the stage to walk us through the blockbuster game. It’ll be both a single- and multi-player game, Escayg said. Rosemann explained that this is Crystal Dynamics’ take on The Avengers, not a spin off from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Scott Amos and Meagan Marie, both from Crystal Dynamics, come out next. They reveal we’ll have online four-person multiplayer, and that the roster of superheroes will grow over time. “Every new superhero, and every new region, will be delivered at no additional cost,” Amos said. Marie promised no Loot Boxes or pay-to-win scenarios. The crowd is loving it.

Avengers will launch May 15, 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and even Google Stadia. PlayStation 4 owners will get early-beta access and “unique benefits we’ll be revealing in the future.”

Final Fantasy VII Remake: A two-part tale

Square Enix announced Final Fantasy VII Remake’s release date, March 3 2020, 24 hours before its E3 2019 press conference. So what did the company have left for its big event?

Final Fantasy XIV, Square Enix’s flagship online game, was the next game to get the big on-stage spotlight. Naoki Yoshida, producer of Final Fantasy XIV online, came out to talk about Shadowbringers, the third expansion pack, which will release on July 2.

Shadowbringers is more than an expansion pack, Yoshida says. Square Enix is looking at it more like a standalone game. It’ll brings two new Jobs and two new Races to the game, which first launched in 2010 and then essentially relaunched as A Realm Reborn in 2013.

On top of these games which got on-stage presentations, we also got a whole lot of trailers. Like, an overwhelming amount. Some are for brand new games, others are ports or remasters. Either way, there’s bound to be one game here for everyone. Here’s the lot of Square Enix’s trailers.

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