Square Enix’s E3 2018 press conference caught Kotaku UK a little by surprise, mainly because it abruptly ended after about thirty minutes. Size isn’t everything, of course, but this was without showing us much we hadn’t already seen before. It was half an hour of re-confirming release dates, trailers already shown at other conferences, and a smattering of gameplay from titles out very soon.
- The showcase opened up with Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and confirmed that “becoming the Tomb raider she is destined to be” translates into ‘Lara is gonna bloodily massacre an awful lot of NPCs in the name of character development.’ But hey, maybe we’re too weather-beaten and cynical: judge for yourself below. The game’s out on September 14 this year.
- There was a new trailer showing off Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood, the last expansion released for the game around a year ago. We saw a spattering of new content in the trailer, but nothing that came as a big reveal or surprise for fans.
- We did however get to see a trailer for a Final Fantasy XIV crossover event where, later this summer, players will be able to earn armour, pair up with allies, and fight monsters from Monster Hunter World! Now that’s a bit more like it.
- We got another quick look at Captain Spirit - and confirmation that, while this free title coming later this month is not Life is Strange 2, it is the first steps into the sequel’s universe. Chris’s story will apparently link into the brand new world and characters of LiS 2. Square Enix was keen to emphasis this is “100% free”, as if the executives still couldn’t quite believe they’d signed it off.
- There was a trailer for a new game called Babylon’s Fall from Platinum Games but, crushingly, it showed nothing of the actual game. But if you want to see some old parchment pages, and dates, and sketch drawings, and try to piece it all together on reddit, then knock yourself out. The game’s due in 2019.
- A new trailer for Dragon Quest 11 landed, telling ‘The Legend of the Luminary.’ "The captivating tale of a hunted hero" is the eleventh game in the Dragon Quest series,and will be released September 4.
- An announcement was re-confirmed, with Nier Automata: Become as Gods Edition for Xbox One coming on June 26th, and including all previously released DLC for the game.
- Octopath Traveller is still releasing on 13th July. We got a new trailer, but it didn’t show or tell us anything about the game that wasn’t already known.
- Just Cause 4 is all about bigger booms than ever with the addition of Mother Nature’s very own booms - natural disasters. What was shown looked like more of the same, but shinier and more explodey. No great surprises then, the game is due out on December 4 this year.
- We got a trailer for a game called The Quiet Man, where some emo teenager walks into an alley full of stereotypical gangsters, beats them up rather handily, then drops a paper bag of what looks like money on their face. More is coming in August but, whatever this is, it’s coming to PS4 and Steam.
- Lastly, we got a Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer, but it was the exact same trailer we shown during yesterday’s Microsoft press conference. It was exciting the first time. The second time around… it feels weird for Square Enix to be re-treading old ground about one of its biggest upcoming titles.
And then, all of a sudden, it was over. Exit sizzle reel, wrapped up, done in under thirty minutes. We had kind of hoped for news on Final Fantasy 7, or the Dragon Quest 2 port that was in that Walmart leak a few weeks back: but nope. Almost as soon as it began, it was over. As we said earlier, size doesn’t matter. It’s what you do with it that counts and, sadly, Square Enix left us feeling a mite unsatisfied.