Square Enix almost always pleases crowds when it shows off new games during its E3 showcases. Even in lighter years, there’s always a new announcement that tends to stick out to fans as something to get hyped about, even if they would save some hype for a Final Fantasy XIV Fan-Fest.
The event was a packed showing with titles including Life Is Strange 2, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, Octopath Traveler, The Last Remnant Remastered, Dragon Quest Builders 2, Dragon Quest XI S, Circuit Superstars, Kingdom Hearts III, Battalion 1944, Final Fantasy XIV, Dying Light 2, Romancing Saga 3, SaGa: Scarlet Grace, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Outriders, Oninaki, Final Fantasy VIII, and Marvel’s Avengers.
Here’s what happened to the major games featured at Square Enix’s E3 2019.
Being the first in a series of games planned for release by director Tetsuya Nomura, the next chapter has yet to be officially revealed. In February 2021’s PlayStation State of Play Sony and Square Enix introduced a PlayStation 5 version of Final Fantasy VII Remake that would be free for owners of the PS4 version, called Intergrade, and a new downloadable chapter starring Yuffie Kisaragi titled Episode INTERmission that would serve as a teaser of things to come.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition
An HD remaster of the GameCube JRPG Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles marketed as “the return of a masterpiece.” Unfortunately, critics and fans didn’t quite agree with that notion as it was released to a very mixed bag of reviews on PlayStation 4, Switch, and Apple iPhone and iPad in August 2020. Most reviews stated that even if the story is charming and well written, sadly the game feels very dated even with some updates.
Dragon Quest Builders 2
The US release of the popular spinoff of the classic JRPG series Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest Builders 2 would get an English trailer and a release date of July 2019 during the showcase. Praised for “…adding meaningful content to the mix,” and changing things up for veteran players, the game received favorable reviews that would rack up an average of 85 on Metacritic across all platforms.
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
One of the highest-ranking Final Fantasy titles next to Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy VII Remake, this expansion for the long-running MMORPG on PC and PlayStation 4 would go on to release on July 2nd, 2019. Widely acclaimed as one of the best MMORPG expansions of all time, fans would go on to appreciate the new available Jobs and excellent storytelling.
Final Fantasy XIV is still going strong with a recent announcement of the next expansion, Endwalker, coming in November 2021.
Romancing SaGa 3 & Scarlet Grace
An English translation of the 1995 JRPG – Romancing SaGa 3 finally came to the West in November 2019 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, iPhone and iPad, PC, and Xbox One. Despite its age, the cult-classic JRPG garnered a mostly favorable batch of reviews averaging around a 75 on Metacritic.
An international trailer for War of the Visions, a new mobile RPG based on the Final Fantasy franchise was shown off to Western audiences for the first time.
Similar to Final Fantasy Tactics, this turn-based tactical RPG was released for Android and iOS first in Japan in November of 2019 followed by the Western release in March 2020. Reviews from users are generally favorable on both platforms with the Android version sitting at a 4.25 / 5 rating with over 85,000 votes, and the iOS version holding a similar score of 4.25 / 5 with over 16,000 votes.
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