After a long break away from the biggest gaming show of the year, Square Enix are back for E3 2018, presumably to put as many eyes as possible on Shadow of the Tomb Raider to try and justify its completely outlandish budget. Digital hair can only be so detailed, guys.
It’s not just the return of Lara that Square Enix have up their sleeve; above any other publisher, it’s their line-up that has people the most intrigued. There’s nothing particularly concrete about what you can expect from them when they take to the stage (or, rather, distribute their pre-recorded presentation), which has led to all manner of wild speculation. Our man Ash, for instance, won’t shut up about a sequel to The Bouncer.
If you’re intrigued to see where they go this year, here’s everything you need to know about Square Enix at E3 2018, including start time, the games you’re likely to see, and also where you can watch it.
When is Square Enix’s E3 2018 Conference?
Square Enix’s E3 2018 press conference will take place on Monday, June 11 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 6PM BST and also Tuesday, June 12 at 3AM for those in the AEST timezone. That’s dedication if you can stay up until that early, especially as we have no idea how long it may go on for.
Where can I watch Square Enix’s E3 2018 conference?
All of the usual suspects, including Square Enix’s social channels and on the official E3 YouTube livestream. Outlets like IGN and Polygon will also be hosting the stream, just in case you didn’t think there were too many options.
Which games will be on display at Square Enix’s E3 2018 conference?
We arrive at the part you’ve all been waiting for: the games that will be showcased by Square Enix at E3 2018. We’ve mentioned a few obvious choices already, but there are bound to more than a couple of surprises.
As a game releasing this year, expect a deep look at Shadow of the Tomb Raider and just exactly what kind of torture Lara will be sure to go through this time out. There hasn’t been a huge emphasis on how Shadow will be different from Rise, so watch this space.
Kingdom Hearts 3 has seen a boom in hype lately thanks to new gameplay videos, so expect to see it in a big way at E3 2018. Square Enix actually let slip during a conference call that they will be announcing a release date for the adventures of Sora and co., so it’s probably about time that you bought a KH encyclopaedia to figure out what the canon is these days.
Since it was announced, The Avengers Project has been scant on details, so you would hope that we would be seeing some updates for it at E3. Rumours abound that it will be similar to Ultimate Alliance, but find some salt and pinch it on that one.
One of the “casualties” of the great Walmart Canada leak, expect a slight surprise with the announcement of Just Cause 4. The third game, while a whole lot of fun, wasn’t optimised perfectly and didn’t stick around in the limelight for too long, so we hope Just Cause 4 offers more innovation and Rico also kissing cows.
Finally, there’s an outside chance of seeing the Final Fantasy 7 Remake in one form or another at E3 2018. It has been far too long since we heard any updates on it whatsoever, so it’s really about time. Hopes of a release date are somewhat farfetched, but a new trailer wouldn’t go amiss.
As for what we personally want to see, we have to defer to CV lunatic on this one: give us The Bouncer HD/2 or we riot.