E3 2021: Square Enix Presents live report

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E3 rumbles on with another showcase, this time from Square Enix. Will there be more Marvel-based shenanigans, or maybe a closer look at Final Fantasy 16 in action. Join us live from 8.15pm BST to find out!

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Coverage

20:14

Well hi there!

20:14

Did you miss me?

20:14

It's been all of, what, 30 minutes?

20:15

This is being hosted by Marvel on their own YouTube channel as well.

20:15

Which suggests... something?

20:16

AquinasBatman says:

it was an hour, Mr Robinson. AN HOUR

It felt like a lifetime. So glad to be back!

20:17

What I expect - a big update on Life is Strange True Colours, a proper look at that Babylon Falls thing and updates on the likes of Neo: The World Ends With You and even time for a plug of the PS5 version of FF7.

20:17

What I'd like - a Balan Wonderworld follow-up.

20:18

Straight in with Eidos Montreal's new joint.

20:18

Which is Guardians of the Galaxy, I'm sure you've figured out by now.

20:18

Unlike The Avongers this is more of a traditional campaign thing I believe.

20:18

Still looks a bit Avongers-y to me.

20:19

It remains an odd aesthetic choice to copy the movies in some ways and deviate where it sort of matters.

20:20

dfunked09 says:

"Storlord"

20:20

Gourdians of the Goloxy.

20:20

It does look good though, and it's out in October.

20:20

Another game to play this year!

20:20

And in what will be music to a lot of people's ears, it is a single player joint.

20:21

I don't know who Dan Abnett is - but I know Wes rates him.

20:21

Sorry, I'm not very good on comic book stuff unless it's Superman.

20:23

This looks a lot more promising than The Avengers - which never looked that bad, really.

20:23

Just really, really odd.

20:23

Starlord just looks like another turn for Troy Baker. I hope it's not Troy Baker.

20:24

Well, that's a fine reveal - and a proper new game we'll get to play this year.

20:25

We're going to get a proper deep dive into this, by the way - possibly around 20 minutes worth.

20:26

So be prepared!

20:26

You make big decisions in-game - as to who gets to join you in missions.

20:26

Deadman316 says:

Do you mean proper as hopefully not online and pay to win!

Well yeah, basically!

20:27

In a similar theme to some other shows this year, I expect Square Enix to go big on this, and there'll be some other small scraps besides.

20:28

As this is their big bet for 2021. It looks good too!

20:29

Miyamotosan says:

Oh come on, this is enough now.

20:29

There will be a fair bit more of it!

20:29

Deadman316 says:

I know the world is probably based of the comics but it does have a mix of Jedi Fallen Order and Mass Effect feel to it. Space stuff I guess lol

20:29

Deadman316 says:

I know the world is probably based of the comics but it does have a mix of Jedi Fallen Order and Mass Effect feel to it. Space stuff I guess lol

20:29

I like space stuff. Space stuff is cool.

20:30

But also there's something slightly wafty about the combat.

20:30

I can't complain about this protracted gameplay demo.

20:30

Seeing as I've spent the last few E3 shows complaining about everything being pre-rendered.

20:31

That's looking very frame-y, as Digital Foundry might say.

20:31

Scimarad says:

It's definitely growing on me.

20:32

Same here, it's the sort of breezy fun I'd want from a Marvel game rather than some grindy game as a service joint.

20:32

When does it come to Game Pass?

20:33

Miyamotosan says:

This soundtrack is so try-hard. Reminds of the first Suicide Squad movie

20:34

It's another area where it skims a bit close to the movies - but then again I've never read the comics so what do I know!

20:34

That was Guardians of the Galaxy - coming this October.

20:34

It feels sort of quaint with its Telltale influences, but it looks like something I'd very much like to play.

20:35

Oh hang on!

20:35

It's still going on.

20:35

This is still Guardians of the Galaxy.

20:35

Oh wait they've finished now!

20:36

Oh here's some Final Fantasy remasters!

20:36

Are they the terrible mobile remasters?

20:36

Who knows!

20:37

And the Legend of Mana remake!

20:37

I'm really curious as to what those Pixel Remasters were.

20:37

I'd love an FF6 remaster done in the style of Octopath.

20:38

Umang says:

they're still pushing that Avengers game? lol

It cost a lot of money *sadface*

20:39

An Avengers update - and we do get to see more of the Wakanda expansion fans have been eagerly waiting for.

20:40

Miyamotosan says:

20 Minutes for Guardians of the Galaxy, 20 seconds for Final Fantasy if you're wondering where Square Enix is these days.

We could still have a 40 minute blow out on FF16 revealing that Matsuno is back and it's a return to Ivalice!

20:40

Or we could just have whatever those PC/mobile Final Fantasy ports are.

20:41

IT'S MOBILE GAMING UPDATE TIME!

20:41

Which means I might take a toilet break.

20:43

Hi I'm back!

20:43

And just in time for Platinum Games' new joint, Babylon Falls.

20:44

TBH this looks annoying.

20:44

Why do voice actors in video games have to be so annoying.

20:45

This is what Scalebound could have been.

20:45

With the guy from Current 93 screaming over the top.

20:45

This is a bit of a mess of a reveal - it looks janky and unfocussed.

20:46

Well, the new is it's coming to PS5 as well as PS4 and PC.

20:47

Deadman316 says:

It’s almost Dynasty Warriors meets Dragon Age.

20:47

That sounds good!

20:47

I'm a bit on the fence about this - but Platinum games often prove me wrong.

20:47

I was not into Astral Chain at all in the lead up to release, then I ended up falling head over heels with it.

20:48

Here's a healthy dose of Life is Strange to bring us home.

20:50

Life is Strange is another series which looks absolutely splendid but which I feel bad about never actually playing.

20:51

Ugh there are so many good video games. I shouild probably stop playing just iRacing, Gradius and Virtua Fighter.

20:51

Probably won't though.

20:51

rob_of_the_robots says:

Babylon's fall is a live service game?

20:52

It does seem that way - a confusing, confounding reveal, but I'm fascinated to see what Platinum can do on new-ish turf.

20:53

Deadman316 says:

If you have gamepass, play Tell Me Why. It’s free and most importantly, excellent!

That's another game I feel bad about not playing!

20:53

Oooooh you kids these days don't know how good you've got it.

20:54

Having said that, conferences used to be a bit more lol back in my day.

20:55

Deadman316 says:

I remember the days of text adventures. Damn lucky kids these days!

We didn't even have text in my day. It was just ones and zeroes!

20:55

Oh hold on we're getting a proper new reveal!

20:55

It's a Nomura game!

20:55

Oh it's that Nioh re-skinned as Final Fantasy game!

20:55

What is wrong with colours?

20:56

What did colours ever do to this game.

20:56

Some big PS2 weird spin-off vibes from this.

20:56

Which, again, might be a good thing.

20:56

Who knows!

20:57

Stranger of Paradise, Final Fantasy Emo, coming in 2022.

20:57

Cross-platform, with a demo on PS5 soon.

20:57

Not totally sold on that, but will be fascinated to see how it pans out.

20:58

And that's pretty much a wrap on that - a decent show, I thought.

20:58

Guardians of the Galaxy looks like breezy fun!

20:59

Er, what else was there?

20:59

Oh those Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters they didn't want to show.

20:59

Okay so that was a bit weird. But good! Ish...

21:00

We'll leave you here. And go get acquainted with this bottle of wine.

21:00

I have learned from past mistakes and will not be here for the Future Games Show or PC Gaming Show later on.

21:00

If you're powering through - more power to you.

21:01

But also will you never learn?

21:01

Kami says:

G'night Martin!

Good night to you, and to all you lovely people! I'll be back for the Nintendo Direct on Tuesday - see you then!

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    Nathan-DTS 2 months ago
    Thought the KT game looked more God of War than DMC. Heavier combat.
    Kami 2 months ago
    You know by now Martin I never learn from mistakes. Of course I'll be watching them.
    Kami 2 months ago
    lol, I did think one of those guys reminded me of Vergil...
    themightyant 2 months ago
    Devil May Stranger was a surprise!
    Kami 2 months ago
    G'night Martin!
    Kami 2 months ago
    Not sure any of this needed its own E3 show though.
    themightyant 2 months ago
    Definitely want to see what the Pixel remasters are!!!
    Kami 2 months ago
    mobile remakes of other old Final Fantasy games.
    Nathan-DTS 2 months ago
    Good show aside from that Babylon game.
    Miyamotosan 2 months ago
    That's never it???????
    themightyant 2 months ago
    Hmmm… not great, not terrible
    Deadman316 2 months ago
    Disappointed there wasn’t any Tomb Raider news, but hopefully there will be later in the year.
    Umang 2 months ago
    that was so fuckin underwhelming.
    VektreX 2 months ago
    no final fantasy 16 trailer? sad times
    Kami 2 months ago
    You know what Origin reminds me of a bit? Chaos Legion. Without all the cool monster stuff.
    Deadman316 2 months ago
    So their vision is moody Dynasty Warriors?
    Kami 2 months ago
    Well this was a relatively light show.
    IncredibleBulk86 2 months ago
    I could sleep right now
    Billymatt55 2 months ago
    That voice acting was horrendous
    VektreX 2 months ago
    the PS360 era brown is making a comeback
    OneJosh 2 months ago
    Maybe it’ll be so bad it’s good
    Deadman316 2 months ago
    That’s why I love Dynasty Warriors. Colours everywhere!
    Kami 2 months ago
    Final Fantasy Origins, was it?
    VektreX 2 months ago
    time for BIG ANIME SWORDS
    smenj 2 months ago
    Chris Redfield bleached his hair and has a big sword!
    Deadman316 2 months ago
    I remember the days of text adventures. Damn lucky kids these days!
    Umang 2 months ago
    If they finish with Life is Strange, I dunno....
    MiracleNachos 2 months ago
    So it's not "feelings" it's "mind-reading".
    smenj 2 months ago
    This guy sounds like he's voicing over a true crime reenactment
    Deadman316 2 months ago
    If you have gamepass, play Tell Me Why. It’s free and most importantly, excellent!
    VektreX 2 months ago
    do we know what Dontnod are working on these days?
    rob_of_the_robots 2 months ago
    Babylon's fall is a live service game?
    Kami 2 months ago
    The remaster seems to be adding a lot of shadows. Is that just me?
    Umang 2 months ago
    Martin, was that all? Damn...
    Deadman316 2 months ago
    Tell Me Why’s very grounded story and world really made me warm to this overall series of games. So once all Life Is Strange entries are released as a collection soon, I’ll definitely bite.
    VektreX 2 months ago
    Life Is Strange is a masterpiece but I'm not sure this is necessary?
    Deadman316 2 months ago
    Indeed it does. The former is one of my favourite series and has been since DW3.
    Kami 2 months ago
    Please tell me this isn't running on a PS5 because I'd be upset with something looking like this on a Switch these days!
    TinyKaiju 2 months ago
    What is it with all the 4 player coop? Is it this generation's failed mobile app craze?
    TheStoneRoses 2 months ago
    rubbish so far
    Umang 2 months ago
    @Kami - if we don't hear anything about Bayo 3 at Nintendo's briefing I will officially be worried tbh
    Kami 2 months ago
    Let's pad this show with interviews, that never annoys viewers, right?
    Deadman316 2 months ago
    It’s almost Dynasty Warriors meets Dragon Age.
    Kami 2 months ago
    I hope so Umang, this looks kind of average...
    VektreX 2 months ago
    I'm not sure that's the best way to present gameplay
    Umang 2 months ago
    a fuck lot of bloom. feels like i'm back in the 360 days of old...
    Umang 2 months ago
    @Kami - different teams.
    MiracleNachos 2 months ago
    This narrator sounds more bored than ominous.
    themightyant 2 months ago
    Stream really blurry for anyone else?
    TinyKaiju 2 months ago
    That was very quick. Hope you washed your hands!
    Scimarad 2 months ago
    Dammit, for a second there I thought Platinum were doing a Babylon 5 gamne:)
    Kami 2 months ago
    Finally, something interesting. Also guess this means we may not see Bayo 3 for a while.
    VektreX 2 months ago
    ah yes Not-Quite-Final Fantasy x Final Fantasy, the greatest crossover of all time
    Umang 2 months ago
    great, just what everyone wanted. More "But" games!
    Deadman316 2 months ago
    Square Enix still shilling this Avengers game makes be a Saaaaaad Panda!
    Umang 2 months ago
    honestly, I feel sorry for the folks at CD. They're trapped with this terrible game.
    VektreX 2 months ago
    so THAT's why it's also being streamed over on the Marvel channel
    themightyant 2 months ago
    Please Don’t do FF VI dirty Square Enix.
    Kami 2 months ago
    Well, they're trying. That's something, right?
    Miyamotosan 2 months ago
    20 Minutes for Guardians of the Galaxy, 20 seconds for Final Fantasy if you're wondering where Square Enix is these days.
    TinyKaiju 2 months ago
    Can someone get Disney their own show so we don't have to sit through this? Please.
    VektreX 2 months ago
    oh great, more marvel
    Umang 2 months ago
    the 300 people (that's actually a real stat) still playing on Steam will be pleased...
    VektreX 2 months ago
    @Kami just 6 would already be plenty
    AquinasBatman 2 months ago
    SHOOT THE CUBE AVONGERS
    Kami 2 months ago
    Hell, remaking the first six Final Fantasy games in the Octopath Style would be amazing!
    Umang 2 months ago
    they're still pushing that Avengers game? lol
    Deadman316 2 months ago
    I have all the PS1 discs after collecting them over 2020. So I’m already prepared for the long play through but in the retro way.
    Miyamotosan 2 months ago
    The monkey's paw is real
    Kami 2 months ago
    Oh here's Avengers.
    Umang 2 months ago
    Martin, I think you answered your own question right there..... :/
    Kami 2 months ago
    I remembered that Crono Trigger remake and I suddenly lost all faith.
    Malek86 2 months ago
    Oh no it's not, hello monkey paw
    Malek86 2 months ago
    Wait what? Is it really?
    VektreX 2 months ago
    "pixel remaster"? Is that their brand name for it?
    Kami 2 months ago
    Well, it looks pretty good so there's that...
    dishydoshin 2 months ago
    Hate this marvel shit fuck off
    TinyKaiju 2 months ago
    It's not even out yet and it's already outstayed its welcome.
    Deadman316 2 months ago
    No other game will perfect the use of Bonnie Tyler’s Hero after Saints Row The Third’s epic set piece!
    VektreX 2 months ago
    plot twist the whole conference is guardians of the galaxy
    themightyant 2 months ago
    This could be fun, but not convinced yet.
    Deadman316 2 months ago
    She should’ve suddenly popped up as a main bad guy lol
    dfunked09 2 months ago
    Everybody disliked that
    Deadman316 2 months ago
    It’s Rhonda Rousey’s theme!
    Miyamotosan 2 months ago
    This soundtrack is so try-hard. Reminds of the first Suicide Squad movie
    AquinasBatman 2 months ago
    heeyyy Shrek soundtrack song
    andybuckley 2 months ago
    Incredibly weird walk animation, combat looks like a nothing, VA seems exhaustingIt's a hard no from me
    Scimarad 2 months ago
    It's definitely growing on me.
    themightyant 2 months ago
    Doesn’t Peter have Rocket boots…
    themightyant 2 months ago
    @Kami 😂😂😂
    greenwichlee 2 months ago
    Is this dialogue supposed to be witty and charming?
    VektreX 2 months ago
    YOU WILL WATCH THE FULL 15 MINUTES OF GAMEPLAY AND YOU WILL ENJOY IT
    Kami 2 months ago
    Well, it's a JRPG. You can tell because the first encounter is with a slime!
    themightyant 2 months ago
    Yep combat looks weird
    Kami 2 months ago
    It's a jello cube.
    Deadman316 2 months ago
    I know the world is probably based of the comics but it does have a mix of Jedi Fallen Order and Mass Effect feel to it. Space stuff I guess lol
    Miyamotosan 2 months ago
    Oh come on, this is enough now.
    VektreX 2 months ago
    watch out the floor is made of spaghetti
    Deadman316 2 months ago
    Good then! 😉
    Kami 2 months ago
    Look at the power of those clouds!
    VektreX 2 months ago
    "I am Gront" - Vin Petroleum
    themightyant 2 months ago
    It’s not Troy Baker, but it does look like him ;-)
    Deadman316 2 months ago
    Do you mean proper as hopefully not online and pay to win!
    VektreX 2 months ago
    and Gamara of course
    AquinasBatman 2 months ago
    Well it might well come with a good soundtrack
    VektreX 2 months ago
    Our favorite heroes, such as Store Lord, Grant, Racket Racoon and Drox
    themightyant 2 months ago
    Combat looks a bit off. Anyone else think that? Everything else looks good
    Kami 2 months ago
    Avengers was so depressing. On levels that scientists are still struggling to explain.
    AquinasBatman 2 months ago
    This is absolutely the French-speaking man and the writer woman from the Deus Ex HR developor commentary
    Malek86 2 months ago
    Here we go. What did I miss?
    Scimarad 2 months ago
    It's still got the weird 'kind-mcu-kinda-not' thing. Why they didn't just pick one or the other I don't know.
    TinyKaiju 2 months ago
    @dfunked09 Pound Storlord
    AquinasBatman 2 months ago
    You'd think with such a varied set of characters you'd be able to play as more than just Star Lord
    Kami 2 months ago
    Didn't someone once try to convince us single player games would be dead and gone by this year?
    Kami 2 months ago
    Bonnie Tyler version 10/10
    AquinasBatman 2 months ago
    song is great though
    dfunked09 2 months ago
    "Storlord"
    Miyamotosan 2 months ago
    They used this song in Saints Row 3
    Kami 2 months ago
    Avongers lol.
    TinyKaiju 2 months ago
    More offbrand MCU!
    VektreX 2 months ago
    I'm so ashamed to have laughed to that gardener joke
    AquinasBatman 2 months ago
    this showcase had better be worth my not playing Yakuza for forty minutes
    Kami 2 months ago
    Hasn't Yuji Naka already left Square-Enix?
    Miyamotosan 2 months ago
    I will now attempt to watch the show, read the chat, and play Resident Evil.
    Zepthire 2 months ago
    I cant believe Square Enix are making a Persona 5 remake
    Kami 2 months ago
    Time for my annual dose of crushing disappointment.
    AquinasBatman 2 months ago
    it was an hour, Mr Robinson. AN HOUR
    AquinasBatman 2 months ago
    any hope of Just cause or Deus ex...?
    Kami 2 months ago
    Indeed. Should know better.
    dancingstar 2 months ago
    Well, that's Twitter for you.
    Kami 2 months ago
    It's fake, obv., because Square-Enix wouldn't be THAT awful...
    Kami 2 months ago
    I just saw something on Twitter that shook me to my core. I have seen true evil...
    The12thMonkey 2 months ago
    @Miyamotosan I could drink more. Would that help?
    Miyamotosan 2 months ago
    @The12thMonkey I mean, even if The rumours are true, I wouldn't get too excited.
    Kami 2 months ago
    I'd take a Parasite Eve/2 remake as an alternative to Vagrant Story.
    The12thMonkey 2 months ago
    @Miyamotosan I shall dial up my expectations, then
    dishydoshin 2 months ago
    Parasite Eve HD
    Miyamotosan 2 months ago
    @The12thMonkey there's a couple of Japanese centric rumours going around Twitter, but I won't spoil the surprise.
    Nathan-DTS 2 months ago
    An actual Thief game, please. None of that half-baked reboot shite.
    Zepthire 2 months ago
    They really went Persona 5 with this title card, didn't they?
    Kami 2 months ago
    Dear Square-Enix. This year, I'd like to see a Vagrant Story remake. Yes I asked for this last year. And the year before. And I'll ask for it every year without fail until you do it...
    The12thMonkey 2 months ago
    I think this will be mostly western. FF7R2 will be nowhere near ready to see, there maybe a replay of the FF14 Endwalker trailer (but nothing new), so it'll be down to the Eidos stable to run the show.
    Kami 2 months ago
    And I'm here, just went and knocked together some food. Pasta, fresh pesto and some crunchy bacon bits.
    Miyamotosan 2 months ago
    Keep it Japanesey pleasey.
    Malek86 2 months ago
    I might be joining a bit later but I'll be there
    themightyant 2 months ago
    We roll on