With the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider, Just Cause 3 and Hitman—the latter two recently received major content updates—Square Enix has a lot to celebrate, but the best is still to come. Its diverse line-up of games being shown at E3 this year, ranging from the sci-fi thriller Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to the newest additions to the Final Fantasy franchise, particularly Final Fantasy XV.
Here are the games that have the publisher feeling cybernetically augmented and riding high on a giant Chocobo this week.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
The futuristic thriller featuring a cybernetically augmented man named Adam Jensen, caught in a world of social turmoil and conspiracies, made some big announcements last week before E3 began. Chief among them is Breach, which is an arcade-puzzle mode based in the Deus Ex world, where players are challenged to “hack” data servers using virtual reality to uncover the truth behind the big corporations. The Breach demo has been on display at E3, along with demonstrations from the main game, and attendees have been responding to it positively.
— Deus Ex (@DeusEx) June 14, 2016
But perhaps the most impressive showcase is the real life Deus Ex-inspired bionic arm, created in partnership with Open Bionics using a 3D printer. Daniel Melville, the first person to use the designer prosthetic, is at E3 to show off the mechanical arm’s capabilities and how Deus Ex‘s fictional future is impacting the real one.
Attendees can control a model robot arm themselves at the Square Enix booth using the Razer Stargazer camera. The mechanical arm, which is in a clear box, will mirror hand gestures in real-time.
— Amber Osborne @ E3 (@MissDestructo) June 15, 2016
Deus Ex GO
Square Enix also announced Deus Ex GO last week—a spin-off game that transforms the Deus Ex experience into a puzzle game for mobile devices. Considering how the team at Square Enix Montreal won the Apple Design Award this week for Lara Croft GO, we can expect some pretty big things to come from the Deus Ex version. An early version of the game is being demoed on the show floor, while the developers have talked extensively about it on the Square Enix E3 livestream.
— General Veev @ WWE3 (@gankstrr) June 14, 2016
Of all Square Enix’s franchises, Final Fantasy is easily the biggest among them. That’s demonstrated by how there are five different Final Fantasy games being showcased at E3 this year—seven if you count the two Kingdom Hearts games, which combine Final Fantasy elements with Disney characters and environments. Although Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is making history as the first in the franchise to be built from the ground up for mobile devices, Final Fantasy XV is clearly getting the most attention, evidenced by how its E3 trailer features a track remixed by Grammy Award winning DJ, Afrojack.
The developers are promoting the epic combat sequences and superb graphics that characterize the series by delivering a live gameplay demonstration at Sony’s pre-E3 press conference and on the show floor’s live stage. They have also been showcasing the game’s various features, including the flying car, throughout the week on Square Enix’s livestream. However, the most exciting feature of all could be the recent reveal that Final Fantasy XV will support PlayStation VR with a virtual reality experience.
Final Fantasy XV is scheduled to release on September 30 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Square Enix’s show floor booth also features a 6-foot tall Fat Chocobo (the iconic bird from the game) statue to promote Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. Attendees are invited to ride it for a photo opportunity.
— FINAL FANTASY XIV (@FF_XIV_EN) June 14, 2016
It’s the 20th anniversary of the Tomb Raider franchise, so of course the world’s most iconic adventurer is going to have a presence at E3, especially since Rise of the Tomb Raider released to high acclaim last fall for Xbox One and in January for PC. Square Enix has been engaging fans across its social media channels for months with behind-the-scenes content and Lara Croft trivia. For example, she appeared in a 1997 issue of a magazine called The Face wearing outfits designed by Gucci, Jean Colonna and Alexander McQueen. Last week, the company gave away two Tomb Raider II golden mask replicas, with more prizes and contests to come.
— Lara Croft (@laracroft) June 9, 2016
The Tomb Raider celebration continued from on from E3 this week, with some retrospectives shown on the Square Enix E3 livestream. Attendees can stop by the booth to receive a limited edition, custom engraved medallion sporting the 20-year celebration logo. Fans are also being asked, “what does Tomb Raider mean to you?”And are invited to submit videos detailing fond Tomb Raider memories and how the game influenced their lives. Square Enix is also hosting a community fan art contest, which ends tomorrow. Winners will receive $1,000 each, and their works will be featured in a special print art offering later this year.