Currently Square Enix have a staggering number of projects on their books, both as publisher and developer. Naturally that means that their Gamescom line-up for 2015 is the largest they’ve ever had. Attendees will be able to get hands on with 10 titles as well as finding out all the latest on some other big names including Hitman and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
Gamescom will be taking place in Cologne, Germany, from August 5th to 9th and Square Enix will have over 200 hands-on-stations for any gamers look enough to be in attendance. Here’s the games that they’ll be showing off at the event.
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (PC/PS3/PS4)
Heavensward is the first expansion for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and it has raised the level cap, added new jobs, the new Au Ra race and flying mounts. With an entirely new storyline detailing the Holy See of Ishgard and the thousand-year Dragonsong War it offers lots of new areas to discover and explore along with plenty of dungeons and upcoming primals. This released on June 23rd. At Gamescom fans will be able to test themselves in Battle Challenges against two new primals, Ravana and Bismarck, in the hopes of winning some great prizes. If you’re a PC player looking to pick up the expansion it is currently 50% off over on CDkeys.com.
Final Fantasy XV (PS4/XboxOne)
Possibly the most anticipated game in Square Enix’s stable Final Fantasy XV is getting closer and closer to completion after a painfully long journey. Fans have already been able to jump into the world of Prince Noctis thanks to the Episode Duscae demo offered to owners of Type-0 but he’ll also be playable at Gamescom.
Just Cause 3 (PC/PS4/XboxOne)
With the fictional Mediterranean republic of Medici under the control of vicious dictator General di Ravello, Rico Rodriguez sets out to destroy the general’s army in the most over the top means possible. Avalanche Studio are hoping to release Just Cause 3 this December.
Hitman is one of the most recently announced games that Square Enix are involved with but it has been progressing well. This entry to the series will see a focus on open world and freedom of approach mechanics. Players will pick where to go, when to strike and who to kill. Like Just Cause 3, IO-Interactive are planning on a December release date.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (PC/PS4/XboxOne)
If Final Fantasy XV is Square Enix’s prize as a developer then Deus Ex is their prize as a publisher. Taking place two years after the events of Human Revolution, Mankind Divided sees Adam Jensen fighting against a rise in terrorist attacks. With humanity becoming more and more opposed to augmentations, the augmented have become persecuted and they in turn lash out violently in this “mechanical apartheid”. Eidos-Montreal are currently aiming for early 2016.
Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below (PS4)
Dragon Quest is a heavy hitter in the Japanese market but has never made quite the same impact in the west. The action RPG features monsters designed by the very talented Akira Toriyama as well as music from fan favourite Koichi Sugiyama. This one should be appearing on PS4 in October.
Life is Strange (PC/PS4/XboxOne)
Life is Strange has been one of the surprise hits on 2015. DONTNOD Entertainment have created a superb episodic game with weight and meaning that doesn’t shy away from hard topics. Gamers can already enjoy the first 3 episodes of Max Caulfield’s bizarre and mysterious life in Arcadia Bay. Time will tell what Episodes 4 and 5 contain but this one already has a few murmurings of Game of the Year potential.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD (PC/PS4/XboxOne)
It’s somewhat of a shame that so many people bought Final Fantasy Type-0 HD in order to get access to Episode Duscae because this is a superb game in its own rights. Learn about the origins of Class Zero, a team of fourteen students from an elite military academy. Already available on console a Steam release is in the pipeline but no date has yet been announced.
Hitman Go (iOS/Android)
Square Enix have always been keen on mobile gaming and will have two mobile games to show off at Gamescom. Hitman Go is a turn-based puzzle game which has players navigate a grid while avoiding enemies as they try to get into position to eliminate their target.
Lara Croft: Relic Run (iOS/Android)
There’s one genre on mobile that’s really run away with market, and that’s the infinite runner. Relic Run falls firmly in this category as Lara runs, swings, drives and dives throught jungles and ruins as she searches for clues about a conspiracy that is threatening the world.
Source: Square Enix