PhE3: Square Enix Showcase

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Square Enix shocked us all this morning by doing next to nothing substantial on their E3 Showcase 2018. There was a new game announcement from Platinum Games, as well as a few updates for other new titles.

Additionally, there was plenty of new trailers for already announced games, and DLC for Monster Hunter World, and Final Fantasy XIV. Hit the jump to find out what Square Enix revealed at this year’s show.

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Keep Up With Our E3 Coverage

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It’s that time of year again. The Electronic Entertainment Expo, more commonly known as E3 is here, and strangely, many of the keynote showcases that the show has become known for will be taking place this Saturday and Sunday with others happening on Monday. You can follow along with all of the latest coverage from each show throughout the weekend on Ph LEVEL as we share the craziest announcements from each show, split into convenient posts for you to keep up with all the news.

EA – Saturday, June 9, 11am Pacific Time

Microsoft – Sunday, June 10, 1pm Pacific Time

Bethesda – Sunday, June 10, 6:30pm Pacific Time

Square Enix – Monday, June 11, 10am Pacific Time

Ubisoft – Monday, June 11, 1pm Pacific Time

Sony – Monday, June 11, 6pm Pacific Time

Nintendo – Tuesday, June 12, 9am Pacific Time

Kingdom Hearts III Invitational Premiere This Week

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Square Enix has revealed that Kingdom Hearts III is hosting a special Invitation Premiere Event that is taking place this week, and they have revealed that its embargo lifts at 6:00am PST on May 18th. Just later this week. That’s great news for fans of the franchise hoping to hear more about one of the most anticipated games in the history of video games.

Kingdom Hearts III releases this fall for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, confirmed by Square Enix at a financial report just a few weeks ago. Expect to hear plenty more information at this year’s E3.

Nobuo Uematsu Confirmed for Final Fantasy VII Remake

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Final Fantasy VII fans can breathe a small sigh of relief, as Final Fantasy VII Remake producer Yoshinori Kitase confirmed in a recent interview that legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu is in fact working on the upcoming remake. It’s been a while since we’ve heard any updates on the remake, but we should expect to hear something this year at Square Enix’s E3 panel.

I’ve worked on numerous titles with Uematsu-san, and while I’m currently working on the production of Final Fantasy VII Remake, it’s actually been since Final Fantasy X that I directly worked with Uematsu-san. So when I first went to ask Uematsu-san to come work on the music for the remake, I thought he would give me the cold shoulder since he had already left Square Enix and found success.

Square Enix Returning to E3

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After skipping the Electronic Entertainment Expo for both 2016 and 2017, Square Enix will once again he hosting a keynote event this year. Square’s keynote will take place on Monday, June 11th, at 10am PST, just before Ubisoft’s at 1pm PST.

It’s a safe bet that we’ll see Kingdom Hearts IIIShadow of the Tomb Raider, and Dragon Quest XI, but what other surprises could they have in the works? More DLC for Final Fantasy XV is also a pretty safe guess.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Reveal Trailer

Square Enix, Eidos Montreal, and Crystal Dynamics have revealed the first full trailer for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, showing Lara Croft in full survivor mode and she ruthlessly takes down a band of mercenaries and saves a young native from a sacrifice. Questioning who, or what, she is becoming.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the third and final game in heroine Lara Croft’s origin trilogy, and will be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on September 14th, 2018.

Kingdom Hearts III to Feature Game & Watch Style Games

Square Enix and Disney have revealed a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III that spotlights a new dynamic in the game: Game & Watch style mini-games featuring Sora and other Disney characters.

The mini-games are heavily inspired by classic LCD games of the late 80’s and early 90’s, with a clean twist featuring many of the characters Kingdom Hearts is known for. Kingdom Hearts III releases in 2018 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

New Key Art for Shadow of the Tomb Raider

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The big reveal for Shadow of the Tomb Raider won’t happen until April 27th, but until Square Enix has decided to grace our screens with the above new piece of badass key art for the upcoming game, as well as a brief description of what to expect in the third and final game in the new trilogy.

Experience Lara Croft’s defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the third game and climactic finale in heroine Lara Croft’s origin trilogy. Fans can visit the series’ official site for a chance to play the game early and meet the developers at one of three exclusive reveal events in the United States.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on September 14, 2018.

Dragon Quest XI Headed to the West

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Oh, what a day! We finally have official confirmation that Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is headed westward to North America with a full English voice cast on September 4th. The catch? It will only be available on PlayStation 4, and PC. The Nintendo 3DS version will not be made available stateside, and the Switch version will come much later.

That’s some disappointing news on the Nintendo front, but at least fans of the series will have an option to begin with, as many were beginning to worry. You can hit the jump to check out the details on the English release, as well as the opening cinematic, and English gameplay.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider Officially Revealed

Square Enix and Eidos Montreal have revealed the first official teaser trailer and unveiling of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the third and final game in the new trilogy of realistic action titles. The game will get a full reveal on April 27th, but until then, the short teaser trailer above will have to satisfy us.

Shockingly, the game is getting an actual release this year, with a release date of September 14th set for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Set to be Revealed

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If you head over to the official Tomb Raider website, you’ll be greeted with the above image, teasing a new reveal for the Tomb Raider series tomorrow at 6am PST. A quick dig into the HTML of the site reveals the information a little early, though:

“tagline”:”Shadow of The Tomb Raider is the climatic finale of Lara’s origin story. Available September 14th 2018″

The previous two games, Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider, were developed at San Francisco-based Crystal Dynamics, which is now working on an Avengers game.

Chrono Trigger Releases on PC

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The fan-favorite classic, Chrono Trigger, is now available on Steam priced at $14.99. Until April 2nd, players can grab it as a limited edition with a Chrono Trigger medley that includes the songs “Battle with Magus,” “Chrono Trigger,” “Corridors of Time,” “Far Off Promise,” and “Wind Scene,” digital liner notes from composer Yasunori Mitsuda, and six wallpapers.

The PC version of Chrono Trigger has a number of features unique to it with optimized visuals, and support for keyboard and mouse, or controller. It also features a new autosave function, and the bonus dungeons from the Nintendo DS and mobile versions, Dimensional Vortex and Lost Sanctum, are both present. Chrono Trigger is also available on the Super NES, PlayStation, Nintendo DS and both Android and Apple iOS devices.

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition is now Half-Life 3

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In a way, at least… Players that pick up Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition on Steam before the deadline of May 1st will receive the Half-Life Pack, which allows Noctis and multiplayer characters to cosplay as Gordon Freeman.

Players will receive the HEV Suit, Glasses, and even a Crowbar for their character in what is surely one of the coolest crossovers in quite some time. Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will be available on March 6th, with a demo dropping February 26th.

Square Enix Unveils New Kingdom Hearts III Trailer

At this year’s D23 Expo Japan, Square Enix and Disney unveiled a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III, that reveals a new Monsters Inc. themed world for the long-awaited game, as well as more from the worlds of Toy Story, and Tangled.

Kingdom Hearts III is expected to release sometime this year, with a final release date most likely announced at this year’s E3. You can hit the jump to listen to the new theme songs by Utada Hikaru, as well.

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Final Fantasy XIV Halloween Event Announced

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Final Fantasy XIV has kicked off its annual “All Saints’ Wake” Halloween event yesterday, and this year’s event has been given a werewolf theme with plenty of new costumes and items for players to collect. In order to begin the event, players must be level 15 and have completed the quest “It’s Probably Pirates.” Afterwards, traverse to Old Gridania.

Rewards include male and female Werewolf costume sets, as well as Halloween-themed decoration items. The All Saints’ Wake Halloween event is available now through November 1st, 2017.