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Square Enix Stands Atop At E3 2019

Square finally got to their part of the E3 conference and they absolutely took the ball and ran with it. After some rather lackluster, and nothing incredibly outstanding or new to show, Square completely flipped that around and gave us an absolutely outstanding E3 conference.

We kicked things off with a trailer for the Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Now, this has so much hype leading into it and we got a real in-depth look into the gameplay today. We were shown how switching works and how the new ATB system works which even allows for the game to become more tactical, so the game’s far from a hack and slash. We were treated to the first boss battle as well and it looked outstanding, it had 3 phases with each being different from the last. If this is what this game is going to be like when it comes out it could go down as one of the best games of all time. It’s showing crazy potential at the moment and just looks outstanding. After being shown the release date of 3/3/2020, we finally got a look at Tifa, and not just a look at her model either, we saw her all out in gameplay and what she is capable of. This moment has been long awaited and it certainly did not disappoint even in the slightest. It also had a playable demo at E3 for those that were there. We also got a glimpse of the deluxe and first-class edition, the first-class edition looks expensive but a must have for any fan of the game.

After this we were treated to a nice trailer for Life is Strange 2 that looked pretty great, as well as a trailer for the, remaster of Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles featuring new online multiplayer. Octopath Traveller now on PC got a spot, and a personal favourite of mine, The Last Remnant remastered is out now on Nintendo Switch, which is amazing.

We then got a bit shown off for Dragon Quest Builders 2 releasing later this month, which should be pretty fun like the first one; as well as another trailer for the Switch release of Dragon Quest 11, a game which while almost a year old has gathered hype for a switch port.

They showed a funny little trailer for the FF music being on Spotify too, which this I love having access to. Kingdom Hearts 3 has its DLC trailer shown again to good results as it looks to fill in gaps missing from the base game and give it a fully fleshed out experience much like the Final Mixes of the past.

FFXIV had a big trailer for its new expansion pack which is looking great, if there’s any MMO to play right now it certainly is FFXIV. The games been a massive success and will likely be for years to come. We also got a short look at Dying Light 2 continuing what we saw at the Xbox conference.

Saga Scarlet Grace and Romancing Saga were shown to finally be released in the West likely due to fan demand showing that they really listen to what people wanted unlike Nintendo, and its never bringing Mother 3 to the West.

Outriders from the Bulletstorm creators; People Can Fly was shown but we didn’t see much in terms of gameplay, however, knowing the companies awesome history I have some pretty good hopes for it. It comes in Summer 2020. Oninaki was also shown and releasing in August of this year.

Now, this probably isn’t as big a deal to some as it is to me, but Final Fantasy 8 is being remastered and put onto modern gen consoles later this year. It’s a personal favourite of mine and I am super hype to see that it is still getting love and support in now its 20th anniversary.

But this here, this is the big one. The Avengers game was shown and we got a glimpse into what the story is going to be about. From what we can tell, the Avengers have sabotage causing people to blame them and eventually outlaw them. The game is based on a completely original story as well, which is always good; and features the talents of people like Nolan North as Tony Stark and Troy Baker as Bruce Banner. So far it seems Captain America, Thor, Ironman, Black Widow, and Hulk are playable, but they’ve announced more to come, and any in-game updates that bring characters will be completely free. The game sports an up to four players online mode on top of all of this and has a release date of May 15th, 2020. This to me was the show stealer of E3, as well as Final Fantasy 7 as one is a long-awaited remake and the other is finally a new game of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes that we have all been needing through all of this movie hype.

Overall easily by leaps and bounds the best E3 conference so far, Square Enix knocked it out of the park.

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RICK AND MORTY Season 4 Announced | Teaser Breakdown and Season Release Date

Well, that certainly took a while, didn’t it? Almost two years after Season 3 aired, Rick and Morty has finally announced the official date for the fourth season of the much beloved Adult Swim animated series. Centered around the interdimensional adventures of an alcoholic, narcissistic nihilist and his cowardly grandson, Rick and Morty has been sitting in hibernation since the 2017 end of its last season, even though fans have been clamoring for more. The news that Season 4 is fast approaching has been given to fans through a brief teaser trailer. In this trailer, we see Rick and Morty standing in front of a bare black void. The two banter for a few seconds before stating the return of their show and when it should release. After that the teaser just ends, leaving fans with much to wonder about.

 

See, there are still many show questions and mysteries that have yet to be answered, and with Season 3 ending the way it did fans have been wondering just how Season 4 will play out. This article won’t get into specifics of the Season 3 ending, for obvious spoiler reasons, but suffice it to say that this teaser doesn’t really provide fans with any new information. All we have is a date, and hope that more information will arrive in the coming months. This may feel like a pain, but remember kids, the animation is a lengthy process, so the more time that is spent on the new season, the better it will turn out (at least in theory). Rick and Morty Season 4 is set to premiere November 2019 on Adult Swim.  

 

But what do you think about the teaser? Is having a new season confirmed enough, or were you hoping for some more juicy tidbits to tide you over? What do you think will happen in this new season? Leave your opinions and ideas in the comments below, and be sure to subscribe by email to stay up-to-date on all Rick and Morty news.

 

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Afro Samurai Director Reveals New Movie Project | Human Lost | C2E2 2019

This past weekend I was honored to not only attend the 10th anniversary of C2E2 in my hometown of Chicago but was honored to be invited to many exclusive press conferences. However, one of the biggest things to come from C2E2 was in the form of a small reveal to the public eye on the SyFy Live! Stage.

Fuminori Kizaki, the director of famed Afro Samurai, and its Emmy-winning follow up, Afro Samurai: Ressurection, too to the stage to reveal his latest movie project with Funimation.

As fans of the oddball, and slightly futuristic anime lined the seats in droves, Kizaki took the stage with Toshiaki Obata (Psycho-Pass), and Shuzo John Shiota (Polygon Pictures) to explain how Kizaki will  dive even further into the futurism when he tackles a cyberpunkish piece of sci-fi by the name of Human Lost.
They were careful to keep the project in mystery but confirmed that the show would be set in 2036 Tokyo, Japan.

Concept art was shown with much of it being blue-hued, rugged, urban, and grey toned. The film has apparently been in production for the past four years and was looking to fill the gap in the Japanese sci-fi genre left by films like Akira, and Ghost In The Shell. The creative team looks to combine their influences and follow in the footsteps of Afro Samurai’s success both critically and popularly.

Kizaki explained that working on the film had plenty of differences than his past work, most notably that the 3-D film takes a different process than 2-D animation, which he sees as a refreshing approach, and promised a ton of action sequences.

The film was revealed to be based on the famous Japanese novel, No Longer Human, an intense partially autobiographical drama about alienation and addiction, from author Osamu Dazai. The goal is to combine the books subject matter with sci-fi elements to provide inherently complex and flawed humanity inside the secretive film. One difference Kizaki did state that the film will have from the book, despite having as much of the original subject matter as possible, would be the ending, in which they took measure to lighten up the depressing original take.

Finally, they showed off a teaser trailer, which you can view below, before showing off an even longer, and seemingly industry focus trailer exclusive to the convention attendees. Highlights in this trailer indicated that the story would revolve around medical advancements that would extend life dramatically, bringing a cost with it. Mad Max style vehicles could also be seen, and plenty of colorful Blade Runner-esque neon advertisements to paint their worlds environment. Most importantly, there was plenty of bloody conflicts, to the point where even a horse took fire. If a burning horse doesn’t send a message, then I don’t know what else does.

Human Lost will be in theaters this Fall.

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