Gamescom 2018 is fast approaching and the developers and publishers are giving us a taste of what to expect from their stands. The latest developer is Square Enix who has announced its lineup for this year. I’m not sure whether we can expect any surprises, but it would be nice to get a Nintendo Switch announcement or two. Here’s what’s being showcased at the event.
“Gamescom attendees are invited to share the magic of KINGDOM HEARTS III with two playable demos, a boss battle against the Rock Titan from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Hercules and uncovering the Toy Box world from Toy Storyalongside Woody and Buzz. Visitors can also take part in prime picture opportunities including a giant Keyblade and becoming a real life toy in a replica of Andy’s room from the Disney•Pixar classic Toy Story.
The themes of SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER have their influence on the appearance of the Square Enix booth as well: the area is set up in the style of an imposing Mayan pyramid with numerous game stations. Visitors can get an even more intense feel for Lara Croft®’s biggest adventure yet with a demo version of the action adventure.
At the SQUARE ENIX booth, RPG fans can also experience the all-new adventure in the timeless DRAGON QUEST series, DRAGON QUEST XI with an extensive playable demo which showcases the many content improvements and brand-new voiceover ahead of the game’s release.
Adventure-Fans rejoice: LIFE IS STRANGE® 2 is coming to Gamescom 2018 as a world premiere. Not only will the development team share all the details about the highly anticipated sequel to the award winning and critically acclaimed LIFE IS STRANGE – it will be playable for the first time at the SQUARE ENIX booth on the Gamescom show-floor.
This year, fans will also be treated to an exclusive presentation of JUST CAUSE®4 at the SQUARE ENIX booth. JUST CAUSE 4 takes the series’ incredible destruction and unique physics to a whole new level with the introduction of fully simulated tornadoes and other Extreme Weather events. Rico Rodriguez returns in JUST CAUSE 4 with his trademark parachute, wingsuit and, of course his grapple hook, now enhanced with new functionality and fully customisable. Making it the most powerful and creative tool the player has ever had.
Critically-acclaimed MMORPG FINAL FANTASY XIV Online returns to Gamescom once more, with intense challenges and great prizes in tow. A special promotion for show attendees offers anyone registering at the booth a free copy of the FINAL FANTASY XIV Online STARTER EDITION, while an exclusive programme of stage shows with the makers of the game including Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida and Sound Director Masayoshi Soken will be taking place throughout the week, all culminating in a big cosplay competition on Saturday 25th August. Finally, on Friday 24th August and Saturday 25th August the FINAL FANTASY XIVEorzean Symphony will have its European premiere at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. More information on this event can be found here.
Fans of exclusive merchandise products on the other hand will meet in hall 5.2 at the Square Enix Products booth, where figures, accessories, jewellery and board games of various popular brands of Square Enix will be available for sale. In addition, the brand-new Square Enix Music booth will offer exclusive signed records. In a special area, visitors will also be able to play the FINAL FANTASY TRADING CARD GAME™ and a new board game based on a world-celebrated brand.”