Deus Ex Headlines Square Enix’s Impressive E3 Lineup

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I didn’t realize how many great games Square Enix has planned until today’s press release outlining the company’s presence at E3 next week.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Final Fantasy XIV, Dungeon Siege 3, Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, Front Mission Evolved, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light have already been announced and are sure to draw plenty of attention for show-goers, as are a few other titles that haven’t been shown much before, such as the PSP-exclusive third entry in the Parasite Eve series titled The 3rd Birthday, a DS remake of the Japanese episodic mobile phone game Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, and a pair of WiiWare puzzlers The Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Chaotic Conflicts and The Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Puzzling Pages.

That’s a phenomenal lineup, and it doesn’t even include possible surprise showings from Final Fantasy Versus XIII, the oft-rumored Kingdom Hearts 3, or the forgotten DS remake of Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie. If any of those games make an unexpected appearance, Square Enix could very well own the show.

Square Enix E3 2010 Lineup:

The 3rd Birthday

Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.
Platforms: PSP system
Genre: Action RPG
ESRB: RP (Rating Pending)
Ship Date: TBD

Hideous creatures descend on Manhattan. Ground reports from the squad tasked with containing the pandemonium refer to these life forms as the Twisted. An investigatory team known as the CTI is formed within the year.

The Overdive system emerges as a means of opposition, but only one viable candidate exists –Aya Brea. A gift as she awakens from a lost past on this, the occasion of her third birth.

For more information on The 3rd Birthday, please visit the Square Enix E3 site at:
http://na.square-enix.com/events/e310/.

DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION

Developer: Eidos Montreal
Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.
Platforms: PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system/Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft/ Windows® PC
Genre: Action RPG
ESRB: RP (Rating Pending)
Ship Date: 2011

To save his life, the fundamental choice of whether or not to become augmented with cybernetics has been removed from Adam Jensen’s life. Driven by the conviction of never having a choice taken from him again and using his newfound power, his need for answers will unravel the truth behind a conspiracy rooted in the foundation of the world around him as it incites a new revolution.

The official website can be found at http://www.deusex3.com.

DUNGEON SIEGE 3

Developer: Obsidian Entertainment, Inc.
Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.
Platforms: PlayStation 3 system/Xbox 360/Windows PC
Genre: RPG
ESRB: Not Yet Rated
Ship Date: TBD

Torn asunder, the delicate balance of power between the kingdom of Ehb’s powerful factions has fallen apart. As one of the few remaining members of the disgraced protectors of the land, the 10th Legion, it is up to you to rebuild the once great Legion and stop Ehb from falling into darkness. Joined by a group of unique companions, you will travel through the striking land of Ehb, defeating all manner of villains and beasts through a combination of heroic abilities, screen shaking magic and pure cunning.

DUNGEON SIEGE 3 seamlessly blends intuitive action gameplay, a robust RPG system featuring a large selection of abilities, an extensive multiplayer component and the depth of story Square Enix and Obsidian Entertainment are known for creating.

For more information on DUNGEON SIEGE 3, please visit the Square Enix E3 site at: http://na.square-enix.com/events/e310/.

FINAL FANTASY XIV

Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.
Platforms: PlayStation 3 system/Windows PC
Genre: MMORPG
ESRB: RP (Rating Pending)
Ship Date: 2010

Take up arms with adventurers from around the globe and embark on an epic journey within the unforgettable realm of Eorzea – the stage for a revolutionary new MMORPG designed to fit the lifestyles of players everywhere, from casual users to the most hardcore gamers.

The official website can be found at http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com.

FINAL FANTASY: THE 4 HEROES OF LIGHT

Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
Genre: RPG
ESRB: E10+ (Everyone 10 and older)
Ship Date: October 5, 2010

FINAL FANTASY: THE 4 HEROES OF LIGHT is a beautifully rendered original adventure brought to you by the acclaimed creators of FINAL FANTASY III and IV on Nintendo DS. Master all-new combat and game systems and immerse yourself in a charming storybook setting as you take on the roles of Brandt, Jusqua, Yunita and Aire. Though at first they don’t always see eye to eye, these four Heroes of Light will embark on a journey full of joyous meetings and sad partings that will build bonds of trust and affection so strong that, in the end, they may even save the world…

The official website can be found at http://www.ff4heroes.com/.

FRONT MISSION EVOLVED

Developer: Double Helix Games
Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.
Platforms: PlayStation 3 system/Xbox 360/Windows PC
Genre: Third-Person Shooter
ESRB: T (Teen)
Ship Date: September 14, 2010

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The tension between two global superpowers – the O.C.U. and the U.C.S. – has coalesced into a cold war. Each watches the other in taut vigilance. Towering far above the Earth’s surface, colossal structures called orbital elevators grant both parties unblinking, planet-wide surveillance. Under these simmering conditions, a new enemy emerges to ignite the flames of war and watch as the world burns.

The official website can be found at http://www.frontmissionevolved.com.

KANE & LYNCH 2: DOG DAYS

Developer: IO Interactive
Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.
Platforms: PlayStation 3 system/Xbox 360/Windows PC
Genre: Action
ESRB: M (Mature)
Ship Date: August 24, 2010

Experience 48 hours of hell with two of gaming’s most notorious criminals. In KANE & LYNCH 2: DOG DAYS, Kane and Lynch face the consequences when a simple job gone wrong sets off a desperate and frantic struggle to escape the entire Shanghai underworld. Ground-breaking art direction, relentless action gameplay, and innovative multiplayer redefine the action shooter experience, and position this product as the stand-out shooter of 2010.

The official website can be found at http://www.kaneandlynch.com.

KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep

Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.
Platforms: PSP system
Genre: Action RPG
ESRB: E 10+ (Everyone 10 and older)
Street Date: September 7, 2010

Long before Sora was chosen by his Keyblade, the worlds’ safety lay in the hands of the true Keyblade Masters. Three youths – Terra, Ventus and Aqua – have been training long and hard under Master Eraqus to prove that they, too, exhibit the Mark of Mastery. But they will soon find themselves in the middle of a crisis affecting worlds far beyond their own – just as another Keyblade Master, Xehanort, goes mysteriously missing. Three friends, three destinies. Everything will link back to the beginning.

The official website can be found at http://na.square-enix.com/khbbs.

KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded

Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd./h.a.n.d. Inc.
Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
Genre: Action RPG
ESRB: RP (Rating Pending)
Ship Date: TBD

Sora’s journey in KINGDOM HEARTS II has drawn to a close, and now a new tale is set to begin.

Jiminy Cricket is looking over the journal he used to document his first adventure with Sora when he discovers a mysterious message. He didn’t write it – so how on earth did it get there? King Mickey is determined to find out, so he and his friends decide to digitize the journal and delve into its deepest secrets. Inside this “datascape” dwells a second Sora who is about to embark on a grand adventure of his very own.

For more information on KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded, please visit the Square Enix E3 site at: http://na.square-enix.com/events/e310/.

LARA CROFT AND THE GUARDIAN OF LIGHT

Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Publisher: Square Enix, Inc
Platforms: PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3 system /Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360/ /Windows PC via STEAM®
Genre: Action/Adventure
ESRB: T (Teen)
Release Date: Summer 2010

LARA CROFT AND THE GUARDIAN OF LIGHT is the first ever downloadable, co-op action/adventure game featuring Lara Croft. This brand extension incorporates the hallmarks of the Tomb Raider franchise including exploration, discovery, platforming, and puzzle solving. LARA CROFT AND THE GUARDIAN OF LIGHT allows players to experience Lara Croft from an isometric viewpoint, and combines new gameplay features such as character progression, fun fast-paced combat, and elements of cooperation and competition. LARA CROFT AND THE GUARDIAN OF LIGHT will be available to download this summer.

The official website can be found at http://www.laracroftandtheguardianoflight.com/.

The Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Chaotic Conflicts

Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.
Platform: Wii
Service: WiiWare
Genre: Action Puzzle
ESRB: E (Everyone)
Release: June 21, 2010

Turn the tide of frantic battles by using the Wii Remote™ to throw animated paper bears into the pages of an unusual picture book. The battle-oriented Chaotic Conflicts will be releasing simultaneously with Puzzling Pages – a parallel game with its own unique tale and stages. Complete both games to uncover an even deeper mystery…

The official website can be found at http://na.square-enix.com/bearsworth/.

The Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Puzzling Pages

Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.
Platform: Wii
Service: WiiWare
Genre: Action Puzzle
ESRB: E (Everyone)
Release: June 21, 2010

A crumbling mansion is home to a most peculiar picture book. Solve innovative puzzles by using the Wii Remote to throw animated paper bears into the picture book’s unusual pages. Delve into the unfolding drama of Pina, the mysterious young girl residing in the mansion.

The official website can be found at http://na.square-enix.com/bearsworth/

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