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Square Enix details Gamescom 2015 lineup

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Square Enix has outlined the company’s “biggest line-up ever” for Gamescom 2015, this according to the publisher’s announcement earlier today.

From August 5 to August 9 players will be able to go hands-on for the first time with the action-spectacular JUST CAUSE 3. In addition, gamers can look forward to hands-on with the award-winning MMO FINAL FANTASY XIV: Heavensward, the acclaimed indie adventure game LIFE IS STRANGE, the action RPG DRAGON QUEST HEROES: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below. Also attending the event, the upcoming PC version of FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD.

Another European premiere for consumers are the live theatre demonstrations (in German) for Io-Interactive’s HITMAN and Eidos-Montréal’s DEUS EX: MANKIND DIVIDED in the Square Enix cinema. Last, but certainly not least, the big stage of the booth is all about the upcoming fantasy blockbuster FINAL FANTASY XV.

As in the previous year, the Square Enix presence stretches over two locations in hall 9. The main booth (hall 9, B31/B41) includes both the hands-on areas for JUST CAUSE 3 and FINAL FANTASY XIV: Heavensward, where players compete in daily Battle Challenges against the gigantic primals Ravana and Bismarck.

Hands-on stations for DRAGON QUEST HEROES: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below, FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD for PC, as well as LIFE IS STRANGE are also located at the main booth. In the booth’s cinema, consumers can check out HITMAN and DEUS EX: MANKIND DIVIDED, just around the corner of the huge stage for FINAL FANTASY XV. Consumers waiting in line for one of the presentations or hands-on stations can pass the time by checking out mobile releases LARA CROFT: RELIC RUN and HITMAN GO at one of the many mobile hands-on stations.

More information regarding the FINAL FANTASY XV stage schedule and more new announcements and reveals at Gamescom 2015 will be released in the coming weeks.

MMO fans should head to the FINAL FANTASY XIV: BATTLE ARENA (hall 9, C51), where gamers face-off against all the powerful primals featured in the game in order to win attractive prizes. Returning to comment on the FINAL FANTASY XIV action live are the experienced ESL commentators Mori, Hendrik and A1m.

“At this year’s E3 we presented one of our biggest line-ups in years including several new game reveals. At Gamescom 2015 we will set another mark with the biggest show in our history”, says Phil Rogers, CEO Square Enix Americas and Europe, “We are very happy to present our sensational portfolio of titles not only to industry representatives but also to gamers from all over the world. Whether it is FINAL FANTASY or DRAGON QUEST, DEUS EX, HITMAN or JUST CAUSE – Square Enix presents its biggest franchises large-scale.”

Fans are also invited to visit the booth of Square Enix Products in hall 5.1, booth C12, to check out and purchase merchandise articles for all beloved Square Enix brands. Visitors will be among the first who can purchase select advance sale items prior to general public availability, like the Final Fantasy VII AC Play arts Kai Cloud, the Metal Gear Solid V Play arts Kai Venom Snake (Limited colour version, Gamescom exclusive) or the Final Fantasy VII Vinyl OST.

The full Gamescom 2015 line up

PC and Console

FINAL FANTASY XIV: Heavensward (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Windows PC)

Heavensward is the first expansion for the popular online title FINAL FANTASY XIV that charts a new course for players with an increased level cap and brand new adventures. The expansion features an all-new storyline surrounding the Holy See of Ishgard and the thousand-year Dragonsong War, a brand-new playable race named the “Au Ra,” new jobs, and more. The expansion also continues cross-platform gameplay between the Windows PC, and PlayStation3 and Playstation®4 systems.

FINAL FANTASY XV  (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) (Available: TBC)
FINAL FANTASY XV is a ground-breaking fantasy based on reality that is destined to become a future masterpiece – with revolutionary gameplay, dramatic storytelling, and cutting-edge technology. Escaping the flames of war, Noctis, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Lucis, embarks on an epic journey with his best friends – through a world of larger-than-life beasts, amazing wonders to behold, and dungeons filled with danger, in the hopes of finding the strength to take back his homeland and end the battle.

JUST CAUSE 3 (PlayStation 4 system, Xbox One, Windows PC)

The Mediterranean republic of Medici is suffering under the brutal control of General Di Ravello, a dictator with an insatiable appetite for power. Enter Rico Rodriguez, a man on a mission to destroy the General’s hold on power by any means necessary. With over 400 square miles of complete freedom from sky to seabed and a huge arsenal of weaponry, gadgets and vehicles, prepare to unleash chaos in the most creative and explosive ways you can imagine.

HITMAN (PlayStation 4 system, Xbox One, Windows PC)

HITMAN will see players perform contract hits on powerful, high-profile targets in exotic locations around the world, from the highly fashionable Paris and sunny coast of Italy to the dust and hustle of the markets in Marrakesh in this creative stealth action game. Gameplay focuses on taking out targets in huge and intricate sandbox levels with complete freedom of approach. Where to go, when to strike and who to kill – it is all up to you. And for the first time HITMAN will lead with a digital release inviting players into a world of assassination.

DEUS EX: Mankind Divided (PlayStation 4 system, Xbox One, Windows PC)
DEUS EX: Mankind Divided, the sequel to the critically acclaimed DEUS EX: Human Revolution, builds on the franchise’s trademark choice and consequence, action RPG based gameplay, to create both a memorable and highly immersive experience. Players will once again take on the role of Adam Jensen, now an experienced covert agent, and will gain access to his new arsenal of customizable state-of-the-art weapons and augmentations. With time working against him, Adam must choose the right approach, along with whom to trust, in order to unravel a vast worldwide conspiracy.

DRAGON QUEST HEROES: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below (PlayStation 4)

DRAGON QUEST, one of the most iconic RPG series from Japan, will arrive as a full-scale action RPG. Players must rise up against insurmountable odds, challenging swarms of enemies and conquering gigantic monsters. DRAGON QUEST HEROES: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below comes to the PlayStation®4 system in beautiful high-definition graphics, filled with characters and monsters designed by world-renowned artist Akira Toriyama. Both Yuji Horii, director and creator of DRAGON QUEST, and Koichi Sugiyama, the composer closely tied to the series since its first instalment and creator of countless memorable musical masterpieces, are closely involved in bringing this title to life.

LIFE IS STRANGE (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows PC)

Developed by DONTNOD Entertainment, the Paris-based studio that released its debut game REMEMBER ME in 2013, LIFE IS STRANGE takes place in the fictional town of Arcadia Bay, Oregon, where senior Max Caulfield returns after a five-year absence. Reunited with her former friend Chloe, the pair begins to uncover the uncomfortable truth behind the disappearance of fellow student Rachael Amber.

FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC)

Step into the fray as Class Zero, a group of fourteen students from an elite military academy whose country is attacked by an aggressive neighbouring Empire. Using the powerful abilities and magic of all fourteen characters in fast-paced action RPG combat, players must face the brutality and injustices of war to uncover the secrets of its genesis. The PC edition that was recently confirmed for release will be distributed through the “Steam” online gaming platform. The game has had new graphical options for high-end PC users added, as well as improved battle and camera controls and Steam community features.

Handheld and Mobile

HITMAN GO (iOS and Android)

HITMAN GO is a turn-based puzzle game with beautifully rendered diorama-style set pieces. You will strategically navigate fixed spaces on a grid to avoid enemies and take out your target or infiltrate well-guarded locations. You really have to think about each move and all the Hitman tools of the trade you would expect are included; disguises, distractions, sniper rifles and even 47’s iconic Silverballers.

LARA CROFT: RELIC RUN (iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8)

Square Enix and Simutronics, working in partnership with Crystal Dynamics, have joined together to create the ultimate infinite runner experience for all mobile gaming fans. When a shadowy conspiracy threatens the world, only Lara Croft is equipped to unearth the truth. Run, swing, drive, and swan dive through challenging environments such as jungle temples and sand swept desert ruins. Use parkour moves to switch seamlessly between fast paced vehicles, intuitive combat and epic boss fights, including the iconic T-Rex, to collect clues and uncover ancient relics.