Final Fantasy VII and Marvel's Avengers may have stolen the headlines from Square Enix's E3 showcase, but a bunch of new information was brought to the table regarding other remastered games from the Japanese publisher.
Right alongside Final Fantasy VII: Remake was news about the following game in the series. Sure, it isn't getting the full remake treatment like its predecessor, but Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch later this year. The footage shown in the trailer wasn't the most flattering, meaning this could be more of a PC port than a full-blown remaster. Even so, it's a nice way to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the eighth main entry in this long-running franchise.
Speaking of which, the Final Fantasy news didn't stop there. We got another glimpse at Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered, which saw its first trailer at last year's Tokyo Game Show. This time around, we saw the multiplayer component in action and Square Enix confirmed the game will also launch on mobile devices this year.
Next up, Square Enix dropped The Last Remnant: Remastered onto the Switch eshop during the conference. This Xbox 360 title was brought to PS4 systems last year and is now available for Nintendo's latest device.
Two new SaGa games are coming to the west, following Japan-only releases in the past. Romancing SaGa 3 initially launched way back in 1995 in Japan, and is getting a western release in the near future on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PS Vita and mobile devices. This new release will also include some new features like additional dungeons, newly optimised graphics and new character voiceovers. Alongside this title, SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions, which started out life as a PlayStation Vita title in 2016, is also coming westward for PC, PS4, Switch and mobile devices. No timeframe has been given on when these two will arrive on new platforms in the west, but hopefully sooner rather than later for JRPG fans.
To round things out on the re-release front, we saw another trailer for Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition for Nintendo Switch. The title initially launched on 3DS and PS4 in Japan in 2017, before seeing a worldwide PS4 and PC release late last year. The trailer showed off a cool feature from the Japanese 3DS version; the option to play in 16-bit mode. This dual-graphic option is a welcome addition to the Switch edition, as it presents an entirely different way to experience events.
Which Square Enix remaster are you most excited about?