Square Enix announced a slew of new games that are coming out over the course of 2021 and 2022 at the new Square Enix Presents online event, here is a breakdown of all of the announced titles that are coming soon to your consoles and electronic devices. Marvel’s Avengers The next DLC for the Avengers has been announced by Square […]
Square Enix announced a slew of new games that are coming out over the course of 2021 and 2022 at the new Square Enix Presents online event, here is a breakdown of all of the announced titles that are coming soon to your consoles and electronic devices.
The next DLC for the Avengers has been announced by Square Enix as Operation Hawkeye Future Imperfect. The story will feature new characters in a post-apocalyptic setting. The protagonists, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop seek to save humanity from destruction by using the time-bridge. The pairing have to defeat an army of mercenaries and Mechs and eventually come to blows with Taskmaster. The game will introduce Maestro, a character who is new to some, but a classic for many others. Maestro is an alternate-future version of The Hulk. Bruce Banner seems to have completely given in to the rage after nuclear fallout and the fall of civilization drove him mad. Maestro is a much stronger and ruthless version of the current hulk we are accustomed to. This release was made available to the public March 18, 2021.
Square Enix has announced that Marvel’s Avengers will now feature 60 FPS at 4k, higher resolution textures, improved destruction, and faster loading times. They have also announced that the new updated Future Imperfect and a next-gen upgrade will be free to all Marvel’s Avengers owners. Another surprise for Avengers lovers, Square Enix has also announced another DLC for, Black
Panther War for Wakanda. Among these updates came information on other upcoming events such as the Tachyon Anomaly event, Red Room Take Over, Project Omega, and Wasteland Patrol that are all coming later this year.
For the 25th anniversary of the Tomb Raider franchise, loads of new announcements have been made regarding what’s next for the franchise. Netflix has shared that they have partnered with Legendary Television to bring us a new Tomb Raider animated series. The Tomb Raider anime series will pick up after Shadow of the Tomb Raider. A crossover has been announced for Tom Clancy Ghost Recon Breakpoint and War of the Visions Final Fantasy Brave Exvius so we can look forward to seeing Lara appear in some other new games. Also announced is the new Tomb Raider Cookbook and Survival Guide.
Even though Lara has already made an appearance in the game Fortnite she looks to be making more of a notable presence. Soon we will be able to explore Croft Manor as it is being added to Fortnite Creative as a playable adventure. Not much is known about the update as of yet, but more information will be made available on March 23 on the Fortnite website.
Square Enix also announced the official release of a Tomb Raider games bundle. The Tomb Raider: Definitive Survivor Trilogy will include Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montreal’s 2013 Tomb Raider, 2015’s Rise of the Tomb Raider, and 2018’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and all DLC’s. That being said anyone who hasn’t had a chance to experience the new trilogy, this is a perfect chance to do so.
A slew of new mobile games have been announced as well, most notably there is going to be a Just Cause mobile game coming soon. This will be a multiplayer game but unlike the other Just Cause titles, Rico Rodriguez doesn’t seem to be the main character. Fans can expect to see some new characters coming to this title. Fans can also expect this game to include just as many explosions, insane grappling hook and parachute stunts, and the ability to hijack any vehicle in the game. Mobile gamers, this is a game to watch out for.
There will be a new Hitman game coming to your mobile devices as well, under the name of Hitman Sniper Assassins, although no real gameplay was shown it is implied you will be playing as a new group of Assassins called 426. To those interested, you should watch this space to see what Square Enix Montreal will do with this new title.
Square Enix has also announced a bunch of new games from the developer Taito. Among the games announced was, Space Invaders Augmented Reality Mobile which you can apply for the playtest here. Touhou Spell Bubble is a color match puzzle game that will be coming out on March 25.
Darius Cozmic Revelation, a Spaceship arcade shooter in the same vein as Gradius, was briefly mentioned as well.
Something quick for PC gamers, the highly favored game Bubble Bobble 4 Friends was originally launched on PS4 and Nintendo Switch. Square Enix has now shared that the game will be available for play on PC via Steam!
A new cooperative game was shown off too, Balan Wonderworld is an action packed platformer/puzzle game in which you will need to work with a friend and transform your characters into unique things to overcome various obstacles. This will be made possible by using magical costumes that are collected throughout the game. Balan Wonderworld looks like a wonderful and colorful adventure through the land of wonderworld. Watch the trailer here. BW was created by Arzest and Square Enix subsidiary Balan Company. This bright and musical theatre themed game will be available across a number of platforms including: Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4 & 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
The new title of Outriders is looking to be a huge adventure. Planet Earth has been destroyed and the surviving citizens move to a new planet, Enoch, to survive. Amongst arrival they are met with dangers and peril from the hyper-evolved creatures that are determined to purge the virus that is humanity from the planet.
As a co-op RPG shooter you gain powers that you receive from an anomaly that has killed your team- leaving you as the sole survivor. Using these new powers you can control time, space, and matter to battle against the dangerous creatures that are out for your blood.
As you play, you are asked to choose from four different classes: Trickster, Technomancer, Devastator, and Pyromancer. You are expected to customize your character to your specifications using the skills tree and the various armors and weapons that you will pick up throughout the game. Also to help you move across the dangerous planet safely, you will have a mobile hub that can be used to customize and upgrade yourself into a deadly juggernaut. Within this game there’s even the opportunity to decorate your juggernaut with different paint jobs and the skulls of your slain foes.
There will be various different quests that you can pursue as well- from search and rescue missions, investigating a nefarious cult, to hunting down and killing hyper-evolved creatures.
This new title from the developers People Can Fly looks very promising and will be coming to Ps4, Ps5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia, and Microsoft Windows on the 1st of April but you can play the demo right now. For more information check out the Outriders website.
Life is Strange: True Colors
The next Life is Strange game was announced as well. Life is Strange: True Colors, will be another graphic adventure featuring superpowered individuals. This time we follow Alex Chen, a person with the ability to see people’s emotions as colorful auras and can feel those emotions if she tries hard enough. Although if a person’s emotions are strong enough, Alex will experience volatility and it will cause her to lose control of her own emotions.
We meet Alex, a musical person coming from a tough life in foster care, after she is invited to the town of Haven Springs by her brother Gabe. Haven Springs seems to be a lovely mountain town with a peaceful community; but after the mysterious accidental death of her brother, it is then up to Alex to find out what is going on under the surface and to get to the bottom of this mystery using her special powers. There will of course be love interests for Alex to pursue. We’re introduced to a new guy, Ryan, and a returning character to the series, Steph- who was in Life is Strange: Before the Storm.
Life is Strange: True Colors will be released September 10th, on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Steam, and Stadia. This game will be sold in 3 different versions with various extras included. There will be the standard edition retailing at $60, the deluxe edition for $70, and the $80 ultimate edition. The standard edition being just the game and any applicable preorder bonuses.
The deluxe edition will feature bonus DLC and of course the complete game. This edition is bundled with Life is Strange: Wavelengths. Those interested in the deluxe version will be able to view a bonus story starring Steph. Also among the treats of the deluxe pack is the LIS Hero Outfit pack, which unlocks four outfits for Alex inspired by past protagonists.
If you are interested in the ultimate edition, you can expect to receive everything in the deluxe edition (the complete game, the outfit hero pack, and the Wavelengths bonus story) as well as the Life is Strange Remastered Collection, which has also been announced. All three editions are available for preorder now. Preordering either edition will reward everyone with an Alex Outfit Pack, adding one optional outfit to your wardrobe for the first four chapters.
The Life is Strange Remastered Collection will include the original Life is Strange and Before the Storm with enhanced visuals and animation. They will be available to buy as a standalone games as well if the ultimate addition doesn’t peak your interest. The Life is Strange Remastered Collection will be available to buy in the Fall of 2021.
The new game that has had the temporary title of Project Athia has finally been given an official name, Forspoken. The latest gameplay trailer was shown off at the Square Enix event. In this trailer we follow a young woman named Fray through a beautiful yet threatening world. Fray is shown hiding in a destroyed building from a huge dragon. She is displayed having some sort of magic or mystical powers which allow her to launch herself through the air to travel and use energy blasts to fight monsters.
From the looks of the trailer, the game appears to be set after the destruction of a lot of the planet as we see destroyed modern-day buildings. Forspoken looks like it will be an open-world game as the trailer shows Fray moving across an open plain while she uses her abilities to swing past trees and towers as well as leap over rocks to traverse the landscape. The world looks both beautiful and dangerous and like a definite joy to explore. Have a look for yourself- Forspoken Teaser.
Forspoken will be coming in 2022 and so far we can confirm the game will be available for play on PC and PS5. Check back periodically throughout this year for more details.
Written by: Kristian Baker
Edited by: Kadrian Randolph