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Square Enix E3 conference recap: Avengers, Final Fantasy VII Remake and a whole lot of trailers

The Avengers are assembling on a console near you.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake opened the show, Avengers closed it.

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Square Enix announced Final Fantasy VII Remake's release date before its E3 2019 press conference on Monday night -- but the company still had plenty up its sleeve for the E3 schedule.

The mic drop game was Avengers, unveiled after about two weeks of social media teases, and you'll be able to play it next May. There was also plenty of Final Fantasy love -- for both VII Remake and XIV -- and a whole suite of trailers.

If you need to play catch-up, we have conveniently put every single trailer so far in this handy post. Next up and lucky last for press conferences is Nintendo Direct, and then CNET will hit the show floor and the real fun begins. 

Marvel's Avengers

Developed by Crystal Dynamics, the team behind the beloved new Tomb Raider games, Avengers is the new comic book-based video game to get hyped about. (Even if these don't look like The Avengers you know and love.) 

Square Enix has been teasing the reveal of the game since late May. We saw Thor, Iron-Man, The Hulk, Captain America and Black Widow try to save New York -- again -- in the trailer shown at the end of Square Enix's press conference.

Shaun Escayg, from Crystal Dynamics, and Marvel Games' Bill Roseman took the stage to walk us through the blockbuster game. It'll be both a single- and multi-player game, Escayg said. Rosemann explained that this is Crystal Dynamics' take on The Avengers, not a spin-off from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Scott Amos and Meagan Marie, both from Crystal Dynamics, came out next. They revealed we'll have online four-person multiplayer, and that the roster of superheroes will grow over time. "Every new superhero, and every new region, will be delivered at no additional cost," Amos said. Marie promised no Loot Boxes or pay-to-win scenarios. The crowd loved that.

Avengers will launch May 15, 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and even Google Stadia. PlayStation 4 owners will get early beta access and "unique benefits we'll be revealing in the future," according to Amos.

Final Fantasy VII Remake: A two-part tale

Square Enix announced Final Fantasy VII Remake's release date, March 3 2020, 24 hours before its E3 2019 press conference. So what did the company have left for its big event?

A lot.

Yoshinori Kitase opened Square Enix's show and announced that the game will take part in two parts, one within Midgar and one outside it. The entire Remake will take up two entire Blu-ray discs, similar to how the PlayStation 1 original took up three CDs.

We then got a combat explainer from Neal Pabon, senior manager of product marketing. Remake will use a hybrid combat system, using real-time hacking and slashing plus a bullet-time tactical mode from which you can use magic, items and Limit Break attacks.

You can also add shortcuts that bypass the bullet-time mode, making it more like a Kingdom Hearts battle experience. The demo ended with Cloud and Barrett's boss battle with the Scorpion Sentinel. The Final Fantasy VII Remake portion of the press conference ended with an extended trailer, which gave us our first glimpse of Tifa in the Remake.

Then, we got a slew of trailers for upcoming sequels, remasters and remakes.

Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV, Square Enix's flagship online game, was the next game to get the big on-stage spotlight. Naoki Yoshida, producer of Final Fantasy XIV online, came out to talk about Shadowbringers, the third expansion pack, which will release on July 2.

Shadowbringers is more than an expansion pack, Yoshida says. Square Enix is looking at it more like a standalone game. It'll brings two new Jobs and two new Races to the game, which first launched in 2010 and then essentially relaunched as A Realm Reborn in 2013.

On top of these games which got on-stage presentations, we also saw a whole lot of trailers. Like, an overwhelming amount. Some are for brand-new games, others are ports or remasters. Either way, there's bound to be one game here for everyone. Here's the lot of Square Enix's trailers.

Dragon Quest Builders 2

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition

Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind DLC

Oninaki

The Last Remnant: Remastered

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius: War of the Visions

Outriders

Romancing Saga 3 & SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions

All of the E3 press conferences

Saturday, June 8

Sunday, June 9

Monday, June 10

  • PC Gaming Show -- This annual PC Gaming Show is held at a theater a short walk from the Los Angeles Convention Center, but still draws a large crowd, filling the 1,700-person capacity downtown Mayan Theater. Inside, the usual suspects, from Halo to Doom, were nowhere to be found. Instead, the crowd cheered for PC-centric games including Zombie Army 4Baldur's Gate 3 and Terraria: Journey's End. (No, the game sequel problem isn't any better on PCs.) The highlight was a brief onstage appearance by legendary game designer Yu Suzuki, responsible for classics such as Hang-On and Virtua Fighter. His long-awaited Shenmue 3 is expected in November, 18 years after Shenmue 2. 
  • Ubisoft -- The French gaming giant announced its next big dystopian hacking adventure game, Watch Dogs: Legion, launching March 2020. The new game is set in near-future post-Brexit London, where the economy is failing and government is breaking down. The company also announced a new television show, called Mythic Quest, that will launch on Apple TV Plus. And it celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Just Dance party games. 
  • Square Enix -- Aside from the Final Fantasy 7 remake release date announcement, Square Enix also showed off its new comic book tie-in, Marvel's Avengers: A Day. Though the new game is different from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some fans criticized the character's looks. It's coming in 2020.

Tuesday, June 11