Square Enix announces Gamescom 2015 lineup, multiple Final Fantasy XV stage events planned

"More announcements and reveals" in the coming weeks.

Final Fantasy XV

Square Enix has announced its lineup of titles for next month’s Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.

These are the publisher’s events:

  • Hitman Live theater demonstration (in German) at the Square Enix cinema.
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Live theater presentation (in German) at the Square Enix cinema.
  • Final Fantasy XV The “huge stage” of Square Enix’s booth is all about Final Fantasy XV. Visitors will be treated to “a number” of stage presentations with many well-known guests and new insights into the upcoming game. Select fans will also get the chance to play Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae 2.0 at the booth. More information regarding the Final Fantasy XV stage schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
  • Final Fantasy XIV The Final Fantasy XIV Battle Arena will be available in hall 9, CS1, where players can face-off against all the powerful primals featured in the game in order to win attractive prizes. Returning to comment on the action live are the ESL commentators Mori, Hendrik and A1m.

In addition to this, Square Enix says it has “more new announcements and reveals at Gamescom 2015,” which will also be shared in the coming weeks.

Get the company’s full booth lineup below.

■ Console and PC

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward
Platform: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Windows PC
Developer: Square Enix
Available: Now

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 PlayStation 3 and Playstation 4 systems.

Final Fantasy XV
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Developer: Square Enix
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
Platform: PlayStation 4 system, Xbox One, Windows PC
Developer: Avalanche Studios
Available: 1st December 2015
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.

Platform: PlayStation 4 system, Xbox One, Windows PC
Developer: Io-Interactive (a Square Enix studio)
Available: 8th December 2015

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
Platform: PlayStation 4 system, Xbox One, Windows PC
Developer: Eidos-Montréal (a Square Enix studio)
Available: Early 2016

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
Platform: PlayStation 4
Developer: Omega Force from Koei Tecmo Games
Available: 16th October 2015

Dragon Quest Heroes, 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
Platform: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows PC
Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Available: Episodes 1-3 (Now), Episodes 4-5 (TBC)

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
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC
Developer: Square Enix
Available: Now (PlayStation 4 & Xbox One), Steam PC (TBC)

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
Platform: iOS and Android
Developer: Square Enix Montréal (a Square Enix studio)
Available: Now

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
Platform: iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8
Developer: Simutronics
Available: Now

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.

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