Square Enix gamescom 2015 Line-Up Includes New Insights Into Final Fantasy XV, First Public Just Cause 3 Demo

July 16, 2015 Written by Jason Dunning

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At gamescom 2015 from August 5 – 9 in Cologne, Germany, Square Enix will be bringing its biggest line-up ever to the event, including the first public hands-on for Just Cause 3, as well as demos for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, Life Is Strange, Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below, and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on PC.

In addition to live theater demonstrations in German for Hitman and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the big stage of the booth is all about Final Fantasy XV. Square Enix said, “Visitors will be treated to a number of exciting stage presentations with many well-known guests and new insights into the much-awaited game – a few select fans will even get the chance to play Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae 2.0 at the booth.”

More details about the Final Fantasy XV stage schedule and “more new announcements and reveals at gamescom 2015 will be released in the coming weeks.”

Square Enix Americas and Europe CEO Phil Rogers said:

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. 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.

Here’s their full line-up of console titles:

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.

Hitman

  • 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: ω- Force (Omega Force) from Koei Tecmo Games
  • Available: 16th October 2015

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

  • 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.

Are you excited for gamescom next month?