A new part of the Square Enix Presents live stream of events will be broadcasted on March 18, with the company bringing news to fans for many of its highly anticipated titles.
One game shown will be the premiere of the next installment to the acclaimed Life is Strange franchise, created by Dontnod Entertainment, with the latest entry (Life is Strange 2) being released back in 2019. According to Square Enix, the game will feature “…an all new protagonist wielding an exciting new power.”
Outriders, the upcoming co-op RPG that recently released a demo that received highly favorable reviews, will also be present at the show. The launch of the game is only a few short weeks away, so Square Enix plans to give one last look before it gets into players’ hands.
Another game that is only a short time away from launch, Balan Underworld, will also be present at the show in one form or another. The platformer designed by the former head of the Sonic the Hedgehog team, Yuji Naka, also had a demo released about a month ago, yet it failed to captivate audiences with its display of in-game mechanics.
NEW CAST. NEW POWER. NEW STORY.
— Life is Strange (@LifeIsStrange) March 11, 2021
There will also be news, possibly in regards to upcoming downloadable content, about Marvel’s Avengers, which was released last year to mixed reviews, while the Just Cause franchise will be getting news about an upcoming mobile entry.
Square Enix Montreal plans to make some mobile game announcements of its own, while Taito will be unveiling some games that will undoubtedly fill us with nostalgia.
Finally, during the 40-minute event, Eidos Montreal plans to lift the veil of its next plans regarding Lara Croft and her next adventures in the Tomb Raider series, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. The previous installment to the franchise was 2018’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which closed off the Lara Croft origins story. It will be interesting to see which direction the creators decide to take for the future of both the heroine and the franchise.
From the games listed in this lineup, it’s clear that this event is more catered towards Western audiences. Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda had already made the company’s intentions to approach the market “aggressively” known during one of the previous conference calls with investors.