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Kingdom Hearts III demo to be playable at Gamescom 2019


Square Enix have announced their lineup for Gamescom 2019, and the Olympus and Toy Box demo for Kingdom Hearts III demo is included!

Amongst the other video game demos that will be playable at the event are Final Fantasy VII Remake, Final Fantasy XIV Online, and Trials of Mana. For the first time ever, fans will also be able to play a demo for Marvel's Avengers, which is due to release on May 15, 2020, and watch the new trailer for Life is Strange™ 2: Episode 4 ‘Faith’. The Square Enix booth will also showcase merchandise prototypes and offer an open demo space for board games.

You can read the press release below.

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MARVEL’S AVENGERS AND FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE LEAD SQUARE ENIX’S GAMESCOM 2019 LINE-UP

LONDON (7th August 2019) – Square Enix Ltd., today announced its massive line-up of games and activities making their way to gamescom in Cologne, Germany later this month. From the 20th - 24th August in Hall 9, visitors can dive in and enjoy playable demos for Marvel’s Avengers and FINAL FANTASY® VII REMAKE, the critically acclaimed FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online, Trials of Mana™, as well as a playable demo for KINGDOM HEARTS III as seen in the release of the game earlier this year.

In a worldwide first, fans at Gamescom 2019 will play a hands-on demo for MARVEL’S AVENGERS ! Gamers at the Square Enix booth will battle as Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Thor experiencing the preliminary incident of this original Avengers story, launching on the 15th May 2020 simultaneously for thePlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, Stadia, and PC.

For the first time in Europe, visitors will experience the highly anticipated FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE, with a hands-on demo showcasing the reimagining of the iconic original game that re-defined the RPG genre. Across 72 stations, show attendees will get their first look at the game before its release for the PlayStation®4 system on 3rd March 2020.

Trials of Mana, the latest title in the revered Mana series and full remake of the RPG classic, will make its global debut at the show with a brand-new playable demo. Entirely rebuilt and revamped with action-RPG battle, levelling and skill systems as well as modern 3D graphics, attendees can check out an early section of the game, playing as just some of the memorable characters that the full game will offer when it launches in early 2020.

Critically-acclaimed MMORPG FINAL FANTASY XIV Online returns to gamescom, with a booth powered by Acer® latest Predator™ gaming hardware to maximise everyone’s gaming experience. Intense challenges, great prizes and an exclusive programme of stage shows with the makers of the game including Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida, and Main Scenario Writer and World Lore Creator Banri Oda will be taking place throughout the week, all culminating in a big cosplay competition on Friday 23rd August. Finally, the largest FINAL FANTASY XIV Online Fan Gathering to ever take place in Germany is set to shake Cologne on the evening of Friday 23rd August. More information on how to attend can be found here: https://sqex.to/F79nx

The SQUARE ENIX booth will also offer a sneak peek at merchandise prototypes for the upcoming FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE, as well as an open demo space for visitors to try out the latest SQUARE ENIX PRODUCTS board games.

Life is Strange™ 2: Episode 4 ‘Faith’ debuts at gamescom 2019. Experience the trailer for the riveting next chapter in the Diaz brothers’ journey towards a new life in Mexico, as the story reaches its most thrilling and complex entry yet. The second season of the award-winning franchise from SQUARE ENIX External Studios and the Life is Strange team at DONTNOD Entertainment, continues on August 22nd, 2019.

All assets are available on the press site at: http://www.square-enix-press.com/

Title Information (Alphabetical order)
 
FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE
Platform: PlayStation®4 system
Developer: Square Enix
Available: 3 March 2020
FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE is a reimagining of the iconic original game that re-defined the RPG genre, diving deeper into the world and its characters than ever before. The first game in this project will be set in the eclectic city of Midgar and presents a fully standalone gaming experience, providing a great starting point to the series that dives deeper into the events occurring in Midgar than the original game. Along with unforgettable characters and a powerful story, FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE features a hybrid battle system that merges real-time action with strategic, command-based combat. For more information, visit: https://ffvii-remake.square-enix-games.com/en-gb

FINAL FANTASY XIV Online
Platform: PlayStation®4 system, Windows PC, Mac
Developer: Square Enix
Available: Now
With more than 16 million players globally, FINAL FANTASY XIV Online continues to deliver on the promise of bringing the best of the FINAL FANTASY experience to the online realm. Take part in the next chapter of the critically-acclaimed saga with the new legendary expansion pack—SHADOWBRINGERS! A free trial is available at http://www.ffxiv-freetrial.com.

KINGDOM HEARTS III
Platform: Xbox One and PlayStation®4 system
Developer: Square Enix
Available: Now 
Having surpassed 5 million shipments and digital sales following its launch earlier this year, the critically acclaimed action-RPG KINGDOM HEARTS III returns to Gamescom with playable demos of worlds inspired by Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Hercules and Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story. In KINGDOM HEARTS III, players join forces with Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy for the adventure of a lifetime traveling across beloved Disney and Pixar worlds based on Toy Story, Frozen, Tangled, Big Hero 6 and more. For more information, visit: http://www.kingdomhearts.com/

MARVEL’S AVENGERS
Platform: PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, Stadia, and PC
Developer: Crystal Dynamics® in collaboration with Eidos-Montréal™, Crystal Northwest™, and Nixxes Software
Available: 15th May 2020
Marvel’s Avengers is a story-driven, 3rd-person Action-Adventure game. Reassemble and rebuild your Avengers roster in the cinematic single-player campaign, then battle solo or online alongside friends in new missions around the globe. Customize Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and then harness their unique powers to defend the world from escalating threats for years to come.
 
Play the Beta first on PS4. Pre-Order for Beta Access at www.playavengers.com
 
Trials of Mana
Platform: Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 system, STEAM
Developer: Square Enix
Available: Early 2020
Trials of Mana is a full high-definition remake of the third entry in the Mana series, previously released in Japan in 1995 as Seiken Densetsu 3. Trials of Mana tells the story of six heroes in their battle to defeat monsters of destruction trying to take over the world whilst the power of Mana has been weakened. Players can choose between six main characters and supporting allies, the story will play out in different ways depending on the combination of the main character and allies in the party.

Related Links
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/squareenix    
Official Twitter: @squareenix   
Official Instagram: @squareenix  
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/UKSquareEnix

About Square Enix Ltd.
Square Enix Ltd. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content in Europe and other PAL territories as part of the Square Enix group of companies. Square Enix Ltd. also has a global network of leading development studios such as Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal®. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 144 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 78 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 74 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix Ltd. is a London-based, wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
 
More information on Square Enix Ltd. can be found at https://square-enix-games.com.

 

Gamescom, known as the world's largest gaming event, will take place from August 20th to 24th at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. Attendees can find Square Enix booths in Hall 9 of the venue.

“gamescom: Opening Night Live” will be hosted by “The Game Awards” host and creator Geoff Keighley and livestreamed on August 19th at 8:00 PM CEST (2:00 PM EDT and 11:00 a.m. PDT). It will give gamers around a world an overview of what to expect from the event this year, including announcements from major video game publishers and independent developers and world premiers with new footage and guest appearances.

 



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24 minutes ago, Awesome Sauce said:

Why include a demo for a game that's already out? Unless this is a demo for the DLC instead of the main game.

To promote it to people who havent bought it yet

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That's stupid. While you're at it, why not take a demo of the HD collection while you're at it.. Or hell, why not go older - take a demo of The Bouncer as well.

Morons.

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18 minutes ago, Blindaga said:

That's stupid. While you're at it, why not take a demo of the HD collection while you're at it.. Or hell, why not go older - take a demo of The Bouncer as well.

Morons.

Lol, well I wouldn't be quite so aggressive towards the decision, KH3 is still a big recent thing for SE because of the dlc. After all, maximising profit is what companies do

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Yeah, I don't see a problem with that. (Although my first reaction was "Wait, is this old news?")

You either provide a demo of something or you don't. Might as well show what you have, right? Personally, I'd still be interested in playing that demo since it had some little differences compared to the final game - assuming it's still the same old demo.

I don't think they could share a demo of the DLC, so I hope nobody's expecting that. It would most definitely have major spoilers for anyone who hasn't played the full game yet. For now, they just want to keep KH3 in people's minds. (Re:Minding them, if you will.)

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Seems a bit strange to promote a demo for a game that's been available for about 6 months so far, but I guess there's still plenty of mileage they can get out of it, particularly on an international stage. Plus, they do still have that huge DLC dump to build hype for, so I guess this is a decent way to make KH3 relevant again, even though the aftershocks of it's release can still be felt even now, lol. Other than that, I don't know how much new info we should expect at Gamescon, it's always been one of those coin-toss gaming conventions to me. Half the time we do get something substantial like an interview from Nomura or even a new trailer, but other times we tend to get little more than a few words and maybe one small tidbit of new info. And with the DLC really the only KH-related thing to look forward to for now, when they plan to tease more of it's contents with still 4-ish months left to go is hard to say. Well, hopefully we end up getting something new this month either way.

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2 hours ago, Hero of Light XIV said:

Other than that, I don't know how much new info we should expect at Gamescon, it's always been one of those coin-toss gaming conventions to me.

This exactly, although with Square Enix confirmed as one of the companies to debut new content at gamescom I do think we're leaning into a 70% chance of a dlc trailer.

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13 hours ago, setsugekka said:

Yeah, I don't see a problem with that. (Although my first reaction was "Wait, is this old news?")

You either provide a demo of something or you don't. Might as well show what you have, right? Personally, I'd still be interested in playing that demo since it had some little differences compared to the final game - assuming it's still the same old demo.

I don't think they could share a demo of the DLC, so I hope nobody's expecting that. It would most definitely have major spoilers for anyone who hasn't played the full game yet. For now, they just want to keep KH3 in people's minds. (Re:Minding them, if you will.)

Ha, I see what you did there! XD

Thanks for informing us of this, Aquaberry!

Hmm, I do find it strange that a demo for KHIII will be available. Does this mean it could be the old demo? Or, as many people here have already assumed...could it be a stunt to promote Re:Mind? Honestly, it's anyone's guess at this point!

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