It’s not very often that I get genuinely excited by game announcements these days. I sometimes think I’m contractually obligated to be cynical and jaded, and it is fun snarking at EA’s press conferences on Twitter.
But then a Final Fantasy VII PS4 remake got announced and all that cynicism just sort of…melted away. The trailer itself had an insightful line in its silly and pretentious narration, which said: “the reunion at hand may bring joy. It may bring fear. But let us embrace whatever it brings.” I understand those feelings – joy that one of my favourite games ever is being recreated for modern technology; fear that they’ll change some of the minuscule details that are really important to us fans for some reason. Whatever it is though, it’s a gift really. It’s a big hug to people like me who grew up with the game, and a chance for all those poor suckers of the next generation who never experienced it themselves to do so. Win win.
From my various poking around the internet and general obsessive knowledge, it looks like the FFVII remake is somewhere over a year into it’s development, so hopefully they’ve finished pre-production and are actually building stuff at this point. It’s a massive undertaking regardless, but I think sometime in 2017 is a very good bet for a release window. About a year after FFXV (probably)? FFVII 20th anniversary? Seems legit.
There was also some stuff about The Last Guardian and Shenmue III but come on guys. Final Fantasy VII. Get your priorities straight.
You Know Nothing, RoboSaurus
In terms of new titles, the one that most grabbed my attention was Horizon: Zero Dawn. This was very much out of left field, when the guy from Guerilla Games was announced I prepared my soul for another Killzone, only to be met with an open plain and herds of robotic dinosaurs to hunt.
For years mankind has asked the question: “What is better than both robots and dinosaurs?” Well, Guerilla have found the answer.
While the gameplay we were shown reminded me a lot of Crystal Dynamics last Tomb Raider in many areas, there was a tangible focus on stealth, positioning and quick reflexes as well. I feel like Monster Hunter fans will get a kick out of this one, and that rope weapon the protagonist used was straight out of Just Cause, and expertly used as a robodinosaur trap. Leading lady ‘Aloy’ is a dead ringer for Ygritte from Game of Thrones, and looks pretty cool with her mechanical bow and other strange tribal-yet-sci-fi weapons. She’s also one of a number of women headlining some of the major games shown at this years E3, which is really welcome to see.
Horizon is out sometime in 2016.
I Asked For This
Look, if you aren’t already excited for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, there are one of two possiblities:
- You’ve never played a Deus Ex game before. In which case, go buy Human Revolution right now. It’s pretty cheap these days, it’ll blow your mind, and then you’ll be excited.
- You don’t really like Deus Ex all that much. Please consult you GP at the earliest opporuntity as something is wrong with you. They can prescribe something to help.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be out early 2016.
Thanks to everyone exhibiting at E3 this year. It’s been a long time since a show really gave a sense of genuine excitement. There’s so much good stuff coming out, and so many diverse titles as publishers begin to realise that not everything has to be a gritty military FPS. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of this stuff.