Veteran voice actor Hiroki Yasumoto kicked off Square Enix’s Tokyo Game Show presentation by reiterating that there would be no new news about Final Fantasy 16 – but went onto show off plenty of other trailers, and even a new RPG which is out in just two weeks.
To ensure sure you don't miss anything, we've included all the big news from the showcase (which you can watch below):
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin Gets Release Date and Demo
A new demo is coming today for the Final Fantasy spin-off being developed by Team Ninja. The demo builds off feedback from the trial released earlier this year and will feature both a new stage and give players a chance to try out the game’s multiplayer elements.
There was an action-packed new trailer as well, announcing a release date of March 18, 2022. The trailer showed off more elements of the story, new characters and some flashy fight scenes. It ended with a scene of Chaos and a voiceover saying, “my name is Jack Garland" – given that the lead character is Jack, and the antagonist is FF1's Garland, there's clearly a connection between the two.
New RPG Dungeon Encounters Revealed
Hiroyuki Ito, who directed Final Fantasy VI, IX, XII and is the man behind the Active Time Battle System, revealed the latest game he is working on – a “dungeon exploration RPG,” called Dungeon Encounters, his first new project in some time. “It had been a while since I was directly involved in development, so I was trying to remember how I did it for a while there,” Ito said during the presentation.
The trailer showed characters walking on a grid, unlocking ability points for reaching certain sections. A bar at the top left of the screen shows what floor the player is on, their position and how many steps have been taken. Players occasionally have to fight monsters and the trailer also hints there are a number of characters to choose from.
You won’t have to wait long to play this unique-looking title. It will be released on October 14, and we already have a hands-on preview.
New Story Trailer for Triangle Strategy
Square Enix’s upcoming tactical RPG got a new trailer that showed off more of the game's characters and backstory. Each character was introduced with a brief gameplay scene, followed by a description of the game's backstory and its soon-to-be warring factions.
The game features a twisting plot in which the decision you make effect how the rest of the game plays out. The title, which releases March 4, 2022, is a game in the vein of Final Fantasy Tactics and graphically looks like Octopath Traveler.
Plenty of Trailers for Other Upcoming Games
Alongside trailers we've already seen for Forspoken, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Life Is Strange, we also got new looks at Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier, the company’s mobile battle royale title, and kart-racing spin-off Chocobo GP.
There was also a trailer for Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars, the peculiar RPG from Yoko Taro that takes place completely as a card game. That game arrives on October 28 and there is currently a demo available.
Jason Coskrey is a writer based in Tokyo. Find him on Twitter at @JCoskrey.