Square Enix are the latest publisher to jump on the “Nintendo Direct but…” bandwagon, hosting a 40 minute long Square Enix Presents digital showcase on 18th March to reveal new games and give updates on existing and upcoming releases.
Debuting March 18 at 10AM PDT, the first digital-direct #SquareEnixPresents the world premiere of the next @LifeisStrange, with a 40-min lineup set of new trailers & announcements from many of our upcoming titles https://t.co/IgHkawSCaE pic.twitter.com/VNYDFdoikR
— Square Enix (@SquareEnix) March 11, 2021
In particular, they will debut the next episodic game in the Life is Strange series. This will be a wholly separate entry from the previous games, featuring an all-new protagonist with a new supernatural power. It’s not clear if this will be in development by Dontnod, as Life is Strange and Life is Strange 2 were, or if it is being created by another developer as Life is Strange: Before the Storm was by Deck Nine.
Beyond that, there will be a new look at Outriders, the RPG shooter that is coming from People Can Fly on 1st April – a game which you can check out with the lengthy demo that’s currently available – a quick check in with Balan Wonderworld, which is out on 26th March, and Marvel’s Avengers, which will be receiving a major update on that very day.
There will also be a continuation of the 25th anniversary celebrations of Tomb Raider – this may include the recently leaked Tomb Raider: Definitive Survivor Trilogy – and new mobil games in the form of the Just Cause Mobile spin-off of the popular open world action series, and multiple new game announcements from Square Enix Montreal, best known for Hitman Go and Lara Croft Go.
Finally, “a look at a few of the whimsical games from Square Enix sister company TAITO” is the only thing that will keep this stream from being 100% about Square Enix’s European and North America games and teams. There will be no Final Fantasy news to speak of at this point, it seems, so don’t go in expecting too much.
Source: press release