Square has announced their lineup for E3, with a total of six titles slated
for display at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The following excerpts
were taken from Square's Press Release.|
Final Fantasy VIII -- the latest in the award-winning Final Fantasy
series. Final Fantasy VIII features a compelling story mix of action and
adventure with an added touch of romance. Squall is a member of an elite
combat team that engages in a power struggle with another faction; both are
battling to take control. The key question for Squall and his team is whom to
trust? Adding to this completely new Final Fantasy story line are intriguing
characters such as the free spirited young woman, Rinoa Heartilly, the
sorceress Edea, Quistis Trepe the instructor, and Squall's archrival, Seifer.
In addition to a riveting storyline, Square's development team has ratcheted up
the graphics in this game, with more finely shaped characters that sport
detailed expressions and facial movements, and full motion videos that use
motion capture technology for more realistic human movements and actions. The
title also includes an enhanced magic system for longer, more in-depth gameplay.
The title will ship on the PlayStation game console in Fall 1999.
Ehrgeiz -- an exciting, arcade quality fighting game that includes
intense mini-games within the game as well as a full-featured RPG adventure.
Ehrgeiz breaks the traditional boundaries of fighting game design with a
revolutionary redefined battle engine that allows 3D movement of its
characters. Hand-to-hand and weapons-based combat allows for a wide range of
technique and strategy for game players of all levels. Ehrgeiz also includes
guest characters from Final Fantasy VII. The title will ship on the
PlayStation game console in Spring 1999.
Chocobo Racing -- the first action-racing game that features Chocobo, a
familiar character from the Final Fantasy series. A large cast of unique
characters race their way through a wide variety of courses in a story mode
that allows a single-player to speed his/her way through "chapters" of an
old-fashioned pop-up book. Chocobo Racing features five unique game modes,
fluid graphics and arcade-style handling. In addition, players can edit the
parameters of their chosen characters at the end of every story mode creating
a unique character unlike any other which can be saved on a memory card and
used in other game modes at a later time. Chocobo Racing will ship on the
PlayStation game console in Fall 1999.
Chocobo's Dungeon 2 -- an adventure RPG title featuring Chocobo and his
friend Moogle. These characters, both from the Final Fantasy series, embark
on a quest in search of hidden treasure. Chocobo's Dungeon 2 offers an
engrossing storyline and dynamic role playing elements that include Square
Soft's patented Active Time Battle (ATB) system which enhances game play over
traditional turn-based methods. In addition, a Random Dungeon Generator makes
for a different adventure every time promising hours of entertainment.
Chocobo's Dungeon 2 will ship on the PlayStation game console in early 2000.
Several previews for upcoming games will also be on display in Square's E3
in-booth theater, they include:
Final Fantasy Anthology -- combines two classic role playing games,
Final Fantasy V and VI. The anthology features huge worlds, rich story lines,
innovative battle and magic systems and an intriguing cast of characters. This
marks the first time Final Fantasy V has appeared on a console in North
America. In addition, newly added full-motion video (FMV) opening and
closing sequences have been added in an effort to combine classic role playing
gameplay with the ultimate in today's high tech video prowess. The title will
ship on the PlayStation game console in Winter 1999.
SaGa Frontier II -- offers players the unique freedom of choice. Unlike
traditional linear role playing games, SaGa Frontier II offers a multi-level,
free scenario system where players select the scenario they want to play. The
game is set in the 13th century in a world named "Sandail" against a backdrop
of dramatic 2D environments in watercolor. Players battle their way through
several scenarios from the perspective of various characters they select. The
title offers three battle modes: duel, team and strategic. SaGa Frontier II
will ship on the PlayStation game console in early 2000.
Final Fantasy VIII
Chocobo's Dungeon 2
Final Fantasy V
Final Fantasy VI
SaGa Frontier II