What’s Square Enix releasing in 2019?

By Duncan Heaney

Well, 2018 proved to be quite the year. Lara raided her toughest tombs yet, we got a Noctis in our pockets, and the awesome power of tornadoes proved nothing compared to the force of destruction that is Rico Rodriguez.

But all that’s so last year - what does 2019 hold in store for your favourite Square Enix games? Here’s just a small sample of what you can expect in the next coming months:

Just Cause 4

Desperate for more Just Cause 4? You can take Solís (heh) in the fact that three DLC packs are on the way, and they’ll extend your adventure in remarkable new ways.

Dare Devils puts Rico behind the wheel in a series of death races and rampage rallies. And nobody can rampage quite like Rico.

Things get a bit spooky in the second DLC pack, Demons, as a demonic force threatens the safety of Solís and its people.

The final DLC pack, Danger, offers a new adventure with futuristic gadgets and weapons that will, no doubt, help Rico explode things in even more entertaining ways.

We’ll have more to say on when you can expect the first pack soon, so keep your eyes on our news page, or Just Cause 4 on YouTube.

Buy Just Cause 4

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

She’s braved an unforgiving jungle, discovered the lost city of Paititi, and gone head to head with Trinity for the fate of the world, but if you think Lara Croft’s latest expedition is over, think again.

There are still five pieces of DLC to go for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, offering compelling stories, exciting new skills and puzzles that will push Lara - and you - harder than ever before.

All packs are included in the season pass, and if you can’t wait, the first two pieces of DLC - The Forge and The Pillar - are out and available to play right now.

Buy Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Octahedron Transfixed Edition

A neon-drenched rhythmic platformer that will test your reflexes and your wits in equal measure.

Coming from indie studio Demimonde, Octahedron Transfixed Edition lands on Nintendo Switch on 17 January, and PlayStation, Xbox One and Steam stores in March.

This relentless platformer tasks you with creating your own platforms to ascend challenging levels, backed by a truly amazing soundtrack, comprising synthwave, chiptune trance, progressive house and more.

Honestly, describing Octahedron doesn’t do it justice - so try it for yourself. There’s a demo available on Switch right now!

The second episode of Life is Strange 2 is out this month!

Called Rules, it continues the tale of Sean and Daniel Diaz who are now heading south following a tragic events in the season opener. Along the way, they’ll make new friends, and try to get to grips with the supernatural power that Daniel appears to possess.

If you haven’t yet started this latest series of Life is Strange, now’s the time. The first episode’s available to download on Xbox One, PS4 and Steam right now.

And have you tried the free Life is Strange 2 demo - the Adventures of Captain Spirit? You might also want to check that out before starting episode two if you haven’t already…

Buy Life is Strange 2

KINGDOM HEARTS III

KINGDOM HEARTS III tells the story of the power of friendship as Sora and his friends embark on a perilous adventure. Set in a vast array of Disney and Pixar worlds, KINGDOM HEARTS follows the journey of Sora, a young boy and unknowing heir to a spectacular power. Sora is joined by Donald Duck and Goofy to stop an evil force known as the Heartless from invading and overtaking the universe.

Through the power of friendship, Sora, Donald and Goofy unite with iconic Disney-Pixar characters old and new to overcome tremendous challenges and persevere against the darkness threatening their worlds.

KINGDOM HEARTS III launches for Xbox One and PS4 on 29 January 2019 - but you can preorder it right now!

Preorder KINGDOM HEARTS III

NieR:Automata Game of the YoRHa Edition

The award-winning NieR:Automata returns to PS4 and Steam on 26 February.

The NieR:Automata Game of the YoRHa Edition contains the original game, alongside the 3C3C1D119440927 Expansion DLC, and a host of extras, including four pod designs (Grimoire Weiss Pod, Retro Grey Pod Skin, Retro Red Pod Skin, and Cardboard Pod Skin) and the Machine Mask Accessory.

PlayStation users will also get an all new dynamic theme, 15 PlayStation Network Avatars and the Play Pod and amazarashi Pod skins.

LEFT ALIVE

LEFT ALIVE tells a human story of survival from the perspective of three different protagonists during the devastating invasion set in war-torn Novo Slava in 2127.

Veteran developers, Toshifumi Nabeshima (director, Armored Core series), Yoji Shinkawa from KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS (character designer, METAL GEAR SOLID series), and Takayuki Yanase (mech designer, Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Xenoblade Chronicles X) joined forces to create LEFT ALIVE’s dark and gritty world.

It’ll be out 5 March this year for PS4 and Steam.


That’s just a sample of what you can expect from Square Enix in the next couple of months. There’s loads more to talk about over the next 12 months, so stick around - we’ll have release dates to… um, release, games to showcase, and more!

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