Square Enix's E3 lineup features two surprises, in addition to the expected Final Fantasy
stuff: Front Mission Evolved
. While we may have suspected that some kind of Front Mission game
was coming, we wouldn't have guessed that it would be a third-person shooter instead of a strategy game, nor that it would be developed by a Western company (Silent Hill: Homecoming
's Double Helix Games
, specifically). The E3 lineup press release highlights SE's efforts to become a more "global" company, and it hardly gets more "global" than handing one of its existing IPs over to a Western developer to be made into a PS3/Xbox/PC shooter.NIER
is a new PS3/360 action game developed by Bullet Witch
/Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles
maker cavia. Players control NIER
, who fights in a "crumbling world" to find a cure for his daughter, who is infected with the "Black Scrawl virus."
The announcement also provided a firm release date for DISSIDIA Final Fantasy
and its PSP bundle
: August 25. The first episode of the WiiWare Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
was also dated -- for this Monday! See the whole announced lineup in our gallery.