Square Enix announces Anime Expo 2018 lineup, events

You can pretty much always count on Square Enix to be present at any reasonably popular expo or conference, such as the upcoming Anime Expo 2018 which is happening later this week in Los Angeles.

What will they be showing off? Well, A little bit of everything including  DRAGON QUEST XI : Echoes of an Elusive Age, KINGDOM HEARTS III,  STAR OCEAN: ANAMNESIS, FINAL FANTASY Trading Card Game, FFXV for WIndows and an assortment of events and giveaways and such.

Check out the Anime Expo 2018 details at the official site here, and learn more about what Square Enix has to show off below.

SQUARE ENIX is showcasing the latest from their upcoming video and card game titles at Anime Expo 2018, taking place July 5-8, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with Pre-Show Night on July 4.

Attendees who visit the SQUARE ENIX Booth in the Entertainment Hall (LACC West Hall A), will have the exciting opportunity to play demos of DRAGON QUEST XI : Echoes of an Elusive Age , KINGDOM HEARTS III, and STAR OCEAN: ANAMNESIS before their release.

Fans will also have a chance to meet some of their favorite game developers from the DRAGON QUEST and STAR OCEAN series throughout the show. Their autograph schedules are available below:

DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

  • Yuji Horii (Series Creator and Game Designer) will participate in autograph sessions* at the SQUARE ENIX booth, where he will be signing an exclusive 8×10 signature card and posing for photographs, on:
    • Friday, July 6, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, July 7, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • Saturday July 7, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

*A limited number of Horii autograph tickets will be distributed at the DRAGON QUEST XI area of the SQUARE ENIX booth starting at 10:00 a.m. the day prior to each day?s signing sessions. Fans may pose with Yuji Horii for one photograph only. Only the Square Enix signing cards will be signed. Personal items will not be signed.


  • Akira Yasuda (Illustrator), also known as ?akiman?, will participate in autograph sessions at the SQUARE ENIX booth, where fans will have a chance to receive a pre-drawn STAR OCEAN illustration in addition to an autograph, on:
    • Friday, July 6, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, July 7, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

*A limited number of ?akiman? autograph tickets will be distributed at the Square Enix Members area of the SQUARE ENIX booth at 10:00 a.m. for the day?s signing sessions.

Other activities at the SQUARE ENIX booth include:

  • FINAL FANTASY Trading Card Game Demos and Tournament
    • Attendees can dive into the popular trading card game and receive free lessons on how to play.
    • They can also play the newest set, ?Opus VI,? one week early in daily Pre-Release Tournaments. The set includes characters from fan favorite titles, including FINAL FANTASY XIV: Heavensward, FINAL FANTASY X/X-2, and DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT. Tickets to participate in the tournament will be sold at the SQUARE ENIX booth.
  • DRAGON QUEST XI Photo Wall Contest
    • Attendees can enter to win slime plushes by striking their best pose with the heroes from the DQXI photo wall and uploading the pictures to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #DragonQuestAX (while tagging @DragonQuest).
  • Photobooth
    • A photo opportunity where fans can take pictures featuring backgrounds from FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS™ and STAR OCEAN: ANAMNESIS
  • Photo Opportunities with STAR OCEAN Cosplayers
    • Yuno Mizusawa, the official Evelysse (?Eve?) cosplayer from Japan, will be making special appearances at the booth, alongside STAR OCEAN series cosplayers.
    • The cosplayer schedule is available on the STAR OCEAN Facebook at: (https://www.facebook.com/starocean).
  • Daily giveaways while supplies last, including:
    • DRAGON QUEST XI T-shirts and posters
    • SQUARE ENIX Members lanyards

The Entertainment Hall hours are available at: http://www.anime-expo.org/plan/hours-and-maps/.

FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION will also be making an appearance at the Cooler Master gaming trucks at Petree Plaza throughout the weekend. Fans can get hands on with FINAL FANTASY XV on high-end gaming PCs and have the chance to receive a special themed mousepad.

The full lineup of titles from SQUARE ENIX (in alphabetical order) include:

DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
Platform: PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, STEAM
Available: September 4, 2018
The highly anticipated latest entry to the beloved DRAGON QUEST video game franchise follows the adventure of a hero who must solve the mystery of his fate with the aid of a charming cast of supporting characters. DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age offers a world of adventure, exploration and instances of heroism? all brought to life by the character art of famed manga artist Akira Toriyama and the memorable music of composer Koichi Sugiyama.

FINAL FANTASY Trading Card Game
Genre: Trading Card Game
Available: Now
The FINAL FANTASY Trading Card Game (“FFTCG”) is the result of a close collaboration between Hobby Japan and Square Enix. Designed by former trading card game champion Taro Kageyama, the game received high praise for its blend of strategy, luck and fast-paced gameplay making it very versatile and appealing to all kinds of audiences. The ?Opus VI? series of cards will release July 13.

Platform: STEAM, Origin, Windows 10
Available: Now
FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION brings ultimate 4K quality to the acclaimed RPG along with add-on content and new features. Join Prince Noctis and his closest friends as they fight against the empire in an effort to reclaim their fallen kingdom. Players can now enjoy the FINAL FANTASY XV base game, all season pass content, all-new side quests and enemies, and more.

Platform: Xbox One and PlayStation 4 system
Available: January 29, 2019
In the upcoming action RPG, KINGDOM HEARTS III, players can join forces with Donald Duck and Goofy for the adventure of a lifetime traveling across worlds based on beloved films like Disney?Pixar?s Toy Story, and Monsters, Inc., and Walt Disney Animation Studio?s Big Hero 6, Tangled, Frozen, Pirates of the Caribbean and more. Attendees will be able to experience a boss battle against the Rock Titan from Walt Disney Animation Studios? Hercules and uncovering the Toy Box world from Toy Storyalongside Woody and Buzz.

Platform: Android and iOS
Available: July 2018
STAR OCEAN: ANAMNESIS puts players in the captain’s chair as they lead a squad of heroes across the galaxy. They will have the freedom to build endless strategic and iconic teams with returning all-star characters from the STAR OCEAN series, choosing between attackers, sharpshooters, defenders, invokers and healers to assemble a powerful crew. Enhanced mobile-specific controls will have users experience fast-paced real-time combat with gorgeous 3D graphics. For the first time in the series, players will also be able to tackle missions together in a brand-new co-op multiplayer mode.