Square Enix is set to return to San Diego Comic Con this year in a big way – featuring panels and an outdoor experience celebrating some of the company’s leading franchises.
Those in attendance can seek out the Icarus Dash, hosted by Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, a Final Fantasy XV-themed race and a special Tomb Raider climbing challenge.
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – The Icarus Dash
Enter the dark world of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and become covert agent Adam Jensen without the trench coat and fashionable shades. Showing off the Icarus Dash move, participants will have to run as fast as they can with a bungee cord on their back while shooting a laser gun at targets.
- Final Fantasy XV – The Royal Race
Fans can race each other in this themed, go-kart race that takes them through the various landscapes of Final Fantasy XV. Visitors can also have a photo taken to commemorate their race.
- Rise of the Tomb Raider Glacier Climb
The Rise of the Tomb Raider Glacier Climb, inspired by the opening sequence of the game, will allow fans to test their skill and will against the hostile environments Lara faces. The 30-foot glacier wall covered in snow, offers an incredible opportunity for fans to experience Lara’s world. Climbers can have their photo taken while on the wall to capture their adventure. This obstacle challenge is the latest event in the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration (#TombRaider20), a year-long salute to the iconic heroine.
The Square Enix Experience will be located at 7th Avenue and Market Street in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp District, starting July 22-23 from noon until 10PM PDT.
Additionally, the company will be hosting the following panels at the show:
- 20 Years of Tomb Raider: Lara Croft’s Multimedia Empire
Room 24ABC – Saturday , July 23, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
In 1996, Core Design unleashed Lara Croft on the world when they released the first Tomb Raider video game. Over the past two decades, Tomb Raider expanded to all facets of pop culture and entertainment – from critically acclaimed video games to record-breaking Hollywood movies; from best-selling comic series and chart-topping singles. Join major Franchise contributors on Saturday, July 23, for a conversation about Lara Croft’s multimedia empire, presented by the top-tier talent who brought her to life across different mediums.
Panelists: Greg Miller (Moderator), Camilla Luddington (Voice and Performance Artist for Lara Croft), Noah Hughes (Franchise Creative Director) Andy Park (Comic and Concept Artist) and Debbie Lash (Eidos’ Lara Croft model manager and marketing executive).
- Deus Ex and Open Bionics: Bridging the Gap between Fiction and Reality
Room 8 – Saturday, July 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Greg Miller hosts as Eidos-Montréal and Open Bionics discuss their collaboration to create affordable, functional and fashionable 3D-printed prosthetic arms, inspired by the Deus Ex Universe.
Panelists: Greg Miller (Moderator), Jonathan Jacques-Belletête (Executive Art Director, Deus Ex Universe), Samantha Payne (Co-Founder and COO, Open Bionics) and Joel Gibbard (CEO, Open Bionics)
- Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
Room 7AB – Saturday, July 23, 7:30-8:30pm
The Final Fantasy franchise returns with Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, the fully CG animated movie and Final Fantasy XV, the highly-anticipated video game. The talented cast and team behind the movie will share exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, debut the brand new, full-length movie trailer and provide fans with a rare opportunity to hear about the franchise from their perspective.
Panelists: Takeshi Nozue (Kingsglaive director), Liam Mulvey (Kingsglaive Voice, Motion Capture Actor and 3D Base Model), Andrea Tivadar (Kingsglaive Motion Capture Actor and 3D Base Model), Dan Inoue (Lead Writer) and Mat Kishimoto (Square Enix US Senior Marketing Manager).
Square Enix will also have a variety of playable offerings at their booth this year including Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Dragon Quest Builders, Final Fantasy XV, I Am Setsuna, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8, Rise of the Tomb Raider and World of Final Fantasy.