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Square Enix Teases Outriders For E3 2019 Reveal

Square Enix may have another Marvel project in the works beyond its highly anticipated Avengers game. The company teased Outriders today, a mysterious new sci-fi title slated for reveal during the Square Enix E3 panel on June 10. The announcement includes a short teaser video showing an individual waking from cryostasis. Shared by the @Outriders Twitter account, the clip was the culmination of a chain of cryptic tweets that started on May 1. 

The previous messages featured excerpts from the mission log of Captain Simon B. Archan and the S.M. Flores beginning in the year 2076. Painting a picture of a perilous journey through space, the logs detail the ship's progress towards a place called Enoch. According to Captain Archan, Enoch "may well be humanity's last hope and salvation" as "the situation on Earth is turning catastrophic."

Outriders may sound familiar to Marvel fans. A race of genetically modified humanoids, Thanos enlisted Outriders to discover and invade other planets. Gifted with telepathy, invisibility, and density control, they used their skills to gather information for their master. Thanos would then send the Black Order to complete the takeover, offering the planets the choice to pay tribute or face certain annihilation.

Though it's unclear whether the new title ties into the Marvel universe, Outriders may be another entry in Square Enix's multi-year, multi-game partnership with Marvel Entertainment. The common elements may instead prove a coincidence, with Outriders kicking off its own, unique IP. Defined as "one who escorts or clears the way for a vehicle or person," Outriders seems like a fitting name for a space exploration-based title, no matter the setting.

Square Enix has launched a Discord channel for Outriders ahead of the reveal, implying that it will contain online elements. For a first look, tune into the Square Enix E3 showcase on June 10 at 6:00 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET. The publisher will also unveil the Marvel's Avengers game during that time slot.