Expectations were high for Square Enix’s E3 press conference and at the end we were just left with a look of confusion and disappointment. The best way to sum up the whole press conference was. “That’s it?”
Square Enix revealed two new games, The Quiet Man and Babylon’s Fall (which is being developed by Platinum Games) but not very much was shown on either game other than short teaser trailers and that was it. Everything else was trailers we already saw the night before at the Xbox E3 Briefing including Kingdom Hearts 3 (which had like 5 seconds of extra content), Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Nier: Automata Become as Gods Edition, and The Awesome Adventures Of Captain Spirit.
Square Enix had every chance to blow away fans with new information on Kingdom Hearts 3, they could have shown off an in-depth look at the worlds pf Frozen or even Tangled or even have Tetsuya Nomura make some type of announcement but they didn’t. It also puts a lot of doubt on Final Fantasy VII Remake, we know Square Enix is currently working on its development after ending their deal with CyberConnect 2 so maybe it will be 5 years before we see the game again at this point unless it appears at the Sony Press Conference happening later today.
In the end, with so much hype behind the company it just failed to deliver on what could have been one of their greatest years. Sure I would have loved to hear a surprise announcement on a new Star Ocean or even Valkyrie Profile game but I knew that was a stretch but there was no surprises or anything really new and that just hurt Square Enix in the end.
Sure we finally got a date for Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age on the PlayStation 4 and PC but that just wasn’t really much since we knew it was coming later this year.
Square Enix even failed to mention that they will be releasing a three different editions of Kingdom Hearts III including a bundle that includes three exclusive Bring Arts figures featuring Sora, Goofy and Donald in their Toy Story forms from the game. This news wasn’t revealed until after the press conference.
I still look forward to playing all the games we know are coming and hope they have some surprises in store at either the Sony or Nintendo Press conferences.