Square Enix has stated before that it will not have any E3 2020-replacement video game showcase, unlike EA this month or Ubisoft next month. However, during a stockholder meeting Q&A, the company stated more explicitly that the games it would have shown at E3 2020 will be revealed this July and August.
Square Enix new game announcements in summer 2020
Question: Normally, you would announce new games at E3, but how has coronavirus affected your plans this year?
Answer: We would normally announce new games at E3, yes. We had planned to have a press conference as a replacement event, but were unable to do so since assets were not complete. We’ll be announcing new titles individually as the timing permits. Several will debut around July to August.
What games the storied Japanese publisher intends to show are a mystery. Rumors have been swirling of Final Fantasy XVI for a while, though those rumors were seemingly conflated with the game at Sony’s PlayStation 5 showcase that ultimately turned out to be Project Athia. There are also those hopeful to see a first glimpse of the second installment of Final Fantasy VII Remake.
In the Nintendo sphere, Bravely Default II still has a vague 2020 release date, and with the year half over, it has to receive a final release date sooner or later. It was also announced long ago that there were plans for an Octopath Traveler sequel on Switch (in addition to the prequel for mobile devices). While it’s a long shot that Square Enix will provide an announcement about that, it’s within the realm of possibility. And heck, who knows? Maybe we’ll get some more Kingdom Hearts games on Switch after Melody of Memories.
What game announcements are you hoping for in July and August? I’ll continue waiting for the Live A Live localization that never comes.