Hey, guess who’s having an E3 conference this year? That’s right, Square Enix! So they get to have their own article. Of course, from what I can gather, it isn’t actually a press conference. It sounds like something more along the lines of Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event. Hard to say really. Regardless of how they choose to present the content, the fact remains that the last time Square did this, they had some big announcements to make, and it seems they’re set to do it again this year.
1) Kingdom Hearts III
Status: Announced about 5 years ago, not counting the time spent waiting for the announcement.
I’d have to be crazy to say that there was even the slightest chance of this not being there. The game is set to come out this year after such a long wait, and Square is absolutely confident in that release date, so now they just need to finish the date so we can mark it on our calendars. The wait has been long, but it’s almost over.
2) Final Fantasy VII Remake
I’d be even crazier if I gave this one any less than 100% odds. A shot from this very trailer is part of the banner for crying out loud. If that isn’t the biggest “Hey, guess what we’re showing off!” moment then I don’t know what is. Of course, the reason I chose the initial reveal trailer rather than the PSX trailer is fairly simple: The PSX trailer is no longer representative of what we’ll probably see. As far as rumors go, Square cut ties with CyberConnect2 because their work was sub-par and behind schedule to the point where the PSX trailer has a lot of assets that were further outsourced just to get them done in time. After the split, it was deemed more feasible to just scrap everything CC2 did and start over. Now, that doesn’t mean the game was entirely restarted. Square’s Business Division 1 has been working on the game since 2014, they still have a lot that didn’t get scrapped. According to the same rumor, they still have two years worth of work out of 4 years, and if those 4 years were because CC2 was slow, then they honestly didn’t lose much. So I’m gonna add a little something extra to this bet, which may not be revealed at this E3: It will release in 2019. At least the first part of it anyway because keep in mind that this is supposed to be episodic.
So why 2019? Well, for starters, the more they make people wait for even just the first episode, the more irritable the fans will become. And secondly, because last year they specifically said that KHIII, VIIR, and Avengers would release starting in fiscal year 2018 through fiscal year 2020. We already know that KHIII is releasing this year, and we know that Avengers is the farthest out, implying 2020 & beyond. So that leaves 2019 as the most likely candidate for VII Remake. And that announcement was made AFTER the news that they had split with CC2.
3) Nier Remastered
NieR: Automata was likely far more successful than anyone at Square could have ever imagined. So what better to do next than remaster the original NieR? Of course, many will point out that the gameplay isn’t the greatest, which is why I feel they may or may not take it a step further and rework the games combat, either on their own or by partnering with Platinum Games again.
4) Drag-On Dragoon/Drakengard Remasters
Since the release of NieR: Automata, the game’s director, Yoko Taro, has become something of a celebrity. He may not like that, but the fans don’t really care and now Square has another mastermind. This interest in Yoko Taro could work to Square’s advantage by allowing them to dig in to their catalogue of IP’s, specifically ones that Yoko Taro has worked on, and try to bring them back. Before he worked on the original NieR, Yoko Taro worked on the original Drakengard which NieR spun-off from and it was just as twisted and dark as the games that would follow it and craft Taro’s legacy. After NieR, Taro made Drakengard 3 and from there moved on to Automata and where he is now. Drakengard, being related to NieR albeit distantly, could make it viable to bring back for players to try now if they missed it before. However, it does seem less likely to happen than a NieR remaster and Drakengard 3, at least, did have gameplay issues.
Long Shot - Drakengard 4
While the odds of remastering the previous Drakengard games is low, now that Automata is out the door, Taro can move on to other projects. While many expect him to work on a follow-up to Automata, he is a very... free mind. He does what he fancies, and so it isn’t out of the question that he’d return to the world of Drakengard for his next game. That being said, odds still aren’t as high so I’m not really willing to stake a lot on this one, especially only a year and a half after Automata.
5) Deus Ex
Status: On Hiatus
Deus Ex: Human Revolution was a fantastic game, so expectations for the sequel were really high, and on a lot of points Mankind Divided delivered. However, fans did have some complaints, such as the story feeling like it barely got anywhere despite its length. In typical fashion, Square decided to take a step back from the series in a way similar to EA after Mass Effect Andromeda’s lukewarm reception. In other words, the series is on hiatus for a little while. Developer Eidos Montreal is currently developing this years Shadow of the Tomb Raider while Crystal Dynamics, the previous Tomb Raider developer, is working on Square’s Avengers game. Needless to say, it’s hard for me to believe that Eidos Montreal still has a team large enough to work on a Deus Ex title at the same time as Shadow of the Tomb Raider. So odds are not in favor of this franchise appearing at E3 this year.
6) Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Release: September 14th, 2018
With the game coming out in September, E3 is the earliest opportunity for Square to show off the gameplay for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, making it a definite that it will be at the show.
7) Marvel’s The Avengers
The news that Square was given the green light to develop an Avengers game was unbelievable, but it’s true. Of course, it played so havok with Square’s dev teams, shifting the Tomb Raider team to develop the game and moving the Deus Ex team off Deus Ex and onto Tomb Raider. Odds are that this game isn’t entirely read to be show yet so we might get a teaser trailer, but that’s about it. I expect this game to be revealed in its entirety next year.
Long Shot - Brave Fencer Musashi Remake
Status: Unannounced Obviously
Release: Probably Never
Odds: 0% of Course
Okay this one is just me having a wishful thought. I loved this game to death as a kid. I found it hilarious and fun. And if Sony can remake MediEvil then dammit I want Brave Fencer Musashi!