Well, that’ll teach me to get my hopes up. After years of not holding press conferences for E3, publisher Square Enix surprised all of us by announcing it would hold a web-only press conference this year. That the company would hold one at all had us excited. The company has a huge variety of properties originating from both East and West, with some of the games in its future having been in the works for years.
Unfortunately, the conference ended up being made up almost entirely of slightly longer trailers for stuff we already knew existed, and some very mysterious trailers for games we don’t know enough about yet to care about.
Babylon’s Fall from PlatinumGames is one of the only brand new titles we saw during the show, and even still frames made up most of what we saw.
We also got looks at Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Kingdom Hearts, Dragon Quest 11, and Just Cause 4, much of which we saw during Microsoft’s conference yesterday.
What didn’t we see? Perhaps most notably, any footage of the Final Fantasy VII remake, announced a few years back. But we didn’t see anything new, either.
We can chalk that in part up to Walmart Canada’s unfortunate pre-E3 leak, which spoiled the existence of a whole pile of games including Just Cause 4, which could’ve been one of the show’s few surprises. But that’s hardly the only thing we can point to, because even with that the show would’ve been lackluster.
Of all the years to bring back its press conference, we’re questioning why Square Enix chose this one. It’s not that these aren’t great games – I can’t wait for Tomb Raider and we’ve been waiting for Kingdom Hearts 3 for years. But having a conference this year just doesn’t make sense.