Square Enix opting out of E3 replacement event
While many publishers like Microsoft, Ubisoft, and EA have announced online events in the wake of E3 2020’s cancellation, with smorgasbords of announcements and game reveals, Square Enix is opting for a more à la carte approach.
According to Bloomberg tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki (via GameSpot), Square Enix “will announce new titles on [an] individual basis.” Due to COVID-19, organizing the amount of assets needed to host an E3-style event “has become difficult.”
As for what we’ll possibly see coming from Square Enix this year, Marvel’s Avengers is a sure bet, as it was delayed from its original May release window to September 4th. Further details about its upcoming next-gen RPG shooter Outriders from developer People Can Fly, specifically a release date, is probably also on the docket.
Outside of that, the recently announced NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… (yes, the ellipses are actually part of the title) will hopefully get a gameplay demo and a release date, as well as the free-to-play mobile game NieR Re[in]carnation.
Meanwhile, Bravely Default II is scheduled to launch in 2020, but it’s unclear if Square Enix will show off this game or if that will be part of whatever Nintendo has planned, if anything, after it reportedly canceled its June Direct presentation.