E3 is no more this year, so much of the games industry is moving towards broadcasting a small showcase online. One major player in the games industry that will not be doing this is Square Enix, which is opting for single announcements on upcoming games rather than having a big show.
After an investor presentation, Bloomberg tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki tweeted the decision that Square Enix has made. It came down to how working from home as effected the company not to be able to put on a showcase. Now it will put out trailers and other details on upcoming releases on its own terms.
Square Enix said it won't hold online event to unveil this FY's new releases around E3's timing because making assets ready for such show has become difficult due to Covid-19. Instead, it will announce new titles on individual basis.
— Takashi Mochizuki (@6d6f636869) May 13, 2020
Others in the industry are going for the E3 from home-style like Inside Xbox last week, which featured a slew of new IPs like The Medium and Scorn along with new looks at previously-announced games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. This month kicked off Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest, a show full of trailers, demos, and more that is running until August. It has revealed a remastering of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2. Then a gameplay demo made by Epic Games showed off the power and beauty of the PS5 while utilizing Unreal Engine 5.
A Square Enix announcement is unknown as to what it will show, although we do have some games to expect from the developer and publisher. Marvel’s Avengers got delayed, but it is still on track for a September 4 release date. No concrete date is set for the People Can Fly’s third-person shooter, Outriders, which will be published by Square, but it may get more information later this year. Finally, the company is still planning to launch Bravely Default 2 on the Nintendo Switch.