What we want to see from Square Enix during non-E3

Of all the companies that are (potentially) hosting events for Not-E3 this summer (check out our schedule here), perhaps none have bigger questions about it than Square Enix. After recently announcing the sale of its western studios, including Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal, most of its development efforts appear to be focused on Japan. So, what exactly does that mean for game reveals in June?

The Sirbpti staff picked what we’d most like to see from Square Enix this year, ranked from plausible to highly optimistic dreams. Please, Square Enix, at least make some of them happen.

Final Fantasy XIV on Xbox

It feels like you’ve been hearing for years that Final Fantasy XIV might be coming to Xbox consoles, but it’s time to finally make that happen. The popularity of the MMO has never been greater, and what better way to leverage that than by bringing it to another platform? While I tend to spend a lot of time alone in MMOs, I’m never more motivated to invest time in them than when I have other friends playing too, even though we’re not always logged in at the same time. For me, most of those friends tend to play games on Xbox, so it would be the ideal place for me to finally sink my teeth into XIV the way I’ve always intended. I hear it even has a free trial. † Chris Pereira

Kidney 3

Come on, Yoko Taro. It’s been more than five years since Nier: Automata was released. There was a five-year gap between the launch of the original Nier and the announcement of Automata – a surprise given the poor sales of the first game. That’s no longer the case, though, with Automata’s critical praise leading to huge sales, a remake of the first game, a mobile spin-off, and countless merchandising opportunities. What I want, however, is a full-fledged third game. Not a sequel to Automata, mind you, but something just as different from that game as it was on the original Nier. What I want is what I don’t know yet I want.

Could it be set in an underwater world where the fish speak Portuguese and can type 200 words per minute? Could be! The great thing about Yoko Taro is that he finds a reason for all the craziness instead of just taking it in, and I can’t wait to see how that plays out in the next Nier game. — Gabe Gurwin

Final Fantasy Tactics Remake confirmed

A massive Nvidia leak has already paid off with announcements like Kingdom Hearts 4, leading us to think that including a Final Fantasy Tactics remake could also be legit. It would also just make sense, given Square Enix has researched other tactics games like the recent (and visually similar) Triangle Strategy or the upcoming DioField Chronicles. Final Fantasy Tactics holds a special place in fans’ hearts, thanks to its deep work-based mechanics and a compelling story of political intrigue, betrayal and belief. The game has already received some sort of remake like Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions for PSP and mobile, but a true HD remake would be fantastic. –Steve Watts

Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster Collection for Switch

Square Enix plays coy about the near certainty that its Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters would eventually come to platforms other than PC and mobile. The Nintendo Switch seems like a natural fit for our classic RPG nostalgia, especially since a portable system just feels good to grind out levels. And sure, Square Enix could release them piecemeal, but it could make the package extra attractive by bundling them all together as one unified release. –Steve Watts

Surprise, it’s a new Vagrant Story

My formative years were spent playing Squaresoft JRPGs from the 90s, back in the days before Square Enix added the “Enix” through a merger with the Japanese publisher. Those days were pretty amazing, with Square releasing a series of games that would be classics, often taking weird turns. Final Fantasy VII, Chrono Cross, Xenogears, Parasite Eve – it was an excellent time for RPG fans. But perhaps the best of them all was Vagrant Story, a fantasy action RPG directed by Yasumi Matsuno, director of Final Fantasy Tactics. Vagrant Story was about fantasy secret agents in a feudal world, with the politics of the aristocracy, the crown and the church driving the story. Into it all came strange, evil magic that could bring people back from the dead, and… everybody wanted it.

Vagrant Story would ultimately be a one-off story, though it has some Easter egg-esque ties to Tactics and Final Fantasy XII, which Matsuno also directed for a while. But it was a excellent game, with creepy villains, a ton of intrigue, and a dark hue that made it feel different and creepier than comparable fantasy games, especially those in the Squaresoft catalog. The trailers we’ve seen for Final Fantasy XVI have suggested to some fans, like me, that there power its ties to Vagrant Story, as well as other games that take place in that same disjointed world. However, what I want is more Vagrant Story. The original game ended up being an origin story for magical secret agent Ashley Riot, and there’s a lot more that can be done there. Vagrant Story is an absolute classic from the greatest period in Squaresoft’s history, and it would be incredible to see the long-dead property suddenly resurrected with links to Final Fantasy XVI to fulfill the promise of the original two decades later. to make. † Phil Hornshaw

FFVII Remake Part 2 Update

Remaking a game, especially one as beloved as Final Fantasy VII, is a difficult and ambitious feat. That said, Square has done a bit of a good job with Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Remake does not exist as a replacement for the original, but as a separate and adjacent entity. It adds a whole lot of new emotion and life to the story we once knew, while also honoring what came before by setting the new series up to move through a whole new path. That said…I am past ready to finally explore that new path. I’m ready for the next part of the story, and I’m ready for part two.

Of course, I hope the next installment in the Final Fantasy 7 Remake series hits the same general story beats as the original game – something I’m sure Square can do after playing Remake. I hope we get the chance to explore Cosmo Canyon, soak up the sun on the Costa Del Sol, gamble away our hard-earned screams at the Golden Saucer and discover the secrets of Shinra Manor. I hold my breath for our first look at Cid and my husband Vincent Valentine. But above all, I just want to see what other surprises are in store for all of us. I really hope we get a closer look at the next leg of the journey — and maybe even a 2023 release date. — Jessica Howard

Arun Agarwal
I am Arun Agarwal, a passionate blogger and gamer. I love to share my thoughts on games and technology through blog posts. I’m also an avid reader of books about history, philosophy, science-fiction, and other genres as well as an anime fan. I like reading books that give me new perspectives or help me think differently about the world around us.