Due to Carmelozi, an enterprising user at Reset Era, a recent shareholder meeting for Square Enix Holdings, Inc. has been translated to English, which means that while there is some cool tidbits to mine, there's also some interesting interpretations of English to parse through.
There were some things discussed, but the most interesting info comes from the Q&A, particularly this question:
Q: Normally there's a new game announcement at E3, but what are the plans for the impact of Corona this year?
A: Normally there would be an announcement of a new game at E3. We were going to hold a presentation event as an alternative to that, but due to the lack of assets, we were unable to do so. From now on it will be done on a per-title basis when we can announce them, and we'll release some in July or August. Schedule.
Presumably due to COVID-19 the creation of trailers and screenshots they would show was slowed down. A month or two later and now there's enough to show in July and August for games that were due to be announced in E3 2020.
There's not much else of note, but Square interestingly states that while Sony and Microsoft's next generation of consoles is coming at the end of 2020, the future lies in the Cloud. I guess we'll see about that.
Companies are so quick to take away from players and very slow to give back in return. This eagerness to leap head-first into Cloud Gaming is a good example of this. There's not much players can do to change their experience if we're all on Cloud Gaming, which is why the gaming industry wants it to happen. They don't want to have to provide parts and consoles and different things that could go wrong at any time. Instead, they'd rather have you connect to your monitor or T.V. and play with a connected controller or mouse and keyboard.
I'm not going to lie and say that I don't like the idea in theory, but in reality, all of us outside of major cities will face lots of lag and sky-high internet bills. If it's coming, it won't be mandatory for a long time, if ever.
What do you think of this news? Are you excited for any potential games from franchises that you like? Let us know in the comments!