If you were waiting on an announcement for a Square Enix E3 2020 presentation, I've got some bad news: it looks like we're not going to be getting a massive presentation like we saw at E3 2019. In fact, there isn't going to be a presentation at all this year, thanks in part to the difficulties of creating assets while the developers are under lockdown.
"Square Enix said it won't hold [an] 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," explained Bloomberg Tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki in a tweet. "Instead, it will announce new titles on [an] individual basis."
Last year's E3 saw one of Square Enix's biggest presentations yet with more than 20 individual announcements. There were, of course, quite a few Final Fantasy games in the mix (including details on the then-unreleased Final Fantasy 7 Remake). Had the coronavirus not torpedoed plans for this year's show, it's possible that we would have had a similarly-awesome event.
When Will We See the Square Enix E3 2020 Announcements?
The lack of a Square Enix E3 2020 event is certainly disappointing, but do keep in mind that we're not missing out on any announcements — we're just not going to get them all in one go. When are we going to hear about their new games, then?
As Takashi Mochizuki has said, games will be individually announced. Like most game developers and publishers, Square Enix is notoriously protective of their works-in-progress, so we'll probably get very little advance warning before new announcements drop.
For now, you can look forward to hearing about the games that should have been in the Square Enix E3 2020 presentation whenever the heck they feel like telling us. (My money is on something to do with Final Fantasy.)
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