Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Square Enix President, Yosuke Matsuda, has revealed that the Japanese developer and publisher will be involved in E3 2021.
E3, the long-running summer showcase for the gaming industry, was announced to be returning in June this year, following a year's hiatus due to COVID-19. Plenty of video game publishers were announced to be participating, including Xbox, Nintendo, Warner Bros. Games, Capcom, Ubisoft and even Konami (but no Sony). However, a few long-time partners of the show were missing, including Square Enix.
Now, it seems that Square Enix will be involved in some capacity after all. Speaking to Japanese publication Nikkei, Matsuda said that he was looking forward to 2021.
“Outriders, the release of which was postponed, was released on 1st April, and NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… will also be released in April. In addition, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade will be released in June.”
“We’ll be announcing the rest of the line-up for 2021, and we’re also planning to make an announcement at E3 in June, so please keep your eyes peeled.”
Whether or not Square Enix's involvement comes as part of a full presentation, such as the Square Enix Presents that debuted this Spring, or as part of platform holder presentation, is unclear, but its good to see E3 back again, if only for the sense of comfort and normalcy that brings.