Following the cancellation of E3 over the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic, major game publishers like EA and Ubisoft have opted to hold digital showcases over the summer as a replacement. However, Square Enix may not follow suit. Even though the company promised back in March that its “2020 lineup, and the next generation that lies beyond, is stronger than ever for Square Enix,” a report has come in that the company won’t hold a digital showcase to show it off. This information comes from Takashi Mochizuki, a tech reporter for Bloomberg:
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
If accurate, this isn’t the end of the world by any means. Square Enix is a vast corporation with myriad projects in development, and the prospect of waking up on a random day and seeing an Octopath Traveler 2 or Hitman 3 trailer on YouTube will likely be appealing to many. As is, the company has indeed started 2020 with a bang, between the outstanding quality of Final Fantasy VII Remake and the simple charm of Trials of Mana. One wonders how bombastic an E3 showcase would have been, but again — we’ll live.
A few different larger digital showcases to replace E3 in summer have emerged so far, including one for major publishers at IGN and one for indie publishers at The Escapist.