Square Enix E3 2015 flops hard

This year's Square Enix conference was a massive disappointment.

This year, Square Enix managed to bore me, confuse me, and creep me out all the same presentation.

After a reasonably sound showing of Just Cause 3, they announced a sequel to Nier, otherwise known as "that JRPG starring that old guy that no one played." The director, Yoko Taro, showed up on stage wearing this:

An Hour and Half of Awkward Golf Clapping

I'm going to type as fast as I can now so I don't have to look at that mask anymore.

The game seemed to feature a lot of talent and was teaming up with Platinum Games; I'm sure the gameplay will improve over the last one. So it saddens me that whenever I think Nier that horrible leering moon-faced freak will haunt my dreams.

We saw a tech demo for Rise of the Tomb Raider that impressed nobody, some hipster touch and go game called Lara Croft Go, and the same Final Fantasy VII remake trailer we saw yesterday. Nothing exciting there.

But then I saw one good thing: Kingdom Hearts 3

The director of the Kingdom Hearts series showed up on stage and announced a new Kingdom Hearts game: Kingdom Hearts: Unchained. It was an isometric RPG that wasn't in the same timeline. I could feel the bewildered disappointment of the audience.

But then the director was like, "Oh, right, we have Kingdom Hearts 3," the crowd predictably went bananas. They showed us a gameplay trailer, in all it's blasting, slashing, wall-running, high-flying glory, and everyone loved it. I love a good old bait-and-switch.

The rest was pretty bad

We got World of Final Fantasy again, Hitman again, the horribly titled Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness (whose "gameplay trailer" consisted mostly of running around in empty environments), and an ok trailer for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (now with less yellow).

But the crowning moment of failure was when Yosuke Matsuda, President and CEO, announced in an agonizingly boring monotone that there was going to be a Final Fantasy Portal App, for all Final Fantasy related news. When he awkwardly paused for applause, no one clapped. The room was dead silence. He then showed a few concept paintings for a new game he called "Project Setsuna." He gave no other information save that it was "early in development." Again, no one clapped.

And to top the whole sad clown performance, they said not one word about Final Fantasy 15

The disappointment and boredom I felt cannot be exaggerated. Come on, Square Enix, you're freaking Square Enix! One of the most legendary developers on the planet! You're better than this. This was straight-up amateurish.

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Published Jun. 16th 2015
  • GabrielKross
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    SE's conference was actually pretty big, I just feel you may not be a fan of the titles announced.

    I'll admit I dislike Hitman and Deus Ex, but those are big in the community. Just Cause is another large title. I'd say the only flop on the SE conference was the World of Final Fantasy, it's like Disgaea meets turn-based combat.
    Kingdom Hearts is getting the whole back story game on top of the Kingdom Hearts 3 which is pretty cool. The only other mistake I can think of is them letting Sony steal their surprise by putting the FF7 remake in their conference. Overall, of what I watched/heard Square Enix had probably the best showing.
  • Matt Amenda
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    It's funny you say that, I thought that the Hitman and Deus Ex ones were the best ones presented (other than the glorious Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer).

    And yes, they done goofed when they showed the FF7 thing early.

    The rest I felt were just lackluster sequels and spin-offs. You're right, I didn't care about a lot of those titles, but if I read the crowd's reactions right, neither did the audience. I don't think it was just me.

    I personally put Bethesda's presentation in 1st.
  • GabrielKross
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    I said I personally don't like those 2 titles, was never a fan of those franchises though I understand the draw to them. Though they are huge hits.

    I feel that Nier had quite a good reaction to it actually. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Nier set in the Drakengard universe? (I think a friend of mine told me it was ages ago.)

    However, the SE conference was pretty late I feel like people were pretty tired, even the big announces didn't get the energy that they should have if it had been earlier in the day.
  • Matt Amenda
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    Did people like Nier? I never actually played it, but I heard that it got mixed reactions from the few that did.
  • GabrielKross
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    I can't say whether I liked it or not, I bought it when it came out, but never had time to play it.

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