E3 2021: 5 predictions for the Square Enix presentation

As usual, Square Enix will be having another presentation at E3 2021 showcasing upcoming games currently in development. Here are my five predictions for what may be shown.

Square Enix is always one developer I look forward to seeing at E3 2021. In my opinion, it’s one of the best developers out there, especially for the RPG genre. Of course, it isn’t exempt from releasing some stinkers from time to time, but for the most part, I enjoy the games it produces. Now, looking ahead, there seems to be many games to look forward to, which I’m very excited about, and I’m hoping we’ll all get a glimpse of what’s to come during “SQUARE ENIX PRESENTS.” For now, here are my five predictions for the presentation, which may be some that are obvious, but also some left field announcements, which may be unlikely.

5. Updates on Outriders and Marvel’s Avengers

Let me be blunt here: I don’t really care about either of these games. I’m one of the unfortunate few who happened to purchase Marvel’s Avengers at full price and immediately regret it. It just isn’t a good game and although Crystal Dynamics has made a valiant effort to try and redeem it with frequent updates and new additions, I still think, at its core, it’s a flawed game. But, there are some people who do enjoy the game and are actually looking forward to playing some new content, so more power to them. I expect some updates and additional details about future downloadable content to have a place during the show. Possibly some gameplay for the upcoming Black Panther add on?

As for Outriders, I think this game is a bit better and actually has a solid foundation to be something great. I played the demo when it first released and I wasn’t the biggest fan. The frame rate drops were abysmal and the cut scenes didn’t really do it any favors. I also found the gameplay to be a bit clunky and lacking fluidity. Since its launch, I’ve heard some good things about it, but it’s safe to say things are beginning to stale. Being the kind of game it is, it needs more updates and new content, which I think it’ll get and I’m sure we’ll see something at E3. I don’t want it to be another Destiny, where the content only lasted for a month before more was added to it. Granted, the game eventually became better, so the same could happen for Outriders.

4. Extended trailer for Life is Strange: True Colors and Babylon’s Fall

I’m actually a fan of the Life is Strange series. I haven’t played through every entry in their entirety, but the moments I have gone through and the portions I have played were pretty entertaining. I’ve always enjoyed these kinds of games where the choices you make completely alter the story. It adds a ton of risk to the playthrough, which makes it more interesting and you really have to weigh your options in order to get the outcome you want. Life is Strange: True Colors is the next installment and I’m sure fans of the series will be in for a treat. It’s all but confirmed to appear during the presentation.

I have to say though, I’m more excited about Babylon’s Fall. It’s a brand-new IP and from what I’ve seen, the game looks phenomenal. Of course, it’s from Platinum Games, and we’ve seen what the developer has been capable of for quite some time now, especially Nier: Automata and the Bayonetta series. I’m sure we’ll get a new trailer and a possible release date.

It’s already confirmed both games will be at the presentation, it’s just a matter of what will be shown. I’m hoping both have good showings.

3. Something, anything really, Kingdom Hearts related

It’s been two and a half years since Kingdom Hearts III finally released after so many years. I say it’s been a long time, but between the gap of Kingdom Hearts II and III, many other games in the series released, including a number of handheld titles, such as Chain of Memories, Birth by Sleep, 358/2 Days, and so on. The continuity is a bit all over the place and it’s hard to piece everything together, but if you really try, you’ll see how it all makes sense. I’m not really asking for a Kingdom Hearts IV here, but I can see another KH game being announced. Whatever it may be, I’m sure it’ll be something to get excited about. I mean, there is Melody of Memory, but I’m not necessarily sure that counts. Regardless, let’s see if there’s anything else KH related to look forward to.

2. Final Fantasy XVI or Team Ninja’s rumored Final Fantasy game, but not both

There have been rumors of Team Ninja developing a Souls-like Final Fantasy game, which sounds incredibly appealing. For the most part, the series has always opted for a turn-based or action-RPG approach, but I don’t think it’s ever done something like this. Of course, this is all speculation, but I do believe there’s a very good chance this is actually a thing, considering all the buzz behind it. As for Final Fantasy XVI, we all know this is confirmed since it was revealed last year. But, there’s rumors it may not have an appearance during this presentation.

As always, you have to take rumors with a grain of salt until anything is official. In reality, there’s a chance we can see both games. But, I think the chance is pretty slim, honestly. I’m leaning more towards seeing Team Ninja’s game since we haven’t seen anything on it yet, while Final Fantasy XVI at least has some footage on it already. Once again, only time will tell but Square Enix has planned.

1. Teaser for Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2

This may be a long shot, but I have a good feeling Part 2 of Final Fantasy VII Remake is further along than most people realize. I mean, if you think about it, it does make a bit of sense. Final Fantasy VII Remake: Intergrade just released last week, so it’s already filling the void left for fans who are anxiously awaiting the second part. What better way to capitalize on the hype than to reveal a small tease for it? Plus, it’s been over a year since the first part came out and development has been ongoing since then. Considering how the first part ended, the fans are definitely desperate. I think this’ll be the surprise of the entire presentation.

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