Square Enix Postpones E3 2015 Press Conference To Avoid Nintendo Conflict
Square Enix has rescheduled their dedicated pre-E3 press conference to Tuesday, June 16 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Originally scheduled for 9:00 a.m. PDT the same day, the Square Enix media event has been moved to avoid conflict with the Nintendo Digital Event presentation recently announced to air at that time. Square Enix’s conference may be viewed by the public, live on Twitch and YouTube.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a scheduling conflict with Nintendo has been anticipated since Square Enix sent out their save the date cards in late April. Despite being first to send out invitations, Square Enix is taking the high road on this one. In the update posted on the official Square Enix Blog, their conference has been pushed back an hour “in order to make everyone’s upcoming E3 experience more enjoyable.”
With several Square Enix titles enjoying success on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan, including Bravely Second: End Layer and Final Fantasy Explorers, it is likely some segments of the Nintendo Direct may serve as an opening act to highlight some of what the publisher has in store for players in North America.
Although no official list of titles to be shown during the press conference or at E3 has yet to be revealed by Square Enix, recent developments for some of their biggest franchises shed a light on titles that are highly anticipated to make some sort of showing. The trailer drop for Eidos Montreal’s newest Deus Ex seems perfectly timed to rev up the hype train for Mankind Divided. Microsoft seems to have dibs on the Xbox timed-exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider, but it is likely the Crystal Dynamics-developed game will at least be mentioned as part of Square Enix’s E3 fanfare considering its holiday 2015 release date.
Then, there is the recent release of the Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscea demo. Both Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III were not showcased at the Square Enix booth last year, despite being announced at E3 the year prior. This year, given the demo release, it would be very surprising if Square Enix passed on showing off something new from Final Fantasy XV for a second year running. As far as Kingdom Hearts III is concerned, retailers like Amazon.com have the game available for pre-order with a placeholder release date of December 31, 2015 but no official word has come from the publisher to indicate that the game will be ready for release this year. If such an announcement is in the works, a pre-E3 press conference would be the time and place for Square Enix to inform the masses.
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