FFXV, KH3 Skipping TGS 2014
Brendan    2014-09-05, 05:11 am.

Square Enix is bringing their September finest to the annual Tokyo Game Show which will take place between the 18th and 21st; but don't expect blockbuster titles Final Fantasy XV or Kingdom Hearts III to put in a significant appearance. Earlier this week, Square announced its lineup for TGS 2014, all but confirming the absence of their two most anticipated titles, and their schedule is noticeably mobile-device heavy, with remakes, spinoffs, and sequels dominating the company's showing this year:

  • 3594e (iOS) – trailer
  • Bravely Second (3DS) – playable, trailer
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, XBO, PS3, 360, PC) – trailer
  • Chaos Rings III (PS Vita, iOS, Android) – playable, trailer
  • Deadman’s Cross (PS Vita) – playable, trailer
  • Dragon Quest: Heroes (PS4, PS3) – trailer
  • Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen (iOS, Android) – playable
  • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (iOS, Android) – playable
  • Dragon Quest X Online (Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PC) – trailer
  • Dragon Quest Monsters: Super Light (iOS, Android) – trailer
  • Dragon Quest: Monster Parade (Browser) – trailer
  • Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS) – playable, trailer
  • Final Fantasy VII: G-Bike (iOS, Android) – trailer
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4, PS3, PC) – playable, trailer
  • Gunslinger Stratos 2 (Arcade) – trailer
  • Kai-ri-Sei Million Arthur (iOS, Android) – trailer
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (PS3) – playable, trailer
  • Rise of Mana (PS Vita) – trailer

It's worth noting that a good chunk of this list will be available for sale by the year's end in Japan, at least, which is in line with Square Enix's broader strategic shift towards shorter development cycles, more RPG content, and a focus on mobile gaming platforms. Bravely Second, Final Fantasy Explorers, and Chaos Rings III are some of those titles, just to name a few.

Stay tuned for more information (hopefully on Final Fantasy VII: G-Bike, which I am weirdly excited for) in the coming weeks!

kula shakerz    2014-09-05, 15:26 pm

Wasn't Rise of Mana originally an iOS/Android game? I enjoyed Sword of Mana on the GBA so I might get this for my Vita.

Maybe they'll port G-Bike to the Vita as well :p

Brendan    2014-09-05, 18:14 pm

Yeah, it was released this Spring for iOS/Android and they're repackaging it for PSVita this winter, but if/how they plan to bring it out west is still up in the air. From the screenshots, it looks fun but I'd much prefer it to release on iOS here because I don't have a Vita.

And I'm freakishly excited for G-Bike. It was the best mini-game in FF7 in my opinion, and with updated graphics I think it'll be just as addicting a second time. Other than that Final Fantasy Explorers looks cool. Unlike most of the griping I see on the web, I'm very happy with the mobile lineup from Square lately. It's a solid blend of re-releases for games I've never played (FF6) and games that are going to be awesome (Bravely Second, Explorers, etc)!

k3fka!    2014-09-06, 09:23 am

Haven't they been saying that they'll release more XV information "soon" for a very long time now?

Xin    2014-09-06, 17:54 pm

What is the definition of "soon" when it comes to Japanese next-gen development, though?

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