Since its debut in 1996, the Tokyo Game Show has gone on to become one of Japan’s most popular gaming expos, with 2014’s showcase – the year that featured Final Fantasy 15‘s trailer premiere – bringing in almost 252,000 visitors. As usual, Square Enix plans to attend the event, and the publisher has some surprises in store for its fans at the conference later this month.
Today, Square Enix announced its full livestream event schedule that they will broadcast from the Tokyo Game Show’s public days of September 19-20. While much of the video’s agenda contains expected displays like the coverage of marquee titles including Final Fantasy 15, Star Ocean 5: Integrity and Faithlessness, Dragon Quest Builders, and Just Cause 3, the most interesting piece of the footage comes from one small portion of the timetable being simply described as “secret”.
The segment in question only runs for a half an hour, and will start at 12:30 JST on September 19, which is the first day open to the general public. What Square Enix will use the allotted time for is anyone’s guess. The presentation could be focused on the reveal of a brand new game, some fresh gameplay footage for a previously known title, or maybe even a concrete answer for Kingdom Hearts 3‘s release date. Perhaps the firm has blocked off the brief portion to give fans a taste of the work they’ve put into the new RPG known as Project Setsuna that they announced a few months back at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo.
Square Enix’s complete line-up on the Tokyo Game Show 2015’s page offers no hints or clues as to what it could be. But with the company recently foraying into the mobile market – the Final Fantasy 7 iOS port being one example of the business model – it’s also possible that the firm could utilize the “secret” staging as a means to publicize more classic games of theirs being re-released for Apple and Android devices. Although, hopefully, Square Enix will make use of the hush-hush address more wisely and focus on something that has the capacity to absolutely wow audiences the world over.
At any rate, the Tokyo Game Show 2015 runs from September 17 through September 20, so if Square Enix’s secret presentation ends up being a dud, there ought to be plenty of enthralling information from other developers that will give fans goosebumps. And with Microsoft skipping Tokyo Game Show 2015, the companies in attendance have even more of a fighting chance at stealing the spotlight.
Square Enix‘s closest console release is Dragon Quest Heroes which will be available exclusively for PlayStation 4 on October 13, 2015, while Rise of the Tomb Raider goes on sale the following month on November 10, 2015, for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.