Tokyo Game Show 2021 kicks off on Thursday, September 30 to Sunday, October 3, and will have an avalanche of announcement live streams from the likes of Xbox, Capcom, Square Enix, and Sega. The official website promises to have “exclusive news and content to share.” A preliminary lineup for TGS is available to the public.
It’s safe to assume this lineup is set in stone, but things could change.
The Xbox Showcase
Xbox will hold its live stream on the first day of TGS, but news on games to be shown is nonexistent. It’s difficult to imagine which Japanese games will be coming to the Xbox Series X that isn’t already on different consoles. It’s no secret that Microsoft has historically had a difficult time succeeding in Japan.
In 2018, just over 15,000 Xbox One units were sold compared to the PS4 which sold well over a million, and the Switch that hit 3.5 million sales. Microsoft has been courting Japanese indie developers to make games, so hopefully, something good comes from this business move.
Cooking in Capcom’s Kitchen
Capcom is holding its Online Program showcase later that day. The biggest game to expect is Street Fighter 6.
Rumors have been circulating for the next entry in the famed fighting game series, but concrete information has been scarce. Rumors suggest the game could come out in 2022. Recently, we got confirmation on the final character for Street Fighter 5, an MMA fighter named Luke.
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Luke has been hinted at as “the future of Street Fighter” so he could be in the next entry. Besides a potential Street Fighter 6, the lineup points to Monster Hunter being the focus of the presentation with a new game and merch. Hopefully, we’ll get to see something in addition to Monster Hunter.
Square Enix’s Upcoming Projects
The showcase with the most eyes on it has to be Square Enix’s presentation, which goes live on October 1. Right off the bat, Final Fantasy XVI will not be shown in any capacity at TGS, according to the producer Naoki Yoshida.
Instead, the presentation will focus on a game simply known as Project TRIANGLE STRATEGY, a tactical RPG, and Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origins.
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-New FF16 trailer and release date
-New Kingdom Hearts title teaser
-FF7R Pt. 2 title teaser
-New FFXIV Endwalker trailer
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Nothing on Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2, but we will get more information on Final Fantasy XIV and its upcoming Endwalker expansion.
The smaller presentations include SNK’s King of Fighters XV SPECIAL PROGRAM live stream where fans will get to see new characters and more gameplay. Konami will be there as well, delivering information on its upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel battle simulator and Genshin Impact will have a presentation all to itself on the final day.
No news on Sega’s presentation, however. All we know is that they’re doing a joint live stream with Persona developer, Atlas.
It’s important to manage expectations when it comes to TGS as these conferences focus solely on the Japanese game market and may reuse old news. So don’t expect Sony to come out and show off a trailer for the next God of War. All the same, of course, stranger things have happened.
All in all, TGS 2021 will be interesting to watch. I’m disappointed that neither Final Fantasy XVI nor Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2 will be there, but I can enjoy the other stuff just as much.
Which particular presentation are you waiting for?