Square Enix to announce “several” games at E3, planning more IP reboots and collaborations

Plus: Rise of the Tomb Raider not launching for Xbox 360?

Square Enix

Square Enix has “several” new game announcements planned for next month’s E3, the publisher teased in its latest results briefing.

“This is Deus Ex, launched this April,” the report reads next to a slide showcasing the newly announced Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. “In our private conference at the next E3, we are planning to announce several titles in addition to this one.

“We plan to make use of our IP in multifaceted approach, in Dragon Quest Heroes II and Star Ocean 5, as part of the efforts to strengthen and reboot our existing IPs, as I mentioned earlier.”

The publisher says it’s focusing on three key IP policies, which include:

Strengthening and rebooting existing IPs

“We would like to focus on how to utilize the numerous assets of content that we have nurtured so far, and apply them to the latest trend. As for the platform, we would like to use consoles and smart devices in parallel. Just focusing on one platform is not enough. We believe it is significant to serve both platforms, if we are to offer game content and services that appeal to the new generation.”

Creating new IPs

“We would like to focus on how to utilize the numerous assets of content that we have nurtured so far, and apply them to the latest trend. As for the platform, we would like to use consoles and smart devices in parallel. Just focusing on one platform is not enough. We believe it is significant to serve both platforms, if we are to offer game content and services that appeal to the new generation.”

Collaborating with partner companies

“With so much changes going on in the market, we will suffer a big opportunity loss if we try to do everything all by ourselves. Through collaboration, we will utilize the strengths of other companies which we ourselves lack, and grow the size of the business. A good example is Dragon Quest Heroes. So far, we had not worked on a full-scale action RPG. However, we were able to create a new style for Dragon Quest through collaboration with Koei Tecmo Games. Based on this success, we want to collaborate more with partner companies, both in and out of Japan.”

Also in the report, Square Enix highlights its holiday lineup, which includes Rise of the Tomb Raider and Just Cause 3. The former, however, is only listed for Xbox One, rather than Xbox One and Xbox 360, which could suggest a cancellation or delay for the last-gen version.

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