There are tons and news publications out there with detailed predictions and leaks thus far already, so I don’t want to rehash the same information. What I would like to do, however, is speculate on the possibility of a few titles that could theoretically be announced at E3. This list will differ from other speculation pieces because they will not be based on things that are either essentially a given or that evidence suggests is a strong possibility. I’m really doing this for fun, and to potentially stir up some interesting discussion. So, if you have some unpopular predictions as well, please feel free to share!
Without further ado, I present to you my list of possible E3 2018 Switch RPG announcements. A wishlist, if you will, of things entirely plausible, but not necessarily a given at this year’s E3 event.
Final Fantasy (Tactics 2?)
But what about for the Switch specifically? There were rumors suggesting that the royal edition of FFXV was in the works back in March, but I’m pretty sure that isn't happening. Still, I don’t think it would be impossible for the game to come to Switch, and there’s always the pocket edition to consider.
Kingdom Hearts 3? Eh, maybe. But that game has been in development for so long that I imagine that they are dead set on just releasing the dang thing on the already promised consoles. With games like Dark Souls Remastered and Dragon Quest XI being delayed for Switch but holding their dates on other consoles, I find it very unlikely to think that KH3 would be coming to the Switch any time soon.
That said, Square Enix could most definitely make an easy buck by porting one of their older Final Fantasy games to the Switch, and that will happen for sure. However, my hope is that something is brewing at ole’ Square Enix that they are keeping tightly under wraps, and will be built with the Switch in mind.
Apparently, there was a livestream a couple weeks ago that featured Yasumi Matsuno, director of the original Final Fantasy Tactics. It was to promote the Return to Ivalice campaign, which is a throwback of sorts to the land of Ivalice, and features both enemies and locations from that world within a raid setting in Final Fantasy XIV. During that stream, he revealed information about a cancelled sequel to the original Final Fantasy Tactics, along with some very early / concept screenshots of the game. You can check out the Nova Crystallis article for more information on it.
Now you might be wondering, why would I think that a game cancelled almost 20 years ago would now be a possibility? For starters, I don’t think that the original design concept would come to fruition now, but perhaps parts of it would come through to form something new. Second, the Return to Ivalice content within FFXIV is most certainly stirring the nostalgic pot to revisit that world.
Third, people are eating up TRPGs on the Switch already, with titles like Mercenaries Saga Chronicles, Disgaea 5, Regalia, and Banner Saga each catering to a specific price point and audience. Not to mention that the hype train is real for the next Fire Emblem game. In short, there is an obvious market for these types of games on the Switch.
Lastly, it’s about freaking time we had a true sequel to Final Fantasy Tactics. The spinoff games for GBA and DS were fine, but didn’t have the same level of polish and immersion factor as the original one did. So, I say, why not? There's no better time than now, Square Enix, and my wallet is ready.
Fallout 3 or Fallout 4
So, will it be Fallout 3, 4, or both? There have been rumbles of a remaster of Fallout 3, and I could see something like that being no problem to adapt to the Switch. Fallout 4 would work as well, even if they had to downsize it a bit graphically to hit a modest performance benchmark. Either way you slice it, I will eat any piece of Fallout cake that comes to the Switch. Heck, I’d even take Fallout Shelter at this point, or whatever the crap that Fallout 76 becomes.
Seiken Densetsu Collection
Now, it is no secret that this trio pack has been available on the Japanese eShop for quite some time now (and you can purchase it too if you make a separate eShop account). And with the mediocre at best reception from the Secret of Mana remake, I imagine that Square Enix is more than aware of what fans really want.
No, it isn’t the Secret of Mana Remake for Switch we want, it is easier than that. Localize the Seiken Densetsu Collection and bring it to the west. You already have the complete game in Japanese. Translate it, and I guarantee it will be a massive hit overseas. Why do I think this is possible? Again, it is pretty likely that the SoM Remake bombed, but they received tons of feedback mentioning the original game on SNES. They absolutely have to know that the demand exists for it, or I at least would hope that they do. Admittedly, I would find this to be an incredibly odd thing to mention at E3. But this is my wishlist, you lose, good day, sir!
How excited are you for what is to come from E3 for us Switch RPG fans? Do you have any unspoken predictions of your own? Enjoy your weekend!
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June 13, 2018 08:51:24 AM
|SE continues to refuse to release Seiken Densetsu 3 in English. Why? Are they still ticked about the SoM CD debacle or somwthing?|
June 12, 2018 02:31:11 PM
|Except for Fallout, I'd buy all of them the second they release. There are so many upcoming RPGs in my wishlist already, but of course there's no "Too many RPGs". Atelier, Disgaea, Neptunia, Pokémon, Dragon Quest, SMT, Yo-Kai Watch .and many others are already confirmed to all be getting new entries, it's a good time to be alive.
Personally, I'd love to see ports of some PS4 exclusives, like the Sword Art Online games, .//hack, Digimon and Persona.
June 11, 2018 03:50:13 AM
|With Tales of Vesperia I already got a game of my personal wishlist. Other games would be: ANY Dragon Quest or Final Fantasy remake, Seiken Densetsu Collection, Dragon Quest X, Xenogears and Xenosaga Collection, Xenoblade X Remaster.
June 9, 2018 04:35:50 PM
|Really good list. Give me anything Final Fantasy or the Chrono Trigger PC ported. Hoping for Diablo 3 and Fallout 3. Also give me Oblivion. Come on E3!
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