TGS 2008: Square Enix's show-floor theatrics

Closed-door approach can't shut out crowds drawn to gawk at massive screen playing trailers and cutscenes for JPRG giant's upcoming offerings.

Valkyrie Profile for the DS. A big deal for Square.

TOKYO--While other publishers were busy trying to get people to play their upcoming games at TGS, Square Enix was happy to let its cutscenes do the talking. Most of Square's massive booth space was taken up by screens showcasing trailers from their upcoming games. The tactic which seemed to work fine for the local crowd as the famed Japanese role-playing game publisher's booth was always filled to capacity.

At the front of the booth was an open theatre showcasing some of Square's latest footage, but the real action was at the back in the appropriately named Closed Mega Theater. After lining up and getting inside, you could expect to see trailers for games such as Final Fantasy XIII, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Dissidia Final Fantasy, and more.

But most of the action was here, with plenty of trailers being shown.

Of course, Square did have some playable games. The company reserved quite a large area for its upcoming DS RPG, Valkyrie Profile. It also had an entire wall of kid-friendly DS games playable, although these didn't seem to be as popular as the other areas of the booth.

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65 comments
tkdhotshot
tkdhotshot

well hopefully this game and the entire arc will become as huge as the FFVII collection! then i guess i could handle another 10 years before an original FF game is released again! but still hurry up! lol

MrFinalFantasy
MrFinalFantasy

the time Square-Enix takes to develop next gen games are excruciatingly slow.there are alot of other remakes and et-cetera. sooner or later i think people will probably have to wait 10 years for another original final fantasy game..

courtklae
courtklae

As if - this game has been supposedly on hold repeatedly, and people have been waiting for it for about a year. I'm tired of playing the rest of the FF series tediously.

idx88
idx88

its release date hasn't been announced yet as you'd know if you looked e.e

thohobbes
thohobbes

WHEN Final Fantasy XIII will be released???

lone_todorov
lone_todorov

Please Want shortcutscenes Got play your oblivion.... FF give me does Long cutscenes cause ther're the only way to make a Story more interesting....cause with short cutscenes you most use Scroolls to tell the story...AND FF is NOT OBLIVION... FF is based on a great story...

pukmok
pukmok

Its called a period lloydbanks2004. See I just used one. Whoa there I go again and here's another one for you.

lloydbanks2004
lloydbanks2004

i hope they hav matairea in dis game we need thoes back old skool n limet breaks back damnFF7 was da best game even FF8 remake FF7 n FF8 hell y not FF9 too man come on bring back da old skool dat wat they need to do go back to da roots i love FF12 tho nice freeroming when fightin enimes but let get back to it bring back limet breaks n mataira get back in there n make FF7 n FF8 even FF9 or y not they startin bring all mine people in all the Final Fantasy i know yall hav that already but make it in away of a roleplaying game man dat would b somthing if any1 feelin me or dis comment holla at me n if yall dont know wat im sayin leave a comment

Tophzor
Tophzor

Square has made some poor games in the last few years. They need to cut back on the number of games they make and make sure there money makers like Final Fantasy are as good as they used to be. I'm hopping Last Remnant will be another Vagrant Story and I hope FF13 will have more to show soon.

trestx
trestx

I have absolutely no problem waiting for anything with Final Fantasy (or Kingdom Hearts) on the label. Square-Enix puts out games as close to perfect as they can, and they are always worth waiting for, I just wish time would move a little faster sometimes.

Golbez_Omega
Golbez_Omega

I know it's just games, still I would like to see they make stuff in different ways...

Demonkillua
Demonkillua

O.o that's how they catch the fish Golbez....

Phmall_Phill
Phmall_Phill

Are you people serious? Chill out, they're just games. Your lives don't revolve around them. You people should find something else to think about 24/7.

Golbez_Omega
Golbez_Omega

I agree with SFGiants11... I am sick and tired of those long cutscene with no game play... Seriously Squenix... send your guys to Bethesda Softworks. MAYBE they will learn how to deal with people, cause your devs have serious social issues.

SfGiants11
SfGiants11

I can't stand Square Enix's method of releasing information. It actually decreases the hype for me, the way they release one screenshot every 3 months or so... It's ridiculous, and it makes me feel like they're just screwing with us. This, combined with their recent trend of mostly mediocrity, has diminished the developer's standing in my book.

wogboypaul
wogboypaul

woow go valkyrie profile DS :D and final fantasy 13 (though i dont have a ps3 yet) but.. yay anyways

ex5000
ex5000

أول تعليق عربي شيييييييييييييييييييييل

Pete5506
Pete5506

Cant wait for FF, its going to be so good

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

too many trailers but still great offering by SE during the show.

Darth_Xehanort
Darth_Xehanort

KINGDOM HEARTS! Yes! The Kingdom Hearts series is my favorite game series of all time.

badform
badform

??? what else to say?

higheclipse
higheclipse

now that i think about square-enix is electing a 3-way for everything...3 FF XIII, 3 new KHs...what's next??...Altough, it doesn't matter really, more games

TeenGamer92
TeenGamer92

I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE TRIO OF KINGDOM HEARTS GAMES!!!!!!!!!!!

Naedeslus
Naedeslus

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Sendmn23
Sendmn23

I love you square-enix! Well most the games i've played that were produced by these companies (as it were at one time) I've liked. I havent found a game that they've made that I have'nt felt like it was worth fifty bucks. Thats not to say I've played all thier games cause I havent. But they are probably one of the most trusted game developers for me.

RaddaRaddaRadda
RaddaRaddaRadda

Man, this is getting kinda old. At least when they start making Final Fantasy XIV (assuming XIII is ever released and that they make a XIV, don't see why they wouldn't) I'll know to expect a whole lot of trailers and eventually a demo packaged with another product (which I may or may not have an interest in), after tidbit after tidbit of information is released every so often. The problem, of course, is that the games continue to be good, so I'll just have to keep believing that great games are long in the making and worth the wait. :P

siLVURcross
siLVURcross

I don't want a new Valkyrie Profile on the DS, prefer it on the PSP. Unless it's the remake of the original...AGAIN.

Walking_Chaos18
Walking_Chaos18

Sounds like some good news,i think squares gonna hold off of KH3 until the next FF comes out so they can incorporate some of FFIII's characters..Just a hunch but i think if they waited til that came out,more interesting characters disney and FF would freshen up and possibly make a brand new story.

NovaSky
NovaSky

Anyone else think SquareEnix is just screwing with us

Ice_emblem8
Ice_emblem8

charbelh. Xbox 360 wont get any Kingdom Heart games. Keep dreaming. And no Kingdom hearts 3 will not be released on the fail360 so go away!

cjtech
cjtech

I cant wait for FFXIII to hit the market the best announcement of the year

MadworlDsurfer
MadworlDsurfer

charbelh um.. no it isnt they announced it as a psp exclusive

thennes3
thennes3

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charbelh
charbelh

I Want Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 And KH Birth By Sleep for xbox 360 with new worlds better graphics and characters. Because Kingdom Hearts 3 is going to be released for xbox 360.

lamprey263
lamprey263

This is the third TGS in a row with nothing to show for FFXIII but another trailer. Maybe next year Square Enix can make FFXIII's fourth visit to TGS include some actual gameplay.

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

jfc, I just wnat to go to one of these and start punching the devs and execs in the face repeatedly over how they DON'T SHOW ANYTHING even though they have ZERO competition! Just there's atlas, but those games are strikingly different from Sqeenix games. Can get a some info about the game before it goes gold and starts pressing in japan??

blackdragonfist
blackdragonfist

I agree with most they need to stop stalling and show gameplay of FF13 and the rest. Star Ocean 4 being ported someday (key word) would be nice.

football_legend
football_legend

I agree for queen_valentine. Bubbles for u (I mean agrees, sorrY).

Cb9983
Cb9983

youngsexynerd i needed that umm hmmm gentic experiments with ostrages (man i cant spell) to turn them yellow?Anyways man i used to dream about going to e3 when i was a kid, now all i want to do is hop on a private jet to japan RIGHT NOW and goto tgs!So i know i dont have a jet but if ANYONE reads this with a jet please email me or pm thx!!!Bye guys tgs has been awesome this year i want me some castlevania 3d bicthes!!

queen_valentine
queen_valentine

I'm so sick of SE always just showing trailers. Regardless, still hyped for the fabula nova crystallis installments.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

why did SE always hide everything.... what is inside?....lolis?

necronaux
necronaux

Of course 'kids' dont want to play 'kid friendly' games. Geesh, what are they thinking.

Kyoku-Ryu1986
Kyoku-Ryu1986

They keep showing us CG videos of FFXIII and they calling it "news"! Are they ever show us ingame and i mean "IN"game footage?!!! Dunno this millenium maybe ?!