E3 2019: Nintendo predictions, rumors and expectations

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What we might see: A new exclusive Nintendo Switch RPG from Square Enix

Octopath Traveler was fantastic. It was also very successful. That’s a good thing because it seems like Square Enix’s continued support for Nintendo’s console hybrid was mostly dependent on that game doing well. They established a specific Nintendo Switch division before the game launched and that division would proceed based on how well Octopath Traveler performed.

Octopath Traveler has sold tremendously, so it seems like the support of Square Enix with exclusive games will continue for the time being. According to Tomoya Asano, division executive at Square Enix, there were several titles in development for Nintendo Switch as around this time last year. Presumably, one of those was Oninaki from Tokyo RPG Factory, which was revealed back in February.

That still leaves at least a few titles we haven’t heard about though, and I would hope the team behind Octopath Traveler is working on a new RPG for Nintendo Switch and that we’ll see something about it at this year’s Nintendo E3 video presentation.

It could be another take on classic 16-bit RPGs or maybe just something entirely new. What Square Enix has to be careful with though is assuming they can release anything with an old school flavor and people will flock to it. Octopath Traveler had things that titles such as I am Setsuna and Lost Sphear were sorely lacking. If Square Enix has learned their lesson on this, however, I look forward to their future output on the Nintendo Switch that if we are lucky we’ll see more of this year at E3 2019.