And we’re talking about the non-gaming showcase videos they’ve cooked up during the weekend-long event.
Though Tokyo Game Show 2021 has ended last weekend, there are some video presentations or even video specials that are still worth watching over and over. They had their Square Enix Presents to kickoff their weekend-long program that showcases their upcoming titles and even new game announcements, then each day has slots for the game presentations of the featured titles.
Square Enix had special presentations for Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, Forspoken, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars, Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier, Chocobo GP, The Saga series, and even annual game presentations for their current titles such as Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, War of the Visions Final Fantasy Brave Exvius (yes, that’s a mouthful) and Final Fantasy The Trading Card Game.
Yet the best ones were from their special programs that don’t focus on the games, but more on the game music. Each day had a special segment that have fans enjoy an hour of their favorite game soundtrack from Square Enix. The first day was for Lounge Jam; a one-hour performance featuring some of the popular songs from the latest games performed in a fusion acoustic music that lets you sit back, chill and enjoy the music while sipping wine or hot tea. Some awesome tracks performed include Octopath Traveler, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy XIV, Legend of Mana and more.
The second one is for the Jazz Live Painting has the performers do jazz rendition of the famous tracks from classic and latest games while a painter does its live painting. I’ve been seeing a lot of live paintings during Tokyo Game Show and it seems to be a part of their attractions, and hey watching someone do a live painting can be relaxing. Some notable music performed include the Final Fantasy Main theme, Boss theme from Final Fantasy VII, Return to Zanarkand from Final Fantasy X and other tracks from Nier and Chrono Trigger.
Here’s another presentation from Square Enix but less on the music performance and more in-depth on how their composer prepares their works for games. A special video featuring NieR series composer Keiichi Okabe as he shares how he conceptualizes musical scores when a game story is being developed, you can see on the video he was joined by series producer Yosuke Saito and creative director Yoko Taro as they do a scenario sample on how the plan on the story and how Okabe would prepare a music track that is themed after a created story.
And on the last day, Square Enix goes on a camping experience as the video special focuses on the legendary Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu. The video is more on casual talks between Uematsu and his colleagues Keiji Kawamori and Makoto Ise on their journey in composing music in games as well as some funny stories with them when he was still working at Square Enix. Another fun fact is that Uematsu loves to go camping as he shared some stories in the video.
It’s nice to see Square Enix tries to showcase their composers and music which is a delight to fans of the series as they can relive some of the memorable soundtracks while learning about their favorite game composers. We hope Square Enix continues with these kinds of showcases both online and onsite.