The president and CEO of Square Enix has confirmed that the Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Kingdom Hearts 3 release date will drop within the next three years.
Speaking during an outline of the Japanese giant’s financial briefing for the financial year ended March 31, 2017, Yosuke Matsuda addressed the launch window of both titles during a slide outlining a number of the publisher’s upcoming titles. We’ve included the image below for you to check out.
“This slide shows our release lineup for FY2017/3 as well as for FY2018/3 and beyond. We plan to launch each of these upcoming titles in the next three years or so,” said Matsuda-san.
Going by this, we at least can confirm that both Final Fantasy 7 and Kingdom Hearts 3 will be released by 2020 at the latest. The former was announced during Sony’s E3 2015 press conference, although Kingdom Hearts 3 was unveiled nearly four years ago. Previously, Square Enix had said that both games would ship during FY2018 and beyond, and while that is now technically the case if they arrive sooner than later, it still might not be guaranteed in the next financial year given the three-year window.
Still, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Final Fantasy 7 Remake isn’t quite ready to hit shelves just yet. Square Enix has recently been on a hiring spree for its remake of the iconic 1997 JRPG, and messages from the development team indicate that they are eager to speed things up. Having said that, it appears that voice work for the game (or at least the first episode, as Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be a multi-part release) has wrapped up.
Kingdom Hearts 3 on the other hand has been shrouded in mystery pretty much since its initial reveal, with only a few snippets of info being shared by Square Enix in the past four years. The company soon admitted after its reveal that the game was given the spotlight too soon. Here’s all the Kingdom Hearts 3 gameplay footage amassed to date.