Square Enix has confirmed in its latest earnings presentation that both Final Fantasy VII Remake and Kingdom Hearts III won’t be released before April 2017.
The hotly anticipated games are conspicuous by their absence in the list of “major titles” scheduled to appear in the company’s present financial year, which wraps on March 31, 2017. NieR: Automata is also missing from the lineup despite previously being pencilled in for a 2016 launch.
Those that did make the list however include Final Fantasy XV (September 30, 2016), World of Final Fantasy (2016) and Kingdom Hearts 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue (2016). Hopefully we’ll get a more specific release date for the latter two at E3 next month.
Elsewhere, the PlayStation 4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider is listed down for a Holiday 2016 release. The game originally released on Xbox One last Christmas under a timed-exclusivity deal with Microsoft.
Kingdom Hearts III was announced at Sony’s E3 2013 press conference alongside Final Fantasy XV. Final Fantasy VII Remake appeared at last year’s celebrated presser, which also contained announcements for The Last Guardian and Shenmue 3.
It’s worth noting that the Final Fantasy VII Remake will consist of multiple parts, as its creators felt this was the only suitable way to faithfully recreate the 1997 classic for modern audiences. Pleasingly, Square Enix is hoping for a short development time for the project.