Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy 7 Remake: release date update

The director behind the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy 7 Remake has indicated that the release date for both hotly anticipated titles is still some way off.

Speaking during an interview with Weekly Famitsu (via Gematsu), Tetsuya Nomura touched on the status of the upcoming Square Enix titles, noting that 2017 marks a big milestone for each title; the Kingdom Hearts franchise celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, while Final Fantasy 7 turns 20. 

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However, it would appear that both games are still a long way off, although Nomura-san still plans on updating us on their progress at one of the many industry events due to take place over the course of this year. 

The Kingdom Hearts 3 release date has been up in the air for some time now, so this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Nonetheless, many assumed that Final Fantasy 7 Remake would appear—at least in terms of the first episode, since it’s split into parts—at some point this year. Read up on what Nomura-san had to say below.


This year is the 15th anniversary of Kingdom Hearts, the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII, and the 30th anniversary of Final Fantasy, so what can we expect?

First, we’re releasing Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue in January, then exhibiting a Final Fantasy VII snow sculpture at the Sapporo Snow Festival in February, releasing Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix in March, and starting the Kingdom HEarts orchestra world tour. We may be able to do something for the D23 Disney event. We’re also preparing for the start of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Season 2.”

Will you release a complete package including Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue?

Because the timing is delicate, we won’t be releasing anything like a complete pack this time, but we’re preparing a box that can hold both games, as is often the case with DVDs. Perhaps we can offer it as an e-Store bonus.”

What’s the state of Kingdom Hearts III‘s development?

While I can’t make a sweeping statement because the development process is different from what we’ve done so far, there are still worlds untouched. Production is progressing on unannounced worlds, in a state that we cannot show them off. In terms of the state of development, there is still some way to go.”

What’s the state of Final Fantasy VII Remake‘s development?

We’re steadily progressing on production. While we are making them, I apologize that the wait will be be a bit longer for Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake. I am very sorry, but to that degree I will make a game that will meet your expectations.

Last year, I didn’t put out much information on either title, but this year I want to show our progress at an event somewhere. The release of the titles themselves have still have a way to go. But there are many titles releasing this year, if you can wait for any ‘surprises.’”

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