Square Enix debunks Kingdom Hearts 3, Final Fantasy 15 release date rumors

Getting ahead of potential rumors, Square Enix is calling the release dates some people may have seen for their games "placeholders."

Some unsubstantiated rumors had been floating around the Web that Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV are coming out later this year, but Square Enix is calling them incorrect. The rumors cite a European release calendar distributed by Square Enix and states that both games are slated for a release sometime in 2014.

In a message to GameSpot, a Square Enix representative wrote, "We're aware an internal document has been in circulation listing release dates for select Square Enix titles. This information contained in this document is inaccurate and features placeholder timing.

"Specifically, no announcement has been made to date for Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV--their projected release window remains to be advised."

We probably won't have more solid details about either game until E3, but given the early look we had at Kingdom Hearts III last year, it seems highly unlikely that the game has any chance of coming out before 2015.

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mdavid91197
mdavid91197

Keep in mind that Square might have already completed all the concept work (Story, Gameplay Mechanics, Etc...) when they announced that they were starting development of KH3. I'd be very surprised to hear that they weren't working in secret on this title over the years.

revolution91156
revolution91156

If KH3 comes out sometime this year we KH fans r going to be disappointed bc either the graphics r going to be bad the story will be way below expectations or the gameplay is going to be shit bc a good game takes at lest 2 years or more to make a good game so it better come out sometime in 2015 any later i would think that it was rushed and also it's been about 8 years of me posting this (4/2014) so waiting another year to a year 1/2 won't kill us

antonios3
antonios3

When KH3 is releashed? The news says I need to wait little longer, for the walkthrough. Idk what mean little longer...

G4mBi7
G4mBi7

I'm not sold on combat yet, looks like a hack and slash :( i really hope they take the good elements from crisis core which had an amazing combat system :)

FoxDie85
FoxDie85

Well, I really hope to see FFXV with an open world and characters like a classic FF game, fighting style and graphics like in the video above and a story that will take our breath away.

Drilbit777
Drilbit777

I'm glad that KH 3 isn't coming out this year because that means it would have been rushed and probably  disappointing but I'm also sad that FFXV isn't coming out this year since its been in development for so long and it would have given me a reason to buy a PS4 this year :/ Oh well I guess I'll just wait till 2015 then.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

Theres no way these games will be released this year or  next year...sad to say...

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

given square enix's history, these games will be released sometime in 2022

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

I always love reading people complain about how there hasn't been a decent FF game since 10. I mean I wont lie. I played 10 for hours too. I mean Blitzball was so much fun.


But in all seriousness FF X and FF XIII are basically the same game. FF X was developed off the Spirits within. In case no one knows what that is it's the movie that SE made. I rather liked it but it got bad reviews all around. Anyway I mean they used a movie engine to make a game. I think that tells you the games going to be a little linear. Honestly I don't hate X and I'm not saying it was bad. In fact I also liked FF XIII to a point. My only issue with XIII is the ending. You have to beat the game to finish leveling up, and the final boss can easily kill you if you don't kill him fast enough. 


Anyway In all honestly I think XII deserves more credit too. People always complains why should I play a game that plays itself... well.... why not turn off your gambit system? its amazing how hard that game is when your characters don't heal at 50% hp remaining. or when you have to control the party.

iawesome07
iawesome07

These two games should've been here yesterday

Coco_pierrot
Coco_pierrot

X was a hallway fest just like XIII

XII is a very wierd attempt at an offline MMORPG

XI and XIV are online and wierdly enough it makes money


IX and all previous entries are classic RPG style.

BLKCrystilMage
BLKCrystilMage

Of course the rumors are false! Why would Square release a proper sequel when they can create more senseless prequels and sidequels that retcon every previously established element of an already confusing plotline?

jazero1987
jazero1987

let hope Kingdom hearts 3 not like duke nukem forever fail project 

crimsonbrute
crimsonbrute moderator moderator

I've waited this long for KH 3, I can wait a little longer.

con47
con47

I'd say 2015 for both.

eliebaz
eliebaz

Chances are I die waiting for these games

rarerichz
rarerichz

SO LETS GET THIS STRAIGHT THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING ON FF VX FOR LIKE 8 YEARS IF IT DOES NOT COME OUT THIS YEAR I DONT CARE ABOUT GETTING IT ANYMORE I WAS OVER THIS GAME YEARS AGO. THEY ARE TAKING TO LONG TO RELEASE SUCH A LONG DEVELOPED GAME.

iMpLuX
iMpLuX

Given SE's track record w/ new consoles, then I estimate we won't see either game till March 2017.

igorcule
igorcule

It looks awesome ! Finaly they move to real time fight, instead of static wait, think and decide concept. That system is old and used because of limiting hardware concept. FF needs to evolve and everyone who think it sux,stay on final fantasy vii and play it your whole life.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

Thats FFXV in the trailer?  WTF?  No..... Just No.

Hurvl
Hurvl

These people getting all excited, because they've seen that one game might get released sometime, is a bit laughable. The game will get here when it gets here. It's fine to have something to look forward to or to make up a budget for games to buy in a certain time period, but what's the point of speculating whether a "leaked" or alleged release date is true. Unless you hear it from the company itself and unless you can actually install it, it doesn't matter.

barnoldcat
barnoldcat

FF15 looks like it will be as shit as the 13 series, action RPG and bland characters... No. Still only the FF X rerelease to look forward to. It's only been 14 years since the last good Final Fantasy, I think its fair to say that square has no idea what made this series special and that we're never going to see another good one.

anhonestfanboy
anhonestfanboy

Can you slow fucks just release final fantasy 15 already! Fkin 8 years and counting. What a joke.

playstationzone
playstationzone

This games wont be out this but be out in 215 but for know people us enjoy hd collection on Final Fantasy XVI and Kingdom Hearts.3.5 remix.

michyeosseo
michyeosseo

Also not being released this year: Final Fantasy XVI, Final Fantasy XVII and Kingdom Hearts 3.5

Expected for a 2014 release: More Lightning Bikini Garb DLC and of course the entire XIII Trilogy in time for the holidays (Sexy Santa Helper Garb included)

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

Didn't the trailer say now in development at the end of the KH3 one, next year is probably the earliest we see either game.

Demonkillua
Demonkillua

SHIT! So many people are already making up so much about Final Fantasy XV grasping at non-existent straws to criticize it with. Sooo here a hopefully quick run down for you people who don't follow this game. Final Fantasy XV is a Action JRPG project that was started in 2006 for the PlayStation 3 exclusively as Final Fantasy Versus XIII. The games story has been finished for a good deal of time and actually has nothing to do with the XIII series except for the mythology, though that does not mean they won't go and tweak the story around at all. The PlayStation 3 is actually unable to run the game that was in the development teams vision, due to various reasons you should be able to look up or if you really want me to, I can explain later. This echoed into the development team trying out other systems, such as the Wii U, but that was still unable to create it due to it only being slightly more powerful then the PS3. The PS4 and Xbox One have then come along and due to the Factor of RAM the game can be created on a system now close enough to their vision, not that the PS3 version was coming along badly. The battle system is a bit different then the Typical Final Fantasy style and most similar to Kingdom Hearts. You have two buttons assigned to attack, a selection button (for the menu) and a action button. Other buttons are likely to switch between party members, gaurd, and blah, blah, blah. The story follows a close resemblance to the works of William Shakespeare such as Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. Anyways this transition is a transition made to create a better game, not another Duke Nukem, and while it may not seem as impressive as it did on a last gen console (from trailer), that is only because expectation rise with next-gen consoles. Also as a side note, everything is real time, not a switch between a movie for cut-scenes and back for the trailers you have seen at E3 and TGS 2013.

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@jazero1987  Duke Nukem took like 10 years to be released.... So I think you should worry more about FF XV than KH3 ATM...

weygan
weygan

@rarerichz  You'll buy it once its released anyway.. We both know this.

squall_83
squall_83

@rarerichz Oh, whatever. You know once the game is sitting on the store shelf you'll buy it anyway.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@igorculewhy not do away with the combat system and just have it like a devil may cry or dirge of cerberus combat system. Oh yeah, because it's a Jrpg which is a specific genre that has specific gameplay mechanics. 

It's no added difficulty to have a setting where you change from active to waiting battle systems and it suits both styles of player. Some people like the frantic "can I get this heal off before he uses his next attack" type gameplay, others like to think tactically about what they're next moves will be.  

The trailer no longer even resembles a Final Fantasy to me. Sadly I'll have to go elsewhere to get my Jrpg fix. 

torbonator
torbonator

@igorcule  it has evolved..... well de-evolved, there hasn't been an amazing FF game since 10 and that did innovate to battle system in an awesome way. Then they tried so hard to be different it just didn't work really well, the battle system of 13 and 13-2 was all right and fun but the actual games still weren't as great as the old FF's. All old FF fans just want SE to release something that actually good enough to have the Final Fantasy title.

redskins26rocs
redskins26rocs

Kind of harsh but so are the classic FF fanboys. I was a big fan of 13 (13-2 was okay but far from a quality FF). IMO FF devs should be aloud to create any kind of RPG as long as it has same elements and familiar enemies. They should not have to create the same traditional RPG wvery time, however I would love to see a return to the classic playstyle eventually.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@barnoldcat  FFXIII was no action RPG, though it may have looked that way from the outside. An action RPG would be something more like the Souls series (Demon's Souls/Dark Souls). I did feel that it was beneath the series standards though.

frothi
frothi

@anhonestfanboy Chillax bro, its not like you did anything as productive in last eight years.

Dark_Mits
Dark_Mits

@Demonkillua  The PS3 version wasn't scrapped because of an underpowered machine, but because of lack of large enough development team to create a massive game that they set out to. The development team for the then FFvXIII never reached three digits, which meant that they couldn't be designing different parts of the same aspect of the game at the same time, which meant that the game development was slower than expected. When FFXIII was completed, a great part of the development team was moved to work with FFvXIII, but since it was already too late in the life of the older consoles and due to newer ambitions and ideas set by mr. Nomura, they decided to amp the polygons, move to 8th gen, and in order to avoid the same problem with the FFXIII development dividing, they renamed it FFXV and didn't set out to create a parallel big game in the franchise. That isn't to say that there isn't a very small team designing FFXVI right now, quite possibly there is actually.

It was never an issue of console power. It was an issue of resources vs. time.

igorcule
igorcule

@Ayato_Kamina_1 @igorcule Let's be honest and say one simple fact. SE knows how to make RPG with epic story and memorable characters detailed to the last bit. That's the thing others can't match. Every FF character have dramatic concept which extends story by atleast 20 hours like it or not. You have x button if you want to skip character bondage. It's not everything in battle system. I like the story which every FF has to offer.

iMpLuX
iMpLuX

@sanchango If we got the E3 2001 DNF then it would be held in the same high regard as HL2 instead of the joke that it became

torbonator
torbonator

@Dark_Mits to be honest I thought the main reason was the fact they didn't want to be late with releasing a AAA game onto next gen consoles.

Demonkillua
Demonkillua

@Dark_Mits You do realize that a quick run down means I'm going to skip over a lot of things, right? Also, console power was actually a huge issue. While you are mostly correct with the development team being really small, the size of the team fluxed consistently. It picked up and slowed down many times. The PS3 version, while yes, technically could have been made, it just wouldn't have been the game that was envisioned. You have to understand that seamless was one of the biggest goals for this game, they wanted next to none loading times between a story sequence and game play since the beginning, and of course they still do and are hoping to achieve that with the Xbox One and PS4 larger amount of RAM. Destructible environment memory also takes a lot of power as this was another goal that would not be able to be fully realized on last gen hardware, to an extent. Lastly, parts of the Luminous Engine were to be implemented into the game when it was still Versus XIII, with the move to next generation they can now incorporate more of the engine if not the full engine into the game.

torbonator
torbonator

@igorcule You say this yet XIII had the idea of an awesome story but just messed it up because the gameplay let the whole game down I don't expect to play a game for 20+ hours to get to a good bit, with the plot and world they had it could have been so much more. XIII-2 had the gameplay XIII needed a bit more open, the idea of choice and exploration then battle system was more face paced but the story was pure fan service (which I liked) but in actual Final Fantasy legacy terms it was dire.


Your comment does hole true with the rest of the series.... except maybe XII which is the only one I can't bring myself to complete.

There's evolving the game series and then there's just making it something so different it doesn't resemble previous games in the series at all apart from some guy called cid. They need to balance innovation and tradition.