Don't Expect Kingdom Hearts 3, Final Fantasy 7 Remake Until At Least 2018

We'll be waiting for a while still.

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Square Enix has still yet to provide a release date for Kingdom Hearts III or Final Fantasy VII Remake, but if you were holding out hope that either one would launch this year, things aren't looking good.

A recent investors document the company shared (via NeoGAF) highlights many of the company's recent major releases, as well as those expected in fiscal year 2018 (which began at the start of April) and beyond. Whereas several of these future games, including Dragon Quest XI, have at least vague "2017" dates listed, Kingdom Hearts III, Final Fantasy VII Remake, and the upcoming Marvel games have nothing at all.

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While this is not a formal announcement that none of these will release this year, it seems incredibly unlikely that we see any of them before 2018 at the earliest.

That comes as little surprise. The Marvel partnership was confirmed not that long ago, while comments from Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake director Tetsuya Nomura earlier this year reinforced that neither of those projects was on the verge of release.

"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," he said of Kingdom Hearts III at the time. "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.”

Despite that, he did express interest in at least sharing something from the two games at some point in 2017.

"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," he said. "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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I just shake my head at what the gaming industry has become in general. Announcing games decades before their release. Releasing games half broken, making the players your QA testers while you run away with their money. Honestly glad I just stopped playing games (well, any games released over the last decade anyway). I expect FFVII will butcher the FFVII original masterpiece. I mean lets face it, enix is not to bright when it comes to an rpg type game company. Squaresoft was the best at making them. It's a shame they got bought out and merged with enix. Never saw a game released by enix I liked after that happened. Oh wells....

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LMAO. Not surprised at all. It's fitting for sony though anyway. They like to announce games so that it seems like they have lots on their console but then it takes like 10 bloody years for them to come out. We'll probably see them on ps5 lol.?✌️

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Pffft, Not even sweating it. Why, you ask? Because the FFXII remake is around the corner in a month or so, then there's more episodes from FFXV coming (awwwwwesome) and then I've barely scratched Nier's surface because I've been pouring so much time into FFXV. OH, then later this year, fingers crossed, is CDPR's Cyberpunk. Hopefully. Plenty of RPG love to go round til VII gets redone and whatnot.

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@naomha1: I expect Cyberpunk late 2018, early 2019 tbh. At best.

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FF7 is 2020 at the least

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@SchNerdy: And it'll be incomplete

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@alien-ouy: With hordes of bugs. Also much content from original left out (e.g. open world).

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What a damn joke. FF7 I understand, but how much longer can they delay KH3? At this point I'm almost convinced that they're purposely delaying it so they can release a bunch of remasters and remakes and remakes of those remasters as crumbs to sell to the hungry fans.

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Well that sucks! =(

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This is so depressing.

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I'm hyped for FF7 remake but damn when you think about it.. We're gonna be waiting so damn long for what is probably only 1/4 of the story.. I'd imagine they're going to add a lot of new content to make it a full game. Question is will this new content match up to the same quality of the main game? When it comes to side content, current SE proved with FFXV that they're not very good with doing real sidequests.

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Dragon Quest 11? The original Dragon Quest will always be the best.

And does anyone else have a bad feeling about the FFVII remake? Had good feels when it was first announced, but now am very worried that it will be a let down of gigantic proportions.

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@ecs33: That's probably because you since played FFXV and were underwhelmed by what had all the ingredients to become awesome.

They better get magic and summoning working and looking properly before they make FFVII the FFXV expansion.

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@preacher001: Actually haven't played XV yet, but I didn't like what I heard.

I just feel like the magic of the original won't be captured, but we shall see. The most recent Square Enix games I have played were Realm Reborn and Tomb Raider, which weren't bad.

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@ecs33: Not sure what you heard but FFXV is as solid a title as any SE has ever put out. They patched it up, made it better and the game simply rocks now. Unless you don't like RPGs, well, there's that then. However, if you're someone that enjoys RPGs, well, just try it out then.

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@naomha1: Sorry, I just can't agree with this. If all you're looking for is a hack and slash then you'll be reasonably content, but as a FF game it needs to be highly proficient at magic use and have a strong story. The magic ranged from simple to useless and summoning was barely an option. The story was nowhere near the scope it should have been as a FF game, let alone for a 2016 release.

It's not a crap game. There is tonnes in there that I like, but it could have been soo much better. I'll just chalk this up to growing pains and pray for FFVII.

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7 isn't even going to appear until ps5.

SE is dead.

The ffxv fiasco was the final nail in their coffin.

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@ShepardCommandr: Funny, I said the same thing about FFX when my disappointment started with FFVIII

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@ShepardCommandr: Hyperbolic much?

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@ShepardCommandr: SE is also a very successful publisher. FFXV is a good game, if not exactly a FF but a good game none the less. There's absolutely no fiasco with it. I think SE will be just fine.

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@ShepardCommandr: What are you talking about? FFXV is an awesome game. It's HUGE, there's TONS to do, HUGE beasts to slay, amazing dungeon design, hidden dungeons, hidden weapons, epic weapons, convertible car to jet, assorted gear, the list goes on and on. You obviously haven't played it. The game rocks. I'm on my 90th hour now and still have NOT finished it once yet. Game rocks. Hard.

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@ShepardCommandr: Yes, a fiasco that made them a bucket load of money... SE is nowhere near being dead.

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Games should not be announced until they are a least somewhat near release otherwise it makes your company seem incompetent. A year before, tops.

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@joeshock: They hardly give 7 f*cks about consumer expectations. Fiscal reports, announcements and tentative releases exist mainly to make investors happy about the company's projected earnings. Publishers are perfectly cool with shelving beloved franchises in development hell as long as they meet quotas elsewhere.

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No crap Gamespot.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 will release in 2009...Disney buys Marvel in 2009..."we need to add Marvel worlds"...Kingdom Hearts 3 will release in 2012...Disney buy Star Wars in 2012..."we need to add Star Wars worlds"...Kingdom Hearts will release in 2013...PS4 launches..."We need to make this next gen, rework it"...Kingdom Hearts 3 will release in 2018......I'm guessing that confirms we will either hear about a PS5 by then, or Disney will buy another big franchise. Maybe DC?

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Oh great, just in time to look dated as hell as the PS5 announcement looms

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@girlusocrazy: There is no way there is a looming PS5 announcement. Sony isn't about to make a PS5 announcement 2 years before the soonest they might put one out.

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@preacher001: They'll probably put it out 2019, 3 years after PS4 Pro, which came 3 years after PS4.

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@girlusocrazy: That's what I said.

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@preacher001: You said they'd only announce it in 2019, I'm saying it's releasing to market in 2019

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@girlusocrazy: "Sony isn't about to make a PS5 announcement 2 years before the soonest they might put one out."

It wouldn't make much sense if I said, "Sony isn't about to make an announcement 2 years before the soonest they might put out an announcement," would it? Even if it's not the most perfectly worded comment, it's still fairly obvious that the thing that would be put out in the above sentence is the PS5.

I've included this edit for clarity.

- Sony isn't about to make a PS5 announcement 2 years before the soonest they might put out the PS5.

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@preacher001: OK, sorry I misunderstood!

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@girlusocrazy: No worries, but no need to shout!!! :p

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@preacher001: I could definitely stand to be less of an asshole online

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@girlusocrazy: lol

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at this point i personally feel Kingdom hearts missed the boat.. i mean i was interested in a sequel 10 years ago when the games were fresh.. Now its like the mystical beast that is Half life 3... i dont really care if it comes out, i will likely play it once it does, but not until we get a significant price drop to $20ish i dont understand how developers think waiting 12-15yrs for a sequel that was teased at the end of a game is a good idea, but oh well.

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@twerkloak: 100% agree... This is like Duke Nukem Forever... If Duke3D had a million shitty spinoffs first

I can't believe KH2 was a PS2 game and KH3 is only coming near the end of the PS4/X1 generation...

Should've been a complete reboot and scrapping of the "gaiden" storylines

Is Sora still in this? Haley Joel Osment probably won't sound the same anymore lol

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@Zero_Maniac: That's a very narrow audience, plotwise.

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@Zero_Maniac: I do. Believe me I do!

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By the time these come out, I'm gonna be too old to hold the controller, and I'll have to like show my freakin grandkids documentaries about them to try to get them to play the games.

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It's fine, I won't have a ps4 till june and there's plenty to play till 2018. Maybe I'll finish birth by sleep this time

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As long as zodiac age is on Target. So many things to play anyway.

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Ive never known a company to take so long making games.

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Because it takes a while to screw up remakes of great games... FF7 remake will not be a good game if they change too much of it.

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@gaminsincepong: Don't worry they're completely on track with f***ing up the battle system

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