Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Kingdom Hearts 3 Development Status Outlined by Director

They "still have a way to go."


Development continues on two of Square Enix's most highly anticipated games, Kingdom Hearts III and the Final Fantasy VII remake. One or both may be shown off in some capacity this year, but the two "still have a way to go" before they're released, according to director Tetsuya Nomura.

He discussed the state of both games in a recent interview with Famitsu (translated by Gematsu) in which he indicated we'll still be waiting a while for them.

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Kingdom Hearts III

On the subject of Kingdom Hearts III, he said, "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.”

As for Final Fantasy VII Remake, he said, "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."

He did offer some glimmer of hope for those who simply want to see something new from the games, saying, "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.'”

As Nomura said, there hasn't been much information to be had about either game as of late. That makes sense, given there have been more immediate games from both series--November's Final Fantasy XV and the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 2.8 and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix--for Square Enix to focus on. There's also the matter of Remake's sheer scale; it's episodic, but Square Enix has described it as multiple full games, not small episodes. Producer Yoshinori Kitase also previously said 2016 would be a "year of preparations" for the project, which further explains why we've seen so little of it.

The two games, which are scheduled for release on PS4 and Xbox One, do not yet have release dates.

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Thought this was going to be new news. But fyi the reason that KH 2.8 was shortly delayed was because that team was pulled to help with FF15 bugs. I wonder if there are totally separate teams working on these games.

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Is FFVII Remake confirmed for Xbox?

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Really makes you appreciate the developers who hold off on announcing their games until they actually have something to show.
When will they learn that we as consumers don't like learning about a game only for it to go dark for years with little to no information on them?

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Well until FF7 Remake will come out I have the time to finish my backlog and maybe replay the original FF7.

And I guess we will have at least 3 FF7 ... one that will finish at Aeris's death, then a second one at Shinra's fall when you kill Hojo and the last episode will be an open world game.

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It was a nice thought, in my teens, that painstaking attention to detail was being given to these marquee titles, but at this rate I'll be in my 40s by time they finish remaking FF7. Square Enix needs to get it together. Multitasking is a productivity killer and I wish they would please learn this lesson already.

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I'm old enough to remember when square didn't take 8+ years to develop a game.

Them being a large company isn't an excuse, they could easily pull members off other projects get the ground work, and testing down.

Kingdom hearts 2 was released twelve years ago there is no excuse.

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Can't wait to play these games on my PS7.

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Industry "experts" with a 6/10 accuracy in predictions. A coin toss could've been more accurate. So much for games "journalism".

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FF7 remake not coming out this year really isn't a surprise.

Just show some amazing footage from both games, and don't announce FF16 or FF15-2, 8 years before release and 2 years before work focuses on the project....

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Hopefully by the time they're done, the PS4 will be dirt cheap^^

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@yurika: ps4 is dirt cheap now.

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@sakaixx: Not dirt cheapy enough. ;P

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In other words, both games aren't coming out until next-gen.

Thanks for the heads up.

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Ten years from now when it gets released, i will not be interested anymore.

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"We're steadily progressing on production.

- Slowly

I apologize that the wait will be be a bit longer for Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake.

- Nope not sorry :)

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I'm glad they will take their time with these games so we can get games that are what they intended to be and not some half-baked attempt. Also with the expectations of these games nothing short of amazing will do it. They're personally my most anticipated games in a long time if not ever.

Also as opposed to feeling the development is slow I'd say it's great that we will finally get some news. It was never a surprise having to wait for these grand titles. There are plenty of titles this year I'm gonna be busy with anyway.

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Probably gonna come out after PS 4 and Xbox Two...

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If I'm being as optimistic as possible, I think KH3 releases no earlier than 2019, and FF7 Part 1 in 2020. This is Square Enix and Nomura we're talking about. There's a chance FF16 releases before FF7-1.

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Hopefully we get a release date by the end of this year

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You know maybe we could have had a kingdom hearts 3 by now if they hadn't made so many "spinoff" games.

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@mirage_so3: Echoing what RestatBonfire said, it's likely they're like Ubisoft, have half a dozen studios spread across the globe and at any given time, 2-3 studios are focusing on a single game. It's unlikely that any of the spinoff games had any effect on whether or not the 3rd installment is coming.

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@mirage_so3: relax square enix is huge theres multiple studios in different countries working on different ips

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Are these games coming to Xbox One, FF 7 was one of my favorite games growing up. I liked the original Kingdom Hearts too.

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@guitarist1980: KH 3 will but FF7 remake won't.

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@ahmad996: FF7 is coming "first" to PS4. Xbone should get it a year later.

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@lostn: wonder why FF7 remaster never made it to xbone.

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@sakaixx: Because they didn't want it. And Square didn't want to release it because no one on Xbox wants to play a 20 year old game that now looks very dated. That and the fact that the original was published by SCE. The remake will not be published by Sony however.

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@lostn: the game is a classic. There is always a market for wannabe hipsters.

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@lostn: Xbone can't ever get it since the original was exclusive to the PS1. It will come to PC though later.

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@ahmad996: What kind of argument is that? Xbox can't get FF13 because FF started on NES..

Xbox can't get Tomb Raider games because the original was exclusive to PS1 (and PC -- but so was FF7).

Xbox can't get KH3 because KH1 and KH2 were exclusive to PS2.

Do you see why your argument doesn't work?

PC is a neutral platform. If something is "coming first" to PS4, there is no need to keep the PC out of the loop. Neither MS or Sony cares about PC getting their console exclusives. The "coming first" means it is coming "second" to Xbone. If it wasn't, Sony would change the wording to "Console exclusive to PS4".

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@ahmad996: probably the dumbest thing I read. Sony does not own anything related to final fantasy. Final Fantasy 7 was supposed to also be on the nintendo 64 the only reason why it was not because of the cartridges and thats it. Come on man what are you like 18?

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@2wireg: Well it looks like more than that because Squaresoft didn't release anything on the N64 ... they were pretty much only on PS1 ( few games like FF7 made it to PC ).

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I'm just wondering if another game will end up being pushed to next gen. If that's what it takes the make a good game, by all means....

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@FallenOneX: Agreed. Square never seems to rush any game and you can see it on the quality, also why I don't mind having FF7 released in parts as it means I get to play it earlier and I doubt they would sacrifice the quality.

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Chris, Kingdom Hearts is set for Xbox One however Final Fantasy 7 remake is not and has never been :)

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@hkgangster: wrong!!! final fantasy 7 remake is going to xbox one and always has been, thats why when they revealed it back at E3 at the end of the trailer it stated PLAY IT FIRST ON PLAYSTATION and not exclusive to playstation, and before you say that mean its going to pc, i will point out that street fighter 5 was announced as an exclusive game but it released on pc aswell.

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@eternalrogue198: That doesn't give the article writer enough reason to say that it's coming to Xbox One. (which I'm sure was a mistake, not related to our discussion topic). I remember hearing that they intend to bring it to PC down the line, also it's highly unlikely that a Eastern game like that lands on Xbox One, there's very few FF games on the Xbox platform in general. FF7 was originally on PS1 alone

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@hkgangster: the last 4 main releases have all come to the xbox platform, 5 if you include ff 11 online, the pc version of ff 7 launched just 7 months after the ps1 version did, if it was exclusive it would say its exclusive just like all the other games that have launched on both pc and playstation have been called exclusive by sony, by saying play it first instead of exclusive means its not exclusive in the console space, it just means it will be available to playstation first before releasing on xbox, you can also pre-order ff 7 remake for xbox one from many retailers aswell.

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@eternalrogue198: Yeah but everywhere I look they talk about the PS4, never about the PC nor the X1.

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Hmm....well we will see who is slacking soon enough. If Death Stranding comes out before Kingdom Hearts 3 or Final Fantasy 7 would be embarrassing to see. I would love to play any of those games but you better be pushing both Kingdom Hearts 3 and Ff7.....Its been a loooooonnnngg time waiting and not to mention the multiple fails of the FF7 remake announcements for ps3 that never happened

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there taking to long - cancel , cancel , cancel :D

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@Flyin3lvl: They're*

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@Kiyosuyo: I'd give that up on this site, there is a lot of illiteracy here and people will just brand you as a grammar Nazi. It boils my blood as well BTW but I don't correct unless people call me stupid etc.

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@Kiyosuyo: same difference :D

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@Flyin3lvl: it's not lol

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@restatbonfire: i know :D