Tetsuya Nomura: “First, we’ll release Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 in January, then we have Final Fantasy VII’s snow exhibit at the Snow Festival in Sapporo in February, and in March we have the release of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 Remix and the start of the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour. We might also be able to do something at Disney’s “D23” event. We’re also waiting on the start of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ’s second season.”
Will there be a bundle that has all the contents from Kingdom Hearts 1.5+2.5 HD Remix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8?
“The timing doesn’t work out for us this time around, so we won’t release anything like a complete pack, but we’ve prepared a box that allows you to put in both software, something you often see with DVDs and such. It’ll likely be an e-Store bonus.”
What’s the development status on Kingdom Hearts III?
“The production process is different than what we’ve had up until now, so I can’t just give you a general idea, but I can say that there are worlds that still remain untouched. We’ve advanced on the production of worlds that have yet to be announced, so we can’t show them for now. As far as development status goes, there’s still a ways to go.”
What’s the development status on Final Fantasy VII Remake?
“We’re making steady progress on its production. While we are indeed working on it, I think we’ll have you guys wait a little longer for both Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake.
We didn’t share much information on either of the two titles last year, but I hope to show its progress at some event this year.
The release of these titles will still be a while. However, we have many titles releasing this year, and we hope you look forward to any ‘surprises’.”
So umm, please look forward to it?
As to Square Enix's confirmed 2017 releases for the west, they are as follows:
- Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue (PS4) - 24 January
- Nier Automata (PS4) - March; with PC version to follow sometime thereafter
- Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 and 2.5 Remix (PS4) - late March
- Dragon Quest Heroes II (PS4) - late April
- Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood (PS4 and PC) - 20 June
- Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PS4) - TBA 2017