Was the wait for Final Fantasy XV a drag that took up a good chunk of your life? Are you prepared for even more waiting for the next major Square Enix releases ahead? Do you enjoy waiting for an inordinate length of time for a video game? You're in luck! In an interview conducted by Famitsu magazine, Tetsuya Nomura had a few things to say about the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake, namely that we will be waiting a while for them.
Famitsu: This year is Kingdom Hearts’ 15th, Final Fantasy VII’s 20th, Final Fantasy’s 30th anniversaries. Tell us more about those.
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 onKingdom 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.
I do apologize for that, but we’ll make up for it by making it into something that will meet expectations.
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
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