Kingdom Hearts III, Final Fantasy VII Remake are a Long Ways Off

Don’t expect Kingdom Hearts III or Final Fantasy VII Remake to release any time soon.

Tetsuya Nomura is well known for taking his time. Final Fantasy XV (known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII prior to E3 2013) was in development for over a decade with Square Enix replacing Nomura with Tabata in 2014. Nomura has since been working on Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake. While progress on both titles is moving along, neither are anywhere close to release.

In an interview with Famitsu (translated by Siliconera), Nomura revealed that there are still worlds that remained untouched. However, the team as advanced on production of worlds that have yet to be announced. The team is making progress, but the game is still a ways off:

“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.”

Concerning Final Fantasy VII Remake, Nomura revealed that his team has been making steady progress, but we’ll still have a while to way:

“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.”

Nomura finished by apologizing for development taking so long, and hopes to share more information about both titles at some point during the year. He also teased that Square Enix intends to release quite a few games this year with some being ‘surprises.’

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, the next release in the Kingdom Hearts franchise, is out January 24 exclusively on PS4.