While Nomura hopes to display new footage of the remake of Final Fantasy VII and Kingdom Hearts 3 at several events this year, it seems we will have to continue the wait to get our hands on these games.
Below you can find an interview taken from the latest issue of Famitsu detailing development of Kingdom Hearts 3 and the remake of Final Fantasy VII.
This year is the 15th anniversary of Kingdom Hearts, the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII, and the 30th anniversary of Final Fantasy, so what can we expect?
“First, we’re releasing Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue in January, then exhibiting a Final Fantasy VII snow sculpture at the Sapporo Snow Festival in February, releasing Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix in March, and starting the Kingdom HEarts orchestra world tour. We may be able to do something for the D23 Disney event. We’re also preparing for the start of Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Season 2.”
Will you release a complete package including Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue?
“Because the timing is delicate, we won’t be releasing anything like a complete pack this time, but we’re preparing a box that can hold both games, as is often the case with DVDs. Perhaps we can offer it as an e-Store bonus.”
What’s the state of Kingdom Hearts III‘s development?
“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.”
What’s the state of Final Fantasy VII Remake‘s development?
“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.
“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.'”
While this announcement may sadden some gamers, we should be quick to use Final Fantasy XV as a prime example. Despite development on the title taking 3 or more years, Square-Enix still released a half finished product in hopes to fully complete the title in 2017.
The question has to be proposed, would you really want a unfinished version of Kingdom Hearts 3 or Final Fantasy VII? We will easily wait to get our hands on these titles as long as Nomura manages to keeps the updates coming.
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