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Final Fantasy VII Remake, Kingdom Hearts III slated to launch “in the next three years or so” By Erren Van Duine on May 26, 2017 at 5:10 PM

Perhaps unsurprising, both Final Fantasy VII Remake and Kingdom Hearts III remain a ways off according to Square Enix’s own Yosuke Matsuda.

In a special briefing following the company’s financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017 Matsuda outlined upcoming plans including a few words on projects such as Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake.

β€œThis slide shows our release lineup for FY2017/3 as well as for FY2018/3 and beyond. We plan to launch each of these upcoming titles in the next three years or so,” said Matsuda in reference to the slide featured below.

Elsewhere in the report, Matsuda noted both NieR: Automata and Final Fantasy XV were major contributors to the company’s earnings, with the former selling “significantly above” internal plans.

“In terms of the balance between in-house efforts and outsourcing, we intend to primarily develop our major franchises in-house and to outsource mid-sized titles. It is also important to cultivate new titles, and for that reason we are also thinking about how tie-ups with external companies can help balance our mix.”

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  • All Seeing Eye

    As long as I get my FFVI, VIII and IX remakes as well, I ain’t complaining. Oh, and a new Tomb raider game please.

  • Jesiah Grant

    Piss on this -_-

  • Vallen

    Better start saving up for the PS5 guys

  • Jesiah Grant

    Ikr its looking that way

  • Dongmatteezzy

    If the release date of the 1st part FFVIIR will be 2018 and beyond…Oh god, just thinking of waiting for the 2nd part is tormenting and I’m already antsy for GoTS7!!!! mygod.

  • Krijn van Alten

    I hope this will not be a stand I the way for a FF XVI release. Just treat VII as a remake, like with X, so don’t wait for VII before releasing XVI.

  • Sam Hassani

    Both you and I would have died from old age when those come out my friend πŸ™‚

  • stevenm281

    They really haven’t learned anything about their timing between a game announcement and its release…

    They shouldn’t announce a game until they know its gonna release in the upcoming year, like Ubisoft just did with Far Cry 5, announced today, and will release in February 2018, therefore 9 months after the announcement.

    KH3, announced in 2013, will release 7 years after announcement, while FF7R, announced in 2015, will release 5 years after announcement….

    Heart-breaking.

  • SNK

    Why is everyone taking he was talking about Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake?
    The new Marvel IP was announced this year, it doesn’t even have a logo or a title. I’m pretty sure they were talking about the Marvel IP.

  • Noctis Leonhart Strife

    Take a visit on other sites, it’s just people crying and complaining about Square-enix, that’s everywhere. We are disillusioned with this company, that only live show trailers deceive us, make us create hype, stay on the lookout, then they cut everything, and deliver us something different, or make us wait years. We are already tired. They announce a game that they know will take time to launch, ends up delaying more than planned, then we are forced to change their comfort to accompany them. This is not respect with your fans, Square-Enix.

  • Cloud Strife

    Well then, this was not surprising, I was not expecting any of these games to release before 2020 anyways so…let’s start saving for PS5.

  • Yuntu

    He was saying that all games that are on the upcoming site of things will be out in the next three years or so, that includes KH3 and FF7R.

  • Yuntu

    Tomb Raider is a sure bet looking at that leak from last year, question is when it will show up.

  • Yuntu

    I do not think the wait between Part 1 and 2 will be that long unless they have sever development issues.

  • Dongmatteezzy

    “One part of the game will be like a Full-Sized Game”
    We’re talking about SE here. SE logic = make a game announcement, then demand fans to wait for 7-10 years “or so”. I’m shattered.

  • stevenm281

    Will the whole remake be available in three years or so or just Part 1?

  • Dongmatteezzy

    For God’s sake they are giving us a reason to complain and to lose faith. 10 year wait for FFXV and look where it got us. (I loved it, it’s good, but when you compare to other FFgames and RPGgames especially Persona 5? nah. It can’t stand alone.) Disappointing really.
    If they are tired of us complaining then we are also tired of them tormenting their fans because of this. I’m actually scared and heart-broken right now, the fact that Tetsuya Nomura is the ex-director of FFXV…he made us wait for 7 years. KH3, made us wait for another 7 years. Now, FFVII….they better not be demaand us to wait for another “VII” years before part one comes.

  • Dongmatteezzy

    I like to think that they are going to make all of the parts at the same time so when the 3-year-wait is finally over, the other parts will come for like 10 months or a year “or so”. (less than 2 years perhaps)

  • stevenm281

    That’d be sweet, but I don’t think so.. who knows?

  • Yuntu

    Look at the XIII sequels and imagine more money beyond them. SE can work fast if they already have a base to work from.

  • Gabriel Hage

    I do not know if I’ll be alive in 3 years… I will play Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age then

  • Dongmatteezzy

    XIII has a comletley different director from VIIR. In VIIR’s case it’s Tetsuya Nomura….yes. Tetsuya Nomura. (1 full name 1 painful meaning)

  • stevenm281

    The XIII sequels didn’t have different directors… they were all by Motomu Toriyama.

  • Mattxxuw

    I edited it to avoid misunderstandings XD

  • Yuntu

    And? The fact that Nomura is directing doesnΒ΄t change the fact that they can re-use work from the first part that they dont need to do again.

  • D.3ND

    You over look the fact about the way how the previous President of SE was handling things and the numerous games Nomura had to juggle resulting in VersusXIII to be place in the back burners, and FFXIII Flashpoint sequels murdered the Nova Crystal Fabula which made VersusXIII story to be revamped.

  • Randy Marsh

    Well technically this is all FFXIV 1.0’s fault, considering it was the reason Versus XIII was tossed to the back burner and the XIII sequels needed to be made to fix everything for the loss money they were having since they were not charging for subs and had to cease sells on the game for a while.

  • Jesus Christ

    The world will end in 3 days. They want us to wait for 3 years?

    Blasphemy of the highest order.

  • SNK

    Two years apart at best.

  • Noctis Leonhart Strife

    Versus XIII should never have turned into XV, and should have been on the PS3 itself. And FFXIII should not have received three games, the first one was enough.
    I do not think XV bad, I was playing it now a little bit again, from time to time I get it, but it’s a game that has little story content being told. I would like them to make another game in the same universe, rather than an expansion, because the game has good characters and I really like the XV world. But it was not well taken advantage of.
    I think they will do a good job at VII Remake, but they need to cast it still in this generation. I would be happy if a trailer with the launch date for early 2018 was shown on E3.

  • Vallen

    I agree, 99% they’ll be cross gen (think Breath of the Wild or MGSV)

  • Vallen

    They rushed FFXV and it was bad. Let them take their time with these games

  • thecontact

    this makes me think 2 things. First one, there will be no FF for the next 3 years, which seems to be a problem for square enix, since they have been releasing a FF every year for some time now. So I believe that probably we will see more DLC or an expansion for FF 15 (thus the latest survey) or that they will make more spin offs or small remakes

  • Carlos Rojas

    Still before than Evangelion 3.0+1.0

  • But does this mean nothing for E3? Not even character designs or trailers?
    I’m sick of HD remakes and ports and phone games.

  • Eyoi

    There will definitely be something about the remake at E3. Nomura wanted to show a trailer at an event about 2 months ago but Square Enix did not allow him.

  • Jesus Christ

    You know on the bright side, guys and girls, if kingdom hearts 3 takes 3 more years, that might mean more consideration to add latest Disney worlds.

    I’ll speak this into existence now (don’t worry, I know am not the first), FROZEN will be added in KH3.

  • Okay that’s good. But if 7R and KH3 aren’t happening what’s the main Square game for the next 2 yrs? Dragon Quest 11? Tomb Raider 3?

  • Randy Marsh

    I’m taking this with a grain of salt. This is still pretty vague.

  • David Thornhill

    Surprise, surprise.

  • Patrick Bateman

    this…is an old picture and pretty well known to anyone who actively looks up info on the FFVII Remake. FFVII ain’t coming out in 2017 period, and I’d be surprised if it comes out before the end of 2018.

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  • Cloud Strife

    cross gen? In all honesty I hope it’s not. I really hope they go the FFversusXIII/FFXV route where they just change generations completely like how they went from PS3 to PS4 with it. I hope FFVII Remake is PS5 exclusive to take full advantage of its power and other benefits so it won’t be held back

  • Mattxxuw

    just like what happened to FFXV?……..nope. Hope that’s not gonna happen.

  • Yuntu

    What happened with XV wasnΒ΄t Nomuras fault.

  • xXDibbs

    I thought it was obvious that the FFVIIR and Kingdom Hearts 3 wouldn’t be out until 2020, SE usually release their games roughly 5 years after they are announced so the remake was announced at around 2015 so that sounds about right.

    I think Kingdom Hearts 3 will release before FFVIIR though so maybe in late 2019 we could see the KH3 or early 2020.

  • β€’december

    They’ve changed their minds so many times a FFXV expansion or XV-2 “Sequel” doesn’t seem too far-fetch’d anymore. I’d happily welcome a sequel but I’m more fond of the idea of an expansion in 2018.

  • xXDibbs
  • xXDibbs

    2018 Marvel game, 2019 KH3, 2020 FFVIIR I guess?

  • β€’december

    Any Final Fantasy XV fans also looking forward to FFVII Remake?

  • Marvel game still seems dumb. It’s just gonna be rehash of the movies and pretending only the movies matter even though we have decades of comics they can make games about.

  • Mattxxuw

    Uhh…Not saying it’s his fault. I’m referring to what you’ve just said that SE can re-use his work. Sounds like FFXV all-over-again just looking at that statement.

  • Yuntu

    I dont think you know what re-using assets means. It simply cuts time away from development due to not having to do things again like animations.

  • Vallen

    It would be cool if SE already knows about the PS5 and that’s why the 3 year delay was announced. It’s kinda scary, but I think the PS4 is already past the halfway point of its life.

  • xXDibbs

    That came out of nowhere, lets wait until it comes out before deciding whether its good or not shall we?

  • Mattxxuw

    Man, still a FFXV scenario here XD. Gave us a trailer, wait for like years and years before it comes out.
    I mean–they said that these games will release in the next three years or so and that’s only the first part of FFVIIR. Course they wouldn’t re-use assets so suddenly, I mean if they realize that things aren’t going well in their favor after a couple of years of development “hell”, then that’s their last move in order to make the game survive and come out at least. (Hope that’s not the case for FFVIIR~).
    The point here is that we’re still constantly trapped around the cycle of waiting game made by: SE.

  • Yuntu

    I think you still donΒ΄t understand what asset re-using is. XV isnΒ΄t that. XV re-uses and idea and concept for something completly different, what IΒ΄m talking about is simply having less work because you work with the same tech for everything after Part 1.

    Like XV-2 would be done way faster than XV itself for example.

    I, myself, do not believe that this project is in any trouble at all. They simply showed it to early.

  • Joakim SΓ€wing

    Creating 1 title should not take more than 3 years. SE must have some serious staffing/developing issues? Ubisoft have the ability to release one AC game every two years, and those are AAA games….

  • Can i say i told you so when its bad?

  • Cloud Strife

    Well SE has always had a really close relationship with Sony so I would not be to surprised if they do actually know about PS5 and have a dev-kit for it In-house. I agree with you honestly, I’m expecting a PS5 by 2019 but there have been this annalist ,Damian Thong who correctly predicted the PS4 pro and PS4 Slim is saying we are getting a 10 TFLOP PS5 as early as 2018. Since he has been right before, he has some credibility. all i can say bro is to save for PS5 from now on because I’m certain KHIII and FFVII Remake are moving to next gen

  • Mattxxuw

    Okay, I think we’re getting far away to the original point here. XD
    Regarding to your 1st comment: it may be possible IF they’re doing all the parts at the same time now which will possibly consume the “next three years or so”. If so, then maybe the gap between the release of 1st part and 2nd part or 2nd part and 3rd part etc. will just be only for less than 2 years perhaps.

    My point though, when it comes to Nomura’s big AAA new gen. games it always brings us fans to wait for ages.

    To your recent comment: Yeah, can’t quite grasp how it works but at least I have an idea of it. (Re-use thingy) Yep, they just have to transfer the finished things from the 1st part to the 2nd part but it also means the story progressed at the beginning of the 2nd part. Meaning, new environment, cutscenes, voice recordings, enemies, characters, and new story elements to make (They said they will add and change something in the game to give us a better experience of it). So considering the long wait that we have to commit before the release of the 1st, we still have to wait again for the 2nd but not that too long though but it will still take a lot of time. The only thing they can copy paste is the Character designs that will still remain in the next parts, game mechanics, 45 out of 100% of the OST, and the battle mechanics as well. Other than that? Start from the scratch again except for the concept of the story and the dialogue a little.

  • Mattxxuw

    But the outcome of those games are very bad though, mostly.

  • Codes McGodes

    Tbh I’d rather have a bad game every 2 years than a bad game every ten years. It’s ridiculous how long Square-Enix takes to release unfinished games.

  • Mattxxuw

    Now now, FFXV is way better than AC games
    Problem is, it’s a FF title but the story just went downhill after the half of the chapters. Now that is disappointing for a FF game. It has potential though. Sad that the company made Tabata and the team to rush the game.

  • Right here!

    Random, but I feel like the only person that LOVE FF7 and FF13 & 15. @[email protected]

  • stevenm281

    Those three FF are in my top 5!

  • Awesome! Literally rare to find fans of all three!

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  • Luke Watts

    To all the people claiming that square needs to ‘learn a lesson’ in announcing games to early….

    The release of the original FF7 Remake trailer was a quick cash grab and marketing ploy for
    FF15 and other in-house titles more than anything else. They even ADMITTED TO THIS on DAY 1. It was to build awareness, sell consoles, and try and get some of the old fan base excited and sniffing around again.. Just in time for the massive pre-release material for ff15 (yes I know we are dealing with a year+ difference, and I stand by it) as a large percentage of the PS1 title fan base felt that anything beyond 10 was just rubbish and had basically given up.

    On top of this, It was also a quick and easy cash grab as God knows how much Sony paid Square for the ‘timed exclusive’ rights, which, lets face it, was just a way of securing fence sitters. It was tactical, and it worked. This was/is a game you buy the console for if it means you got your hands on it day 1. While I’m on that point.. all you people claiming to wait the 5-10 years for the ‘complete addition’…. we all know you aren’t going to do that, you’re not fooling anyone.

    They don’t have to ‘learn’ anything. Implying
    that one of the biggest gaming developers in the world don’t have
    advisors on this stuff is just embarrassing… every thing they do, every tidbit of info, every word they utter, is purposeful.You (we) are all pawns in their little mind games. Deal with it.

  • Luke Watts

    Has anyone even pointed out (or rather remembered) that FF7 is releasing in parts? and that in saying that the FF7 Remake is part of a cluster of games being released in the next 3 years or so, is referring to the game as a whole? I’m sorry, but I’m still betting on it being released well before 2020.

  • xXDibbs

    Go right ahead, although it’s relative you might find it bad, but I may love it.

    Only one way to find out

  • The reason I think it won’t be fun is taken from the way the handle Marvel shows right now. Every cartoon rehashes or name drops stuff from the movies. Like “hint hint, remember that scene”. We get it, the movies were good but let’s not milk it in an unrelated cartoon. Then in the live action shows, they’re good too but they feel the need to make character who somehow seem to hate or distrust the Avengers trying to be edgy, and yet they still make constantly refs to the movies in an attempt to keep you interested.

    They never make games or movies or shows with the fan in mind. They just tell you what you should like instead of giving you want you’re already a fan of. That’s why it’s gonna suck. Because it’s gonna turn out to be “name that Marvel movie ref” the game.

  • Of course, I just send you an friend invite on PSN. =)

  • Patrick Bateman

    ….yeah i’d rather have NO GAME than a bad game period lol if it’s bad DO NOT WANT!

  • Games Das

    Have you even played the Ezio Collection?This trilogy is well regarded as a masterpiece in Assasin’s Creed’ history.

  • Games Das

    You are right.The tagline for Square Enix for Final Fantasy VII after Final Fantasy XV will be – How to ruin a masterpiece,Part 2?

  • Codes McGodes

    Yeah but it’s not even just FFXV at this point. Square-Enix is making a bad habit of age-long development cycles for disappointing games. FFXV is the worst of these examples but not the only one. I’m beginning to think it’s an outright marketing strategy to intentionally let the hype build for 4-6+ years and not actually spend the whole of it developing the game. I mean look at the last ten years. We got 13, 14, and 15, all of which took a minimum of 4-10 ten years to develop, and all of which released either unfinished, or otherwise lacking in terms of a full scale RPG (no sidequests/secrets/towns/etc in FF13). Then there’s FF10 and FF12 HD. Neither of those are bad, but it’s taken them way longer to develop those than any HD upgrade should. FF10 took three years and FF12 has taken at least two so far. And now we’re stuck in the same perpetual waiting game again for KH3 and FF7:R.

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  • NoctLightCloud

    Finally SOMEONE who knows how business works. (And gaming is a business, after all.) Well said!

  • NoctLightCloud

    Same here! You’re not alone~

  • NoctLightCloud

    Is Frozen confirmed? Have any new worlds been confirmed this year? (I’ve stopped following this site since January, so I feel like having missed out on a lot of news^^”)

  • NoctLightCloud

    Oh I’d love to see a sequel. Sequels > DLCs!

  • NoctLightCloud

    Well said!

  • xXDibbs

    Well this and the Spiderman PS4 game and Marvel vs Capcom are all a part of Marvels push to appeal to gamers along with that telltail guardians of the galaxy game.

    Lets see how those turn out

  • Ok the Spiderman PS4 might be good. But if they want my money, I don’t want any games that have anything to do with movies. I like the movies but I’m tired of hearing about them in every form of media.

  • Thanks, cool username by the way! πŸ˜‰

  • xXDibbs

    I think that there was a guy from Marvel who said that they don’t want their games to be movie tie ins and the new Spiderman has nothing to do with the Homecoming.

    So this may be the start of the Marvel Gaming Universe (MGU), and independent entity to the MCU Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the Marvel Comic Universe.

    So I doubt they will have anything to do with the MCU but again wait and see

  • I hope/want the Spiderman game to be as good as the Batman Arkham games.

  • Jesus Christ

    No, it’s not confirmed.

    I missed out too! I just got back into the mojo 1-2 days ago. But I don’t think it will be as frequent.

  • xXDibbs

    I think thats exactly what their going for with currant line up games.

  • Fingers crossed

  • stevenm281

    We were mislead!

    According to Dualshockers, the quote was: We plan to launch them sequentially over the next three years or so.

    That means that within the next three years, all three titles will have been released.