Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake are two dreams we’ll be chasing for at least another year. Square Enix announced both games at the same time at E3 2015, and both have seen information only trickle out ever since.
The Square Enix faithful have learned patience above all else over the last decade, and they know that greatness awaits at the end of the tunnel. Whatever, man! Waiting sure does stink! And just when we start to get a good idea on how far into development Kingdom Hearts III is, Director Tetsuya Nomura is now telling folks that Final Fantasy VII Remake is actually further along in development in some areas.
Speaking to Famitsu, Nomura explains how Final Fantasy VII Remake is actually moving faster than Kingdom Hearts III.
Although there are parts [of Final Fantasy VII Remake] further along than Kingdom Hearts III, such as cutscenes, it is unlikely we’ll share information for a while as we switch from mainly external to mainly internal development
I, on the other hand, am not a member [of Business Division 1], so the person who is putting Business Division 1 in order concerning Final Fantasy VII Remake is Hamaguchi. Similarly, there is Tai Yasue of Business Division 3. In that sense. I am sort of like a cross-sectional mercenary not tied to a Business Division. If I belonged to a Business Division, I would basically be working full-time at that Business Divison, so it’s a system that lets me take on various jobs, including requests from other companies.
I’m not sure what to make of this comment. Nomura has been shifting a lot of the blame for the games’ delays onto corporate reshuffling as of late. Maybe he’s just tired of his reputation for taking too long on games, or maybe he’s frustrated that Square Enix won’t give him the same leeway to be slow and creative like Hideo Kojima and Konami. Either way, the games are pretty far off from release.
Kingdom Hearts III will be released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2018. Final Fantasy VII Remake is in development for the PlayStation 4.