Square Enix admitted that it announced Kingdom Hearts 3 and the Final Fantasy VII Remake too early, which may be taken as bad news by fans who have been waiting for the arrival of Cloud Strife and his team to the PlayStation 4.
However, according to Square Enix, the early announcements were made for a good reason. This reason is also probably why the Square Enix E3 2018 showcase was a disappointment, with no new information on the highly anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Are 'Kingdom Hearts 3' And 'Final Fantasy VII Remake' Too Long In The Making?
Kingdom Hearts 3 was announced at E3 2013, but it was not until E3 2018 when its launch was finalized. The Kingdom Hearts 3 release date is now set for Jan. 29, 2019, for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, almost six years from its initial reveal.
Meanwhile, the Final Fantasy VII Remake was announced at E3 2015, but three years later, the rollout of information about the RPG has been very slow. There is still no Final Fantasy VII Remake release date, and it is a sad state when the best news about the game is that it is "actually in development."
Early Announcements For 'Kingdom Hearts 3 'And 'Final Fantasy VII Remake'
Square Enix game director Tetsuya Nomura, in an interview with Italian website Multiplayer and translated by Kingdom Hearts Insider, admitted that the Final Fantasy VII Remake was announced too early.
Nomura explained that within the video game industry, rumors were spreading that Square Enix was working on the game. This prompted the company's decision to no longer keep it a secret and instead officially reveal it in E3 2015. Nomura also said that the E3 2013 announcement of Kingdom Hearts 3 was also premature.
The game director said that he prefers for Square Enix to announce games before rumors spoil it for them. Nomura wants to be honest to gamers on the projects that they are working on, even if it meant really long waiting times before the titles are released.
What Does This Mean For The 'Final Fantasy VII Remake' Release Date?
With Nomura's admission that the Final Fantasy VII Remake was announced too early and the recent statement that the RPG was in development alongside Kingdom Hearts 3, it may mean that the game will be launched years from now.
The completion of Kingdom Hearts 3 hints that focus will now be shifting toward the Final Fantasy VII Remake. However, following Kingdom Hearts 3's timeline of a five-year delay, the Final Fantasy VII Remake release date will be revealed at E3 2020.