While the Final Fantasy VII Remake didn’t make an appearance at E3 this year, game director Tetsuya Nomura has promised that the game is moving along and is being developed “in parallel” with Kingdom Hearts III.
Speaking in an interview with The Verge (via SiliconEra), Nomura revealed that the game is past its early concept stages, and that production should ramp up once Kingdom Hearts III is done.
“We are developing [Final Fantasy VII Remake] in parallel [with Kingdom Hearts III], and it’s not just in the early concept stages. We are actually in development,” Nomura said. “So right now, it’s like I’ve been putting in 100 percent into Kingdom Hearts, 100 percent into Final Fantasy VII, 100 percent into Kingdom Hearts, just going back and forth. It’s just like two titles is just going to be one [after Kingdom Hearts III releases]. That’s pretty much how I see it.”
For Nomura, though, having so many projects going at once is “really fun.”
“I don’t get fatigued by [swapping between games] at all,” Nomura explained to IGN. “It’s really fun for me to do. I actually don’t like human relationships more than just work, so I just want to focus on work and creating things if I don’t have to deal with human relationships. It’s actually a little bit easier for me to do than not working.”
It seems that Nomura still has plenty of work to do, so at least he’s enjoying the process. Kingdom Hearts III still has just over seven months left before release, and Nomura has spoken of potentially adding in DLC after release. As for Final Fantasy VII Remake, that project is going to go on even longer, since the game is going to be released in multiple chapters.
Kingdom Hearts III releases on January 29th for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Final Fantasy VII is in development for the PlayStation 4 and has no known release date.