The wait for Kingdom Hearts III and the updated remake of Final Fantasy VII has already seemed excruciatingly long to many fans, but the torture may be just getting started.
In a new document sent to investors, spotted by NeoGAF user Nirolak and picked up by GameSpot, Square Enix outlined its upcoming slate of titles planned for release over the next few years. On the page in question, both Kingdom Hearts III and the Final Fantasy VII remake are listed in the “fiscal year 2018 and beyond” section. That’s not immediate cause for panic. If those games do make it out during FY2018, that means they’d arrive before the end of April 2018.
The trouble, however, comes from the “and beyond” portion of the heading, as well as the fact that many other games on the list already list specific dates or launch windows to reflect the publisher’s confidence that they’ll launch before the end of 2017. Kingdom Hearts III, the Final Fantasy VII remake, and the fruits of the recently announced Marvel partnership have no such timeframes attached, meaning Square Enix isn’t yet confident enough to promise investors they’ll be out before calendar 2018.
This may be a case of the company merely hedging its bets, by waiting for development to pass a certain milestone or merely saving the announcement for a big public event. It might also, however, mean that the games will slip into early 2018—or even later. Square Enix, after all, has shown no qualms about keeping games back until they’re ready in the past, with the decade-long development of Final Fantasy XV being one high-profile example. If that’s the case, there’s no telling how long the wait could be.
Last we heard, Square Enix said the Final Fantasy VII remake was just about to wrap up voice recording, but had previously said that the game still had a long time in development, as did Kingdom Hearts III. Before that, it said that 2016 would be a “year of preparation” on the FFVII remake before real development work could begin.
Kingdom Hearts III is planned for release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, while the Final Fantasy VII remake will be a PS4 exclusive.