E3 2015 ignited a fire in Square Enix fans, not only because of new footage of the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts III but also from the announcement that a remake of Final Fantasy VII was in the works. Now, however, it’s 2017, and both titles had been coy about their release plans up until the recent reveal Kingdom Hearts III would release in 2018. While Kingdom Hearts fans have been rejoicing over the news, it seems the Final Fantasy camp will have to put its excitement on hold, as remake director Tetsuya Nomura has now said that all promotion efforts for Cloud’s return to consoles is being put on hold for the foreseeable future.
In a recent Famitsu interview with Nomura (translated by Gematsu), the director provided an update on Final Fantasy VII Remake, revealing the development is farther along than Kingdom Hearts III in certain areas but not ready to be slated for release. “Although there are parts further along than Kingdom Hearts III, such as cutscenes, it is unlikely we’ll share information for awhile as we switch from mainly external to mainly internal development,” he said, referring to Square Enix’s recent decision to move both titles exclusively to in-house development.
The likely explanation for Final Fantasy VII‘s remake being pushed aside is to focus attention on Kingdom Hearts III, as it’s both a quality control decision and strategic marketing. The core gameplay features may be further along in Kingdom Hearts III and the better choice to push forward for release, which is easy to assume through the several gameplay trailers released in recent months. As well, fans have been waiting for Kingdom Hearts III for 12 years now, with Final Fantasy VII only announcing its remake two years ago.
Currently, the voice recordings for Final Fantasy VII Remake are complete, but it’s unclear how far the team is into gameplay development. While no specific release date is in sight, the game will launch exclusively for PlayStation 4.
Source: Game Rant