Tetsuya Nomura: You’ll Have to Wait Awhile Longer for Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake

In a new interview with Famitsu, Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake director Tetsuya Nomura was asked about the progress on the two titles, and it sadly sounds like we’ll be waiting a while. When asked about Kingdom Hearts III, Nomura-san said:

The development process is different than what we’ve done until now, so I can’t give you a general summary, but I can confirm that there are entire worlds that haven’t been touched. We’re progressing to developing the worlds that haven’t been revealed yet, so we can’t show them now. In terms of development status, there’s awhile to go still.

Later on, when asked about the progress on the highly anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake, he also said:

We’re making continual progress on its development. We are definitely working on it, but I think you’ll have to wait awhile longer for both Kingdom Hearts III and the Final Fantasy VII Remake. I apologize for this, however we’re making up for it by developing games that will meet fan expectations. We didn’t reveal too much info for either game last year, but I hope we can show off our progress sometime this year. The releases for both games won’t be for awhile. We do have lots of titles releasing this year, however, and I hope you look forward to potential “surprises.”

Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake are two of the most anticipated RPGs currently announced for this generation. While development may be slow, fans will be able to keep themselves busy with Kingdom Hearts HD II.8 and Kingdom Hearts I.5+II.5 HD Remix, coming later this year.


Matthew Sigler


Currently interning at Niche Gamer. I've been playing video games since I was three years old.

  • Meteor

    Is this a “you have to wait until 2018” kinda of statement?

  • Didney Worl

    That’s cute that you think it’ll be released in 2018.

  • Mr0303
  • Joel Leonheart

    …..Don’t care for the ff VII but…Waiting for the KH 3 that’s slightly not good :/

  • PixelBuff

    Fool me once…

    Not gonna wait years for another incomplete game ala FF15. Get fucked Nomura.

  • Shadow

    Let’s just say 2022, that way we might be pleasantly surprised…

  • Neojames82

    Jesus how much fucking time does this guy need!? Dude let Versus XIII languish because he cared more about KHIII and the VII remake and he still needs more time to play…really wish the would fire him already…he’s about as overrated as Kojima.

  • Shigeru031

    9 more years?

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    Thats cool, I wasnt waiting for FF13 with an FF7 skin anyways

  • Captain Vidya

    We didn’t even have a rough estimate oh KH3’s release to begin with. This news doesn’t really mean much, at least to me, because I wasn’t anticipating it coming out until 2018 at the absolute earliest.

  • NathanEH

    I won’t lie. I expect Final Fantasy VII to release this year since it’s episodic and was apparently in development for a year and a half before its announcement. If they can’t release the first episode somewhere in the next 355 days they announced the remake entirely too early. That will be, again, supposedly, somewhere around three years of development time on one episode.

    I figured Kingdom Hearts III would miss 2017. It doesn’t sound like Square to release three different Kingdom Hearts titles in one year even if the other two are smaller projects. We get 2.8 and 1.5+2.5 in 2017. I predict both will be released together as 2.9 in early 2018 with III finally releasing Holiday 2018.

  • Mighty No. 56008

    Well, considering that we got the first Final Fantasy Versus XIII trailer in 2006, I’m fully expecting a long wait. When did the first KH3 trailer come out? 2013?? Yeah, I’m not surprised if we have to wait until 2023 then

  • Will3316

    Square Enix likes to announce games more than release them.

  • Malascus

    It would be hilarious if they release another kh3 prequel game between now and then.

  • >[…] by developing games that will meet fan expectations […]

    Final Fantasy Type-Next?

  • RPG

    I am honestly not too suprised. I am more concerned on the end results actually being good and faithful to the fans, than when it releases.
    I have basically resigned myself to be content with the fact that these two games are even coming out at some point in my life (hopefully).

  • Deathtone

    Coming to PS5

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Kingdom Hearts 2.9 1/2 coming summer 2018 get hyped.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    2018 seems possible for KH3, but definitely not part 1 of FF7.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    A Nomura directed game taking a while to develop? Who knew?

  • 🏆 Jokerino ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I’m calling it right now

    Late 2017 – Early 2018 FFVII Release
    Sometime in 2018 – Early 2019 KH3 Release

  • AR7777

    It’s an action RPG, it’s episodic and it’s directed by Nomura.
    I don’t think fans have any faith in this project.

    It’s a shame though because it would have been so easy to make a remake à la Resident Evil HD and leave everyone happy. But no, Nomura and his ego had to “fix” FFVII and make it action RPG.

  • Obbliglol

    I was initially sympathetic to Nomura over the FFXV/Versus dev time, but really? How much time do you need? What if one of his projects is taken off him again and given to someone else? SE should really stop announcing games so early.

  • AR7777

    At least Kojima is a game director, you may like his games or not but he’s directed lots of varied games like Policenauts, Snatcher, Zone of the Enders, Metal Gear and many more.

    Nomura is a character designer who happened to get lucky with Kingdom Hearts and that’s it.

    If you compare their resumes Nomura doesn’t even have a start, all you see is
    “Character designer”
    “Special thanks”
    “Concept designer”
    “Character designer”
    “Graphics designer”
    And of course the crowning jewel of the king’s scepter “Kingdom Hearts series director”

  • AR7777

    Agree, if their point is creating hype they actually produce the opposite effect. People getting tired and bored of waiting and finally moving on.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    How Square hasn’t learned shit from Enix about development, I’ll never know.

  • Fenrir007

    FFVII is going to be a great movie. That said, I will probably pre-order it like the nostalgia consumer whore that I am.

  • Donwel

    The Final Guardian

  • Sylveria Shini

    Its sad that the fan-project remake of FF7 is a more faithful representation of what the fans want, i.e. FF7 with a fresh coat of paint.

  • Neojames82

    Very good points. Nomura was more lucky than talented it seems.

  • Kamen Rider Mike

    Calling it.

    FFVIIR Part -> Almost at the end of 2017
    KH3 -> Summer 2018

    Now for the rest of the other parts of FFVIIR being episodic……is leaving me a bad taste in my mouth even more than before when they said it was going episodic.

    Let’s hope at part 1 comes out before mid 2018, if not, well Nomura has alot of explanation to say :I

  • After how fucking abysmal Just Cause 3 was on launch, I’d much rather wait a year longer for a game that’s actually finished than pay money for a broken mess that’s rushed out to meet an arbitrary deadline.

  • catazxy

    Aaaaand it’s GONE!
    What little excitement I had left….

  • catazxy

    So 2017 is off the table, wtf is going on with square enix’s devs?

  • FFXV is trash I need an actual new and good Final Fantasy game to play.

    FFX-3 or something damn.

  • RPG

    Yeah, I am trying to remain at least somewhat hopefuly for the remake, but I am much more fearful and nervous than anything.
    I mself would also have preferred if the remake had done a remake in the vein of Resident Evil, it is the golden standard for remakes, taking a great game, polishing it and adding new features and story, yet still maintaining and servicing everything we, the fans loved in the first place.
    I swear, if Nomura removes/alters sequences such as the Honey Bee Inn, and changes Tifa’s appearance to be more “modern” I may be tempted to not even touch it.

  • 2501

    This is typical Square Enix. Announcing a game way too early and leaving people to get excited over… nothing. I think the sole reason why they do it is to capitalize on merchandise.

  • 真・女神転生

    PS6 hype