An outline for Square Enix’s financial briefings for the fiscal year (which ended March 31, 2017) was released online (the briefing occured on May 11, 2017). In it was a slide showing off recently released Square Enix titles including World of Final Fantasy and Rise of the Tomb Raider, as well as unreleased games such as Final Fantasy VII Remake and Kingdom Hearts 3.
According to Gematsu, Square Enix president and CEO Yosuke Matsuda commented on this slide saying "this slide shows our release lineup for FY2017/3 as well as for FY2018/3 and beyond. We plan to launch each of these upcoming titles in the next three years or so.”
Don't bring out your pitch forks just yet! While it is disappointing to even think that Kingdom Hearts III might not even be out until 2020, it's worth noting that 2020 should be the latest it could release by. There's still the plausible option of a 2018 or 2019 release since Square Enix's collaboration series with Marvel, which was announced in January 2017 and will not have any information released on it until January 2018, was also listed and it stands to reason that Matsuda's comments could be refering to that game being the one that could release in 2020.
Hopefully a clearer release window for Kingdom Hearts 3 will be provided at E3 2017. We also weighed in on what we would like to see from Kingdom Hearts 3 at E3 this year! Remember to follow Kingdom Hearts Insider on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr for the latest updates on Kingdom Hearts Union χ [Cross], Kingdom Hearts 3 and all things Kingdom Hearts!