In the upcoming issue of Weekly Famitsu, Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura discusses the many anniversaries of Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy going on this year, along with the current progress of his upcoming projects like Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake. Hachima Kikou has shared a summary of the upcoming interview which hints that Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake's releases may be a bit further out than expected.
Thanks to Saken for the translations!
– This year is the KH series' 15 year anniversary, FF7's 20 year anniversary and the FF series' 30 year anniversary. Regarding actions planned to do with those milestones...
Nomura: First, KH2.8 will release in January, then in February at Sapporo's Snow Festival we will have a snow figure display for FF7. In March we see the release of KH1.5+2.5 and also the start of the Kingdom Hearts World Tour concerts. We might also be able to do something at Disney's D23 event. KHUx Season 2 is also approaching a start.
– Do you plan to release a package that also appends KH2.8 to KH1.5+2.5?
Nomura: The timing is a bit off now, so we're not thinking about releasing something like a "Complete Package" right now. Although, much like is readily available with DVDs, a box that includes both games is being prepared. This will most likely be an e-STORE exclusive.
– A status update on KH3's development?
Nomura: the process of production this time is different from any other KH game up until this point, so I can't exactly say much, but there are still worlds that we have yet to start work on. There are also, however, worlds that we haven't announced with production on them moving right along. So it's in a showable, but not showable state. In terms of development status, I guess you could say there's still some ways to go.
– A status update on FF7's development?
Nomura: Production is going ahead smoothly.
We're development them, but it seems like we'll have to keep you waiting just a little longer for both KH3 and FF7 Remake. We apologise, but we would like to polish them to line up to their expectations. We were unable to release a lot of information last year, however I want to show their progress at this year's events. As for both title's release dates, we can only say "not yet". However, there are plenty of titles releasing this year, and if you look forward to some surprises...
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