Brace yourselves, Square Enix fans. The words you were dreading have been spoken: Tetsuya Nomura, game director for both Kingdom Hearts 3 and the Final Fantasy 7 remake, has admitted that both games were announced too early.
There is some silver lining, though. Nomura doesn’t explicitly state that something like a delay is what caused his regret. Rather, he explained, “I am well aware that we announced [the games] too early, but even in the industry, word was beginning to spread that we were working on the game[s], so we just decided not to keep it more secret and officially reveal it.” Essentially, the word was spread by the company to preempt a leak.
Although this did allow the company to share the news on its own terms and is now building fan hype exponentially, this does put some more pressure on the developing teams.
Final Fantasy 7 still doesn’t have a release date but will eventually come in episodic installments, and Kingdom Hearts 3, as of right now, will still be on shelves January 29, 2019. Kingdom Hearts 3 will be out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox one, Final Fantasy 7 will only be gracing the PS4.