'Kingdom Hearts 3,' 'Final Fantasy VII Remake' Won't Release In 2017; Games' Director Confirms Delayed Launch [VIDEO]

13 January 2017, 7:10 am EST By Vinay Patel Mobile & Apps

Fans have been waiting with bated breath for "Kingdom Hearts 3" and "Final Fantasy VII Remake" to hit the store shelves this year or anytime sooner. But director of both titles, Tetsuya Nomura,has confirmed that neither of the two games is even close to being finished.

The internet is brimming with reports suggesting an imminent launch for the long-awaited remake of "Final Fantasy VII" and a bona fide sequel to "Kingdom Hearts II." But much to the dismay of avid gamers, Nomura, who spearheads both "Final Fantasy VII Remake" and "Kingdom Hearts 3," said both games are nowhere near reaching the ambitious goal of completion by this month or anytime soon.

Realizing this piece of news could break hearts of those clamoring for the games, Nomura asked the fans for pardons for prolonging their wait for "Kingdom Hearts 3" and "Final Fantasy VII Remake," according to Japanese magazine Famitsu (via Gematsu).

He noted that the team behind the highly anticipated remake of "Final Fantasy" is doing a steady progress on production. However, "Kingdom Hearts 3" is still lagging behind. Those restlessly waiting for the titles are hoping that "KH3" doesn't turn out to be another flop like "Final Fantasy Versus XII," which was announced back in 2006 for PS3, later changed to "Final Fantasy XV" in 2013 and finally released just last year.

Following years of spinoff and bridging titles, the game developer finally announced the much-awaited "Kingdom Hearts 3" at E3 2013. Its worth noting that "Kingdom Hearts 2" was the last game in the series to be designed from square one for a console. It was released in 2006.

Square Enix concurrently teased the remake to "Final Fantasy VII," which is deemed as the most popular role-playing game to date at E3 2005. The remake came to fruition 10 years later at E3 2015.

Thankfully, "Kingdom Hearts" fanatics will at least be able to rouse their fondness for "Kingdom Hearts 3" with "Kingdom Hearts 2.8," a compilation of games slated to release to the PS4 on Jan. 24 according to a post on GameSpot. It encompasses Birth by Sleep -- A Fragmentary Passage, which is an abridged game, built on the same engine as "KH3."

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