On the eve of the latest Final Fantasy chapter finally being completed, it’s time to look into the future. Shinji Hashimoto, executive producer at Square-Enix, answered fan questions about possible future games earlier this month at Lucca Comics & Games 2016. This is an event in Japan, but the answers were translated by Siliconera.
There have been rumors of a Final Fantasy X-3 in the works, sparked by the release of a radio drama that took place after the events of X-2. Hashimoto said that the Final Fantasy X and X-2 Remastered Edition sold well enough that they would consider it, however, it’s not possible at the moment due to the producers of the first two being tied up with other projects. Tetsuya and Yoshinori Kitase are deep into Kingdom Hearts 3 right now and are laying the groundwork for Final Fantasy VII Remake. Hashimoto isn’t ruling out the possibility of an X-3, but don’t expect it tomorrow. Maybe it’ll come out when you’re really old and can’t hold the Playstation 9 controller properly.
Other titles: Hashimoto didn’t offer any new news on Final Fantasy VII Remake, only to say that the game is NOT coming out in 2017 (who was expecting that?) He re-confirmed that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 is the very last repackaged filler that Square will release before Kingdom Hearts 3. And he let down the people who were hoping for one more appearance from Lightning from FFXIII (she has fans in Japan).
He also mentioned it’s far too early to be talking about FFXVI. I would agree. But he did hint that FFs tend to fluctuate back and forth between fantasy-based and reality-based worlds, and since FFXV is more based in reality (with its cars and everything), it’s probable #16 will be more fanciful.