Square Enix Responds To Final Fantasy XV And Kingdom Hearts III Rumor

By Spencer . January 31, 2014 . 3:29pm

fxv1 You may have heard about a document from Square Enix Europe that pegs Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III for release in 2014. In a statement sent to Siliconera, Square Enix says the release schedule is inaccurate.


"We’re aware an internal document has been in circulation listing release dates for select Square Enix titles. This information contained in this document is inaccurate and features placeholder timing. Specifically – no announcement has been made to date for Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV – their projected release window remains to be advised.”


Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III were revealed at E3 2013 as titles in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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  • Even if this wasn’t my first time hearing about the rumor, I wouldn’t have believed it. It’s Square-Enix. 2014 would be way too soon lol =P

    Seriously hoping we do get some more info on the games soon though :3

    • Yorai Dragon

      Indeed, I wouldn’t see it coming out anytime before early 2015 for FF15 and late 2015 for KH, maybe near xmas.

      • To be honest I wasn’t expecting either of these games until at least Fall 2015. Even though my above comment was somewhat of a joke, it was also true lol. I don’t mind them taking their time on these two games though because from what they showed us they’re turning out to be pretty epic.

        • Slickyslacker

          Yeah, I’m expecting XV around late Q2 2015 at the earliest, and that’s only the Japanese release.

          I hope we won’t have to wait until 2016 for KH III, but it might just happen.

      • natchu96

        It would not make sense for FF15 to come out in 2014. Where’s the numbers aesthetic in that idea?

        2015 or bust. If they delay it to 2016 SE has failed.

  • Okay, who REALLY believed that rumor in the first place? Idiots?

  • Andy Abramo

    Nah, 2014 is like tomorrow for Square Enix… Maybe 2016?

  • Samsara09

    well,unexpectedly,they did answer to the rumor.LOL,didn’t even hear of it before.
    Well,it is too soon to shoot down the dream for XV.They have the entire year to announce this game,if they intend to release it on mid-end of 2015…at most till E3 next year then to announce the release date…
    or till E3 this year to do it,if they plan to release it on the end of 2014-beginning of 2015.

    after all,if the game has been in full development since 2010-2011,then it will be 4-5 years old,ripe for taking as most games usually are at this age.

    KH3,keep it under the pillow or in the dreams.I don’t think it will be coming anytime soon.Perhaps 2016 we will be having a release date.But well,who knows,SE is unpredictable.

  • James Beatty

    I’m guessing 2015 and 2016 respectively.

    • P4ine

      Damn, I was about to laugh and be like “haha, you’re exaggerating dude, that would be taking way too long!”, but then I realised it’s already 2014 and Kingdom Hearts II has been out since 2006. Getting older really sucks…

  • Pdugna

    thought everybody was in the consensus that these games were coming 2015?

    • You’d be surprised lol

      • Pdugna

        well I mean we are still getting KH 2.5 remix and FF:LR not matter how many people hate FF13 it’s still a FF game that is coming.

        • EinMugenTenshin

          I hated FF 13, didn’t buy 13-2 because of my never ending rage, but… I loooved that 13-3 demo. Seriously, it was good… Even better than good, made me pre-order.

          Give it a try, it is on PSN.

          • Pdugna

            downloaded it day one it was out and I enjoyed the combat also, though I didn’t mind the Paradagim shifts in the earlier games.

    • Nanashrew

      Waited 8 years now on FF versus 13/XV I don’t even believe in a 2015 date.

      Edit: Wait has it really been 8 years now? I’ve lost track of time.

      • Samsara09

        well,20XV will be the game’s tenth anniversary.We could even throw jokes like..”Oh,10 years ago i was ….”

        • Nanashrew

          That is hilarious.

  • Whatever the case, we’ll still see both games in the US before Phantasy Star Online 2. :P

    • Awwwww. That was a low blow man…… =(


      • Don’t blame me; blame Sega.

        • Nanashrew

          Everyone is focusing so hard on getting Sega to release more games on PC but I think we should focus our efforts on PSO2 first. Then we can focus on (Jet Set Radio 3) everything else.

        • natchu96

          Well, I do believe they made an english version and are putting it out . . . for SOUTHEAST ASIA >_>

          Hey, SEA is an awesome place to live in the urban parts. I’ve lived there before. Respect. But that just doesn’t seem right.

    • DCBlackbird

      *grabs chest* ooooooooooooohhhh!

  • harmonyworld

    we ain’t gettin these games until there are flying cars

    • ThatGuy3190_7


      • harmonyworld

        Roughly! :3

    • We have those. They’re called airplanes =P

      • harmonyworld

        I can’t own one of those normally >.<

        • Pinwheel

          You didn’t mention that though.

          • ThatGuy3190_7

            F-Zero vehicles can suffice. We definitely don’t have those yet.

      • Can i drive said airplane on the street no it is not a car

    • Kevin Schwarz

      And by then, the hype will be bigger than the actual product, which will be mediocre by the time, and WE ALL will be disappointed.

      • Judgephoenix

        Nah itll be redone on the PS7 and they’ll show off a another Tech Demo of FF7 which will allow you to implement yourself in the game as well.

        • natchu96

          Now we get to play as Noc in VR!

          Teleport spam would be hard to replicate in your senses without making it literal SAO . . . but we all know how that must turn out.

      • Jeffrey Thrash

        I’m honestly keeping my expectations for Kingdom Hearts III in the range of “plays like KH1 and 2, won’t push hardware too much” range. It still sounds hopeful, I guess, those games are definitely fun. The rational side of me would be shocked if Final Fantasy XV doesn’t end up a horrendously outdated mess like Duke Nukem Forever.

        • Tarkovsky

          Difference between Duke Nukem and FFXV is that Duke was passed around many various devs, which was why it was a a jumbled mess. Not to mention Gearbox(cough cough Aliens Colonial Marines fiasco cough) was the company that ultimately finished it.

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        Hey hey they did good with ff13 lightning returns and ff 14’s reboot they are making strides to getting things right the first time again

      • Tarkovsky

        Only if you let the hype get to you.

    • Tarkovsky

      We’ll get them before we get Half Life 3.

    • Jeremy Sumrak

      Yeah…but then we’ll also have Replicants running around…trying to extend their life…killing Blade Runners…Blade Runners killing them…it’s gonna be a mess!

    • Ric Vazquez

      Let’s wait for the announcement of the announcement.

    • Yeah, no. Square is a business and this is one of the games that will make or break them. They have a nearly 2 year Window; more like one now, before people legitimately give up on ever seeing the game.

  • The Watcher

    Isnt it obvious that FFXV=20XV=2015

    • Adrian Duran

      and KHIII=2III=2111

      • greeeed

        don’t give them any weird idea

  • MasterScrub

    I wouldn’t have believed those games were coming out in 2014 if someone descended from the heavens and said they were.

    • DCBlackbird

      Well it saves me the trip

  • Martian Wong

    I hope it will be released in 2015. I hope they will show more of it in E3 and TGS coming in September.

  • shuyai

    i was hoping foe 2014 Chrismas but knowing square enix but probably want till 2015 for bigger ps4/xbox one installer base and also lame reason like FF15 so 2015, actually imagine they actually troll us and say they delay FFXV for years just for that reason, there will be blood

  • MrRobbyM

    Was anyone honestly expecting either of them in 2014? FFXV will be early 2015 at the earliest and KH3 will probably be 2016/17

  • Kei-chan

    3014 maybe

    • RichyGaming

      And then they decided to cancel the game.

      • gigantor21

        My descendants are going to be FURIOUS.

  • dark-kyon

    with luck in 2015 square enix show another trailer to ffxv.

  • DCBlackbird

    the last time I was hyped for this game was in high school… Freshman year

  • Altumn

    But notice how they say “no announcement has been made to date…”
    They didn’t say It is not coming out in 2014… so maybe…

  • revenent hell

    I used to look forward to XV… Now I only dread what it may have become considering what has become of the Final Fantasy franchise for the past years. Promising isn’t a term I can in good conscience apply to it. But then again I figured they would just end up cancelling it to make another Lightning game…..

    As for KH III I didn’t expect it anytime soon considering im sure there’s a ton more handheld games they can throw out before then……I give it a due date of PS5

  • hazelnut1112

    If anyone believed that these games were going to be released this year are poor gullible people. Probably the same people that would believe if you told them that Sora is going to be in the next Smash Bros. because one of your parents works for Nintendo.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    I’d love to see the face of the person who thought KH3 was going to release this year.

  • Unlimax

    2014 ? .. Wishful thinking !

  • They can take as much time as they like. I won’t be buying a PS4 until these games and Metal Gear Solid V come out, although I could get MGSV on PS3, but I would like to hold out for a potentially better version, plus Kojima did say Phantom Pain was a long ways off. I’m getting less interested in other franchises as time goes on, so it’s going to be the major ones like these ones that end up selling me a new system.

    I’m not at all surprised about Kingdom Hearts III because they did say it was going to be a long time. I was thinking that FFXV could potentially come this year, but it would be optimistic to think that. It looks like KH III is still very early in development based on that gameplay video they showed, which doesn’t even look like actual gameplay. It looks like a mock up version in the same vein as the FFXIII announcement trailer. It’s easy to tell because it just doesn’t look right.

    Slightly off topic, but I feel a little bad for those who bought their PS3s at launch for the FFXIII games, that teased FFVII remake and Kingdom Hearts III. All of this taught me to never buy any system until the games actually come out. You never know what companies will do.

    • Anime10121

      But FFVII remake was never actually teased. They did the same thing with FFVIII on PS2 (created a tech demo to demonstrate PS2’s graphical capabilities), but because there was no internet to spread misinformation, it was taken as it was supposed to be, a nice showcase of what they were going for.

      It was the spread of the internet, and the growth of idiotic “journalists (who did no research” and fansites that “confirmed” a VII remake was coming. SE ALWAYS said it was a tech demo, and that a VII remake in its style was highly unlikely.

      • Well, it technically was teased, by which I mean that they went out of their way to create a demo to show what FFVII would look like on the PS3. I knew for a fact that they weren’t going to remake it and they even flat out confirmed they weren’t going to, but it still was a bit of a tease for them to make a trailer like that to get people excited. It’s kind of like how Nintendo teased a Zelda game with more realistic graphics for the Gamecube, but instead they created Wind Waker. But I do agree, game journalists are highly unprofessional when it comes to news like this.

        • TempestTwin

          A more realistic graphics zelda game did come out for the gamecube though, twilight princess. And no, I don’t think you should feel sympathetic towards the people who chose to buy a console. No one was shoving a PS3 down their throats. Take the tech demo of zelda shown at the Wii U launch for instance. No one went out of their way to buy a Wii U for that.

  • Rogerrmark

    Pretty sure FFXXVII comes before FFXV

    *Bazinga level comment*

  • Nice Boat Quatro

    We don’t know when but you will be excited

  • Lloyd Christmas

    If you believed these games would be coming out this year then have I got a bag of junk to sell to you.

  • Figured as much lol.

  • Bobby Jennings

    People would be stupid to believe that they were releasing in 2014 though.

    Well maybe just one of them wouldn’t be too crazy but both? lol

  • Randgriz

    I just hope i dont die before these games come out. Thatll be the true sadness.

  • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

    They’ll probably finish FFXII-HD before FFXV is finished, lol!

  • 七死

    so, what will happen first first contact with an alien or Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III?

  • Chido55

    While there is a very little hope for XV to make it in 2014, to think the same about KH3 was completely absurd.

  • Go2hell66

    please don’t kid yourselves, no one is playing either of those titles before 2015

  • Anthony Hadow

    So they comment on this but no word on Dragon Quest games?

    • revenent hell

      Of course not. People are to busy begging Nintendo for the games. Maybe if they got the proper party right they would know DQ games are in demand. As it stand they probably think no ones interested in them/end sarcasm

  • DanielGearSolid

    Seriously for as long as 15 has been in development… Cmonnnnnn already

  • NeptuniasBeard

    I’m afraid that I’m gonna have to be bitten by Vampires and gain eternal life if I wish to see the release of this game

  • Anime10121

    I apologize if this offends anyone that believed this rumor, but if you know Square, and believed either of these two games were coming this year, you good sir/mam, are an idiot.

    FFXV is slightly believable hopeful just because there were the two big trailers from E3 last year, but the fact remains that we’ve seen NOTHING since. Had it been coming this year, we’d have seen new trailers at TGS last year, famitsu articles already, and not STILL be waiting in indefinite silence for more info on the game.

    And KH3? Ohooho, KH3? The game hasn’t even seen a “real” trailer yet! The two “clips” we’ve seen thus far are further off than that clip of LR:FFXIII at its unveiling. They’ve shown us those clips so we could have a glimpse at the graphical style the game’s taking along with a look at how the ideas they have for combat. NONE of that is final yet, hell a couple months ago, Nomura was talking about how he’s not even done writing the scenario for KH3 yet, and people expected it THIS YEAR? Official Square document or no, that was never gonna happen.

    I’d always held to the opinion that XV would release 2015 (I mean its TOO perfect) and that KH3 would release no earlier than fall 2016, though I’m honestly expecting a 2017 release for it…

    • fireguardiancoty

      Bless this post.

    • The masses don’t do their research unfortunately.

  • DarkLight

    Well most likely get them in late 2015 or Q1 or Q2 of 2016.

  • I wonder if another version of Duke Nukem will be released by the time these come out. *sigh*

  • 128bitigor

    They should release it in 2016, to mark the 10th anniversary of the announcement.

  • Not really a rumor when they flat-out call them internal documents and say Placeholder Release Timing. That implies that the document is legitimate and that they are in fact ‘trying’ to aim for sometime this year.

    Honestly, this only makes it more likely that we’ll see both before the end of 2015. Which has probably been Nomura’s goal in the first place.

  • eilegz

    sigh sega, sort it out please…

  • Michael Connell

    I think it’s safe to assume those two games are probably going to come out at about the same time Tsukihime 2 comes out

  • subsamuel01

    No way they would release both of those titles so soon. I think F15 is coming out in summer 2015. Kingdom hearts 3 might be ways off.

  • Michael Connell

    Okay, joking aside, I think one reason we probably won’t be seeing KH3 released for a very long time is because I wouldn’t be surprised if Disney would want to include Star Wars, The Avengers (maybe we’ll get to fight Thanos), and considering how well it was recieved the recently released Frozen.


    PS3 launch all over again lol. I wouldn’t be surprised if these games released next gen (i.e., after PS4 / Xbox One)

    • Square would be bankrupt by then.

      People need to understand that Nomura got held back on Versus in 2009. The delay isn’t due to development issues, it’s due to jumping to am entirely new platform within the following year.

      Kingdom Hearts games all have a dev cycle of two years. Nomura has promised one game a year and does not plan to release another game before 3 and 2.5.

      With this in mind, Kingdom Hearts 3 will likely be out in Japan next Spring with XV either late this year or sometime near out.

      This whole thing about expecting a wait between them is stupid, it’s been said by Nomura himself that they are being developed in tandem with one another.

  • Ronldbx6

    Sees title “What’s the rumor?” I definitely do not expect KH3 to be coming this year but I was hoping FF15 would finally be released sometime at the end of this year. Jeez, how much more work is left on the game!? I guess we won’t see it until 2015.

    • kaotron

      trust me, there are alot of desperate fans out there who are in denial enough to believe that kH3 will actually come out Q3/4 2014.

      anyone who looks at squares previous track record can tell that they wont be releasing neither XV or KH3 this(or maybe even next) year(especially since lightning returns came out) and that’s just hoping that they don’ stall the game again and put it into another development hell….

      • Ronldbx6

        I hate the breaks we get for FF15. It’s like we get a big update then don’t hear about the game again until many months later. I wish they would give frequent updates on the game to us. KH3 isn’t coming out until like 2016 at this pace.

        • kaotron

          yeah, square has been super stingy with their update news almost 8 years and nothing but a teaser and demo trailer…

          the thing that annoyed me the most about xv is that it was announced way too early(’06) while it was stalled for a whole console generation(It looks like square is trying to out do duke nukem).

          as for KH3 which wont come out for another few years(while KH2 came out back in ’05).

          since we got FFX-HD and lightning returns, square is probably covered for the year…

          • Ronldbx6

            Since FF15 is coming next year then KH3 should be 2016.

          • kaotron

            i hope..

  • The_Superior_Spider-Mon

    I expect both of them to release in 2015 to 2016

  • Shady Shariest

    …Why… HOW could anyone expect either of them to come this year -_-‘

  • Zalin

    Enough with the final fantasy series! More star ocean please square enix…


    I didn’t even knew about this rumor. maybe is because I always forget that the VXIII/XV exist.

  • Michieie

    >inb4 the Duke Nukem forever of Final Fantasy

    I have yet to get a PS4 but even if FFXV comes out before I get the console I’ll buy it.

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