As we already know, Tetsuya Nomura is simultaneously working on the remake for Final Fantasy VII and Kingdom Hearts 3. At E3 2018, new trailers and a release date was revealed for KH3.
In an interview with the Verge, Nomura spoke about the time and effort he is dedicating to Final Fantasy VII Remake and Kingdom Hearts 3. Currently, he is balancing it out by putting 100% into both titles. Once Kingdom Hearts 3 is completed that he does not need to jump from one room to the other, and it will just be one game to completely focus on instead of two.
For those fans wondering why the decision from a 2018 release to late January was made, it was due to them for wanting to make the Japanese and Western release closer to each other.
“We were told by many people, including hardware manufacturers, sales teams, marketing teams, that it just wasn’t good timing in the year.”
Square Enix has considered releasing the game in 2018 Holiday Season but it could become problematic.
“For Kingdom Hearts III, the Western offices requested to release the game as simultaneously as possible between Japan and America, so we no longer were able to just think about Japanese issues and retail situations.”
Later in the interview, he thanked fans for continuing to play the games he works on. Nomura states that he does not like human relationships more than work, so he just focuses on work and creating things.
“I do need fans to play my games, to be able to create it, and so fans are definitely a factor to motivate me to keep on going.”
Kingdom Hearts 3 launches on January 25th in Japan, and in North America and Europe on January 29th for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.