According to a recent investors document for Square Enix, Kingdom Hearts 3, the Final Fantasy 7 remake and the unnamed Marvel game will likely not see a 2017 release date.
The document shows many of the company’s major releases and upcoming releases expected to launch in fiscal year 2018 which ends in March 2018. Future games slated for at least 2017 included Dragon Quest 11 and Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age. Kingdom Hearts 3, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and the unnamed Marvel project currently have no estimated release. While this is by no means an official announcement, it is a good indicator that all three games won’t see a release anytime during 2017.
This news is of course not much of a surprise. Marvel and Square Enix’s partnership was only confirmed this year so the marvel game is likely in the early stages of development. Director Tetsuya Nomura has stated that neither the Final Fantasy 7 Remake nor Kingdom Hearts 3 were close to release. In fact earlier this year Nomura said that production on unannounced worlds for Kingdom Hearts 3 is still ongoing and “in terms of the state of development, there is still some way to go”.
If an optimistic approach is taken, this means it is still possible for both Final Fantasy 7 and Kingdom Hearts 3 to launch in the later half of 2018. The more likely outcome is that neither title will see a launch anytime soon and at best we can expect more information to come during E3 or another major press conference.