Final Fantasy X-3 could happen. We’ve even seen hints of it in the audio drama that came with Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster. This information comes from Final Fantasy boss Shinji Hashimoto, who spoke at length during a special conference during Lucca Comics & Games 2016 in Italy last month.
Following the success of the HD Remaster, Hashimoto understands fans have expectations for another title in the X universe. Right now, however, Square Enix is facing a number of logistical challenges due to having key staff such as Yoshinori Kitase and Tetsuya Nomura hard at work on Final Fantasy VII Remake and Kingdom Hearts III. Because of this, there’s just no time to work on a potential Final Fantasy X-3. With the focus on titles already announced, Hashimoto urges fans to wait a little longer.
During the event, Hashimoto also touched on various Kingdom Hearts happenings, including the newly announced Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX for PlayStation 4. The PS4 release will allow fans to own the entire collection on the same console and feature a major improvement in graphics over the original PS3 release.
On both Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and Final Fantasy VII Remake, Hashimoto says release dates have yet to be decided. Final Fantasy VII Remake in particular is well into development and once again, fans are asked to wait just a bit longer for more information. The rumors of a 2017 launch are still rumors for now.
Additionally, fans looking for more Final Fantasy XIII – Hashimoto notes the series’ sales were in line with their expectations. He says that Lightning herself is still very popular and Square Enix as a company must think about how they’ll continue fostering her character going forward.
Moving on to the future, Hashimoto says each Final Fantasy series title is reassessed from scratch so it’s currently unknown if Final Fantasy XVI will share a modern aesthetic like Final Fantasy XV does. Sometimes the direction is changed intentionally based on the director, such as the jump from from Final Fantasy VIII to Final Fantasy IX. Since it’s based on the director’s own personal preferences, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will always be an action RPG.