Square Enix shares New Year 2023 developer messages, Kitase hints unannounced project

The year 2022 has come to a close, and the teams at Square Enix have some year-end messages to share.

2023 is already looking to be an eventful one, with Final Fantasy XIV‘s new patch Gods Revel, Lands Tremble kicking things off on January 10. Not long after, Forspoken will release on PC and PlayStation 5 on January 24th, marking the team’s debut title as Luminous Productions after developing Final Fantasy XV.

Theatrhythm Final Bar Line compiles an absolutely massive list of Final Fantasy music into a rhythm game for PlayStation 4 and Switch, and is due out on February 16th. Octopath Traveler II follows up shortly after on February 24th, a Switch exclusive title that features the same style as the first but with new protagonists and a new world to explore.

Into the Summer season, Final Fantasy XVI will launch on PlayStation 5, and new information about the game will pick up the pace as we enter the final six months before release. Development on Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is also accelerating, says its producer Yoshinori Kitase, and is scheduled for a Winter release — which means we could see it in early 2024.

The Kingdom Hearts series will start beta testing a new mobile entry Missing-Link, which features ARG style elements and takes place in the past chronologically, in the same general era as Union Cross and Dark Road. Kingdom Hearts IV was also announced, so perhaps we’ll see more of what’s in store for Sora & co. as they exit the Dark Seeker arc of their adventure.

Dragon Quest is much ado about Dai, after launching a multimedia project based around an anime and a mobile game originating from a manga. A console title Infinity Strash is currently in development, but there are no current updates on when the title will release. Dragon Quest III HD-2D has also been quiet since its announcement; it’s a remake of the popular Famicom title in the style of Octopath Traveler. Last but not least, 2023 may see an update on the next numbered title in the series: Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate.

Final Fantasy series Brand Manager and Final Fantasy VII Rebirth producer Yoshinori Kitase also teased that a new, unannounced project is also waiting in the wings — but it’s not ready just yet. All we know is that it is unrelated to Final Fantasy VII.

Check out the messages below:

Happy New Year to you all.

FINAL FANTASY XVI is set to release this year, which means Yoshi-P needs your support now more than ever. Cheer him on as he gives it his all down the stretch!

Also! Development is picking up speed on the title I’m producing, FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH. I’m sure many of your collective imaginations are running wild trying to picture how we’ll recreate some of the game’s most iconic scenes, and we’ll have more to share about that when the time is right.

There’s also another big announcement unrelated to FFVII that I can’t say anything about just yet. Rest assured we’re working hard to make sure 2023 is the most exciting year yet.

Yoshinori Kitase

A very Happy New Year to you!

Thanks to the tireless efforts of medical professionals the world over, 2023 finally feels like the year that life might return, bit by bit, to what it was before the coronavirus pandemic. Indeed it is thanks to them that we game developers are able to continue doing what we do. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, to the entire medical community.

Work on FINAL FANTASY XVI, the latest entry in the FINAL FANTASY series, continues apace; we have at last announced the release date. We’re busy putting the finishing touches on the game and making the marketing materials, so hang in there just a little bit longer.

But that’s not all: FINAL FANTASY XIV is going to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year! And thankfully we’ll be able to hold live, in-person FINAL FANTASY Fan Festival events all over the world to celebrate. Our 10th anniversary schedule is jam-packed, so stay tuned (and yes, Patch 6.3 will release very soon)!

Here’s to a great 2023.

FINAL FANTASY XIV Producer and Director
Naoki Yoshida

Happy New Year, everyone.
Square Enix’s Ichiro Hazama here.

My first instinct is to say “this year,” but it’s due to come out next month. Yes, the newest THEATRHYTHM game is nearly here!

It’s also massive. There are 502 songs in this game if you include the DLC tracks! That could probably keep you busy until FINAL FANTASY’s 40th anniversary.

True to form—and this is very important, seeing as it’s the THEATRHYTHM series—all of the tracks in this title are the original recordings of the original tracks. That’s right, the music that scored some of your fondest memories is here, just as you remember it. This release is packed with 35 years’ worth of beloved tunes.

On behalf of the entire development team, I hope that this new THEATRHYTHM game allows you to relive your greatest FF memories and introduces you to entries you’ve never played before.

This feels more like a celebratory announcement than a New Year’s greeting, but nevertheless, Happy New Year!

FINAL FANTASY Record Keeper Producer
Ichiro Hazama

Happy New Year! Our debut title Forspoken is coming out on Jan 24. The wait is almost over – Hope everyone will enjoy their journey with Frey. Here’s to a great 2023!

Studio Head, Luminous Productions
Takeshi Aramaki

Best wishes for 2023 from all of us at Luminous Productions. This year, we can finally bring Forspoken to you. This would not have been possible without your continued support, for which our team is forever grateful. May your new year be filled with great success and happiness.

Luminous Productions

Happy New Year to everyone the world over!

2022 felt to me like the year where things started to turn a corner, as in-person fan meetings slowly returned. I hope 2023 is the year I get to meet with our fans outside Japan, as well!

Thanks to its passionate fans, FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS entered its eighth year, and WAR OF THE VISIONS entered its fourth. The 10th anniversary is in sight and we’ve got no intentions of slowing down, so I hope we can count on your continued support!

FFBE Series Producer
Kei Hirono

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Tony Garsow Tony joined Nova Crystallis in 2015, and has spent more than a decade writing in the Final Fantasy community. He also contributes to the Nova Crystallis Twitch and YouTube channels, where you can watch select gameplay highlights, previews, and streams.