Final Fantasy series producer Yoshinori Kitase has told fans to expect a “big announcement” in the near future for the franchise, though it’s unrelated to Final Fantasy VII. He mentioned the interesting information in a recent New Year message, confirming that we’ll be hearing about something big from the long-running Final Fantasy franchise this year. All signs seem to point to the infamous GeForce Now leak which already listed a remaster for Final Fantasy Tactics and a remake of Final Fantasy IX.
Kitase’s New Year message revealed that Square Enix is currently busy with the development of two major Final Fantasy games: Final Fantasy XVI, which launches in June 2023, and Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, which is expected to launch later in the year. That said, he also teased another big announcement for the franchise unrelated to those titles.
Kitase’s New Year message reads:
“Final Fantasy XVI is set to release this year, which means Yoshi-P needs your support now more than ever. 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.”
Kitase added that there’s another reveal planned for 2023 that’s unrelated to Final Fantasy VII:
“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.”
Fans quickly scrambled to the GeForce Now database leak which occurred in 2021, which has proven to be quite accurate so far. Every game on that list has been announced including Kingdom Hearts IV and many more. Interestingly, the leak mentions a remake of Final Fantasy IX and a remaster of Final Fantasy Tactics. One of those might be the “big announcement” that Kitase is teasing, though only time will tell.
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