Hardcore fans of the beloved Square Enix RPG Final Fantasy VII have yet more worries with the revelation that the remake may not see the light of day until the far-off year of 2023, stemming from a joke made by producer Yoshinori Kitase that fans – perhaps understandably – have taken as fact.
The comment came to light after audio from the Final Fantasy 30th anniversary celebration event (which was private, meaning photos and cameras were not allowed) was released online.
Yoshinori Kitase, Naoki Hamaguchi and Tetsuya Nomura of Square Enix were having a private discussion with a crowd about the remake, leading to a final comment from Kitase regarding the game’s release date – the statement, according to a translator:
Kitase then signs us off by making the joke previously mentioned in the thread, saying he wishes to keep on polishing up the game for the 35th anniversary, to which they all laugh and Hamaguchi responds objectingly “Hey that’s a long ways off!” He then however, also goes on to say that a lot is hanging on the next (presumably big) event, and that they’re hoping to show off (the game) by then.
Fans can only hope Kitase really was making a joke…