Gamers everywhere were thrilled when Square Enix revealed that Kingdom Hearts III had begun development, and they were positively ecstatic when Final Fantasy VII Remake was announced. It's been several years since both of those events, and 2016 came and went with hardly any news on either title's progress. Well, it's a new year now, and a new update has just popped up from the director of both titles, Tetsuya Nomura. If you were hoping for to see either of those games come out this year, however, you'll probably be disappointed.

Nomura confirms that development is still progressing on both Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake, but unfortunately it sounds like they still have a lot of work left. Both titles are stated to "still have a way to go," so we probably won't get our hands on them for a while. It's not all bad news, however, as Nomura does want to "show our progress at an event somewhere" in 2017.

What's the state of Kingdom Hearts III's development?

Tetsuya Nomura: "While I can't make a sweeping statement because the development process is different from what we've done so far, there are still worlds untouched. Production is progressing on unannounced worlds, in a state that we cannot show them off. In terms of the state of development, there is still some way to go."

What's the state of Final Fantasy VII Remake's development?

Nomura: "We're steadily progressing on production. While we are making them, I apologize that the wait will be be a bit longer for Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake. I am very sorry, but to that degree I will make a game that will meet your expectations.

"Last year, I didn't put out much information on either title, but this year I want to show our progress at an event somewhere. The release of the titles themselves have still have a way to go. But there are many titles releasing this year, if you can wait for any 'surprises.'"

2017 marks both the 15th anniversary of Kingdom Hearts and the 30th anniversary of Final Fantasy, so these games' releases would have been a stellar way to celebrate those events. Alas, it certainly sounds like that won't be the case; hopefully, though, their appearance at some events like E3 or the Tokyo Game Show will at least be enough to tide fans over.

What are you hoping to see in KHIII and FFVII Remake? Which events do you think Square Enix will choose to show off these games' progress? And what do you think those "surprises" Nomura mentions could be? Let us know your thoughts on these and more in the comments!

Source: Weekly Famitsu (via Gematsu)