Square Enix may release a wide range of games every year, but its bread and butter continues to be the Final Fantasy franchise. While announcements on new games are scarce at the moment, Final Fantasy brand manager Shinji Hashimoto has assured fans that new games in the beloved franchise will launch in 2018.
“Next year will be a big one,” Hashimoto said in an interview with Edamame Arcade Channel, where he mostly discussed the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game. “And we will bring exciting, new Final Fantasy games to the world. Thank you all for your support.”
Of course, Hashimoto stopped short of specifying which Final Fantasy games would release in 2018. At the time of this writing, only one game in the franchise has been confirmed for a 2018 release date, and that is the fighting game spinoff Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. It’s possible Hashimoto was referring to Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, but he said “games” instead of “game,” so one can safely assume that even more Final Fantasy titles are set to launch next year.
While Hashimoto didn’t reveal any additional Final Fantasy games that will release in 2018, we can take a few guesses. It’s possible that the first episode of Final Fantasy 7 Remake will release next year, as previously rumored. And if the first episode doesn’t launch in 2018, then it’s likely that we will at least get a release window next year, if recent comments by the president of Square Enix are any indication.
Besides Final Fantasy 7 Remake, another major game starring Final Fantasy characters is expected to release at some point in 2018. Kingdom Hearts 3, while not explicitly a Final Fantasy title, does feature many Final Fantasy characters and gameplay elements. It currently has the placeholder release date of November 1st, 2018, suggesting that Square Enix is preparing the game for a holiday 2018 release.
It’s certainly possible that Hashimoto was referring to the likes of Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Kingdom Hearts 3 with his comments, but it’s also possible that he was referring to unannounced games. Maybe other classic Final Fantasy titles are set to get the remake treatment, or perhaps some games in the series will get enhanced ports to the Nintendo Switch, as Square Enix has previously suggested. Whatever the case may be, it sounds like Final Fantasy fans won’t have a shortage of content to enjoy next year.