Recently, Square Enix released their consolidated financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31st, 2014. While overall, the company enjoyed some profit after a period of hardship, there were some interesting notes that give a few clues as to when Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV won’t be releasing.
Within, Square Enix noted that there isn’t an expected return in profit prior to March 2015. They also expect a decline in games sales of 5 million units. Now, for a video games company, it’s not hard to imagine that what makes Square Enix profit is video games.
Now, the two Square Enix games franchises that bring an increase in sales (and thus profit) with them are Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts. After all, Square Enix’s return to profitability in recent memory is due to the success of such games as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (Thief and Tomb Raider Definitive Edition deserve credit, too). Given that, you can imagine the degree of success that a traditional main entry title such as Final Fantasy XV or Kingdom Hearts III would bring.
So if Square Enix predicts a decline in both sales and profit through March 2015, it would suggest that they are not anticipating a launch of either Final Fantasy XV or Kingdom Hearts III prior to then. After all, if they did, their predictions for sales and profit would be much higher.
Realistically speaking, nobody should have ever expected either Kingdom Hearts III or Final Fantasy XV to be out that early after rushed reveals at E3 2013. Nevertheless, the figures reported by Square Enix provide some insight with at least mildly concrete expectations for non-release.