Every Square Enix Game in Development

In 2003 two of Japan’s most prolific video game publishers, Square and Enix, joined forces, bringing classic RPG series Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest under the same roof. Nearly two decades later, those franchises remain two pillars of Square Enix — pillars on which it has built a diverse, ever-expanding portfolio of games.

Between new releases and unexpected announcements, 2022 has already been a memorable year for Square: Triangle Strategy, Stranger of Paradise, and Live A Live are three of the year’s best-reviewed games at IGN, while Kingdom Hearts 4 is one the year’s most surprising game announcements so far.

With even more promising projects on the horizon, we’re exploring Square’s development pipeline to give you a complete picture of what’s to come in the months and years ahead. This list only includes officially announced games (no reported or rumored projects) in development for consoles and/or PC (no mobile games included for now, nor are we including expansions or updates to existing games). Click through the gallery below or continue scrolling for our full list of the 15 known games in development at Square Enix.

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The DioField Chronicle

Revealed during the a PlayStation State of Play, The DioField Chronicle is an all-new tactical RPG. The new IP combines classic real-time strategy gameplay with modern 3D art and animations. The “epic tale of war and honor” features “fantasy, medieval, and modern-day influences,” according to Square.

The game is composed by Ramin Djawadi and Brandon Campbell, best known for their work on Game of Thrones. The duo’s previous video game credits include Gears 5 and Amazon’s New World.

Star Ocean: The Divine Source

Star Ocean: The Divine Source is the latest entry in Square’s 25-year-old action-RPG franchise — the first since 2016’s Integrity and Faithlessness. The Divine Source features two protagonists — space captain Raymond and crown princess Laeticia — with individual yet connected narratives.

Square has yet to reveal much about the action-RPG, though based on its debut trailer, players can expect aerial traversal, fast-paced combat, and interplanetary exploration.

Harvestella

Harvestella is a new life-sim RPG from Square Enix. Its debut trailer showcased Stardew Valley-like mechanics — farming, crafting, cooking, fishing — blended with action combat and a fantastical world more typical of a Square Enix JRPG.

The game will cycle through spring, summer, fall, and winter. However, at the turn of each season, players will have to navigate Quietus, a season of death that threatens their settlement.

Harvestlla comes to Switch on November 4 and Steam on November 5. A demo is now available; progress will be transferable to the full game when it’s released.

Front Mission Remakes

Nintendo and Square are collaborating on remakes of tactical JRPGs Front Mission 1st, Front Mission 2, and Front Mission 3. The first remake is due out in November, the second in 2023, and the third at an unannounced future date.

Front Mission 1st is set in 2090, in a world where armies employ giant robots called Wanzers to do their fighting. The remake features a “modern mode with improved controls,” as well as a “fully reorchestrated” version of the original soundtrack.

Front Mission 2 takes place 12 years after the first. The remake will mark the first time the sequel has been released outside of Japan. (Front Mission 1st was exclusive to Japan from its initial release in 1995 until 2007 when it was ported to Nintendo DS.)

Dragon Quest Treasures

In addition to the HD-2D remake and the next core Dragon Quest game, Square Enix is developing a spinoff called Dragon Quest Treasures. Little is known about Treasures beyond its premise: It’s a treasure-hunting RPG starring childhood versions of Dragon Quest 11’s Mia and Erik.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 Reunion

The previously PSP-exclusive Final Fantasy 7 prequel is coming to consoles and PC on December 13. As with the original, Crisis Core; Final Fantasy 7 Reunion stars protagonist Zack Fair, who also appeared in the reveal trailer for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.

As IGN’s Rebekah Valentine wrote, “With Final Fantasy 7 Remake now situated as a trilogy, Crisis Core Reunion seems to be positioned as a prequel to the new story the series is trying to tell.”

The original Crisis Core was awarded an 8.5 by IGN back in 2008.

Valkyrie Elysium

Another upcoming action-RPG from Square is Valkyrie Elysium, a new entry in the publisher’s long-running Valkyrie series. Despite thematic and gameplay ties to the series’ previous games, Elysium will be “a brand-new standalone adventure,” according to Square.

The story is set “in the distant past, in a world where Ragnarok – the End Times – looms large upon the realms.” The playable character is described as an “emissary of redemption” tasked with “the salvation of a doomed world.”

Forspoken

A promising new IP coming from Square later this year, Forspoken is an open-world action-RPG with an isekai narrative concept: main character Frey is unexpectedly transported from modern-day New York City into Athia, a fantastical world of magic and mythical creatures.

Throughout Frey’s adventure to return home, she’ll learn magical abilities that aid in both combat and traversal.

Forspoken’s all-star writing team includes Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Amy Hennig (Uncharted), Todd Stashwick (Uncharted), and Allison Rymer (Shadowhunters). On the technical side, the team is aiming to create the “highest quality visuals ever” for an open-world game.

Forspoken was originally due out in May, though it was delayed to October 11, then again to January 24, 2023. It will be a PS5 console exclusive for at least two years.

Theatrhythm: Final Bar Line

Square’s Final Fantasy rhythm series returns with Final Bar Line. The new game will feature 385 songs and 104 characters from the franchise. 90 additional songs from other Square franchises — Nier, Octopath Traveler, and Live a Live, among others — will be added as paid DLC. Final Bar Line supports two players locally and up to four players online.

Octopath Traveler 2

A sequel to Square Enix’s excellent HD-2D JRPG Octopath Traveler will be released on February 24, 2023. Octopath Traveler 2 will feature eight protagonists with separate but converging stories.

The new Octopath was technically announced in 2019, though it wasn’t until September’s Nintendo Direct that we saw its proper unveiling. IGN awarded Octopath Traveler a review score of 9.3, calling it a “JRPG dream come true.”

Final Fantasy 16

Also in development at Square is the next mainline Final Fantasy game, Final Fantasy 16. Announced as a PS5 exclusive, the next Final Fantasy is moving away from the sci-fi aesthetic of Final Fantasy 15 and Final Fantasy 7 Remake and toward something rooted deeper in fantasy.

Only a month after the game’s announcement, Square announced “basic development and scenario production” had already been completed. Less than a year later, in July 2021, Square said the story and English voiceover work was nearly complete as well. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, Final Fantasy 16 development was delayed by “almost half a year.” It’s now slated for Summer 2023.

Set in Valisthea, a land of six realms “studded with colossal mountains of glittering crystal called Mothercrystals,” Final Fantasy 16 stars a trio of protagonists: Clive, Joshua (Clive’s younger brother), and Jill (a close childhood friend of the brothers, raised alongside them as a ward).

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

Part 2 of Square’s multipart Final Fantasy 7 Remake is officially titled Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, and it’s due out in late 2023. Rebirth will divert from the original plot of Final Fantasy 7, as evidenced by the appearance of Crisis Core’s Zack Fair in the reveal trailer.

FF7 Remake was first released in 2020, before coming to PS5 as Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade in mid-2021. The upgraded version was accompanied by a new, Yuffie-focused DLC.

The remake will be a trilogy, Square confirmed, with development on Part 3 already underway.

Dragon Quest 3 HD-2D Remake

The first of three console/PC Dragon Quest games announced as part of the series’ 35th anniversary celebration is an HD-2D remake of Dragon Quest 3. It’s the second HD-2D game Square has in development following the Live a Live re-release. The style was previously popularized by Square with Octopath Traveler and more recently Triangle Strategy.

While only Dragon Quest 3 HD-2D is official, series creator Yuji Horii has also expressed interest in remaking the series’ first two games in the same vein, according to Nintendo Life.

Dragon Quest 12: The Flames of Fate

Dragon Quest 12: The Flames of Fate was officially announced alongside DQ 3 HD-2D Remake in May 2021. While neither platforms nor a release window were revealed, Square announced it’s targeting a simultaneous worldwide release for The Flames of Fate.

Series creator Yuji Horii, who’s worked on every Dragon Quest game throughout the franchise’s 35-year history, is once again involved with Dragon Quest 12. Horii says The Flames of Fate will be darker in tone than previous Dragon Quest games and feature notable changes to its traditional battle system.

Dragon Quest 12 is being developed in the recently released Unreal Engine 5.

Kingdom Hearts 4

Kingdom Hearts 4 was unexpectedly announced during a 20th anniversary event for the franchise in April. The reveal trailer shows off a more realistic Sora — along with appearances from Donald, Goofy, and Strelitzia — in the world of Quadratum, “a large, expansive city is set in a gorgeous, realistic world that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before in the Kingdom Hearts.”

Kingdom Hearts 4 marks the beginning of a new storyline within the series called The Lost Master Arc. As theorized by IGN’s resident Kingdom Hearts expert Jonathon Dornbush, the title of the new narrative arc is most likely a reference to a character named the Master of Masters, who seemingly appears in the trailer alongside another hooded figure, though it may have other meanings as well.

The latest Square Enix-Disney collaboration may also, for the first time, take players to a galaxy far, far away; Kingdom Hearts 4’s debut trailer may include a quick shot of an AT-ST foot, potentially hinting at the series’ first-ever Star Wars section.

There’s currently no release window for KH4, though Square noted the Unreal Engine 5 project is still in “early development.” The series’ last entry, Kingdom Hearts 3, was released in 2019. Its sole DLC, Re Mind, was subsequently released in early 2020.

Updated to reflect released games and new announcements. Tomb Raider has also been removed, as it is no longer a Square Enix franchise; the IP was sold to Embracer Group, along with several other Square-owned IPs and studios.

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