Q. “I wanted to ask if they are any possibilities to a Final Fantasy X sequel.”
A. “Do you mean after X-2?” *laughs* “First of all, I’d like to thank you all because X-2 received a very successful reception. There is the plot for X-3, and even there we were very successful, and we received a good response. At this point there is a wall that cannot be climbed over. The problem is a logistics one, that the producers and executives, etc. are not able to dedicate themselves to any more projects. It’s a logistics issue. We obviously want to concentrate on it [X-3] once we have publicised the release of Kingdom Hearts III and the other game [FFVII Remake]. We want to concentrate on those, work on making them good, and guarantee that they can be released. At Lucca, I’ve seen many Tidus and Yuna and it made me happy. I would like to preserve this passion for them, and will keep this in mind.
Here’s a translation of what Hashimoto said from Siliconera.
Hashimoto says Final Fantasy X/X-2’s HD Remaster sold well thanks to all the fans. As far as Final Fantasy X-3 goes, he acknowledges that fans have expectations after having been presented a bit of its plot in the audio drama. However, he says that there’s currently facing a wall that cannot be climbed—with director/character designer Tetsuya Nomura and producer/director Yoshinori Kitase both being occupied, they’re unable to work on Final Fantasy VII Remake, Kingdom Hearts III, and Final Fantasy X-3 all at the same time. Square Enix is focusing more on titles that have been announced for now, so he asks fans to wait a little longer [for anything on Final Fantasy X-3.]
Hashimoto adds that he was reminded just how popular Yuna and Tidus are after seeing plenty of cosplayers at Lucca Comics & Games 2016, and their drama is something that he and the staff would like to continue to cherish.