Fans of FFX will be used to the rumors of a Final Fantasy X-3 release, and there has been intermittent news related to the topic ever since the original was released in 2001.
But what exactly do we know about a potential sequel? Will it be released any time soon, if at all? Here’s everything we know about it so far.
Will there be a Final Fantasy X-3?
The good news is that there is a very real possibility of a Final Fantasy X-3 being developed at some point in the future. The bad news is that it is unlikely to be anytime soon.
In 2021, it was reported that FFX writer Kazushige Nojima had loosely written a draft story for Final Fantasy X-3, and it seems that there are conversations behind the scenes about a third sequel eventually taking place.
There is obviously an awareness of the demand for a third game in the Final Fantasy X series, and many people were left unsatisfied with how things ended with FFX-2 and the subsequent novel. It is possible that this sentiment could push the developers to prioritize ending the series on a high note by rounding things up in another sequel.
Final Fantasy X-3 Release Date?
One member of the Final Fantasy development team, Motomu Toriyama, has said that the team “has to finish the remake of 7” before they can even think about progressing with any game.
And with FF7 Remake rumoured to be a trilogy, it is perhaps too early to be thinking about a Final Fantasy X-3 release date. The remake series could take several years to complete, so it is not likely we will hear anything about another FFX sequel any time soon.
What would the Final Fantasy X-3 story look like?
This is something that has been much debated in the FFX fandom over the years, and there are seemingly a number of directions that the writers could follow with the story.
One of the most common theories is that a third installment to the series would be a prequel following Braska’s pilgrimage and journey to defeat Sin. This is an appealing prospect as we would get to see a deeper insight into the history of Spira, while also learning about the relationship that was formed between Braska, Jecht and Sir Auron.
Another option could be to focus the game on the Machina War between the cities of Bevelle and Zanarkand. The War is alluded to in X, X-2, and X-2.5, and the details are sufficient enough to flesh out into a fully fledged game. There are many things to unpack from the Machina War (which took place 1,000 years before the events of FFX), and a game focussed on this period of Spira’s history could look at the destruction of Zanarkand, the creation of Sin by Yu Yevon, and the different ways of living in Zanarkand and Bevelle.
In truth, the game’s lore has so much depth that a Final Fantasy X-3 could choose a number of things to follow up on, or even combine some of the aforementioned potential plot directions.
Is there a FFX Remake?
There has not been a FFX Remake in the same vein as the FInal Fantasy 7 Remake. However, an HD remaster of FFX and X-2 was released in 2013 and is now available on multiple platforms.
This will have, undoubtedly, brought new audiences to the game and reinvigorated a desire to see a release of Final Fantasy X-3.
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