This means that fans could still end up waiting about 4-5 years at the very least. However it seems that this wait could have felt “shorter” had Square Enix chosen to announce the game at a later date, something that Nomura himself had admitted. Speaking to Multiplayer (via Stevivor), Nomura was quoted as saying, “I am aware that we announced it very early, but in the industry, word was starting to spread that we were working on the game, so we decided to stop keeping it a secret and to reveal it officially.”
We suppose it is possible that Square Enix wanted to avoid a situation where they’d have to deal with endless rumors and speculation over the next few years, something that Valve has been dealing with regarding rumors about Half-Life 3. Unfortunately this still doesn’t tell us when the game will be released, but like we said, chances are we’ll see it in 2019 at the earliest, although some reports are claiming that it could be in 2020 or even later. Either way gamers will just have to remain patient until then.