Tetsuya Nomura, the game director of the Kingdom Hearts saga, recently confirmed, during an interview at the E3 with The Verge that he and the whole team are putting "equal efforts" into both Final Fantasy VII Remake and Kingdom Hearts III, as both projects are being developed in parallel.
“We are developing [Final Fantasy VII] in parallel, and it’s not just in the early concept stages, we are actually in development"
"So right now, it’s like I’ve been putting in 100 percent into Kingdom Hearts, 100 percent into Final Fantasy VII, 100 percent into Kingdom Hearts... just going back and forth, it’s just like [working on] two titles is just going to be one [after Kingdom Hearts III’s launch]. That’s pretty much how I see it"
Concerning the release date issue that recently came out, according to Nomura the game wasn't delayed because it needed more time:
“We were told by many people, including hardware manufacturers, sales teams, marketing teams, that it just wasn’t good timing in the year," - and when Square Enix pondered the “very tail end” of 2018, the holiday season became another possible problem - “For Kingdom Hearts III, the Western offices requested to release the game as simultaneously as possible between Japan and America, so we no longer were able to just think about Japanese issues and retail situations,”
The company then had to factor possibilities of retailers in specific regions closing early or offering limited sales hours:
“When we looked toward that, we were told that the best timing after all of that would be the tail end of January,” Nomura says. “We of course considered maybe speeding up the development to release earlier than we were told that it wasn’t good, but the development team said, no, we can’t do that. We could delay it, but we can’t make it any sooner. If we are to also potentially delay the release date, then we could have that extra time to work on the game a little more. It kind of just all worked together for us to decide on this date.”
Last but not least, he says that he owes a lot to his fans, which keeps him motivated to keep on going creating:
“I actually don’t like human relationships more than just work, so I just want to focus on work and creating things, if I don’t have to deal with human relationships. It’s actually a little bit easier for me to do than not working.” - also - “I do need fans to play my games, to be able to create it, and so fans are definitely a factor to motivate me to keep on going.”
We want to remember you that Kingdom Hearts III is going to be released in January 25th 2019 in Japan and Worldwide in January 29th 2019. Be sure to keep following our E3 2018 coverage on our site and on all our social medias (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr)!
- Jun 15 2018 09:40 AM
- by Yoshirai
DisneyExaminer had the privilege of interviewing Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the Kingdom Hearts series at the Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX North American launch event. The interview discusses Disney, various favourites of Nomura's and a decade of Kingdom Hearts. You can read it below, in full thanks to DisneyExaminer.Spoiler
- Dec 03 2014 09:33 PM
- by Sora96
It has been revealed by Geoff Keighley, the creator and producer of The Game Awards in one of the nominee livestreams that Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series will be in attendance at The Game Awards 2014. The Game Awards 2014 will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on Friday, December 5, 2014.
No details about why he'll be in attendance were revealed.
- Dec 02 2014 12:28 PM
- by Sora96
Tetsuya Nomura, director of the Kingdom Hearts series has stepped down as director of Final Fantasy XV, the title that has been in development since 2006 by the team who developed both Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II. Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda has released a statement that confirms Nomura will be focusing his efforts on Kingdom Hearts III. You can read this below thanks to Square Enix.
“As the director of FINAL FANTASY XV, Tetsuya Nomura has mainly worked on the original concept for the story and universe in addition to creating the characters. Hereafter, he will be focusing his efforts on the production of titles that can only be made possible by Nomura, himself, and delivering products that exceed the quality of past titles, starting with another one of his representative projects, Kingdom Hearts III. Square Enix will continue to work on these titles with the best staff formation in an effort to deliver them to everyone as soon as possible and appreciates your continued support.”
Update 2: Tetsuya Nomura has answered why he stepped down as director of Final Fantasy XV in the latest issue of Famitsu Weekly. Thanks to sqexgal for the translation, you can read it below.
"It was the company's decision, I can't say more than that."
Update: Square Enix Europe have provided some extra insight about Nomura's change within these two projects, and this can be read below.Spoiler
- Sep 24 2014 07:29 PM
- by Sora96