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#1958320 Shinji Hashimoto talks fan feedback, possibility of future community events,...

Posted by abzisdaking2k14 on 08 August 2017 - 05:52 PM

KHIsland, in conjunction with FFDream, Finaland, Gamergen, and Gamersflag, have conducted an interview with Kingdom Hearts series executive producer Shinji Hashimoto at MAGIC 2017. During the interview, Hashimoto talked about topics such as the relationship between Disney, whether Marvel Entertainment could have an impact on Kingdom Hearts III, the possibility of adding multiplayer mode in the upcoming game, and communication with fans.

Below you can read extracts of the interview related to Kingdom Hearts. The full interview can be read here in French.

Translations have been provided by KH13 staff member Mio–chan.

― Will the partnership between Square Enix and Marvel Entertainment have an impact on Kingdom Hearts 3? Will we find bits of the Marvel Universe in it, just like the Disney worlds that already exist in the previous titles of the series?

Hashimoto: It’s not on the agenda for the moment. However, we may consider it in the future.

― Would it be possible to add a multiplayer mode in Kingdom Hearts 3?

Hashimoto: You should ask this question to Mr. Nomura, he will be most likely to answer this.

― Why is this so difficult to communicate and give concrete and precise information on Final Fantasy VII Remake and Kingdom Hearts 3 to the fans?

Hashimoto: You must know that for each future titles (i.e. FFVII Remake, KH3 etc), there is an established development planning. So we must first consult it to check on the progress of the game, to be able to convey the most interesting and relevant information to the public. To give you an example, many events will take place this year. There is Final Fantasy’s 30th Anniversary event, Final Fantasy VII’s 20th Anniversary event as well as Kingdom Hearts’ 15th Anniversary event. Knowing this, it is obvious that fans are expecting a lot and we wish to show more in order to celebrate all of these events. Regarding Final Fantasy’s 30th Anniversary, we have many events planned in Japan, Final Fantasy XV’s DLCs, Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age Remaster and the new extension of Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood. We wish we could give as much information as possible but it is imperative that we have control on the calendar in order, so that we can reveal relevant information at the precise time.

― Recently, you organized a special event to celebrate Final Fantasy’s 30th Anniversary in Japan. Can we hope for a similar event in France?

Hashimoto: Outside Japan, we have two agencies: one in the USA in Los Angeles, and another one in the UK in London, who are in charge to plan and promote these kind of events. Moreover, we already gave concerts pretty much everywhere in the world on the occasion of the 15th Anniversary of Kingdom Hearts: The Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour -. It is just an example, but our British and American teams are considering organizing similar events.

― Can you tell us about the relationship you have with Disney for the development of Kingdom Hearts 3? Do they have a great influence, can they force you to do certain things or on the contrary block some ideas?

Hashimoto: First of all, Disney has its own policy and own rules for the management of its movies, video games, and merchandise, etc. We try and at the same time must respect them as far as possible. Otherwise, they give us free reign most of the time. They allow us to create anything we want and Disney generally accepts our ideas, to the extent that it appeals to the fans who support us in our approaches and our ideas.

― You have produced a lot of Western licenses in recent years: Hitman, Deus Ex, and Tomb Raider etc. Are western licenses as important as Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts, or do they only allow Square Enix developed games to last?

Hashimoto: For Mr. Matsuda (CEO of Square Enix), we must constantly renew and create new games and new licenses. Concerning Final Fantasy, we also seek to innovate while remaining in the spirit of the series. The President is always trying to give us new challenges.

― Following the reveal of The Avengers Project by Crystal Dynamics, can we hope to see future games based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but this time developed by the Japanese teams?

Hashimoto: This partnership is similar to the one we already have with Disney for Kingdom Hearts. Firstly, it is necessary to successfully launch and implement the new licence. If the latter is a success, then perhaps we will follow on. We will wait and see what it is going to do before we do anything else.

― You stated that you listen a lot to the fans’ opinions, what are your sources and how do you use those opinions?

Hashimoto: Nowadays, it is easy to establish a direct contact with the fans thanks to the social media and we can almost answer instantly to many critics. It is also much easier to fix what is wrong in a game via updates. Critics are important and we try to take them into account to satisfy as many people as we can.

Monaco Anime Game International Conferences (MAGIC) recently took place on February 18, 2017. It was during this event that Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura showed off a screenshot of Sora in his Power Form battling a Heartless in the city of Thebes in Olympus Coliseum. Nomura was also interviewed at the event by FFDream and Famitsu.

What do you think about Shinji Hashimoto’s answers regarding Kingdom Hearts III? Let us know in the comments below!

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#1917597 What game are you most looking forward to playing on the Nintendo Switch?

Posted by abzisdaking2k14 on 14 January 2017 - 11:44 AM

For me, it's Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey AND, everybody's favourite, Breath of the Wild! 




#1901050 Which game do you most want to see at the PSX Keynote?

Posted by abzisdaking2k14 on 03 December 2016 - 11:16 AM

For me, it's a tie between Final Fantasy VII Remake, Crash Bandicoot Remake and Spider-Man PS4!! :D




#1887645 2 Big Questions about this Port

Posted by abzisdaking2k14 on 29 October 2016 - 01:27 PM

1. Will they make the mirage arena online? 

 

 

2.What's the box art going to look like? Some people have said it'll just be the logo but that seems like a placeholder, 2.8 also had the logo as the cover on Amazon for a long time. I think the box art will be half and half, 1 side is the art for 1.5 and the other is the art for 2.5, but this means it'll have to be quite squished. Or could they make a new art entirely? Maybe a mixture of 1.5 and 2.5? 

 

 

:D

1. As the PS4 is a pretty powerful platform, I think it will. Maybe it can be a PS4 Pro exclusive thing or something, I don't really know. 

2. It has to be a mixture of 1.5 and 2.5 of some sort. I don't know how Square Enix would pull it off, but if it does, they're usually spot on with their art work. 
Come to think of it though, they might tease ONE more hidden message in this artwork relating to Kingdom Hearts 3 (since we've already had two hidden messages in the PS3 versions anyway). 

 




#1887643 Mr. Shinji Hashimoto's presence at London Comic Con

Posted by abzisdaking2k14 on 29 October 2016 - 01:21 PM

I wish I could have gone but I have no car :(

 

It's awesome that you got to meet him though! xD

It was well worth it! Especially when you live near EXCEL arena, you can get a lot of benefits!
And we could've met there in person too! :(  




#1887639 Mr. Shinji Hashimoto's presence at London Comic Con

Posted by abzisdaking2k14 on 29 October 2016 - 01:18 PM

Nice, wish I was that lucky xD

 

Thanks dude! I went berserk for the first hour since I've seen him. It's insane!! 




#1887625 Mr. Shinji Hashimoto's presence at London Comic Con

Posted by abzisdaking2k14 on 29 October 2016 - 12:41 PM

Hi everyone, as you may already know, Mr Shinji Hashimoto has graced his presence at London Comic Con earlier today and I finally got the chance to meet him in person!! There was not much Kingdom Hearts or Final Fantasy news as expected but just to meet him was more than an honour for me. It's such a big milestone for any Kingdom Hearts fan!

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#1884027 Shinji Hashimoto to appear at the MCM London Comic Con on October 29th

Posted by abzisdaking2k14 on 23 October 2016 - 04:26 AM

There's a high chance that I will be present at London Comic Con and to meet this legendary man in person!! Bring on next Saturday! I can't wait!!


I officially got my ticket for London Comic Con this Saturday! The hype is real!!!!


#1877518 My Top 5 Disney Animated Classics Of The '90's!

Posted by abzisdaking2k14 on 10 October 2016 - 02:19 AM

For me, I pretty much grew up with Disney. All of the ones I've seen are fantastic in their own right. 

1) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (without a doubt, one of my most favourite Disney films of all time, when it comes to pure and solid animation. It was dark, it was serious and it was somewhat light in parts thanks to the relationship between Quasimodo and the gargoyles and the soundtrack was on point)
 

2) Pocahontas (now this film is an instant classic for me, this is one of those rare films where I can watch over and over again without being bored and I love the soundtrack, the visuals of this film are absolutely stunning)

3) Beauty and the Beast (Alan Menken's music, quality animation and the amusing and relateable characters sold the film for me!) 

4) Aladdin (unforgettable characters and solid storyline kept me hooked throughout the entire film - I mean, who can forget the loveable Robin Williams (RIP)'s Genie huh?) 

5) Robin Hood (I grew up watching this so many times it's insane, I love the comedy, the romance, and the serious storyline / backdrop behind the animation, they just blend together so well) 

Honourable Mentions: Tarzan (was a close call between Robin Hood and Tarzan but it's still an enjoyable film nonetheless), The Black Couldron (one of the most underrated animated films of all time, I wish there was a world based on this for Kingdom Hearts!!), Peter Pan (I love seeing the adventures of Pan and his Lost Boys, they're so funny), Treasure Planet and Atlantis The Lost Empire (these two underrated classics are classics in their own right. These need to be seen to be believed and I really hope they get to be a part of Kingdom Hearts one day!), and Basil The Great Mouse Detective (I have a soft spot for Sherlock Holmes so this fit right at home for me, very enjoyable film in my opinion).




#1854245 New merchandise available for Kingdom Hearts Concert -First Breath- & more

Posted by abzisdaking2k14 on 10 August 2016 - 07:09 AM

That lanyard....I want that lanyard so damn much!!!