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Sigh... another day, another tear of no 2.5 news. Nothing in this week's Famitsu, so maybe next week?
These last three days have been absolutely fantastic.
it's 5 am here...Why the heck am I still awake?! -.-
The latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation has included an interview with 55 game creators. Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the KINGDOM HEARTS series, was one of these creators, and he has shared his thoughts on gaming and KINGDOM HEARTS in 5 interview questions.
SQEX.INFO have translated this portion of the interview, and thanks to them, this can be read below.
Q2. What about it left an impression?
Nomura: The high presence, realistic battles utilizing extraordinary, giant robots.
Q3. Do you have a message regarding memories of your works and plans for upcoming titles?
Nomura: Mainly that Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix came out this year, and I tried participating proactively in an overseas event, but I was even more pleased to experience the fan’s excitement for myself. Here as well at D23 Expo Japan, I got to stand in front of fans again after such a long absence, and was happy that the fan’s fervor wasn’t outdone by the overseas experience. We are still preparing to release Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix next year, but we’ll continue working our hardest on Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3 as well.
Q4. Besides games, what are you most interested in next year and why?
Nomura: Obviously, I think there will be a trend towards new hardware systems. You can’t predict what players will think until they’ve used the new systems, so once we know, I expect that the player’s opinions will partly influence the titles currently being developed.
Q5. What are your thoughts on the 2013 gaming market and prospects regarding the future?
Nomura: I think that the current gen will push the social market trend for another year and next year onward the future of the consumer market will be decided by the next generation hardware. I have a multifunctional hybrid market in mind, something that interacts with other devices, etc.
Here are the updates in detail:
- And we've also added a new higher quality complete playthrough of KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded's English version in HD 720p.
We hope you enjoy all these updates and look forward to more soon.
NPD Sales have announced their list of video game sales in North America for the month of September 2013, revealing that KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 ReMIX has come in 6th place for the month, behind FIFA 14 and ahead of Disney Infinity.
creamsugar from NeoGAF has revealed that this corresponds to sales somewhere between 270,000 and 275,000 units. This is a very good result for the game-- and an especially good result for a HD remaster/collection, showing that interest in the KINGDOM HEARTS series is still very high. Congratulations, Square Enix & Disney.
Amazon.com have updated their listing for the official strategy guide for KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 ReMIX, KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 ReMIX: Prima's Official Game Guide. This update includes a new preview of the book-- scans of some of the pages. You can view these below, in our gallery.
This updated listing also reveals that the guidebook has again been delayed. The new release date for North America is now October 21, 2013.
RPG Site have conducted an interview with the executive producer and composer of the Kingdom Hearts series, Shinji Hashimoto and Yoko Shimomura. Here, they discuss the production and music of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX. Most of this we've heard before, but it is always interesting to get some new details about the insight behind the game! Check out the full interview at the link below.
One interesting thing asked was about the possibility of a Kingdom Hearts II HD, and of HD collections for the Xbox. We've copied this question and its response below, with thanks to RPG Site.
Hashimoto: To be able to make all those different Kingdom Hearts games within the series in HD we need your support and we need everyone's support worldwide. If everyone played HD 1.5 ReMIX and they loved it, then we could then move on to the next one...? At the moment, we'd just like everyone to enjoy HD 1.5 ReMIX.
As you know we've done HD 1.5 ReMIX, Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster, and Final Fantasy VII on PC, so the art team is currently working non-stop at the moment. It's very difficult to catch up with all the latest technology alongside that.
Hashimoto: I've been asked so many times about this! I need to ask one in return -- would you like to see the games on Xbox?
RPG Site: I'm personally already familiar with the games on PlayStation, but obviously there are a lot of Xbox owners in the West, especially the UK and North America, who won't be. It may seem like something of a dodging answer, but I just see it as an area of the market that might currently be missed - even if it wouldn't effect me personally.
Hashimoto: [chuckles and nods] Thank you for explaining. We'll continue to consider this prospect.
IGN have posted an article containing an interview with Shinji Hashimoto, the executive producer of the Kingdom Hearts series. Hashimoto discusses Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, and hints towards a possible Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX! Comments from series composer Yoko Shimomura are also included. Here are the quotes from the interview, thanks to Luke Karmali from IGN.
Hashimoto: "While fans of Disney are usually quite young and Final Fantasy players are much older, they come together to create a Kingdom Hearts audience that’s very unique. The feelings people have towards the series are so deep these days because they spent many of their teenage years, which is a very sensitive period of your personal life, with Kingdom Hearts."
Hashimoto: "As the game was originally released more than ten years ago, it was quite difficult even to get all the data! Also, updating the screen size to look its best in the HD format was a challenge, as the ratio is completely different. That kind of detail was hard to do."
[Meeting Shimomura, I asked her whether or not she was tempted to rework aspects of the original soundtrack she perhaps wasn’t completely satisfied with. She quickly told me that this never entered her head. From the moment she revisited the tunes she knew they’d stood the test of time; they still had the ability to affect her.]
Shimomura: "I felt really nostalgic revisiting my old project, but at the same time I found lots of new things too, things that I’d forgotten doing. So it somehow felt strangely new, too. It was fun."
Shimomura: "Of course the basic music across the series is all the same in terms of themes and the like, although it does vary slightly depending on which Kingdom Hearts game it is. But I always want to bring something new to the games."
Hashimoto: "If everyone plays 1.5 HD ReMix, if everyone likes it and everyone supports us, then 2.5 HD ReMix could happen. So at this stage, we just have to encourage people to play 1.5 HD ReMix!"
[Though Kingdom Hearts III was confirmed at long last at E3 this year, Hashimoto reiterated this was more an attempt to reassure fans that the final instalment in Sora’s story is on the way, rather than suggest its arrival is imminent.]
[One thing Hashimoto point blank refuses to do is rush the game out the door. Picking up the thread of our earlier conversation, he argues that the franchise remains so important to people not just because they played through it during a formative stage of their lives, but also because Sora’s growth and development now mirrors their own. It’s this powerful feature of the series that Square Enix hopes to focus on in Kingdom Hearts III in order to provoke a reaction that is in equal parts nostalgic and reflective.]
Hashimoto: "The fact is that the main focus of the series is Sora and Riku; how their friendship develops, but also how they grow up. After so many years, the players’ personal growth is closely tied to the game’s story at this point, so that’s the most important thing about the series and what we want to put into the game. For Kingdom Hearts III, players will be able to resurrect the happy memories they have from being teenagers when playing Kingdom Hearts III. So it’s very contemplative, and will match the personal experiences of much of the audience very closely."
Hashimoto: "I can’t really say anything about the future beyond Kingdom Hearts III. I’m the producer, not the director, so it’s totally out of my hands. It’s up to Tetsuya Nomura whether or not we’ll see Sora in future Kingdom Hearts.
Hashimoto: "As I said earlier though, the Kingdom Hearts storyline is designed to mirror the player’s personal experiences. If people play HD 1.5 ReMix they remember what it’s like to be a teenager again, access those memories and experience some enjoyable nostalgia from their past. That theme is something we want to keep with future titles as well. About the characters, we can’t say anything…but that’s the theme we want to continue."