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Nomura discusses Kingdom Hearts III & more in group Kingdom Hearts fansite interview

E3 2015 has concluded, and we can imagine that all of you are still recovering from the massive amounts of Kingdom Hearts III and Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ news, interviews and media that we received. Stay tuned though, there's more– we're very excited to announce that we, along with many other fansites in the Kingdom Hearts space, had the chance to interview the director of the Kingdom Hearts series, Tetsuya Nomura!

Churro, representing KH13, along with Mike & Andy from DisneyExaminer, Alex from Kingdom Hearts Destiny, Branden from Kingdom Hearts Union, and Cecily, Sophearum and Arielle from KHInsider all participated in a roundtable discussion with Nomura, and were able to ask him a number of questions about Kingdom Hearts. With a big thanks to Square Enix and Tetsuya Nomura, here it is!

--How did magic evolve for Kingdom Hearts 3?

Nomura: When it comes to magic in Kingdom Hearts 3, we really wanted to try to leave an effect on the surrounding environment. In the trailer when Sora would cast Blizzard, the blast would leave behind a sheet of ice for Sora to slide on, and when he cast Aero in a field, the wind would make an impression in the grass.

We are hoping to achieve those types of lasting effects in the world with the new magic skills, so please look forward to them.

--Are there any plans for further communication with fans online as a means of delivering news, such as through livestreaming (example: Final Fantasy’s Letter to the Producer / Active Time Report) or the Message to the Kingdom blog?

Nomura: Unfortunately, that is not possible for us. The reason for this is because of the risks involved when we actually do livestreaming for Kingdom Hearts. While we are able to hold livestreams frequently for Final Fantasy, it is a much more different process with due consideration to Disney. Even participating in Square Enix Presents here at E3 is a very delicate situation due to the risk of revealing information accidentally.

--What was your inspiration for Chirithy in Kingdom Hearts X[chi]?

Nomura: When we were developing Kingdom Hearts X[chi], the development staff really wanted to introduce a guide for the Player character that would aid them throughout their journey. I thought a lot about how this character would appear as. This all took place before I acquired my own cats, but I had always wanted a Scottish Fold and decided to create Chirithy based off of that breed.

--How do you select which attractions to use for Attraction Flow, and which rides do you like the best?

Nomura: We look at all the attractions in the Disney parks worldwide, particularly the ones that appear to be popular. We revealed a new Attraction Flow in the latest trailer based off of the Mad Tea Party with Sora, Donald and Goofy spinning around in teacups, but I was actually very surprised by the overwhelming positive feedback from the Western fans for them, as they are not as flashy as the other rides.

As for my favorite rides, I really like Disney World’s Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

--In Kingdom Hearts I & II we were used to have a Disney character joining our party in each new world Sora and his friends visit. Will this mechanic be present in Kingdom Hearts 3?

Nomura: Right, the idea of having a Disney character joining your party was an important part of KH 1 & 2, so, yes you will be able to have Disney characters joining your team across the game, not just as a temporary party member in the worlds, but also as summons.

--How is the Kingdom Shader being used in Kingdom Hearts 3?

Nomura: The goal of the Kingdom Shader is to evoke the feel of the brush paintings in each unique Disney world, just as we had always aimed to do. We are working to accomplish all of these different styles so that they will be properly reflected in each world in order to do the Disney properties justice, and we also have to decide if we will use them or go for a more realistic shader in certain worlds. The original worlds, however, will continue to use the same style.

--How was your time at E3? Were you able to check out any other games?

Nomura: Unfortunately I was too busy with interviews and was not able to see the other games being exhibited. I did, however, watch the first party press conferences online. I particularly liked Guerrilla Game’s Horizon: Zero Dawn and Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’sGhost Recon.

--Was Kingdom Hearts 3 always planned to be released for the new generation of consoles?

Nomura: To be honest, it was not. It just so happened that the timing happened to work out in this situation. When the time came that we were ready and able to begin work on Kingdom Hearts 3, the Playstation 4 and Xbox One had just been introduced, so the best decision for us was to develop KH3 for the new consoles.


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Lastly, Churro was also lucky enough to get his KH13 press badge signed by the man himself! This can be seen below.

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Too cool! I wish I could meet the man himself. Good for Churro and everyone else for interviewing Tetsuya Nomura. Wonderful job!

That's so rad! 

Nice! :D I was kinda hoping they would ask more in-depth questions about KH3, but this is still a pretty cool interview. :3

Nomura likes the Tower of Terror?! MAN IS HE LIVING ON THE EDGE

A very nice interview! :D And damn Churro, you're lucky! X3

 

Could have gone a little bit more in-depth but hey, better than learning nothing. :)

 

Also: Tower of Terror? Damn Nomura! xD

Now I'm wondering if there will be an Atraction Flow based on the Tower of Terror in KH3.

Nice! :D I was kinda hoping they would ask more in-depth questions about KH3, but this is still a pretty cool interview. :3

Then they wouldn't be answered or the the answer would be vague as hell. 

 

I really like this interview. They asked questions that could be answered. Other interviewers like major sites ask always the same questions that can hardly be answered because the game isn't ready yet.

 

Good job guys!

 

Also, he likes Horizon Zero Dawn? YES! YES!

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Then they wouldn't be answered or the the answer would be vague as hell. 

 

I really like this interview. They asked questions that could be answered. Other interviewers like major sites ask always the same questions that can hardly be answered because the game isn't ready yet.

 

Good job guys!

 

Also, he likes Horizon Zero Dawn? YES! YES!

 

Perhaps. But there's always a chance that he would have been more open about about certain developments, since we just got a legitimate trailer. For example, there's a lot of talk regarding Sora's outfit, so asking him what inspired him to make the changes he did, would have been interesting. Or maybe even settle the "mystery of the trailer calender" once and for all, and ask him if it actually meant anything. xD

 

But again, just my opinion. I still think these were very nice questions, and certainly give my props to the people who were able to ask them!! :3

Perhaps. But there's always a chance that he would have been more open about about certain developments, since we just got a legitimate trailer. For example, there's a lot of talk regarding Sora's outfit, so asking him what inspired him to make the changes he did, would have been interesting. Or maybe even settle the "mystery of the trailer calender" once and for all, and ask him if it actually meant anything. xD

 

But again, just my opinion. I still think these were very nice questions, and certainly give my props to the people who were able to ask them!! :3

Pretty sure he talked about the outfit during the presentation. He said that at first he didn't want to give Sora another outfit but his team pressured him to do it because it's a numbered title. He said the outfit was made more slick because Sora is more agile. And that the outfit is a combination of KH2's and DDD's outfit.

 

There is no way he would have said anything about the calendar :D

Pretty sure he talked about the outfit during the presentation. He said that at first he didn't want to give Sora another outfit but his team pressured him to do it because it's a numbered title. He said the outfit was made more slick because Sora is more agile. And that the outfit is a combination of KH2's and DDD's outfit.

 

There is no way he would have said anything about the calendar :D

 

They could have brought cookies to the interview, and bribed him with those? xD

They could have brought cookies to the interview, and bribed him with those? xD

Nah, maybe if they brought Sea-Salt Ice Cream :D

"SPEAK NOW, AND YOUR SENSES SHALL BE DELIGHTED WITH THIS SUPER FLAVORFUL TREAT!!!"

 

 

Seems like a legit argument. xD

"This all took place before I acquired my own cats, but I had always wanted a Scottish Fold and decided to create Chirithy based off of that breed."

 

this man's creativity knows no limits lmfaoo

other than that, this is amazing news! i'm even more hyped!

Nomura: Right, the idea of having a Disney character joining your party was an important part of KH 1 & 2, so, yes you will be able to have Disney characters joining your team across the game, not just as a temporary party member in the worlds, but also as summons.

 

 

Wow, this is... wow, like wow... Hercules and Rapunzel confirmed as summons... and that's just the beginning... NOMURA SAN, YOU'VE OUTDONE YOURSELF AGAIN!

Next time ask him about the theme song please. I want Utada back :) #UtadaForKH3

Nomura likes the Tower of Terror?! MAN IS HE LIVING ON THE EDGE

 

Is that a thrill ride? 

TEA CUPS!!!   Seriously my cousins and I go so fast on those things we end up getting stuck to the walls.

Is that a thrill ride?

Not just a thrill ride. A PLUMMET THAT YOU WOULD FEEL LIKE YOUR SKIN IS GONNA BE RIPPED OFF

Wow, this is... wow, like wow... Hercules and Rapunzel confirmed as summons... and that's just the beginning... NOMURA SAN, YOU'VE OUTDONE YOURSELF AGAIN!

Wait wait wait lol. Don't take this out of context. We don't know if he meant that you will be able to summon the same characters you get in your party. He might just mean Disney characters in general. Like how Genie and Simba was.

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Wait wait wait lol. Don't take this out of context. We don't know if he meant that you will be able to summon the same characters you get in your party. He might just mean Disney characters in general. Like how Genie and Simba was.

 

Read the quote, closely... this is word for word, it is in no way not out of context information. In layman terms, it's official confirmation.

 

In Kingdom Hearts I & II we were used to have a Disney character joining our party in each new world Sora and his friends visit. Will this mechanic be present in Kingdom Hearts 3?

Nomura: Right, the idea of having a Disney character joining your party was an important part of KH 1 & 2, so, yes you will be able to have Disney characters joining your team across the game, not just as a temporary party member in the worlds, but also as summons.

Not just a thrill ride. A PLUMMET THAT YOU WOULD FEEL LIKE YOUR SKIN IS GONNA BE RIPPED OFF

 

Okaaaaaaaay?  :huh:

Read the quote, closely... this is word for word, it is in no way not out of context information. In layman terms, it's official confirmation.

 

In Kingdom Hearts I & II we were used to have a Disney character joining our party in each new world Sora and his friends visit. Will this mechanic be present in Kingdom Hearts 3?

Nomura: Right, the idea of having a Disney character joining your party was an important part of KH 1 & 2, so, yes you will be able to have Disney characters joining your team across the game, not just as a temporary party member in the worlds, but also as summons.

That's how it is translated. 

 

I'm not saying it's impossible, but I'm not believing anything until I see it tbh.

Has someone asked Nomura how we will be able to travel between worlds? is it gummi ship based like kh1 and kh2 or keyblade rider like BBS? Im really curious

Okaaaaaaaay?  :huh:

Im saying Nomura has good taste in rides.

Im saying Nomura has good taste in rides.

 

Ok. I was just wondering what it was. I have never been to Disney World before. My parents has way before me and my brother were born.... >,.,> So not fair....