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Creating Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III at the same time is difficult for Square Enix By Erren Van Duine on September 10, 2013 at 1:53 PM

It seems HD development might still be a little too hard for Square Enix after all, as over the weekend, Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series producer Shinji Hashimoto suggested fans might have to wait a while for their recently announced next generation offerings.

Speaking with IGN, Hashimoto admitted that Tetsuya Nomura’s involvement with both Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III might have some impact on their production.

“So at E3 this year we announced Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV,” he said. “Both have Tetsuya Nomura as their director, so we can’t create these two big games at the same time. It’s a difficult job, as we want each game to be perfect in terms of quality.”

It was quite clear at E3 that Kingdom Hearts III was still in the early stages of development. Nomura himself stressed that the footage we saw at Sony’s press event was most definitely a target render, and that the team is still learning the inner workings of the tools for now. That said, Hashimoto’s words leave us hanging on a release time frame – it’s not happening any time soon.

“A lot of people have wondered for the last couple of years if Square Enix has actually been working on Kingdom Hearts III; that’s why we announced it at E3 this year,” said Hashimoto. “But please, we need you all to understand that there’s a lot to do.”

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  • Anime10121

    Correction, Yoko Shimomura’s work on EVERYTHING is absolutely fantastic ;)

    That woman, is a mighty damn good composer :D

  • Death Penalty

    Glad to hear things have been treating you so well, and I’m sorry you won’t be able to report on TGS. Maybe for the best, considering that it has a reasonable possibility of being this huge disappointment and it is your birthday? Either way best of luck with your new job and I’m looking forward to your playthrough articles, especially now that they’re hitting the Final Fantasies that I played as a kid.

    Moved away from the old FF site a bit because negativity there runs so rampant that it’s hard to be a fan. Noticed the attitude around here on Nova Crystallis was a bit more my speed. Lots of fans, lots of love. I intend to float around here more often from now on, and cross my fingers that you good folks will get a forum I can haunt at some point.

    Nice talking to you again. I hope we get some good opportunities to converse.

  • Mark

    I don’t see why everyone seems to like Yoko. She’s a good composer, sure but Mitsuda and Uematsu are tops.

  • Anime10121

    All three are on equal footing to me, though Uematsu hasnt really done much to “wow” me in recent times…

    Oh and its kinda funny, you kinda answered your own question in your reply :P

  • Death Penalty

    Agreed. Uematsu’s recent work has been somewhat lackluster, and I would easily rate Yoko Shimomura as as good as either of them at their best.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Thanks! I’ll be around if I can though, as supposedly TGS is when we will see the reveal of a brand-new character for Lightning Returns. I’m hopeful that the newly-announced Theatrythm sequel will make a surprise appearance, and I want to hear more about the new tweaks to Bravely Default: For the Sequel. Thanks for the well-wishes in any case. :) I’m trying to think of ways to alter the layout of my articles so they’re a little more visually appealing, without looking like a cheesey magazine spread.

    That’s… Probably for the best. Most of the people I know from there who are fans of the series have slowly moved away for that same reason. I prefer more upbeat and productive discussions. Even when the people involved can’t agree, it’s always nice when there’s a measure of civility and things don’t constantly devolve into people getting stuck in a complaint loop. We try to keep things running smoothly over here, and I’m very active in discussions. As for a forum, that’d be nice! It’d certainly make for easier discussion to not have to rely entirely on Disqus.

    Thanks, you too. I can still be reached through IMs on Skype or GMail, although my Window Live Messenger account was hacked. There is an actually an old discussion we had, which I recently realized we had both missed something pretty big on. I felt… pretty dumb.

  • Death Penalty

    Excellent, I’ll hit you up on Skype sometime in that case.

  • Mark

    Uematsu may have lost the creative magic, yeah, but Mitsuda is still running strong, and has been consistently for years.

    When I said everyone I mean everyone. She’s a good composer but I don’t think that warrants the praise she gets.

  • Ehren Rivers

    My Skype is sunflowerofhope and I’m on pretty much whenever I’m home.

  • Aoi Tsuki

    What you want doesnt matter. You dont know the inner workings of the company. It would be more convenient to finish xv then work on kh3. It’s not like itll never come out. Instead of being selfish, use your brain.

  • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ 咒純討厭(Zhòu-chún Tǎoyàn)

    “What you want doesnt matter” REALLY?
    You mean SE doesn’t personally cater to my every wish and whim?
    Ye gods, what does it all mean?

    It’s a comment thread. I’m allowed to want what I want. Instead of posting asinine comments, how about using yours?

  • Sapientia

    I think Final Fantasy XV should definitely take priority over KHIII. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited for more KH, but in the time since KHII, it’s gotten plenty of spin-offs. XV started as Versus in 2006 (or probably even 2005), and people have been whining since then. Some, anyways. Not only that, but I’m ready to jump into the next console generation with this bad boy. Although it probably wouldn’t be released until 2015… :'(

  • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ 咒純討厭(Zhòu-chún Tǎoyàn)

    He also said it would be weird if no 2.5 came out.

  • Sapientia

    I agree, but then I also think I could never write music in the first place, so I can’t be too critical on the guy. xP
    And let’s not forget Hamauzu!

  • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ 咒純討厭(Zhòu-chún Tǎoyàn)

    Uematsu and Mitsuda and Shimomura are good composers and all and I’ma let you finish, but Yuki Kajiura is one of the best composers of all time. OF ALL TIME. *shrugs*

    http://nachalooman.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/kanye-west.jpg

  • Anime10121

    Xenosaga 3 and .hack//sign ost = <3

    She needs to do more! I like her too, but she hasn't really done enough games for me to place her with the big 3 imo.

    But like I said, the stuff she HAS done, has been strong stuffs :D

  • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ 咒純討厭(Zhòu-chún Tǎoyàn)
  • Guest

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!! I DON’T WANT TO WAIT ANOTHER 7 YEARS FOR THAT FREAKING KH GAME! ARGH! SQUARE ENRAGED ME!!

  • Aoi Tsuki

    Excuse me, your comment was completely asinine. Of course they don’t fucking cater to your wants and needs, SE isn’t your fucking mom.

  • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ 咒純討厭(Zhòu-chún Tǎoyàn)

    I’m more than well aware of that. So why did you feel a need to tell me that what I want doesn’t matter?

    I guess it really is impossible to make sarcasm obvious without employing “/sarcasm”

  • Ehren Rivers

    Whoa whoa whoa, both of you knock it off. This conversation is OVER.

  • Guest

    Not really. Those additional KH titles over the years haven’t just magically appeared without Nomura’s oversight.

  • Guest

    I would say so, too, except Square Enix need a Japan AAA title as a cushion for next year. So far, I know of none in the company’s lineup.

    Now I’m not saying FFXV will certainly be released next year, only that 2014 doesn’t look like baseless conjecture.

  • miss chel

    It’s nice seeing you here DP. :) Been a long time.

  • miss chel

    What else can I say? I pretty much agree with most people here– the focus should be shifted entirely on FFXV for the time being. Love KH and all, but we’ve got a lot of side-games (and the remasters too) for our KH fix.

    To be honest I’m not that worried for FFXV. The release date might not be anytime soon, but we’ve been promised of more frequent updates about the game.

  • Wat

    Michiko Naruke (Wild Arms), Koichi Sugiyama (Dragon Quest) and Noriyuki Iwadare (Ace Attorney and Grandia) all send their kindest regards.

  • Death Penalty

    It’s good to see you as well. I imagine I’ll float around here for a good long while.

  • Death Penalty

    Here’s hoping on that last part. I’ve been kinda biting my nails over it since the SE TGS site opened with no mention of FFXV. They’re toying with my heart.

  • miss chel

    Ha, don’t worry. Look at top left of this TV banner: http://www.jp.square-enix.com/tgs13/sqextv/imgs/footer/banner.png

    Guessing it was a slip or something.

  • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ 咒純討厭(Zhòu-chún Tǎoyàn)

    They don’t hold a candle, son.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2fSm6SJndo

  • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ 咒純討厭(Zhòu-chún Tǎoyàn)

    Sword Art Online was some of her best work. It’s one of the only reasons I suffered through that anime.

  • Death Penalty

    Yeah, I’ve seen that but remember that this is the same TGS who made the unofficial list announcing XV to be there right before SE posted a list without it. I guess I just need more faith, but SE and I are just getting back onto good terms. It’s hard for me to imagine a world where they don’t hurt me now.

  • Alexis Crockett

    This was kind of a given, considering KH III and XV are both extremely huge projects. i think though III shoul wait because XV has been in production for 7 years and we don’t have it??? Whereas III is still barely in development, not to mention we just got 1.5, DDD, etc.

  • Sean Hayden

    XV has not been in production for 7 years. It was announced 7 years ago.
    Huge difference.

  • Alexis Crockett

    Regardless, you understand my point. XV’s announcement came first by FAR, and development as still gone on for at least half a decade, and that is long enough, in my opinion.

  • Sean Hayden

    Except FF games are known for their longevity.

    This game will take you forever to just complete the storyline.

    Imagine everything else they’re adding.

  • Tifa Lockhart

    “…it’s not happening any time soon.”
    I’m having a deja-vu here. I think I heard something like this from either Wada-san or Nomura-san a few years ago regarding the status of of FF-Versus-13. If past experience is any indication, FFXV will be released in 4 or 5 years. Kingdom 3 will come out in 6 or 7 years from now. It’s not that bad considering we talking about Square Enix game development process.

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