Quantcast
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.”

Advertisement
  • Karysonson

    Shouldn’t have taken 8+ years on one of those titles then.

  • Death Penalty

    This is more or less what I was expecting. It seems pretty clear to me that XV has a lot more meat on its bones at this point than KH3 does, which I suppose is to be expected since it was announced forever and a day ago. This is a bit heartwrenching to hear as well because I’m a huge fan of both KH and XV. That said, KH has had its fair share of games to keep me satiated over the long wait while XV has had nothing but promises and a handful of trailers.

    Please, full steam ahead on XV. I need it.

  • Guest

    Nomura needs a break! … one of these years.

  • Unknown

    I’m curious outside KH III and FFXV does square enix have anything else they are working on?(besides mobile/social/ios etc.) I mean I don’t think they really well struggle with these games for to long. FFXV I expect a 2014 release date and KH maybe late 2015, but if that is their line up it looks very depressing no other titles on the horizon that they are working on.

    How many development teams does Square Enix (strictly japanese side) have nowadays? because if they have at least 4-5 other teams working on next gen titles, (that are going through development smoothly) I would be very pleased even if they do release 60 mobile games in the next 6 months.

    edit: also curious how many resources are free now that FFXIV 2.0 has been completed… I really want Square Enix Japan to return this next-gen and try to emulate squaresoft, and not completely rely on Eidos, Crystal Dynamics, etc.

  • Death Penalty

    Well one of their core teams is also working on Lightning Returns, remember. That project is almost finished.

  • artemisthemp

    Why don’t they just stop development on KH3 and finish FFXV?

  • ultromega

    I hope that they take their time on each title to make the best games for each franchise. XV looks amazing so far. It would be a shame to drop the ball on a title with so much potential.

  • Ryuukishi

    No s#!t. Maybe that’s why it’s taking them 19 years to develop it.

  • Ryuukishi

    A Realm Reborn isn’t really “completed”… The team is just going to continue working on content patches and expansions for the foreseeable future. It’s not like they can all be moved to a different game now.

  • You have that backwards.

  • I’m a fan of both franchises, but they just NEED to focus on FFXV and get it released next year! I know that there’s no new KH game on home consoles since a looong time ago, but at least they didn’t announce a new one 7 years ago, so I think fans will understand why they have to wait a little longer. I’m ok if they need 2 more years to develop KHIII, since they reveal some information here and there instead of leaving the fanbase in a complete vacuum!

  • artemisthemp

    NILBOG IS GOBLIN SPELL BACKWARDS.

    They have work on FFXV so long, so there can’t be must left to do

  • That won’t happening. No way in hell FFXV comes out in 2014. I’d bet on it.

  • I’d rather have KH over FF any day.

  • I loled! Couldn’t say I don’t feel the same inside, but I’m trying to be racional.

  • Yeah, maybe that’s me being pretty optimistic, but I still have hopes that FFXV will come out on late 2014, as FFXIII and the other titles came in Japan, around november/december.

  • Mark

    I thought Nomura was just “overseeing” the development of KHIII? If so, I fail to see how it’s difficult for two whole different development teams to create to create two different games, one of which has been in development for over 7 years now.

    I hope he is referring to KHIII when he implys it won’t be coming out for a while. Who cares about another Kiddy Hearts?

  • Mark

    Yes, stop the development of an actual good game that’s most likely almost finished to let some kids have KHIII, which has only just started development.

    Nice logic.

  • Right, because people who like Kingdom Hearts are kids.
    Go away.

  • Unknown

    I heard they had most of square enix Japan working on ffxiv on top of ffxiv original team, that’s what I meant.

  • Erren Van Duine

    He’s the director on both projects.

  • Erren Van Duine

    2015 is my guess…

  • Nokuto

    I’d rather we get FF XV first because it was announced back in 2006 as Versus XIII. It’s better to get that title out of the way, then work on KH3.

  • stevenm281

    I thought Tabata was incorporated as director of FF15 so that Nomura could focus on KH3.

    Anyway, I just hope they will put their energy in FF15 since we’ve been waiting for it since 2006. KH3 can wait, it was just announced this year.

  • Mark

    And both projects have co-directors, as well as completely different teams, so again, I fail to see how it’s difficult.

  • Mark

    Well it’s a kids game, so if you like it then yes.

    And I like how you completely diregarded the actual point of my message.

  • Ehren Rivers

    You’re seriously going to start this argument again, even though you’ve already been warned for it once? I suggest you drop it, make peace with it, and move on. If I see this again, you’re out of here.

  • Panos Dek

    Hahahaha!!! Exacty!!! 😛

  • You immediately roll in with demeaning insults and yet I’m the kid? Why would I not dismiss you offhand? Did you even have a point?

  • Panos Dek

    I pitty you seriously… Or maybe, not! I’m sorry! Ok it’s your opinion that KH is for kids, but at least you could respect others’ choices! Some of us grew with and loved KH! So, mind your words first, then let out your rage towards SE, not indirectly towards fans that you know there are many out there… OMG players these days are so damn demanding, and uncaring! At least some of us are still patient for the best… It’s sad though really…

  • Aly Hesham

    its modern square enix…nothing will come out the door in a reasonable time frame…unless you want toriyama to direct KH3..In which case it will come out next year :v

  • Aly Hesham

    well I totally agree…I amnot even that crazy to get KH3 soon…its been too long since KH2 anyway…FFXV first.

  • Aly Hesham

    he took a seven year break last gen…remember ?

  • Aly Hesham

    I bet a 2015 release date for FFXV would be a rushed date for squeenix.

  • Panos Dek

    XV should get the spotlight in my opinion! Hands down! Versus has been announced almost 8 years ago and it became a main titled FF since then. If SE needs time for it, that means they need time! I understand and respect that, and can wait more. They would not just play with XV that’s for damn sure… But, as for KHIII, as the rest of the commenters said, (at least most of them) it can wait a bit. I would prefer XV in late 2014, or very early 2015 than later! I don’t see where the point is to rush KH atm.. They can conclude Sora’s story a bit later. Noctis waits for so long…

  • Aly Hesham

    Next year would be too early..If we want the best game we would probably need to wait a bit more.Its a giant, next gen production.

  • Mark

    I’m not going to argue whether KH is for kids, but the fact that you DID reply to me and didn’t respond to the actual point of my message is rather childish to me.

    And of course I had a point. Did you not read my comment? You implied that XV should stop development to focus on KHIII, I retorted with the fact that halting development on a well developed game to work on a game that’s hardly been developed, is stupid.

  • Death Penalty

    I have to agree with everyone below. Kingdom Hearts has had plenty of games to keep fans happy for the wait until KHIII, most of them really darn good. 3D comes immediately to mind. However, Final Fantasy XV is something else entirely, with nothing but teases and promises for several years. Now that we’ve actually gotten to see a little bit of gameplay, it looks like it’s come into its own as something new. With all the waiting that we’ve had to do, I feel it should receive the focus before Kingdom Hearts III. Seven years. Seven long years.

  • Death Penalty

    I’m going to be optimistic and agree with you that a 2014 release date is a possibility. We’ll see what happens at TGS, though. If SE really doesn’t intend to show it there, I’m sure to slip more into doom and gloom.

  • Ehren Rivers

    I’ve been trying to keep from picking sides since I am looking forward to both games, but I can agree with this. There are tons of Kingdom Hearts games, and the HD collection containing three of them is seeing release this week in both NA and EU. According to a KHInsider article, Nomura said they’ve already begun work on the next collection too. I love Kingdom Hearts, but it can wait a little while if it means releasing a project that has been delayed for so long that I know scores of people who forgot it was even in development.

  • Death Penalty

    Gotta say I’m in the exact same boat as you are. Both of those games are top tier as far as I’m concerned. I’ve just had my Kingdom Hearts fix more often and more recently than for this game. And, if I want more, those collections look AMAZING. Right now all I have for XV is half a dozen trailers and it hurts.

  • Panos Dek

    KH2.5 Remix may gonna happen too, right? So why the rush for KHIII?! Maybe they have something in mind that we don’t know?! It’s not even logical, at least for us…

  • Ehren Rivers

    To be honest, I’ve been so burned by the wait for XV that for a long time now, my knee-jerk reaction to any news or mention of it has been distrust and a little bit of anger. Even now I’ve had to resist the urge to completely ignore the XV-related articles, because of that worry that the game will simply drop off the map again. It has been a pretty rough boat ride.

    Luckily, I’ve got two collections and the end of the Lightning Saga to distract me in the meantime. Also, if you’re the DP I think you are, then… Hello again.

  • Anime10121

    @ehrenrivers:disqus and @disqus_u6hI8zFBO6:disqus

    I’m a HUGE Kingdom Hearts fan (its my favorite series entirely, if you cant tell by the avi), but I agree wholeheartedly. I dont feel the lack of Kingdom Hearts games BECAUSE we’ve had such excellent games like BBS, DDD, and hell, even ReCoded played great! I’m really excited to see how XV turns out, and considering, its being made by the original Kingdom Hearts team, I’m all the more excited (and DAT YOKO SHIMOMURA)!

  • Ehren Rivers

    “• KINGDOM HEARTS HD is a link between the previous KINGDOM HEARTS
    and KINGDOM HEARTS III. Do you plan to expand the work to include HD
    remasters of other titles within the KINGDOM HEARTS series, such as
    Birth by Sleep, KINGDOM HEARTS II and Re:coded, seen in the credits of
    KINGDOM HEARTS HD?

    Nomura : Of course, we will spend some time working
    on them before the release of KINGDOM HEARTS III. Unfortunately, there
    is nothing more I can say on the subject at this time.”

    This is from a KH Insider interview, which took place on July 8th of this year.
    http://www.khinsider.com/news/KHDestiny-KHisland-Interviews-Tetsuya-Nomura-at-Japan-Expo-3362

  • Death Penalty

    Boy do I ever understand where you’re coming from there. How many years was it “We ask for your patience.” over and over again? Appearances that never came? Literal years of silence with just enough news to keep us excited, thinking that the next piece surely meant the wait was over? It was insane and I can’t blame anyone for distrust or pessimism because I’ve been in exactly the same spot. We’ve been lied to before, after all. It’s only with these recent trailers that I’m willing to give SE the benefit of the doubt again. If XV shows up at TGS, I’ll consider it a clean slate. If not, well, DESPAIR.

    And yes, it’s totally me. I hope times have treated you well.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Indeed. I am very interested in seeing what Yoko Shimomura does for XV. Her work on Xenoblade Chronicles was absolutely fantastic, and it seemed to shift between many different styles. One of the battle themes sounded very Kingdom Hearts-esque, while some of the field themes sounded like they belonged in a game more the style of Monster Hunter.

  • Death Penalty

    Haha, I’m glad to see that another Kingdom Hearts fan agrees. Yoko Shimomura helming XV’s music is just so great, and everything I’ve heard so far has been splendid. I loved all of the Kingdom Hearts titles too, especially for introducing the brilliance of the deck command system. As you said, XV is almost like an extension of all of the Kingdom Hearts systems, too, with the same brilliant composer and the same brilliant team. I just can’t wait.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Yep, that’s pretty much exactly how I feel. If I didn’t need to keep on top of the news for the readers, I would probably stay away from articles pertaining to XV.

    Heh, yeah. Well as I’m sure you’ve already noticed, I’m now a writer/staff member here on Nova Crystallis. I do the occasional light translation work too, although I recently got a gal who is fluent to agree to provide translations that are too tough for me to do on my own. I’m moving across the country next month too, to get an offline job and really shake things up in my life. I won’t be able to report for TGS this year (as TGS weekend is my birthday weekend) most likely, but sometime after my move I’ll be starting up my Playthrough articles. I’m right at the beginning of Final Fantasy VII. I hope things have gone well for you, too.

  • Anime10121

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

    That woman, is a mighty damn good composer 😀

  • 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 😛

  • 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.

  • “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… :'(

  • 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!

  • 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 😀

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • They don’t hold a candle, son.

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

  • 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.

  • makine

    Guess not.