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Nomura comments on his departure from Final Fantasy XV By Erren Van Duine on September 24, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Nomura’s departure from Final Fantasy XV is no doubt a troubling situation. Having stayed silent over the course of a year, it became evident that things at Square Enix weren’t going smoothly when the game failed to show up following E3 2013 despite promises to the contrary. Fast forward to today and we now know that Hajime Tabata has been assigned as the new director, who is now tasked with “completing the production of Final Fantasy XV and ensuring the delivery of the highest quality Final Fantasy title to date,” according to CEO Yosuke Matsuda.

Crisis Core and Final Fantasy Type-0 director Hajime Tabata has stepped into fill Nomura’s shoes, having sat down with him to preserve his original vision. Nomura mainly worked on the original concept for XV’s story and characters, but we still know very little about why he really left partway through the project. Unfortunately, Famitsu couldn’t get much out of him either.

Speaking to the magazine when asked about XV’s situation Nomura commented, “It was the company’s decision, I can’t say anything more than that.”

As for Nomura’s current prospects, he’s been whisked away to help Kingdom Hearts III get its bearings, although engine-related problems have forced him to double down on the scenario, world and clothing design side of things.

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  • MrFinalgamer

    Hmm, so he either doesn’t want to talk about it, or (most likely) there’s some sort of NDA going on. Either way, I hope Tabata can deliver on Nomura’s vision. And if there’s one plus in all this, is that we’ve heard more of the game, since he’s become director, than with Nomura for years. =P

  • NoctX85

    i smell some Final Fantasy XIII likers in the square house. they didnt like his efforts and now tabata is messing all up

  • MrFinalgamer

    How is Tabata messing up?

  • Yeah, the company saw that he was making ‘too good a game’ and thought it would be bad rep for them to that, so they decided to replace him with someone that would screw it up instead! They would’ve had Toriyama do it, but they were on vacation! Cause that’s the conclusion everyone’s gonna jump to anyway…

    All he said was ‘no comment’ and you’re ready to blow it out of proportion. If you want a game to fail and go into it with a mindset of ‘this is going to suck’ then it can be the most amazing game in the world but to you it will seem like it sucks. Take a chill pill.

  • He apparently forgot to add a ‘jump’ button. The game is now ruined.

  • Jesus Christ

    He’s going to rage quit if he keeps getting all under this hot mess of stress.

  • MrFinalgamer

    Wouldn’t be surprised if he resigns, after KH3…

  • Alexis Crockett

    THANKS FOR THE COR HEADER I LOVE TO LOOK AT HIM

  • Alexis Crockett

    I love you Nomura, don’t worry about it!! Please stay in good health and take a break.
    I am okay with KH III being delayed if it means that he doesn’t get overworked or stressed… I knew the minute they announced KH III and FF XV together last year that all of this was going to turn into a hot mess for him. I hope he’s going to be okay. I wish we could mail him cards or something lol

  • MrFinalgamer

    If there’s a teleportation option, people shouldn’t complain about no jumb button…

  • Alexis Crockett

    Unfortunately, I totally agree…

  • Iceygames

    That’s some hurtful stuff man, I knew they shewed him off his stuff. Man that’s really bs and frustrating all together. I knee he had little input man. I’m done with this company man. When Kh3 and chi are done Tetsuya should just leave.

    it’s not fair that tabata is probably gonna recognized as ushering out the next best looking FF and Tetsuya isn’t gonna get as much credit as him. I hope KH3 blows tabata’s mess out of the water.

    Xv is gonna be freat just not as good without Tetsuya

  • idozerothings

    No jump and you have to hold a button to attack/combo and hold a button to dodge. people are saying you cant switch characters anymore but i dont know about that.

  • Well, they are. And they’re going so far as to petition Square Enix about it…

  • NoctX85

    yeah exactly my point

  • Lara Croft

    Crisis Core and Type-0 are awesome FF games. I fail to see how he will mess it up.

  • Lara Croft

    Ummmm he was being sarcastic.

  • Nomura was taking his sweet time with this game! I think that within a company there are certain deadlines that people have to meet. And Nomura never kept any of them. Not only that, but he was never open with the public about what was going on with the game. And that goes against Square Enix’s current policies since Wada left and Matsuda took over. In my opinion (and I know I’ll get a ton of hate for this but let me say before hand that I love Nomura’s work and every single FF character he’s created. I think they’re all unique and awesome!) Nomura should have never taken on a full FF project as main producer. He is unique at his own type of work but I think he just couldn’t hack it in the end. Story-telling and character designing is what he does best, he should just stick to it. I can’t see him creating battle systems or designing graphics, that’s not his thing! I think that they just tried something different with Nomura as main producer on Versus XIII/XV, but they saw it wasn’t working and had him replaced. That’s all! It happens at every job.

  • Final Aura

    I would too if I was in his shoes, especially seeing how FFXV was his own pet project

  • Alexis Crockett

    smh i really wish we *could* send him cards, he’s been through alot…

  • NoctX85

    oh….really?

  • Thank you for pointing it out, he wouldn’t get it…

  • NoctX85

    hahahah

  • Lara Croft

    Type-0 and Crisis Core are freaking awesome FF games. I have no doubt Tabata will make an unforgettable FF game.

  • MrFinalgamer

    B-but…he said casual, and Final Fantasy in the same sentence! ;_;

  • 8 years for one game?! He’s lucky to still be employed! Don’t get me wrong, I love the guy! But because of him, Square Enix have had to do a lot of damage control!

  • Lara Croft

    He should have chosen his words more carefully. Anyway I have faith in the man.

  • NoctX85

    No sorry sir, ffXV has great expectation and it was his idea so i disagre with you to the fullest

  • Final Aura

    Square fucked up in there own right with the fail FFXIV fiasco and Toriyama waifu games

  • Alexis Crockett

    When they decided to start over on new consoles they had to start over from scratch. It wasn’t solely his decision or his fault.

  • What makes you think that Tabata is SO awful?? He’s the person that created Type-0, and that sold like crazy in Japan! Maybe he’s better at things that Nomura isn’t, which will help the final product!

  • NoctX85

    nope

  • Toriyama “waifu” games (which I enjoyed btw) were created to fill in the void so that the FF name wouldn’t be forgotten while Nomura was figuring out how to be a producer (and also the XIV fiasco, yes)! I’m not a Nomura-hater, don’t make me out to be one!

  • They did it because all the stuff he was aspiring to couldn’t be done on current-gen consoles, which I am happy about because otherwise we would never have gotten this astonishing game in the first place. But it took too long!

  • Then don’t play “Tabata’s” game…

  • NoctX85

    no if i pay the game it is mine ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • So you have an issue with this game, yet you still want to play it..?

  • Final Aura

    I’m not making you one, I’m simply stating that you can’t forget about other fuck ups by square, Sakaguchi movie anyone?
    I liked 13 when it was first announced, and I do like the first 13, however a part of me feels like if they didnt focus on toriyama waifu sequels maybe this game would already progressed more smoothly I dunno

  • Lara Croft

    I agree with certain points. But, the game has gone over a lot of changes over the years. Biggest being its platform change from PS3 to PS4/X1. Also, Nomura has KH3 to consider now. He was probably over stressed and it was mutual decision. You have to understand a lot is misunderstood when translating Japanese articles to english. Simple words can be very easily taken the wrong way.

    The game is combination of work from every staff. Not just the director. In the game development, every person counts. So to say, only Tabata or Nomura should get the credit is just wrong. Also, wanting Nomura to leave the company, just because you didn’t like the company’s decision is just plain selfish.

  • Jon

    FFXII situation all over again.

  • Yeah, when Sakaguchi screwed up, he got sacked! I sincerely hope that doesn’t happen with Nomura because he’s one of the few people from the old days remaining along with Kitase. I mean Sakaguchi’s gone, Itou barely works there anymore, Matsuno passed away, Uematsu’s gone… If Nomura gets the boot, that’s it! But I do think that they’ll take into consideration his incredible contribution to both the FF and the KH franchises. But I don’t think that when they announced Fabula Nova Chrystallis back in ’06, they had any intention of ever creating a XIII-2, let alone a LR! I think if Versus XIII had been delivered properly, then none of those would’ve existed. And XV would’ve been something entirely different. But whatever, this works too.

  • Nah dude, someone died back then!

  • MrFinalgamer

    Hey man, Itou does some kickass cleaning! Heck, his new game, Janitor Simulator 2015, will be amazing!

  • MrFinalgamer

    I actually like FFXII…a lot. =/

  • I have no knowledge of this

  • Jon

    It’s good but it could have been way better.

  • Alexis Crockett

    ???

  • Protosin

    Man, this makes me sad. FFXV was probably his dream project. I hope the game turns out all right though. I honestly don’t think it’s gonna be as good as it could’ve been with him around. Bummer.

  • Jesus Christ

    I loooooveee FFXII.

    “Lady Ashe, thank the Gods you live!”

    “Balthier, you mustn’t die!”

  • Protosin

    Speaking of Cor, I hope they didn’t pull him out of the game. We haven’t heard anything about him since last year. Dude seemed badass.

  • Spoon

    I don’t think this is a big a deal as people are making it out to be. The way I see it, the DIRECTION of the game is complete – i.e. he’s done his job – the rest is just production.

  • Spoon

    It would annoy me even further if they just got rid of him without telling us. I feel like they’re getting rid of a lot of things and just easing us into the realisation that the game’s not going to be what we think it’s going to be.

  • Katisnotinthegame

    SE probably doesn’t want KH3 to take 8 years to come out so they forced him to leave XV and work on KH3.

  • Protosin

    That’s what worries me. They’ve already completely changed the combat system like it was no big deal. You’d expect them to at least keep the story & characters intact, but at this point who knows. Even the atmosphere of the game seemed pretty different in the latest trailer, especially compared to the 2013 trailer.

  • OathkeeperSoraXIII

    Damn, I was kind of hoping Nomura left of his own accord to work on KH3, but hearing that SE more or less booted him off his own project is saddening.

  • Alexis Crockett

    My sentiments exactly. I fell head over heels the moment I saw him; he’s so awesome. If they dropped him after debuting him out of the blue like that, it would destroy me. He’s too cool of a character design to waste.

  • Alexis Crockett

    I agree that Crisis Core was incredible (its actually one of my ftop 5 FFs, tbh, especially for story), but doing something well once does not exempt someone from messing up a different time. Just as professional athletes still trip and fall, Tabata could still mess up on a game.

  • Jesus Christ

    He is … yummy. But, I don’t like this angle.

  • Alexis Crockett

    I love every angle of him ๐Ÿ˜› he’s fricking gorgeous and he better show up extensively in the game or im gonna throw a hissy fit

  • Martian Wong

    Maybe the higher up said, time up for you Nomura. And replaced Nomura with Tabata. If it was Nomura’s decision, then I got no problem with it. Since Nomura treats Noctis as his own son. I dont see why Nomura would abandon the game and Noctis. If this is true, Square Enix is playing with lava…

  • Jesus Christ

    Isn’t he gonna die or something or is that just speculation for past interview.

  • Alexis Crockett

    I’d say it’s incredibly likely, unfortunately. I feel like it’s basically implied. I’m just hoping it’s at least a little later in the game. None of that “he died to help us start the journey” mess, I’m not havin’ that.

  • Martian Wong

    If this game flopped at the end. Square Enix have a nice day. I will never buy a game from you again. Maybe later on, Tetsuya Nomura will leave SE and start his own company like Keiji Inafune.

  • Alexis Crockett

    If Nomura leaves, KH is screwed, though…

  • Protosin

    I’d go gay for him. Forgive me, Jesus.

  • OathkeeperSoraXIII

    ‘It was the companyโ€™s decision, I canโ€™t say anything more than that.’ sounds like Nomura didn’t have a choice

    I’m not sure why they’d get rid of him now though. From the sounds of it, the groundwork, characters, plot etc had all been laid out for XV. While they keep saying Nomura’s vision is still intact, while yes that may be so for the story and characters but the gameplay has already taken a hit from the sounds of it. I thought the whole point of this game taking so long was because Nomura wanted this game to be truly special, not just from the story, but from the gameplay too. You can already see how much slower the gameplay has got from the 2011 TGS trailer to the TGS 2014 trailer. KH will always be Nomura’s true baby, but the guy had a lot of time working on this project (8 years). to kick him off his own project after he has done all the hard work creatively, is just insulting to him.

  • John Sotomayor

    You’ve been telling everyone to not take all this news so badly, but that doesn’t change the fact that for many of us, we’ve been getting day after day of bad (and worse) news. I figured Nomura’s work was done and that’s why he left, but a vague “It was the company’s decision” is just a polite way of saying “I really didn’t want to but I had no choice, the company forced me off.”

    And I take umbrage with that.

  • Nick Greeley

    No they didn’t; they had to leave due to health concerns, but all of XII’s directors are well alive

  • John Sotomayor

    Well then.

    Now I feel awful all over again. =/

    I can hardly take this. x__x
    “All right, a new trailer! It looks awesome!” *excited*
    “Wait, no more KH-style battle? GAMBITS?!” *worried*
    “ARE THEY CHANGING EVERYTHING??” *worried*
    “Eh maybe I’m overreacting, the story’s still the same and maybe the battle system will be amazing!” *hopeful*
    “…..Nomura was forced off the project. How else could you interpret that?” *worried again*

    It’s too much for a poor Versus/Nomura fanboy. =(

  • doshiyarove

    Well they certainly left an unforgettable impression. Tainted the FF brand with 13 , 13-2, and 13-3, and then an initial unfinished 14. All crap.

  • Martian Wong

    Maybe SE shouldn’t screw Tetsuya Nomura up? But we dont know why Tetsuya Nomura really got replaced.

  • Jon

    I’m afraid I’m not excited for this game at all anymore.

    It just seems like everything I was excited about was removed at some point.

    I mean the game may very well end up being good but I just…I just can’t.

    I think I got whiplash from how fast my hype dropped.

  • Martian Wong

    You got it. They insulted him. To me in Japan, there are two person I really respect. One is Tetsuya Nomura and the other one is Hideo Kojima. By kicking him out also mean that SE is insulted me.

  • Alexis Crockett

    Man, once the game has been out for 5 years, we’re gonna look back on this and laugh (and maybe cry a little?). It’s so weird to remember the way we were about XIII and now that it’s been out for half a decade, everyone’s calmed down, formed an opinion about it and moved on. It’s gonna feel so weird to be like “remember when we didn’t even know who luna was” and we all laugh because now it’s totally obvious to everyone.

  • Michieie

    That comments sounds… Disheartening, to say the least. I’m not a fan of CC, but Type 0 is just awesome so I just hope Tabata does a good job.

  • Alexis Crockett

    haha that’s so weird because those are the two japanese people i respect the most too omg (MGS is my top favorite games series)

    Konami wouldn’t dare screw Kojima over though and even so, he’s already got his own production studio so it’d be easier for him to keep going. I just hope that if they really did boot him off the project the way I feel they did, that Nomura’ll be okay.

  • Martian Wong

    High five!! I feel bad for Tetusya Nomura. If anything goes wrong with FFXV. SE is in deep deep trouble. However, I am still waiting for Zone of the Ender 3.

  • Alexis Crockett

    If that was all it was, he could have easily told us. The way he responded, though, sounded just a bit bitter.

  • Michieie

    I have a feeling that SE gave Nomura a limit of the project having 10 years to finish it, and if he didn’t meet that time he’d be replaced. Maybe they put Tabata to rush things before this gets known as “The Duke Nukem Forever of Final Fantasy”.

    I feel bad for Nomura. This seemed like this project was his baby, and seeing how the gameplay looks slower now that it did in the previous trailer…

  • david paw

    I trust in Tabata. Please deliver Nomura’s child safely…. um…….

  • Martian Wong

    So far, there are major difference between E3 2013 trailer and the trailer from TGS 2014. The battle is slowed down and no longer has the same battle interface/battle system.

  • Kamui

    We wont know anything until the game is released…….

  • Alexis Crockett

    I’d stay straight for him โ™ฅ
    (well im not straight but <.<)

  • Martian Wong

    But things arent looking good.

  • Jesus Christ

    You get a free pass….

    straight to h3ll

  • Kamui

    Right, hopefully they don’t change much of the original designs and ideas of the game……..this is kinda depressing…….

  • david paw

    Well. Let’s wait until Dec 21 during Jump Festa. We could speculate more from there.

  • Martian Wong

    They always changed the battle system. That was one of the thing that I looked forward to the most. And the battle is slowed down as well. I hope they will allows us to choose between which battle system to use. I am leaning toward to the one from E3 2013.

  • doshiyarove

    Correct xxx 100000

  • Kamui

    Nomura Legendary Game Studio ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I like the sound of that ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kamui

    Honestly, this game have been in development for 8 years……..so yeah I can kinda understand the change……just a little.

  • Protosin

    I didn’t know Tabata was an obstetrician now.

  • david paw

    The age of 42 was picked for Cor, because in Japanese culture, 42 is seen as unlucky and it’s thought that men of that age will befall great misfortune. – got this somewhere.

  • John Sotomayor

    I almost want Nomura to resign after KH3 and just open his own studio.

  • James Stine

    I don’t really think it’s that terrible. Let’s be honest, the game has taken too long… They kicked him out of this game to work on KHIII so they can get this game out of the door. Nomura hasn’t directed a main line FF before, it was probably too much for him, and he just couldn’t get his shit together.

    Nomura is still needed in the company, without him XV wouldn’t even be what it is. I know people will say that he can be replaced, but that’s not really my point here. He was taken out against his own will, but overall I think it was the right decision in order to please investors and fans to move the development along further.

  • Jesus Christ

    Oh honey no no no no no

  • doshiyarove

    People get removed off projects and shifted around all the time in game dev, against their own will. It’s not uncommon.

  • doshiyarove

    He wouldn’t be able to take his chracters with him to his own studio cause Square will have copyright ๐Ÿ˜ก

  • James Stine

    Noctis was OP as fuck in the E3 trailer, they said that back then. The UI in the trailer was also just a mock up, while the TGS one was functioning for the most part. Another major difference is that the game engine looks fucking beautiful now.

  • James Stine

    People really love Nomura, I do too, so I understand. Sometimes you need to take a step back and look at the reality of things.

  • John Sotomayor

    I know that. I meant have KH3 end the series, then form his own studio.

  • James Stine

    Tell him to get a Twitter.

  • John Sotomayor

    Well I can’t disagree with Jesus Christ.

  • Krijn van Alten

    They are never going to do that. Itยดs a well selling franchise you do not simply stop that.

  • John Sotomayor

    I know. Just an idea.

  • Krijn van Alten

    Are you talking about the game or about what happened during the production period? Because I don’t think the are going to reveal that, even after the game is released.

  • Krijn van Alten

    And then what? I mean, what should be the benefit form that?

  • John Sotomayor

    …It was just an idea, I wasn’t THAT serious about it.

    But to answer your question: the benefit would be complete creative control.

  • Krijn van Alten

    If the direction should be complete, why is there a new director then?

  • Krijn van Alten

    And the FF and KH series should lose there main designer.

  • Krijn van Alten

    How?

  • John Sotomayor

    Well, if you’ve been following, you’d see that in that particular scenario, the KH series would end. =P And what’s wrong with the FF series losing its main designer? That’s happened before, after all.

  • James Stine

    Call him up on the phone. In all seriousness, I wouldn’t have a clue.

  • Krijn van Alten

    Then they have to look for another one and you never know if he is any good. And to be honest, Amano is still my favourite over Nomura. But he is fine as well, so he can go on for ages. Final Fantasy XXV, here we come!

  • Jesus Christ

    Bless your beautiful heart, John, only because you are related to Associate Justice, Sonia Sotomayor.

  • Krijn van Alten

    What a shame!

  • John Sotomayor

    lmao I wish I were. It’s actually not a rare Hispanic last name.

  • Krijn van Alten

    Not straight?! O wait, I have the same problem..

  • Iceygames

    He could leave and make his own stuff. Finish KH3 with his vision and just let square do what they have too. If they mess up they mess up. But he’ll do himselfjjustice on his own

  • Krijn van Alten

    There is more freedom, that is true. But it has also to do with the money. Look to Sakaguchi. Now Mistwalker studios he earns less that in his Square days.

  • Krijn van Alten

    Crisis Core was fun and Type-0 looks pretty cool as well, so I think we can trust this Tabata for delivering good products.

  • Kamui

    The game in general.

  • ALL HAIL KING BIMPY

    Who remembers Nomura said XV had “gimmicks” and makeitak armor. do you think Taba still has them?

  • Iceygames

    Nomura is so antisocial sonetimes lol jk I guess he’s so busy he can’t post stuff to social media.

  • Iceygames

    True. I see your point but it is also the industry. The moble industry is where it’s at in Japan and it’s just not ready for high quality games and I’m not saying we need to always have HD games but it seems that what a lot people think about. Especially people at square.

  • 4FFAN

    Come Back Nomura ๐Ÿ™ Square basically kicked him out and completely changed his game! Poor guy…

  • LukesAlike

    I’m not antagonizing Tabata or anything, but I hope he knows fans have had expectations and have praised what has been shown/spoken of in Nomura’s case and that him changing things up is fine, and to quote The oh-so-wise Spoony One “When you change to much, it becomes an unrecognizable game in the series and people get mad.”

    I’m the kind of guy that’s okay with games changing as they go, I’m laid back like that, but ever since I let the concept of changing the battle system from menu-based (while being action-oriented) to preordained action-based marinate in my mind for a while, I can’t help but get a little worried. The last thing I want is for fellow fans to call BS on the game and just quit because they can’t stand the direction this franchise is going and all that drawn-out crap. With Nomura, people had stuff to be excited about, especially combat-wise, but with Tabata, I dunno…

    And the thing is, I really enjoyed Crisis Core and am hyped for Type-0 HD, so I believe Tabata can deliver in that regard, but I’m suddenly having second thoughts about all this. I’m STILL gonna buy the game day-one and will probably love it anyways, but I wonder if it’ll be better or worse with Nomura’s departure. The story, I’m convinced, will still probably be top-notch anyways.

  • Martian Wong

    He is off to a bad start. Back in the era when Tetsuya Nomura is the director, it received much praise and there are only two main complain by the fans are it takes took long to have news coming out and it has no female playable character. When Tabata took over, we hear things like No female playable characters, cant switch to another party member, one button offense/defense. Things does not look good for Tabata.

  • Starlord

    Once you read this, the battle system part of it will wash away ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=900371

  • LukesAlike

    That’s actually the aspect that excites me, because I love FFXII and the Gambit system. But… yeah.

  • Martian Wong

    I tried to read it, but doesnt really understand this. Can you clarify?

  • LukesAlike

    Its pretty much conditional. Based on where the person attacking is at, then they can do an action that pertains to their location, ex: If they’re close to a target, they use a close-ranged attack, if they’re far, then, you know. Then if there are other things put into consideration like type of enemy, like the behemoth, then an attack pattern can be adjusted so certain people/person will attack the behemoth with certain magic/physical attacks.

    This is pretty much FFXII’s combat but modernized…?

  • Starlord

    Basically what it says is, there will be a manual mode of sorts that allow you to input button commands ( not 1 button) to get the same result. If you played FFXII, you will be familiar with the Gambit system ( something that Tabata confirmed when you can tell your party what to do).

    It also says things about, Positions and where you need to be to pull off certain attacks depending where your at:

    Example: You set a gambit that is ( Attack enemy from 5m away= Axe) You have to be 5m or more away to activate it.

    Copying and pasting:

    PRE-BATTLE
    1. A “gambit” system determines the actions (customisable) that are available under specific positional conditions (also customisable).

    MID-BATTLE
    2. You manually position yourself to have access to the actions that you want to have acess to (based on the gambits).
    3. You manually trigger said actions by pressing the attack button.
    4. You can open a menu and change your “gambit” setups.

    ——————-

    1) Targetting enemies is automatic by default (based on priotized gambits). For example, If your higher priority gambit is using Spell A against a foe within 3m of you, and you press the Attack button exactly when there’s a foe within that range, the game will automatically target that foe.

    2) Pressing R and L buttons allows you to manually target and priotize targets, where the game will then pick the highest priority gambit you have that can be used for that target.

    3) This system applies both to allied characters controlled by the AI, and the player character with manual input. So you can have allied characters only do certain characters if the player character is near them.

    3) This system can be customised before and during the battle, through a menu.

    4) New positional conditions can be obtained through the game.

    5) New attack methods can be obtained through the game, whenever the player equips new items, learns new skills, etc.

    6) The number of attack method/ gambit rows can be expanded/ obtained through the game.

    7) While setting up positional conditions, the system will automatically filter the number of actions to those that only make sense. For example, it’ll be impossible to set up a close-ranged attack that triggers if you are far from the enemy.

    8) There’s the possibility to switch to a more manual input mode, where attacks can be attached to several buttons.

    Please note that this is not 100% confirmed, and not Official. However, there is very strong evidence that this is linked to FFXV.

    Reasons:

    1) It’s made by Tabata himself
    2) There is no other SE games out there that uses a Gambit like system or Coordination attacks heck even positional attacks
    3) This Patent is for a ” SIngle player one button game” ( That has an option for Manual mode)

  • Martian Wong

    So now this is no longer a KH style Final Fantasy?

  • LukesAlike

    Yeah, then there’s the bit where buttons can be mapped. I guess this does sound very reasonable.

  • Martian Wong

    I agree. SE kicked him out and he said it is the decision of the company. He wont comment on it any further. Knowing how he love his characters such as Sora. You can tell that he wont give up on the game.

  • Starlord

    In a way it is because it’s and action game and there will be a manual mode. However depending on your view of the game it may or may not have the KH feel your looking for.

    The game will be compared to FFXII ( Gambits) and FF Type-0 ( Rest of gameplay)

  • Martian Wong

    Now I can just look forward to the demo to get a feel how the game goes. I might like it.

  • Starlord

    I can’t wait for the demo! Also, in case you missed my previous edit:

    Please note that this is not 100% confirmed, and not Official. However, there is very strong evidence that this is linked to FFXV.

    Reasons:

    1) It’s made by Tabata himself
    2) There is no other SE games out there that uses a Gambit like system or Coordination attacks heck even positional attacks
    3) This Patent is for a ” SIngle player one button game” ( That has an option for Manual mode)

  • LukesAlike

    If it does happen, I’ll be ok with it. At least you get options.

  • flower234

    I’m still excited for the game despite Nomura’s departure, but I’m definitely a little more skeptical than I was last year and beyond that. Trying to reserve my full judgment until I can play the demo but I guess all I can do is wait

  • Starlord

    I am 99% sure it is related to FFXV. No other game that SE is making has what I mentioned. and the Patent makes it seem like the game has a lot of advanced features.

    Jump Festa is in December, we will get stuff then ( or perhaps sooner)

  • LukesAlike

    Hopefully.

  • Alexis Crockett

    Hideo Kojima is currently heading TWO AAA games and yet he has the time to post to his twitter like 50 billion times a day. I have his twitter favorited so it alerts my phone when he posts, and my phone is almost always vibrating.

    If he can do that, Nomura could. But he may just not want to. The internet can be crappy sometimes…

  • stevenm281

    That makes me wonder if controllable airships will still be in the game…. I wish, but in an interview somewhere, Tabata joked that Noctis’ car will act as FF15 airship…

    And I need official confirmation that the final game will or will not let other party members to be controlled by the players.

    And I also loved the trailer where Noctis jumps off a cliff, I think it was in 2010 or 2011, a short teaser.

    While I would have loved a KH battle system, always dreamed of it since VersusXIII, I admit being curious about this new battle system as well.

  • NoctX85

    I know exatcly that they kicked him out of the project. Becuase they want him to Finish KH3. They are only seeing the own benefits. With the change from versus to FFXV…they also tought to remove the combat system as it was. And if Square is ever reading this i know they wouldn`t. But let me say this….if the gameplay of the demos is SHIT i will send them ah personal letter and send them all to hell

  • NoctX85
  • ALL HAIL KING BIMPY

    He set the guideline for FF15. He did not mange to give us the actual game on PS3 because that hardware limited his vision. It is not his fault for wanting to give us better quality, which meant waiting until 2012 to transfer over it to 8th gen. Evidence of his vision is still in the live footage and glimpse of what will become a playable demo. Taba is still honoring the bluebrints and tools Nomura brought forth. If Nomura screwed up then why should Taba care so much for what he built? Plus there were developers who praised Nomura despite the struggle he put them like the CGI guy. This same man also worked on FF13 and oh boy did he slander that title. Nomura leaving means his vision was finally complete and at that moment Square Enix wanted him on KH3 if Taba was suitable for directing actual production.

    Kingdom Hearts 3 needs to be made. Square Enix said they are moving back to home consoles, wanting the player base of 8th gen to increase in Japan. This cannot be achieved without having good JRPGs, reason SE just made a new studio for home consoles only.

  • ALL HAIL KING BIMPY

    Except it was Nomura’s idea for no female characters and the combat is basically taking what would have been a command menu but assessing them to buttons so the screen ins’t clunky with interface stuff. only Noc playable sounds like Taba translated Nomura saying if Noc dies its game over and if noc isnt in the party you cant use magic

  • ALL HAIL KING BIMPY

    The battle director for FF12 also made the real time event scenes in ff15 but i guess Taba is using him for more now

  • NoctX85

    HAHAHA Guys just look what i found!!!!

    Business Locations

    Japan
    Headquarters

    Location
    Shinjuku Bunka Quint Bldg. 3-22-7 Yoyogi,

    Shibuya-ku,Tokyo 151-8544, Japan

    [MAP]

    Phone
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  • Martian Wong

    I already did.

  • Spoon

    Think of the new director as just the guy that ensures XV actually gets complete.

  • Alexis Crockett

    What are you gonna do, ask him if his fridge is running?

  • NoctX85

    Hello is tabata also there, I`m his couseng :-D….i think you can imagine what else i`m saying to him ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Alexis Crockett

    “you have 24 hours to change the game or im stealing your dog”

  • NoctX85

    Im just testing who is picking up at the other side! Nice idea ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Caliburn

    I don’t think he understands English.

  • Alexis Crockett

    “ใ‚ใชใŸใŒใ‚ฒใƒผใƒ ใ‚’ๅค‰ๆ›ดใ—ใชใ„ๅ ดๅˆใ€็งใฏใ‚ใชใŸใฎ็Šฌใ‚’็›—ใ‚€”
    tabata: “what the hell”

  • John Sotomayor

    Thank you for offering a different perspective *without* bashing Nomura or resorting to things like “He doesn’t know how to make a game,” etc. =)

  • Starlord

    They are doing an extended talk show ( from the TGS) Featuring more Type-0 and FFXV!

    http://gematsu.com/2014/09/square-enix-host-extended-final-fantasy-type-0-hd-xv-talk-show-next-week

  • Stefan Paisan

    You are being ridiculous

  • Stefan Paisan

    Okay everyone how about we all wait for Jump Festa and we all play the demo and see if we all like it or not

  • Stefan Paisan
  • Starlord

    Or we can wait for next week for an extended version of the demo ๐Ÿ˜›

    http://gematsu.com/2014/09/square-enix-host-extended-final-fantasy-type-0-hd-xv-talk-show-next-week

  • NoctX85

    thanks ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Iceygames

    Think of the long distant charge, it would be worth it only if he understood english ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Stefan Paisan

    Oh yeah I forgot

  • Jon

    Nothing is confirmed until we see it.

  • Starlord

    That’s the only thing I can I agree with ” Patent or no Patent” until we see it in action , anything can change.

  • NoctX85

    just joking ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Krijn van Alten

    Could be, but he could also be necessary because not all the directional thinks are finished yet. We can not be sure.

  • Iceygames

    That’s a good point, I guess what I’m really trying to say is he would have a hard time to talk about stuff, the fans want to hear from him, especially me but there is not much he can talk about. It would be nice if he could show us some art work or progressing pics of XV(BT(Before Tabata) and KH. But I feel like Square is always trying to keep things so secretive.

  • Iceygames

    I was trying to respond last night but my browser forced closed on me and I was too pissed off. Not at you but at my phone. I’m not gonna write allllll that over again but I will say it short and simple. Square adds more and more pressure on Nomura, he works his ass off and they keep messing up with their other games and now they realize they can’t keep messing up. If Square wasn’t in the situation it it’s today then he wouldn’t have so much to deal with. KH3 taking so long is a problem that is indeed on him.
    I can wait for KH3 and though XV is taking forever to come out we must remember it really seems like he as little say. Let’s not forget that he had to beg to not have the game get turned into a mobile game.

    I’m not saying Nomura should only have credit in the end, I’m saying he should equally be credited.

  • LukesAlike

    Oh nice!

  • loudman

    I wonder exactly when Tabata pitched the new combat system, and then how long after that the changeover occurred. I don’t think it’s too much of a jump to think that perhaps combat may have been causing development issues, which Tabata’s solution solved and allowed progress to continue. That would give them reason to trust Tabata with finishing the project, and a good reason to have Nomura move over to KH3, as he’d be more likely to trust his co-director with handling the project over anyone else. It’s also telling that this seems to have happened around the time that KH3 has been having technical issues; might as well have Nomura’s full attention focused on story development as that’s happening.

    Just seems to me that they want to keep the development pipeline clear, and not have another Versus XIII situation on their hands.

  • Of course I’m telling you not to take it badly and use -that oh, so rare quality these days called- common sense. First of all, we’re not inside Square Enix, so all we can do is speculate. Now, common sense dictates that usually when a company has a product that people want to get their hands on, it does whatever it can to get it out to the audience. And Nomura was simply taking too long. To develop a video game, you usually need 1-2 years or in special cases 3-4 max. Nomura took 6! Of course, there is the case that he was simply done with XV and moved on to KH3, but from his response here we see that he was more ‘forced out’ of the project rather than left it on his own, like you said. Either way though, it makes perfect sense. However, Square Enix is making these decisions in order to improve the final game, not decrease it’s value! Which company would take actions against the quality of its own products?? They know how much people want this game and they know the work Nomura put into it. They also know the quality of Tabata’s work. Everything has been carefully considered and it will show when the game is released. Oh, how I long for that day…

  • Alexis Crockett

    Well, he doesn’t have to write about the games… Hideo Kojima generally posts more about the food he’s eating, how well he slept, and the movie he just saw than actual progress of his games (lol). He still does have more freedom because he leads his own studio, but…

    Really all I want to know is that he’s okay. I totally wouldn’t mind if he posted more about how he’s feeling and what nasty foreign food he’s eating, than his work on KH III. So much pressure is always on him, and I wish he could let us know how he’s feeling. Kojima talks often about how he feels about all this pressure, and I just wish Nomura could do the same.

  • Martian Wong

    If you have a death note, you dont need to send them anything. You just need to know what they look like and their names.

  • FlamingLechon

    lol, i like the thumbnail of this article

  • Sad. I hope they don’t fire him after kh3. Maybe they think he’s a hack now after all the over working.

  • NoctX85

    hahaha

  • NoctX85

    the problem is if i kill them. who is doing the game?

  • Martian Wong

    Well, leave Tetsuya Nomura alive, and he will come back.

  • NoctX85

    Of course none touch Nomura, best character designer

  • waku waku

    I don’t see the problem. Nomura has to work on KHIII. This is the most likely reason to why he was removed as the director of FFXV.

    If it really was Nomura’s fault, why still make him a director of a similarly-acclaimed series? The reason is as black-and-white as it seems.

  • Martian Wong

    He is the man. He created Cloud, Noctis and Sora etc. They cant touch him.

  • NoctX85

    Did you know that there was also another designer ivolved? Roberto Ferrari

    http://stickskills.com/2013/06/14/the-other-half-of-final-fantasy-xvs-character-design/

  • Martian Wong

    I am well aware there is another character designer. But I have no clue who he is.

  • Spoon

    We can’t, true, but in most cases of game development this is not the stage where directional duties are handled.

  • Pekola

    He is gorgeous and I hate Square for doing these…way too realistic characters and crushing our hopes and dreams forever.

    Where is my Cor Leonis irl?

  • Iceygames

    Ohhh that’s cool, so basically he talks like a normal person. I wish Tetsuya would do that and I totally agree, I really would like to know how hes doing. Not just now but also as time goes on. I don’t know I just think there is to much going on a square with how they’re treating him that what he would say on Twitter would be weak or a lie.
    Point is I mean he must be under so much stress that to speak anything bad would reflect on the company and they would get mad.

    This happened with that Nintendo guy and he ended up leaving.

  • Alexis Crockett

    Yeah, I think Japanese companies in particular are just so restricted like that… I think because in Japanese culture it’s very shameful to do that kind of thing because they are very fixated on respect, something we in the West don’t really do, for better or worse.

    I feel a bit worried though, because, if I was in his position, I’d feel really helpless, trapped, and almost worthless that I can’t even talk about how I was pulled from something I really wanted to do and worked so hard on. I remember how hopeful and proud he was always talking about Noctis and the game, but now he can’t see it through to the end…

    Regardless of whether people think it was for the best that he was pulled out, it might have really hurt him and I just hope that he’s feeling okay.

  • DarmusXIII

    could be he just wasnt wowing them and releasing updates, i say that cuz now that tabata has taken the project we get a lot more who knows tho, that and hes busy on kh3

  • benj

    WHY!!! They should have focused on FFXV then worked on KH3!!!
    Are they planning on releasing the two? Like after release FFXV then few months or half year later KH3?

  • John Sotomayor

    Some (not me) would argue that Square Enix has become very self-destructive with its own properties. Also, their interpretation of improving the game may not line up with what other people, like the consumers, see as improving the game.

    Just like some people are overreacting, I think you’re trying too hard to defend SE here. They’ve messed up in the past and they’re not free from criticism.

  • NoctX85

    haha you really think its gona release so soon? Sorry but Kingdom hearts is coming out 2016 winter not earlier!

  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    Square kept blocking Nomura ๐Ÿ™

  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    Make them finish the game before you kill them?

  • benj

    probably he’s job is to lay out the blueprint so that others could begin develop on it and drive it to finish.

  • Martian Wong

    How sad is that? Two person that I respect the most got into bad terms with their company. Hideo Kojima and Tetsuya Nomura.

  • Good to know that his departure was for the FFVII: Remake!! ๐Ÿ˜€