Nomura Talks Challenges of Working on Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake at the Same Time

Final Fantasy VII Remake and Kingdom Hearts III Director Tetsuya Nomura talks about the challenges and advantages of working on both games at the same time.

July 16, 2017

Legendary Square Enix developer Tetsuya Nomura is currently quite busy working as a Director on both Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII‘s PS4 remake, and today he told DualShockers during an interview how that works out for him, explaining the challenges and advantages of this kind of workload.

Nomura-san mentioned that the busy schedule generated by managing both projects is the biggest challenge. On the other hand he actually doesn’t perceive any sort of difficulty stemming from the fact that they’re very different games. It actually works to his advantage. If they were similar, they would start looking the same. On the other hand, due to how different they are, if there is something he can’t accomplish in one title, he might be able to do it in the other game.


Talking about how busy Nomura-san is, he explained that while he was in a rush to prepare to visit to the United States to attend D23 for Kingdom Hearts III, he had to schedule a mandatory meeting for Final Fantasy VII. Juggling this kind of things is a considerable challenge, but he also mentioned that it “comes with the territory” and it’s pretty much expected.

Just yesterday, we learned that Kingdom Hearts III will be released in 2018, and we saw the reveal of a new Toy Story world that will be included in the game. A large batch of screenshots was also released.

Of course, stay tuned on DualShockers for the full interview, that will come very soon.

[Original Interview: Azario Lopez]

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