The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu includes an interview to Tetsuya Nomura focusing on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, but it also includes a few snippets of information about Kingdom Hearts III and the Final Fantasy VII Remake.
While the magazine still hasn’t hit the news stands, as usual a copy has been leaked by the Japanese blog Hachima Kikou, and we get the juicy bits.
The first element isn’t all that surprising, with Nimura-san teasing that the developer “might be able to do something” Kingdom Hearts-related for the upcoming D23 Expo. That’s pretty much expected as the event pretty much always brings some Kingdom Hearts news.
About Kingdom Hearts III, Nomura-san mentioned that he can’t give an overall estimate on development because the process is different from everything the team has done before. There are worlds yet untouched (Editor’s note: it’s unclear whether Nomura means one world or multiple, as Japanese doesn’t have a dedicated plural form, the same goes for the following mention), and production is progressing on unannounced world that are not in a state that can be shown yet. Development is in progress.
Nomura-san also mentioned that the Final Fantasy VII Remake‘s development is progressing steadily, but for both games it’s going to take a bit more time, as the team intends to meet expectations on them. While last year he did not provide much information, he would like to show progress during events. Yet, the games aren’t ready for release for now. That said, there are also many games releasing this year, and he encourages fans to wait for “surprises.”
Lastly, we get a little bonus information on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 Remix. While there won’t be a package including both games, Square Enix is preparing a box that can house both games like it’s commonly done for DVDs. It’ll probably be an e-Store bonus.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will release exclusively for PS4 in North America on January 24th, while Kingdom Hearts III will come for PS4 and Xbox One, and Final Fantasy VII Remake has been announced only for PS4. Both have no release windows just yet.
Nomura-san gave further information on Kingdom Hearts III in another recent interview, and you can read all about it here.