A few days ago, Kingdom Hearts III Director Tetsuya Nomura was asked by IGN to comment on the possibility of a Nintendo Switch port for the game. His answer was quite vague, and IGN updated the slightly misleading headline after the fact for clarity, but some media outlets and blogs still presented it in a rather positive way. This was amplified further in Japan, where nuance was lost as his answers originally in Japanese and translated to English, were re-translated back to Japanese.
Today, Nomura-san clarified that statement in an interview on Famitsu, mentioning that when statements on foreign sites are relayed back to Japan, it’s not uncommon for sensational headlines to spread rumors and allegation of things that have not been said.
He explained that he was asked about a Nintendo Switch version, but his answer was simply that the PS4 and Xbox One versions are top priority since they have already been announced. As for other platforms, they could be considered afterwards.
According to Nomura-san, the verb “considering” was interpreted liberally, leading people to believe that the game could be released on Switch. On the other hand, he did not single out Nintendo’s new console, but he simply mentioned that “other platforms” – meaning any other platform, not just the Switch – might be considered after the PS4 and Xbox One versions are released.
The same article on IGN also mentioned that Nomura-san wasn’t sure on whether there would be a demand for an Xbox One port of the recently-released PS4 remaster of the past Kingdom Hearts games outside of Japan.
He clarified that point as well, explaining that – as for the previous question – already announced games have priority. Due to that, he thinks that now that Xbox One X is coming, announcing remasters of the old Kingdom Hearts titles for Xbox One after the release of Kingdom Hearts III [in 2018] might simply be too late in timing, making them difficult to market, especially in Japan.
Kingdom Hearts III will be released in 2018 for PS4 and Xbox One.