Kingdom Hearts III Director Tetsuya Nomura Designed Characters for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for Switch [UPDATE]

Super-Popular Square Enix Director and Character Designer Tetsuya Nomura is listed in Xenoblade Chronicles 2's credits for the design of a character.

June 21, 2017

Kingdom Hearts III Director Tetsuya Nomura isn’t just known for being at the helm of a few famous titles, but he also designed many characters for many popular Square Enix games. Today, he adds one more to his resume.

At the end of the latest trailer for Monolith Soft’s upcoming game Xenoblade Chronicles 2, there is a list of credits, and it includes Tetsuya Nomura himself (there is no risk of confusion, it also mentions Square Enix), listed for the Character Design of one of the characters.

Unfortunately, this is also an indication that some of the original Japanese will be changed in the English version of the game. While in the English credits the character designed by Nomura is named “Torna,” he or she is called “Iira” (イーラ) in the Japanese ones.

At the moment, we don’t know exactly which character shown in the trailer is Torna/Iira, but if I was a betting man, it’s probably the one portrayed at the top of the post.

Update: today it was revealed that Torna/Iira isn’t one character, but an organization. Two characters have been revealed today on Twitter. One is indeed the masked guy I had guessed, and the other can be seen in the gallery below.

More might be revealed in the future.

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