Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory: What Did Tetsuya Nomura Say in the New Japanese Interviews? Too Much For One Title
Tetsuya Nomura avoided Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory questions regarding Kairi or the Master of Masters, but still gave some hints away.
Square Enix published an official interview for Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory on the Japanese PlayStation blog on September 7. Simultaneously, our Japanese peers at Famitsu, Dengeki Online, and 4Gamer published similar interviews. The Japanese interviews are with Melody of Memory Game Director Masanobu Suzui of Indies Zero, Game Producer Ichirou Hazama of Square Enix, and Kingdom Hearts Series Director Tetsuya Nomura. Our own interview is live here with some tidbits and details on the game’s development. The main brunt of the interviews overlap with each other, however, some of them had pretty interesting tidbits.
We’ve read the Japanese interviews, and translated below the new details we learned through them.
In the Japanese interviews, Tetsuya Nomura was most notably asked about the game’s story and Kairi’s memories. Nomura never directly answered. However, he mentioned Melody of Memory will have a different way of telling its story compared to other Kingdom Hearts games. Nomura was also asked questions regarding the title “Melody of Memory”, its abreviation MoM, and if it’s hinting at the Master of Masters or not. He didn’t really answer that either:
PS Blog: “Kairi’s memories were never revealed. If the game looks back on everything that happened until now, will that include Kairi’s memories?”
Tetsuya Nomura: “In the Kingdom Hearts games so far, the story develops as you play the game… That’s not how it goes in this game. You’ll be able to confirm what I mean once you try out the game yourself.”
PS Blog: “A lot of fans are expecting this game’s story to be closely related to Kairi’s memories”.
Tetsuya Nomura: “That’s just as planned (laughs)”.
PS Blog: “Many fans also believe the Master of Masters will appear in this game because of the title. There’s also someone with a black coat in the trailer”.
Tetsuya Nomura: “That’s also just as planned (laughs). Actually, I hesitated a lot for the title. Because I didn’t want it to be so similar to Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories. But not other title would fit better, so I at least used “Memory” instead of “Memories” (laughs)”.
Tateuya Nomura also mentioned he wrote the script for the World Trip mode, the main mode of Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory. When asked about whether Melody of Memory takes place after Kinghom Hearts III or not, he only mentioned there’s a short Episode showing what happened before the Remind DLC.
Masanobu Suzui also said the game’s development is “pretty much over and in its final checks”.
He also gave us the number of Worlds in Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory:
Masanobu Suzui: “There are 16 Kingdom Hearts Worlds, 31 Disney Worlds, and 33 “Dark Hole”: places with only boss songs.”
Masanobu Suzui also added that simply clearing the main mode of the game, the World Trip mode without doing any optional content will take you around ten hours. He further added they have no plans to make DLC for Melody of Memory, and how it shows they’re confident it’s a full-fledged game that will keep players occupied for a while as is.
Lastly, Tetsuya Nomura teased the future of the series following Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory:
Famitsu: “The Dark Seeker arc ended with Kingdom Hearts III. However many questions are still left unanswered. The Secret Movie also brought up new developments. What can we expect for the future of the Kingdom Hearts series?”
Tetsuya Nomura: “Kingdom Hearts will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022.”
Tetsuya Nomura: “So… we’re working on things as we get closer to it (laughs). I’m already thinking about the next game following Melody of Memory and the Kingdom Hearts team is already working on something new. Also, Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory was made before we started working on the next game, so the main staff helped working on it too. I’m not sure yet what we’ll be able to announce and when, but I’m sure it’ll be surprisingly amazing, so look forward to it”.
In an English interview, we also learned that there are currently no plans to port past Kingdom Hearts games to Nintendo Switch. An event celebrating Melody of Memory will also be held this November in Union Cross.
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Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory will launch on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on November 13. The game will be out two days earlier in Japan, on November 11. You can preorder it on Amazon to support DualShockers.