Nomura talks about Kingdom Hearts 3’s development.
Fans have been waiting for Kingdom Hearts III for a long, long time. It was announced over three years ago, and while Square Enix have launched a number of Kingdom Hearts titles since Kingdom Hearts 2 came out to tide us over until the next big release, we still don’t have a concrete release date for Kingdom Hearts 3, and we do know it’s probably not going to be this year.
However, Tetsuya Nomura has been talking to Famitsu in a massive interview about several things, including Kingdom Hearts III and its development process, and assures fans that no matter when it releases (and it may take a while), the game’s quality will be up to scratch.
“KH3 requires a different work process than other titles so far, so I can’t strictly say,” Nomura said when asked where the game was in its development process. “On one hand there are worlds that are pretty much finished, on the other hand there are worlds we still haven’t even touched. Worlds we haven’t announced yet tend to be further along in development, so we’re at a stage where what we could show is what we can’t show.
“Maybe hearing there’s parts we ‘still haven’t touched’ is going to make people worry, but it’s business as usual,” he continued. “We never start by working on all the worlds at the same time. In order to avoid having to redo things once we’ve started it’s necessary to let things take shape only after all the elements have received approval, and there are currently some worlds that are still being audited. As I said a while ago, we also have to remake all the character models and such for current-gen consoles, so there’s still a lot of development work to do.”
Nomura then went on to give reassurances that the game’s quality will not suffer no matter what, and that he hopes to show something of the game soon. “You don’t have to worry about the quality,” he said, “so please wait until the next opportunity I have to show you something. Preparations are underway.”
Kingdom Hearts 3, whenever it does launch, will be released for the PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch.