Nomura talks Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts III at Japan Expo
posted on 07.07.13 at 01:24 PM EST by (@salromano)
Character outfits, female party members, and more discussed.

French website Finaland spoke with Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV director Tetsuya Nomura at Japan Expo this weekend, where he discussed his involvement, potential co-op, character outfits, Stella’s redesign, female playable characters, and more.

As director, Nomura said he is “heavily involved” in the development of Kingdom Hearts III—more so than his other projects.

Disney recently acquired Star Wars creator Lucas Arts, and in 2009 iconic comic company Marvel (Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, The Hulk, etc.) Nomura said “it would be great” if those franchises could be added to Kingdom Hearts III, “but there are lots of rules and restrictions by Disney, so we can’t actually put everything people want.” He promised “some surprises.”

Asked about a potential co-op multiplayer mode, Nomura said the Kingdom Hearts series has always been about Sora as the main character, but considering it’s going to be “the last chapter of the Kingdom Hearts main numbering title series,” a “lot of fans actually want t play as their favorite characters,” so it’s something they will “consider.” Again, Nomura hopes to release “some surprises” in future announcements.

Moving on to Final Fantasy XV.

The character outfits in Final Fantasy XV were created by a Japanese fashion company called Roen. According to Nomura, the studio actually has the physical versions of these outfits in their office, allowing their CG team to “create exactly the same image” in the game.

“That’s really easier because previously when I created the character [costumes], all of the CG team and all of our entire development team always asked me ‘Is this leather? Is this coton? Is this nylon? How many percentage? Dadadada.’ That’s a lot of detailed questions, so it’s always difficult to precise what kind of texture are the clothes made off and stuff like that, so that’s why this time we had the actual clothes made and then we take it from there and put it in the game.”

One thing fans noticed in Final Fantasy XV‘s E3 re-reveal was Stella, who’s undergone a major overhaul since her last appearance.

“When I created Stella, back in 2007, I actually created something that is not my type of character,” Nomura said, “but obviously time has passed since then, about six years now, and then she actually became something that I quite like now.”

Another thing fans noticed was Noctis’ red eyes. According to Nomura, Noctis’ eyes become red when he uses his warp ability. This isn’t something you’ll be able to see much in game, as the camera doesn’t zoom in on his face when he warps.

Final Fantasy XV‘s main group of playable characters are all male. Asked if there would be any playable female characters, Nomura said, “I can’t say anything specific now but it would be… quite difficult, to have a girl playable.”

Nomura also touched briefly upon the game’s vehicles. There will be a car, “the vehicle you’ll use probably the most in the game,” and the Magitek armor, which “you can actually control and ride.” There won’t be a motorbike, as it’d be a little strange to see five guys riding on a single motorbike together.

When Final Fantasy XV was known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, it was decided that it would be ‘Game Over’ when Noctis dies in battle. But now that the game’s become the next numbered entry in the series, that aspect of the game has yet to be decided.

And what of dual audio, probably one of the most requested features for localized Japanese RPGs?

“That all depends of the capacity of the disc,” Nomura said. “The two main reasons are the disc space and also the lip sync, because if we’re making the game, with the characters speaking in English but with the voices in Japanese, the lip sync would not match.”

The director added that you’ll have let Square Enix know that you really want it in order for it to become possible.

Nomura created a lot characters during his time at Square Enix. But his favorites, he said, are Sora and Noctis.

“I’ve been together with [Sora] for more than ten years now, this is the first time I’ve been with a character for such a long time,” Nomura said. “So he’s very very special for me and he’s been adopted by Disney also, so he’s a very very good boy. More like a good son actually.”

In Japanese, “Sora” means “sky.” And Noctis’ full name (excluding the middle “Lucis”) is “Noctis Caelum,” which in Latin means “night sky.”

“They are kind of complete opposites to each other,” Nomura said. “There is a reason why I named these characters as opposites. Noctis is kind of like my latest boy, or latest son and I expect him to be more clever than Cloud.”

Read the full interview with Tetsuya Nomura at Finaland.

  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

    “I can’t say anything specific now but it would be… quite difficult, to have a girl playable.” DAFUQ!?

    Also, About the Dual Audio, do it! make it happen, let this be the first final fantasy to have dual audio!! I wanna hear stella-chan’s voice in japanese! PLEASE DO IT.

    • Yuri Meitzen

      i find it funny when people vote down coments like this seriously… what’s your problem? if you don’t like dual audio just don’t use it?

      • LordKaiser

        They have the right to disagree. That’s all that the down-votes means.

        They see that Nomura will have to do double lip synch for it to happen and delay the game release in NA.

        • Yuri Meitzen

          so… it’s okay for them, to people like us that like the original voice, to play with bad voice acting?people can be so self centered…. i’ll probably buy the chinese version since it always have the english sub, but i still don’t see a problem with it… if it comes with dual audio everybody wins… the game sells better…

          • BizarreJelly

            And there we go, there’s the down vote reason. That horrendous Japanophile attitude when it comes to dubbing.

            I’m all for dual audio, if it can be done then yay. If it can’t be done then too bad, you speak English and so will the people in your version of the game and the dub will be absolutely fine :) although not for you personally because you’re so biased, they should just add a mute voices option for you, a lot less costly.

            • zerolegacy0

              Sure no voices at all would be good, then we can go back to the older FF style. lol

              I agree that the argument “Japanese voices are better because they are Japanese” is stupid.
              The problem is the fact that Japanese voice actors are much better trained than almost all other voice actors including English ones. It has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that they speak Japanese.

              • BizarreJelly

                I kinda miss the old style of no voices, I always had an idea of what a character would sound like in my head which was always fun, don’t get that luxury nowadays :P

                I don’t understand Japanese and I couldn’t even attempt to critique the acting so I can’t personally say what’s better, but I do get how it’s a bigger and more focused part of the culture over there. I just get a little peeved when the English dubs get slammed, they really have improved over the years and I feel a bad dub is few and far between. With some people it’s just assumed that it will be crap, which isn’t very fair.

                • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

                  Agreed, No doubt. But preferences do count.

              • Yuri Meitzen

                i actually didn’t say that… most games in english are perfectly dubbed the problem comes when it’s a localized japanese game that is poorly dubbed

                • zerolegacy0

                  I wasn’t referring to anything you said, I was just speaking of the general argument some people make.

                  I agree, my biggest problem with English versions is the all the stuff that gets lost in translation. I always prefer to watch any show or play any game in it’s original version. You are not a weaboo you are just a purist.

                  • Yuri Meitzen

                    dunno if being a purist is a compliment or not xDDD but anyway, thanks for understanding, english is not my main language either, so when american games/movies comes in my country’s language(portuguese) i never play/watch them, because of what you said… a lot of things get lost in translation… my japanese isn’t perfect but i understand like 70% of most games playing the japanese version and i do notice some translations error…. but i also prefer the dual-audio feature so i can improve on what i don’t know

              • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

                “he problem is the fact that Japanese voice actors are much better trained than almost all other voice actors including English ones.” That is untrue,many Japanese VA’s arent even full time.

                • zerolegacy0

                  First provide a source to that claim since, I believe it’s untrue. Second even if that is true it does not prove anything I have said to be false.

                  Japan has a massive voice acting industry, most of the actors go to schools specifically for voice acting. The actors voice almost 5 times what any other VA does in their career.

                  If you like other VAs better that’s fine, but Japan’s VA industry is the most well respected in the world.

                  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

                    Link to your claims first ;D

                  • BigDix

                    Hey, you know just because you go to school for something… or train for it… or do it a lot… doesn’t ACTUALLY make you automatically good at it, right? It’s not that I think there are any known seiyuu out there that are particularly bad; it’s just as big a fucking fallacy as I’ve ever seen. Most seiyuu are extremely competent voice actors…as are English voice actors.

                    Ultimately, it’s got shit all to do with whether or not one goes to voice-acting school or how many credits one actor racks up. A lot of people in both the Japanese and English dub industry simply have a knack for it, y’know? They’re good — naturally. They get it. And I should also point out that the reason your average seiyuu has more credits than your English dub actor is because in Japan, it’s fewer people, in a smaller country, voicing more anime/games i.e. that which will never be dubbed into English. Rather than being a testament to how superior Japanese dubbing is, it’s just math. That’s all.

            • Yuri Meitzen

              love it when people call me biased because i prefer the original audio, and not the dubbed one with translation problems etc… when i play an american game i play it with english audio… so if i play a japanese game i want the original audio, if at least the dubbing was good i’d have no problem for example MGS that have a great english dub, but whatever i’m a weaboo i don’t know what i’m talking about right ^^

            • Budgiecat

              The WORST is when a game does come out with dual audio, then you’ll have a Japanophile post that “I’m still importing the Japanese version instead”…….like wtf way to support localization there ya turdburglar…

          • LordKaiser

            Read my reply to Zerolegacy()

        • zerolegacy0

          Nomura isn’t even the one who does the localizing, that would be S.E. North America.

          They should be mad that the game takes longer to release BECAUSE of the lip syncing and English dubbing. If they just slapped subtitles in for English players the game would come out much faster.

          Unfortunately most people won’t play the game if it doesn’t have English voices. I always would like the the right to chose which voices I want to listen to, nothing wrong with having more options.

          • Torraint

            not everyone take reading sub while watching cutscene as an easy task, sir

            sometimes when we see the cinematic, we miss the sub, vice versa

            • zerolegacy0

              Really?, reading something causes that much trouble? I can understand if English isn’t your first language.

              • BizarreJelly

                I don’t have a problem reading subs during cutscenes or whatever, but with some more action orientated games when you’re in the heat of the battle I can sometimes miss some of what’s said.

              • Torraint

                yep,english isn’t the first language in my country, but it was taught at school..
                by using sub only, i can’t grasp anything at all without reading the sub, which reduce my time to look at the cinematic
                haha..

                by using dub, i can grasp daily phrase with minimal amount of reading sub. so i can focus on what happened in cinematic

          • LordKaiser

            I mean to include both on the game without causing bugs instead of including only English. I was not clear but I do want both as well to change between them from time to time when I decide to replay it.

          • Budgiecat

            And it would take even longer if it had dual audio due to lip synching.

    • xMCXx

      I hope they include dual audio.
      I love Tetsuya Kakihara’s voice! xD

  • Rogerrmark

    Guess we won’t drive airship on this game…oh well. It was not confirmed yet, though.

    The car/magitek stuff,and the universe of XV overall seems interesting.

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Never said you wont?

    • Budgiecat

      They said airships a long time ago

  • Nitraion

    So XV won’t be any girl in party huh? ._.

  • MogCakes

    Bromance. Bromance everywhere.

    • epy

      Fujoshi, top priority.

    • LightGenx

      Final Fantasy has been missing bromance for some time now.

  • epy

    From the company that gave you “making towns is too hard”, here comes “…it would be… quite difficult, to have a girl playable”.

    Square Enix, a revolution in gaming.

    • xMCXx

      Kinda wonder what happened to them after Final Fantasy 12, since this one still had towns and girls!

    • Budgiecat

      It’s their fortune teller’s fault

  • Yuri Meitzen

    so… zero would you be kind enough to give usstart a twitter pre-made message to nomurasquare-enix =)?

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      Is this directed at me? What would the message be about?

      • Yuri Meitzen

        yep it is ^^ i dunno you guys posted one for us to tweet to sony when we were asking for no DRM and usedgames-policy i thought you would do it again =x

        • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

          Oh, right. Well, that was something started by a member of NeoGAF. It was reported here and on other websites for good reason. ^^

          It’s something that could be replicated, no doubt. If someone wanted to start a twitter campaign, I’m guessing for female party members in XV? Someone could also start a petition, etc.

          I think it might be a tad different in this case. We don’t know all the details just yet. I think it would be better to wait and give Nomura-san a chance to fully explain.

          • Yuri Meitzen

            oh sorry i think you misunderstood me xDDD, about the no female thing i’m okay don’t see a problem with it i was talking about the dual-audio because of this “The director added that you’ll have let Square Enix know that you really want it in order for it to become possible.”

            • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

              Oh! Okay, gotcha. Now I understand lol.

              That’s a good question. I’m honestly not 100% sure who we would need to tweet for certain. Same goes for a possible petition. I’ll try and research some of this later when I have more free time.

              • Yuri Meitzen

                ^^ sorry for the trouble =x

                • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

                  No trouble at all. I just don’t have any definitive answers right now. I’m not looking to give you false information or anything like that is all.

  • Guest

    quite difficult, to have a girl playable ??? nooooooooooooooooo!!! dark age has come !!

  • bloodiOS

    “I can’t say anything specific now but it would be… quite difficult, to have a girl playable.”

    Yeah, I imagine it would be difficult to squeeze a girl in the middle of all that bromance ;)

    Seriously though, I hope Stella has her own chapter so that we’ll get to see things from her perspective a little better. Sorta like how Chain of Memories is told through two different perspectives.

    “There won’t be a motorbike, as it’d be a little strange to see five guys riding on a single motorbike together.”

    I’m imagining it right now *LOL*

    • Budgiecat

      I imagined one bike with 4 side cars on it in an arrow shape

  • abcmocca .

    quite difficult, to have a girl playable ???

    This is blasphemy, this is madness! NOooo !!! dark age has come !!

    • Budgiecat

      Hey, Anderson Silva just lost his championship belt in UFC this weekend that he’s held since 2006 so anythings possible…

  • Ni ~Algidus~

    “When I created Stella, back in 2007, I actually created something that is not my type of character,”
    yeah, girls :v

    “I can’t say anything specific now but it would be… quite difficult, to have a girl playable.”

    Are you fucking seriously? Every other FF had playable female characters and in this one would be difficult to have them? now I see why people are calling it Host Fantasy

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Have you ever heard of story?

      • Nice Boat

        In a Versus trailer we actually saw Stella wielding one weapon. However, she was preparing to fight against Noctis.

        • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

          yeah,meaning she is likely an antagonist for part of them game

        • MrSirFeatherFang

          Was Noctis’s face vibrating?
          http://youtu.be/4eBsOdMGqaM

          • Nice Boat

            That would be awesome.

      • Ni ~Algidus~

        Yes, I have heard. it’s just the japanese market is going to bishounen fest route or idol fest lately. it’s rare to find some new games that isn’t loaded with too many cute girls ou too many bishounen (I don’t have anything against those tropes it’s just that they are beign overused. lately they had been used to atract otaku and fujoshi/fudanshi. and no, i don’t defend our muscular bold marine soldier that we see in the west). that’s why I could like FE awakening, Dangan Ronpa and Type-0 alot more than most of the games that came or are coming out from japan lately. Those games had a good 50/50 cast.

        • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

          Seriously though,the cast isnt just a grab at fan groups

          • Budgiecat

            True, it is more story related. He’s a prince and those are his henchmen/ advisors.

            But you have that too in many Bishounen /Otome games/Anime. Three Musketeers, Amnesia, Scared Rider Xechs, Arcana Famiglia etc

        • Budgiecat

          yeah. I wish fat Otaku and ugly Fujoshi would fall into a volcano

    • Testsubject909

      I just wanted to note. If I remember well enough, Final Fantasy 1 had an all male cast, while many might have thought the white mage to be female, originally they were all considered to be boys. So the very first FF game had no female characters.

      If you also touch on some other Final Fantasy games… Dirge of Cerberus has you play as Vincent alone, no playable female. Crystal Chronicles on the Wii had you play as a male character as well. Adventure on the GB (which was actual seiken densetsu 1) I think only had you play as a male protagonist as well.

      • Ni ~Algidus~

        That thing about the white mage i never heard of :0.
        anyway, i think i’m just overreacting ._.. I’m getting really tired of that all male or all female cast that is coming from japan lately that i’m developing some kind of aversion to these types of cast.

      • Budgiecat

        Also Gears of War

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      Eh, I’m fine with anything as long as the story is good. Although I would like to play upskirt dress up with Stella :D

      • Testsubject909

        Resonance of Fate

    • Pekola

      Nomura’s been designing females as far as VII. And that’s for games he’s not directing.

      Kingdom Hearts has Aqua and Xion both playable. And more females that are integral to the series.

      I wouldn’t misconstrue his answer as “can’t make females work”, when evidence proves otherwise.

  • DichaTesoro

    Since everyone is commenting on the female character thing, let me comment on the motorcycle thing. Five guys CAN ride a motorcycle, ever seen Metalocalypse?
    http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h7/demonialceremony666/Dethklok/TheMurdercycle.jpg

    Also, I like his reasoning about the possibility of not having duel-audio, the lip-syncing.

  • EX+

    In FFXV I wonder if the weapons will have some customization, in terms of colours, blades, handles and stuff like that? If it does… ohhh yeah boy. Also if you could reset your weapon to the original form?? That would be sweet. In KH3 I wanna see the costume Sora has. I can feel Square is gonna make him bust out the badass gear. Keyblade customization would be awesome, but I have a feeling it would work better in FFXV. But, upgrading Keyblades like the Kingdom Key would be great. I just hope square gives us some beast Keyblades to use. I’m gonna pre-order these as soon as I can. I also look forward to seeing how games like FFXV-2 and KH4 after these advance. Thanks Square :)

    • MasterSensei

      You constantly upgrade the Keyblades throughout the Kingdom Hearts series with Key chains… isn’t that enough?

  • zerolegacy0

    “I can’t say anything specific now but it would be… quite difficult, to have a girl playable.”

    This doesn’t mean that they can’t/won’t have any females, It seems more like the reason has to do with the story.

  • Nhiroz

    What are these “people” who want multiplayer in KH3? What the hell is wrong with you!?

    • shogunknight

      Lol, hes trying to understand the logic in this

    • Nhiroz

      I hate you person who “down voted” me! multiplayer whore :P

      • AnimusVox

        Now, now play nice. :L

    • BizarreJelly

      I dunno, adding an option for your friends to play as Donald & Goofy or whoever alongside you sounds pretty awesome to me.

      A multiplayer mode by itself however, don’t see how they could think of anything.

      • LightGenx

        Maybe something similar to the BbS Mirage Arena?

        • BizarreJelly

          Never got to play BBS but I had a look on on youtube and that looks fun, could work :)

      • MosquitoLemon

        Yeah, nobody complained about multiplayer in Seiken Densetsu 3 (the Secret of Mana sequel), and that was as much like KH as anything.

    • TheFoolArcana

      I dunno man, mindless button mashers are pretty fun with other people.

  • http://twitter.com/GNPixie Lynx

    The only thing I want in KHIII is Black FREAKING Cauldron.

    You know, given that this might be the end of this saga, it might fit in well.

    We’re also getting info on XV much more faster than when it was XIII Versus.

  • AnimusVox

    I don’t believe the whole ‘It’d be difficult to make a playable female character’ considering Aqua was playable and I loved playing as her; unless it has to do with the story.

    • BizarreJelly

      Yeah i’m sure it’s just a story thing, from what we’ve seen of the characters revealed so far we have two females: Stella and the girl with the dark hair (rumored to be a bodyguard of sorts for Stella) so story-wise we know they’re out when it comes to the main party.

      I think it’ll certainly be interesting to see how the story plays out if we have an all male playable cast, but would definitely like to see some females to fight alongside.

      • AnimusVox

        Edit: Oh huzzah, it’s fixed. Nevermind

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    I’ll chime in on the playable female characters comment.

    I’m just as confused by the response as you all. I’m going to wait for a clear explanation.

    We can try and guess or jump to conclusions. The problem is –

    We just don’t have enough information right now.

    • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owltron

      The best way…is just basically wait for them to give more info down the road concerning that.

      I think that would do all of us well, for the time being.

  • http://backloggery.com/andaryu andaryu

    I think a lot of people are overreacting about the playable female party member. I agree that one should be playable for sure, but look at the XIII saga, a female lead was fine and all but one for three games is pretty overwhelming. Especially when there’s not much depth to them.

    To be fair he did say “I can’t say anything specific now”. IIRC, didn’t he mention a while back that at first the party members will be set according to story, but later on in the game you can switch them out how you see fit. Maybe Stella/Dragoon chick, etc. can be unlocked as secret party members or something. How Yuffie was in VII. One other thing there is a chance for guest members to be female I’d say.

    • LightGenx

      I agree. I’m also pretty sure he mentioned something about there being female characters in your party at one point, I could be wrong.

  • LightGenx

    After the Lightning trilogy I thought more people would welcome the idea of an all male party, I guess not.

  • sll1cool1m

    Why is everyone freaking out over the lack of female party members. He’s right. It would be pretty fuckin weird to put a woman between 5 horny guys. I mean i would welcome a female member that you play for a short period but not as a main member. Also having a female member for the sake of having a female member is just sexist IMO.

    • Elvick

      Yeah, because the only possible reason a woman would be in a group of men is to be a sex object. And men can’t possibly work with a woman without falling pray to sexual urges.

      Ridiculous.

      Being “horny” is irrelevant. You don’t even need another person around to be “horny” to begin with. As if a woman is the sole cause of “horny guys”. Can’t possibly be horny without a woman around. Nope.

      I guess we should ship all women to an island and blow it up, then we won’t have any rape or sexual desire at all. But then we’d have to kill all men, or at least all the gay ones.

      And then slowly die out as a species.

    • MosquitoLemon

      Because every Final Fantasy other than the first three had at least two female party members. You’re saying they’ve just now picked up on some backward ass philosophy?

    • Budgiecat

      Your reasoning is stupid.

  • artemisthemp

    Game Over when Noctis dies… I still remember Final Fantasy XIII when the leader died

  • Ian Manning

    I would make some Disney World requests, but there’s a chance they won’t be involved. So I think I’ll keep quiet until the worlds are announced. Better safe than sorry, right?

  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    Why does it matter if there is a female playable character?

    If it doesnt fit then it shouldnt be in it.Saying it should for the sake of having one is sexist.

    • seyEliveD

      Personally, I just want a good game and I trust Nomura to give that to us. That said, I would really like Stella on the team … I get a sinking feeling that she will die, or both her and Noctis will die by the end.

      (Thinking about it, it would make a good plot device if Noctis kills Stella at the end, but afterwards realizes he truly loved her … this would set a nice dark tone for the following games.)

      • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

        XD I think I know some spoilers

        • John Askins

          I personally don’t mind no female playable character as long as females are in the game. I never actually cared to play as a female in any game, but I used them when the computer was playing them. Any MMO’s I just felt weird playing as a female, and that was one reason I never cared for Parasite Eve back on ps1, so doesn’t matter much to me. Just want a fun game regardless.

          • Budgiecat

            Parasite Eve WAS a fun game regardless of the main character gender so you’re contradicting yourself

    • LordKaiser

      There’s other reasons why people want to use a female character. Maybe it’s the same reason why many guys use female Avis on MMOs.

  • new_tradition

    Hmm… I’m not super aggressive on wanting some playable female characters, but I gotta wonder what kind of story they’re creating that would make it “difficult”. I hope Noctis and co aren’t a bunch of frat boiz or something :/

    Interesting info all around. Personally, I’m glad Nomura is basically letting people know Star Wars and Marvel characters aren’t going to be guaranteed in Kingdom Hearts. I personally never thought to even expect them, lol.

    As always, info on these two games leaves me squirming >.<

  • Nice Boat

    “When Final Fantasy XV was known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII,
    it was decided that it would be ‘Game Over’ when Noctis dies in battle.
    But now that the game’s become the next numbered entry in the series,
    that aspect of the game has yet to be decided.”
    Pleeeeease Square, change that aspect.

    • Elvick

      Yeah, I really hope so. Especially if you can revive team members and they can revive each other.

      Nothing kills the mood more than ONE character being revive-proof… in terms of gameplay.

    • Budgiecat

      Yeah really. He should realize that idea SUCKED in FF XIII and no one liked it hence them changing it in XIII-2

  • LordKaiser

    I think the difficulty of having female playable characters is hair animation during combat. I know there’s physics engine involved but….

    Will be cool to use Stella.

    • Yuri Meitzen

      they have some male characters with long hair there or not? i don’t see a problem with it…FFXIII-1,-2 didn’t have a “dinamic” hair movement… it was pre-defined

      • LordKaiser

        There must be some other reason then but I can’t think on anything else why Nomura says it’s difficult other than hair animation. Maybe he’s afraid that females underwear is visible when the use skills etc? That can’t be the reason either. What possibly be the true reason that Nomura had said that?

        • Nice Boat

          Maybe that scene from the Versus trailer that had Noctis wielding a weapon against Stella.

          • LordKaiser

            For some reason I think Stella will be a Judas in this game and betray Noctis.

        • Yuri Meitzen

          since it’s gonna be a more mature theme maybe the party will suffer some gruesome tortureinjuries? i dunno i don’t really mind this, because the main party looks like childhood friends… and boys tends to play only with other boys, maybe it’s something related to this?

        • Budgiecat

          I think its most likely the story since we are still in the fog about how exactly the story plays out

    • Lelouch Vi Britannia

      I almost forgot that Stella was one of the main characters in FFXV. I was thinking of Stella from Tales of Legendia as well.

  • MasterSensei

    “There won’t be a motorbike, as it’d be a little strange to see five guys riding on a single motorbike together.”

    I’m just imagining all of them are standing on top of each other’s shoulders while Noctis is riding the bike wearing shades…

  • Tracy

    I can’t wait to play both games on the PS4!!

  • Jackle

    I’d prefer if the lip synchronization were all lined up with the English lines. But I suppose that’s because I never cared for dual audio, and when they began doing the lip synchronization with ENG lines, I thought that was pretty incredible. Kind of like they’re moving forward (but I know people may think it’s the opposite and that Square are moving backwards by not including dual-audio).
    I’m curious how big of a demand dual-audio is. Like, they should make a poll and reveal the stats, because I really want to know.

    • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

      I say if people are willing to put down their money, then go ahead, it’s worth some investment. Maybe start with it being paid DLC just to see how interested people are, then next time (FFXVI) include it by default if sales are good. Either way, I too share your opinion concerning syncing the lips with the ENG lines. That’s a great step forward.

      • Elvick

        If they can get away with charging for it, and that’s successful, why would they then include it for free after that?

        • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

          Nothing is “free” ;D It just means we’d all subsidize it to make the total package more appealing.

    • Anime10121

      A poll here wouldn’t really work though, as mainly, their only results would come from those passionate about its inclusion.

      • Elvick

        A poll anywhere wouldn’t be accurate, since a lot of people that would buy FF aren’t going to be on gaming websites… and they wouldn’t have been waiting since 2006 for more news on VS XIII…. and they won’t know anything about VS XIII to begin with.

        • Anime10121

          Agreed, thats exactly what I meant! When I said “here” I meant a poll based on this subject period, as they’d never be able to gauge the entire audience, or even a majority of it.

  • Warboss Aohd

    ‘promised some surprises’

    i like da sound o’ dat.

  • Ace

    What?! We can’t have a bike with five guys on it?! GangBang Bike, let’s make it happen Nomura.

  • rurifan

    Nobody wants to attend a sausage party. Why would we want to play one? Wake up, Nomura & friends.

  • PrashT

    nice, but…..
    I can’t find “release date” on the interview :/

  • CeroSuerte

    I think am only getting a ps4 when they release it with this game as a bundle, just to see how long will they drag it out with this game..

  • DarthBrian

    Nomura: “The two main reasons are the disc space and also the lip sync, because if we’re making the game, with the characters speaking in English but with the voices in Japanese, the lip sync would not match.”

    Those of us who want dual-audio don’t give a shit about lip sync. We’re kind of used to it since Japanese audio in anime is done as ADR and the lips never match. It’s only for America for some reason where everybody worries about the words matching the “mouth flaps”.

    • Sae-Won Yoon

      I’m american and the whole lip flap thing never really bothered me. Unless the voicework itself was bad, THEN I have problem, but otherwise, yeah I really could care less.

      For example of context: Re:Com was literally just eng voices swapped over. Sure it looked funny, but the extra detail of lips matching wasn’t a big deal, for me localization was. (still on a flipside argument, seeing the characters mouths actually matching audio has a form of novelty.)

    • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

      Dual-layer BD can handle all the lip sync you want, Nomura.

    • Elvick

      I don’t mind it either. Unless it’s REALLY bad. Like… I don’t know any examples, but if the mouths are still moving well after the line is over… like a huge noticeable amount. Kind of like those old dubbed martial arts films that are always made fun of for their horrid lip sync.

      I find that most translations tend to work well with what they’re given in terms of lip sync.

      • Djkarl Pierre

        like an old kung fu flick…no lip sync and bad dialogue……

    • PrinceHeir

      agree.

      im already used to it, and it’s not even that bad since the US voices tries hard to match the lip sync so that’s good enough.

      i hope they do reconsider dual audio, no reason to hold back now that the consoles are much much stronger this time around

    • rurifan

      IMO, lips need to be in sync. Did you ever play Lost Odyssey? The Japanese voices were badly out of sync with the mouths and it was terrible.

  • Elvick

    I don’t want Star Wars or Marvel in Kingdom Hearts. Yuck.

    • McPoo

      Someone else mentioned having nods to the universes as Keyblades or Costumes, I quite like that idea. I wouldn’t want a full world for them though, they don’t really spring to mind when you think ‘Disney’.

  • Willgaea

    Nomura brings up Cloud as much as the FF7 fans bring him up when talking about FF. Personally My favorite character is Zack, And yes I did cry on my psp.

    • Djkarl Pierre

      Who hasn’t

  • EvE

    am i the only one who doesn’t want star wars / Marvel in kingdom hearts 3?

    it feels so out of place >>>>> “IMO” <<<<<<

    • MosquitoLemon

      People said the exact same thing about Disney and Squaresoft. Good thing nobody listened to them.

  • bldudas

    I have no problem with the playable characters being all male.

  • Djkarl Pierre

    1. on a average playable characters on a FF since VII was 6+, since with have 5 confirm male’s in the party that would mean we should expect at least 3 females to be playable.

    2. If they add an Gothic character similar to Lulu to the party, I’ll be very happy :D.

    3. All this talk about lip sync for america, I haven’t seen any talk on who should voice who in English.

  • Willgaea

    The only character I want from Marvel in KH3 is Stan Lee, and he better be a keyblade master instuctor. (Or playable character)

    • MosquitoLemon

      that’s actually a great idea

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Honestly will Square give us 2 characters from their previous releases.
    I want Chrono from Chrono trigger, and Fei Fong Wong from XenoGears.
    Why does Square ignore these characters like they’re a plague it’s so annoying.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    And seriously no STREAMLINING the game. I don’t care about the younger audience of kids and teenagers all they’d do is bitch about it. I want games to go back to being challenging again.

  • MosquitoLemon

    Regarding no female party members – remember that this is the first Final Fantasy spinoff that they’ve tried to pass off as a main series title. The fact that he’s second-guessing the Noctis/death game-over thing proves it.

    Modifying a win/lose condition is a minor change, but adding an entirely new character, when I’m sure they’ve already gone deep into the battle movements/attacks/skill animations for the original five, would be asking a lot. Hence, “it would be quite difficult”.

  • Tim

    I really hope SE decide to change their methods of doing things with FFXV & give finally the fans the option to play with Japanese VO, fans ask for dual audio for 4ever now now is the time for them to listen & show us that they have change.

    • DichaTesoro

      You know, since peoples will be complaining over duel-audio, I think they should just go back to having no voice overs. So much better, really.

      • Tim

        or they can just give us the option to choose ourselves how we want to play our games with English or Japanese dub & stop shove down our throat the English dub w/o care what we want, there was countless games already who did that like Xenoblade, Ni No Kuni, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Disgaea series, Atelier series & many-many more why SE can’t do that? that’s the only way for every1 to be happy.

        • DichaTesoro

          He mentioned the lip-syncing. The games you mentioned are more stylized while FF15 is realistic-looking. Perhaps they are just perfectionists and would like the lip-sync to match the words which shouldn’t be something overlooked with how powerful the game systems and engines are these days. Having two different syncs will take up too much space.

          Most of use would buy the game otherwise, right?

    • rurifan

      FF13 and FF13-2 were both available with Japanese voices and English text.(china release). Unforunately it looks like the china release of FF13-3 won’t have English text this time. That’s bad news for the future of FF15 too. Boo! :-(

  • Tamara

    i love how Noctis is different than both cloud and sora! i never liked these two characters.
    & I actually don’t mind having an all-male party! it’s kinda sexy ;D

    ‘I expect him to be more clever than Cloud’

    Cloud was clever? -_-

  • HizaguiC .

    Am I the only one that thinks that they should only make the japanese
    vesion of the game and spend time and effort into a translation for
    subtitles?

    I mean languages are a very tricky thing to
    manipulate, a phrase is gonna be shorter or longuer depending on wether
    its being said in japanese, english or any other language, plus there
    are a load of expressions that exist in some languages that do not in
    others.

    So just keep to the original audio and translate it into
    good subtitles, whats wrong with reading anyway ? we read through FF7, 8
    and 9 and if anything those games helped me with english wich is not my
    native language.

    Note: If SE can give us both versions, that
    would be great, if not just stick with the japanese version, the
    original vesion just like movies do, if you ask if someone wants to see
    the original of a movie or a dubbed version you know what the answer is
    going to be.