Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III not in simultaneous development, says Shinji Hashimoto

"We can’t create these two big games at the same time."

September 10, 2013 / 04:33 PM EDT / (@salromano)

Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III are not being developed at the same time, according to Square Enix producer Shinji Hashimoto.

“At E3 this year we announced Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV,” he told IGN. “Both have Tetsuya Nomura as their director, so we can’t create these two big games at the same time.

“It’s a difficult job, as we want each game to be perfect in terms of quality.”

Final Fantasy XV is in development at Square Enix in Tokyo, while Kingdom Hearts III is in development at Square Enix in Osaka.

Asked why Kingdom Hearts III was announced at E3 if it’s so far off, Hashimoto said the company wanted to address speculation about the long-awaited sequel.

“A lot of people have wondered for the last couple of years if Square Enix has actually been working on Kingdom Hearts III; that’s why we announced it at E3 this year,” he said. “But please, we need you all to understand that there’s a lot to do.”

Release dates for Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III have not been announced. Both games are due out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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