Kingdom Hearts III development moving “full throttle”
posted on 07.03.14 at 05:43 PM EST by (@salromano)
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix not affecting development.

Kingdom Hearts III

Development on Kingdom Hearts III is moving along “full throttle,” according to co-director Tai Yasue.

Speaking with Game Informer, Yasue said, “We’ve been working full throttle. It’s moving along. We structured our team in a way that development of [Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix] doesn’t impede Kingdom Hearts III. I’m actually very excited about Kingdom Hearts III.”

Yasue said he is most excited about the “technology and creative stuff” that the team has “never ever done before.”

“There’s a lot that’s the same, but there’s a lot that’s changed,” Yasui said. “We’re moving from a totally different console to [a new] console. The technology has evolved; it’s very new and everyone is doing a lot of research.

“And look-wise, it looks amazing as well. We’ve shown you some of the trailers and teasers. There are a lot of Disney-themed attractions, so that’s exciting as well. It’s very exciting for me and I want to tell you more about it, but I really can’t at this moment.”

When we last saw Kingdom Hearts III, Square Enix demonstrated the game’s new Disney attraction-themed attacks. According to Yasue, the developer wants to implement many different types of attractions.

The game will have a “mix” of worlds new and old, each within “diferent categories” that will make the game “feel fresh, like you’re having an adventure.”

“There’s a lot of Disney content that’s new and coming out and we’re considering which ones to use, which would be good from a gameplay perspective,” Yasuie said. “This is not an announcement or anything, but personally I enjoyed watching Frozen. It was magical: the stories, the songs, the ice expressions.”

As for Kingdom Hearts III skipping this year’s E3, Yasui said 2014 is the year of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix, and that Square Enix wanted that to be the focus of the show.

“Making teasers and trailers really does require a lot of work, and we just wanted to get the development moving along quickly on Kingdom Hearts III, so this year we really focused on 2.5,” he said.

Asked when we’ll next see the game, Yasui said Square Enix is in planning for appearances at game shows and such, but “really say which ones at this moment.”

  • Daniel Masterson

    Cool. I am excited for 2.5 and then I will look forward to KH III.

  • Six
    • ayb_91

      Yeah. Same here. Thanks to their miserable predictable history.

  • Jin Kisaragi
    • Miguel Herasme Mejia

      this meme kills me everytime i see it XD

  • Swellingrabbit

    Bruh? Bruh.

  • Zackasaur

    Nothing excites me more. :D

  • DarthBrian

    I BELIEVE EVERYTHING THIS PERSON SAYS! <3

    I AM EXCITED! <3

  • http://psnprofiles.com/Diptadip Einzelkampf

    Frozen, Maleficent, bring it on Disney !!

    • Budgiecat

      only if there are shower scenes…

  • Akari Akaza

    Change is good….^_^

  • Arcana Gear

    Yeah technology sure has evolved since the last console game…. two generations ago!

  • Martian Wong

    The reason why they KH 3 skipped E3 this year because they want to focus on KH2.5 HD which is ok. But what about FFXV? Why did it skip E3? Dont tell me they want to focus on FF Type-0 HD, we were only shown a screenshot.

    • Budgiecat

      It’s too hard to try to justify and rationalize Square-Anus business sense these days…since they like to talk out of their ass so much…

      • Martian Wong

        2014 is the year of KH 2.5. 2014 is the year of Final Fantasy 0…..and I see what you did there….Square ANUS!

        • Budgiecat

          they are farting around the subject..

          • Martian Wong

            I really wonder how Tetsyta feel about this. Another team can release 3 games for the past couple years while Tetsuya wasnt even allowed to talk about it. The reason why I said 3 games instead of you know what because she who must not be named….

            • Budgiecat

              If I was him, I woulda shot you know who years ago

              I wonder who is downvoting all of a sudden….maybe ManagedCorn?

              • Martian Wong

                I would prefer him to hire somebody to do that job. He still need to finish FFXV.

                • Lelouch Vi Britannia

                  and cause of all this wait, I’ll go play more Namco Tales games. Tales of Xillia 2 here we come next month.

                  • Martian Wong

                    I just couldnt get myself to enjoy Tales.

                    • Budgiecat

                      you need a time machine and go back to 2000 and play english fan translated Phantasia on an SNES emulator and Destiny on PS1…

                    • Martian Wong

                      I am replaying Breath of Fire 4.

                    • Izzeltrioum

                      Try Kiseki then.

                      But it depends. Which ones have you played?

                    • Martian Wong

                      Tales of Grace F.

                    • Izzeltrioum

                      Well that’s the most mixed-reviewed by fans from all localized Tales titles due to its corny story that was mainly japan-focused; yet it’s solid. But its combat I tag as probably the very best the genre itself has to offer (yet to be crushed by Zestiria but let’s not go there). Get to explore the combat elements at least! But if not, well, play Xillia. Just the main story because Xillia 2 is the real deal.

                      I would like to recommend Rebirth, but eeh, it’s japan-only.

            • gulabjamal

              I actually enjoyed the last two games in she who must not be named’s saga. Not the best story-wise but I felt the gameplay and settings really delivered

              • Martian Wong

                The first game killed it. I was fighting the last boss while switch my monitor input to watch movies and kept pressing X and the last boss got killed….

                • gulabjamal

                  Hahaha I couldn’t even finish that one. It was abysmally linear and bored me into dropping it in Chapter 12.

                  • Martian Wong

                    First game that I dont even to look at the screen to kill the last boss.^^

              • Budgiecat

                you have a stronger resolve than me to get through those god damn clock puzzles…

    • Six

      KH3 probably wasn’t there because it’s so early in development. FFXV wasn’t there because lol Square Enix.

      • Martian Wong

        I am hoping FFXV will be there in TGS in September. But I am not that hopeful after E3 2014.

        • Solomon_Kano

          I wouldn’t count on it. Dollars to donuts, that’s why they put Type-0 on PS4/X1 — to buy time for XV. Expect to hear more about XV once Type-0 HD is actually out.

          • Martian Wong

            Type 0 shouldnt take too long given the fact that all the script is already done. They just need to do voice acting, graphic upgrade and apply the already translated script to it.

            • Solomon_Kano

              Mind you, they’re doing more than just localizing it though. That work’s apparently been done for years, down to at least a portion of the voice acting.

              It’s more a matter of whatever technical changes are being done to get the game going on PS4/X1. Depending on if they simply touch up the visuals or if they make gameplay changes as well, who can say how long it’ll take — especially seeing as it doesn’t even have a release window. So long as they promote Type-0 and talk that up, that’s time that they don’t need to talk about XV.

              • Martian Wong

                So sad…I want to play FFXV as soon as possible. But I think they can co-promote both of them. At least they managed to promote LR and FFXIV together.

                • Solomon_Kano

                  That’s a bit different, I’d say. MMOs are the kind of thing where, so long as they’re alive, they’ll keep being promoted. Once XV is eventually out, they’ll still be promoting XIV.

                  By their logic of talking about KH3 overshadowing KH2.5, they won’t talk about XV until Type-0 HD is ready, because XV would overshadow that. It’s kinda clever, really.

        • Elle

          The cycle continues from a few years ago. It will be at TGS with 5 seconds of new footage copy pasted to a previous FFXV trailer. Prove me wrong SE. :/

    • ayb_91

      Don’t expect something good from SE. At least not now, that is.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    SE needs to spend less time talking about how their development process is doing and instead take at least one lesson from Bamco and show us trailers and more details. This is why Bamco is financially in a better spot. I’m aware i blab on about this quite a bit regardless though I believe Square can improve.

    • Budgiecat

      they must think their “Please Be Excited” campaign strategy is working, given all the memes online for it :P

      • ayb_91

        Hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    • waku waku

      It’s more of a Japanese culture thing rather than Square Enix’s tightly-sealed lips being the issue. I can point out quite a number of Japanese games coming out this year that have very little details for us to draw from. From the top of my head, Persona 5 and Hyperdimension Neptunia VII come to mind.

      • Budgiecat

        Please don’t blame S-E’s incompetence on “Japanese culture”…lol

        • waku waku

          Keiji Inafune (or rather people at Comcept) has stated that Japanese developers tend not to show things that are unfinished, and the games I’ve given are only a small proportion of examples. It is a cultural thing.

          You should give a better argument than saying I’m “blaming” someone.

  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    I dont really care what Tai has to say about it….If anything him talking rather then Nomura worries me.

    • ayb_91

      Nomura didn’t say a thing, did he? Well, that’s somethin’. :/

      • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

        Yeah, thats what bothers me…KH is a Nomura game…not a Tai game

        • ayb_91

          I won’t be so shocked if they fired him. We shall wait and see dear friend.

          • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

            T_T That would be horrible…wouldnt suprise me with the crap they have done to him

            • ayb_91

              Lol. I was overreacting, but seriously. SE needs to change and fast. Otherwise, they will dig their own graves.

              • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

                They treat their fans bad, and their Devs….just not good buisness

    • Solomon_Kano

      Well, he’s co-directing the game with Nomura, so I don’t really see how that’s worrisome.

      • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

        When the “director” barely ever talks about it, it gets worrisome.

        • Solomon_Kano

          But they’re both the directors. Hearing from either one is eqaully relevant. That this the first we’re hearing from Yasue means more than not hearing from Nomura, really. Nomura doesn’t talk much about XV either. That’s kind of been the norm over the last generation, so I see no reason to worry.

  • deutrino

    Oh wow I can finally continue the game I’ve played god knows how many years ago on PS2? I’m excite!

    What was this game about again?

  • Quetzalcoatl9999

    So, Frozen confirmed? It’s the most successful Disney movie right now, i wouldn’t be surprised.

    • James Reilly

      It was highly praised in Japan too

  • ayb_91

    I wounder if they will cancel its development when it reaches 99%. Please be excited eh?

    • AdamBoy64

      Or if they get another year through development, and then just switch it to mobile platforms.

      “The power of developing with a standardised DirectX platform made it really quick and easy to downgrade the game for mobiles.”

      • ayb_91

        Lol. You made me laugh so hard.

        I really forgot about that approach, but you are defined right. Time will solve this mystery. I just hope it won’t be another 8 years for us or so.

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    And will release before FFXV

  • Quetzalcoatl9999

    And what about FF XV? When are we gonna get more info of this vaporware?

    • Dasher1572

      Shinji Hashimoto:

      “Well, first I’d like to say that development for FFXV is going well. Internally, we try to ascertain the best timing for revealing new information about FFXV to the fans. So when we were going over our promotion plans, we judged that this year’s E3 would not be the best time to exhibit information about FFXV.

      Instead we are currently planning to exhibit new information at events after E3 2014. I am extremely grateful to all the fans who excitedly anticipate FFXV, and I’m looking forward to share new information when the timing is right. I would appreciate if fans hold out until then.”

      Read more at http://www.siliconera.com/2014/06/06/final-fantasy-xv-kingdom-hearts-iii-info-e3-says-square-enix/#rluU7IQjlL3uCU3I.99

      • Quetzalcoatl9999

        Thanks, I hope we get new info soon :)

    • Lelouch Vi Britannia

      I’m praying to all gods be it Yahweh, Odin, Zeus, Susanoo that FFXV ends up kicking all sorts of arse and ends up being worth the 10 year wait.

      • Izzeltrioum

        Remember Duke Nukem Forever?

        • Budgiecat

          passed through like 90 different hands…worse than an 80’s NYC times Square hooker..

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    What Squeenix needs is someone like “Hideo Baba”.
    http://koi-nya.net/img/subidos_posts/2013/04/14-03-2013_baba-expomanga.jpg

    • ayb_91

      I need that Teepo and now !! :(

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      They have Nomura and Ito, they are both amazing…shame square doesnt give them enough credit.

      • Kenny ケニー

        Nomura and Ito both are awesome but they are bad at managing their times in develop games comparing to Hideo Baba, Baba-san taking best times to develop Tales series that why it like at least one new Tales game in one year.

        • Budgiecat

          granted most tales games still look like PS2 games so there’s less production effort put in.

          • Invisbin

            exactly lol

          • Kenny ケニー

            You can’t blame them, Bandai Namco have a lot of develop teams that making new games that why Hideo Baba team only can get less budgets from Bandai Namco making new Tales games, and Square-Enix just only focus on few games but their games delaying like hell, for me i prefer variety over the graphics.

          • Izzeltrioum

            But my 60fps deep-and-solid gameplay!.

            Sure Tales’ overall 3d models get restricted but the hell I care if I can 999999 combo-hit foes multiple ways while dressed as Santa or have an army of almighty Kongmans at my disposal.

            Maybe for ps4 they can aim for bigger things while still retaining 60fps combat,

            Let’s wait and see.

    • 罪罰

      and make cookie cutter boring jrpgs
      sure.

    • AdamBoy64

      Good old Tales.
      Such gaming goodness.

    • Izzeltrioum

      Holy. Nice bait material. Though I can assure mostly everybody will jump right in the fray without analyzing a thing.

      I 100% agree. This man right here pushed hard everyone at Namco to make the Tales series shine in the West, and well-deserved all his praise should be! Every announcement stares him and his nearly-perfect “tryings” of language (Loved his spanish seriously). Visiting animecons, events and stuff–that’s some passionate care for fans (“But that’s his job blahblah” oh come on.)

      Would Nomura–during its/their time–announce KH3/XV in Spanish? NO

      • Budgiecat

        I just wish he’d come clean with the Vesperia PS3 issue….

        • Adurna012

          Lets not talk about that please. It still hurts.

  • sunK1D

    It wasn’t already before?
    Lazy ass developers.

    • ayb_91

      Well, Square-Anus is just getting started. Please be patient till further notice in 2060. Thank you kindly.

    • Budgiecat

      this is why they shouldn’t even say anything and should just focus on working on the game and releasing footage,

      Because they don’t realize how stupid they sound with this worthless info…

    • Invisbin

      In their defense, they stated last year that it wasn’t in full development. They actually said that it was being developed along side FFXIV, and wouldn’t go into full development until FFXIV was either complete or near completion.

      Im surprised no one mentioned this here.

  • Fantasytales

    I still can’t believe that they skipped the entire PS3 generation. I still got all the handhelds, they were good not as good as a console one thought.

  • Guest

    …are the mods asleep or busy elsewhere or something? O.o

    • Quetzalcoatl9999

      Why do you say that?

      • Samsara09

        he could have been referring the typos.But eh,he did in such a off-handed way it is dubious.

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Why?

  • Guest

    Square staff always does this. They do an interview, tease you, then says they can’t reveal any info at the moment, then they disappear on us for years and repeat……

    • Budgiecat

      why truly can they not reveal info atm? they revealed a ton of shit routinely when that RPG starring that woman that will not be mentioned month after month…

      Is there some corrupt Yakuza S-E stockholder holding their families by knife at their throats or something?

      • Zuhri69

        I’m betting on that.

  • Izzeltrioum

    Can’t imagine them innovating the DMC-QTE formula over and over. It’s all about Disney and its cinematic convoluted plot, not gameplay. SE, stop lying.

    Well it’s always a pleasure to read something SE-related. Laughs guaranteed.

    All hail Tetsuya Bay, I guess.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Yaawwwn I’ll go pre-order Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U. At least anyone who’s been keeping up with the gaming news knows it’ll
    be coming out sooner than FFXV & KH3. Just saying.

  • Bobby Jennings

    >Removes multiplayer because it’s affecting KH3’s development
    >KH2.5 now not affecting KH3’s development.

    SE’s full of shit.

    • Karysonson

      Add
      >Unable to insert capes into bbs because it would take too long
      …I swear, sometimes SE is a joke.

      • Bobby Jennings

        Agreed! They also said it was an issue with the FPS

      • PrinceHeir

        What capes??!

        • Karysonson

          These

    • Izzeltrioum

      I think it’s all due to they wanting to amaze us with the latest top-notch CGI cutscenes we’ll ever see. And if the whole game is going to feature incredible 3D-modeling, FPS will have to be invested there; the world/graphics itself, limiting room for deep gameplay (Like that 32gb folder purely of cinematics from FF XIII).

      Then Nomura and Kojima will be drinking together at a random bar. Both laughing and praising how their movies got Blu-ray’d before an actual Cinema release.

      • Budgiecat

        And then Budgiecat arrives, disguised as a waiter cat, cleverly sprinkling Cyanide in their drinks….

        …this is after I’ve already taken out toriyama by planting remote detonated C4 in his Lightning love pillow…

  • Karysonson

    Lol

    • Budgiecat

      thats easy to say but I bet there’s people out there that have died waiting +8 years for this game….

      • http://lfdn.deviantart.com/ CosmicNova

        That’s what I been saying this whole time. lol

  • rockman29

    Yea to release in 2025….

  • bloodiOS

    Moving full throttle in limbo ;P

    • Budgiecat

      I see that you are not convinced….-_-

      What’s it gonna take huh??

      A new gameplay trailer??? A release date?? A playable demo??

      Don’t be ridiculous!

      Please.Be.Excited!!

      http://i.imgur.com/AhRjvee.gif

      • bloodiOS

        I need a physical copy that I can chew on…

        • Zuhri69

          I’ll do more than chewing on mine…

  • Kenny ケニー

    lol

  • Elvick

    Meanwhile FFXV…

  • LunarHaven

    Since Nomura is directing this AND FF XV, how in the world can this go ahead full throttle now? FF XV is not coming in another 2 years I assume? Pathetic square. They are like a bunch of kids in a sand box that can’t decide which toy to play with so they end up walking back and forth like little idiots.

  • BlueCereal

    Wow… They have actually gone in “full throttle” mode, knowing that we’re talking about SE here I thought this would happen after FFXV was released.

    • Invisbin

      That’s actually what they said they’d do one ffxiv was near completion.