Kingdom Hearts III director reveals gameplay and visuals in 'Conversations with Creators' interview
- Posted October 16th, 2013 at 21:24 EDT by Kyle Prahl
(continued from previous page) ...in DirectX 11, so in what ways it will use the PS4's functions hasn't been decided concretely yet. Right now we're in a stage where we are making note of the hardware and it'll become clearer in the future. When I have an idea, I think how about we use the DUALSHOCK 4 touch pad? So I think I'd use it in some form, but right now nothing is decided.
--Are you thinking about corresponding functions with tablets or the PS Vita?
Nomura: Naturally I'm considering external devices, but I'm still thinking of ideas right now.
--Many things can be realized with the PS4, but there seems to be a lot of troubling things too.
Nomura: I suppose so. Ideas I think are original are already being realized by other makers, so we are waiting to see what they do, but it's also nerve wracking. So far I've made games on a variety of hardware, but since I want put in as many elements as I can, I have a lot to think about. Because there are various possibilities, I want to make the kinda games that stand out as interesting.
--As someone who has seen the generation changes of many systems, what about the PS4 has impacted you?
Nomura: I thought it was overkill. (laughs) As expected I gradually accepted it and then I wanted one. (laughs) Players are swelling with expectations, but to make something suitable for this system, this is a hurdle that developers must overcome. The things you can do have increased immensely, so once you start broadening the possibilities, it doesn't end, the possibilities just grow. You're pressed to choose what ideas to keep and what to toss. The announcement at E3 has passed, and I am still feeling the huge response that KH3 received. Everyone was so happy in that moment, I'm challenged by how I'll live up to that expectation with this title. It's a big challenge when you have this system where the power of expression is so high. There have been a variety of systems so far, but I feel like this one is the greatest mountain to overcome.
--Not just in Japan, but fans around the world are waiting.
Nomura: The mountain is being exceeded so far. I think we'll be able to do something, I believe in my staff.
--So are the Final Fantasy XV team and Kingdom Hearts 3 team influencing each other in any way?
Nomura: Well, when they see the other team, they get inspired by the great things they see, but that's because that's how things were created in the Square era. KH3's development started later, so it's not as far along, but I think that it's good motivation.
--By the way, we'll see the end of the Dark Seeker Saga in KH3, but what will happen after that?
Nomura: Kingdom Hearts is a Disney title, so I can't speak for them, but naturally, in my own mind I have ideas about what happens after KH3. About characters, and developments. Maybe sometime there will be a chance to talk about that, but rather than thinking out the concrete details regarding that, right now my first priority is completing KH3. I want to put out KH3 quickly.
--We're looking forward to it. Alright, any last messages for the viewers?
Nomura: Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts 2 were for PS2 and we skipped the PS3 and now we are releasing Kingdom Hearts 3 onto PS4. The power of expression has increased drastically, and from the developments accumulated so far, even the gameplay by itself, I think that it's become something with depth. So that the day fans can experience it for themselves, we are all working are hardest, so please look forward to the next update.