Kingdom Hearts III's fundamental gameplay systems and mechanics are almost complete, with development now shifting towards mass production of areas and other elements, its director has said.
Speaking with OPM UK, Tetsuya Nomura said that while the basics are down, the team still has a lot of work to do, as some aspects of the Disney-RPG sequel have yet to progress beyond the planning phase.
Asked by the magazine how close Kingdom Hearts III is to completion, Nomura-san had the following to share:
"For the most part we've established the ground foundations, like the basic systems and mechanics of what's going to go in the game. Development of that is pretty much close to complete. But of course, since this is an HD title, it's now building the resources, and development of the 'mass' elements of it, like mass production of the areas and the actual things that are going into the game.
"Other elements, including the mini-games and other various smaller items; their progress is very varied...some of them are polished and very close to final state, but at the same time some elements are still in the planning phase and I haven't laid out the groundwork yet. But the basic structure of what's going to go in the game is set, it's now a matter of mass production of the different elements."
Kingdom Hearts III is in development for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and was formally announced during Sony's E3 2013 press event.
via OPM UK Issue 113