Majority of Famitsu Weekly interview with Nomura translated


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On the Ranking Results

Since I hear a lot of opinions that fans really like one particularly, I’m surprised to see that KH2 Final Mix ranked number one and then KH2 ranked after it. I didn’t want Birth by Sleep to seem like a spin off, so I’m happy to see it ranked in the top five.

My favorite character Sora must be ranked number one since he’s an uncomplicated, good guy. He gives us trouble though; when we make the promotional trailers it’s hard to find lines of his we can use since he doesn’t really say much useful.

The second ranked character Roxas, fans think he’s the most Final Fantasy-esque. Along with his friendship with Axel, they make an impressive set.

The most impressionable scenes for me were the endings of KH1 and KH2, and the scene in KH2 when Roxas’ summer vacation ends.

My favorite abilities are the popular Glide and Dodge Roll as well. They have a reinvigorating feel and are comfortable to do, so I like them. Along the same line, we’re including a one-handed rotation ability similar to Dodge Roll in FF Versus 13 too.

My favorite Keyblade is the top ranked Oathkeeper. It carries a deep meaning with the story and the design of it is clean, it’s the one I’m most pleased with.

With the most popular world, Twilight Town, we really fussed over embodying the image of coming from school as the sun sets. That song gave Shimomura-san a lot of trouble and pushed her to improve. We had an image derived around another artist’s song, but it really worked out well, the result was a song with a completely different sort of anguish.

The worst world to deal with was Atlantica, sorry it was so difficult to move. We had trouble adjusting the character’s movement while swimming and simultaneously fighting.

The popular enemies like the Shadows, Neo Shadows, White Mushrooms, Dusks and so on; I drew them myself. The enemies dictate the overall design aspects of the series, so I work them out with the staff afterwards. The hardest enemy for me was the Dancer Nobody, it was formidable enemy.

On Story Development

The story is mixed with elements of surprise. I try to develop it so that the parts that you expect to go one way go another.

We don’t come together and decide on the story from beginning to end. The staff helps flesh things out and I supervise myself making the final decisions. Since I’m the only one who can see the big picture and knows what happens after each development, I have a hard time figuring out how to draw it up for the staff.
On Internationalization

Though it’s an international series, it isn’t regulated for specific regions since I believe it will be well received if it’s interesting enough. Those at Disney said it has a very Japanese sense about it, I guess you could call it ‘Eastern thinking’. I thought that we’d make the storyline simple and clear, but I received this single piece of advice from Hironobu Sakaguchi: “If you don’t make it more complex like with Final Fantasy, you won’t be able to compete.” So from there the development moved to make something that would engage the colorful imaginations of the fans.

The storyline for KH3D is considerable difficult to understand. I am discussing it with Disney now, but they couldn’t understand it all at once. I’m explaining the reason and the established connections for each mystery one by one. It’s troublesome for the interpretation and localization, but there are many people in Disney who love the Kingdom Hearts series, somehow they’re following along with it.

There’s a sense that Kingdom Hearts appeals to wider age range of fans compared to Final Fantasy. Ration wise, more fans are female. I’m especially happy to see that there is strong support for the series from fans in foreign countries too.

On Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

Since there are so many mysteries to wonder about that are unrelated to the main volume, we aren’t trying to explain all of them. (Things like the personal information of the characters, the Room of Sleep, and the Room of Awakening.) KH3D deals with Sora’s concealed data, I’ll reveal more about the other mysteries another time.

The development status of KH3D is about 40%-50%. We’ll start recording the voices soon. The theme this time was “bold action”, but we also wanted to stress the importance of the story’s tempo. Though the story is important to fans as shown by the results of the survey, it won’t be drawn-out.

Not meaning that we’ve decreased the number of cutscenes, but having each one explained one by one reduces the tempo of the game, so we’re introducing a new system to make up for it. Again it’s directionally different from FF Versus 13. In KH3D, Sora will fight alongside various friends too. There’s also a secret movie being prepared.

On the Future of Kingdom Hearts

We’ve prepared a response in KH3D for the fans who are always saying, “We want KH3 to release!” The series that has developed so far as “the Xehanort saga” should end once and for all in KH3. I’ve outlined a tentative plot that takes place afterward, so we could continue onto a new chapter. Sora would remain the main character; that wouldn’t change. About an HD remastering, whether we release one or not is a different story, we have to think about the technical aspects of it.

I’ll read everyone who has given their opinions carefully.

From this summer to next spring, we’ll continue releasing information and sales dates for KH among other titles from the first development department, so please look forward to it.

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NEEEWWWWSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -hugs it- Sweet sweet news. =w= <33

 

 

Oh yea, and what the balls does Nomura mean by, "XXX and XXX in Traverse Town!".......when I read that my brain filled it in with Sora and Riku.....but....if it's supossed to be "surprising"....um... e.o;;

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Really? The future of the series will still focus on Sora?

 

Good-bye, Keyblade War...

 

 

Well, the importance of Sora and the fact he's staying a character of focus was already a given, so it shouldn't be that big a surprise he ain't going anywhere. xD

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Ok so... does that mean we will play DDD by this time next year? That means last year when they shown the trailer it was like 1% or 2%. That's lame. Dang they better finish that Final Fantasy game soon so production can speed up. :P

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So this might not be the only info so far, but probably mostly is. It will probably be out in August of next year. Its good to be reassured that Kingdom Hearts will continue after KH3

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Really? The future of the series will still focus on Sora?

 

Good-bye, Keyblade War...

 

That can still be, just because the story focuses on Sora doesn't mean we can't get games that show other stuff, right?

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<div class="quote">Kingdom Hearts 3D In case you've forgotten in the six months of silence, the three Ds in the 3DS Kingdom Hearts name stand for Dream Drop Distance. Development is currently 40 to 50% complete, Nomura told Famitsu this week. He also confirmed the inclusion of a secret movie.

Makes me wonder how far in development bbs was in some of its early trailers.

Sora will be around in future Kingdom Hearts, so why does he look so cross? Nomura dropped a bunch of vague hints about the game. Here's the vaguest: "XXX and XXX in Traverse Town!" This is apparently supposed to be surprising, so see if you can fill in the XXXs with surprising elements.

Just throwing some things out there... Lea and Isa, Data Sora and Riku, some final fantasy characters, Ansem sod and Xemnas, Maleficent and Xehanort, some disney characters such as scrooge, some pixar cameos...

 

Sora looking cross?

The game's story is enigmatic and quite puzzling, said Nomura The story will touch upon the hidden data in Sora.

Enigmatic, puzzling... perfect

Just one little gameplay bit: you'll apparently be able to work your way up to the rooftops.

Weren't you able to do that in kh1 to some extent?

Future of Kingdom Hearts Regarding the future of the Kingdom Hearts series, Nomura said that those who are anticipating Kingdom Hearts III will find some answers in KH3D.

I really hope this shuts up those kh3 whiners for a while.

Regarding possible HD remakes of past titles, Nomura would only say that, separate from whether or not they will release remakes, they're looking into HD techology tests for past titles. (I'm not sure if this question and response is about Kingdom Hearts or just in general.)</div>

Interesting.

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So essentially, except for the HD updates part, he's told us a bunch of stuff that we already know.

 

Sounds like a Nomura interview, alright.

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So essentially, except for the HD updates part, he's told us a bunch of stuff that we already know.

 

Sounds like a Nomura interview, alright.

 

haha yeah definately a Nomura interview

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Makes me wonder how far in development bbs was in some of its early trailers.

 

BBS had a very strange development cycle. There probably wasn't any percent given to its completion until quite a while into the development.

But I can give a comparison, Nomura once said Re:Coded was 80% (Something like that, might have been 90, or 70, but you get the point) done, and that came out about half a year after said interview. So DDD is probably a year or so away, given this VERY rough estimate :P

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50% !!!!????

that is great news!!!!!

after six month WAITING :(

but still... :D :D:D:D:D:D i am so freaked out :D about this!!!!!!!

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Interesting. It's not a lot of news, but at least it's some news.

50% complete? So, we're basically going to be waiting a year, like the majority of us thought.

XXX and XXX in Traverse Town! For some reason, even though he said its supposed to be surprising, I'm thinking Xemnas and Ansem SoD. Otherwise, it's probably going to be a couple of characters that only appear in pairs.

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I wanted a keyblade war. Totally agree with Xehanort, I want to see what will happen as a result of that war and see all the different keyblade wielders flock to the keyblade graveyard. Not to mention, it would be a battle royale with multiple endings. That aside, awesome news.

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I don't know if I want a KH4 . I think it'd be pretty epic if the games ended like that after a full cycle ~! Well I'm happy enough that kh won't be over but just thinking of how it'll be ... I mean up until now , everything had to do with Xehanort , I don't know how a new story will pop up and be awesome ... especially with Sora (plus he still pisses me off so yeah >_>) but then again I wouldn't want it like FF that is a series with totally dif plots just with similar elements (this case the keyblade) . Oh well , I guess we'll learn more abt kh4 in like 5 years from now so it's all good ~

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......

 

OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE~!

 

40% or 50% completed?! Great news!That means we'll have it by next year! Also, it looks like it has a lot of ties to KH3!!! YAYZ~! A secret movie? Of course, all games except Days and the original coded had some sort of secret ending, but the one for 3D will probably be for KH3! WHOO! Also, an HD remake of one of the past installments?! O________O AH I BET IT'S GONNA BE KH1! IS IT GONNA BE ON PS3?! OR WILL IT BE ON ALL THREE HD CONSOLES?! OH, IT'S TOO EXCITING!

 

Sorry for all the noise, but this news just got me so excited, seeing as we hardly get news around here. :D :D :D

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- Whether we’ll release an HD remake or not is another story, however we are considering doing an HD upgraded version of one of the past titles.

 

That's gotta be BbS. With the new line of PSP HD remasterings, it's gotta be.

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That can still be, just because the story focuses on Sora doesn't mean we can't get games that show other stuff, right?

 

I was hoping for an entire series set back then. You know, new characters and everything.

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