Nomura: “Kingdom Hearts 3 depends on FF Versus XIII”

Wednesday, 24th March 2010 20:57 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts III is coming sometime, according to creator Tetsuya Nomura. But when? It so happens to depend on what happens with Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

Speaking in a Ultimania Guide for PSP spin-off Birth By Sleep, Nomura says that the title he’s currently directing for PS3 will decide when – or if – KH3 happens.

“About the next title, Kingdom Hearts 3 depends on Final Fantasy XIII Versus,” he said, further adding the next title in the series is already in development. Nomura’s already said the next game won’t be KH III, with at least one title to release in Japan this year.

When Kingdom Hearts III does eventually drop, the dev insists it wont be the end of the series, with Sora to carry on as the main lead character until the series does end.

He stated he would like to release a Kingdom Hearts game that had “multiple main characters” for this year’s title.

Finally, on the overseas version of Birth By Sleep – which was confirmed to get both US and European releases last week – Nomura said: “We added the Critical degree of difficulty, more cutscenes, more songs to the Rhythmic Ice Cream mini game, more Keyblades, more types of enemies and altered battle balance.

“I still can’t say we’ll release a Final Mix, but we can’t give it the generous treatment like with Re:Chain of Memories [Game Boy Advance spin-off].”

Thanks, Lucky.



  1. Erthazus

    If Nomura will use FF XIII Versus as a TEST subject, i will come to Japan and fuck his ass with my …. !

    Seriously, i’m hyped for Versus more then Kingdom Hearts game.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. ianbenoir

    ah those japanese simply won’t understand…

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Lucky

    I think if the second Versus sell their expectations, even Kingdom Hearts 3 will be PS3 exclusive

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Phoenixblight

    It will do well.

    One) Its Final Fantasy

    Two) Tetsuya is trying something new with the Gameplay already making it similar to KH series.

    It will be awhile before we see KH 3 obviously its just in thinking mode. Hopefully its released before this gen ends.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. frostquake

    Don’t look for it too soon, maybe at the end of this consoles cycle..which is sad…

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Blerk

    I wonder if we’ll ever see a home-console Kingdom Hearts again, tbh.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. zoopdeloop

    Another “hint” that versus XIII probably will remain exclusive.
    KH3 depends on how well Versus XIII sells as an exclusive.If it doesn’t meet their expectations KH3 will definitely go multiplatform.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Blerk

    How the heck did you manage to deduce anything exclusive-related out of that article, zoop? They don’t even mention exclusivity once.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. zoopdeloop

    They have it officialy as an exlusive Blerk…but they do throw hints here and there through interviews once in a while that it will remain that way

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Blerk

    It is an exclusive and they’ve said it’s still an exclusive. But this article says nothing of the sort. :-D

    #10 5 years ago
  11. zoopdeloop

    They will definitely make KH3 but which consoles is unsure at the moment
    KH3 depends on FFversus XIII is a hint altogether which consoles KH3 goes :)
    KH3′s development depends on Versus.If Versus as an exclusive meets their expectations, development on KH3 will be exclusively optimized on ps3(with less disc capacity restrictions) if not it will be optimized from the start of it’s development for other consoles too (360 i suppose)to meet their expectations (sales wise)

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Blerk

    KH3 depends on Versus because he’s too busy with Versus to work on KH3. Platform and/or exclusivity has nothing to do with it. Versus is massively late and apparently still far from complete – there’s little wonder they won’t let him do anything else.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. zoopdeloop

    I don’t think he means that.He doesn’t mean it depends on Versus’s development.It’s SE they always work on multiple projects at the same time.(that’s the reason they screw games over)

    Versus is late because they halted the whole project for XIII’s development.Plus he was working on KH:BBS he is now also working on XIII Agito and Parasite Eve for the psp aside from Versus.(so technicaly if he meant that it depends on Versus development wise,it actually depends on all three projects not just Versus)

    I think Versus is really a long way before it’s complete and we’ll definitely see Agito and Parasite Eve released before Versus

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Phoenixblight

    One) Even though the Wiki says Tetsuya is working on 3rd Birthday. He isn’t its pretty obvious with the pics that its not his character designing. I also can’t find a single article with Tetsuya even talking about it.

    Two) Tetsuya is just the character designer for Agito, he is not the director nor is he the designer.

    Also Tetsuya Nomura mentioned there are two more KH games in conception.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. zoopdeloop

    @14 He is in charge for Versus and these pics are definitely his character designing.They remind a lot of VIII.In FFVIII he was the character designer and he said back then that his most involvement in an FF where the most of his ideas were put inside the game was with VIII

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Phoenixblight

    I wasn’t talking about Versus I was talking 3rd Birthday. Sorry I forgot to specify.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. zoopdeloop

    ok then :) i believe Parasite Eve is Nomura’s project so i guess he will be in charge for 3rd birthday too

    #17 5 years ago

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