Don't expect any concrete info in KH3 soon. Nomura only announced it to get fans hyped that he's not making another spinoff. He also admitted that he announced it a bit early.
Originally Posted by Kenzor
Meh, they missed a chance to make her badass like Cloud, Squall and Auron with a significant part in the story, I'm guessing by her appearance and weapon she's a tutorial character like Tidus and the Destiny Island crew.
The Lightning pic is fake.
Originally Posted by RoflKnife
The One and PS4 will more than likely have almost identical power. The PC however, is not. Welcome to the whole of gaming for the last decade, where at least half the games have been held back as almost no one wants to take the effort to develop a separate PC and console version.
Instead, design for 6 year old hardware.
1) Gamers who play on 6 year old hardware is their target audience, and
2) It often takes more than just rescaling to port a game that runs on an engine specifically designed for consoles with certain hardware to a different platform with different hardware.
No third party developer is going to start with a platform that's not their primary target (PC or not), only to risk the source code and engine they're using to be incompatible with the console they want to port to.
For example, Falcom tried porting Ys: Ark of Napashtim to the PSP. The game itself was more or less low resolution sprites that any system could handle, yet the PSP version still showed major slowdown issues because it was improperly recoded from the PC.
Third party developers are also businesses on top of being game makers. When porting a game, it takes quite a bit of time and money to convert a game to be compatible with another system, unless in the case of PS3 and the 360 where their hardware is close enough that they can both run on the same engine. If recoding a game takes too many resources, they're not going to do it.
If there was some magical software that could convert games to another platform with no manual labor required to reprogram it, third parties would jump on the opportunity because it means free access to different audience for free money. However most of the time it's not that simple, so there is no way developers are going to start developing for the PC first in mind and port to consoles later unless the game was intended for PC gamers from the beginning.
Teruzane Utada, music producer, manager, and father of Hikaru Utada, made a tweet earlier today in response to a fan question about Hikaru Utada returning to work on the theme song for Kingdom Hearts III. His response was a simple "Yes".
In an interview with JETANNY in 2009, Teruzane Utada said they rejected Disney's offer due to them paying little for the work that was being put into each song made for the Kingdom Hearts series. Hikaru Utada further explained that it was hard working with melodies made for the Japanese lyrics she wrote, then changing them into English. The iconic Japanese pop singer felt that it ruined the intergity of her work.
It was not long after that interview that Hikaru Utada announced in 2010 she would be going on a hiatus from music starting 2011, citing that she wanted some time to travel the world and learn a bit more about herself. Since that time, she has only worked on one new song for the 2012 film Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo, "Sakura Nagashi", then in 2013 began her radio show "Kuma Power Hour".
While Teruzane Utada said yes to the answer fans have been waiting for an answer to, it is still early in Kingdom Hearts III's development to know what the future will hold.
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YESSSSSS, IF UTADA'S BACK I'LL BE SO HAPPYHNNNNGHHH
Now, please . I wouldn't mind if Yoko Shimomura made some new pieces for KH . I'm kind of fed up of having the same area tracks as before :c ( They recycle a lot of it and in that " gameplay " trailer THERE'S THAT PIECE AGAINNNN )
Out of the blue, the latest issue of Famitsu Weekly greets us with a brand new interview with Series Director Tetsuya Nomura. He takes the opportunity to relay some more information regarding the two recently announced and most anticipated titles in the series, Kingdom Hearts 3 and HD 2.5 ReMix.
Although the scans have yet to surface, various members of the community have begun posting the important bits and pieces. Zephyr has translated them below. We'll update this post as more information surfaces.
"These attractions, which is currrently in development, are the evolution of KH3D's Flowmotion and they can be selected according to particular enemies. These are a small portion of these new elements."
"In Kingdom Hearts 3, Sora learns three new abilities. Two of which are special abilities and one that changes the Keyblade. It has the motif of Disney attractions, the Keyblade changes differently depending which Keyblade is equipped, and the special abilities, evolved from KH3D's flowmotion, are activated depending which enemy it is."
"We are working diligently to brush up 2.5 much more than 1.5."
"The trailer we showed of Kingdom Hearts 3 isn't its true quality and we will continue to update it. Sora has three new skills and they are categorized into two parts: Changing the Keyblade's form and abilities that reflect attractions. The Keyblade style changes according to the Keyblade equipped."
It's not often that we're lucky enough to hear from the cast of actors behind the voices of the beloved characters in the Kingdom Hearts series. These opportunities are few and far between, and it appears that the folks over at Zap2it have taken the chance in their recent interview with none other than Haley Joel Osment, the voice of Sora.
Zap2it were able to discuss the highly anticipated title, Kingdom Hearts 3, with him briefly. As the game is still in its very early stages, he hasn't been given much information at this point in time. Despite this, shortly after its official announcement at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2013, he was able to discuss it with some of the staff and looks forward to reprising his role as the iconic Keyblade-wielding hero if given the opportunity.
Osment reminisces about his first time voicing Sora for the first game in 2001, as well as the many titles that have followed over the past decade. He's played the character at various stages in his life and sometimes even in other forms, or other individuals connected to him, so although he's not entirely certain that it's the same Sora he'll play, he'll welcome the chance to return with open arms.
It's worth noting that voice recording for the western release is one of the final processes in development. It's hard to say but Osment believes that he could be going into the studio by Summer 2014 or later.
Kingdom Hearts 3 will be released on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
Zap2it: Now, one last question - I'm going to nerd out a little on you but - you've been involved in the Kingdom Hearts franchise for a really long time, and people are excited about Kingdom Hearts 3 finally coming out.
Zap2it: Can you talk a little bit about that? Have you seen the script or anything?
HJO: I saw the announcement and then talked a little bit with them on the phone, because the process is, I started doing Kingdom Hearts in 2001, and there's the main series and there's the Gameboy one... I feel like I've done seven or eight installments, which is awesome. But with this, they're making it now and the recording of the dialogue is one of the last parts of the process, so probably this summer or later is the soonest.
Zap2it: But we're happy to have you back for Sora.
HJO: Oh sure! That's what I hear. Sometimes Sora goes back to being a child or goes to another universe or changes into somebody else so you can never say for sure, but hopefully I'll be back.
Kingdom Hearts 3's release date will be "in the near future," Square Enix has promised fans, according to Playstation Universe.
Producer Shinji Hashimoto admitted that both Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy XV have been a long time coming, but pledged the studio is pulling out all the stops to ensure fans aren't disappointed, Playstation Universe also reports.
But some say Kingdom Hearts 3's release date is expected to be announced at this year's E3 conference in June.
A new Kingdom Hearts 3 campaign has been started in an attempt to get Square Enix to port the upcoming PS4 and Xbox One video game to the Wii U, Examiner.com reports.
According to a report from Gaming Bolt on Feb. 16, an online petition was set up on Change.org in order to capture the attention of David Yang, Examiner.com also reports.
Kingdom Hearts 3's release date may be delayed by Final Fantasy XV-a Square Enix producer said the latter game is a priority.
"We can't give too much information but certainly looking at 'Final Fantasy XV,' it's not as if it's in competition with 'Kingdom Hearts III' for resources or anything like that," Yoshinori Kitase said during a recent interview, according to the site.
Square Enix producer Yoshinori Kitase also disclosed to the site that the company is paying close attention to both games and that the development of one does not deter the other, Examiner also reports.
"We can't give too much information but certainly looking at Final Fantasy XV, it's not as if it's in competition with Kingdom Hearts 3 for resources or anything like that. It's quite far into development now and it is being given a very high priority within the company itself, but that doesn't mean Kingdom Hearts isn't," Kitase said during an interview, according to the site.
Director Tetsuya Nomura announced in a recent interview with Famitsu that development of Kingdom Hearts III has been moved to Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4 instead of Square Enix's in-house engine, Luminous Studios, due unstated reasons although right now they are having difficulties rendering with the engine. Nomura says they are working closely with Epic Games to work through any issues the development team may be having with the engine and are still on schedule with Kingdom Hearts III's development.