Yoshinori Kitse, the director of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 and the HD remakes of Final Fantasy X and X-2, confirmed that these would be the last two Final Fantasy titles for current generation consoles. The trailer he showed for the FFX and X-2 remakes didn't look all that impressive, to be honest, but they did give me an extreme sense of nostalgia as I remembered playing the original games a decade ago.
Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda, who appeared throughout the press conference introduce each game, talked about the title I was most excited to see—Kingdom Hearts III. According to Matsuda, Kingdom Hearts III would be available on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4, making it the first Kingdom Hearts game available on a Microsoft console. I asked Matsuda if there would be some sort of recap for Xbox One owners new to the franchise, but he simply told me that people could look up the plot online if they wanted to know more about the story. OK, then.
Kingdom Hearts III is being developed by the same studio that worked on Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep for the PSP, but Matsuda wouldn't reveal how far along the game was in development. In fact, most of the questions asked got the same response: "I cannot answer that question at this point." What a letdown.
Square Enix didn't provide a release window for Kingdom Hearts III, though it's probably safe to assume that Final Fantasy XV will arrive first, as the game looks to be further along in its development. The last direct sequel in the Kingdom Hearts franchise (Kingdom Hearts 2) was released nearly five years ago for the PlayStation 2 and fans are desperate for a new installment of the series. Let's hope Square Enix can deliver before the next next-generation of consoles are due for release.
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