Nomura Comments On Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep’s Absence On PSN

By Spencer . February 23, 2011 . 2:37am

imageKingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, perhaps one of the most anticipated PSP games in 2010, is only available on a UMD and in stores. That means PSPgo owners won’t get to play the Kingdom Hearts prequel or visit Stitch in Deep Space.


Why? Tetsuya Nomura said to Dengeki in a Dissidia 012[duodecim]: Final Fantasy interview that he does not want any misunderstandings. The problem does not lie with Square Enix, Disney or Hikaru Utada who performed the game’s theme song. "It’s difficult because of a reason I cannot say," Nomura explained. Nomura says he is thinking about how to make a downloadable version available, but he needs more time.


Square Enix published Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep in Japan over a year ago. Recently, the publisher has begun to make their PSP back catalog available on PlayStation Network. Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy II, and Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions are all coming to Sony’s online store. Other Square Enix titles such as Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth are also not available as PlayStation Network downloads.

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  • OneOkami

    I seem to remember hearing it had something to do with Disney but don’t quote me on that because I don’t remember where I heard that.

    • But he just said it isnt due to Disney

      • OneOkami

        Unless I’m going crazy, that part about Disney wasn’t there hours ago when I made that comment.

      • irzbos

        you make it sound as though its illegal for him to lie…which it isn’t

  • malek86

    So, uh, if it’s not Disney or Squenix or even the singer… then who?

    • [The Hunter] Doomrider

      He “cannot say” =O

      I really can’t think of any other reason. Maybe the contract with Disney didn’t include digital distribution, and SE would have to pay a lot to change that? I have no idea. It’s not Sony either, considering most of SE’s PSP games are on PSN.

      • But if he just said it isnt Disney.

        Perhaps its just technical difficulties?

        • [The Hunter] Doomrider

          *Looks up*
          *Looks down*

          Ok TS, you love Disney, but I wasn’t attacking it or anything like that =P I was thinking of possible reasons, and there’s always the possibility that he isn’t telling the truth (no to say he’s lying, I just consider it possible). And yeah, who knows, maybe it’s just technical difficulties.

          • If a site is reporting lies, then I have to question the validity of articles in question. That being said, what does he have to gain from lying, lying makes bad business especially on articles reported in the public where the business dealers can see.

  • Kacho_ON

    then it can only be Sony

  • zweii

    Its Disney.

  • It’s probably Disney, but he “cannot say” ’cause he doesn’t want his ass sued to hell and back.

    • Why would he say it isnt Disney, if it isnt? If it was Disney, then I imagine the question would have just been avoided entirely.

      I think it may be just technical difficulties, optomization

  • badmoogle

    Whatever the reason i can’t help but to think that Nomura cares for his fans and he is not just some lifeless bullshiting development robot.That’s probably just good PR from his side but judging not only from this case but from other past interviews it really looks like he cares and that he’s being honest.
    Unfortunately i can’t say the same about a few other SE executives and developers.

  • Oni123

    This is why i never bought into the PSPgo

  • skyblaze

    It’s ok, I have a playable ISO backup on my hacked PSP GO =D

    (I bought the UMD, guys. Honest. Don’t flip)

    • I always thought about doing this. I’m probably one of the few people that actually liked the design of the PSPgo, and I like the idea of having all my games readily available without carrying around UMDs, but I also like physical media for my games.

      Last I heard there wasn’t any CFW for the PSPgo, so I just updated my PSP-1000 to 6.35 and played my UMD versions. Glad I did because Birth by Sleep was amazing. :D

      Really a shame they were never able to work out some sort of UMD transfer scheme that didn’t involve being terribly abused.

      • skyblaze

        It’s seriously dead easy to put CFW on the Go now… you literally just copy the eboot to the game folder, load it, and its on (ever since the PSP keys were found and released people can just sign their applications and run it right off official firmware. It’s become hacker heaven these past few months)

        I love the Go’s smaller size and form factor, plus the lack of a UMD drive means no more excessive load times, creepy noises, or having to carry all of my games in my bag. Battery life is saved too. And thanks to emulators I have all the classics I grew up with (Sonic 1 through Knuckles wherever I go is just obscenely awesome). It’s a dream, really… my ultimate portable gaming device =D

        • For real? I didn’t want to put CFW on my 2000 since it’s the only PSP I have, and I still want to play new games without a hassle/chance of bricking. Was seriously considering the purchase of a 3000 just so I could flash my older PSP without having to worry.

          …I might have to look into this. Thanks.

        • PrinceHeir

          wait2 show me how :P

          i always bought my games, would love to try it on Memory stick though. i know we can’t discuss it here so if you can email it to me :O

          *i’ll post it it here later once you reply :D

          • skyblaze

            no problem! ready when you are

          • PrinceHeir

            hey thanks :D

            well here’s my email(im online right now)

            [email protected]

            sorry for asking you this, this must be pretty demanding, you can always send it whenever your free ^^

          • skyblaze

            got it. no problem, i’m totally free right now =D… just a minute

  • From what I’ve seen, though- there can be technical issues with some games being released to PSN. I know that Falcom hasn’t released one of their games (Sora no Kiseki SC) to PSN because of some sort of technical issues with it- that may be related to its 2 UMD situation, I’m not sure. They weren’t clear about it, either.

    I see people are quick to blame Disney, but I’m willing to say that I believe Nomura if he says it *isn’t* them.

    • Pichi

      I think it might be that problem. Something to do with the game being able to play from PSN well. Also he didn’t mention Sony in his list, so I’m thinking its Sony’s “fault” with a technical issue, perhaps.

    • I think I will agree that it is some technical difficulty.

    • Barrit

      Yea I agree. When the NGP was announced, they made it a very clear point on how it is such a big change for developers compared to the PSP UMD releases. No extra work will have to go into converting the game into a playable downloadable PSN release. With that being said, it must be a common problem and why the PSN is lacking in releases.

      • PurpleDoom

        I wouldn’t exactly say it’s “lacking” in releases, it just doesn’t have the entire back catalog up there yet. Hopefully more companies with older PSP games take the initiative like Square-Enix have to get their older games on the service.

    • PurpleDoom

      I’m fairly sure that Sora no Kiseki SC is not on PSN because of difficulties with the 2 UMDs (each UMD would be a separate ISO, right? Maybe combining them is the issue.)

      I wouldn’t be surprised if it was technical difficulties for this, either – they have had technical difficulties with digital releases in the past (FFV and VI for virtual console, the latter of which is not out yet), although putting Super Famicom games on VC is probably harder than putting a PSP game on PSN. He didn’t mention Sony on his little list either, so it could be them (although I find that difficult to imagine.) Who knows?

  • midgard229

    now the big question is, will dissidia duodecim be on the PSN cuz i really wanna know lol

    • PurpleDoom

      All of their recent PSP games have come out on PSN (save for Birth By Sleep, naturally) so I can’t imagine why Duodecim would be any different.

  • When he says that he ‘cannot say’, it kinda felt like he gave this statement to take the blame off of either one of the three, when the problem actually lies with either one of the three, or even all of them.

    It just seems like a lie because of that few words.

    • PurpleDoom

      I’d say it’s probably a contractual agreement. Like it or not, there’s a lot of things companies and their employees aren’t allowed to talk about.

    • Skua

      Not necessarily. There’s the retail side to consider too, and we know how much they hate DD services like PSN.

      Withholding key releases like KH may simply be a response to pressure from retail as they secure shelf space (particularly for lower echelon games or titles perceived to be niche enough that retailers are indifferent about the need to carry them).

  • It’s ironic, because the only people who can play these games on the PSP Go are mostly pirates! And also, people running ISOs shows that there is no technical difficulties translating the game to PSN.

    • There’s a couple of reasons why a particular game doesn’t get released on PSN. It’s not the simple action of ripping the game into an ISO and running it. If it was that simple, lots of PS1 games that should’ve been on PSN would have made it there by now.

      I don’t know how much you trust Nomura, but unless you know the exact reason why it’s not on PSN, then please don’t shoot in the dark

      • IMHO it is not simple from a legal point of view, but I said it is not difficult technically because it’s a reality that there are people playing it from their memory sticks. PS1 games are designed for another platform, with different controls, so they require more adaptation and testing, and they have more legal difficulties because a lot of the developers no longer exists, that’s what I read a couple of weeks ago.

    • Just because an ISO can run doesnt mean there is no technical difficulty involved…

  • Well, if it’s not Disney, not S-E, and not Hikaru Utada, that pretty much only leaves Sony.

    • Why in the world would it be Sony?

      • PurpleDoom

        Well, with those three out of the question, who else would it be?

        On the other hand, why on earth would Sony intentionally block a game from downloadable release? Perhaps there’s an unknown fifth party or some other issue not related to anyone not allowing them to do it.

  • godmars

    With the NGP on the way, they’re still going to have to rethink this.

    • I’d like to see Sony step up and start mandating PSN releases when NGP comes around. (This will probably not happen.)

      • zweii

        Except you know they said thats exactly whats going to happen. Thats the first thing they mention when they introduced the new media format NGP will be using. It was also mention by devs that sony wanted their games cross-compatible with the PS3.

        • IIRC, the SCEE president told Eurogamer that Sony was “intending” to release games on both PSN and NGP. What this says is that PSN releases are not mandatory, and whoever has enough clout or just doesn’t feel like it can still opt out.

          Do you have a link that says otherwise? I’d like to read it.

      • They can mandate it (for first party companies) but how would they enforce it for third partys (I cant imagine they state that a game cant come out because it isnt on digital release…, then they could just take the game to the competitor’s system)

  • Yukito

    The reason is Sony. The only reason I can think of that he left out. We know he favors Sony, so, his “not say” on the matter probably has something to do with not wanting to say something against them? Just a thought.

    • PurpleDoom

      He might not be even allowed to say anything. This issue pops up frequently with this sort of thing, and unfortunately people have a hard time dealing with it.

    • It doesnt even make sense to be Sony, why would they, wanting and allowing other SE releases, not have this Kingdom Hearts BBS on it? More profit is presumably achieved from PSN releases, they released it at 39.99 so they know profit was made, and it was even released…

  • PrinceHeir

    “Other Square Enix titles such as Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth are also not available as PlayStation Network downloads.”

    they definitely need to put this on the store along with Metal Gear Acid games. the PSP selection on the PSN store is already better. they just need to keep rereleasing some of the best games :P

  • BadenBadenPrinny

    TBH I care more about Valkyrie Profile not being on there

  • Xekyo

    The only thing I hope they do is release Kingdom Hearts I and II in HD in the PSN Store to hype up the release of Kingdom Hearts III. Like what the developers of God of War did. My PS2 has been dead for quiet some time now and my PS3 doesn’t have the backwards compatibility function so i’ve been dying to replay them for some time. I really hope they do release it in HD. :D

    • PurpleDoom

      Kingdom Hearts III isn’t coming for a while, though. PS2s are pretty easy to find cheap, if you want to have a go at those two again.

      • Xekyo

        Yeaaa i know that they won’t start start on KHIII for a while but they will eventually. Maybe in a couple of years. I think they should get on it sooner tho. With technology advancing so fast, releasing it on the ps3 in a couple years wont be good enough. The PS3 would probably outdated by then. If they don’t re-release KHI and II anytime soon then i’ll think about grabbing another PS2 or just buy a used PS3 with backwards compatibility. PS2’s are annoying to keep around.

        • You really dont think they have started on KHIII? The Kingdom Hearts team has to be doing something at this point in time…

          • Xekyo

            Probably in their planning books. Nothing big scale. I’m sure Nomura is still hard at work on other projects at the moment. They’re probably taking all the feedback on the previous KH series in the franchise and making sure they can release KHIII to it’s full potential.

  • ToSeektheChosen

    Blahh, Tetsuya Nomura is always being so goddam mysterious, but he has his reasons. If he doesn’t want to tell us, then I’m fine After all, you have to respect him for giving us KH games that weren’t even supposed to come out in the States(Re:CoM and Re:coded). I’m just glad I didn’t buy a PSPgo, got a 3000 instead :D

  • darkfox1

    Some Where Someplace people with PSP GO’s are Jelly :D

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