Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura had some more to share on the upcoming HD collection of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue in an interview featured in Japanese magazines this week. [Thanks, Hachima.]
According to Nomura, it looks like it’s going to take a little longer until we can play Kingdom Hearts III, so he wanted fans to get a taste of Kingdom Hearts III’s world sooner than later, and together with KH3’s prologue that is KH3D, and a title that uses some of KH3’s tech. They thought about finding a way to put it all in one package, and decided to have it on the PlayStation 4.
When asked about the current development status of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8, Nomura said that at the moment, they can’t announce a certain time frame. Since it’s being developed together with Kingdom Hearts III, and there are some parts that uses the same technology that is currently being worked on, so he can’t say more at this moment.
He’s then asked about any other additional elements that are being added to the three titles in HD 2.8. Nomura says that all three won’t just be simple HD remakes. Since KH3D is going from two screens to one, it’s practically a complete remake. As for the other two, they’re new titles that are being made with some of Kingdom Hearts III’s technology, but there won’t be much as far as additional elements go.
Nomura shared that Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep: A Fragmentary Passage will be a story where you play as Aqua and go through the realm of darkness. The story takes place right after Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix’s secret trailer. They plan on implementing elements from Kingdom Hearts III, and the volume of the story will be about what you’d get from a world in the Kingdom Hearts series, as a short episode.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue is in development for PlayStation 4, and will release in Japan, North America, and Europe.