Tetsuya Nomura Talks Kingdom Hearts 3 And Beyond

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The Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Ultimania guidebook goes on sale in Japan tomorrow. However, an interview with Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy Versus XIII director Tetsuya Nomura contained within has already made its way onto the net. In the interview, Nomura discusses the future of the franchise.


Here’s a translation, courtesy of Heartstation.org:


“About the next title, Kingdom Hearts 3 depends on Final Fantasy XIII Versus, but development of the next title is already underway. There are two titles other than Kingdom Hearts 3 in conception, and I think I’ll release one within this year.”


“As from next year, I want to put out a title with multiple main characters.”


Nomura goes on to suggest that KH3 won’t necessarily signal the end of the franchise. Rather, Kingdom Hearts 3 will bring the Xehanort saga to an end, and Sora will still be a part of the games that follow as the “hero.” He also reveals that the overseas release of Birth by Sleep will include more cutscenes than the original.

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