Tetsuya Nomura Looks Back on Kingdom Hearts III, Ahead to Re Mind

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Tetsuya Nomura Looks Back on Kingdom Hearts III, Ahead to Re Mind

The game's prolific director shares his thoughts on Kingdom Hearts III and tomorrow's new DLC.

It’s hard to believe, but Kingdom Hearts III was released nearly one year ago. This year, fans have the Re Mind DLC to look forward to, which will shed new light on the game’s bittersweet ending.

Ahead of the January 23 launch of Re Mind DLC on PS4, the Square Enix team sat down with the game’s prolific director, Tetsuya Nomura, to discuss his thoughts on the game, his work, and what’s to come.

Square Enix: 2019 was a really big year for you! Looking back on Kingdom Hearts III, what part of that game are you most proud of?
Tetsuya Nomura: Everything, as I couldn’t put anything out there that I couldn’t stand behind with confidence. I did all that I could given all the different conditions that could arise during development.

SE: Out of all the plotlines that are resolved in Kingdom Hearts III, which was the most meaningful to you?
TN: A lot of things come to mind, but maybe Xigbar, because we spent a long time getting him to where he is.

SE: The fans really seemed to enjoy the updated character designs in Kingdom Hearts III. Which of them are you most happy about?
TN: For each of them, I would feel satisfied once I finished drawing, but after a bit of time, I would end up thinking about what I would like to do differently next time.

SE: Back in April of 2019, you released the Critical Mode update, which added this higher difficulty mode to the game. Have you played Critical Mode yourself, and do you have any tips?
TN: With my ability, not at all. Judging by the videos that have been uploaded online, I think the players’ gameplay would offer more insight than I can provide.

SE: Are there any important details in Kingdom Hearts III which you haven’t seen fans pick up on yet?
TN: If I were to say something like “the true identity of so-and-so,” for example, that would spoil the surprise for people later on. So, I can’t say anything specific, but sometimes I do see interpretations that make me think they could be overthinking things.

SE: With the Re Mind DLC launching tomorrow, what are you most excited for players to experience there?
TN: I’m always amazed by the KH fans’ interpretations, and I’m looking forward to how they analyze things this time as well.

SE: Finally, we have to ask… Which Keyblade would you personally like to wield yourself?
TN: Master Xehanort’s Keyblade.

The Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind DLC launches tomorrow on January 23 on PS4. Fans can pick up the Re Mind + Concert Video package to receive 19 exclusive music tracks recorded from the World of Tres Orchestra Concert, which combine gorgeous music with live concert and in-game footage. The base Re Mind DLC package is also available for pre-order.

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  • I am so stoked to play this game and even more stoked to see what happens to set up for KH4 or another spinoff. I hope in the next spinoff we get to play as Kairi.

    Looking back, KH3 was fantastic. They finally found the perfect balance in gameplay and they even updated with a really challenging Critical mode as they always do.

    I wish I could play the game again for the first time. When that new rendition of Dearly Beloved hit, I was in tears.

    Thank you Nomura and the Square Enix team! I’m so excited to see what’s next!

    • I dont see my mobile been compactible with the device i find it simply dificult…ok if you notice any differwnce kindly getback to me

  • KH3 didn’t feel like progression to me. It was basically “visit Disney worlds until you get your powers back.” Still fun, but not as memorable as KH 1 or 2. Personally not too interested in the DLC.

    • I agree.

      I also believe the DLC should have been in the base game, but it is what it is. I’ll wait until it the price is massively reduced.

      The exclusion of FF in the base game was ill-advised.

      This should have had more things to do in each world, the lack of was also disappointing.

  • Cannot wait to see what lies next for the series.

  • Thank you very much for the decades of fun.
    I’m glad that Tetsuya Nomura-san finally got around to finishing Kingdom Hearts III, and I appreciate the RE: Mind DLC.
    It was such a long wait for Kingdom Hearts III and although it wasn’t as great as I wanted in all regards, overall it was well made and I appreciate it.
    I’m glad also that Square-Enix remastered the games on PS3 and then again on PS4. I especially appreciate the physical release since many people dislike when games are digital only.

    I was a bit disappointed with Final Fantasy XV when a bunch of the story DLC were canceled.
    What’s worse is Square-Enix put out exclusive content on the Stadia which makes no sense.
    Hopefully that content gets patched into the PS4 and X1 version later.

    I hope that Tetsuya Nomura-san and his team does a great job with Final Fantasy VII Remake.
    I wonder though if ‘Part 1’ will also get released on PS5 later since PS5 is coming in 2020 and I presume that Part 2 through the end will be released on PS5.

    Also, in regards to the Final Fantasy series, is it possible that we’ll get on the PS4:
    – Final Fantasy
    – Final Fantasy II
    – Final Fantasy III
    – Final Fantasy IV Complete
    – Final Fantasy V
    – Final Fantasy VI
    – Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core
    – Final Fantasy VII Dirge of Cerberus
    – Final Fantasy XIII
    – Final Fantasy XIII-2
    – Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Returns
    – Final Fantasy Tactics War of the Lions

    Can we also get a ‘Dynasty Warriors’ game based on the Final Fantasy franchise and have Kingdom Hearts content included (and released physically)?

    Is there a chance for a physical PS4 release of:
    – Star Ocean First Departure R
    – Star Ocean Second Evolution R
    – Star Ocean Til the End of Time R
    – Star Ocean The Last Hope R

    Can we get the Dragon Quest series released physically for PS4?
    – Dragon Quest
    – Dragon Quest II
    – Dragon Quest III
    – Dragon Quest IV
    – Dragon Quest V
    – Dragon Quest VI
    – Dragon Quest VII
    – Dragon Quest VIII
    – Dragon Quest IX
    – Dragon Quest X [Offline]

    Can we get Seiken Densetsu/Adventure of Mana ported over from the Vita to the PS4 and released physically?

    I know this might be asking a lot, but I think it would be great if we got these games.

    Is there a chance of revisiting the Musashi games?
    Maybe get a remake version of Brave Fencer Musashi and incorporate content from its PS2 sequel?

    Can we get a remake version of The Bouncer and Ehrgeiz?

  • This literally looks like the exact same crap that KH3 was. Yet another round of pointlessly fighting bad guys who never actually die and just come back 5 minutes later neglecting any form of progression or closure. KH3 was “Hey Sora, you gotta get this power of waking, find a way to unlock it”. Sora goes to plenty of worlds learning absolutely nothing at all, then all of a sudden you’re at the final fight and he still knows nothing… what was even the point exactly? the whole adventure seemed pointless. And bringing back even more nonsense with good/bad Riku… let it go. I love KH but I’m no blind fool for anything. 3 was just awful and i was as optimistic as can be until the credits rolled.

    • agreed, honestly kingdom hearts 2 was peak of good story and gameplay. it sort of started downhill from there

      I still get games because they are still enjoyable to play. but at this point I’d compare KH3 to the andromeda of the mass effect series. Still enjoyable to play but falling way short of expectations because the earlier games were a 9/10 or 10/10 but the newest is like a 6 or a 7.

      Also, my expectations of this DLC are very low.. they spent more time detailing the photo features then gameplay or story. so I can already tell you. no new world, next to no new narrative. just a few bonus boss battles, moves, etc and you’l be done. like 29 dollars for 2 hours of content. and people buy it because of brand name. but they keep this up brand name won’t last forever.

      you know what 29 dollars got you in game like witcher 3? 50 hours of gameplay.

  • whine whine whine….. all the comments are.

  • ^ agree with Tetsuya a lot…. People do overthink things in game xD Their miss the big picture. Lucky i never miss this stuff due to overthinking it like others. I place myself inside the shoes of game developer who work on story to get my true answer.

  • Next time you interview someone, it would be really cool if they gave actual answers. Go back up and reread all the replies to the questions. How many are non-answers, fluff and deferring to give any kind of opinion? I understand not wanting to give spoilers, but at least be a good sport about it. Please and thank you.

    • Agreed. I find that this happens with Japanese interviews a lot. They will give a meh response and not get challenged to elaborate on it because it’s probably sent over long distance email and then translated back and it becomes too late for a follow-up question. Or because of language barrier they probably don’t understand the specificity of the question.

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