Square Enix: We can’t create Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III at the same time

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Square Enix may have unveiled Kingdom Hearts III during E3 2013 but fans of the series should expect a long wait before it’s released if recent comments by series producer, Shinji Hashimoto, are anything to go on.

Speaking to IGN, Hashimoto explained that Kingdom Hearts III’s director, Tetsuya Nomura, is currently busy directing Final Fantasy XV which has been in development since 2006.

“So at E3 this year we announced Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV,” Hashimoto said. “Both have Tetsuya Nomura as their director, so we can’t create these two big games at the same time. It’s a difficult job, as we want each game to be perfect in terms of quality.”

If Kingdom Hearts III can only enter full production once Final Fantasy XV is complete then many fans will question why Square Enix decided to announce the game so early on in its development cycle. Hashimoto provided the following reasoning behind the publisher’s decision:

“A lot of people have wondered for the last couple of years if Square Enix has actually been working on Kingdom Hearts III; that’s why we announced it at E3 this year. But please, we need you all to understand that there’s a lot to do.”

Kingdom Hearts III is being developed for PS4 and Xbox One. Head over here for El33tonline’s previous coverage of this long-awaited sequel.

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