‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ Update: Square Producer Says ‘Final Fantasy XV’ a ‘Priority’

February 18, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

 “Kingdom Hearts III” appears not to be the main focus of Square Enix, as the company is making “Final Fantasy XV” a priority, a producer said. He added that the two titles aren’t competing for resources, but merely stated that the latest installment of “Final Fantasy” is a high priority within the company.

“Final Fantasy” producer Yoshinori Kitase said that development of “Final Fantasy XV” is coming along nicely, according to an interview.

“We can’t give too much information but certainly looking at ‘Final Fantasy XV,’ it’s not as if it’s in competition with ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ for resources or anything like that,” Kitase told Videogamer.com a few days ago.

“It’s quite far into development now and it is being given a very high priority within the company itself, but that doesn’t mean Kingdom Hearts isn’t.”

He didn’t elaborate further.

Both the third “Kingdom Hearts” and “Final Fantasy XV” were announced at E3 last year by Square.

The latest “Final Fantasy” game will follow the same Fabulla Nova Crystallis theme as “Final Fantasy XIII.”

“Right from the start when we first it announced it as Versus XIII, the game itself was backed up by the same Crystal legend: the Fabulla Nova Crystallis mythology that underpins the whole of the XIII series,” Kitase told the site.

He added: “So even though it’s not necessarily the same universe or the same game, they’re all linked and underpinned by the backdrop of that legend. Now it’s moved on – obviously the title’s been changed to Final Fantasy XV – but that hasn’t actually changed. The story and the world is still going to be linked and backed up by that. So yes, there is the link between XIII and XV, and they both share that mythology as a backdrop and a starting point.”

A few weeks ago, it was reported that “Kingdom Hearts III” for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is still in development. No release date has been given out yet.

Developer Tetsuya Nomura told Famitsu magazine in late January that he’s focusing on developing the story for the game.

“It seems like everyone was happy, so I’m glad about that,” he said. “However, while we know how far we’ve come from a development point of view, what we showed still has ‘ways to go.’”

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