Where is Kingdom Hearts III? Where the heck is Versus XIII? And why haven’t we seen a Final Fantasy VII remake? Those were the three questions that I asked nearly every Square Enix representative that was present during our CES 2012 briefing. They wanted to remain anonymous for very specific reasons…but they spoke. Some answers you may like. Others you most definitely will not. But there were answers.
The Skinny on Kingdom Hearts III
As a gamer who grew up with Kingdom Hearts, I’ve been waiting for an official third entry since high school. And I’m talking sophomore year. The series tugged on the ol’ heartstrings, and featured an ending that left us wanting more. So where is Kingdom Hearts III?
It’s coming. And from the same team that’s developing Versus XIII.
“Kingdom Hearts III will happen,” said an anonymous Square Enix developer. “It may be several years from now, but it’s going to happen. Once we finish Versus XIII and rest from that, we will start on Kingdom Hearts III.”
I responded with a laugh and quipped “so six years, right?”
I received laughs in return and, “yes, most likely.”
The Skinny on Final Fantasy Versus XIII
Yes, it’s coming. When? Not sure.
When rumors of a Japan-only release spread across the Web, many fans became skeptical. Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been in the works for several years–E3 2006, if you want to get technical. However, not much more information was given when inquired about the much-awaited title.
“It’s definitely coming, not to worry,” said a member of the testing team, “I get e-mails about it every now and then that definitely tells me it’s coming to America. It might be a few years, but it’ll be worth the wait.”
The Skinny on a Possible Final Fantasy VII Remake
This is the question that Square Enix dodged with the grace of a matador. Not a single person from the team gave an official answer about the likelihood a Final Fantasy VII remake so, instead, I asked for their honest opinions on how they’d personally feel about remaking the beloved game.
“I’m on the fence about it,” said a developer who wanted to keep a low profile. “I’d love to see it, but at the same time I wouldn’t. It wouldn’t be the same, and wouldn’t have the same magic. It’d have voices, and what about the cross dressing part? And what about Aerith’s death? Would we see that in full next-gen graphics? I don’t think I could handle that.”
“I honestly don’t believe that people truly understand Final Fantasy VII. I think if they went back and played it today, they wouldn’t appreciate it nearly as much as they did before,” said another dev. “That might not be the case for all Final Fantasy VII fans, but I think a lot of people need to let it go and accept it for what it is.”
It was comforting hearing that Versus XIII is still coming down the pipe, and that Kingdom Hearts III will follow. Eventually. It’s been a long time coming, but let’s hope that Square Enix uses the opportunity to perfect and polish these titles into games that its base will enjoy (another FF XIII we do not need). As for the Final Fantasy VII remake that the masses demand…don’t hold your breath, friends. Looks like it may not happen anytime soon.