game news Kingdom Hearts 4: What future for the characters of Final Fantasy? Tetsuya Nomura replies
Announced on April 10, Kingdom Hearts 4 is still very mysterious. We don’t know the release platforms yet, but we do know that the title will launch a new arc, titled the Lost Marter Arc. But even before knowing more, players are wondering what the place of Final Fantasy characters will be in the game.
A realistic environment and novelties in the gameplay.
Within Kingdom Hearts IVSora will wake up a few hours after arriving at the world of Quadratum, which is much more realistic than the environments of Kingdom Hearts so far, and that certainly evokes the city of tokyo. A recently explained realism Tetsuya Nomura in an interview posted shortly after the announcement:
From Sora’s point of view, Quadratum is not the real world but instead resembles a parallel world, a world different from reality. On the other hand, for the inhabitants of Quadratum, their world corresponds to reality, and the world Sora and the others come from, the fictional world. The perception changes for each point of view. The Master of Masters said something to this effect already in Kingdom Hearts Union X (…). I think the theme of this new project will be the contrast between those who are in such different positions.
We will also come across Strelitzia, a character that players Kingdom Hearts: Union X (Cross)and specifically we will have to face a Goliath using a Visibly improved Keyblade and capable of serving as a grappling hook. In the trailer, which is the only thing we have at the moment, we also notice the build option, suggesting new mechanics to come. Full of small elements, waiting to be connected over time.
What place for Final Fantasy and its characters?
But one of the main questions players have is the place of Final Fantasy characters. These are rarely present in Kingdom Hearts III (and a little more on To remember), while the license has long been identified as a meeting between Final Fantasy and Disney. Asked by Game Informer about this, the producer said:
I know there weren’t many Final Fantasy characters in Kingdom Hearts III. One thing I would like to clarify is that many fans say that Kingdom Hearts is a collaboration between Disney characters and Final Fantasy characters. But I really feel like that’s not the core concept of Kingdom Hearts, that’s not exactly what Kingdom Hearts is.
When we released the first title, we only had a few original Kingdom Hearts characters. When they were interacting with well-known and beloved Disney characters, it felt like no one really knew about these new characters and therefore it was harder for them to settle down. So we brought in a lot of Final Fantasy characters to help everyone get to know them better.
A question of balance
In other words, the Final Fantasy characters, who were already well-known and iconic, served as foil to allow the public get to know the new characters better, and install them well in this new universe. Now that these specific Kingdom Hearts characters are settled and known, the question of Final Fantasy characters arises from the point of view of the team from Kingdom Heats 4:
Today, there are so many original Kingdom Hearts characters that are loved, and people want to see more of them. With Kingdom Hearts III, since we had so many original Kingdom Hearts characters, it was hard to find room to include more Final Fantasy characters. We try to find a good balance for that. I know some fans weren’t too happy and wanted to see more Final Fantasy characters.
It’s something we’re thinking about. But given how many original characters we have now, it’s hard to say what the exact balance will be and how it will play out in Kingdom Hearts IV. We cannot give you a definitive answer on this yet.
Nomura therefore it does not promise to add new Final Fantasy characters, nor involve those who are already participating in the adventure. the idea seems favors the original characters, but the choice is obviously not final. These statements, however, may disappoint fans of Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts, but the exit still seems far away and many things can happen.
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