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Chris Winkler
Tetsuya Nomura Talks FFXIII, Kingdom Hearts
Promises new FFXIII trailer for E3.
05.27.09 - 8:49 PM

Tetsuya Nomura covered a lot of ground in a recent interview with Japanese magazine Dengeki. Nomura revealed that Square Enix is going to show off a new Final Fantasy XIII trailer at next month's E3. The company also plans a Game Archives-related announcement in the near future.

As for Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Nomura promises an experience on par with that offered by Final Fantasy XIII. Development of the PlayStation 3-exclusive title continues on pace, and will arrive sometime after the release of Final Fantasy XIII. Currently, the developers are testing various components, such as the battle system and map gimmicks. Since many members of the Versus XIII team have been working with Nomura for more than a decade, they understand what he is aiming at, before he even opens his mouth.

Meanwhile, Final Fantasy Agito XIII's battle system is shaping up quite differently from what was hinted at in previously released footage.

Development of Parasite Eve: The 3rd Birthday for PlayStation Portable has proceeded to the extent that a playable test version does exist. Nomura felt he now has a pretty good idea of what type of game to expect. The new Parasite Eve title is still a work in progress, but he wants fans to look forward to a great game.

Last but not least, the topic shifted to the Nomura-directed Kingdom Hearts series. When asked about the series' future, he cryptically replied that after the three current projects (Coded, 358/2 Days, Birth by Sleep) were finished, it would be Sora's turn again. The development of one of those three projects- Kingdom Hearts Coded - apparently wasn't Square Enix's idea. Instead, Disney asked them to develop the cellphone-based title.

To release Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep for PlayStation Portable during the current calendar year (presumably in Japan), the development team was working even on holidays. Among the three titles, Birth by Sleep will be the longest game. The scenario will be as deep as that of a Final Fantasy title.



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