Square’s Tai Yasue told Kotaku UK that “nothing’s off-limits” when it comes to characters and worlds that the studio may bring to the Disney/Final Fantasy crossover. This includes Disney’s recently acquired Marvel super heroes and Star Wars characters.
Yasue said that variety and meaningful integration into the game’s core plot play a role in what worlds Kingdom Hearts III will feature.
“Yeah, I can’t go into specifics, but there’s a LOT of new Disney stuff and we have our plates full,” said Yasue. “There’s a lot to consider – we’re looking at all of Disney, the new ones as well, they have a lot of pull and draw.
“We have to come up with a world that has a lot of originality. We want variety in our new Kingdom Hearts, so we don’t want too many of one sort of world, that would look the same. For each world there has to be some meaning for it, in the plot; in Birth by Sleep, for instance, in the Cinderella scene, the characters learn something specific by relating to Cinderella. Also, gameplay-wise, is that world something that would make gameplay fun? There’s a lot I can’t say, but there’s so much to consider.”
When asked specifically about Marvel and Star Wars, Yasue confirmed that they were being considered.
“Well, yeah. They’re all under consideration,” he said. “Nothing’s off-limits, we’re considering all of the worlds. There are so many wonderful concepts. We’re happy about that, but at the same time it’s really tough to choose.”
The inclusion of these two properties in particular has been widely speculated since Disney acquired them and after Kingdom Hearts III’s subsequent announcement at E3 last year.
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