Final Fantasy XV And Kingdom Hearts III Will Not Appear At E3 2014

With the announcement of the release dates for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX in all regions, Famitsu managed to get a hold of producer Shinji Hashimoto to see what he had to say with regards to what Square Enix would be presenting at E3.

Thanks to Olivia, or SQEXGAL as many might know her as in the Kingdom Hearts fandom, we’ve gotten to see a translation of Famitsu’s interview with Hashimoto over at SQEX.INFO.

– The release dates for Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix were just announced. Can we expect new information on Kingdom Hearts 3 at E3 2014 too?

Hashimoto: We are are working diligently on KH3, but I think releasing new information will still take some time. We included a small part regarding the story of KH3 In the new trailer KH 2.5 prepared for E3 2014, so please check that out.

– As always, we’d like to ask about Final Fantasy XV too. In March earlier this year at Thailand Comic Con, you mentioned that FFXV will be exhibited at E3, so we wanted to follow up…

Hashimoto: There was a misunderstanding in the reporting of that, a number of stories were accidently mixed into one. When I was asked about FFXV’s presence at E3, the answer I gave was that “I can’t answer yet.” But somehow what I had said was framed in a different context when it was reported.

– So there will be new information about “something” that is not “Final Fantasy XV”?

Hashimoto: That’s right, you’ll have to wait until E3 to know more.

– But seriously, information on Final Fantasy XV will be at E3, right?

Hashimoto: Well, first I’d like to say that development for FFXV is going well. Internally, we try to ascertain the best timing for revealing new information about FFXV to the fans. So when we were going over our promotion plans, we judged that this year’s E3 would not be the best time to exhibit information about FFXV. Instead we are currently planning to exhibit new information at events after E3 2014. I am extremely grateful to all the fans who excitedly anticipate FFXV, and I’m looking forward to share new information when the timing is right. I would appreciate if fans hold out until then.

Now I’m left wondering what Square Enix could possibly have to show us at this year’s E3. Lots of fans are speculating that they might announce a localised version of Final Fantasy Type-0 for the PS Vita, a title that was previously a Japan-only PSP game. That seems plausible.

Fans who are eagerly waiting for Final Fantasy XV shouldn’t be too disappointed though. Hashimoto mentioned that they were saving this news for other events that are happening this year so a safe bet would be to keep a lookout for Tokyo Game Show too. I firmly believe that Square Enix will at least give us a release window for FFXV this year, and time will tell if I’m right in that belief.

Thanks, SQEXGAL!

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