For years I’ve religiously followed the bread crumb trail that is Kingdom Hearts III and Versus XIII, and now after six years of questions and assumptions, square-enix finally speaks.
Where is Kingdom Hearts III? Where the heck is Versus XIII? And why havenâ€™t we seen a Final Fantasy VII remake? Those were the three questions that nearly every Square Enix representative was asked during CES 2012
They wanted to remain anonymous for very specific reasonsâ€¦but they spoke. Some answers you may like. Others you most definitely will not. But there were answers.
The info on Kingdom Hearts III
As a gamer who grew up with Kingdom Hearts, Iâ€™ve been waiting for an official third entry since elementary school. And Iâ€™m talking 5th and 6th grade (shows how young I am) . The series tugged on the olâ€™ heartstrings, and featured an ending that left us wanting more. So where is Kingdom Hearts III?
Itâ€™s coming. And from the same team thatâ€™s developing Versus XIII.
â€œKingdom Hearts III will happen,â€ said an anonymous Square Enix developer. â€œIt may be several years from now, but itâ€™s going to happen. Once we finish Versus XIII and rest from that, we will start on Kingdom Hearts III.â€
Many Gamers responded on multiple forums “six years right?”
In return square representatives said, â€œyes, most likely.â€
The info on Final Fantasy Versus XIII
Yes, itâ€™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 yearsâ€“E3 2006, if you want to get technical. However, not much more information was given when inquired about the much-awaited title.
â€œItâ€™s definitely coming, not to worry,â€ said a member of the testing team, â€œI get e-mails about it every now and then that definitely tells me itâ€™s coming to America. It might be a few years, but itâ€™ll be worth the wait.â€
The info 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, gamers asked for their honest opinions on how theyâ€™d personally feel about remaking the beloved game.
â€œIâ€™m on the fence about it,â€ said a developer who wanted to keep a low profile. â€œIâ€™d love to see it, but at the same time I wouldnâ€™t. It wouldnâ€™t be the same, and wouldnâ€™t have the same magic. Itâ€™d have voices, and what about the cross dressing part? And what about Aerithâ€™s death? Would we see that in full next-gen graphics? I donâ€™t think I could handle that.â€
â€œI honestly donâ€™t believe that people truly understand Final Fantasy VII. I think if they went back and played it today, they wouldnâ€™t appreciate it nearly as much as they did before,â€ said another dev. â€œThat 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.â€
The Wrap Up
It was comforting hearing that Versus XIII is still coming down the pipe, and that Kingdom Hearts III will follow. Eventually. Itâ€™s been a long time coming, but letâ€™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 demandâ€¦donâ€™t hold your breath, friends. Looks like it may not happen anytime soon.