In a recent interview with Dengeki, the series’ director Tetsuya Nomura finally confirmed that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue will get support for 4K on the PS4 Pro. He also apologized for the delay of the game, originated to release in December 2016. Finally, he also shares a bit about the secrets behind the box art.
Below is a piece of the interview (courtesy of KH13.com).
You presented the release date for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue at the September SIE press conference, right?
Nomura: We sincerely apologize for prolonging the release date from December 2016 to January 2017. We wrote it in the comments on the official Twitter, but due to several titles that are coming out one on top of another, this is what it’s become.
You also revealed a gorgeous package art.
Nomura: There are actually two secrets about the illustrations from Kingdom Hearts 1.5 until Kingdom Hearts 2.8. Extremely attentive Kingdom Hearts fans might have already discovered them, but one is that Sora’s movements change from sitting, to standing, to walking. One more is that when you line up the three illustrations, you’ll notice that they show the flow of time with changes in the sky. Kingdom Hearts 1.5 is sunset becoming night, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 is the middle of the night, and Kingdom Hearts 2.8 is night breaking into dawn. Those three illustrations have a message regarding the final chapter, Kingdom Hearts III.
So you planned all this from the time of Kingdom Hearts 1.5‘s release, then?
Nomura: We worried a long time about the package art for Kingdom Hearts 2.5, and we worked on trying to connect the three productions in a continual manner. It seems like there were a lot of people who figured out Sora’s movements, but there were not very many people who noticed the connection between the skies. There are two meanings to “sora” (I.E. one being the protagonist’s name, and the other meaning “sky”).
We got a taste of the evolution of action on the PS4 with Kingdom Hearts 0.2 at TGS, but will Kingdom Hearts III see an even deeper improvement of action from there?
Nomura: That’s what will happen. Since there is an overwhelmingly large amount of things one can do while playing as Sora in Kingdom Hearts III timewise, compared to playing as Aqua. Aqua cannot change her keyblade as the story progresses, but Sora can, and that will in result change the action.
By the way, will Kingdom Hearts 2.8 be supported on the PS4 Pro, too?
Nomura: It supports 4K, so it should cleanly play without any problems. Anything else detailed about support, we will showcase next time.
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