The latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation features a 5 set questionnaire with 55 game creators, including Kingdom Hearts series director Tetsuya Nomura. I’ve translated his portion below.
Q1. What titles have left an impression on you, outside of your own works?
Q2. What about it left an impression?
Nomura: The high presence, realistic battles utilizing extraordinary, giant robots.
Q3. Do you have a message regarding memories of your works and plans for upcoming titles?
Nomura: Mainly that Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix came out this year, and I tried participating proactively in an overseas event, but I was even more pleased to experience the fan’s excitement for myself. Here as well at D23 Expo Japan, I got to stand in front of fans again after such a long absence, and was happy that the fan’s fervor wasn’t outdone by the overseas experience. We are still preparing to release Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix next year, but we’ll continue working our hardest on Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3 as well.
Q4. Besides games, what are you most interested in next year and why?
Nomura: Obviously, I think there will be a trend towards new hardware systems. You can’t predict what players will think until they’ve used the new systems, so once we know, I expect that the player’s opinions will partly influence the titles currently being developed.
Q5. What are your thoughts on the 2013 gaming market and prospects regarding the future?
Nomura: I think that the current gen will push the social market trend for another year and next year onward the future of the consumer market will be decided by the next generation hardware. I have a multifunctional hybrid market in mind, something that interacts with other devices, etc.