Kingdom Hearts fans are eagerly awaiting the third main entry in the franchise, but in the meantime Square Enix is releasing Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD Final Chapter Prologue, a collection of various titles that serves as a lead-in to the final battle against series arch-villain Xehanort. The most recent trailer for 2.8 showed off several scenes and details of these games, including a new feature allows you to customize the appearance of Aqua, the protagonist for Kingdom Hearts 0.2. According to a recent interview with series creator and director Tetsuya Nomura, this feature may even find its way into Kingdom Hearts III.
Speaking with Dengeki PlayStation in Japan, Nomura revealed that this “character decoration” element was made at the last minute by his staff in order to add “something fun to play around with” in Aqua’s 0.2 title. At present, it sounds like it’s not planned for inclusion in Kingdom Hearts III, but the team is open to adding it based on fan reaction to the feature in 2.8.
Dengeki: The character decoration is the first in the series and is a novel component.
Nomura: I thought that we needed something fun to play around with even in with the game’s jam-packed volume, so the staff devised this at the last minute for me. It really changes the character’s look, so please gather a lot of items and design your own Aqua.
Dengeki: Will you use the decoration feature in [KHIII]?
Nomura: We knew we could insert that feature into the game this time, but whether or not we can with [KHIII]…we have other priorities ahead of us so it depends on time, but we’ll look at the reaction with [KH0.2] and consider it.
Kingdom Hearts III has a plethora of brand new features and abilities that require the team’s focus first and foremost, but I’m still hopeful that this decoration element can make it in. From what we’ve seen from the KH2.8 trailer, it looks like it will be a really fun addition that will help endear players to Aqua all the more, and I think it could be a lot of fun to decorate Sora or other characters when KHIII finally arrives.
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