What's the best thing to do when your game gets leaked ahead of its official release date? Why, it's to tell everyone that for future games, you might scrap the idea of a worldwide launch entirely. Makes perfect sense to us.
In a new Famitsu interview, Kingdom Hearts III director Tetsuya Nomura is asked about the situation that occurred last year, when several copies of the game somehow made it out into the wild. As translated by Kotaku, Nomura says "because of what happened, the risks for a simultaneous worldwide release are high, for any games that I work on henceforth, currently I cannot help but reconsider a simultaneous worldwide release for at the very least the retail package version." Wow.
From where we're sitting at least, this seems like an incredibly backwards way to look at things. Is it really the worldwide release of Kingdom Hearts III that led to the leaks? Would it be any different if the game had launched last month in Japan? Let's not kid ourselves, details would be all over the web by now.
It's also worth remembering that the actual ending to Kingdom Hearts III has to be downloaded days after the title is released -- a move that's meant to stop spoilers in the first place. Quite frankly, it sounds like Nomura just has to accept that leaks are largely inevitable in this day in age. You simply can't have full control over every single aspect of a game's launch -- especially not when it's releasing both physically and digitally.
It's taken us years and years and years to get to a point where we're getting big Japanese games at roughly the same time as everyone else. Let's not act like this is suddenly a bad thing, eh?
What a joke. Who cares about the stupid leaks? People aren't forced to watch them.
So FFVII Remake launches 2023 in Japan and 2025 in the west then
yeah nothing is going to stop story leaks UNLESS he was talking about the game leaking early because of the box of the XB1 version that was stolen from a dispatch store and he means that having different dates for different regions gives them more control and security over the dispatching of the product
i could KINDA buy that but only just
😂 Same drama we had with Persona 5, blocking saving videos on PS4 and yea the story was really good but I'm surprised Rockstar and CDPR weren't this dramatic, because their stories are equally good.
Instead just leave everyone outside of Japan to avoid stuff on the game for months or a year since it’s out in Japan.
He threatens to make all those FF7 release jokes canon.
He could just be venting his anger, but if he's serious then it seems like flawed logic to me.
@crimsontadpoles at the end of the day though the final decision is with Square Enix not Nomura so it probably would never happen anyway
I'm not an expert, but how is deliberately releasing a game in one region much earlier another, going to stop problem caused by people getting there hands on a game before others.
It could be that he's only concerned about Japanese fans getting it spoilt for them and doesn't care so much about the rest of the world.
"It's also worth remembering that the actual ending to Kingdom Hearts III has to be downloaded days after the title is released"
Wait what? I guess you all already knew this huh b/c nobody else mentioned it.
What happens if I pick this game up on clearance 5 years from now and the servers are no longer serving the end, does the game just abruptly end? Like the Sopranos?
@AdamNovice 2040 for europe and the UK then lol
leakers are annoying. I’m glad I never played Kingdom Hearts & just got into the series, starting with The Story so Far.
@rjejr the ending is there but the after credits epilogue isn't that's all
yeah it's dumb but i think it just wasn't finished when the game went gold and has nothing to do with spoilers or leaks
as for in 5 years time chances are the second pressing will have it on and there is always youtube of course
like i said it's dumb but at least it's not as bad what Activision did with the last Tony Hawks game, the only thing on the disc is the tutorial level everything else is an "update", try playing that when the servers are down
Its what they did with Pokemon after XY leaked, and countless other games.
Heck, can we stop pretending like simultaneous releases are normal? They certainly aren't, and going forward with staggered dates for pre-orders and different consoles....no point trying.
Digital only pre-orders with a physical release to follow for patient people would help.
so how is releasing a game early in one huge region before releasing it in the rest of the world going to help?
the people in japan will just leak the game for us outside of japan anyway if that's the case so it won't stop leaks.
or does he think that the japanese would not do such a thing?
@Knuckles-Fajita But worldwide releases are pretty normal in this day and age — at least for bigger games. There's no real excuse anymore. Just off the top of my head, we've had Japanese games like Monster Hunter: World, Resident Evil 2, SoulCalibur VI, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition, Final Fantasy XV, Dead or Alive 6, and Devil May Cry 5 all get worldwide dates, or close enough.
I suppose the key difference for a lot of these is that, again, they're "big" properties. For stuff like Dragon Quest, Square Enix clearly likes to gauge interest and see how sales hold out in Japan before bringing it overseas. I get that, but I still think that right now, in 2019, it's pushing against a changing tide.
@Enigk That would be a huge middle finger to anyone getting physical, especially those buying deluxe or collector’s editions. The spoiler issues and fact that paying more money is penalizing would be awful.
He could do that. I could wait for a discount and a get everything on a disc to. Square Enix is not the company where i run to the store anymore anyway. 😉
@Jaz007 It’s about the only option that removes the risk of some dodgy individual stealing physical copies when they are produced before the official release. Not saying I am a fan of the idea but it would be better than a global staggered release in my opinion.
Isn't this because in order to get the game to all regions simultaneously you actually have to start shipping them a lot earlier (whatever 'a lot' could be, weeks, idk) to some regions compared to others? This introduces the risks, and since you are relying on the whole world's honesty, yeah, all you need is one leak and everything starts unravelling. And there's nothing you can do as it's outside your control. So I personally understand the frustration.
Yeah, delay it. Then I am definitely sure I won’t buy it anymore instead still trying to consider it right now. There are too many other great games coming out.
You call that a "threat"? Really? Once again, clickbait title.
Get of it Nomura. You can't control everything. Crap happens.
@FullbringIchigo Tony Hawk
Well Id' rather a game not work from the start then put 50 hours into it only to not have the last chapter be there. Though if my FFXV disc only had the first 8 chapters on it that might not have been too bad, end it with the Leviathon fight as it's all downhill from there.
So this is just like epilogue cut scene credits stuff I could watch on Youtube? That's not too bad then, I thought they meant the final boss battle or battles or dungeon, something serious, to keep people from renting the game from Gamefly or Redbox or borrowing it.
Oh well, may all be digital only in a couple of years anyway, too late to start worrying about what is and isn't I suppose.
Thanks for the info.
I'm sure we'll all be devastated in 5 years when the first episode of FF7 remake comes out and some people will have to wait an additional 3 months. Go suck an egg and get a better handle on your own company dude.
A tantrum is always the best option. Toys out of pram.
the game doesn't even have a worldwide release date.
Hang on. The end of the game is a DLC patch? How does a game without an ending score so high on Metacritic? What kind of madness is that?
Remember Nomura, all the leaks were on Xbox One.
@Callmegil because it's the better version LOL
Don't read/watch the leaks.
Yes, we are all sure he has the decisional power to delay the release date of multimillion dollar projects and possibly hurt the sales of those game in specific regions 🙄 I swear this guy...
@AdamNovice This way, people in the west won't have any spoilers. Oh wait... My logic is flawed.
@rjejr yeah i've given up worrying about things like this, it's been like it for years and it's not going to change, might as well go with the flow
someone's spat there dummy out!
dont how he thinks not having a world wide release would stop leaks etc
Oh c'mon, first they ruined Dissidia Duodecim official translation due to hackers, i even own an official copy of the game! and now this...I don't care about leaks, i even try to not read any new of leaks about the game because i love the franchise and i want to experience all the new things from scratch, just like i did when i was a teen on the ps2 era, c'mon Square Enix, don't ruin it!
Simultaneous worldwide release? The game isn't out in the UK yet...
@RedMageLanakyn If its going that way with FF7R then i wont be getting it anyway.
@FullbringIchigo How long are we waiting already so for me its even worse. You played FF8 if the kept out the after credits stuff i would not have had the real ending.
@Flaming_Kaiser that's why i think we have a situation like FFXV and it just wasn't finished in time before the game had to release
@manu0 Digital Foundry seems to have a different judgement.
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