For a small but vocal group of fans, it’s the Final Fantasy characters in Kingdom Hearts that get their pulses racing – not the Disney ones. Therefore there was much disappointment when Kingdom Hearts 3 basically only included the Moogles, and pretty much abandoned all other Final Fantasy characters. Speaking with Game Informer, series director Tetsuya Nomura explained the reasoning behind this – and what the future holds for Final Fantasy cameos in Kingdom Hearts.
“With Kingdom Hearts 3, since we have so many original Kingdom Hearts characters, it was hard to find room for including more Final Fantasy characters,” he said, admitting that the cameos in the original Kingdom Hearts primarily existed to help the series find its feet. “I know that some fans were concerned about that and weren't too happy and wanted to see more Final Fantasy characters. That's something we definitely are thinking about.”
Looking forward to Kingdom Hearts 4, Nomura added that “with the sheer number of original characters we have now, it's hard to say what the exact balance is going to be and how it will play out” in the new game. “We can't really give you a firm reply on this just yet,” he concluded.
It sounds like the publisher has been receptive to the feedback from Kingdom Hearts 3, so we’d put money on there being more robust Final Fantasy cameos in the new game. However, we wouldn’t expect too many: “One thing I want to clear up is that a lot of fans are saying that Kingdom Hearts is this collaboration between Disney characters and Final Fantasy characters. But I really feel like that's not the basic concept of Kingdom Hearts; that's not exactly what Kingdom Hearts is.”