Back in 2019, Kingdom Hearts fans questioned the lack of Final Fantasy characters in the Kingdom Hearts 3 game. Since its inception, Kingdom Hearts made it clear that the world created for this game was built on the foundation of Square Enix & Disney‘s partnership; however, that partnership seemed somewhat disconnected in the third entry.
Game Informer recently interviewed Noruma & he spoke about the Final Fantasy characters not showing up in the third game. Noruma said: “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.”
Noruma also spoke about bringing Sora into Smash Bros. & how Disney letting Sora go surprised him. Nuruma said: “Obviously, I was very happy that we were able to have Sora make an appearance in Smash Bros. Ultimate. Most of the feedback when Sora was [announced] for Smash Bros. Ultimate was, ‘I can’t believe Disney okayed for him to be in this game.’ Behind the scenes, I was actually the one being very picky about his appearance in Smash Bros. Disney was the one that was like, ‘Go ahead! This is a great opportunity. I thought it would be tough to pull off because it might clash with the established lore in Kingdom Hearts and the Disney worlds, so it was an opportunity I had to consider very carefully. After seeing how happy everybody was in welcoming Sora to Smash Bros., I feel like the end result was really great.”
Nomura’s words about the Final Fantasy characters not being a basic concept in Kingdom Hearts might shake up some fans that are hoping to see Cloud & the other Final Fantasy characters in Kingdom Hearts 4, but they’ll more than likely make an appearance in the next entry especially because of the recent Final Fantasy VII Remake game & because of the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI game.