New Info, Art for Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV

Monday, June 24th, 2013

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Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV Logo

In a recent press release, Square Enix shared some new official artwork for Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV, as well as a few more details about Final Fantasy XV. After both games were announced at E3, Square Enix continues to provide more and more specifics on the two up and coming titles. The following are the two pieces of artwork they shared:

FINAL FANTASY XV

Official artwork for Final Fantasy XV

KINGDOM HEARTS III

Official artwork for Kingdom Hearts III

Square Enix also officially confirmed some of the most important players for the Final Fantasy XV creative team. Shinji Hashimoto will be the producer, Tetsuya Nomura will, of course, be the director and character designer, Hajime Tabata will be the co-director, Takeshi Nozue will play the role of lead art director, and last but definitely not least, Yoko Shimomoura will be taking care of the music. The announcement did not give any specifics in regards to the creative team for Kingdom Hearts III.

Although we’d already heard a bit about the cast of Final Fantasy XV, a few more details were shared in this announcement:

Noctis Lucis Caelum: The protagonist and hier to the throne of Lucis, “Noct” posses the ability to see heavenly light, allowing him to sense the death of others. He’s not a fan of strict royal regulations, and is a bit of the renegade, which frustrates those who work with him. Despite his brashness, Noctis is quick to defend those who show him loyalty.

Gladiolus Amicitia: “Gladio” is a close friend of Noctis despite the difference in their titles, and shows great loyalty to him not out of duty but out of friendship. Gladiolus is a member of the House Amicitia, and thus is sword to protect the crown.

Ignis Scientia: Ignis has been groomed since childhood to one day become counsel to Noctis when he became king. Ignis is an unwavering voice of reason, due to his classical education and strong sense of logic. He uses his education as well as his mutual friendship and understanding with Notics to help smooth over Noctis’s brusqueness when it comes to interacting with others.

Prompto Argentum: Noctis’s friend from his school days, Prompto is a bit of an outsider to the royal circle, but still will jump on a chance to help out the cause.

Cor Leonis: A skilled and legendary commander, Lord Commander Cor Leonis’s devotion to the art of war is second only to devotion to his king. Although he holds little admiration for Noctis, he is duty and honor bound to look after Noctis and his comrades.

Not only did Square Enix share some more detailed character summaries, they also gave a bit more insight into the plot. The story begins when the Kingdom of Lucis, which posses the only remaining crystal in the world, reaches a peace agreement with the state of Nifleheim. As Lucis celebrates having finally brought the stand off to an end, Niflheim takes them by surprise and launches a full scale invasion of the kingdom. Prince Noctis and his comrades are forced out of their sheltered lives and struggle together to mount a resistance amidst the war and chaos.

We seem to be hearing a lot about Final Fantasy XV, but unsurprisingly, still not much about Kingdom Hearts III. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more details about both of the games soon, so stay tuned!




  • Tomoro

    shouldn’t “Notics” be “Noctis?”

    • skovacs1

      and “insite”(not a word) be “insight”?

      Clearly Hailee Kenney needs both spell-check and proof-reading services.

    • Hailee Kenney

      I believe all those errors should be fixed, thanks for keeping me honest!

      Unfortunately spell check thinks that all of those names are spelled wrong, whether or not I mistype them. So in that barrage of red squiggles it’s hard to find actual errors.

      I apologize for doing a poor job proofreading, I know those kinds of things can be really distracting when you’re trying to read an article. Thanks again for pointing them out. C:

    • Sparticus112b

      This isn’t the first time I’ve seen plenty of errors on the site. Why is this one instance getting you flamed. I think it’s okay Hailee, you guys don’t exactly get paid to provide content for the site. I’m going to assume that most readers have the competence to figure out what you are trying to convey.

  • Lance Grabow

    shouldn’t someone tell square that making all your characters wear similar cloths makes for less memorable characters

    • Bakuryukun

      I think the only real thing similar between them all is the colour scheme and given the setting and style the game has I think that fits.

    • Lance Grabow

      yeah it is really only the color scheme. and maybe i used the wrong word. maybe memorable, or recognizable. like even people who dont play the game would recognize who they are like cloud for example

    • Pedro Rosas

      FF Type-O disagrees with you

  • Dill

    Why are there so many boys in final fantasy xv? Where are the female characters? The characters all look like generic male protagonists

    • Johnson Cameron

      If i am not mistaken i have heard there are Female characters in the game. But FFXV is trying to make some surprises and have them playable in the game. I could be wrong, but it is just from what i have heard from rumor sites

  • Johnson Cameron

    Wow, Kingdom Hearts 3 looks way better than it would have on the PS3. As for FFXV it looks promising, granted they all are wearing the same clothes, but who knows they might allow us to choose a different costume so it does not look bland.

  • RagunaXL

    whoa! first of all this looks B.A.! but unfortunately, yet agaaain, Square Enix tryin’ make games with graphics that tight-as-f*** but don’t have a numeric based battle system that emulates a gentleman’s war so I can’t get my Asperger’s on! I only play my final fantasies that feature sword-and-sorcery theme’s. SO even though this game looks great! Square Enix is going down with a miserable fit of hooping cough! and they suck.

  • Ninty

    Donald and Goofy have less detail… I hope the game won’t show them like that. They look flat in the artwork compared to Sora, and I don’t think it’s just ’cause they’re more wacky-looking.

  • Vallen

    I wonder if FF15 will release in 2014