In late June, it was revealed that during a significant portion of the Final Fantasy VII Remake’s pre-production, its director, Tetsuya Nomura was oblivious to being the game’s director. It worried Final Fantasy fans when he said “as preparation went along, and I offered my opinions on what I thought should be done. I would be asked, how individual elements should be adjusted in fine detail. It was very perplexing.” Nomura eventually found out he was the director at some point during pre-production of the remake. However, during The Kohlrabi’s recent interview with Nomura he revealed that this wasn’t a one-time slip-up.
Nomura has revealed that only days before our interview he found out he was directing Kingdom Hearts III. “After seeing the game running in engine at E3 I went up to studio president, Yosuke Matsuda, to share my excitement about the game’s progress. Matsuda then congratulated me on the progress, which puzzled me. I left the meeting and went on with my regular work week. Only the following month did I understand what was happening, upon reading Kingdom Hearts III’s Wikipedia page I came to the realization that I was directing the title.”
“For two whole years the team had been asking me intimate questions about the game, urging me to speak at internal briefings on it, which had always confused me, but I was glad to help.”
The game, which was first revealed at E3 2013, is yet to receive a release date, and rumored to be two-three years away. Nomura said he was hoping to play the retail version of the game as early as this fall, but realizes now that the game is several years from release. When asked why Nomura, who had seen the game up close, was under the impression the release date was so imminent, he said “I thought had read a tweet from Bill Farmer (@GoofyBill) but after closer inspection it appears it was from @DrunkGoofy.”