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From Final Fantasy XV to Kingdom Hearts 3

As we are all familiar with, Tetsuya Nomura, the director of Final Fantasy XV, left the project in order to focus his attention upon Kingdom Hearts 3. Tetsuya Nomura has mainly worked on the original concept for the Final Fantasy XV story and universe in addition to creating the characters. Hereafter, he will be focusing his efforts on the production of titles that can only be made possible by Nomura, himself according to Square Enix.

He will be delivering products that exceed the quality of past titles, starting with another one of his representative projects, Kingdom Hearts III. This can only mean one thing: Kingdom Hearts 3 is going to be incredible. With the full focused attention of its director, one can only imagine how the game is going to benefit from his devotion to the title.

Though he has made the move from Final Fantasy 15 to Kingdom Hearts 3, Nomura may not be the only thing that we see from this move. There have been speculations to ties between the two titles in more ways than one. Let's take a look at the past and see what we know.

Final Fantasy & Kingdom Hearts
Final Fantasy & Kingdom Hearts

Final Fantasy 15 & Kingdom Hearts 3

The biggest connection that we are currently aware of has actually gone in the opposite direction, in that Kingdom Hearts 3 has inspired Final Fantasy. The combat system is being completely revamped, borrowing the structure from the Hearts series. Final Fantasy's combat has been slowly making this development over time, leaving behind its turn based formula. For better or worse? What are your thoughts?

Personally, I've never been a massive fan of the turn based system in these games, though I can't fault the early experiences at all. The games are becoming increasingly fast paced and the combat has always felt like it has taken away from that pacing. Naturally, Square Enix are also attempting to widen the appeal for Final Fantasy with a combat system that is more open to players who enjoy action.

Though I find that a series with the number 15 in the title, might be a bit daunting for a newcomer. But now Final Fantasy will have complete real time battles (of course the more recent titles were far closer to real time, though they have now fully abandoned the old system it seems) just like we had in Kingdom Hearts. But what else will the game share?

The previous games have featured the following characters from the Final Fantasy series:

Setzer from Final Fantasy VI - A top "Struggle" fighter and a flashy ladies man.

Yuffie from Final Fantasy VII - One of Leon's allies and a skilled ninja, she helps him fight off the Heartless.

Aerith from Final Fantasy VII - One of Leon's allies and a healer, she assisted in the restoration of Hollow Bastion.

Cloud from Final Fantasy VII - A swordsman with a dark past, he has been hunting Sephiroth across several worlds, seeking to end a mysterious grudge between them.

Cid from Final Fantasy VII - A merchant and Gummi ship engineer, he helped Sora build Gummi ships in the first game and oversaw the security systems for the defence of Hollow Bastion in Kingdom Hearts II.

Kingdom Hearts 1.5
Kingdom Hearts 1.5

Tifa from Final Fantasy VII - An ally of Leon who is searching for Cloud, she has followed his trail across several worlds and wishes to help him in his battle with Sephiroth. She also assists Leon in the restoration and defence of Hollow Bastion.

Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII - An evil swordsman wielding strong dark powers, Sephiroth is the embodiment of the darkness in Cloud's heart. Their rivalry has led them to search for and battle each other across several worlds, with neither so far being the victor. Although Sora has fought and defeated Sephiroth twice, Sephiroth survived as apparently only Cloud can truly kill him.

Zack Fair from Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- - A young boy training at Olympus Coliseum in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, he hopes Phil will take him as a pupil and train him to be a hero.

Squall from Final Fantasy VIII - Going by the name "Leon", he is the leader of a resistance group against the Heartless. He assisted Sora against them with advice when possible, also taking up arms to defend his group's home from the Heartless when needed.

Kingdom Hearts
Kingdom Hearts

Seifer, Raijin, and Fujin from Final Fantasy VIII - The disciplinary committee for Twilight Town, they abuse their authority and take a quick dislike to Sora. Seifer is a top street brawler and "Struggle" competitor.

Selphie from Final Fantasy VIII - One of Sora's friends on their home island, she was left behind when Sora, Riku, and Kairi vanished. She plays a minor role in determining the difficulty of the first game during the introductory sequence.

Vivi from Final Fantasy IX - One of Seifer's fans, he is another "Struggle" fighter and admires Seifer's strength.

Tidus and Wakka from Final Fantasy X - Two more of Sora's friends, they were left behind at their home when Sora, Riku, and Kairi were lost. They played a minor role in determining the difficulty of the first game during the introductory sequence.

Auron from Final Fantasy X - A dead spirit revived by Hades to defeat Hercules, Auron initially betrayed him and worked with Sora, but was forced to fight Hercules after having his free will stolen. Sora later restored him and the three worked together to defeat Hades, after which Auron departed back to the afterlife.

Final Fantasy 15
Final Fantasy 15

Yuna, Rikku, and Paine from Final Fantasy X-2 - A trio of treasure-hunting pixies called the Gullwings, they were initially allied with Maleficent but switched sides on the promise of treasure from Leon and helped him defend Hollow Bastion.

Moogles from various Final Fantasy games - They run the various shops around the worlds, usually selling commands, accessories, and items, all of which can be bought with munny, the games' currency. Most shops are run by holograms, as moogles don't enjoy having their pom-poms ruffled. Organisation XIII had its own resident moogle, until it followed Roxas to Twilight Town when he left. This is the only moogle to wear an article of clothing (being an Organisation member, it wears the black coat).

Wantz from Final Fantasy X and Jessie, Biggs and Wedge from Final Fantasy VII (members of AVALANCHE) also appear as shop owners. Also there are characters that return from The World Ends With You game.

Therefore, which characters can we expect to see in Kingdom Hearts 3 from Final Fantasy 15 and other more recent titles? Who would you like to see turn up? Let me know in the comments!


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