Throughout the latest Super Smash Bros. presentation, which revealed Kingdom Hearts’ Sora as the ultimate DLC fighter, it was revealed that the entire Kingdom Hearts series is headed to Switch. What ought to have been an unimaginable announcement was considerably dampened, nonetheless, with the catch being that your complete assortment would only be available in Cloud Version form.
It is protected to say that the response wasn’t notably nice; we ran a ballot proper right here on Nintendo Life to see what number of of you’ll be serious about selecting up the cloud variations and, on the time of writing, solely 9% of respondents had been assured in a ‘sure’ reply. The overwhelming majority of respondents had no curiosity in any respect or would have most well-liked native ports of the video games.
We just lately had the chance to ask Kingdom Hearts sequence producer, Ichiro Hazama, the burning query: why are these video games solely out there as Cloud Variations?
Nintendo Life: From an outsider wanting in, we have seen different high-quality ports of traditional Sq. Enix video games like Final Fantasy X | X-2 run natively on Swap. So what was the rationale to launch the Kingdom Hearts sequence on Swap as Cloud Variations, as an alternative of optimising them to run natively on Swap ?
Ichiro Hazama: “For a while, our director Tetsuya Nomura had expressed his need to ship the Kingdom Hearts sequence to Nintendo Swap gamers, him having seen and heard the demand, and so an excessive amount of consideration went into this internally. Bringing these titles to Nintendo Swap proved to be fairly tough for varied causes, together with the storage capability of the , however we’re excited that we had been in a position to make it occur for the primary time ever by using the Cloud service.”
Pushing a bit additional, we went on to ask about the potential for native ports down the street:
NL: We perceive it could have been close to unimaginable to get your complete sequence working easily on Swap, however is it attainable that Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix might ever be reworked to run natively on Swap later down the street? Is that this simply kind of a cease hole?
Hazama: “At this second in time, the manufacturing of a local model is undecided. We imagine that the Cloud model is at the moment the easiest way to ship the Kingdom Hearts sequence to Nintendo Swap gamers, however we’re at all times excited to listen to to suggestions from our followers and wish to thank them for all their assist.”
It actually appears like these cloud variations are right here to remain, however not less than the potential for a real launch for a number of the Kingdom Hearts video games is not fully out of the query.